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Painting Indiana III
Heritage of Place
Contributions by Rachel Berenson Perry
Published by: Indiana University Press
The work of T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, Otto Stark, and Richard Gruelle, known collectively as the Hoosier Group, established plein air ("in the open air") painting as a major art form in Indiana. The vitality of this style is represented in Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place which includes 100 juried works by current Indiana plein air artists, along with paintings by the Hoosier Group, all featuring notable Indiana landmarks. This richly illustrated book will delight Hoosiers and art lovers around the world.
Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc. (IPAPA) is an organization of Indiana artists dedicated to outdoor landscape painting and furthering Indiana art and artists.
Indiana Landmarks rescues, rehabilitates, and gives new purposes to architecturally unique, historically significant, and communally cherished properties in Indiana.
Rachel Berenson Perry is former fine arts curator at the Indiana State Museum. She is author of Paint and Canvas: A Biography of T. C. Steele; T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists 1896-1914 (IUP, 2009); and Children from the Hills: The Life and Work of Ada Walter Shulz.
"Perhaps the mandate to paint historical places for this third Painting Indiana book helped artists to focus on specific subjects. The liaison between the two sponsoring organizations for this project, the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and Indiana Landmarks, proved to be inspirational for the artists, as well as rewarding. Several participants became immersed in researching their subjects, in order to write appropriate comments about their paintings, and consequently gained new appreciation for Indiana and its history. The resulting captions that include historical details as well as insights into the artists' reasons for their subject choices, greatly enhance the 100 images of paintings inspired by time-honored places. Additional reproductions of fifteen previously unpublished works by Indiana's early artists illustrate the text detailing our state's art history, and complement the paintings of today's plein air artists."~Rachel Berenson Perry, from the Introduction
". . . a visual testament to the quiet, past-haunted beauty of the Indiana environment, both natural and man-made—the structures and landscapes that enchant us with the subtle power of color and organic design, brought to life so vividly in the pages of this book."~Bloom