Indianapolis company donates 6 impressionist paintings to IU

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indianapolis-based company has donated six paintings by famed Indiana-born impressionist T.C. Steele to Indiana University.

OneAmerica, a mutual insurance holding company and financial services provider, donated the six oil landscapes to IU along with another landscape by fellow impressionist John Ottis Adams.

The paintings capture the seasonal splendor of Brown County and other mostly rural areas of Indiana. They have been appraised at $500,000.

IU President Michael McRobbie says IU is proud to offer a new home for the paintings by “two of our state’s most acclaimed artists.”

Steele and Adams were born in Indiana, spent much of their working careers in the state and had ties to IU. Both men were members of the Hoosier Group of impressionist painters during the late 19th century and early 20th century. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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