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Students can submit work for the “Young at Art” exhibit this month

Area students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery in March.

The Arts Council is asking for submissions to “Young at Art,” the organizations’ annual K-8 art exhibit. The yearly show features hundreds of entries from regional students. Each artist is allowed one piece, 2D or 3D. This exhibit is not limited to K-8 students in public schools — private, charter and homeschool students are welcome to enter the exhibit.

Drop off begins Tuesday, Feb. 21. The full slate of dates and information is available below.

Young at Art Info and Dates

Exhibit dates: March 14 – March 31

Artists Reception: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18

Open to all students in grades: Kindergarten – 8th in any school district. Homeschoolers are welcome!

Drop artwork off at: 212 Main St. Downtown Evansville, Indiana.

Drop off dates: Feb. 21 – 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Feb. 28 – March 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Click here for the full submission guidelines and needed paperwork.


You “Literally” don’t want to miss this upcoming ARTSWIN exhibit

Visual art and works of literature are not far from one another. Both take their audience to new worlds, new points of view, and new ways of thinking. “Literally” is an exciting new exhibit that gives visual artists the opportunity to reinterpret famous literary works to showcase at the Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery in Downtown Evansville.

Registered artists will select a literary work from a predetermined list created by the Arts Council — check out the list below. Despite the exhibit name, artists do not have to interpret their assignment literally. Submissions may be created in any media, 2D or 3D, and may be literal or metaphorical representations of the assigned literary work.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 21. The assignment list will be opened to artists at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. To ensure there are no repeated entries, when an artist chooses a literary assignment, it will be removed from the list.

Artists will have until April 15 to complete the work. The exhibit opens Thursday, April 20 and runs until Thursday, May 25. A public artists reception is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

Interested artists can register online here or register with a paper entry here.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 21: Registration Deadline (midnight)
  • Feb. 22: Literature selection form goes live (6 p.m.)
  • April 14 & April 15: Artwork dropoff (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • April 20-May 25: Exhibit dates
  • April 29: Artist reception (5:30 – 7 p.m.)
  • May 26: Artwork pickup (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Lists of “Literally” books

  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, 1988, nonfiction
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, 2016, fiction
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, 1980, nonfiction
  • A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver, 2013, poetry
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943, fiction
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, 2014, fiction
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman, 2001, fiction
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell, 1945, fiction
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison, 1987, fiction
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015, nonfiction
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1932, fiction
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, 1970, nonfiction
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951, fiction
  • Circe by Madeline Miller , 2018, fiction
  • Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, 1848, nonfiction
  • Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, 1986, fiction
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, 1968, fiction
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, 2009, fiction
  • Epic of Gilgamesh by N/A, 2100 BC, fiction
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1953, fiction
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schossler, 2001, nonfiction
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, 1972, nonfiction
  • Florida by Lauren Groff, 2018, short stories
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 1818, fiction
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, 1947, fiction
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, 1960, fiction
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2006, fiction
  • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, 1981, fiction
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, 2000, fiction
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, 1969, nonfiction
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 1966, nonfiction
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, 2017, nonfiction
  • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, 1651, nonfiction
  • Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, 1954, fiction
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2005, fiction
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, 1955, nonfiction
  • On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, 1859, nonfiction
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac, 1957, fiction
  • Perks of Being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky, 1999, fiction
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, 2000, nonfiction
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, 1813, fiction
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, 1984, fiction
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, 1922, fiction
  • Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman, 1971, nonfiction
  • The Art of War by Sun Zi, 500 BC, nonfiction
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963, fiction
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982, fiction
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, 2003, fiction
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, 1947, nonfiction
  • The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley, 1954, nonfiction
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, 1968, nonfiction
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, 1964, fiction
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1985, fiction
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, 1949, nonfiction
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, 1991, fiction
  • The Iliad by Homer, 800 BC, fiction
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, 2010, nonfiction
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, 2003, fiction
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, 1948, fiction
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, 1979, nonfiction
  • The Shining by Stephen King, 1977, fiction
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus, 1942, fiction
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, 1844, fiction
  • The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, 1986, fiction
  • The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776, nonfiction
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, 2016, nonfiction
  • Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda, 1924, poetry
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau, 1854, nonfiction
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1963, fiction
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith, 2000, fiction

You’ll see “RED” at this upcoming Arts Council exhibit

A blank canvass and an infinite color pallet with no subject parameters can be daunting to an artist. Where do you begin? Having parameters can help — limitations can actually drive creativity.

That’s why the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana believes its next exhibit will be attractive to artists.

RED is exhibit limited to a single color, which, you guessed it is red.

Entries for RED are limited to the red color spectrum. Black and white may also be included but do not need to be included. Work with any color other than red will not be accepted at drop-off. Frames and matting must also only be black or white.

This is an open-call exhibit, so register to drop-off your work by Jan. 9, then bring your RED piece to the Arts Council of Jan. 11. Ohio Valley Art League Executive Director Samantha Denson will jury the exhibit for entry as well as for awards. The Arts Council will notify artists by Jan. 13 if they were accepted into the exhibit.

The exhibit will run Jan. 24 to March 2.

For more details and information — including how to register, art guidelines, and more — please read the RED 2023 prospectus here.


High School students can now submit art for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition

High school students who live in the 8th Congressional District have the opportunity for their work to be featured at the U.S. Capitol and get a free trip to Washington D.C.

Rep. Larry Bucshon’s office will accept submissions from 8th District high school students for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition until April 27.

The event takes place across the nation, providing an opportunity for members of Congress “to understand, acknowledge and honor the artistic talent of their high school constituents,” according to a news release from Bucshon’s office. The event is open to all high school students who live in or attend a school in the district, including those in home school.

The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The winner of the People’s Choice Award (artwork with the most likes, comments, and shares on Rep. Bucshon’s Facebook page) will hang in the congressman’s Washington D.C. office for a year.

The winner from the district will have their work displayed for a year in the United States Capitol Complex in Washington D.C. The artist will also receive an invitation to attend the winner’s reception for the art competition in Washington, D.C. this June.
There are several rules and criteria to enter the show. For more information, please visit this link.

The winner, which is chosen by a panel of local judges, will be notified during a reception at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville at 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 3. All artists, teachers, family and friends are welcomed to attend.

How to submit

All submissions are due by April 27.

Art intake will be done by scheduling a time to drop off the artwork at a district office (Terre Haute, Evansville, Jasper, or Vincennes) or by having a staff member of Congressman Bucshon’s pickup artwork at a local high school. Each entry must include a copy of the release form. Click Here to Fill out the release form and print/attach a copy to the back of the artwork.Please email Allie Johnston to coordinate details at [email protected] or call at 812-459-8093.

Along with your submission, please email the following to [email protected]

  • A clear, high-resolution picture of the student’s artwork uploaded in a PDF, JPEG, or PNG file.
  • A scanned, signed copy of the Student Information & Release Form, complete to the best of the student’s ability, and uploaded as a PDF. 

Details on rules, criteria and how to submit can be found here.

What are the rules?

Congressman Bucshon’s website has all the rules and guidelines you’ll need to make sure your entry is up for consideration in the competition.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches by 4 inches in depth (including the frame). Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. The art work may be:

  • Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage
  • Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.

Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). For more on copyright and plagiarism click here.

Here are all the forms you’ll need

Rules and Regs

Student release form

Guide to copyright and plagiarism

Art drop-off locations (be sure to schedule a time with Congressman Bucshon’s office)

20 NW Third St.
Suite 1230
Evansville, IN 47708
Phone: 812-465-6484
Fax: 812-422-4761
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT

Terre Haute
901 Wabash Ave. Suite 140
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Phone: 812-232-0523
Fax: 812-232-0526
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

610 Main St.
First Floor Small Conference Room
Jasper, IN 47547
Hours: By Appointment Only

1500 N. Chestnut St.
Vincennes, IN 47591
Hours: By Appointment Only

The fountain at Haynie's Corner during a 2021 First Friday event. Photo by Zach Evans

Here’s how to be a vendor at First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner

(Here’s the link for those who want to skip ahead to the First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner application)

It’s still winter, and despite the flashes of false spring the Ohio Valley experiences, thinking about summer arts and music events seems far in the future.

But those days are sooner than you may realize. ARTSWIN staff are looking ahead to First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner, and if you’re an artist, you may ask yourself, “How can I be part of First Fridays?”

What is First Fridays?

First Fridays is a seasonal arts and community fair in the center of the Haynie’s Corner Arts District neighborhood near Downtown Evansville from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The monthly event draws thousands of people to experience the art vendors, live music, adult beverages and good community vibes.

There are more than 50 art vendors that setup for First Fridays through the season. ARTSWIN staff help curate the art vendors that setup at First Fridays. If you have some items you want to sell or want to setup a booth to market your art, the first thing you need to do is apply.

First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner Application

Click here to view the online application form. This is a Google form. If you need other accommodations to apply, please contact us at the Arts Council at 812-303-3178 or by email at [email protected].

Apply before the deadline

The first deadline to apply is April 1. Applying by April 1 ensures if you’re still, your fee to setup for the season is only $35. If you apply after the deadline, placement isn’t guaranteed and the fee goes up to $50 — which is still a bargain, but why not apply on time.

After you apply, ARTSWIN staff will vet your application and let you know within a week whether your application was approved. And by April 15, ARTSWIN will assign you an area to setup for the first event on Friday, May 6.

ARTSWIN and Haynie’s Corner Arts District Association staff and volunteers are always available to help or answer any questions you may have about First Fridays.

First Friday Schedule

May 6
June 3
July 1
Aug. 5
Sept. 2
Oct. 7

First Friday Map


New ARTSWIN assignment exhibit inspired by famed conceptual artist

Join the Arts Council for an experimental exhibition inspired by the assignments of famed conceptual artist John Baldessari.

In 1970, when Baldessari was a studio art teach at CalArts in California, he developed assignments that were in themselves art. The assignments were anything but traditional, and would range from humorous, abstract, overly-specific, overly-ambiguous, and just plain odd.

With the help of artists, teachers and staff, the Arts Council developed a list of assignments to honor Baldessari, who died in 2020, and to inspire local artists — to quote Baldessari himself — to “not make anymore boring art.”

The list of 12 assignments is included in the form below.

Please read the form completely and provide all info requested. To open this form in a new webpage, please click here.


-Registration deadline: April 30
-Artwork drop off: May 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and June 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
-Exhibit dates: June 8 – July 9
-Opening reception: June 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
-Artwork pick up: July 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Posted April 20, 2021