Rena Brouwer, a resident of Carroll County, Indiana, has been recognized and winning awards for her watercolors since her high school years. She has studied under Zolton Szabo, Christopher Schink, Charles Reid and other accomplished artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and won numerous awards.
Having created exceptional watercolors for more than 40 years, Rena has taught watercolor at national art conventions, colleges, museums, state and nationwide community venues. She has served on national, state and local boards for art organizations, including the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Midwest Watercolor Society, Indiana Artists Club, and Wabash Valley Watercolor Society
Known for her collaborative nature, she has curated and organized exhibitions since 1989, combining writers and artists, performance and fine arts, and various community interests in the promotion of art in daily life. Professional achievements include being selected as one of five Indiana professional watercolorists by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, during the Exhibition of Turner in 1997, to showcase her work. Brouwer was one of four business owners of the Lafayette Renaissance Academy which combined visual fine arts with performance arts in a historical building from 2004-2007. In 2006, Rena was one of 10 Indiana artists of 150 fine artists of Indiana, selected by internationally known jurors for the Preserving Nature project, through the Central Indiana Land Trust. Her work was awarded Outstanding Watercolor from the collection of statewide art exhibited during the exhibition. 2009 the Delphi Preservation Society invited her to be a resident artist of the the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art . In 2013, she was published in the book Painting Indiana III, the only Indiana watercolorist selected for publication. 2014, Rena, collaborated with music conductor and director Nicholas Palmer and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, closing their season with the Prelude Project. Painting live onstage to the music of Debussy, the project engaged and cultivated young patrons. 2008-2014 Rena collaborated with musician and songwriter Joe Peters presenting live music/art performances promoting conservation through the arts. In the spring of 2014 at the Indianapolis Zoo before the opening of the Orangutan Exhibit, Brouwer painted onsite for the Zoo’s promotion. In the fall of 2015 ,Brouwer reopened the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art LLC
She is an Indiana Artisan, member of The Brown County Art Guild, Indiana Artists Club, and Cardinal Fellow member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Hoosier Salon and Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.