After the establishment of the Brown County Art Gallery and the Artists Association in 1926, member artists began donating works of art to build a Permanent Collection to be displayed in the Gallery. As years went by, art collectors and family members began adding to the collection.
Eventually, the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation was organized to protect, and supervise the Permanent Collections and to maintain the Gallery and its property. A Foundation Board of Directors has the responsibility of not only conserving the past, but to help today’s Hoosier Masters by providing the best exhibit space possible at an affordable price and by staging events to bring people into the Gallery. The Foundation also fosters Brown County’s art history by creating exhibits, programs, books and articles that tell the story of this important regional art colony in the backwoods of southern Indiana.
The Permanent Collection contains work by major Indiana and American Impressionist Artists including T.C. Steele, Adolph Shulz, Ada Walter Shulz, Will Vawter, Edward K. Williams, V.J. Cariani, Marie Goth, C. Curry Bohm, L.O. Griffith, Carl Graf, Georges LaChance, Dale Bessire, and early work by one of America’s premier printmakers, Gustave Baumann.
Also included are photographs by Frank Hohenberger, a pioneer in early American art photography. All made their homes in Nashville. The Collection has work by other prominent Indiana artists including Otto Stark, William Forsyth, Lucie Hartrath, and many more.
The Brown County Art Gallery Foundation Glen Cooper Henshaw Memorial Trust
In 1941, Indiana born artist Glen Cooper Henshaw came back to his home state after a distinguished career in Paris, New York, and Baltimore.
At the height of his career, his mesmerizing portraits and stunning New York street scenes made him popular with East Coast collectors. But a trend toward modern art sent Henshaw back home to Indiana where Impressionist style painters were still popular. After his death, a trust was established and a permanent collection of his work was left with the Brown County Art Gallery where it remains today.
Visitors will always find great examples of early Indiana art on display in the Klein and Henshaw Galleries, where paintings are routinely rotated. There are also experts on staff to help answer questions.
In recent years, the Curator’s Fund was established for donors to contribute directly to help protect the Gallery’s important Permanent Collection. Tax Free Contributions are always welcome and the Board is always interested in acquiring works of art for the Permanent Collection.
Paintings displayed in order of appearance on this page from the Permanent Collection:
“Madison Avenue, New York” by Glen Cooper Henshaw,
"Winter Greys" by C. Curry Bohm ,
"Lengthening Shadows" by Adolph R. Shulz,
“Oliver” by Marie Goth,
“The Weaver” by Gustave Baumann,
“Brown County Autumn Landscape” by Will Vawter,
“After the Frost” by Lucie Hartrath
Photos of Permanent Collections in the Gallery
Brown County Art Gallery
1 Artist Drive
PO Box 443
Nashville, In 47448
For more information call Brown County Art Gallery at 812-988-4609
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