We are excited about our new partnership with the Herron School of Art and Design. Friends of T.C. Steele will provide on an annual basis a $1000 scholarship for an undergraduate student who is studying Painting or Art Education.
“Herron School of Art and Design is proud to award the “Friends of T.C. Steele Scholarship” to a student majoring in Painting or Art Education. These areas of the school closely align with the interests of T.C. Steele. Especially exciting is the rich history that our organizations share and the role that Steele has played.”– Kim Hodges, Director of Development at Herron School of Art and Design
T.C. Steele had a deep involvement in the creation of the original John Herron Art Institute, which included a school and museum on the property of what is now 16th Street and Talbott Street in Indianapolis.
By 1886, T.C. Steele resided here on an estate called Tinker or Talbott. By 1887, Steele built a studio on the grounds and opened it to the public. He taught classes, exhibited work, and helped advance the quality of Midwestern art, notably as part of Society of Western Artists. He served as vice-president of Art Association of Indianapolis (established 1883).
Pictured: Indiana Historical Society marker at 16th & Talbott Street, Indianapolis
Tinker Talbott was sold for the development of the John Herron Art Institute, which opened 1902 and grew quickly, fulfilling Association’s goal “to cultivate and advance Art.” Herron hosted large exhibitions of Steele’s work in 1910 and 1926. The John Herron Art Institute evolved into Herron School of Art and Design and Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Original caption: “The John Herron Art Institute – An Ideal Place for Higher Learning”
Then & Now
Use the slider to compare the 1926 T.C. Steele exhibit at John Herron Art Institute with the 2019 Art of Collaboration exhibit at Herron School of Art and Design: