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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Indiana Bicentennial Art and Fine Crafts Challenge Indiana Bicentennial Art and Fine Crafts Challenge

The Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show is a free, public event held annually to celebrate America Recycles Day and professional artists who repurpose materials to create their work. Artists from throughout Indiana, as well as a few from neighboring states, will exhibit art and fine crafts such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, wearable art, woodworking, glass art, and weaving on November 12th at The Commons in Columbus. In celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial, the participants will be challenged to create special work using state symbols, such as the state bird or tree, or other themes that are representative of the Hoosier state. Artists may choose to interpret are the state song, depict a historic site, or select another Indiana-related theme for inspiration as well.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Marilyn Brackney

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show is an annual event that began in 2005 in celebration of America Recycles Day. The 70 professional artists who displayed and successfully sold their work at last year’s show were able to once again demonstrate how quality art and fine crafts can be created from solid waste. Columbus resident and artist Marilyn Brackney organized the first show, and she continues to coordinate the event.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

The heart of our Legacy Project was the Indiana Bicentennial Art and Fine Crafts Challenge, which was a special competition challenging artists to create work with Hoosier symbols and themes. Indianapolis artist Megan Winn created the winning entry, a leather journal that featured the Indiana state flag on the cover. Some of the pages were infused with dried corn stalks.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

We maintain a Facebook page that features pictures of the show’s artists and their work, and there are many photos taken of the day’s displays and activities.

Total number of volunteers who participated


Estimated total attendance.

Approximately 1,500.

Photos of Indiana Bicentennial Art and Fine Crafts Challenge

Connie Lynch MittensDeja Vu PosterDoug White BluebirdsJoe Henderson BisonMarilyn Brackney Found Art FiguresMegan Winn Bicentennial JournalMiller Tangeman Lobby copy

Deja Vu Committee Members

  • Marilyn Brackney
  • Larry Brackney
  • Melinda Sharp
  • Janice Montgomery
  • Shanda Sasse
  • Lisa Westmark
  • Jerald Hatton
  • Shirley Duncan
  • Chris and Bob Gustin
  • Randy Kimery
  • Jean and Don Kingen
  • Lynn Peterson
  • Bill Melvin