May 15- July 8, 2021

Awards Reception: June 5, 6-8pm



May 15- July 8, 2021

Awards Reception: June 5, 6-8pm

We are proud to continue the longstanding tradition of our late founder Jan Sullivan. We dedicate this year’s exhibition and celebration in honor of her 100th birthday.

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 198 entries from 82 aspiring and established artists from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Selected for the show are 90 pieces ranging from drawing, painting, pastels, printmaking, mixed media and photography.


2021 Juror Randall Roberts of the Midwest Museum of American Art brough an expert eye to this year’s jury process and assured the highest standards and integrity in the jury process. 

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Konrady Plastics
Sue & Andy Arnold
Alice Moss
Bulk Equipment, Inc.


JAN SULLIVAN'S NATURE: Works by the Founder of Art Barn School of Art

Postponed due to COVID-19 closures 

Date TBA

Jan Sullivan's Nature: Works by the Founder of Art Barn School of Art Selections from the Brauer Museum's Permanent Collection New Acquisitions. Opening Reception held at Brauer Museum of Art.




Works by Art Barn Instructors

March 20- April 29, 2021

This exhibition highlights the creative endeavors of our talented teaching artists. Art Barn's instructors are not only committed to helping students learn, but they also have creative projects of their own. Celebrate the accomplishments of one of the barn's greatest assets - our instructors. Works will include paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, glasswork, and more. 



Works by Art Barn Students

January 22 -March 11, 2021

This exhibition is comprised of artwork made by students of the Art Barn. Adult and children students that have attended a class or a workshop in person or virtually in 2019 and/or 2020 are eligible to participate. This exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, glasswork, and more. 


HOLIDAY GIFT GALLERY: Works by the Northwest Indiana Community

November 14 - January 7


Gallery Hours: 

Tuesday: 10am-4pm

Wednesday: 10am-4pm (Nov. 27-Dec. 23)

Thursday: 10am-4pm

Friday: 10am-4pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

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.  


October 3 - November 1

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 4, 2-4pm

Each week from early April to the end of October members of the Duneland Plein Air Painters (DPAP) meet in a different location to paint in the open air. Carrying on a long tradition of painting outdoors in natural light, these artists record their impression of local scenes while dealing with elements of nature.  Art Barn provides a sanctuary for this dedicated group of artists, where they can continue their work in the comfort of our spaces during harsh winter months. This exhibition represents what members produced most recently.



August 15 - September 30 2020

Opening Reception: August 15, 5:00-7:00pm

The 4th annual exhibit will feature selected works created by our school-aged students who range in age from 5 to 17. The exhibition enhances the creative experience by featuring our students’ best work and providing public recognition for their efforts. 

1st Source Bank has generously provided scholarship funding for children & teens for arts education at Art Barn School of Art. One of our goals at Art Barn is to provide learning experiences that improve quality of life and healthy expression, but also to anchor an experience that will leave students wanting to explore Art Barn offerings more deeply through art classes and workshops. Through this scholarship fund Art Barn is able to provide access to all young artists regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Visit to learn more and to apply.

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Exhibition: August 15 - September 30

“Art In Quarantine” our first virtual art competition where we ask artists to create artwork using the materials available at home. The theme is - our collective experience during the COVID-19 shelter-at-home order.  We asked artists to share the ways they used creative expression to cope with the mental and physical challenges during this time as well as any positive outcomes experienced during the quarantine.

Award winners may be viewed in the Art Barn lobby through the duration of the exhibit.  The entire exhibition is available here.

Details about a reception along with an awards presentation will be announced.

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July 2 - July 31

Opening Reception: July 11, 6-8 pm

Izard addresses the mass extinction of animals through her art quilts, exploring the factors underlying the perilous edge on which they exist.  

Artist Statement

"I have always had a deep concern for the planet and all the people, animals and plants living on it, yet it is only recently that I have begun to address the mass extinction of animals by portraying them in my art quilts.  As I do the research for each artwork I learn quite a bit about the factors underlying the perilous edge many of these animals exist on. It is my hope to evoke these “edges” as I portray endangered animals in my quilts..."



February 4 - March 14

An exhibition of work by the Duneland Photography Club features the work of approximately 18 photographers from LaPorte, Porter, and Lake County.  Framed work, matted prints and photo cards are available for purchase with a portion of the funds benefitting Art Barn.