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Exhibitions: Current Exhibitions


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Photographs by Norman Turner

May 22 - June 29

Reception: May 27, 2-4pm

Norman Turner is an award-winning photographer born and raised in Lake Co., IN. When he is not photographing a wedding or taking portraits he can be found taking blue light pictures of his beloved downtown Chicago or leading a group of aspiring photographers in photo excursions throughout the region. Most recently Norman has created a unique series of waterdrop images which are the primary focus of this exhibition.


Exhibitions: Upcoming
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Call for Artists to Participate in the Student & Instructor Exhibition

Jan 25 - Feb 29, 2024

Reception: TBD

Deadline to Submit: Jan 7, 2024

We're excited to invite you to be part of our 2024 exhibition. Any student or instructor who has participated in a class and/or workshop (children and adults), in person or virtual in 2023 is eligible to participate. Entry fee is $15 (flat rate).

All works must have been initiated and developed during an Art Barn class or workshop in 2023 (ok if finalized at home).

Accepted Works:

  • 2D (paintings, drawings and photographs, etc.)

    • Submissions by 18+ adults must be framed. Unframed, stretched canvas artwork must be finished in a gallery wrap/painted sides.​

    • 40x44", 4" depth size limit (including frame). Must be able to hang (no sawtooth hangers or hooks)

    • Submissions by artists under 18 have the option to submit their work matted and/or mounted on a mat board instead of framed.

  • 3D (ceramics, sculptures and glassworks, etc.)

    • 12" height, 10lbs size limit.​

    • Standing artworks (like ceramics) must have a flat bottom or secure standing/display.

Additional Information: We reserve the right to select which artwork will be displayed. The Art Barn will receive a 30% commission of the sales price for each item sold. By entering the exhibition you accept the Art Barn consignment agreement (see payment link). The artist will receive an itemized summary of the sold artwork with a payment check 14 workdays after the closing of the exhibition.



April 15 - May 18, 2023

Reception: April 28, 5-8pm
Awards Presentation: 6:30

88 pieces by 85 different artists were selected for inclusion in the 29th annual Juried Art Exhibition. There were 174 applicants from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Texas, Utah & Wisconsin who submitted a total of 422 pieces.

The purpose of this long-standing exhibition is to promote the creation and recognition of original quality 2-dimensional works of art, as well as ceramic arts.  The exhibition attracts entries from aspiring and established artists from Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs and Southwest Michigan and beyond.


Our 2023 Juror, artist and professor Aimee Tomasek, brought an expert eye to this year's artwork selection process, and helped Art Barn ensure the highest standards and integrity.

Sponsored By:

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Exhibition Schedule for 2023

July 1 -  Aug 11
Jean Head: Jimmy Duke Johnston Memorial Wall
Reception: Jul 16, 2-4

Aug 12 - Sept 22
Art Barn Legacy Growth Collection: Treasures from the Archive
Reception: Aug 25, 5-7pm

Sept 23 - Nov 3
Diversified Art Visionaries: Dave "Retrospective"
Reception: Oct 1, 2-4pm

Nov 4 - Dec 30
Holiday Gift Gallery
Reception: TBA

Exhibitions: Past Exhibitions


Purchase Award Donors: Sandy Appleby, Marc T. Nielsen Interiors and William T. Wilson. 

Merit Award Donors: Sandy Appleby, Blick Art Materials, Linda Canfield, Chesterton Women's Club, Cosmopolitan Dentistry, Flanagin's Bulk Mail Service, Patricia Glatz, Glenn L. Firme Assoc. - Art Supplies, Jack Richeson Art Supplies, Julia Holmaas & James May, Larry & Sandy Holt, Charles & Denise Kirkland, Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill, Leonard Anglis DDS, Marc T. Nielsen Interiors, Debra Nau, SFC Gallery, Ginny Takacs, Third Coast Spice Cafe, United Art & Education, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, Vanis Salon & Day Spa - Valpo, and Harold Woodridge & Fran Kras.



March 7 - April 7, 2023

Reception: Mar 10, 5-7pm

Art Barn is thrilled to partner with Opportunity Enterprises (OE), well established in the community for providing programs that serve adults with disabilities. The specialized art education program brings OE clients to Art Barn for weekly art education programs.


The culmination of this program is an exhibition featuring student work. The display celebrates  student accomplishments and demonstrates how they have used art materials to express their own individual perspectives. 

All purchases benefit the artists with a portion of the
proceeds benefiting Art Barn School of Arts &
Opportunity Enterprises programming in the community.

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January 28 - March 3, 2023

Reception: February 4, 2-4pm

This exhibition is a culmination of photographs taken by the Duneland Photography Club as inspired by the works of Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009), an American street photographer whose work was discovered and recognized after her death. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago and elsewhere.  Maier's photographs, some of which were found in a Chicago storage locker, received international attention and her work appeared in exhibitions, books, and documentary films.  Meier’s work inspired Duneland photographers to capture the depth and significance of our Region.

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Exhibition: Nov. 12 - Dec. 30, 2022

Reception: Nov. 19, 2:00 - 4:00pm

This curated exhibit features small works including drawings, prints, paintings, mixed media, photography as well as fine crafts including ceramics, textile arts, and jewelry. All items are made by the Northwest Indiana community and all items are available to purchase.  

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm as well as Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Art Barn is Closed Sunday and Monday. 

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