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Anticipating Spring // Feb. 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.

Exhibiting artists, all from Indiana, include: Deb Armstrong, Steve Bensing and Loralei Brown of Valparaiso, Bob Capen (Grovertown), Peggy Carter (Chesterton), Laura Ellis (Porter), Carol Estes (LaPorte), Victor Grimes (Gary), Sharon Kerner (Shelby), Gretchen Maguire (Dyer), Teresa McGinley (Valparaiso), Scott Miller (Porter), Jim Rettker (Crown Point), Barb Russ (Portage), Deborah Stipp (Valparaiso), Sandra Teutemacher (Valparaiso), Julius “Bud” Titak (New Chicago), Norman Turner (Crown Point).

27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Call for Entries

The Art Barn School of Art is delighted to announce our 27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from May 5 through June 26, 2020. All entrants are welcome to attend the opening reception on May 16 from 6-8pm. 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. The exhibition attracts entries from aspiring and established artists from Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs and Southwest Michigan and beyond. We welcome photography submissions for the first time this year. 2020 Juror Randall Roberts of the Museum of American Art will bring an expert eye to this year’s jury process, and will help Art Barn insure the highest standards and integrity in the jury process.

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.

Early Bird deadline April 17, Regular deadline April 28

Juror's Statement // Randall Roberts

As a curator, I am often called to exercise a subjective but critical judgment upon artwork. This can sometimes be a challenging process for both the artist and juror to undertake, but I think that it can also be an exciting opportunity to see and learn from each other.

As an individual, I value the role that art plays in our everyday lives and communities. I have seen the feeling of liberation it brings to its maker and the excitement of curiosity for its viewer. Art is all around us. Sometimes it is obvious and in plain sight, or it can be an indecipherable message, and other times it is waiting to be discovered in the mundane. It takes a thoughtful but trained eye to recognize where it resides in nature. As a juror, it is not always an objective process. I consider craftsmanship and skill set to be top contenders in the selection process regardless of media represented. Another aspect of this process is the investigative or innovative use of media and material that results in an intentionally created product. The challenge is putting all of the pieces together logically to make the puzzle complete.

As artists, you should be applauded for the risks you take in making your artwork. Continue to express your thoughts and ideas through self-exploration or something yet to be seen. Finally, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world.


Randall Roberts is the assistant curator for Midwest Museum of American Art. As a curator for Midwest Museum of American Art, Roberts is involved in the management and research of the museum’s permanent collection where he helps to coordinate the development and implementation of exhibition programs. In addition to his role as a curator, Roberts has been a juror for several art fairs and competitions within the Michiana region including the annual Chesterton Art Fair, Leeper Park Art Fair and Taste of the Gardens at Wellfield Botanic Garden for research in architectural history. Currently, he is developing a graduate thesis and will continue his academic endeavors at Indiana University.