"Culture is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it" ~Robert Motherwell~
- Fine Arts Scholarships: Annually, Tri Kappa awards scholarships to students majoring in dance, theater, art, or music. See more information on this and the other scholarships we offer here.
- Hoosier Salon: One of Tri Kappa’s amazing founders, Beryl Showers Holland, was responsible for the headquarters of the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association moving to Indianapolis in 1941. Tri Kappa is the Salon’s oldest patron and provider of awards.
- Tri Kappa Art Collection: Housed in the John Logan Memorial Library at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, the collection contains more than 100 paintings and is valued at more than $500,000. See below for a sampling.
- The Twanette Nutter Fleming Award is given yearly to an applicant enrolled full-time in an accredited college offering a baccalaureate or graduate degree program preparing the applicant to teach music. More here on our Scholarships.
- The principal of the Tri Kappa Fine Arts Endowment Fund is preserved and the interest funds Tri Kappa’s State Fine Arts programs including Young Audiences of Indiana, Hoosier Merit awards, Fine Arts Scholarships, and the Twanette Nutter Fleming Scholarship.
- Youth Art Month is an annual national observance held each March to give children new opportunities to learn about and enjoy the arts. It emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages public support for quality school art programs. Many Tri Kappa chapters throughout Indiana sponsor a project for Youth Art Month. Examples include exhibits in a single school, to a whole school system, or a community-wide project. Some chapters sponsor a creative writing or poetry contest, while others sponsor trips to a ballet or a symphony performance.
Samples from the Tri Kappa Fine Arts Collection
“The Peonies” by Varaldo J. Carianai measures 32”x36” and is a still life with peonies arranged in an aqua vase. This was the twelfth selected painting to be restored which was painted in 1932 and purchased in 1933 for $300 and currently valued at $9500. This is oil on canvas. Varaldo Cariana was born in […]Read More
“Early Monday Morning” by C. Curry Bohn was the tenth painting chosen for restoration. This painting, measuring 26”x30” was purchased in 1934 for $250 and its current value is $15,000. It depicts an autumn landscape with cottages flanking a stream and a woman washing clothes in a large pail outside a cottage. C. Curry Bohn […]Read More
“Petunias-A-plenty” by Leota Loop is H 30” x W 36″ and was purchased in 1944 for $300 and is valued at $6500. This painting is oil on canvas, mutt-colored, multi-floral still life with handled vase in gray with blue borders. This is the 23rd to be restored. Leota Williams Loop was born in Fountain County, […]Read More
“Windy Nights” by Clarence W. Staley was the eleventh painting chosen for restoration. The painting measures 28”’x 36” and was purchased in 1947 for $600 with a current value of $3000. It depicts a rural evening landscape with two figures braced against the wind, walking toward a church. Laundry on the line blows against the […]Read More
“Winter Romance” by Derek Smith is H 15” x W 19” and was purchased in 1960 for $125 and appraised for $1400. The painting is oil on fiberboard and shows a winter landscape with an old house and outbuilding in the middle which is painted in grays and whites. Derek Smith was a native of […]Read More
“Stone Quarry” by Marie E. Lutz was the ninth painting selected for restoration. Purchased in 1963 for $175 and now valued at $2,250. The painting is 28”x32” and shows a crane at the bottom of the pit, a shed, and an office at the top. Mrs. Lutz wrote, “An artist must always continue to be […]Read More
“A Barn at Fairbanks” by Allen Hackney measures H 20” x W 30” was purchased in 1967 for $300, and is valued at $1,250. It is original oil on board showing an old barn with wheat field in front and a wood and wire fence run from the center to left middle ground. In describing […]Read More
In the Offing, By Rob O’Dell Born in Decatur, Illinois, in 1938, Rob O’Dell studied commercial art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He was a layout artist in Chicago until 1969. He then moved to Sugartree Farm in Ladoga, Indiana to paint full time. The mood of his painting is often one […]Read More
D. Omer Seamon was born in Gibson County, Indiana in 1911. He began his career as a poster artist and his designs have been posted in every state in the U.S. and in 27 other countries. For 23 years he was Art Director for the Thomson-Symon Co., a large poster firm in Terre Haute, Indiana. During this […]Read More