About The Hoosier Art Salon

Mission

The Hoosier Salon is a statewide nonprofit artist-service organization whose mission is to create an appreciation of visual art by promoting Indiana artists and their work.

History

The Hoosier Salon legacy began in 1925 when the Daughters of Indiana opened the doors to the first exhibition of Indiana contemporary artists 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. Otis Adams and Will Vawter, and was an unqualified success.

In 1940 the annual exhibit moved from Chicago to downtown Indianapolis finally settling at the Indiana State Museum after various venues. The Hoosier Salon maintains galleries at the Stutz and New Harmony also host over thirty special shows of members; work each year.

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. Whether it is artists who remain and thrive in Indiana or those with attachments to the state who work elsewhere, the Salon is here to promote their efforts and ensure that Indiana art continues to thrive.

2020 is the Hoosier Salon’s 96th year of serving Indiana’s artists and developing the creative community they need to thrive. We are and will always be the organization that truly represents Indiana Art by Indiana Artists. We are one of Indiana’s oldest and most respected visual arts groups, yet we are as current as our newest member and we intend to be around and healthy to turn 100 in 2025.

Staff

Linda Volz, New Harmony Gallery Manager

Board of Directors Executive Committee

Donna Hovey, President, Indianapolis
Greg Pemberton, Treasurer, Indianapolis
Melanie Wissel, Secretary, Indianapolis
Stephen Tarr, Immediate Past President, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

Board of Directors

Kris Bowen
Thomas Burke
Karen Butler
Dr. Gregory Chernoff
Tom Creveling
Jeremy Efroymson
Brandon Emkes
John R. Gibbs
Donna Hovey
Janet Holcomb
Rebecca Kubacki
John Lechleiter
Raymond McConnell
Phil McKiernan
Robyn McMahon
Jim Morris
Cynthia Munerol
Greg Pemberton
Dr. George Rapp
Jerry Semler
Libby Somerville
Stephen Tarr
Amb. Randall Tobias
Melanie Wissel