EXHIBIT: Empowered: Self-Celebration Through Art


What makes you feel empowered?

Whether it is a quality about yourself that you’ve grown to love, someone in your life who lifts you up to your full potential, or anything else that represents your true inner magic, we want to see artistic representations of your empowerment! 

Non-Refundable Entry Fee + Juror and Awards

Non-Refundable Entry Fee:
One entry for Arts Council Members – FREE
One entry for Not-Yet Arts Council Members – $20

Artist membership dues are $50 for a full 12 months of benefits.  

Membership dues and registration fees can be paid by cash, check, or online at https://www.artswin.org/members/.

Juror and Awards:
This exhibit is not juried for inclusion, but for awards. The juror for Empowered will be announced at a later date.

The prizes for Empowered are:
   Third Place: $50
•    Second Place: $150
•    First Place: $300


  • Registration deadline: May 12th by 11:59 p.m.
  • Artwork drop off: May 15th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Exhibit dates: May 18th – June 29th
  • Reception: June 15th, 5:30-7
  • Artwork pick up: July 2nd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Guidelines, Requirements, How to Register, and What to Expect

Guidelines and Requirements:

  • All media are acceptable.
  • Framed dimensions cannot exceed 60” in any direction.
  • Submissions must be appropriately matted, framed, and securely wired, and READY TO HANG AND DISPLAY. No sawtooth hangers – must be wired.
  • Artwork should be assembled and ready for hanging at the time of delivery, no exceptions.
  • By registering, the artist agrees to the Arts Council’s Hold Harmless Policy and Sales Agreement.
  • If you are entering from out of the Evansville city limits, you may submit up to three images of your piece to [email protected], to be juried digitally.

How to Register and What to Expect:

  • Fill out the form on the last page of this document, and email it to [email protected], or mail it in a hard copy to 212 Main Street by the end of the day on May 12th, or find a link to the online Google form here: https://www.artswin.org/gallery_calls/.
  • All entries must be pre-registered by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 12th.
  • After you are registered, you will drop your work off at 212 Main Street on Wednesday, May 15th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • In the spirit of empowerment, this exhibit is not juried for inclusion.
  • Questions about the exhibit can be directed to Gallery Director, Andrea Adams at (812) 303-3178 or [email protected].

Register HERE:


Young at Art: An Annual Youth Art Exhibit


Young at Art, the Arts Council’s annual youth art exhibit, gives local young artists in grades K-8 the opportunity to display artwork in a professional gallery setting.

Each artist (grades K-8th) is allowed one 2D piece, or one 3D piece.

Work can be dropped off at 212 Main Street during the following times:

April 9th through 12th, from 10 am – 4 pm.

Teachers can submit up to ten 2D pieces and/or ten 3D pieces per school.

Teachers: please email [email protected] to make arrangements if you need help getting student artwork downtown.

Exhibit dates:

April 23rd through May 10th

Artists Reception:

Saturday, April 27th

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Open to all students in grades:

Kindergarten – 8th in any school district

Homeschoolers are welcome!

Drop artwork off at:

212 Main

Evansville, IN

April 9th through 12th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Artwork pick up:

May 14th – 17th

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Next Steps: Fill out the registration form and turn it in with your student’s artwork during the drop off days and times at the Arts Council (212 Main Street in downtown Evansville). Make sure the artwork is labeled on the front of the piece with the student’s name, grade, and school (and title, media, and price if so desired). Then come celebrate the young artists during the casual open house reception on Saturday, April 27th from noon – 2 pm!

Please click the link below for the hard copy prospectus.
Check back soon for a link to an online registration form.


Message from Executive Director, Anne McKim

January can be a challenging month: too long, yet somehow always flying by, too cold and grey, but not enough snow for this Michigan girl-at-heart, too many items on my beginning of the year checklist. The first half of the month is foggy with a post-holiday-emotional hangover, and the second is a race to complete the tasks I ambitiously assigned myself back in the heady days of December. 

January’s redemption, however, comes in the possibilities that each new year brings when you work in public arts. 

We’ve built out a challenging and interesting gallery calendar, set dates for the “On the Roof” series, and have begun booking bands; emails are swirling – fast and furious – with collaborators for films, performances, and readings. There are calls for public art, calls for artists for community events, and venues secured for celebrations. Our programming season may not kick off until February, but here, even the anticipation is a joy. 

The arts make life interesting, give context to the passage of time and our place in the world, and bring people and communities together. There is possibility, so much possibility, for beauty and excitement and connection in 2024 at the Arts Council, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with all of you.

Before I sign off, here are two items to have on your radar: first, in huge news, the Arts Council is launching our “Month for the Arts” fundraising and awareness campaign in February. Stay tuned for more information, because there’s a role for everyone in ensuring the campaign’s success. Second, Rats Live On No Evil Star, our first exhibit, opens on Thursday, February 1st with a reception on February 3rd from 5:30 to 7 pm. I hope you’ll join us! 

Stay warm, stay tuned, stay creative, and here’s to 2024!



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.

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