This Lafayette Indiana Art Museum features T. C. Steele and other Hoosier Group artists in this huge collection of paintings by the most important Indiana artists.
Specializing in major oils that best represent the work of an artist, over 100 artists are represented in the collection. As with any museum, not all of the paintings can be hung at the same time, and the most important works are selected for display. There are over 100 paintings hung at any one time.
The Hoosier Group
The Hoosier Group is a designation given to five artists in 1894 at an exhibition in Chicago. Steele, Adams, Forsyth, Stark, and Gruelle comprise this most important group of Indiana artists, and they are the most represented artists on display in the mansion.
Brown County Art Colony
The second important group are the members of the Brown County Art Colony. Starting in 1907, many artists came to Nashville, Indiana, to paint for the season or establish permanent residences. The best of these artists are Ada and Adolph Shulz, Will Vawter, Edward K Williams, Lucie Hartrath, and Adam Emory Albright. T. C. Steele’s move to Brown County in 1907 helped establish the colony, but he was 60 at the time and did not integrate into the art scene like the other artists.
Many other artists such as Bundy and Eggemeyer from Richmond, pioneer painters Hays and Cox, and regionalist painters Davis and Floyd Hopper are on display.