Local artists honored at Indiana Statehouse

Joni Huber and Treasurer Kelly Mitchell

Indianapolis, In. — Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission recently celebrated the 2019 Hoosier women artists at the Statehouse.

“Being able to promote female artists throughout our state brings me such joy and I look forward to this ceremony every year,” Crouch said. “We had an astonishing amount of art submitted, and it was very difficult to decide which pieces to bring into the office. I want to continue to encourage women in Indiana to keep exercising their artistic passions and share them.”

The Hoosier Women Artists competition was established in 2008 to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana’s communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state. The annual competition was announced in January, and today’s 39 honorees were selected out of more than 220 entries. The entries were judged by a panel of visual Indiana arts professionals and then selected for display by Crouch and Mitchell.

“As always, the amount of talent and creativity Hoosier women possess and display is impressive,” Mitchell said. “I am honored to celebrate their skill by displaying these beautiful works of art in our office during the coming year.

The 39 pieces of artwork will be displayed in the offices of: Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor of State Tera Klutz, Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, as well as in the office of First Lady Janet Holcomb in the governor’s residence.

Photos from the event are online here.

Below is a full list of winners.

First NameLast NameCityDisplayedTitleMediumPrevious HWA year
HeidiAhmedIndianapolisLG“Richmondena cardinalis”Watercolor
RobertaAvidorIndianapolisLGMonument StepsOil on canvas
JoyBaileyMonticelloFL“Geologists’ Dream”watercolor on yupo paper
JodyBrunsCarmelLGOn a Winter’s DayPrintmaking: Woodcut Reduction2017
Anna and MichelleCase-JohnsonIndianapolisLGSup?Mixed Media on Canvas
SharonChuppElkhartLGSnowy Day at Pine CreekAcrylic2017
AliciaCriswellLafayetteLGReconciliationacrylic on canvas
LauraCutlerLa PorteTOSMystic BisonOil on Canvas2014
PennyDealNorth ManchesterDOEHay BalesOil on Belgian Linen2009, 2016
AndreaEnglandAuroraLGSpecialgraphite pencil
CarolEstesLaPorteLGThree Sistersinfrared photography2014
MaryFirtlSouth BendLGBeach View from Beverly Shores, IndianaSoft Pastels2018
JenniferFoxMartinsvilleLGThe Run Out of Carson CityNero pencils
HollyGeeslinIndianapolisFLShouting LOVE to the heavens in American Sign LanguagePhotography
PeggyHobsonRussiavilleSupreme CourtCircle of SwirlsStained Glass
JoniHuberBatesvilleTOSColored CurrentsMixed Media, Collage and Acrylic Paint
JackieHuppenthalDyerTOSWinter is Coming to Cataract FallsPhotograph
SusanKirtValparaisoLGHummingbird and Cardinal FlowerPhotography
JaneLohmeyerValparaisoTOSImprisoned by Lake Michigan Shelf IceTorn Paper, Tissue Paper, Watercolor, Acrylic Paint
CharleneLongMishawakaDOEEarly Morning GlowOil on canvas2016, 2017, 2018
SavannahLopezAndersonLGAlbion IndianaInk Pen
StephanieMcDairmantWarsawTOSAslan and the Dragonacrylic paint2018
AnnMcGriffinIndianapolisTOSApproaching Migraine 4Acrylic on canvas
LouisaMurzynMunsterTOSHaunting SeasPhotography
GinnyPayneTerre HauteTOSMore than CoexistDigital Design, Floating Frame on 3/4 Baltic Birch Wood
PatriciaRhoden BartelsNashvilleTOSIlluminatedsilver leaf and oil2018
AshleyRichardsonIndianapolisLGThis Silent FireScanner and Inkjet Printer2015
SusanRingNorth ManchesterTOSFollowing the LightOil painting on canvas2011, 2017, 2018
DarleneRosario-ReeseEast ChicagoLG“Don’t See My Art, Feel It.”Coloring Pencils, Gel Pens,  Crayons,  Acrylic Paints, Gold Sharpie, PencilNA
MychelleRoweGoshenLG“The Music in Me”Acrylic on canvas
JessicaSaundersBrownsburgTOSDesireacrylic on canvas
Constance EdwardsScopelitisIndianapolisSupreme CourtAngel the Gooil and graphite on canvas
ClaraSegardPortageAOSGhanian JoyCharcoal
HeatherSteedMuncieAOSCaught By NaturePhotography
RadieSteinerIndianapolisTOSIndiana LandscapePhoto printed on metal
BrendaStichterWarsawTOSFull of His GloryPainted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper2016
ArenStraigerCarmelSOSWinged WomanLinocut Print
BeverlyWilsonGreensburgTOSSister Edna’s RoomPhotography
KassieWoodworthIndianapolisSOSSilent FlockIntaglio Etching