Hoosier Salon

“Today is the last day of the Hoosier Salon.” Qu’est-ce qu’il a dit ? My ears pricked up at the docent’s comment. There was an exhibit of art by Hoosier artists in the Indiana History Center?

I was intrigued, thinking about the Salon in France in centuries past that showcased art of the day. Same sort of thing or something completely different?

I was pleasantly surprised with an exhibition of artwork, mostly paintings but some glasswork, mixed media, sculpture, and porcelain. In fact, I had stumbled upon the 91st annual Hoosier Salon, which exhibits the works of Hoosier artists.

The Hoosier Salon tradition began in Chicago in 1925, showing the works of T.C. Steele, J. Ottis Adams, and Will Vawter. In 1940, the annual exhibit was came home to downtown Indianapolis. Beginning in 2012, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center has hosted the exhibit.

Finding art in unexpected places is a boon. Wandering through the exhibit was an unexpected diversion from my day. Perhaps it was not so strange to find the exhibition in the History Center. After all, the Center is devoted to all things Hoosier.

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