Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), announced details for the 2017 Hoosier Women Artists contest. The annual competition was established in 2008 as a way to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana’s communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state.
The contest celebrates a wide variety of visual arts including drawing, painting, and photography. Past entries have included – but are not limited to – portraits, landscapes, still lifes, animals, buildings, interdisciplinary arts, and abstracts. The artwork is judged by a panel that includes Lt. Governor Crouch, Treasurer Mitchell, and peer artists coordinated by the IAC.
Winners of the Hoosier Women Artists contest will have their artwork displayed in the Lt. Governor’s and Treasurer’s offices at the Statehouse for one year to be enjoyed by the thousands of school groups, visitors, and staff who explore the Statehouse annually.
“I am excited to invite all Hoosier women from across the state, and across every walk of life, to submit their artwork. There is no better way to tell the story of our great state than through the eyes and artistic expression of Indiana’s women, their unique perspectives, interests, and personal experiences,” said Lt. Governor Crouch.
”I want to personally reach out and include women whose experiences may include the challenges of a disability, domestic violence, addiction, incarceration, or homelessness…this competition welcomes all Hoosier women with open arms.”
In addition to the inclusion of the Indiana Arts Commission, new for this year, pieces of art will also be selected by First Lady Janet Holcomb, Secretary Connie Lawson, Auditor Tera Klutz, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick to display in their respective offices in the Indiana Statehouse.
“We are pleased that the other female statewide elected officials will join the Lt. Governor and myself to provide this opportunity to female artists around the state. I enjoyed showcasing beautiful art from last year’s competition in my office,” added Treasurer Mitchell. “As women, it is important that we work together to encourage other women on their path to success.”
Submissions may be made on the Indiana Art Commission’s Online Application System through April 19, 2017. Applicants will need to create a username and password and select Hoosier Women Artists as the program name.
- Framed wall art only
- Maximum dimensions (including frame): 42”x 60”
- Maximum weight: 60 lbs
- Must be installation ready, including frame and hanging wires
- Submit one entry per artist to be considered
A reception will be held on May 19, 2017 from 11:00 am to 12:00 p.m. EST at the Indiana Statehouse to honor the selected artists.
2016 Hoosier Women Artists are able to pick up their artwork in the Lt. Governor’s office from May 8 – 19, 2017, unless otherwise arranged.
2017 HWA time frame:
- March 22 – competition formally announced (online submission portal opened)
- April 19 – deadline for submissions
- May 5 – artists notified of selection
- May 19 – 2017 Hoosier Women Artists celebration at the Indiana Statehouse