2018 Carmel on Canvas Results - more than $13,000 in prize monies

October 1, 2018

The fifth annual Carmel on Canvas plein air paint out was held Friday to Sunday, September 14-16. This open-air painting exhibition and competition took place on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District.


“Carmel on Canvas is an event that is perfectly aligned with our strategy of using the arts as an economic development tool. So many artists traveled to Carmel 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.



The Carmel on Canvas plein air event hosted more than 75 highly acclaimed artists from the Midwest and beyond including Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, as well as Florida, Washington State and other communities.  The artists competed in a variety of plein air contests within the 3-day event.  They registered in a division that matched their skill or age level; professional, non-professional, teen and children.  Jim May, past vice president of museum programs at the Indiana State Museum and former executive director for the Hoosier Art Salon in Indianapolis, served as the judge, with all plein air prizes awarded at the public reception on Saturday night in the Arts & Design District.


Jed Dorsey from Camano Island, Washington, took home the Grand Prize and said he planned to attend next year. “I came to Carmel specifically for this event because I’ve enjoyed it for the past two years. I appreciate how the city supports artists and the arts community.”


On Saturday morning, a Quick Paint took place at the Carmel Farmers Market at Center Green. The winners of this contest were selected by visitors to the market, which raised community awareness of the event overall.



An Art Fair concluded the weekend on Sunday afternoon, where artists displayed and sold their work to visitors. Artists displayed creations from the Carmel on Canvas event as well as pieces from their broader scope of work.   


The awards for the 2018 Carmel on Canvas are as follows:



  Grand Prize ($3000)                                     Jed Dorsey                 Camano Island, WA

  2nd Place ($2000)                                         Donna Shortt               Indianapolis, IN

  3rd Place ($1500)                                          Roy Boswell                Bargersville, IN

  4th Place ($1000)                                          Troy Kilgore                Bloomington, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Tom Butters                Greens Fork, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Mary Ann Davis          Indianapolis, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Jamie Green               Quincy, IL

  Merit Winner                                                 Susan Mauck              Westfield, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Jeanne McLeish         Mooresville, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Spencer Meagher       Mount Vernon, IL

  Merit Winner                                                 D.K. Palecek               KauKauna, WI

  Merit Winner                                                 Kyle Ragsdale             Indianapolis, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Susan Bunce Ritter     Perrysburg, OH

  Merit Winner                                                 Larry Siwek                 Quincy, IL



  1st Place                                                        Karen Sako                 Arlington Heights, IL

  2nd Place                                                       Mark Millis                   Bargersville, IN

  3rd Place                                                        Karrie McCan             Carmel, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Shakila Garugu           Fishers, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Colleen Wright            Kissimmee, FL



  1st Place                                                        Oulai Pan                    Carmel, IN

  2nd Place                                                       James Wang               Carmel, IN

  3rd Place                                                        Alissa Firestone           Carmel, IN



  Merit Winner                                                 Hannah Gao               McCordsville, IN

  Merit Winner                                                 Ella Guo                      Carmel, IN



  1st Place                                                        Anna Afshar                Fishers, IN

  2nd Place                                                       Houqian Zhou             Carmel, IN

  3rd Place                                                        Robine Wright             Springfield, OH

  Child Merit                                                     Angelina Xie                Carmel, IN


Thank you to sponsoring organizations for providing the prize money for this portion of the event.



  Carmel Arts Council’s Children’s Art Gallery

  ($500)                                                            Spencer Meagher       Mount Vernon, IL

  The Heath Home ($500)                               Tom Butters                Green Forks, IN

  Dr. Lauck & McClean Optometry & Eyewear

  ($500)                                                            Jamie Green               Quincy, IL

  Muldoon’s ($300)                                          Jamie Green               Quincy, IL

  Agave Bar & Grill Restaurant ($250)            Robine Wright             Springfield, OH                      

  Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream ($250)              Larry Siwek                 Quincy, IL

  Bub’s Café ($250)                                         Jamie Green               Quincy, IL

  Canine Cloud Nine ($250)                            Anna Afshar                Fishers, IN

  The Great Frame Up ($250)                         Brad Fields                  Fishers, IN

  Indiana Design Center ($250)                       Larry Siwek                 Quincy, IL

  Main Street Treats, Inc. ($250)                     Roxanne Larson         Carmel, IN

  Savvy Décor ($250)                                     Jamie Green               Quincy, IL


The Purchase Awards paintings have been presented to each business for display in their establishment.  Please stop by the businesses to see the different winning paintings. Best of Show winners from previous years are displayed at All Things Carmel – 110 West Main Street, Carmel, IN 46032


In addition to our Purchase Award sponsors, we want to thank our other event sponsors:

 Blick Art Materials

Carmel Arts Council

Chapman-Osborne Legacy Realtors

City of Carmel

Hoosier Salon

Magdalena Gallery of Art

RPM Technologies, LLC

Tina’s Traditional Tea Room

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