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Steve Moseley

Explore this new Juneteenth-inspired exhibit, Lift Every Voice

The country celebrated Juneteenth this weekend, the newest federal holiday. In honor of Juneteenth, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is proud to present Lift Every Voice.

The exhibit features 26 entries from 15 artists. The themes center on Juneteenth, Black joy, and the continuing struggle for civil rights in America.

The exhibit is available to view in person at the Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville now until July 15.

For more information, or if you’d like to purchase a piece, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams.

Nominate an artist for the 2022 Arts Awards now

Do you know an artist, teacher, or organization who deserves some recognition for their hard work in the arts community? The Arts Council is now accepting nominations for its annual Arts Awards ceremony.

The annual event is a chance for artists, teachers, and organizations to be honored for their contributions to the local arts community.

There are six categories:

  • Mayor’s Arts Award
  • Visual Arts Award
  • Performing Arts Award
  • Young Artist Award
  • Arts Educator Award
  • Arts Project Award

An ARTSWIN committee will select the winners from the pool of nominees for each award. Nominees and award winners will be honored at a special ceremony and party at the DoubleTree Hilton in Downtown Evansville on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.

The nomination form is embedded below, or use this link to skip ahead.

The Categories

Here’s some more information about each category.

Mayor’s Arts Award

This prestigious honor is given to an individual(s) whose contributions to the arts have had exceptional impact on the community. Consideration is given to evidence of long-standing support of and life-long interest in the arts. The nominee must be a current resident of Vanderburgh County whose arts activities have had significant impact on the city of Evansville.

Visual Arts Award

This award recognizes an exceptional candidate from the visual-arts discipline.

Performing Arts Award

This award recognizes an exceptional candidate from the performing-arts discipline.

Young Artist Award

A candidate for this award should be a high school junior or senior in the 2022-2023 school year with exceptional talent in the literary, visual, or performing arts.

Arts Educator Award

This award recognizes an educator who directly influences and engages students of any age through the visual, literary, or performing arts.

Arts Project Award

This award recognizes an arts project that directly influences and engages students of any age through the visual, literary, or performing arts.

List of previous winners

Click here to access a spreadsheet of previous winners to ensure you don’t nominate a former recipient.

Nomination Form

Click here to access a hard copy to print.

Rohan Karanjit

Explore the new Art in the City 2022 virtual gallery

Art in the City isn’t a normal Arts Council exhibit.

Art in the City doesn’t have a central theme like other ARTSWIN exhibits sometimes do. The annual exhibit is showcase of entries from ARTSWIN members, all of which have diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and stories to tell through their art.

The results is more than 50 entries from regional artists, including paintings, photography, ceramics, stained glass, and more.

Check out the virtual for Art in the City 2022 gallery below to experience the full range of talent within the region.

The exhibit is available to view in-person until June 2. The Bower Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. s

Upcoming Arts Council exhibits include Lift Every Voice, an exhibit inspired by Juneteenth (registration still open), an Indiana Arts Commission Region 10 On-Ramp group exhibit, and a Latino Heritage Month exhibit in September.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Arts Council, please click this link.

For more information, or to purchase a piece, contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams at [email protected].

Check out these other virtual exhibits while you’re here:

Textile Art Telephone Game
Art Noir (black and white exhibit) 2022
Spooky Show 2021

Art in the City 2022


All kids welcome for Creative Exploration Days at the Arts Council

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and Building Blocks (Formerly 4C) are partnering to present early childhood Creative Exploration Days at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery on Main Street. Children ages 1 – 5 and their caregivers are invited to spend time in the gallery moving, building, creating, reading and imagining, because early learning happens through creative play.

Staff from Building Blocks will be on-hand to share expertise, ideas and insight with caregivers as little ones interact with art supplies, instruments and movement toys. Participants may join in the fun any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and each participating child will receive a free board book or picture book to take home. Creative Exploration Days are unstructured, although each session will include a read-aloud at 11:30 a.m. 

Please join us for any or all the sessions:

June 1: Learning through Movement

June 15: Learning through Light

July 13: Learning through a Child’s Eyes

July 27: Learning through Play

Early Childhood Creative Exploration Days are free and open to the public. The Arts Council’s Bower-Surheinrich Foundation Gallery located at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville is ADA accessible. 

Early Childhood Creative Exploration Days are supported by a grant from CenterPoint Energy.

For more information, please contact Anne McKim at [email protected]


Black Opry Revue heads to Haynie’s Corner in May

The Black Opry Revue — a touring showcase of Black country, folk and Americana singer-songwriters — is coming to Evansville this spring.

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Haynie’s Corner Arts District Association and Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library are presenting the free concert, which is at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Haynie’s Corner during the neighborhood’s First Friday art event.

Black Opry was formed as a way for fans to discover, support and enjoy Black artists in the country, blues, folk and Americana world. The Black Opry Revue showcases the diversity in sound and stories that Black artists offer to these genres.

“Country music has been made by and loved by Black people since its conception. For just as long, we have been overlooked and disregarded in the genre by fans and executives,” according to a statement from Black Opry.

Revue Performers will include Jett Holden, Nikki Morgan, Aaron Vance, Julie Williams and Tylar Bryant.

“Country music dominates this region,” said Zach Evans, community director for Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. “Evansville is the perfect home for Black Opry Revue to expose country music fans to diverse sounds and stories they may not have the opportunity to experience live elsewhere.”

The concert is free and open to all ages. First Friday features dozens of curated art vendors, food and drinks, live art experiences, music and more at Haynie’s Corner every month from May through October.

For more information about Arts Council events, visit For more information about Haynie’s Corner events


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

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