Call for Artists for RCAA’s 13th Annual Juried Exhibition

River City Art Association will bring its 2021 juried exhibition back to downtown Terre Haute, returning to the spacious lobby of First Financial Bank Plaza on Aug. 6.

The annual Downtown Terre Haute First Friday event, hosted by First Financial and assistant vice president of marketing Sally Whitehurst, will begin with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and a brief awards ceremony at 6:30.


Winners in six categories, as well as the Best of Show, will be selected by Michael Tingley, former graphic designer for New York City magazines, art handler and fabricator for NYC museums, former art professor for Oakland City University, and presently a full-time artist and gallery director for Arts Illiana Inc.

First- and second-place entries will receive monetary awards. First Financial will sponsor the Best of Show monetary award.

The Artists’ Choice and People’s Choice awards will be determined from votes by participating artists and guests attending the exhibition.

A special honor will be awarded posthumously to RCAA’s co-founder Monty “Indiana” Jones, award-winning Terre Haute artist who shared his love of automobilia, wildlife and the great outdoors in his paintings, drawings and pyrography.

Artists who place in the exhibition will have the option of displaying their artwork in a “Winner’s Circle” in FFB’s Springhill lobby Sept. 1 through 30.

Admission is free during the First Friday event and regular banking hours through Aug. 31.

Exhibition entry deadline is July 23. Deliver artwork to the bank (Sixth Street entrance) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 3.

For more information click on the links below and/or contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-870-8252.



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RCAA’s July Artist of the Month spotlight pays tribute to the late founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones

River City Art Association’s July Artist of the Month, featured in a YouTube exhibition by the Vigo County Public Library, is in memorium of Monty “Indiana” Jones, 79, of Terre Haute, who passed on April 13, 2021.

After Monty retired from the printing industry at age 60, he became a well-known artist in Vigo County and several nearby art communities. He created countless paintings, drawings and pyrography works that reflected his passion for nature and automobilia, in particular sprint car racing.

Monty was one of seven founding members of the River City Art Association and also enjoyed being involved in the Wabash Valley Art Guild, the Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois, the Covered Bridge Art Gallery in Rockville, and the The Link art gallery in the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Illinois.

He joined Indiana Wildlife Artists in 2011 and won several first- and second-place awards in that time. In addition to awards in RCAA, WVAG and area shows, Monty’s work was selected for juried exhibitions in Arts Illiana Gallery.

Watch the tribute to Monty at

1st Place Drawings, RCAA, 2020,Monty Jones,Ragtop


Monty at 2020 Crow Show-CourtesyMartyJones

The Old Crow Shooter by Monty “Indiana” Jones at Arts Illiana Crow Show

First place for “Homeward Bound” at show in The Link Gallery, Paris, Illinois
1st-Drawing-Horned Owl-Monty Jones-RCAA juried show-photo by Patrick Robbins
Monty’s painting of a photograph by his son, Marty, at Gaslight Art Colony gallery, Marshall, Illinois.
monty jones Indiana Wildlife Artist

First Place: “Outfoxing the Hounds” at Indiana Wildlife Artists show.

Third Place Painting: Big Mouth by Monty “Indiana” Jones
The Pumpkinseed, Most Popular Award, Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show, by Monty Jones
King of the Oak by Monty Jones at Covered Bridge Art Association, Rockville.
Monty Jones First Place in Mixed Media & Other category at Indiana Wildlife Artists show.

Watch the tribute to Monty at

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RCAA Membership Show in July at Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery

Sullivan Art Gallery July 2021web

A reception for River City Art Association’s membership show in the Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery in Sullivan, Indiana, is scheduled 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11.

Mediums on display through July 30 include photography, paintings and wall art in clay, mixed media, etched glass and fused glass.

The show features 17 works by 7 artists: Edith and Richard Acton, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips and Mary Mayhew, all of Terre Haute; Jan McVay of Tangier; Todd Stokes of Dennison, Illinois; and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana.

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Jan McVay RCAA’s June Artist of the Month

River City Art Association’s June Artist of the Month is Jan McVay. Six of her works are featured by the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute on its YouTube video website at

Artwork by Jan McVayJan is a resident of Parke County, Indiana. She went to
college in Ohio majoring in art and education, taking the opportunity her junior year to study in Switzerland.

For 24 years Jan taught art and photography at Southmont High School near Crawfordsville.

Several years ago she took a watercolor class in Provence, France.

As an active long-standing member of the Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Jan’s main medium is watercolor, but also is a photographer and dabbles in a variety of other art forms.

Recent honors include a second place in mixed media for “Dusty Sings Oh Suzanna” and an honorable mention for “I’m All Torn Up” that she created for the 2021 Abstract April show, CBAA, Rockville.


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Eight RCAA members among artists honored at Wabash Valley Art Guild 41st Annual Spring Art Show

2021 WVAG Spring SHOW

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RCAA’s Todd Stokes May Artist of the Month

River City Art Association’s vice president Todd Stokes is the May artist of the month featured by the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute on its YouTube video website at

Todd’s primary focus is etched glass in 2D and 3D. He also is an award-winning photographer. He works from his studio in Dennison, Illinois.

Recently, Todd’s 3D etched glass piece received an honorable mention at the Abstract April show in the Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

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RCAA members receive awards at Covered Bridge Art Gallery Abstract April show

Four River City Art Association members received honors April 25 at the closing of Covered Bridge Art Association’s Abstract April open show in the Gallery at Rockville.

Juror Laura Mason awarded Lynne Dunnavant’s watercolor “Safely Colorful” First Place.

Jan McVay’s mixed media piece, “Dusty Sings Oh Suzanna,” received Second Place, and her mixed media entry, “I’m All Torn Up,” an Honorable Mention.

Another Honorable Mention went to “Untitled,” a three-dimensional glass etching by Todd Stokes.

And the “Most Popular” award went to Christel Gutelius for her painting, “Meditation.”

Also participating in the Abstract April show were RCAA members Edith Acton (fused glass), Eloise Lovell (mixed media), Steven Raez (acrylic painting), Sheila Ter Meer (photography-digitally enhanced) and Thomas Wright (photography).

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