The Hoosier Salon legacy began in 1925 when the Daughters of Indiana opened the doors to the first exhibition at Marshall Fields and Company Galleries in Chicago. The high quality of art was applauded by critics and the public alike, the first exhibition included works by such notables as T.C. Steele, J. Ottis Adams and Will Vawter, and was an unqualified success.
In 1940 the annual exhibit moved from Chicago to downtown Indianapolis. The Annual Exhibition was shown annually for the past 30 years at the Indiana State Museum and in 2012 moved to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center. The Hoosier Salon galleries in Carmel and New Harmony also host over thirty special shows each year.
The Hoosier Salon is a statewide nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to create an appreciation of visual art by promoting Hoosier artists and their art.
The Hoosier Salon envisions a statewide environment for both visual art and its public appreciation that carries forward the grand tradition of the artists of Hoosier Group, who remained and thrived in Indiana. These artists created outstanding art which was nationally recognized and that ignited the intellect, enhanced education and helped heal the body and spirit. Today’s Hoosier artists and patrons continue that history and contribute to our present society by capturing moments in time, by increasing commerce in the state of Indiana, and by celebrating the differences among individuals to achieve a more inclusive society. We exist as a nonprofit organization to propel our state’s precious legacy into the 21st century and call upon others to join us in this effort so that everyone may have the opportunity to experience the many benefits of Indiana’s rich cultural heritage.