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Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals

Thomas A. Adler

Bean Blossom, Indiana--near Brown County State Park and the artist-colony town of Nashville, Indiana--is home to the annual Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, founded in 1967 by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Widely recognized as the oldest continuously running bluegrass music festival in the world, this June festival's roots run back to late 1951, when Monroe purchased the Brown County Jamboree, a live weekly country music show presented between April and November each year. Adler discusses the development of bluegrass music, the many personalities involved in the bluegrass music scene, the interplay of local, regional, and national interests, and the meaning of this venue to the music's many performers--both professional and amateur--and its legions of fans.
paper / 288 pp / 2011 / ISBN 978-0252078101 / $24.95
Order No. 2875

Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum

Linda J. Baden, Ed.

Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum

Richly illustrated with more than 10 full-color plates, this book presents a selection of the finest works from one of the world's best university art museums.  Included are examples from the full range of world cultures collected by the museum:  Africa, the Ancient Western World, Asia, the Ancient Americas, the South Pacific, and the West before and after 1800.

362 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-21956-5
paper / $39.95  Order No. 2685 (paperback version OUT OF STOCK)
cloth / $64.95  40% off: now  $38.97 Order No. 2688

The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters

Howard Caldwell

The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters by Howard Caldwell

Opening a window on a storied past, longtime Indianapolis television journalist and lifelong theatergoer Howard Caldwell presents the story of the magnificent theaters of Indianapolis. Caldwell shares with us the pleasure these majestic spaces brought to thousands of Hoosiers during their glory days—when an outing to the theater was a special event and film was still a marvel of technology. He discusses the roles played by the greatest stars of the day and relates the origins of Indy’s famous theaters: the Murat, the Circle, the Indiana, the English, and the Lyric, to name a few. Caldwell points out which theaters featured burlesque shows and vaudeville routines, explores the traditions of regional and national theater productions, notes when the first motion pictures and talkies came to town, and highlights old time musical reviews and symphonic performances. Vividly illustrated with rare photos and anecdotes, The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters celebrates the city's rich theater tradition.

cloth / 208 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-253-35460-0 / $29.95
Order No. 939

Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Sarah E. Cooke and Rachel B. Ramadhyani

Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Illustrated volume of the watercolors and drawings of the Potawatomi Indians in northern Indiana by the artist (b.1809). Also contains two essays on Winter's life and work.

cloth / 269 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-87195-097-9 / $24.95
Order No. 2011

The Richmond Group Artists

Shaun Thomas Dingwerth

This is the untold story of a group of artists whose interest in fostering art in their community made an authentic contribution to the history of art in America. Taking for their subjects the local people, flora, and landscapes, they developed a distinctive impressionistic style, uninfluenced by other art movements in Indiana. Richmond, Indiana, became an important center for art in the Midwest, a place that nourished and inspired the artists whose work this book celebrates.

2014 / 198 pp / 9780253011985 / $40.00 - OUT OF STOCK
Order No. 1500

Thomas Hart Benton and the Indiana Murals

Kathleen A. Foster, Nanette Esseck Brewer, and Margaret Contompasis

Decorating the Indiana hall at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago was a bold and colorful sequence of paintings by American muralist Thomas Hart Benton depicting the social, economic, and cultural history of the Hoosier state from mound building to the 1930s. In this dramatic 250-foot mural, which has been on display at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1940, Benton sought to create art that spoke to a mainstream audience in a realist style. This book features a full-color gatefold which represents the flow of the murals along with a portfolio of color reproductions of the 22 existing panels. Accompanying essays trace the history of the murals' creation and their installation at Indiana University, the visual narrative that Benton invented, the artist's method as seen in a series of preparatory drawings, and a detailed account of the conservation of the murals.

paper / 208 pp / 2001 / ISBN 978-0253337603 / $29.95
Order No. 3040

Naptown Rock Radio Wars

David Fulton

It was a fight to the death . . . well, maybe not to the death, but it was definitely a battle that would change not only the listening habits of tens of thousands of Hoosiers but also the entire culture of the Indiana state capital city. It had repercussions throughout the nation as the first major war of AM radio versus FM radio. It was Forty-fives versus album cuts and the good guys versus the bad boysand Naptown would never be the same. Two brilliant and fierce broadcasting competitors went head to head: Richard Fairbanks, who for almost two decades owned WIBC-AM 1070, the 50,000-watt radio behemoth, versus Don Burden, the young upstart broadcasting impresario who swaggered into town and launched the glitzy, promotion-oriented though relatively low-powered WIFE-AM 1310. How was the war fought? What were the strategies? Who were the personalities both in the limelight and behind the scenes? And who, in the end, would win Naptowns rock radio wars?

paper / 128 pp / 2013 / ISBN 978-0738598512 / $13.19
Order No. 1411

David Baker: A Legacy in Music

Monika Herzig

Signed by author. Includes CD.

A Living Jazz Legend, musician and composer David Baker has made a distinctive mark on the world of music in his nearly 60-year career―as player (chiefly on trombone and cello), composer, and educator. In this richly illustrated volume, Monika Herzig explores Baker’s artistic legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long-term gig as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies department at Indiana University. Baker’s credits are striking: in the 1960s he was a member of George Russell’s "out there" sextet and orchestra; by the 1980s he was in the jazz educator’s hall of fame. His compositions have been recorded by performers as diverse as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Composer’s String Quartet and the Czech Philharmonic. Featuring enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased recordings and Baker compositions, this book brings a jazz legend into clear view.

cloth / 448 pp / 2011 / ISBN 978-0253356574 / $29.95
Order No. 2908

All Those Years Ago: Fifty Years Later, Beatles Fans Still Remember

David Humphrey

On September 3, 1964, the Beatles performed to over 30,000 fans at two shows during the Indiana State Fair. Fifty years later, many of those who saw the Beatles perform in Indianapolis still look back on that day as one of the most memorable moments of their lives. The nostalgic stories, interviews and photographs author David Humphrey shares in All Those Years Ago will capture the hearts of life-long fans of John, Paul, George and Ringo and evoke fond memories in those who will never forget their landmark visit — a half-century ago — to America's heartland.

paper / 2014 / 84 pp / 978-1935497912 / $24.00
Order No. 1405

Painting Indiana

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc

Painting Indiana

Contemporary Hoosier painters capture the beauty and diversity of Indiana's 92 counties, with a brief commentary on their work and a short history of each county.

paper / 216 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-253-21790-3 / $35.00
Order No. 2535

Painting Indiana II: The Changing Face of Agriculture

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Inc. and Center for Agricultural Science & Heritage, Inc.

Painting II

Over the past hundred years, Indiana agriculture has evolved from family farming to a global industry using biotechnology and satellite positioning. This magnificent collection of more than one hundred works of art by ten outstanding Indiana painters tells the story of that amazing transformation, the forces that brought it about, and the impact it has had on the people, the culture, and the economy of the state. These gifted artists, selected through a competition, tackled subjects as diverse as livestock farms, lumber harvesting, meat packing, farmers' markets, and huge automated dairy operations.

cloth / 201 pp. / 2006 / ISBN 0-253-34819-6 / $39.95
Order No. 2613

Whispers to Shouts: Indiana Women Who Create Art

Indiana State Museum

Whispers to Shouts

Catalog for the Indiana State Museum 2005 exhibit of the same name. The book lists all of the artists, including photographs of many, and their art.

paper / 56 pp. / 2005 / ISBN 0-972879-3-5 / $12.95 $7.77
Order No. 2530

Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy, Revised and Expanded Edition: Gennett Records and the Rise of America's Musical Grassroots

Rick Kennedy

In a piano factory tucked away in Richmond, Indiana, Gennett Records produced thousands of records featuring obscure musicians from hotel orchestras and backwoods fiddlers to the future icons of jazz, blues, country music, and rock 'n' roll. From 1916 to 1934, the company debuted such future stars as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Bix Beiderbecke, and Hoagy Carmichael, while also capturing classic performances by Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Uncle Dave Macon, and Gene Autry. While Gennett Records was overshadowed by competitors such as Victor and Columbia, few record companies documented the birth of America's grassroots music as thoroughly as this small-town label. In this newly revised and expanded edition of Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy, Rick Kennedy shares anecdotes from musicians, employees, and family members to trace the colorful history of one of America's most innovative record companies.

paper / 304 pp / 2013 / ISBN 978-0253007476 / $25.00
Order No. 348

Contemporary Quilt Art

Kate Lenkowsky

Contemporary Quilt ArtIn the 1970s young artists "discovered" quilts and began experimenting with contemporary styles. Today quilt art is a staple of art exhibits nationwide. This handsomely illustrated introduction provides a useful guide to the contemporary art of quilting for quilters and collectors alike. The book illustrates the various styles of quilt art, introduces both established and emerging artists, and discusses aspects of their art as well as the process of quilt making. The reader will learn where to find the work of the best artists, and how to work directly with them when commissioning a quilt. Kate Lenkowsky gives an overview of exhibition and marketing opportunities and lists art quilt organizations at the national, regional, and local levels. Collectors will find a guide to resources on the conservation of textiles and options for displaying quilts in the home and elsewhere.

cloth / 304 pp. / 2008 / ISBN: 978-0-253-35124-1 / $34.95 $20.97
Order No. 2710

The Artists of Brown County

Lyn Letsinger-Miller

The Artists of Brown County

From the early 1900s through the 1940s, the scenic hill country of Brown County, Indiana was home to a flourishing colony of artists who migrated there from urban areas of the Midwest. The Artists of Brown County is the classic book on the history of this remarkable art colony.

cloth / 223 pp. /1994 / ISBN 978-0-253-33354-4 / $49.95
Order No. 2020

Cole Porter

William McBrien

Cole Porter by William McBrien

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was "the top"—the pinnacle of wit, sophistication, and success. His songs—"I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," and hundreds more—were instant pop hits, and their musical and emotional depths have made them lasting standards.

William McBrien has captured the creator of these songs, whose life was not merely one of wealth and privilege. A prodigal young man, Porter found his emotional anchor in a long, loving, if sexless marriage, a relationship he repeatedly risked with a string of affairs with men. His last eighteen years were marked by physical agony but also unstinting artistic achievement, including the great Hollywood musicals "High Society," "Silk Stockings," and "Kiss Me Kate" (recently and very successfully revived on Broadway). Here, at last, is a life that informs the great music and lyrics through illuminating glimpses of the hidden, complicated, private man.

paper / 480 pp / 2000 / ISBN 978-0679727927 / $16.95
Order No. 2793

Clay Times Three: The Tale of Three Nashville, Indiana, Potteries

Kathy McKimmie

Among the many Indiana artists who have settled in Brown County, the potters of Nashville make up a distinctive group. Clay Times Three showcases industrious potters, decorators, and shop owners who have made their living in the area. Focusing on three potteries—Brown County Pottery, Martz Potteries, and Brown County Hills Pottery—the book presents local artists and their work from the Great Depression to the 1980s. Among the artists featured are Karl Martz, Becky Brown Martz, Helen and Walter Griffiths, and Claude Graham. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs of individual pieces, including historical images by famed Nashville photographer Frank Hohenberger. Pottery collectors everywhere will relish this delightful volume.

cloth / 108 pp / 2010 / ISBN 978-0253355898 / $28.95
Order No. 918

Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana’s Historical Women Artists

Judith Vale Newton and Carol Ann Weiss

Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana’s Historical Women Artists

The authors include a biographical dictionary detailing the lives of one hundred of the state’s historical women artists, and they single out nearly forty of them for further examination in detailed essays. While this first-of-its-kind book focuses on Indiana women specifically, its stories offer excellent insights into the culture and values of the greater Midwest, and the nation at large, in the decades before and after the turn of the twentieth century.

cloth / 406 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-87195-177-0 / $29.95
Order No. 2492

Paint and Canvas: A Life of T.C. Steele

Rachel Berenson Perry

Written by author and art historian Rachel Berenson Perry, Paint and Canvas: A Life of T. C. Steele, the eighth volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press's youth biography series, traces the path of Steele s career as an artist from his early studies in Germany to his determination to paint what he knew best, the Indiana landscape. Steele, along with fellow artists William Forsyth, Otto Stark, Richard Gruelle, and J. Ottis Adams, became a member of the renowned Hoosier Group and became a leader in the development of Midwestern art. In addition to creating artwork, Steele wrote and gave lectures, served on numerous art juries to select paintings and prizes for national and international exhibitions, and helped organize pioneering art associations and societies. Though known today primarily for his landscapes, Steele was an accomplished and sought-after portrait artist. In 1907 Steele and his second wife, Selma Neubacher, moved to Brown County, where they built their home, dubbed The House of the Singing Winds. From 1907 to 1921 the Steeles spent the spring season at their Brown County property and wintered in Indianapolis. In 1922 Steele became artist in residence and an honorary professor at Indiana University.

cloth / 191 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 978-0871952950 / $17.95
Order No. 2903

William J. Forsyth: The Life and Works of an Indiana Artist

Rachel Berenson Perry

Closely associated with artists such as T. C. Steele and J. Ottis Adams, William J. Forsyth studied at the Royal Academy in Munich then returned home to paint what he knew best—the Indiana landscape. It proved a rewarding subject. His paintings were exhibited nationally and received major awards. With full-color reproductions of Forsyth’s most important paintings and previously unpublished photographs of the artist and his work, this book showcases Forsyth’s fearless experiments with artistic styles and subjects. Drawing on his personal letters and other sources, Rachel Berenson Perry discusses Forsyth and his art and offers fascinating insights into his personality, his relationships with his students, and his lifelong devotion to teaching and educating the public about the importance of art.

2014 / 172 pp / 9780253011770 / $35.00
Order No. 1502

Art Matters

Eileen Prince

Art MattersThis collection of ideas and lesson plans will help classroom and homeschool teachers integrate art into their general curriculum. These inventive and effective methods use the visual arts to inspire creative writing and drama; explore math, music, science, and history; and cultivate critical thinking skills. Art instructors will learn strategies for incorporating other areas of study into the art classroom. Ranging from thought-provoking suggestions to concrete, hands-on lesson plans, these activities include an extensive resource list for classroom teachers without an art background. 

paper / 191 pp. / 2002 / ISBN 978-1-569761-29-8 / $27.92 Now only $5.00!
Order No. 2831

Matter Mind Spirit

Jean Robertson

Matter Mind Spirit

The work of 12 contemporary Indiana women artists whose works blend physical, intellectual, and emotional intensity. Featured are 16 black and white illustrations and 23 color plates.

paper / 60 pp. / 1999 / ISBN 0-253-21322-3 / $19.95 $5.00
Order No. 2221

The Jazz State of Indiana

Duncan Schiedt

The Jazz State

Interviews, oral history narratives on tape, and the opening of old scrapbooks that held visual memories of long-gone days were unselfishly shared to create this history of jazz and dance music.

paper / 249 pp. / reprint 1999 (1977) / Lib of Congress 77-79202 / $24.95
Order No. 3038

Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael

Richard M. Sudhalter

Georgia on My Mind, Rockin' Chair, Skylark, Lazybones, and of course the incomparable Star Dust--who else could have composed these classic American songs but Hoagy Carmichael? He remains, for millions, the voice of heartland America, eternal counterpoint to the urban sensibility of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Now, trumpeter and historian Richard M. Sudhalter has penned the first book-length biography of the man Alec Wilder hailed as "the most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented of all the great songwriters--the greatest of the great craftsmen." Drawing on Carmichael's private papers and on interviews with family, friends and colleagues, he reveals that "The Old Music Master" was almost as gifted a wordsmith as a shaper of melodies. In all, Stardust Melody offers a richly textured portrait of one of our greatest musical figures, an inspiring American icon.

cloth / 480 pp / 2003 / ISBN 978-0195168983 / $14.00
Order No. 1321

A Shared Heritage: Art by Four African Americans

William E. Taylor and Harriet G. Warkel

A Shared Heritage

The work of four African American artists with shared Indiana roots is shown in work ranging from impressionism and social realism to cubism and abstract expressionism.

paper / 195 pp. / 1996 / ISBN 0-936260-62-9 / $29.95 $17.97 - OUT OF STOCK
Order No. 2182

Opera for All Seasons: 60 Years of Indiana University Opera Theater

Marianne Williams Tobias

Opera for All Seasons: 60 Years of Indiana University Opera Theater by Marianne Williams Tobias

From operas presented in reconfigured army barracks to those mounted on a stage rivaling that of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, Indiana University Opera Theater has grown into a world-class training ground for opera's next generation. A lavishly illustrated history, Opera for All Seasons captures the excitement, hard work, and talent that distinguish each performance and that have made IU Opera Theater what it is today. More than 300 photos and drawings illustrate six decades of opera production from the inaugural "Tales of Hoffman," a legendary "Parsifal," and a performance of Martinu’s "Greek Passion" at the Met, to the 2008 "La Bohème"—the first opera streamed live on the internet from Indiana University to a worldwide audience. Opera lovers will delight in this sumptuous memento of IU Opera Theater’s glorious history.

cloth / 480 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-253-35340-5 / $39.95
Order No. 978

Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters

David Leander Williams

Get into the music with David Leander Williams as he charts the rise and fall of Indiana Avenue, the Majestic Entertainment Boulevard of Indianapolis, which produced some of the nation’s most influential jazz artists. The performance venues that once lined the vibrant thoroughfare were an important stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit and provided platforms for greats like Freddie Hubbard and Jimmy Coe. Through this biography of the bustling street, meet scores of the other musicians who came to prominence in the avenue’s heyday, including trombonist J.J. Johnson and guitarist Wes Montgomery, as well as songwriters like Noble Sissle and Leroy Carr.

2014 / 208 pp / 9781626194038 / $19.99
Order No. 1505

Audio, Visual, and Supplemental Resources

Out of the Shadows: Portraits of Historic Women Artists

Produced by Lisa DeHayes, WFYI Productions, and the Indiana Historical Society

This compelling documentary explores the lives of women who followed their dreams and pursued careers as professional artists during the early twentieth century. These women exchanged washboards and mending baskets for canvas, stone, and other demanding mediums. Through interviews with an artist of the era, as well as historians, art curators, and specialists in the field, the artists' stories unfold one-by-one. As a companion to the Indiana Historical Society Press's book Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana's Historical Women Artists, the tales of these Hoosier artists offer insight into the culture and values of the greater Midwest, and the nation, during this period.
DVD / 44 minutes / 2005 / $5.00
Order No. 1522

The Artists of Brown County (DVD)

Lyn Letsinger-Miller, production
Clyde Lee, narration
Jon Kay, music

The Artists of Brown County DVD

As a companion to her classic book, The Artists of Brown County, Lyn Letsinger-Miller has produced a 30-minute DVD recounting the story of the remarkable Brown County art colony.

In addition to full-color reproductions of paintings and graphic work by 15 artists, the DVD features photographs by Frank Hohenberger, live footage of the artists from a 1947 film, and scenes of Brown County today. Musical selections by Jon Kay and narration by Clyde Lee enhance this vibrant multimedia tour of an important aspect of Indiana's artistic heritage.

DVD / 30 min. / ISBN 978-0-253-35044-2 / $14.95
Order No. 2672

Christian Schrader Sketches

Christian Schrader sketches

Selected Christian Schrader drawings. Black ink on ivory paper, folded over, 5.5" x 4.5".

  • Scenes of Indianapolis Circle
    $4.25 / package of 12; 3 scenes
    Order No. 6063

Strike Up the Band

Strike Up the Band

Band music was everywhere in the later part of the nineteenth century; many military, town, social, ethnic, and commercial organizations formed bands.

12 pp. / 1992
Order No. 7005

SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture in Indiana

SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture in Indiana

The theme of the 1994 National Historic Preservation Week was Save Outdoor Sculpture! Details statewide survey of outdoor sculpture.

16 pp. / 1994
Order No. 7026