Paint the Parks exhibit open at Indiana Welcome Center


September 17, 2014 – Times Staff

Paint the Parks, a traveling exhibit that highlights U.S. national parks through art, will remain on display at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, through Sept. 29.

According to Rod Seel, executive director of the Coutts Museum of Art in El Dorado, Kan., the exhibit originally began in 1985 as an annual competition to select the best artistic renderings of landscapes, wildlife and history of the U.S.’ nearly 400 national parks, seashores, monuments and historic sites.

The exhibit features approximately 100 paintings representing 75 artists from around the country. Paintings from artists in both Illinois and Indiana are showcased, as well as several pieces depicting the Indiana Dunes.

Paint the Parks has previously been shown at national parks such as the Grand Canyon, and in museums, galleries and exhibit venues from St. George, Utah, to West Palm Beach, Fla. This year marks the exhibit’s third appearance at the Indiana Welcome Center.

The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (219) 989-7979 or visit