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Zay: Local artists among winners of 2020 Hoosier Women Artists Contest

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2020) — Two local artists were recently honored at the Statehouse for being among the winners of the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists Contest, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington).

The Hoosier Women Artists Contest takes place each March in an effort to honor female artists for their skill as well as inspire others to pursue their talents. This year's contest fell on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. In light of this important milestone in our nation's history, artists were asked to submit pieces that reflect the celebration of women and commemoration of the women's suffrage centennial anniversary.

Penny French-Deal, a native of North Manchester, and Brenda Ramseier, a native of Silver Lake, were selected to have their artwork displayed in the Statehouse for an entire year. Thousands of visitors tour the state capitol building annually, and will have the opportunity to admire the artwork by these women.

French-Deal’s artwork, titled “Paving the Road,” will be showcased in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s office. French-Deal was also a Hoosier Women Artist honoree in 2009, 2016 and 2019.

Ramseier will also have her artwork, “Teach the Children Well,” displayed in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s office.

“Congratulations to both artists for being selected as winners among a very competitive and talented pool of entries,” Zay said. “Each year, I am amazed by the beautiful artwork submitted for the Hoosier Women Artist Contest, and Penny and Brenda certainly showcased how talented our community is."

For more information on the Hoosier Women Artists Contest, click here.