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Member Highlight – June 2022



Hancock County Arts is delighted to present a member, Lylanne Musselman, as one of our many member artists to be introduced or reintroduced to you.

Lylanne Musselman is a native Hoosier who lived in Irvington, Indianapolis for 11 years, but now lives in her hometown of Eaton, near Muncie. She has been an active member of Hancock County Arts since 2019, where she is a co-contributor to the monthly newsletter segment “A Pause for Words,” and where she has hosted Poetry reading events since 2021. Musselman is the current president of the Muncie Artists Guild where she’s been a member since 2017. She also is membership chair of Fort Wayne Artists Guild. Musselman also serves on the board of Midwest Writers Workshop, where she is secretary. In addition, Musselman is a member of Hoosier Salon, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Madison County Art Association, Pendleton Arts Society, Indiana Writers Center, and Portrait Society of America.


Musselman has exhibited in juried art shows across the region, including the 97th Hoosier Salon, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Ventures in Creativity, Wabash Valley Exhibition, Minnetrista’s Annual Show, the Will Vawter Annual Show, and many Hancock County Arts Shows, among others. She specializes in pastels, gouache, and acrylics with an emphasis on pet and people portraiture. Musselman has won over 113 awards since 1983, including winning Muncie Artist’s Guild Best of Show in 2020 with her pastel painting, “Cat Lover.” Recently, she won 1st Place at the T.C. Steele Member Show in Brown County for her pastel piece, “Happy in Nature,” and she won the Ukrainian Casualties Memorial Award at Ventures in Creativity in Fort Wayne for her gouache painting, “Staring Dementia in the Face” - a painting that was exhibited in the Portrait Society of Indiana Exhibit at Hancock County Arts Gallery in April. Currently, Musselman has three paintings hanging in Ventures in Creativity in Fort Wayne through June, and in the Flora and Fauna Juried Exhibit at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville through July.


An award-winning poet and playwright, Musselman has taught art classes privately and through

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