Monday, June 29, 2009

Graffiti Artist Wanted

The American Cancer Society is looking for artist to help in the Relay for Life (RLF).

RLF is a team event that celebrates cancer survivors, and raises funds for the American Cancer Society research, education, prevention, advocacy, and patient services. It is a fun, outdoor and overnight fund-raising event where teams take turns walking or running around a track. This year marks the 25th anniversary for RLF. The event will take place downtown at the American Legion Mall at 10:00 am, August 2nd.

They are calling for artists who can put their talents to use by drawing on the track with sidewalk chalk or some other easily removable medium.

This is a great opportunity to network with fellow Hoosiers and get you name out there while contributing to a charitable cause.

If you would like to participate or have any questions please contact

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sofiya Inger to exhibit in Chicago

Artist member Sofiya Inger will be exhibiting in Earth Dreaming, a juried exhibition sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD).

The show will be open to the public June 27-30 in the Grand Ballroom South of the Wyndam O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL (at the O'Hare International Airport). There will be a reception at the gallery on Sunday, June 28 from 8:30 - 10:30pm.

Winners of the 2009 Nancy Richter Brzeski Dream Art Awards will be announced at the reception. Sofiya will be at the reception.

For information on the hotel and directions click [here].

Image: It is all in your Head by Sofiya Inger

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Exhibit Space

East 38th Street Library
5420 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Located in the library's community room, the space can be used to exhibit paintings and other 2D in an intimate setting.

For more information about the space and to schedule an exhibit contact Sally McSpadden ( or Ellen Flexman (eflexman@imcpl) or call (317) 275-4352.

The East 38th Street Library is part if the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library system.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Request for Proposals: Indianapolis International Airport

Deadline: Rolling
Indianapolis International Airport
H. Weir Cook Terminal

The IND Foundation, as an agent for the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) and with Blackburn Architects, Inc. as its designated representative, invites Indiana artists, cultural institutions and cultural groups to submit proposals for temporary exhibitions or displays in the H. Weir Cook Terminal, Indianapolis International Airport.

This opportunity is for displays of art, history, culture or local interest to remain on display in the H. Weir Cook Terminal for periods ranging from six weeks to one year. All displays or exhibitions must be durable, low-maintenance and suitable in form, material and content for a mixed-ages audience that will include young children.

A full Request for Proposal (RFP) with submission instructions is downloadable [here].
Or email Julia Moore, Project Manager, at

Note: Please contact the project manager first if your project is a pre-curated traveling exhibit with a rental fee, if your project involves live performance(s), if you would like to propose a long-term temporary or permanent commissioned work of art, or if your project requires significant development time and/or a funding committe from the IND Foundation. Different processes are used to solicit, review, schedule, and operate such projects.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Athenaeum ArtSpace Call for Artists

Deadline: 5:00pm July 17, 2009
Show Dates: July 2009 (3 week show)
Athenaeum ArtSpace
401 E. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Athenaeum ArtSpace, Indy’s newest art venue, is seeking local, family-friendly, emerging and unknown artists for commission-free exhibitions. Each exhibition opens on IDADA First Friday and continues approximately three weeks. Artists of all media are encouraged to submit work for these juried exhibitions.
  • Artist should reside in Marion or one of the seven surrounding counties.
  • Artist should be capable of demonstrating the sompletion of
  • Artist should reside in Marion or one of the seven surrounding counties.
  • Artist should be capable of demonstrating the completion of two semesters of formal art studies or be capable of demonstrating at least three years of art production.
  • Artist has not displayed artwork in the IDADA downtown art districts unless the display was part of a special event like “Visual Fringe” or other one-time special displays (less than 30 days).
  • Artist will demonstrate an enrollment with ACI (Arts Council of Indianapolis) within 10 days prior to any display. (this is a no cost enrollment).
  • Submissions should include the following information and should be received by July 17 at 5:00pm: Name, address, email, phone, biography/resume, Cd containing 10-20 images, image size at no less than 300dpi, 600x800, Accompanying Title List with cd, numbered accordingly and including title, medium, dimensions, and year. Do not include name on title list. All submissions are juried.

Send submissions c/o Kevin Gierman
The Athenaeum ArtSpace
401 East Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
or contact Kevin Gierman at317.655.2755 ext152 or

The Athenaeum ArtSpace’s mission is to introduce the public to work they’ve never seen before by displaying, commission-free, the work of emerging and local unknown artists, in an effort to support the “Sound Mind and Sound Body” concepts that are central to the creation and the history of the Athenaeum. We are working diligently on improving the ArtSpace for artists by raising funds for a hanging system and lighting . The Athenaeum ArtSpace is a partnership between the Athenaeum Foundation and Indy Metro Church.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Exhibition Opening and Joyce Sommers Retirement Reception

Sunday, June 28, 2009
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Opening Remarks and Toast at 2:30 pm

Indianapolis Art Center
820 E. 67th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 255-2464

Cost: Free

Please join us for a Sunday afternoon of celebration as we debut A Life in Art: Works by George Rickey, as well as honor the many milestones that Joyce A. Sommers has accomplished during her 33 years as Executive Director and President of the Indianapolis Art Center.

"One of my long-time dreams was to have Indiana native George Rickey's dynamic sculptures in our ARTSPARK and galleries. What a lovely parting gift for me." ~ Joyce Sommers

Activities during this special occasion include:
-Special presentation by George Rickey's son, Philip Rickey
-Exhibition opening featuring A Life in Art: Works by George Rickey and New Orleans Table: Paintings by Melissa Sarat
-Public retirement reception for Joyce A. Sommers
-Debuting Fanning the Flame, The Indianapolis Art Center's 75th Anniversary history book edition
-Complimentary beverages and light refreshments

Photo of Joyce by Matt Beuoy courtesy of NUVO

A Life in Art: Works by George Rickey

This exhibition features 40 of Rickey's artworks, including early portrait and still life paintings, Work Progress Administration (WPA) mural studies, small sculptures, late pastel floral studies, and models of his renowned kinetic sculptures. Many of the artworks have not been exhibited publicly before. Five additional medium sized sculptures are installed in the Indianapolis Art Center's 12-acre sculpture and creativity park, ARTSPARK. The exhibition is on loan from the George Rickey Foundation and the Estate of George Rickey.

Image: Chevron Theme by George Rickey. All RIckey Art copyright Estate of George Rickey/George Rickey Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The George Rickey exhibtion is presented by Jane Fortune and Robert R. Hesse and William L. Fortune and Joseph D. Blakley

Thursday, June 11, 2009

iMOCA announces restructuring

From iMOCA:

As friends and supporters of iMOCA, I want to take a moment to introduce myself and update you on some changes we are making to the museum's programming and structure.

First, while continuing to present exhibitions at our flagship location at 340 North Senate Avenue, iMOCA will return to its early mission of taking art out to the community. We are currently investigating opportunities, through partnerships with other organizations, to bring the best in contemporary art to venues around the city.

Second, we will increase the diversity and range of our programming by inviting artists and arts professionals from around the country to curate shows for the museum.

Third, and most importantly, Jeremy Efroymson will be leading these changes as the interim executive director. As many of you know, Jeremy has been a part of iMOCA since its inception more than ten years ago, and has played several roles with the organization including board member, executive director, and donor.

Lastly, we elected new officers at our June board meeting. They are: Brandon Judkins, president; Jennifer Boehm, vice president; Deb Borchelt, treasurer; and Mark Palmenter, secretary.

We all know this is a tough time for arts organizations and we are looking at ways to create a sustainable future for iMOCA, while continuing to exhibit some of the best contemporary art in the country. In all of these recent changes, one theme has been consistent; the art, and making it accessible to more people, are our top priorities. We hope you'll support us in this endeavor by seeing our shows, attending our educational series, telling your friends about us, and, of course, donating to iMOCA.

Thanks for all your past and future support.

Brandon Judkins

Board President

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange

Application Deadline: July 4, 2009
Show Dates: October 2-3, 2009
Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 N. Delaware
Indianapolis, IN 46202

What is the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange?
• The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is a D.I.Y. contemporary craft fair that showcases the work of artists and crafters who use traditional crafting techniques mixed with a contemporary edge. Our vendors offer a range of unique handmade goods from wooden jewelry to fanciful undergarments, from custom vintage-inspired western wear to stationery, from plush animals to natural bath and body goodies, from hand-screened rock ‘n’ roll poster art to pop culture icon finger puppets and much, much more. The event features live music and entertainment and more than 50 artisans and crafters from the city, state, and beyond. The IHE is the first and only of its kind in Indianapolis and is currently held biannually.

• Admission into the fair is FREE to the public. Raffle tickets are sold for $2 each, three for $5 or 7 for $10. Patrons (and vendors) may obtain additional raffle tickets by bringing children's arts and craft supplies, or children's art books, for donation at the door the day of the event. Money made from raffle ticket sales is used to purchase arts and craft supplies for the Marion County Children's Guardian Home, as well as for select Indianapolis area public school art programs. Prizes for the raffle are donated by our vendors and local, independent business sponsors.

• The idea for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange was developed in early 2007 by Amanda Mauer Taflinger. While living in Chicago she participated in the Renegade Craft Fair and became enamored with the contemporary crafting world. After moving back to Indy she decided that not only did her hometown need something similar, but that the city’s growing D.I.Y. art community could, in fact, support it successfully. The inaugural event was held in October 2007 at the Irving Theater in conjunction with the 61st Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. The event has since grown considerably, demanding a larger venue. The IHE moved to the Harrison Center for the Arts in October 2008, to be held in conjunction with IDADA’s wildly popular First Friday gallery openings. In 2009, the event will be held in June in conjunction with the Independent Music + Art Festival, as well as in October once again on the First Friday (and Saturday) of the month.

To apply to be a vendor at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange fall show on Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3, 2009 please fill out the application and email it with your responses and 3-5 jpeg images back to:

Applications must be received via email no later than Saturday, July 4, 2009. Absolutely no late or incomplete applications will be considered. Before submitting your application, please be sure to thoroughly read the above information to be sure you understand the details of the event.

To download an application click [here].

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Call for Entries: Interpretations of the Figure

Deadline: August 15, 2009
Show Dates: October 5 - October 30, 2009

University of Indianapolis
Department of Art and Design
1400 East Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697

Entry Fee: $20 for 2 works

The University of Indianapolis Department of Art and Design is calling for entries for Interpretations of the Figure. Artists residing in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan may to submit 2D and 3D dimensional works of art that incorporate an interpretation of the figure. Over $1500 in cash awards.

Works must not exceed 72 inches in any dimension. All works must be suitable framed and wired on the back. Individual works must not exceed 5o pounds per section or 150 pounds total weight. Plexiglas only.

Sales will be encouraged and the university does not take a commission.

For an entry form or more information contact the University of Indianapolis Department of Art and Design at (317) 788-3253 or email

This exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art and Design at the University of Indianapolis and the Talbot Street Art Fair, Inc.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Scavenge the Ave

June 17, 2009
6 - 9pm
$7 per person in advance / $10 door
Teams consist of 2-4 people

The Athenaeum
401 E. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

From Indy Reads:

Indy Reads and the Mass. Ave. Merchants Association (MAMA) present Scavenge the Ave, a fun event to support literacy and local business. It is a six block scavenger hunt down Massachusetts Avenue.

A completed scavenger hunt sheet wins discounts at select Mass. Ave. merchants and entry into our drawing with chances to win fabulous prizes.

Rain or Shine - wear walking shoes.

Register by clicking [here].

Monday, June 8, 2009

Stu's Studio Digital Printing Services

Artist Member John McKee is now offering Restoration and Photo Enhancement at Stu's Studio. Stu's Studio offers digital restoration and enhancements of your old photographs to match your taste. They stock a variety of papers, with sizes starting at 8x10" up to 24x48".

Stu's Studio is located at the Ashland Gallery - 6537 Carrollton Ave. Indpls, IN 46220.

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am - 3:30 pm.

For more information click [here] or call (317) 525-1287 or email

Friday, June 5, 2009

Joyce Sommers receives NUVO Lifetime Achievement Cultural Vision Award

Join us in congratulating the Indianapolis Art Center's executive director Joyce Sommers as she receives her Lifetime Achievement Cultural Vision Award tonight.

June 5, 6:30 om
Athenaeum Building
401 E. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Please visit the NUVO Cultural Vision Awards website at to read about the ten honorees for 2009, as well as the 100 previous CVA winners since 1999.

You are also invited join us this Friday, June 5, to honor the ten individuals and organizations being inducted into the NUVO Cultural Vision Awards family. The ceremony begins at 6:30 in the theatre of the Athenaeum Building.

About the Awards:

Honoring what's best in our community

11th Annual NUVO Cultural Vision Awards

The NUVO Cultural Vision Awards are an extension of what NUVO Newsweekly has aimed to accomplish since its inception—shine a light on those individuals and organizations in Indianapolis who are bringing cultural innovation to our community and making it a better place for us all to live.

Since we initiated the Cultural Vision Awards in 1998, we have had at least two goals in mind. The first was to recognize individuals and organizations in this city doing innovative work. Contrary to stereotype, Indianapolis is a place where new and creative things happen. Unfortunately, because of that stereotype - that this is the last place to adopt a new idea or way of doing things - genuine innovation here is often overlooked. The NUVO Cultural Vision Awards are about shining a light on the talented people and creative enterprises who defy that stereotype.

Our second goal for the awards can be summed up in a single word: community. Selecting and recognizing Cultural Vision Award honorees is an ongoing process. Nominees for the awards are suggested to us throughout the course of the year by people all over the city. Anyone can make a nomination - and anyone can be nominated. These nominations are compiled and brought before NUVO"s Editorial Committee, which, in a series of meetings, arrives at the final selection you find here.

Once again, this year"s honorees exemplify the qualities the NUVO Cultural Vision Awards are intended to celebrate. You"ll meet artists and activists, peacemakers and provocateurs, educators and innovators. Read their stories. Each one provides an opportunity to reflect upon our own commitment to community, as well as a reason to celebrate the culture of this place we all call home.

FIRST FRIDAY! Eat - Drink - Paint • Works by Brian L. Phillips

1127 Brookside Ave C7
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Friday, June 5
6:00 - 9:00 pm

From Wug Laku:

Phillips imagery combines elements of Picasso, Basquiat, lowbrow, and primitive. Often painting on recycled materials such as floor boards, door frames, and moldings, his vivid colors, contrasts, and cropped compositions are imbued with a vibrancy and intensity all their own.

You’ve seen his work at Nicky Blaine’s, Arthouse 60, Allotropy, and ORANJE. Phillips also produced the poster for Indy Jazz Fest, 2004.

Brians’ work will be on exhibit from June 5 through June 27. Stop by on opening night or visit us during our regular hours, Fridays and Saturdays, 12 – 4 p.m.
(Excepting First Friday afternoons.)

Popcorn and beer reception,
along with baked goods from
The Pastry Station

- Also That Evening -
Lydia Burris returns to Dru Cadaver’s,
David Alusik performs magical feats,
Martha Narwold’s Five Seasons Studio
features the basket weaves of Carolyn Mabry.
Possible surprises.

Regional Juried Exhibiton: Prints, Drawings, and Works on Paper

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
101 W. 2nd St.
Michigan City, IN 46360

Deadline: 5 pm, July 1, 2009
Show Dates: October 17 - January 10, 2010.

Open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Two and Three dimensional works on paper, photography excluded.

JURORS: Andrea Peterson: Award winning printmaker and paper artist-exhibits nationally and internationally & Audrey Niffenegger*: Acclaimed writer, printmaker and book artist, author of "The Time Traveler's Wife".

Entry Fee:
$30 for LCA members and $35 for non-members for 1 - 3 images

Prizes: $1500 in Merit Awards & $1500 Purchase Award

To download an application click [here].

*Audrey Niffenegger had an exhibition showcasing the individual hand printed pages (intaglio - letterpress) for her book Three Incestuous Sisters, at the Indianapolis Art Center. The book is also available in mass produced form.