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 $600,000 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 100 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 Tina Jernigan at

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 in January to be eligible for competitions. Young artists going to school or living in Indiana are eligible to enter the Bloomington Chapter’s competitions. To receive an application, write to Ruth Albright, 610 E. Moss Creek Court, Bloomington, IN 47401 (812) 339-1793 or e-mail

Each year there is a national competition as well as the local competitions. Check out the competition information on this site for details.

  • Upcoming National Competitions: The 2019 national competition will be in drama.
  • Winston Scholarships: Voice and art scholarships are available for people between the ages of 16 and 22. Download applications from the Website.

Ruth Albright
Chapter President


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