Nov. 17–Jan. 6, 2024
Susan (Sue) Chapman (b. 1927) is one of southern Indiana’s most well-known and beloved artists. This exhibit, which will run from Nov. 17 until Jan. 6, 2024, is an eclectic presentation of Chapman’s career to date, showcasing some of her earliest works — done while she was a student at Pratt Institute — to one of her most recent pieces, “A Pond At Five Rivers,” painted at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY.
Over 35 works in all, there are paintings to represent Chapman’s diverse interests over more than 70 years of her career. The watercolor of A. J. Foyt’s car underscores the fact that she scored auto racing for 20 years. Equine paintings give expression to her five-year career as a hot walker at Churchill Downs. Portraits of Harlan Hubbard and his wife convey her friendship with this famous American artist and writer.
Throughout her long career, Chapman has always attempted to “get it right,” as she puts it. “Right may mean color, atmosphere, or sense of motion as these shift throughout the day and seasons.” She writes: “I have attempted to convey the tension between man and medium (thoroughbred or race car), the power of the storm, the tranquility of water, or evening. . . All have been grist for my mill.”
In connection with this exhibit, Harrison County Arts is honoring Chapman with a Lifetime Membership Award.
The exhibit will be located in the upstairs gallery at 113 E. Beaver Street, Corydon, and will run concurrently with HCA’s Annual Holiday “Small Art” Exhibit, held in the downstairs galleries.
Harrison County Arts is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 wa.m. to 4 p.m.
Harrison County Arts will be hosting its annual Small Art holiday showcase from November 18 through January 6 at 113 East Beaver Street in Downtown Corydon. Affordable creative items include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, jewelry, ceramics, ornaments, carvings, quilts, etc.
Opening Reception – Friday, May 19th @ 5:30-7:30 PM
Please join us at Harrison County Arts for “No Place Like Home,” an exhibit of artworks by HCA artist members which presents their unique ways of identifying “home”. This group exhibition reconsiders the attachment to home in all its complexities – from memories of childhood to reflections on spending the pandemic years largely at home to stories of migration and the need for safe and secure housing.
UPCYCLED: The Fashion Show & Opening Reception
Saturday, July 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm
On Exhibit July 14th – September 9th
UPCYCLED, the upcoming show at Harrison County Arts, showcases artists who have transformed salvaged items into new creative visions – including wearable art. The opening reception will feature a fashion show of 18 outfits. One of our fashion designers, Wende Cudmore, is known throughout the region as one of the most prolific and innovative artists in the annual KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway. Other fashion designers include Joy Kirchgessner, Cathy Thorpe, Kevin Schultz, Monica Osbourne, Katrina Johansen and Eva North.
On Exhibit – March 17th – May 13th
Please join us at Harrison County Arts for the opening of “Two Roads”, an exhibit featuring works by sculptor, Bernard Hagedorn, and printmaker, Deborah Hutchinson-Hagedorn.
Bernard is most well-known for his monumental sculptures: The Bill Schroeder Memorial, located in Jasper, dedicated to the longest living artificial heart recipient, The Living Well, located at the Ferdinand Community Center, dedicated to the people and history of Ferdinand, Indiana, and Dusk and Dawn of the Twenty-First Century, located at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at Vincennes University, dedicated to the victims and events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Bernard’s sculpture involves imagery from the landscape, as well as man-made forms such as tools and architecture. He is interested in the interrelationship of nature, culture, and symbolism.
Deborah Hutchinson-Hagedorn is a printmaker who also uses watercolors with the application of collage and mixed media to create layers of color and overlapping images. Her fascination with Japanese papers – rich in color, texture, and pattern – also shape the resulting playful images. The tree is often a symbol in her work, acting as a metaphor for life and rebirth through seasonal dying and renewal. The scenes in her work invite the viewer to consider how everyday objects, like a tree, may be energized by imagination and myth.
Please join us for Harrison County Arts Annual, an exhibit of work by regional artists inspired by, and reacting to, the unique culture of the Ohio River Valley.
Congratulations to our winners of the Harrison County Annual!
Best in Show – David Modica
First Place – Cynthia Degraaf
Second Place – Elmer Ramos
Photographic Members Exhibition
This exhibit is a celebration of the diverse and creative talents of our esteemed photographers. The Photographic Members Exhibition will be on display in conjunction with the Harrison County Arts Annual and is part of the Louisville Photo Biennial – louisvillephotobiennial.com.
An exhibition of original landscape paintings, drawings, and a rare bas relief sculpture by Laconia artist, Sidney Crosier (1858-1930) will be on display at Harrison County Arts from January 13th to March 11th, 2023. These works are part of the Larry Ordner Collection being auctioned online by Beckort Auctions.
Other works in the collection that will also be on view include a 1896 watercolor painting by William Forsyth, entitled “Cedar Farm -The Evening Star”, artworks by Helen Griffin O’Leary from the Frederick Griffin Estate, as well as many other local Corydon/Harrison County historical items.
This collection being displayed offers the viewer a rare opportunity to see some of the artwoks that hold clues to the past life of Harrison County, and contribute to our self-understanding as a County.
IMPRESSIONS: A short introduction to the life and times of Sidney D. Crosier, a Harrison County Indiana artist – 1858 -1930
October 7th – November 12th, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, October 7th @ 5:30-7:30PM
Please join us at Harrison County Arts for the Opening Reception of “Glasstoberfest Glass Invitational,” an exhibition of regional and local artists. Works in glass, and works inspired by glass will be featured in the Invitational Gallery, including some vintage Zimmerman pieces. The Members’ Gallery will be exhibiting over 25 new works by potter, Carl DeGraaf. DeGraaf is known for his unusual and unique items, and his uncommon surface textures or carvings. This show “Forms, Functions, and Faces” will include clay faces and other unique pieces.
Harrison County Arts will be hosting its annual Small Art holiday showcase from November 18 through December 31 at 113 East Beaver Street in Downtown Corydon. Affordable creative items include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, jewelry, ceramics, ornaments, carvings, quilts, etc.
The showcase will represent the artist-members of Harrison County Arts and invited artists from the region, who have produced many exciting works for sale to patrons who are looking for unique gifts or holiday enhancements for their homes. Carl DeGraff, a well-known local potter, shared his thoughts about creating smaller clay items: “One of the joys for a potter of small things is the fact that almost all of them are defect free and because I can take risks in construction and glazing that I cannot afford when dealing with larger pieces.” DeGraff will have both sculptural and functional ceramic pieces on exhibit.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
August 19, 2022 – September 30. 2022
Opening reception: August 19, 2022 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Gallery talk on September 17, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
Artists’ Lecture on September 20, 2022, at 7:00 p.m
Please join us at Harrison County Arts for the opening reception of the “Contemporary Wonderland Way,” an exhibition of works by 17 regional artists: David Becker, Cheryl Barnett, Rosemarie Bernardi, Debra Clem, Wende Cudmore, Evelyn Fried, Keith J. Hampton, Brian Harper, Ohad Holzberg, Lorraine Hughes, Brian Jones, Joy Kirchgessner, Joseph Moore, Joyce Ogden, Wendi Smith, Cathy Sawtelle- Thorpe, and Kimara Wilhite.
This invitational exhibit is named for the Southern Indiana Wonderland Way Art Club that met from 1906 until 1937. It is the first of what will become a biennial juried show of contemporary regional artists who perpetuate Southern Indiana’s rich artistic heritage that began with the Wonderland Way Art Club.
The work of local artists, Leah Porter and Rita Koerber, will be featured in “Color and Form: A Duet” in the Members’ Gallery. Koerber is a fabric artist known for incorporating Indonesian designs and fabric – batik and songket – into her traditional quilts, table runners, and other functional art. Porter is known for the exacting detail of her “plants” – sculptures made from copper wire, beads, glass, rocks, and curious pieces of wood.
All events are free and open to the public.