The Art Barn art gallery and school of art


Welcome to the Artbarn!

Established in 1977, Art Barn School of Art is a not for profit organization located on 69 acres of beautiful pastoral farmland in Jackson Township. The school is housed in a century old renovated barn, and the farmhouse is artist residence. Each season here inspires painters in oil, acrylic and watercolor, sculptors, photographers, and art lovers from all over the country. Works of local and national artists are on exhibit, and summer workshops are taught by nationally acclaimed professionals. Our ongoing schedule of events include yearly exhibitions, juried shows, classes, and workshops for all ages and levels of talent.

- 24th Annual Juried Art Exhibition -
May 20 - June 18 2017

Gala Award Ceremony
May 20, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

All are welcome to attend
Download Entry Form/Notification Here

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to artists at least 18 years of age. All entries must be the original work of the artist, executed solely by the artist. All work must be for sale.

Entry Specifications: Original art in painting, drawing, and mixed media. Free standing three-dimensional media are not acceptable. Work must be framed or finished in gallery wrap, labeled and ready to be hung. No sawtooth hangers.

Size Limitations: Work must not exceed 40”x 44” including frame and must not exceed 4” in depth.

Entry Fee: $25.00 per artist for two (2) entries. $5.00 for an additional entry. Not more than three (3) entries per artist. The entry fee must accompany the entry form and must be postmarked by May 3, 2017. Please add a $5.00 late fee for entry forms postmarked after May 3, 2017, or any hand-delivered on May 5 & 6, 2017. Completed entry forms must accompany the stamped, selfaddressed notification card. The entry fee is non-refundable.

Receiving of work: Work must be delivered May 5, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. and May 6, 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Return of entries: Non-selected work must be picked up May 12, 16 or 19, between 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. Selected work must be picked up June 20, 21 or 23 between 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sales: The Art Barn receives 25% of sale proceeds. Indiana sales tax is applicable. A payment check will be issued within 30 days of the exhibit’s close. All Purchase and Merit Award monies go solely to the artist.

Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Awards: Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded including gift certificates from:
Art Suppliers Jack Richeson & Co.
Dick Blick Materials
SharpEye/SFC Gallery
Glenn L. Firme & Associates

All Purchase Award and Merit Award monies go solely to the artist.

New award this year:
Jan Sullivan Emerging Artist Award - $200 award, ages 18-25 on May 20, 2017 eligible.
Please indicate your age eligibility on the application

Juror: Laura Cutler receivedher BFA in Ceramic Sculpture & Painting from Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA and her MFA in Painting & Anatomy from the New York Academy of Art, New
York, NY. She served as Director of Exhibitions at South Shore Arts, Munster IN, for two years while also teaching ceramics at their Crown Point location.
She has been co-owner of the Thaddeus C. Gallery in La Porte since 2004 and has juried and curated numerous exhibitions in the region.

Liability: The Art Barn shall, upon possession of the artist’s work(s), exercise due care in handling. The Art Barn shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to the artist’s artwork while in the Art Barn’s possession unless loss or damage is, or can be, directly attributable to intentional acts by Art Barn and its employees or representatives

Important Dates:
May 3 Last day for postmarked entry card
May 5 & 6 Deliver work for jurying
May 8 Notification mailed
May 12, 16 & 19 Pick up non-selected work
May 20 Opening Reception, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
May 20 - June 18 Exhibition
June 20 & 21 Pick up work

Monday Night Watercolor Classes

The basic beginner class is designed for those who have had little or no experience with painting and want to acquire basic watercolor techniques to create juicy, colorful compositions. Join us!

The next basic session of our Monday Evening Watercolor Class will begin Monday, May 1.

Classes begin

Monday May 1, 2017


6:30 pm–9:00 pm


Cost $75 for 5 sessions, all materials included.

Call to register or click here.

Art Barn School of Art
695 North 400 East
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tel 219-462-9009


NEW! Tuesday Night
Drawing for Scaredy Cats

A class for anyone who thinks they can't draw.
You can!!

Drawing for Scaredy Cats will make a believer out of you! Instructor Susan Rosso has a gentle approach and an amazing way of helping anyone young or old learn to "see" and accurately represent a drawing on the page. $90 for 6 weeks, materials included.

Classes begin

Tuesday May 2, 2017


7:00 pm–9:00 pm


Cost $90 for 6 sessions, all materials included.

Call to register or click here.

Art Barn School of Art
695 North 400 East
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tel 219-462-9009


2017 Workshop Schedule

May 15-19

Ken Hosmer



June 12-16

Don Andrews


July 17-20

Lee Heinsen Ligocki


August 7-11

Lesley Rich

All Media
Figure in Landscape

August 22-24

Grace Haverty



September 29-30

Michael Chesley Johnson




October 9-12

Charlotte Wharton


Saturday Morning - Children's Class
for ages 5 to 9
10:00am until noon.

Thursday - Children's Class
Thursday evening children's class ages 10 and up
6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Look forward to seeing everyone.

Call 219-462-9009

The Art Barn is available for your special events!


Special Thanks to Our Generous Donors

John W. Anderson Foundation


Board of Directors


Sandy Appleby


Julia Holmaas


Alice E. Moss


Charles Kirkland

Board Members

Sharon Angelina
Sandra Hass Yamhure
Denise C. Kirkland
James M. May
Joe Merrion
William T. Wilson


Photo View from Art Barn Window

Winter Scene of the Art Barn

Painting of View by Julia Holmaas

695 North 400 East
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tel 219-462-9009