Founding President Marty Martinez (Photo by Rob Robbins

River City Art Association is a non-profit organization based in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was founded in August 2008 by a group of seven artists with a common vision, promoting art in the Wabash Valley.

Founding members: Debi Martinez and her late husband Marty Martinez, Ruthann Brady, Kit Fisher, Adrianus Fraza, the late Monty “Indiana” Jones, and the late Rob Robbins.

Members met in the Raven Art Gallery owned by the Martinezes in the 800 block of Ohio Street near the arts corridor in downtown Terre Haute.

History: The first year in existence the RCAA implemented a major project (Art on the Bash) to place members’ artwork in empty store front windows along Wabash Avenue! That same year they founded a youth mentoring program, conducted a free seminar for artists getting their art into galleries and began an educational program “Encouragement and Exposure” at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where they interacted with students through talks, demonstrations and Fine Art exhibitions.

Mission statement: To establish and remain a non-profit organization open to the general public to promote, support, and enhance an appreciation of the visual arts in the Wabash Valley through art exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, study groups, and any and all other appropriate means.

Meetings: The second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Vigo County Public Library, Seventh and Poplar streets, in Terre Haute, Indiana. Last minute meeting changes: Like River City Art Association on Facebook for monthly updates.

Officers 2023: President Mary Mayhew, Vice President Sandy Ridge-Fisher, Secretary Elise Spaid-Roberts and Treasurer Debra Butler

The late co-founder Rob Robbins with his photograph of the Wabash River in Fairbanks Park, Terre Haute. (Rob Robbins Facebook page)

The RCAA blog header photograph of the Wabash River in Fairbanks Park at Terre Haute, Indiana, was created by co-founder the late Rob Robbins.

The 2020 graphic element was added by graphic designer Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, RCAA’s current president.

RCAA’s new logo design, also by Der Ohanian Phillips, was introduced in March 2020.

The updated mark incorporates elements that represent a partial Terre Haute skyline, a winding Wabash River (which is so much a part of the Wabash Valley), and the green elements that represent the beautiful green spaces in the city of Terre Haute.