In commemoration of Women's History Month, the Hoosier Women Artists Contest was first started about 10 years ago by the 49th Indiana Lt. Governor, Becky Skillman. The tradition has carried on until this date. Upon the recent resignation of Lt. Governor, Sue Ellspermann, her wish was that the event be maintained by women in office. Thus, this year's contest was coordinated by the office of Kelly Mitchell, Indiana State Treasurer, along with the Lt. Governor's Office.
At a reception in the Indiana Statehouse on March 29, I was named 1 of 29 finalists, out of 205. Our artwork will hang in the offices of the Lt. Governor and State Treasurer in the Statehouse for one year (beginning April 2016).
I entered this contest with no expectations. As a folk artist, I tend to follow my heart and not the rules. Some call me an "outsider" artist, and perhaps I am. The magnitude of this honor -- to be one of 29 chosen out of 205 magnificent women artists throughout our state -- did not resonate in me until we all came together in the Statehouse. Women from all walks of life; from all corners of Indiana -- all speaking from one voice -- our creativity. I am humbly filled with pride to represent my city and county in this amazing display of art and beauty.