A woman tries an interactive art piece at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Two men are standing with her.

ARTSWIN announces 2023 exhibits, including brand new themes

A new year means new exhibits at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Some old favorites are returning to the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery, but there are also several new exhibit themes to experience in 2023.

The first exhibit of the year is a twist on the Arts Council black-and-white exhibit. “RED” is an art exhibit limited exclusively to the red spectrum. Artists are only allowed to use red, white and black in their work. The monochromatic show begins January 24 and runs until March 2.

Another new exhibit is “Literally.” Registered artists will select a popular literary work from a list of pre-determined options and then create pieces inspired by their selected book. The exhibit is in April to coincide with National Literature Month and National Library Week. The Arts Council will release the prospectus for “Literally” in January.

The third newest themed exhibit is a ceramics show, “Wall to Table.” Arts Council staff will have a national call-for-artists to bring in artists and entries from across the country. The “Wall to Table” ceramics exhibit will open in August.

Other familiar exhibits will return in 2023, including our kindergarten through eighth grade exhibit “Young at Art” and our Signature School IB student exhibit “Caliber.” Our members-only show “Art in the City” returns in June, and our annual Halloween exhibit “Spooky Show” opens in September. The year ends as it always does with the “Holiday Fine Arts Sale” in November.

All exhibits except for “Young at Art” and “Caliber” have entry fees for artists. Non-members pay $20 for the first entry in an exhibit and $10 for the second entry. Members pay nothing on the first entry and $10 for the second entry. ARTSWIN membership is $50 a year. To learn more about becoming a member, visit artswin.org/members.

In addition to gallery exhibits and receptions, the Arts Council plans to bring back several popular programs this year, including the On The Roof concert series, Kids Film Day, Brown Bag Concert Series, and ParksFest.

2023 ARTSWIN Exhibit Calendar

Exhibit exclusively in the spectrum of red. Open call for artists.
Exhibit: Jan. 24 – March 2
Reception: Feb. 11

Young at Art 2023
Regional K-8 art exhibit. Open call for young artists.
Exhibit: March 14 – March 31
Reception: March 18

Caliber 7
Exhibit of Signature School students art. Closed call for Signature School IB students.
Exhibit: April 4-6
Reception: April 4

Assignment-based exhibit inspired by National Literature Month and National Library Week. Open call for artists.
Exhibit: April 20 – May 25
Reception: April 29

Art in the City 2023
ARTSWIN annual members-only exhibit. Closed call for ARTSWIN members only. Join here.
Exhibit: June 13 – July 20
Reception: June 17

Wall to Table
National call-for-artists ceramics exhibit. Open call for artists.
Exhibit: Aug. 8 – Sept. 14
Reception: Aug. 19

Spooky Show 2023
Exhibit that celebrates Halloween with an emphasis on 3D entries. Open call for artists.
Exhibit: Sept. 29 – Oct. 31
Reception: Oct. 28

Holiday Fine Arts Sale 2023
The gallery becomes a holiday gift shop for the winter holiday season. Open call for artists.
Nov. 11 – Dec. 22

These dates are subject to change. Prospectuses for all exhibits will be released throughout the year. Check back at artswin.org for more information.

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s Bower Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery is located at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville, Indiana.


Original Bob Ross paintings coming to the Arts Council

Some “happy little trees” are coming to Downtown Evansville.

A pair of original Bob Ross paintings will be on display at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in July.

The two paintings will be on display in partnership with WNIN’s Ross Fest event on July 17.

Ross Fest VIP participants will have first access to view the paintings on July 17, but the exhibition will be open to the public at the Arts Council’s Bower Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery from July 20 to July 29 during the gallery’s normal business hours and special gallery hours to be announced later.

Bob Ross is a late American painter who hosted “The Joy of Painting,” a show in which Ross painted serene landscapes while instructing viewers on how they could paint along at home. Ross filmed 403 episodes of the series, the bulk of which were recorded and produced by WIPB in Muncie, Indiana.

The paintings are “A Storm’s a Comin’” from episode 11 of season 26 and “Brown Mountain” from episode 7 of season 2.

As part of the exhibit, the Arts Council asked local artists to create portraits of Ross in their own interpretation. The portraits will hang in the Arts Council gallery along with the original Ross paintings.

WNIN’s Ross Fest presented by Field and Main Bank takes place at WNIN on July 17. The event will feature four painting sessions (two family-friendly and two 21+), a Bob Ross costume contest, food trucks and more. For more information about Ross Fest, visit wnin.org.

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is located at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville and is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with special viewing hours outside those times to be announced later.

Posted: June 29, 2021