Painting Indiana III
Heritage of Place
Publication Year: 2013
The work of T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, Otto Stark, and Richard Gruelle, known collectively as the Hoosier Group, established plein air ("in the open air") painting as a major art form in Indiana. The vitality of this style is represented in Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place which includes 100 juried works by current Indiana plein air artists, along with paintings by the Hoosier Group, all featuring notable Indiana landmarks. This richly illustrated book will delight Hoosiers and art lovers around the world.
Published by: Indiana University Press
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Table of Contents
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From its earliest days to the present, the great tradition of outdoor painting in Indiana has featured places of historical and architectural character as ad-juncts, if not equal partners, to the natural landscape. In that spirit, Indiana Landmarks joins forces with the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association in presenting Painting Indiana III which captures that spirit of healthy interplay ...
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It all began with a dinner at the Indianapolis Columbia Club in October 2009. The idea of a third book about plein air painting (on location, outdoors) in Indiana emerged as an important goal for the Indiana Plein Air Painters As-sociation (IPAPA). One of the board members, Richard McKnight, who also sits on the board of directors of Indiana Landmarks, a historic preservation ...
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I was impressed with the Painting Indiana project when I first heard about it because it seemed to be a challenging and rewarding project for everyone involved. It was clearly an innovative and significant collaboration between Indiana Landmarks, Indiana University Press, and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association that was aimed at celebrating historically important ...
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Ever since artists returned to Indiana at the turn of the last century, after studying abroad, to paint their familiar landscapes, their style and sensibilities have remained popular with Indiana artists and art enthusiasts. The subject choices of today’s artists are frequently the same scenes that the early artists Three artists of the notable Hoosier Group who developed a passion for ...
1: A Condensed History of Landscape Painting
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The fine art of painting landscapes, for the sole purpose of recreating pleas-ing natural scenery, has been pursued in America for fewer than 175 years. Beginning in the 1850s, the Hudson River School painters created idealized depictions of nature, aesthetically influenced by romanticism. Like their con-temporaries, American writers Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) and Ralph ...
2: The First Generation of Hoosier Plein Air Painters
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During the state of Indiana’s Golden Age of Culture, in the 1880s and 1890s, Hoosiers led the country in creative trends. The Hoosier Group painters were working at the same time as nationally read Indiana writers James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916), George Aid (1866–1944), Meredith Nicholson (1866–1947), and Booth Tarkington (1869–1946). The visual artists’ enthusiastic belief ...
3: The Second Generation of Hoosier Plein Air Painters
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When he sold his portion of the Hermitage in Brookville to J. Ottis Adams in 1906, T. C. Steele had already identified his new painting ground. After exploring the rugged appeal of Brown County, he’d discovered more than sixty acres for sale on a hilltop near Belmont, between Nashville and Bloomington. He bought the land and hired a local builder, William Quick, to construct his ...
4: Recent History of Plein Air Painting in Indiana
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T. C. Steele’s home and studio, preserved as a State Historic Site, are open to the public throughout each year. To celebrate the artist’s September 11 birthday, the Site sponsored the first Great Outdoor Art Contest in 1988 to encourage artists to paint on location. Several of the artists who continue to paint out-doors admit to having their first plein air experience at one of the Steele Site’s ...
5: The Current Plein Air Painting Phenomenon
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Amateur artists as well as professionals, in the twentieth century, found chal-lenge and enjoyment in attempting to capture scenes on canvas or paper outdoors. One of the most famous amateur artists in the 1940s was the prime minister of England, Sir Winston Churchill. To relieve stress from strategizing during World War II, Churchill applied brush to canvas for the first time at ...
6: The Future of Plein Air Painting
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Painting en plein air is certainly not new. However, the recent phenomena of plein air painting groups and events described in chapter 5 indicate a movement of significance as a result of the painting method’s popularity and associated revenue. Professional artists who have become established in the national plein air community enjoy sufficient demand for their paint-...
Gallery of Paintings with Artists’ Captions
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...peace and quiet of this area, especially the officers’ quarters settlers clearing their fields of stones, these fences used to be ...
About the Artists
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Jerry Botzum has been painting full time since the early 1990s, when he retired from his clinical psy-chology practice. He studied painting as early as the late 1970s with instructor Leola Beck. Using primarily oil or watercolors for his representational landscapes, he is inspired by local scenery as well as by trips to various European countries. He has won numerous awards in local and national juried competitions, and he teaches in his Avon/Danville studio. His national affiliations are with Oil Painters of America, American ...
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About the Author
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Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc. (IPAPA) is an organization of Indiana artists dedicated to outdoor landscape painting and furthering Indiana art and artists. ...
Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 160 color illus.
Publication Year: 2013