Brown County Art Colony

Brown County Art Colony

The Brown County Art Colony is a artist colony formed in Nashville and Brown County, Indiana.

Adolph Shulz is considered to be the founder of the colony, encouraging many Indiana and regional artists to come to Brown County to paint. Though artists had been coming to Brown county as early as 1870, the colony is considered to have been firmly established in 1907 when the noted painter T. C. Steele moved there. The dean of Indiana painters, Steele built a home and studio on a large plot of land west of Nashville in and made it his permanent home. Its proximity to Indiana University in Bloomington allowed Steele to accept a position as artist in residence there in 1922.

An art association was incorporated in April 1927 with Carl Graf as the first president. In 1954, two associations merged into the Brown County Art Guild, Inc. which continues to maintain a gallery in Nashville.

Some of the noted Brown County artists include:

* T. C. Steele
* Gustave Baumann
* Anthony Buchta
* Patty Bartels
* Dale Bessire
* C. Carey Cloud
* Georges LaChance
* Edwin Fulwider
* Adrian J. Miller
* Marie Goth
* V. J. Cariani
* Carl Graf
* Dale Cassiday
* Leota Loop
* C. Curry Bohm
* Chelsea Noggle
* Will Vawter
* L. O. Griffith
* Glen Cooper Henshaw
* William Zimmerman


* Burnet, Mary Q. "Art and Artists of Indiana". New York; The Century Co., 1921.
* Simon, Rita "Artists of Southern Indiana" 1986
* Judd, Barbara and M. Joanne Nesbit "Those Brown County Artists" 1993


* [ Brown County Art Guild.]
* [ Sell your Brown County Art Colony paintings here.]

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