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

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

Visit Hamilton County

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