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The awards themselves are designed to encourage the continued work of Indiana artists. In addition to seeing nominations for award recipients, the IAC conducts a limited call to contemporary visual artists seeking proposals for the awards. A committee reviews artist proposals and samples of previous work, and then selects an artist to create original works of art to use for the awards. Awards have included sculptures made of glass, limestone, and ceramics; blown glass vessels, and paintings. Lois Main Templeton, Leigh Taylor Wyatt, David Rodenberg, and Red Rohall are among the distinguished list of Hoosier artists who have created previous Governor's Arts Awards.
Ceramic Platter by Karen Green Stone
The artwork represents Indiana's state flower, the peony.
Metalwork by Jack Brubaker
The artwork combines traditional European ironwork with art deco styling featuring elements of native Indiana plant life.
Oil on Masonite by Red Rohall
Ceramic Platter by David Rodenburg
Glass Vase by Leigh Taylor
Panting by Lois Main Templeton
Glass and metalwork by Arlon Bayliss and Jan Martin
Glass sculpture by Beverly Precious
Wood sculpture by John McNaughton