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Why you Should Visit the Original Artists' Colonies

Early History

The Brown County Art Colony formed in Nashville, Indiana to encourage Indiana artists to gather and develop a regional renown in the arts. Founder Adolph Shulz and artists such as William McKendree Snyder did much to establish the colony in its formative years, starting as early as 1870. The colony gained precedence in 1907 when the famous painter T. C. Steele moved there to become the dean of Indiana painters. Steele also became the artist in residence at Indiana University-Bloomington in 1922. An art association incorporated in 1926 split into two parts in 1954: The Brown County Art Gallery and Museum and The Brown County Art Guild. Both organizations maintain galleries of the early artists and also show and sell the art of contemporary members.

Things to Do at the Artists' Colony

On second Sundays of each month, the Brown County Art Gallery hosts artists from Indiana and elsewhere. Patrons have the opportunity to discuss the artist's work, ask questions and tour the museum. Frequent art workshops include introductory drawing and theme drawing, such as horse and equestrian subjects. The Gallery hosts a variety of receptions and other events to attract patrons and raise awareness of Indiana artists. The Gallery is located on the corner of Artist Drive and Main Street, Nashville, IN, 47448.

The Brown County Art Guild, located in a gorgeous historic building, calls itself the art and soul of Nashville and houses a collection of 45 Indiana artists. The main exhibits are rotated and modified every few months. Each month, two featured artists are exhibited on the Upper floor's Loft Gallery. Like the Gallery, the Guild holds receptions featuring artists on exhibit during Village Art Walks on Second Saturdays. The Guild is located at 48 South Van Buren Street, Nashville, IN, 47448.

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