The 90th annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis opened on June 26th, exhibiting 127 works of art by 106 Indiana artists. Judges for this years show are Frank Lalumia from Trinidad, Colorado and Kathleen Newman from Chicago, Illinois. For the second year in a row, Mary Gretsinger won Best of Show for her 30" x 40" oil painting titled "Behind the Circle" receiving the top cash prize of $5,000. Fred Doloresco received $1,500, Best Traditional Oil for his 40" x 46" piece titled "Winter Pokagon". A 36" x 46"painting by artist Roy Boswell titled "Mysterious Place" received the $1,000 award for Best Impressionistic. Carol Strock-Wasson's work in pastel won the $1,500 prize for Best Pastel. The work was titled "Values Close to Home" and measured 26" x 28". In the Watercolor category, artist Patricia Hooper's 17" x 21" portrait titled "Maddox" was awarded $1,000 for Best Watercolor. A porcelain clay sculptor titled "Hollyhock at Midnight" by Amy Carroll won Best Sculptor and $1,000 in prize money. Best Contemporary work went to artist April Willy for a 30" x 40" oil tilted "Cluster", she received $1,00. Jessica Smit won the $350 for Best First Time Exhibitor for her 35" x 37" oil painting titled "Thirst"
Additional awards and prize money at this years show are:
Outstanding Awards - $500
Charlene Brown, 17.5" x 21.5", titled Joel at the Seawall, awarded for outstanding oil
Deb Ward, titled, 28" x 36", "Japanese Tea", West Harrison awarded outstanding watercolor
Donna Shortt, 27" x 27" titled "The Sled Run", awarded outstanding pastel
David Cunningham, 22.5" x 22.5", titled "New Years Resolution", awarded outstanding still life
Forrest Formsma, 34" x 46", titled, The Monuments Men" awarded outstanding contemporary
Jury Prize Of Distinction - $250
Susan Mauck, 25" x 29" titled "Montana Annie",Westfield, Jury Prize of Distinction Portrait
Patricia Rhoden Bartels, 36" x 43" titled "Frigid", Jury Prize of Distinction Impressionistic Landscape
Tamara Scantland-adams, 25.25" x 29.5" titled "Orange", Jury Prize of Distinction Still Life
Rodney Reveal, 36" x 28" titled What's Up?, Jury Prize of Distinction Watercolor
William Carpenter, 60" x 40", Pastel, titled Slave,Toil Workmanship , Jury Prize of Distinction – Etching/Drawing/Mixed Media
Lawrence Rudolech, 34" x 28", oil, titled "Tom Tom's Exhibition #4", Jury Prize of Choice
|Dan Annarino||Laura Appleby||Biagio Azzarelli||Linda Barrett|
|Henry Bell||Lisa Bemish||Kari Black||Joe Blalock|
|Philip Blomgren||Roy Boswell||Joanne Breen||John Brooks|
|Charlene Brown||Ron Burgess||JoAnne Burkhar||Charles Capek|
|William Carpenter||Amy Carroll||Ellen Crabb||Cindy Cradler|
|Roderic Cranor||Judy Crawford||Cindy Crofoot||David Cunningham|
|Douglas David||Rob Day||Steve Dodge||Fred Doloresco|
|Lynn Dunbar||Charles Edwards||Karen Fehr||Forrest Formsma|
|Beth Forst||Suzy Friedman||Joel Fremion||Penny French-Deal|
|Brian Gordy||Gerrie Govert||Linda Gredy||Mary Gretsinger|
|Jerome Harste||Jeanne Hilfiker||Thomas Himsel||David Hockensmith|
|Patricia Hooper||Kathryn Houghton||David Hudson||Corrine Hull|
|Benjamin Johnson||Steve Johnson||Gary Jusik||Troy Kilgore|
|Scott Kilmer||Anthony King||Patrick Kluesner||Marilyn Kruger|
|Hewood Lee||Wyatt LeGrand||Judith Lewis||Kathy Los-Rathburn|
|Sarah Luginbill||Joyce Lupresto||Therese Lynch||Diane Lyon|
|Miguel Malagon||Jeremy Mallov||Cassia Margolis||Susan Mauck|
|Sandy Maudlin||Jeanne McLeish||Roger Merkel||Bob Meyers|
|Martha Nahrwold||Bruce Neckar||Chris Newlund||Pam Niccum|
|Nancy Olds||Abbie Parmele||Alan Patrick||Jerry Points|
|Susie Rachles||Rodney Reveal||Patricia Rhoden||David Riedel|
|J. AnnaRoberts||Larry Rudolech||Martha Sando||Tamara Scantland-Adams|
|Michael Schulbaum||David Seward||Carol Sexton||Donna Shortt|
|Jessica Smit||Jerry Smith||Arlyne Springer||Hattie Stanton|
|Carol Strock Wasson||Deb Ward||Patricia Weiss||Jacqueline Welsh|
|Tricia Wente||Katie Whipple||April Willy||Rick Wilson|
|Marilyn Witt||Dan Woodson||Tom Woodson|
Bill Inman - "Colors of Wind"
J.D. Naraine - "Aqua Pillow"
Jerry Smith - "Frozen Cascade"
Robert Eberle - Abe Eyed Award "Opalescence"
Joel Knapp - Margaret Colglazier Award -"Along the River"
T.C. Steele Memorial—"Beginnings" Wyatt LeGrand
Carol Strock Wasson - Taylor English Award "Values Close to Home"
Dan Woodsen - Barbara K. Judd Award "The Evening"
|Andrea Bojrab||Rhonda Bontrager||William Borden||Roy Boswell|
|Eric Brock||Charlene Brown||Luke Buck||Ken Bucklew|
|Ron Burgess||Mark Burkett||Carol Cammack||Kevin Carlson|
|John Michael Carter||Sharlyn Cheeseman||Kathryn Clark||Douglas David|
|Mary Ann Davis||Lyle Denney||W.A. Dodds||Steve Dodge|
|Fred Doloresco||Lynn Dunbar||Robert Eberle||Dick Ferrer|
|Forrest Formsma||Jodie Friend||Victoria Gillieron||Gerrie Govert|
|Tim Greatbatch||Gwen Gutwein||Randall Scott Harden||Sandee Hazelbaker|
|Jeannie Hilfiker||Thomas Himsel||Corrine Hull||Bill Inman|
|Troy Kilgore||Jeff Klinker||Joel Knapp||Valery Kosorukov|
|Ryan Lee||Wyatt LeGrand||Judith Lewis||Diane Lyon|
|Ronald Mack||Susan Mauck||Michael McAuley||Jeanne McLeish|
|JD Naraine||Pamela Newell||Chris Newlund||Elizabeth O'Rear|
|James Oblack||Vandra Pentecost||Pamela Pfrang||Dale Popovich|
|Todd Reifers||Rodney Reveal||Patricia Rhoden||Thom Robinson|
|Lawrence Rudolech||Douglas Runyon||David Seward||Donna Shortt|
|Carolyn Sichting||Jerry Smith||Carol Strock Wasson||Katie Whipple|
|Libby Whipple||Dan Woodson||Tom Woodson|
Artist: John Ottis Adams was a well known 19th/20th artist and member of the Hoosier Group
Birth: July 8, 1851, Amity Indiana, Johnson County
Death: January 28, 1927 (age 75)
Burial: Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, In
Marriage: Winfred Bradey 1897
Children: John Alban Adams (9/10/1900 - 1971), Edward Wolf (11/19/1902 - ?), Robert Brady Adams (7/19/1904 - 1951)
Subject Matter: Portraits, Landscapes Artistic Style :Impressionism
Art Associations: Hoosier School, Society of Western Artists (1896-1914)
Art Education: Wabash College 1871, South Kensington School in London, Royal Academy Munich Germany
Art Awards: 1904 - St Louis Exposition for "Iridescence", 1907 - Fine Arts Building prize for "A Snowy Morning" - awarded $500.
Biography of John Ottis Adams
Early Education and Training (1851 to 1880)
John Ottis Adams was born in the small town of Amity Indiana on July 8th, 1851 to parents Alban Housley and Eizibeth Adams. As a young boy John attended public schools in Franklin, Shelbyville and high school in Martinsville Indiana. He enrolled in Wabash College in 1871, but left after a year to study art under John Parker at the South Kensington School in London from 1872 to 1874. After receiving a certificate from Kensington, Adams returned to the United States living in different towns until returning to Muncie Indiana to open a studio and lived for four years between 1876 and 1880.
From The Royal Academy to Brookville (1880 to 1900)
In 1880, Adams left for Europe to study at the Royal Academy in Munich Germany for seven years with fellow Indiana artists Theodore C. Steele and Samuel Richards. Leaving Germany in 1887 he returned to Muncie, Indiana to spend his time painting portraits, landscapes and honing his painting skills. In addition to painting, he taught art classes in Muncie and Union City, Indiana. Adams was also involved in the establishment of the art school in Ft Wayne, In. During this time Adams and fellow Artist T. C. Steele discovered the artistic beauty of the Whitewater Valley around Brookville, Indiana. Steele and Adams were so taken with the surrounding area they bought the old Mills house, later to be know as the Hermitage in Brookville. In 1896, John Adams along with T. C. Steele, John Elwood Bundy and fourteen other artists formed the "Society of Western Artists" which continued as an organization until 1914. In 1898, Adams married Winfred Brady who was also an artist. She received her training at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and the arts student league of New York City. She was a member of the Womens Art Club of Cincinnati and an associate member of the Society of Western Artists. John and Winfred moved to Brookville, In. in the Spring of 1899.
Painting in Florida and Michigan(1900 to 1927)
As with the Art School of Ft Wayne, Adams helped found the John Herron Art Institute in 1902 and, soon afterwards joined the faculty as a drawing and painting instructor.