Artists from Wayne and surrounding counties are well represented in Richmond Art Museum’s 125th Annual Exhibit by Indiana and Ohio Artists.

In their jurors’ statement, Carol Ann Carter and Greg Hull said they were impressed by the caliber of work that was submitted for the show that has “not only stood the test of time but that has continued to inspire and engage audiences for an impressive 125 years.”

“We selected works that demonstrate skill, thoughtful observation or attention to subject matter, risk, exploration, compositional coherence (clarity), across diverse genres,” they wrote.

Shirley Wise of Richmond won awards for her “Blue Spiral” fabric creation and her mixed media “Vinney’s Wine Patch.” Supplied

The exhibit drew entries from small and large communities throughout the two states. Entries range from photography to blown glass, fabric, watercolor, oil, colored pencil, mixed media, acrylic, pastel, shallow relief wood, photo transfer on fabric, charcoal, sculpture, woodcut print and ink.

Nashville, Indiana, artist Allen Hutton won the $5,000 Sarah and John Lechleiter Best of Show Award for his oil landscape painting “Golden Hour.”

Many of the works are for sale, ranging from $75 to $6,000.

“Cluckers” by Sally Alexander of Richmond won a merit award. Supplied

RAM is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 23 on the northern edge of Richmond High School at 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond.

The museum will reopen Jan. 2, and the exhibit closes Jan. 6.

No admission is charged, but donations are welcome. An anonymous donor is matching end-of-year gifts dollar-for-dollar.

Funds raised help the museum continue offering free admission, educational art programming for local students, community events and care for/restore its permanent collection. 

For more information or to donate online, visit

Local selected artists

Advanced Division

  • Cambridge City: Susan Yanos (Darlene Druley Purchase Award)
  • Greens Fork: Tom Butters
  • Modoc: Ann Barnell
  • Richmond: Sally Alexander ($250 Robert and Carole Eberle Merit Award in Memory of Peggy Rapp), Walt Bistline, India Cruse-Griffin, Dale Danowski, Carl Gay, Lynne Glass, Robin Nicholson, Mark Pearson ($500 RAM Merit Award), Carol Sexton, Nancy Taylor, Joe Thompson, Annette Warfel
  • Union City: Carol Strock Wasson

Amateur Division

  • Cambridge City: Larry Sturgis ($125 Walt and Rabun Bistline Merit Aware for Photography), Kate Wallace
  • Centerville: David Samuels
  • Greens Fork: Jenelle Burris
  • Richmond: Jana Angelucci, Brittany Boling, Colby Cox, Suzanne Cox ($100 Antonio McAfee and Emily Campbell Merit Award and Darlene Druley Purchase Award), Jeanne Felmy, Rex Godfrey ($100 Gary and Kathy Girten Merit Award in Memory of Thomas and Joy Holthouse), Belinda Gray ($100 Joe and Celeste Swanson Merit Award), Tami Johnson, Nathen Peck, Joe Potter ($250 W. Ray Stevens Jr. Memorial Merit Award), Venna Werner, Shirley Wise ($100 Donna Spears Merit Award and Koechlein Family Purchase Award)
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A version of this article appeared in the December 13 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.