Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

Nashville, IN   |  http://www.tcsteele.org

Mission

The mission of the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site is to support this historic property and collections where T.C. Steele lived and painted through providing financial support and fostering local, national and international engagement, as well as providing resources for scholars, students and artists and the general public.

Notes from the nonprofit

American impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926) and his wife Selma moved to Brown County, Indiana in 1907 and established a home, studio and gardens on 211 acres of scenic terrain. The property and its artifacts remain essentially unchanged from the way it was during their time here. The picturesque landscape of this area, and Steele’s prominence, drew in other artists, establishing an Art Colony of the Midwest. Some of his recognitions are: The Boatman (1884) was awarded silver medal from Royal Academy in Munich On the Muscatatuk (1886) was selected to appear in the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 Bloom of the Grape (1893) received an honorable mention at the Paris Exposition in 1900. A March Morning received the Fine Arts Building prize at the Fourteenth Society of Western Artists’ annual exhibition in 1909. Steele was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York City as an Associate National Academician (A.N.A) in 1913.

Ruling year info

1992

President & Board Chair

P. Garrett Adams

Vice President

Stacy L. Brooke

Main address

P.O. Box 1070

Nashville, IN 47448 USA

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EIN

35-1842090

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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Our programs

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Annual Member Art Show

The first Member Art show was held in the Large Studio at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site from November 2 – 30 in 2012 with the assistance of the Brown County Art Alliance. The inaugural show hosted 29 artists and 53 works. Artists must be members of Friends of T.C. Steele, and can submit two works for each show, and this remains the standard today. Over 50 people attended. 2020 marks the 8th year, a large number of impressive member paintings were submitted and cash awards announced at the show in February. A total of 43 member paintings were submitted. The paintings were judged, and awards were given to 1st place and three honorable mentions. Held at the Brown Country Art Gallery in 2020 for the first time. The event was located in the Bob & Barbara Stevens Art Education Studio, which proved to be a great area to display paintings, host artists and show visitors with plenty of light, hanging space and a kitchen for serving refreshments. We plan to partner with the Brown County Art Gallery in 2021.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
General/Unspecified
Budget
$3,000

The "Annual Spring Wildflower Foray" is a cooperative event now in its 35th years (2020). The primary focus is the natural history and environmental concerns relating to Brown County, especially as they relate to wildflower and bird populations. Included during this 3-day event are wildflower and bird walks, wetlands hikes, nature photography, and other programs related to the theme of the event. This is a nature filled event spread over 3-days, with between 15-20 different hikes and programs. Hikes and program are held on the T.C. Steele State Historic Site grounds on established trails and on other nearby natural areas including DNR properties, Hoosier National Forest, Indiana University, Sycamore Land Trust and Nature Conservancy lands. Over 500 nature lovers from around the Midwest gather each year at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site for a census of wildflowers. It is Indiana’s longest running count of spring blooming wildflowers. Wildflower author and taxonomy expert Kay Yatskievych, recently retired from Missouri Botanical Gardens, helped organize the first wildflower count in Brown County 36 years ago. Three years later, the event expanded beyond wildflowers to include birdwatching, nature photography, and other nature-oriented activities, becoming the “Annual Spring Wildflower Foray.” Andrea deTarnowsky, retired Manager of the T.C. Steele State historic Site, has served as chairperson for over 25 years. The Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.. became the fiduciary agent of the event in the early 1990’s and have assisted in many ways, including funding, as one of the sponsors.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
General/Unspecified
Budget
$4,500

The virtual gallery is accessible to all website visitors. The gallery intends to provide the depth and breath of T.C. Steele's work and the genres which include Portraits, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Still LIfes. Many paintings selected include rare portraits and landscapes in private ownership, not accessible to the public, or not currently on view in museums. His paintings can be categorized into three main time periods: the Munich period (1880-1885), Brookville period (1898-1906) and Brown County period (1907-1926). During the time between Munich and Brookville, Steele painted near Indianapolis or on sojourns to Vernon, Yountsville, Spencer and Metamora. He also painted in Vermont (1887), Tennessee (1899), and Oregon and California (1902 and 1903). For an in-depth examination of Steele's impact on Impressionism in the Midwest. Public may visit the site at www.tcsteele.org and select "ART" on the tool bar.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Artists and performers
Budget
$3,000

Where we work

How we listen

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  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), community meetings/town halls.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    Spring 2018: Member survey conducted regarding the functionality, utility, and visual attractiveness of the Friends of T.C. Steele website; using SurveyMonkey. Complete website refresh resulted. Key Findings; Utility: 70% of donors use the site to learn more about the paintings and the Historic Site itself. Functionality: 80% of donors report that they access the site via a mobile phone and/or a tablet. Visual Attractiveness: 75% of donors indicate that the information on the website is “clear” and “easy to understand”. In contrast, 25% of the donors indicated that the information on the website is cumbersome and difficult to follow. Other Suggestions: Streamline content, Board Member information, More information on upcoming events - make information available further in advance.

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Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/7/2020
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Board chair

P. Garrett Adams

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2021

P. Adams

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

Catherine Bengson

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

Lane Dunagin

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

Patricia Pizzo

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc

Benjamin Steele

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc

David Steele

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Betty Wagoner

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

art advocacy, history and education, fundraising, En plein air painting