Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Historical Society looking for art of Courthouse

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020

The Huntington County Historical Society (HCHS), on behalf of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Courthouse Art Project, is sponsoring a contest to select an original work of art depicting the Huntington County Courthouse. The artwork will appear in ISBA’s booklet “County Courthouses of Indiana,” along with printed information about the courthouse. A grand prize of $250 will be awarded to the winner, courtesy of the Huntington County Bar Association.

The effort to collect original artwork of all 92 Indiana County Courthouses began in 2008. More than 58 counties have submitted original artwork for the booklet; Huntington County has yet to make a submission to the booklet.

The only criterion is that submissions must be original works of art, and there is no limit to the size or style. Of the works of art submitted thus far from various counties, mediums include an eclectic collection of watercolors, oils, pastels, pen and ink, and one cross-stitch. The winning original artwork will be displayed in the offices of the ISBA in the Regions Bank Building in downtown Indianapolis.

A copy of the most current booklet, which includes just 58 original artworks of the 92 Indiana counties, is available for prospective artists to look over at the Historical Museum beginning February 5.

The deadline for submitting original artwork is July 1. All artwork should be brought to the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court Street. Hours are Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. The phone number is (260) 356-7264.

The grand prize-winning artist will be selected by a panel of jurors. Included in the contest will be a People’s Choice Award, with the winner to be chosen by majority balloting by the citizens of Huntington County. A prize of $50 will be awarded to the winner, courtesy of HCHS. Dates and times for the voting will be announced at a later date.

The project chairperson, attorney Douglas D. Church of Noblesville, will conduct a brief ceremony at a time and place to be determined, at which time the artist will be recognized and Mr. Church will reflect on the significance of the judicial branch as physically represented by the courthouses of Indiana.

The cover of the initial booklet “County Courthouses of Indiana,” which is being updated to include original artwork of all 92 Indiana County Courthouses. The Huntington County Historical Society is sponsoring an art contest to select an original artwork of the Huntington County Courthouse to be printed in the booklet.