Four Johnson County artists are representing the local arts community at this year’s Hoosier Salon exhibition.

The artists were among the 126 across the state whose work was selected by a jury to be in the art organization’s 91st exhibition.

Roy Boswell of Franklin won an award for landscape work for his oil painting, “Tranquility Reigns,” and he has a second oil painting titled “Kane’s Wake” in the exhibition.

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Boswell said getting chosen for the awards is a huge honor.

“It’s always good to win something in this community,” he said. “There are a lot of good artists who don’t get in every year.”

Boswell, 29, started out in water color and then moved into pastel painting before settling on his current medium of oil.

His painting, “Kane’s Wake,” is taken from imagery on his family’s farm in Jennings County.

Boswell went to school for landscape architecture and design, where he was introduced to hand-drawing by professors who preferred creating designs on paper instead of through computer graphics.

After graduation, Boswell decided he wanted to be an artist. He’s spent the last five years learning from good painters through groups such as the Hoosier Salon and has shown much of his own work while honing his craft.

The other artists from Johnson County are Gary Jursik of Greenwood for his oil painting, “Sweet Heat,” Kathleen Rice of Greenwood for a mixed media piece titled “Building Bridges,” and Rick Wilson of Edinburgh with two oil paintings in the exhibit, “Asilomar Sunset” and “North Shore Waves — Gloucester.”

The Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition. It is on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center through Sept. 26. All works in the exhibition are available for sale.

To be eligible to enter the Annual Exhibit, artists must be a current Indiana resident and be a Hoosier Salon member.

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Anna Herkamp is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2712.