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Area artists win 2012 state competition

Statement issued Thursday by Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman:

For the past six years, the product of women artists from my Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition has graced my office. At the end of March, I recognized the 11 winners of the 2012 competition during a statehouse ceremony.

Congratulations to the following women:

  • Jeanne Amsler, Evansville, The Ross Theatre
  • Amanda Fruits, Brownsburg, Hostas and Coneflowers
  • Sarah Hackney, Indianapolis, Amazing Maize
  • Brenda Jalaie, Zionsville, Super Charged Super Cars
  • Savreen Kaur, Bloomington, Colors of Griffy Lake
  • Nancy Kehlenbrink, Indianapolis, Contemplative
  • Joy Kirchgessner, Corydon, Calico Catnap
  • Valerie McBride, Grabill, Above & Below
  • Kendal Miller, Dillsboro, Garden Door
  • Sherry Pike, Mooresville, Christmas Memories
  • Joni Walker, Columbia City, Winter
This year, the competition was intense, as it always is. We received 110 entries, and the talent and artistry was overwhelming. The winning art pieces will hang in the lobby of my office until December, where visiting Hoosiers, out of state guests and foreign delegations will be able to admire and appreciate it.

I began the Hoosier Women Artists competition as a way to celebrate Women’s History month. It has also proved to be an excellent way to bring new life to my statehouse office, where portraits of former Governors and Lt. Governors have traditionally been displayed. While our state’s history is important, I wanted to use that very public space to honor living Hoosiers as well.

The task of selecting these pieces is difficult, and I engaged professional advice to help narrow the field. Dr. Jean Robertson, professor of art history at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art, and Amy Conrad Warner, Chancellor of External Affairs at IUPUI, have helped make the final selections for three years now, and we’re grateful for their time and expertise.

We receive many compliments on the diversity and creativity displayed on the walls of our office. I hope you’ll take time to visit my office and see them for yourself, and in the meantime, please enjoy a slideshow of the winning pieces here. http://www.in.gov/lg/files/2012_Web_PowePoint.pdf

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