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Brownsburg's Jessica Saunders and Treasurer Kelly Mitchell

Artist from Brownsburg Recognized by Crouch, Mitchell & IAC celebrating 2019 Hoosier Women Artists

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission hosted a reception to celebrate the 2019 Hoosier women artists at the Statehouse.

Brownsburg’s Jessica Saunders and Treasurer Kelly Mitchell

“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.”

Jessica Saunders of Brownsburg was selected to have her artwork decorate the Statehouse as part of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s Hoosier Women Artists initiative.

“Indiana is home to many accomplished women artists who use their skills to bring more beauty into our lives,” State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) said. “The pieces displayed are a wonderful representation of the varied work we can find from Hoosier artists.”

Saunders’ work titled, “Desire,” will be displayed in the state treasurer’s office. 

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 today can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/164836994@N08/813NQ1 .

Below is a full list of winners.

First Name Last Name City Displayed Title Medium Previous HWA year
Heidi Ahmed Indianapolis LG “Richmondena cardinalis” Watercolor  
Roberta Avidor Indianapolis LG Monument Steps Oil on canvas  
Joy Bailey Monticello FL “Geologists’ Dream” watercolor on yupo paper  
Jody Bruns Carmel LG On a Winter’s Day Printmaking: Woodcut Reduction 2017
Anna and Michelle Case-Johnson Indianapolis LG  Sup? Mixed Media on Canvas  
Sharon Chupp Elkhart LG Snowy Day at Pine Creek Acrylic 2017
Alicia Criswell Lafayette LG Reconciliation acrylic on canvas  
Laura Cutler La Porte TOS Mystic Bison Oil on Canvas 2014
Penny Deal North Manchester DOE Hay Bales Oil on Belgian Linen 2009, 2016
Andrea England Aurora LG Special graphite pencil  
Carol Estes LaPorte LG Three Sisters  infrared photography 2014
Mary Firtl South Bend LG Beach View from Beverly Shores, Indiana Soft Pastels 2018
Jennifer Fox Martinsville LG The Run Out of Carson City Nero pencils  
Holly Geeslin Indianapolis FL Shouting LOVE to the heavens in American Sign Language Photography  
Peggy Hobson Russiaville Supreme Court Circle of Swirls Stained Glass  
Joni Huber Batesville TOS Colored Currents Mixed Media, Collage and Acrylic Paint  
Jackie Huppenthal Dyer TOS Winter is Coming to Cataract Falls Photograph  
Susan Kirt Valparaiso LG Hummingbird and Cardinal Flower Photography  
Jane Lohmeyer Valparaiso TOS Imprisoned by Lake Michigan Shelf Ice Torn Paper, Tissue Paper, Watercolor, Acrylic Paint  
Charlene Long Mishawaka DOE Early Morning Glow Oil on canvas 2016, 2017, 2018
Savannah Lopez Anderson LG Albion Indiana Ink Pen  
Stephanie McDairmant Warsaw TOS Aslan and the Dragon acrylic paint 2018
Ann McGriffin Indianapolis TOS Approaching Migraine 4 Acrylic on canvas  
Louisa Murzyn Munster TOS Haunting Seas  Photography  
Ginny Payne Terre Haute TOS More than Coexist Digital Design, Floating Frame on 3/4 Baltic Birch Wood  
Patricia Rhoden Bartels Nashville TOS Illuminated silver leaf and oil 2018
Ashley Richardson Indianapolis LG  This Silent Fire Scanner and Inkjet Printer 2015
Susan Ring North Manchester TOS Following the Light Oil painting on canvas 2011, 2017, 2018
Darlene Rosario-Reese East Chicago LG  “Don’t See My Art, Feel It.” Coloring Pencils, Gel Pens,  Crayons,  Acrylic Paints, Gold Sharpie, Pencil NA
Mychelle Rowe Goshen LG  “The Music in Me” Acrylic on canvas  
Jessica Saunders Brownsburg TOS Desire acrylic on canvas  
Constance Edwards Scopelitis Indianapolis Supreme Court Angel the Go oil and graphite on canvas  
Clara Segard Portage AOS Ghanian Joy Charcoal  
Heather Steed Muncie AOS Caught By Nature Photography  
Radie Steiner Indianapolis TOS Indiana Landscape  Photo printed on metal   
Brenda Stichter Warsaw TOS Full of His Glory Painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper 2016
Aren Straiger Carmel SOS Winged Woman Linocut Print  
Beverly Wilson Greensburg TOS Sister Edna’s Room Photography  
Kassie Woodworth Indianapolis SOS Silent Flock Intaglio Etching  

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