Bloomington

The Bloomington, Indiana Chapter was founded in 1966 by professionals and patrons representing both Indiana University and the south central Indiana region. Since its founding, the chapter has awarded more than $525,000 to emerging young artists preparing for professional careers. Annual competitions in the arts are judged by active professionals in the visual arts, dance, drama, literature, music and musical theatre. Many Bloomington award winners have gone on to distinguished national and international careers.

Membership: Approximately 125 men and women participate in the chapter’s activities, which include several entertaining and informative programs throughout the year. They are arts professionals or patrons of the arts interested in furthering the careers of talented young artists. For further information on membership, contact Carolyn Bailey, 3181 E. Wyndam, Bloomington, IN 47401, (812-330-9311), qualgov@aol.com.

Competition: Young artists in visual arts, dance, drama, literature, music and musical theatre, generally in the age range of 18 to 29, must submit applications by January 25, 2013, to be eligible for the 2013 competitions. To receive an application, write to Ruth Albright, 610 E. Moss Creek Court, Bloomington, IN 47401 (812) 339-1793 or e-mail ruthalbright@yahoo.comYoung artists going to school or living in Indiana are eligible to enter the Bloomington Chapter’s competitions.

Each year there is a national competition as well as the local competitions. This year’s national focus is the visual arts, specifically printmaking, and the first-place winner of the Bloomington Chapter’s local competition will represent the Bloomington Chapter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the national convention May 16-19, 2013. A national first-place award of $15,000 will be presented along with several other cash awards. Participants must have passed their 18th birthday and not yet reached their 30th birthday on May 18, 2013, and must be citizens of the United States. The Bloomington Chapter’s top winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the national competition as well as a cash prize of $1,000 at the local level. To receive an application, contact Catherine Johnson-Roehr atcatjohns@indiana.edu

The printmaking competition will be judged in January, with the deadline being November 5, 2012. Winners and finalists will be exhibited at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in January 2013. Other local competitions will take place in February and March. Top winners will participate in the 47th Annual Showcase of the Arts on April 14 at the auditorium of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington.

  • Upcoming National Competitions: The 2014 national competition will be in music, specifically woodwinds. The 2015 competition will be in drama.
  • Winston Scholarships: Voice and art scholarships are available for people between the ages of 16 and 22. The voice deadline is February 1, 2013, and the visual arts deadline is February 15, 2013. Download applications from the Website or contact Marian Krajewska Bates, lbellamysp@netzero.net, for voice, or Cathy Korinek, catkorinek@aol.com, for art.

Bloomington Chapter Officers:
Dennis Organ and Ruth Albright, Co-Presidents
Richard Carr, Vice President
Cathy Korinek, Secretary
Murray Robinson, Treasurer
Ron Kovener, Parliamentarian

Bloomington Chapter Address:

organ@indiana.edu or ruthalbright@yahoo.com

or

National Society of Arts and Letters,
Bloomington Chapter
P. O. Box 7105
Bloomington, IN 47407
Visual arts competition contact:

catjohns@indiana.edu