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Lt. Gov., state treasurer, IAC celebrate Hoosier Women Artists

Lt. Gov., state treasurer, IAC celebrate Hoosier Women Artists
Lt. Gov., state treasurer, IAC celebrate Hoosier Women Artists
Photo from Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's office. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch speaks at the 2022 Hoosier Women Artists reception March 3 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission hosted a reception March 3 to celebrate the 2022 Hoosier Women Artists exhibition at the Statehouse.

“It brings me joy to see the return of the Hoosier Women Artist exhibition,” Crouch said. “We received so many great submissions this year and numerous pieces are beyond incredible. I look forward to displaying these in my office throughout the next year. Our state is blessed with talented Hoosier women and I want them all to continue to share their artistic talents with others.”

The Hoosier Women Artists program was established in 2008 to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana’s communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state. The annual exhibition was announced in January, and this year’s 44 honorees were selected out of more than 200 entries. The entries were judged by a panel of Indiana visual arts professionals — artist Shelby Nower of Decatur, artist Kassie Woodworth, of Indianapolis and community organizer Torri Williams of Marion — and then selected for display by Crouch and Mitchell.

“The artwork we receive every year provides a bit of happiness to all in my office. Art has a unique ability to draw people together in conversation,” Mitchell said. “I love the opportunity to showcase Indiana women artists in the Statehouse and to give these talented Hoosiers well-deserved recognition and appreciation.”

Women whose artwork was selected are Amber Kalal of Fortville, Ida Short of Goshen, Gail Woolever of Wheatfield, Jillian Bridgeman of Crown Point, Tracy Burns of Connersville, Martina Celerin and Karen Hallett-Rupp, both of Bloomington, Lynne Dunnavant of Rosedale, Myndie Everling of Kokomo, Christel Gutelius of Mecca, Virginia Kramer of Dillsboro, Cynthia Mulvaney of Greendale, Kay Osborne of Scottsburg, Susan Ring of Plymouth, Kristina Oliver of Noblesville, Angie Thieszen of Millersburg, Eileen Misluk of Greenwood, Ellen Brenneman and Mary Firtl, both of South Bend, Alicia Criswell of Lafayette, India Cruse-Griffin of Richmond, Penny French-Deal of North Manchester, Suzanne Ginty of Roanoke, Alice Harpel of Crawfordsville, Janel Hunt of Schererville, Alana Judah of Orleans, Moumita Mukherjee of Greenwood, Kelli Park of Franklin, Brenda Ramseier of Silver Lake, Carolyn Roth of Evansville, Aren Straiger of Carmel, Julia Sutton of Rochester and Anna Afshar, Teresa Altemeyer, Taylor Bamgbose, Blythe Hager, Melissa Hauger, Mary Mindiola, Mary Mitchell, Lisa Schmitz, Kat Schwedler, Lisa Sears, Sherry Stone and Shirley Woolard, all of Indianapolis.

Besides the lieutenant governor’s and state treasurer’s office, the 44 pieces of artwork will be displayed in the offices of Secretary of State Holli Sullivan, Auditor of State Tera Klutz, Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Secretary of Education Katie Jenner and the Governor’s Residence in honor of the First Lady.