Dorrel Harrison is a true country artist. His work creating hand-crafted barn plaques have earned him some regional and even national attention.
Harrison is a retired educator and photographer who moved to Southern Indiana from in New York, where he started his work creating his replicas of Indiana barns as wooden plaques. He has also recreated barns from Vermont and New York. Most barn-ophiles may recognize some of the replicas on his products page, including the Muncie round barn, which I was known to, uh, “visit” late at night during my high school days.
Harrison makes sure to include the barn’s history on the back of each plaque, which gives the owner the sense of history about the plaque.
Harrison was designated as an Indiana Artisan in 2008, and has the distinction of being the only Scott County artist to carry that title. I hope it gives him a little clout as the VP of the Scott County Arts Council in Scottsburg, Indiana.
Harrison has also tried to help grow the art form for others. In 2009, he worked with Living the Country Life magazine and sponsored a national Classic Barn Contest. His works have been featured at the Indiana State Fair, and are currently on display at the Indiana State Museum Gift Shop. And if you have a unique barn, home, or childhood play place that you would like commemorated, Dorrel Harrison will be happy to create a plaque for you, since he also accepts commisioned pieces.
Dorrel Harrison is a member of Indiana Artisan and you could win a Brown County barn plaque (valued at $100) for yourself or someone else by entering our Made in Indiana. Given by You. contest. Click here to enter to win!