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Vice Presidential Plate Project

The Indiana china painters are doing a special project for the Vice President’s residence in Washington, DC.  The artists had done 2 other public projects previously.  They painted a 30 place setting and 30 serving piece set for the Indiana Governor’s mansion with Indiana Wildflowers during the O’Bannon administration.  Mrs. Pence loved the china so much when she was Indiana First Lady she approached the painters again about painting 150 presentation bowls with the Indiana state flower the peony for her First Ladies Charitable Foundation. 

When Mrs. Pence became Second Lady the Indiana painters contacted her and offered their artistic talents to the nation.  Mrs. Pence readily accepted the offer and the Vice Presidential Plate Project began.   Forty-one artists will be painting 100 reception dessert plates with the 50 state flowers.  These plates will remain in the permanent china collection in the Vice President’s residence.   The artists were juried in by the public by voting on a china painting exhibit at the 2017 Indiana State Fair.  Each artist will paint 2 identical plates (with a few artists painting more than one set).  The plates being used are companion pattern plates to the current Vice Presidential service made by Lenox.  This service was ordered during the Biden administration. 

The artists will have a public preview of the plates at the Art Sanctuary March 16 & 17 in Martinsville.  The project director Ellen Wilson-Pruitt and another china artist Joyce Dwulet were guests to a holiday reception at the Vice Presidential residence in December .  They were excited in speaking with the guests at how many had heard about this special art project from Indiana.  The project was mentioned in a USA Today article on the Vice President and Mrs. Pence.  

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