Arts Council

Art Awards: ICONIC

Please join us to honor those who have significantly contributed to our local arts community. 

Visual Art Award Jordan Barclay
Performing Art Award Children’s Theatre of Southern Indiana
Young Artist Award Bayla Espenlaub | Braden Riley
Arts Educator Award Rob Millard-Mendez
Arts Project Award BOOKED! Concert series organized by Hamilton Golike
Arts Council Award Samantha Buente | Tory Schendel-Vyvoda
Mayor’s Art Award Stephanie Engelbrecht
Arts Luminary Terry Becker | Ginny Schroeder

August 15, 2024
5:30-8 pm
City View at Sterling Square
5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres
6:30-7:30 Award Ceremony
7:30-7:45 Pictures

$75 per person | $45 of each ticket is tax deductible

Purchase tickets by August 7, 2024 online or by contacting Director of Development Lisa Moore at [email protected].

Arts Council Announces Art Award Recipients

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The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana announces the recipients of the 2024 Art Awards. These awards celebrate arts organizations, artists, and patrons who have made significant contributions to the arts and cultural landscape of our community. A committee of past winners and community arts advocates selected honorees from an inspirational pool of dedicated nominees.

The 2024 Art Awards: Iconic will be held on Thursday, August 15th from 5:30-8 pm at City View at Sterling Square, and will include recognition in the following categories:  Visual Art Award, Performing Art Award, Young Artist Award, Arts Educator Award, and Art Project Award.

In addition, the Arts Council Staff and Board of Directors will present the Arts Council Award to two recipients, Samantha Buente, for elevating arts and entertainment programming in Haynie’s Corner to enhance neighborhood connectivity, livability, and desirability, and Tory Schendel-Vyvoda, for excellence in academic, institutional, and neighborhood-based arts research, programming, and engagement. Two lifelong arts advocates, Ginny Schroeder and Terry Becker, will be remembered for their extraordinary efforts to advance the arts in our community with an Arts Luminary recognition. Rounding out the evening, Mayor Stephanie Terry will present the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award to Stephanie Engelbrecht, for decades of generous philanthropy, strategic leadership, and unfailing commitment to advancing arts and cultural opportunities and institutions in Evansville.

The following groups and individuals will be recognized at the event:

Visual Art Award
Jordan Barclay, in recognition of his direction of the Evansville-focused documentary featuring local artist Kevin Titzer, “Sack Race with Knives”

Performing Art Award
Children’s Theatre of Southern Indiana, for their work to expand theater education and performance opportunities for young people in our region

Young Artist Award
Bayla Espenlaub, for theater and vocal achievement
Braden Riley, for orchestral violin performance achievement 

Arts Educator Award
Rob Millard-Mendez, for growing the local creative community by educating and inspiring fine arts students at the University of Southern Indiana

Arts Project Award
BOOKED! concert series organized by Hamilton Golike, for providing an inclusive, all-ages alternative for musicians and avid listeners to give/experience in a small group setting 

Tickets for the 2024 Art Awards: Iconic are available via the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana website. For sponsorship opportunities, to purchase a table, or to learn other ways to proactively support the Arts Council, please contact Director of Development, Lisa Moore at [email protected].

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Honoring Arts Council Volunteers For National Volunteer Month

Like many non-profit organizations, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana relies on support from volunteers to host, support, and organize our many programs at 212 Main and beyond. Whether our volunteers donate time or financial resources, or both, we value the dedication each individual allocates to our organization – and to our regional arts community. 

We begin with our dedicated Board of Directors, a group of professionals and art enthusiasts who advocate for arts and cultural opportunities at the Arts Council and throughout our community. Many of them also generously serve on multiple boards at other cultural organizations in the area.

Co-President Hannah Dill, Attorney at Stoll Keenan Ogden
Co-President Victoria Salmond, Project Manager at Ascension St. Vincents
Vice-President Alex Rang, DDS at Alex Rang Dentistry
Treasurer Kim Wren, Financial Advisor at Baird – Berger Wealth Services
Secretary Stephanie Engelbrecht, Arts Advocate at Engelbrecht Enterprises
Rick Martin, Owner/IP Attorney, Martin IP Law Group
Dr. Jia-Rong Gan, Software Engineer & Violinist
Fred Emory, Business Development at Double Eagle Insurance
Darin Lander, DEI Program Manager at Old National Bank
Justin Johnson, Attorney at Jackson Kelly PLLC
Buddy Lobermann, Attorney at Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP
Adam Stevens, AVP – Wealth Management Advisor, Fifth Third Bank
Elizabeth Beck, Climate Advisory Leader, Antea Group
Dr. Anna Dauer, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Palliative and Supportive Care, University of Kentucky

Beyond our current Board of Directors and past Board Members, we recognize our artists and community members who serve on Arts Council committees, help curate gallery exhibits and rooftop concert events, or amplify our events and programming with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. 
We exist to serve our community and we cannot fulfill our mission of enhancing quality of life and supporting economic development through advocacy and promotion of the arts, arts organizations, and arts education in southwestern Indiana without our amazing community volunteers.

Pop-up Pub Featuring Patsy Hartigan’s

Join us for a lively evening at Pop-up Pub On the Roof, hosted in collaboration with our future neighbors on Main Street, Patsy Hartigan’s Pub. This special event is a fundraiser benefiting the Arts Council’s enriching programming.

Date: Thursday, May 2
Time: 5:30-7 PM
Location: Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 212 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana 47708

Tickets are $50 per person, with $20 of each ticket being tax deductible. 

During the event, guests will learn to craft two signature cocktails, including the classic Irish Coffee and another exciting drink from Hartigan’s menu. The Irish Coffee, a blend of rich coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream, has a history dating back to the 1940s when it was created to warm up passengers at an Irish airport. In addition, attendees will savor tantalizing small bites previewing the future offerings of Hartigan’s Pub.

So, snag your tickets and join us for an evening of fun, community, and support for our future downtown Evansville neighbors. Sláinte!

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot soon!

8th District Congressional Art Show

April 18 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

Celebrate and view the entries for the annual Congressional Art Competition.

About the Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 8th District. 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. Larry Bucshon’s Facebook page) will hang in Congressman Bucshon’s Washington D.C. office for a year. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide, as well as featured on’s Congressional Art Competition page. The student with the winning art piece will receive an invitation to the Congressional awards ceremony in Washington D.C. in June.0

Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

212 Main St
Evansville, IN 47708 United States
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Creative Exploration Day – Learning Through Movement

September 11 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Children ages 1 – 5 and their caregivers are invited to the Arts Council for a morning of learning through art and creative play. The program is free, open to the public, and runs from 10 am to noon. This session’s theme explores learning through movement!


Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

212 Main St
Evansville, IN 47708 United States
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