(May 2004) Hanover, Ind., resident Bill Borden is one of
10 elite Indiana artists who have been chosen to participate in Painting
Indiana: The Changing Face of Agriculture. The project is the
second in a series of several being developed by the Indiana Plein
Air Painters Association documenting life and land in the state through
by Don Ward
Borden paints the Delta Queen
during a stop last year in Madison.
The first, Painting Indiana: Portraits of Indianas 92
Counties, featured paintings by five Indiana artists, all members
of the IPAPA, of locations in every county. When completed in 1999,
the paintings were displayed at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis
and were subsequently auctioned to raise money for Riley Childrens
Hospital. They were also published in book form in February 2000 by
Indiana University Press.
The IPAPA is overseeing the current project in conjunction with the
Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage, Inc. and WFYI-PBS Channel
20 in Indianapolis. It began last August with the selection of artists.
In addition to Borden they include Mark Burkett of Martinsville; Mary
Ann Davis of Indianapolis; Lynn Dunbar (Indiana native) of Louisville;
Bob Farlow of Winchester; Jeff Klinker of Lafayette; Ron Mack of Indianapolis;
Nancy Maxwell of Martinsville; Carol Strock-Wasson of Union City;
and Scott Sullivan of Bloomington.
Borden, a member of the IPAPA since 1998, is well-known locally for
his watercolor landscapes of the southern Indiana area, two of which
have been featured on Chautauqua Festival of Art posters. Borden said
he was excited about the opportunity to paint for the IPAPA project
scenes that he would not ordinarily select to paint.
by Ruth Wright
These include grape crushing at the Thomas Family Winery in Madison,
canning at Morgan Foods in Scottsburg, grain loading at the Consolidated
Grain & Barge dock on the river in Madison, and a state-of-the-art
dairy in Rensselaer. A fourth features the food court at the Madison
Each artist participating in the project will contribute 10 plein
air paintings covering a variety of agricultural-related subject matter
in the areas of production, processing, distribution and consumption.
Plein air is a style of impressionistic painting that typically is
done outdoors on location with the intent of producing the luminous
effects of natural light. The artists will have through this December
to complete their paintings, after which they will be compiled into
a book to be distributed to museums, schools, libraries and other
public venues throughout the state.
The IPAPA, the backbone of the Painting Indiana project, is a nonprofit
organization established in 1998 by a small group of central Indiana
plein air painters. Membership is open to all interested artists,
patrons, collectors and other arts organizations. The association
recently sponsored a three-day paint-out in New Harmony, Ind. On April
15-17, more than 200 artists, including Borden, gathered in the quaint
southern Indiana town to paint. The associations next paint-out
is scheduled for June 12 at Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County, Ind.
Information about IPAPA is available online at www.inpainters.org
or by calling (317) 508-0667.