A Ghoulishly Delightful Spooky Show

Is Halloween an everyday affair for you, or do you reserve it just for October? Regardless of your spooky inclinations, this year’s Arts Council gallery has a treat in store for you. Our hauntingly captivating Spooky Show, hosted at 212 Main, will be on display from October 5th to the 27th. Featuring a spine-chilling array of 129 entries from 97 talented artists, this exhibition showcases ceramics, stained glass, paintings, and repurposed creations from over 13 communities, including Evansville, Newburgh, Haubstadt, Mount Vernon, and beyond.

Here are the key details you need to know:

  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Exhibition Dates: October 5th to October 27th.
  • Artist Reception: Join us on October 21st from 5:00 to 6:30 pm for a ghoulishly delightful artist reception.
  • Admission: This eerie experience is free and open to visitors of all ages.
  • Exhibit Juror: Signature School Teacher, University of Evansville Adjunct Faculty (Printmaking), and Artist Kyle Darnell
  • Awards will be announced at the Artist Reception on October 21st: First Place: $300, Second Place: $200, Third Place: $100

Please note that while the 200 block of Main Street is currently under construction, fret not! Ample parking options are available on the surrounding streets and in nearby garages. We remain open during our regular hours, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the construction project to conclude by the projected end date of November 17th.

We’re especially thrilled to announce that this year’s Spooky Show has received generous sponsorship from Engelbrecht Enterprises.

So, whether Halloween is your daily muse or an annual affair, make sure to immerse yourself in the otherworldly creativity of our Spooky Show this October. We can’t wait to welcome you to a world where every day is Halloween!


Spooky Show Prospectus

The Arts Council loves Halloween, and to celebrate, we will host our annual Spooky Show this fall, filling the gallery with loads of scary, funny, and whimsical creations during the month of October. While we hope to display many 2D scary scenes and specters on the walls, we want our 3D artists to conjure creepy creatures that can take residence in the gallery for the Spooky Season. 

Download or view the prospectus: SpookyShow2023_Prospectus

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 21 by 4pm
(Email or mail [email protected]: 212 Main Street, Evansville, IN 47708)

Artwork Drop off: Friday, September 29 between 10am-4pm
(Arts Council, 212 Main Street)

Exhibit Dates: October 5 – October 27

Artist Reception: Saturday, October 21, 5-6:30pm

Artwork Pick-up: Tuesday, October 31, 10am-4pm
(Arts Council, 212 Main Street)

AWARDS and Juror:
First Place: $300
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100
The juror for this exhibit is Kyle Darnell, Signature School art teacher and ARTSWIN artist member.

The Spooky Show is generously sponsored by Engelbrecht Enterprises.


Wall To Table: A Collective 2D and 3D Art Exhibit

The latest art exhibit, Wall To Table, on display at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana marries 2D (wall) art with 3D (ceramics) art for a collective experience. 

Clay artists were invited to consider the space that 2D and 3D art occupy and work to bridge the gap. Ceramics are often considered “work for the table or pedestal.” Our national call for participation encouraged ceramic artists to show their ability to take their work in a new direction and bring in the walls around them. A national call for art was met with pieces from Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and Ohio.

Al Holen and Brett Anderson assisted Gallery Director Andrea Adams in planning and organizing this exhibit, starting with the call for art to setting up the show in the gallery and ending with jurying the exhibit for cash awards to be announced at the reception on Saturday, August 19 from 5-6:30pm. 

Juror Statements
Wall to Table
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

Alisa (Al) Holen, Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana

The initial concept for this show came from a desire to fully utilize the unique footprint of the ARTSWIN  gallery with a 3D Ceramics exhibition.  Many ceramic artists work from sketches or specific visual sources, which can give us great information about how the ceramic piece was developed.  Many ceramic artists consider their work for a specific environment – the table, the garden, or a specific space. With this, we were looking for unique pairings of 3D ceramic objects with strong 2D staging, information, or presentation elements.  

Beyond this, I use a simple rubric for the jury process.  Completion, Creativity, Challenge, and Craftpersonship.  

  • Completion: Did the artist see the work through to a fully completed statement? 
  • Creativity: Did the artist go beyond an obvious solution and think creatively?  
  • Challenge: Did the artist challenge themselves to bring the work to the next level?  
  • Craftspersonship: Is the work finished with attention to detail?  

Because we juried from digital images, the quality of photography also played into the jury process. 

We made some difficult choices, but I think we chose a cohesive and compelling group of works!  Congratulations to all who entered!  This was a new challenge for most, and we hope to encourage all artists to continue to take risks and get the work “out there”! 

Brett Anderson, Director of McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries

Many artists are multifaceted in their approach to process and find reworking the same concept with different media often leads to satisfying alternatives that couldn’t be achieved otherwise.  There are also conventions of genre and functionality linked to many artistic processes, like ceramics and printmaking; whether an artist lends into or rejects these conventions becomes an important aspect of using that specific process.   These types of concerns, as well as the artist’s visual dialogue between their two-dimensional and three-dimensional components, were the most important criteria by which I considered the pieces submitted in my role as co-juror for this exhibition.

Additionally, several artists also used the show parameters as an impetus to collaborate with others, or to make new work specifically in response to the exhibition concept, Kudos! My thanks to everyone who responded to the open call, our invitation was a complex puzzle to solve.

Wall To Table is available to view in person at the gallery from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Friday until September 28.


Art in the City virtual gallery

John Helfrich

Literature becomes visual art in the ‘Literally’ exhibit

The Arts Council challenged artists to create a piece inspired by a literary work from a predesigned list of books and poems.

The result was inspiring.

Fifty-eight artists submitted work in the exhibition. Paintings, prints, film photography, ceramics and all styles of mixed media were incorporated into the show. You can check out the full list of books artists could choose from here.

Sam and Adam Morris, owners of Your Brother’s Bookstore, juried the exhibit and chose three works for cash awards.

  1. “Venomous Kerosene” (mixed media) by Elizabeth Isaac. $451. Book: “Farenheit 451”
  2. “Frankenstein” (oil on canvas) by John Helfrich. Not for sale. Book: “Frankenstein”
  3. “VILLAIN(S)” (acrylic on canvas) by Lauren Adcock. $600. Book: “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

“Literally” is available to view in-person at the gallery 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday until May 25. The next exhibit at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery is “Art in The City,” the Arts Council’s members-only show.

If you are interested in purchasing the pieces below, or have any questions, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams.

Evansville Day School

Take a look at the creativity of more than 250 young artists in this new exhibit

There is never a more colorful show in the Arts Council’s gallery than the annual “Young at Art” exhibit. More than 250 regional K-8 artists submitted their wildly creative, colorful and inventive entries into the exhibit this year, and you can view all the entries in the virtual exhibit below.

“Young at Art” is on display now through March 31 in the Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville. If you have any questions about this exhibit or other exhibits, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams ([email protected]).

If you have a young artist you think would enjoy being part of future “Young at Art” exhibits, use this link to sign-up for the Arts Council’s email list for future exhibit opportunities.

Links to other virtual galleries:

RED (2023)
La Vida (2022)
On Ramp (2022)
Juneteenth (2022)
Art in the City (2022)
Art Noir (2022)

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