The highlight of the exhibition is Harry Davis’ Prix de Rome-winning painting, Harvest Dinner on display at the Scholle House in New Harmony, IN
“While some artists are scratching their heads, trying to figure out what to paint next, I’ve got my whole life’s work laid out in front of me as long as there are 19th century buildings standing; so I’d better get busy.”
-Harry A. Davis
Harry Allen Davis (1914-2006) enjoyed a long and successful career as both a teacher at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis for 37 years and as a fine artist. He best known for his architectural paintings in his signature Indiana Regionalist style, including two featuring historic buildings in downtown Evansville featured in our exhibit.
Davis held a high status at the Hoosier Salon. He was a regular participant in the Annual Hoosier Salon exhibition in all but six between the years 1947 and 2005. He frequently won awards alongside many other prominent Indiana artists of the day including his wife Lois, Edmund Brucker, Robert Weaver, Rosemary Browne-Beck, Floyd Hopper, Ruth Anderson, and Donald Mattison. He garnered 38 merit awards and earned Best of Show (Outstanding Work, Any Medium) a record seven times, the most for a single artist in the exhibition’s 92-year history.
The exhibit can be seen on Historic New Harmony’s guided walking tours. Tours take place at 1 pm daily from the Atheneum/Visitors Center. Information on the tour program and how to obtain tickets may be found http://visitnewharmony.com/
The exhibition was produced by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.