Rachel Berenson Perry

Creative Nonfiction Writer

Nashville, IN
Indiana US

Author's Bio

Rachel Berenson Perry is the former fine arts curator of the Indiana State Museum, where she organized and curated all of the art exhibitions from 2003 through 2011. She's written numerous articles for American Art Review and Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History (Indiana Historical Society), and her books include Painter of the Dunes: A Life of Frank Virgil Dudley (Indiana Historical Society 2021); The Life and Art of Felrath Hines: From Dark to Light (Indiana University Press 2019); The House of the Singing Winds: The Life and Work of T.C. Steele (Indiana Historical Society Press 2016); William J Forsyth: The Life and Work of an Indiana Artist (Indiana University Press, 2014); Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place (Indiana University Press, 2013); Barry Gealt: Embracing Nature (Indiana University Press, 2012); Paint and Canvas: A Biography of T. C. Steele (Indiana Historical Society, 2012); T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists 1896-1914 (Indiana University Press, 2009); and Children from the Hills: The Life and Work of Ada Walter Shulz (Artist Colony Press, 2001). She currently lives in Nashville, Indiana.

Publications & Prizes

Paint and Canvas: A Life of T. C. Steele (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2012)
T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists, 1896-1914 (Indiana University Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 

Finalist for art category Indies Book of the Year "The House of the Singing Winds" 2017; Winner annual Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award, Indiana Historical Society 2017; Winner of Jacob P. Dunn Jr. award for best article in Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, Indiana Historical Society 2014; Silver Medal, Independent Book Publishers, for "T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists" 2009.


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White Plains, NY
New York
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Bloomington, IN
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Last update: May 22, 2022