2017 Carmel on Canvas Results

September 19, 2017



Artists from across the Midwest competed for more than $13,000 in prize monies September 15-17 in the fourth annual Carmel on Canvas plein air paint out. This open-air painting exhibition and competition took place on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District.


“Carmel on Canvas is a great way to bring many artists from across the Midwest to create works of art using Carmel’s Arts & Design District as their inspiration. One of my favorite aspects of this event is that the artists interact with the public who are able to see the works of art created. Our desire is to grow this event to be the best plein air paint out in the country,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.


Check out pictures of all the winners on Carmel Arts and Design Facebook


The Carmel on Canvas plein air event hosted more than 60 highly-acclaimed artists from states around the Midwest including Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and many Indiana communities as well. The artists competed in a variety of plein air contests within the three-day event. They registered in a division that matched their skill level; professional, non-professional, teen and child. Shaun Thomas Dingwerth, who serves as the Executive Director of the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, served as the judge for the main event and the Sunday morning Quick Paint.


On Saturday morning, a Quick Paint took place at the Carmel Farmers Market at Center Green. The winner of this contest was selected by visitors to the market, which raised community awareness of the event overall. A second Quick Paint took place on Sunday morning in the Arts & Design District.


The Carmel on Canvas Art Fair took place on Sunday afternoon from 2 – 6 p.m. Artists displayed creations from the Carmel on Canvas event as well as pieces from their broader scope of work. We want to thank the Carmel community for supporting each artist that participated in the Art Fair. 


The awards for the 2017 Carmel on Canvas are as follows:



  Grand Prize ($5,000)                                             Lawrence Rudolech           Hanover, IN (photo attached)

  2nd Place ($2,000)                                                Jed Dorsey                          Indianapolis, IN

  3rd Place ($1,500)                                                 Roy Boswell                        Bargersville, IN

  4th Place ($1,000)                                                 Jeffrey Baumgartner         Michigan City, IN

  Merit Winner ($100)                                              Thomas Himsel                  Brownsburg, IN

  Merit Winner ($100)                                              Troy Kilgore                        Bloomington, IN

  Merit Winner ($100)                                              Donna Shortt                      Indianapolis, IN

  Merit Winner ($100)                                              Melinda Spear-Huff           Sheridan, IN

  Merit Winner ($100)                                              Tom Woodson                    Muncie, IN



  1st Place ($500)                                                    Qing Shue                           Carmel, IN

  2nd Place ($300)                                                   Sepideh Motevaselolhagh Indianapolis, IN

  3rd Place ($200)                                                    Susan Mowery                   Carmel, IN

  Merit Winner ($100)                                              Andrew Campbell              Noblesville, IN

  Merit Winner ($100)                                              Mark Millis                          Bargersville, IN



  1st Place ($200)                                                    Sarah Firestone                Carmel, IN

  2nd Place ($100)                                                   Izzy Monger                       Carmel, IN

  3rd Place ($50) - TIE                                             Risden Cassady                 Fishers, IN

  3rd Place ($50) – TIE                                             Ellie Shen                          Carmel, IN



  Merit Winner ($50)                                                Savannah Overholser      Carmel, IN



  1st Place ($300)                                                     John Kelty                           Ft. Wayne, IN

  2nd Place ($200)                                                    Polly Thompson                 Cicero, IN

  3rd Place ($100)                                                    Jill Wagner                          Saline, MI



  1st Place ($300)                                                     David M. Seward              Zionsville, IN

  2nd Place ($200)                                                    Jill Wagner                       Saline, MI

  3rd Place ($100)                                                    John Kelty                         Ft. Wayne, IN



  Indiana Design Center ($500)                               Jed Dorsey                         Indianapolis, IN

  Muldoon’s ($350)                                                   Cathy Bauder                     Westfield, IN

  The Osborne Family ($300)                                  Lesley Haflich                    Noblesville, IN

  Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream ($250)                  Lesley Haflich                     Indianapolis, IN


The Purchase Awards paintings will be presented to each business for display in their establishment. Please stop by the businesses to see the different winning paintings. A variety of paintings can be seen and purchased at the local galleries in Carmel too. Best of Show winners from previous years are displayed at All Things Carmel – 110 West Main Street, Carmel, IN 46032.


Thank you to our sponsors:


Patrons – City of Carmel, Hoosier Salon, RPM Technologies, LLC, Visit Hamilton County


Enthusiasts – All Things Carmel, Chapman-Osborne Legacy Realtors, Greek’s Pizzeria, Magdalena Gallery of Art, Muldoon’s, The Pint Room


Kids Zone – Magdalena Gallery of Art

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