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),

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 dance specifically classical ballet, and the first-place winner of the Bloomington Chapter’s local competition will represent the Bloomington Chapter in Boca Raton, Florida, at the annual meeting May 30-June 3.  A national first-place award of $12,000 will be presented along with several other cash awards. Participants must have passed their 16th birthday and not yet reached their 21st birthday on June 2, 2017, and must be citizens of the United States or residing legally in the US at the time of the competition. 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 Ruth Albright at

  • Upcoming National Competitions: The 2018 national competition will be in instrumental music (woodwinds). The 2019 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


National Society of Arts and Letters,
Bloomington Chapter
P. O. Box 7105
Bloomington, IN 47407