Two important items we want to make our members aware; the first item is the current exhibit at Monroe County History Center which is a rebuild of T.C. Steele’s Studio at the top of Franklin Hall at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. The second item is an update on the T.C. Steele marker to be installed on the Indiana University campus.
Hoosier-in-Residence: T.C. Steele’s Franklin Hall Studio
In 1922 Steele accepted an appointment as Indiana University’s first artist in residence and held this position until his death in 1926. During this period, T.C. Steele and his wife Selma made Bloomington their home from fall to spring, and spent the other half of the year at their home and studio in Brown County, known at House of the Singing Winds. In his spacious campus studio, located on the top floor of the University Library (now Franklin Hall), Steele welcomed students to visit him during his six-month annual residency over the winter. Weather permitting, Steele would take his portable easel and paint outdoors. The exhibit represents Steele’s Studio at Franklin Hall and his impact on Indiana University and Bloomington. The recreation will include original Steele paintings and studio furniture. This exhibit runs from July 10 – November 13.
The Monroe County History Center
202 East 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Update: Indiana University Bicentennial T.C. Steele Marker
Recall from our spring 2020 newsletter we presented an article that announced the Indiana Historical Marker as part of the IU Bicentennial that would honor Steele and his association with Indiana University. We are pleased to update this marker is now cast, and ready for installation. The next step is for the university facilities team to install the marker. We hope this will be completed by end of summer, or early fall. We will update all of you as soon as this is completed so you can visit and view the historical marker. Due to COVID-19, we regret to inform you there will not be a public dedication as we had previously planned.