Hoosier Group

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Four of the five Hoosier Group artists in the painting "The Art Jury" by Wayman Elbridge Adams. From left to right are Steele, Stark, Adams and Forsyth. Gruelle was deceased at the time the picture was painted.

The Hoosier Group was a group of Indiana Impressionist painters working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are primarily known for their renditions of the Indiana landscape. Artists considered members of this group include T. C. Steele, Richard Gruelle, William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, and Otto Stark. While works by these artists are found in private and public collections around the United States, a number of collections, primarily in Indiana include the works of all five artists. These include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum, and the Columbia Club, Indianapolis; Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; the Richmond Art Museum, Richmond; Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie; the Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute; and DePauw University, Greencastle.

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  • Burnet, Mary Q. Art and Artists of Indiana. New York; The Century Co., 1921.
  • Gerdts, William H. Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, Vol. 2. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.
  • Gerdts, William H. and Newton, Judith Vale. The Hoosier Group: Five American Painters. Indianapolis: Eckert Publications, 1985.
  • Krause, Martin. The Passage: Return of Indiana Painters from Germany, 1880 – 1905. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1990.

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