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Hanover, Ind.'s Rudolech earns
Best of Show in Indy

He collects top prize at Indiana Artists Club show

(June 2015) – One step inside the studio of Larry Rudolech will tell you that this is an artist who paints almost as regularly a he breathes. Paintings of all shapes and sizes take up the vast majority of the second floor of his home. What is his subject matter? Anything and everything that catches the eye of this prolific artist.
This productivity pays off frequently in the form of awards in competitions across the country. Rudolech was most recently recognized in Indianapolis with the Best of Show Award at the 83rd annual Exhibition of the Indiana Artists Club.
The painting that claimed this prize is titled “Winter Fire” and depicts a snow covered landscape with the sun blazing through the trees. Rudolech says that he is most often inspired by what he sees on his daily walks of four to five miles.
“Winter Fire” will remain on display until June 7 as part of the exhibition in the Bret Waller Gallery in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Photo by Jenny
Straub Youngblood

Larry Rudolech won Best of Show with his painting “Winter Fire” (pictured below) at the recent Exhibition of the Indiana Artists Club show in Indianapolis. His painting will be on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through June 7.

April Willy, president of the Indiana Artists Club, says that the painting has drawn a lot of attention during the show. She has heard much praise on the piece including that it is an example of “pure mastery of the medium.”
Willy adds that the artists club has been active since 1917. T.C. Steele, noted Hoosier artist, was a founding member of the group.
The show was juried by Nancie King Mertz of Chicago. Mertz has been named “Artist of the Year” for the Chicago Convention and Tourism Board and has had paintings featured in “The Good Wife” as well as other Chicago based programming.
This recognition is the most recent in a long line of awards that has been earned by Rudolech. His paintings have garnered ribbons at Plein Air events in Ohio, Kentucky, Utah and Niagara Falls in Canada. He has also brought home numerous prizes from competitions such as the Cincinnati Art Club ViewPoint Show as well as the Madison Art Club’s annual show. Rudolech has also been the winner of shows such as the Hoosier Salon and the National Show of Oil Painters of America.
It seems that Rudolech was showing talent even at a young age. The Boys Club was a favorite hangout of his and was under the direction of John Paul. Rudolech says that his first set of oil paints was a gift from the Boys Club and inspired him to complete his first painting, a depiction of the historic Shrewsbury-Windle home. The Boys Club is also responsible for Rudolech meeting Lou Knoble, who would later instruct Rudolech in high school.
Rudolech calls Knoble the “driving force of my art career” and adds that he had no intention of attending college until he was told by Knoble that he had no choice but to attend a college that would enable him to further his art education. With Knoble’s encouragement, Rudolech decided to enter the Julius Epstein National Scholarship Competition. He entered three of five categories and took home the first place prize in watercolor and oil as well as the second place award in drawing. It was at that time that Rudolech became certain art school was in his future. Needless to say, he had many schools to choose from but fell in love with the atmosphere of the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis.
Knoble has been known to say that, as a young artist, Rudolech had the ability to take nothing and turn it into something. It would seem that there are many who would agree with the former art teacher considering that Rudolech’s paintings are exhibited in numerous galleries throughout Indiana as well as in Wisconsin and Virginia.
Rudolech’s life path has been a winding one. After graduating from art school, he was employed in numerous areas of the commercial arts. He was finally able to turn his focus to fine arts in 2008 after he closed his freelance design and illustration company. “It has been a long road,” the artist said. “But I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m having the time of my life.”

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