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Making art accessible is an ongoing goal of the Art Alliance. Public Art projects are an important way of accomplishing this. The Nashville Arts and Entertainment District keeps members involved in current and future projects. Additional public artworks are located around Nashville. Learn more about these HERE.
Art Alliance Public Art Projects
Partnering with Art 'All Together Now,' the sculpture at left, was produced from recycled materials by artist Brad Cox of Cox Creek Mill, and participants in the BETA teen summer camp. This example of partnering to create public art is located at the public parking lot on Pat Reilly drive. Funded by a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation.
- Hosted Indiana Conference on Public Art
- Streetlight Banners for the winter holidays
- Outdoor mural of a Brown County scene at Out of the Ordinary restaurant
- Nine murals by nine artists representing Brown County's past—west of the Brown County History Center
- Bison-tennial Project
The Indiana Bison-tennial Project Brown County's contribution to this state-wide project involves the Art Alliance and community members along with generous sponsors. Check back for updates
The Brown County History Mural Project was created in 2013 to honor Brown County’s rich history. Each of the nine participating artists researched and interpreted one aspect of the county's past for the project. The murals are located just west of the Brown County History Center, one block north of the courthouse, on Van Buren Street.
Sponsored by: Art Alliance Brown County and the Brown County Historical Society, the project was funded in part by grants from the Brown County Community Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission. Additional support was provided by: Miller’s Ice Cream, Brown County Artisans, Friends of the Brown County Public Library, Brockwood Farm Stall Shi*fter and Worm Harvester.
Camping In Spring
Artist: Rosey Bolte • Today, Brown County is a place for arts, nature and adventure. Brown County boasts more than 200 working artists, the largest state park in Indiana, and Yellowwood State Forest; plus, the county is listed as among the top mountain biking destinations in the country.
My Grass Is Blue
Artist: Michele Heather Pollock • Music, especially bluegrass music, is an integral part of Brown County. From professional players to locals who play in bars and at jam sessions, music helps unite the community and draws visitors from across the globe. Bill Monroe, the “Father of Bluegrass,” founded his festival in Bean Blossom in 1967. It is the longest running bluegrass festival worldwide.
Artist: Dick Ferrer • In the early 1800s, Johann Schoonover was the first documented Anglo (white) man to leave a footprint in what was to become Brown County. He traded with the indigenous peoples along the bison trails, married an Indian woman and had a family. Not much else is known about his life, but Schooner Creek and Schooner Hill are allegedly named for him, though misspelled.
Artist: Brett Volpp • T.C. Steele (1847-1926) is considered one of the premier Impressionist painters of the Midwest and a leading member of the “Hoosier Group.” In 1907 he was the first artist to make his home in Brown County. This mural is from a photograph taken at his residence, The House of the Singing Winds, now an Indiana State Historic Site.
Brown County State Park
Artist: Anabel Hopkins • In the 1920s, Lee Bright, a Nashville resident, wanted to restore Brown County to economic health by fostering tourist trade. In1926, he helped establish a game reserve in Brown County, which later became Brown County State Park. With more than 15,000 acres and more than 1 million annual visitors, it is the largest and most visited park in Indiana.
A Visit From the Huckster Wagon
Artist: Ann Francis • In the early 1900s, the huckster wagon was a vital link to the larger world for rural Brown County residents, providing essentials and a few luxury items. If residents did not have money to pay for the items, they traded eggs and chickens for things that could not be produced on the homestead.
Hohenberger Revisited: Brown County’s Rich History
Brown County Jr. High Art Classes, with artist and teacher P. Rhoden Bartels. • Between 1904 ad 1928, Frank Hohenberger recorded Brown County’s past in photographs which tell stories of the time and place. Inspired by his photographs, this mural is in the Impressionistic style of the period using colors common to tintype photography.
Confluence: Art, Literature, Community
Artist: Martha Sechler • In the early 1920s, artists Ada Walter Shultz and Will Vawter helped form the first Brown County Library Board of Trustees. In taking this step, they moved from delivering magazines and books in suitcases around the county via automobiles to establishing the first library collection, housed in an upstairs room of a building in Nashville. Images in this mural are taken from photos by Frank Hohenberger and paintings by Shultz and Vawter.
Mathis Bond Farm: A Brown County Ancestry
Artist: A.W. (Amanda Wallace) Mathis • The economic small engine of Brown County has always been family-owned businesses. This mural depicts one example—the Bond funeral home in the 1940s, owned by the family of the artist’s husband. The Mathis and Bond families have been here for generations, represented in the mural by Green Valley Mathis Farm and the Bond Home in Helmsburg.