Todd Reifers has become one of Indiana's finest traditional painters. He has won Best of Show at the Hoosier Salon (twice) and at the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition. He has won top awards from Indiana Heritage Arts and the American Impressionist Society, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Indiana State Museum and Indiana Heritage Arts. Most recently, Todd is the recipient of a Merit Award at the 2019 Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition, on view now through June 22 at the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville, Indiana. An image of the IHA painting is at bottom.
Todd Reifers, a lifelong Indiana resident, was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1948. His early exposure to art was through his Grandmother Ann Reifers, an accomplished amateur painter, who developed treasured friendships with the late Indiana Masters Curry Bohm, V.J. Cariani, Ada Shulz and Derk Smit.
Reifer's training began at the age of seven with Saturday morning art classes taught by the late Sister Ruffinia, a Catholic Nun noted for her oil landscapes, is listed in "Who's Who in American Art". At age 14, he sold his first work, a caustic piece depicting a harbor scene.
During his high school years, he won three consecutive scholarships to the John Herron School of Art's summer program.
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