Historical society extends art deadline to Sept. 1

The Huntington County Historical Society (HCHS) has extended its deadline for receiving artists’ paintings of the Huntington County Courthouse to Sept. 1.

HCHS, on behalf of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Courthouse Art Project, is sponsoring the 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.

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 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.

All artwork should be brought to the Huntington County Historical Museum, located at 315 Court St., Huntington. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. The phone number is 356-7264.

The winning artist will be selected by a panel of jurors for the grand prize. 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 Church will reflect on the significance of the judicial branch as physically represented by the courthouses of Indiana.