For over 100 years, Brown County has been known as the Art Colony of the Midwest. Visit and inspire the artist in you!
Originality at Its Best
Attracted by the splendid scenery, artist Theodore Clement (T.C.) Steele, is credited with solidifying Brown County’s status as an Art Colony. Visit his Large Studio and home, the House of the Singing Winds, at the T.C.Steele State Historic Site . The Site illustrates a career spanning over 60 years, chronicles Steele’s development as an artist, features Selma Steele’s original gardens and offers hiking trails.
Drawn to Brown County to visit and paint with Steele, many artists also fell in love with the area’s beauty, relocating and settling in what they called the Peaceful Valley and thereby creating the Art Colony of the Midwest.
Head Back to the 19th Century
Nestled around the crossroads at the heart of Brown County, Nashville is home to more than 250 shops, art galleries, and studios. The Artists Colony Inn was built to resemble historic Shaker style buildings with its wide plank wooden floors, Windsor chairs and quaint furnishings. Each room is named after a famous Brown County artist and is located within walking distance of the shops and galleries in Nashville.
Find Handmade Around Every Corner
The highest concentration of Indiana artists call Brown County home, continuing the tradition and vision established by the numerous artists that came before them. From pottery to glassblowing to painting to woodcarving, art aficionados of all interests will appreciate our eclectic mix of artisans and galleries. Visit The Lawrence Family Glass Blowers gallery and shop for unique glass ornaments and gifts. You just might see twin brothers, Jim and John Lawrence, blowing glass in unison!
The Brown County Art Gallery was established in 1926. Visitors will find the work of today’s top Indiana artists for sale and can learn the history of those who came before through special exhibits, video presentations, books, and historic programs.
The Village of Nashville isn’t the only place for art though. Many studios and galleries reside on back roads throughout Brown County. Grab a map and take a drive to the Homesteads Weaving Studio . Artist Chris Gustin weaves high-quality hand-woven rugs, scarves, shawls, and regularly gives workshops and classes in weaving.
For more information on artist studios and galleries in Brown County, check out our Art section on our website.