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 CENTURY OF BEAUTY: Works from Our Legacy Collection

May 28 - July 30, 2022

Reception: July 16,  2-4pm

The exhibition features over 40 artworks by Art Barn's late founder Jan Sullivan. This retrospective of Jan's artworks are in celebration of the 100th year of Jan's life and mission. The works on display consist of oil and watercolor paintings from the Art Barn's permanent collection as well as works for purchase.

Wherever I am, there have to be classes. It seems to me that's a part of it. Everybody is creative. Everybody is an artist.

 -Jan Sullivan




August 1 - September 19, 2022

Reception: TBA

This group exhibition features ceramic and fabric art made by Kathy Zentz, Jon Miller, Michaelene Crow, and Vickie Cook. 





Call for Entries: January 1 - February 28, 2022

Exhibition: April 2 - May 19, 2022

Reception: April 9, 6-8pm 9 (awards at 7pm) CDT

We are proud to continue the longstanding tradition of our late founder Jan Sullivan. The purpose of the exhibition is to promote the creation and recognition of original quality 2-dimensional works of art, as well as ceramic arts.


The exhibition attracted 262 entries from 110 aspiring and established artists from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, South Dakota and California. Selected for the show are 90 pieces, by 86 individual artists, ranging from drawing, painting, pastels, printmaking, mixed media, photography, glass, textile and ceramic art.


Artist James Swanson will brought an expert eye to this year’s artwork selection process, and as juror he helped Art Barn ensure the highest standards and integrity.

Art Barn provides numerous purchase and merit awards totaling $4,000.  We wish to thank the many individuals and businesses who sponsor or contribute to these cash awards.  Their generosity directly supports working artists, such as yourself.
All proceeds generated from this exhibition, aside from awards, support Art Barn School of Art educational programs and exhibitions.


Purchase Award Sponsors: Marc T. Nielsen Interiors, Debbie Nau and Bill Wilson.


Merit Award Sponsors: Leonard Anglis, DDS, Andrew and Susan Arnold (Best In Show Award), Blick Art Materials, Cosmopolitan Dentistry, Amy Davis Navardauskas, Glenn L. Firme Assoc. Art Supplies, Dina Heijselaar, Julia Holmaas and James May (Emerging Artist Award), Larry and Sandra Holt, Jack Richeson Art Supplies, Charles and Denise Kirkland, Barbara J. Lucente, Strack & Van Til Food Market, and Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.



January 8 - March 25, 2022

Reception: January 15, 2-4pm

This exhibition features ceramic works made by Samantha Purze. Samantha is a ceramic artist that creates playful geometric vessels inspired by the Bauhaus movement, Memphis Group movement, and abstracted cartography. She is Art Barn's first Artist in Residence. 



Exhibition: February 18 - March 25, 2022

Reception: March 11,  6-8pm

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.

Exhibition sponsored by:

Porter County Community Foundation

& Pat Crise

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FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARK DAYS: Works by the Duneland Photography Club

January 8 - February 15, 2022

Reception: January 15, 2-4pm

This exhibition is a culmination of photographs taken by the Duneland Photography Club. Join these photographers as they investigate the winter season through their creative lens.


HOLIDAY GIFT GALLERY: Works by the Northwest Indiana Community

Exhibition: November 13, 2021 - January 7, 2022

Reception: November 20 from 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.