Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann recognized 11 women as the 2013 Hoosier Women Artists during a March 27 ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse. Held in conjunction with Women's History Month, the competition is in its sixth year.
After publicly requesting submissions in early 2013, the Lt. Governor's office received 58 entries from around the state. The submissions included a variety of art forms, including landscapes, portraits, animals, stills, abstracts and photography.
The entries were reviewed by Dr. Jean Robertson, professor of art history, Herron School of Art and Design - IUPUI, and Dr. Amy Conrad, vice chancellor for external affairs, IUPUI. The final selections were made by Lt. Gov. Ellspermann, and will hang in the entry room of her office for a one year period.
"While the Statehouse is blessed to be full of art from the State Museum's collection, these works by our contemporary female artists open yet another door for Hoosier art appreciation," said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. "We're proud that the art will be on display for our guests from all over the world to see when they come to visit the Statehouse."
Artists selected for the exhibition included: Rebekah Arvin, Indianapolis; Maryellan Cox, Bargersville; Maryann Bodnar Bartman, Merrillville; Kristen Fennig, Portland; Katherine Finch, Zionsville; Jan Ginther, Rochester; Addie Hirschten, Indianapolis; Suga Matsui, Richmond; Gina Mitchell, Osceola; Marie Reamer, Indianapolis; and Sonya Thomas, West Lafayette.
Visitors are encouraged to stop by Room 333 in the Statehouse to view the art with friends and family during normal business hours. (source: press release)