Thursday, September 30, 2010

Artist Member Ben Johnson to Exhibit

Gallery 924 Opening Reception Featuring the Art of Artist Member and Indianapolis Art Center glass instructor Ben Johnson

Arts Council of Indianapolis Gallery 924's Inaugural Exhibition.  Opening reception is from 6-9 pm.  Glass artist Ben Johnson's work is informed by texture, color theory, natural occurrences and the way living organisms affect one another. Johnson's first major exhibition in Indiana will highlight his current Host series.  Applying his extensive studies of glass working to contemporary sculpture, Johnson's work features raised patterns, underlying colors, and interior visual surfaces.

As Indianapolis' newest fine art exhibition space, Gallery 924 provides a mix of programming highlighting Central Indiana contemporary artists, including solo shows and collaborations with partner organizations.  The 1300 square foot gallery is located in the former home of Rollerland and the new home of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.


Gallery 924
924 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN, 46204

Free parking in the lots to the south of the building and across the street at the Lucille Raines

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Call for Artists: 15th Annual Garage Sale Art Fair

Kalamazoo County Fairground & Expo Center
Kalamazoo, Michigan
February 26, 2011
9:30 - 4:00

Approximately 110 booths
Deadline: November 1

You've heard how fun it is. This is your chance to find out for yourself! This is the show to sell your seconds, overstock, duds or things you're just tired of looking at in your booth, even your art supplies or art you've traded for!

It's only 5 ½ hours long with morning set-up. So make it easy on yourself, rent some tables and forget the normal time consuming display.

It's run by Bonnie Blandford (jewelry) and Michael Kifer (clay) who both make their living doing art fairs so hopefully we know how to make it more fun! Besides, who doesn't need money in February?

The scoop:

$10 application fee
Booth fees are $110
Very few rules (no buy/sell)
Share a booth if you'd like
Mark things down and move them out!

Applications, more information and pictures are at:

P.S. Yes, I attend this show every year and bring my friends-- fabulous shopping and fun for everyone!

Show director--Bonnie Blandford, yes, fun!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Artist Member Patrick Flaherty to exhibit at Harrison Center

artist receptionFriday, October 1, 5 to 10pm
Admission Free

1505 North Delaware
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317.396-3886

The Harrison Center and IACED (Indiana Association for Community Economic Development) are joining forces to present HOMEWARD BOUND, an art show and "phantom" walk fundraiser for Homeward Bound - Central Indiana, a project of IACED to benefit Aspire Indiana, Gennesaret Free Clinics, Hamilton County Neighborhood Development (HAND), Homeless Initiative Program, Horizon House, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Midtown Community Mental Health Center and the Julian Center. Participants in the "walk" will tour the Harrison Center in lieu of a traditional 5K walk.
The Harrison Gallery will feature a group show with art inspired by the idea of home. Participating artists are Kathryn Barnes Dart, Catherine Schlebecker, Tyler Meuninck, Patrick Flaherty and Brent Aldrich.

For complete information click [here].

1505 North Delaware
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317.396-3886

Thursday, September 23, 2010

RFQ: Public Sculpture Opportunity - Terra Haute, Indiana

Public Sculpture Opportunity
Request for Qualifications

Art Spaces, Inc. – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection is issuing a Request for Qualifications for a site-specific project to be located in the city of Terra Haute, Indiana on the campus of Indiana State University.

Deadline for Receipt of Materials: 
October 6, 2010

Send to:
Art Spaces, Inc.
100 S. Campus Drive
P.O. Box 3799
Terre Haute, IN 47803-0799

Art Spaces, Inc. – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection
This RFQ is for a sculpture for Rankin Plaza on the campus of Indiana State University. The plaza is a highly trafficked area on a campus serving students, faculty and staff of ISU, as well as off-campus visitors. Currently under re-construction, the plaza will be reopened in late 2010. Rankin Plaza is located along the Arts Corridor (7th Street) one block north of downtown Terre Haute.

The Arts Corridor includes the Indiana Theater, the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Halcyon Contemporary Art, Gopalan Contemporary Art, independent artists’ studios, Vigo County Public Library, Crossroads Repertory Theater, ISU Performing and Fine Arts Center, and Tilson Hall. Five public outdoor sculptures may be found along the Arts Corridor with several others located nearby.

Artist’s Budget: $45,000 (all inclusive excluding site preparation, lighting and landscaping).

Images of the site and the plaza (currently under construction), dimensions of the site and a plan of the site are available on our website at

Art Spaces, Indiana State University and Goals for this Project
The mission of Art Spaces is to establish a collection of public outdoor sculpture in Terre Haute and the surrounding region of the Wabash Valley. There are currently eight pieces designated as part of the Art Spaces collection. See for more information.

Art Spaces works in collaboration with City of Terre Haute, area universities, foundations, businesses and individuals to contribute to the long-term growth of the arts in the region.

Indiana State University has an extensive Permanent Art Collection ( as well as a state of the art contemporary gallery. A new addition to the permanent collection, the Rankin Plaza sculpture will add meaning to the space and will add a creative enhancement to the plaza and its surrounding buildings.

The artist’s total budget for this project shall not exceed $45,000 and is all inclusive (research, design, materials, fabrication, transportation, engineering, insurance, taxes and any other expenses related to the project not listed as the responsibility of Art Spaces or the University). Site preparation, foundation, lighting and landscaping will be provided by the University within reasonable expectations. The first trip to Terre Haute and accommodations for the finalists will be paid by Art Spaces, Inc. based on a reasonable round trip air fare or a mileage reimbursement based on the standard rate approved by the State of Indiana. Artists will otherwise pay their own travel expenses as necessary.

This opportunity is open to practicing professional artists over 18 years of age working with durable outdoor materials.

Selection Process and Criteria
Art Spaces is committed to providing completed sculptures which will be made of durable weather-resistant materials that are also vandal resistant. Artists will be selected based on artistic merit, quality of materials, creativity in approach and appropriateness for the site, feasibility, demonstrated experience and ability to meet a scheduled timeline.

The selection committees will view most favorably those proposals which indicate that the artist has reviewed all of the information available regarding the specific location and requirements of this project. Please take into consideration that the work should hold appeal for all ages and should be made of durable materials.

After the initial screening 3 finalists will be selected to fully realize the proposal and each will receive a stipend of $450. The Art Spaces Site Selection and Acquisition Committee includes members of the Board of Art Spaces, area arts professionals, representatives from Indiana State University and one community representative.

Please note: this sculpture will be designated and promoted as part of the Art Spaces Collection, as well as part of the Indiana State University Permanent Art Collection.

Project Timeline
The RFQ deadline is Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

Selected finalists will be given 4-6 weeks to complete a proposal. The final selection will take place in early December 2010. The completion date for the sculpture is end of March 2011.

Please note: the completion deadline is subject to any plaza construction delays.

Other Project Information
On the Art Spaces website you will find
  • Images of the site (under construction) and the surrounding buildings
  • Plaza design
  • Dimensions of the Site
  • Additional information about Art Spaces
  • Access to other links that will provide you with information about Indiana State University, the ISU Permanent Art Collections and the City of Terre Haute
You may also call (812-244-4216) or write with questions or to receive a hard copy of any of the above. Please note “Rankin Plaza Sculpture” in subject heading.

Submission Deadline and Guidelines
For consideration, please send the following with your name clearly on each item. Make sure to include all of your current contact information in your letter and bio sheet. If you are submitting as a team you will need to submit the resume/bio for each member of the team.
  • Letter of interest – not to exceed two pages. Please tell us your reason for being interested in this particular project and how your work and/or experience is relevant.
  • 10 digital (jpg only) images on one clearly labeled CD (include site photos of previously installed works). No e-mail submissions will be accepted.
  • Corresponding list of images submitted including title, dimensions, materials, year, location and budget
  • Short narrative bio
  • Professional Resume
  • List of 3 references with their current contact information
  • SASE for return of the CD (nothing will be returned without SASE)

Send to: Art Spaces, Inc., 100 S. Campus Drive, P.O. Box 3799, Terre Haute, IN 47803-0799

Copyright Release
Artists retain rights of all copyrighted materials submitted, except as limited by this section. By submitting to this RFQ, those artist(s) responding agree to a copyright release for controlled usage of the submitted materials for committee distribution, education and publicity purposes. Art Spaces shall not be responsible for any third party infringement of artists’ copyrights.

Insurance Requirements
For the selected artist(s), Art Spaces requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the selected artist(s) shall maintain at all times during the term of the contract, at its sole expense:
  • Statutory workers’ compensation
  • Automobile liability insurance
  • Comprehensive general liability
  • Professional services liability
Art Spaces, Inc. and Indiana State University shall be named as additional insured and be provided with a certificate of insurance prior to the effective date of the contract or any renewal contract. Art Spaces shall be provided with all renewal certificates within 30 days of the expiration date of any and all policies listed on the certificate of insurance.Please see for the details of required insurance amounts.

For the selected artist, Art Spaces requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the artist(s) agrees to indemnify and hold Art Spaces and Indiana State University harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, costs, expenses, charges and damages arising from, or relating to, the contractual agreement, including but not limited to attorney’s fees, with respect to any cause arising out of, resulting from, or in connection with (a) any breach by the artist(s) of any clause, condition or provision of the contract; b) any breach or violation by the artist of any applicable criminal or civil law; or (c) any other cause resulting from any act or failure to act by the artist(s) in accordance with the contract.The artist(s) shall promptly assume the defense of any claim, suit or action within the scope of this indemnification at its expense upon being notified thereof.

Art Spaces reserves the right to contract one or more artists, or to refuse a contract with any artist.

Information about Art Spaces and Contact Information
Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the website

Call for Presentation Proposals for the Glass Art Society 2012 Toledo, OH Conference

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass "Roots" in America Glass Art Society 42nd Annual Conference
Toledo, Ohio, June 13-16, 2012


The Glass Art Society Board of Directors is requesting proposals for lectures, demonstrations, lec-mo's and panels for the Toledo, Ohio conference relating to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Studio Glass "Roots" in America.

In recognition of the Toledo Museum of Art's role as the cradle of the American Studio Glass Movement, GAS will be holding its 2012 conference in Toledo, Ohio. In 1962, two experimental glass workshops held at the Museum proved that glass was a medium suitable for the expression of artistic ideas in a studio environment. They launched a movement that was propelled by an unprecedented collective enthusiasm and since has turned into an international phenomenon that continues to inspire experimentation. Toledo, America's Glass City, is welcoming again artists from around the world to celebrate the achievements of the past and to explore the seemingly endless possibilities of glass. Proposal submissions should recognize this historic year for studio glass, while reflecting the innovative spirit, diverse viewpoints, and current concerns of the Glass Art Society community at large.

- Online through the GAS website
- or on Disc mailed to the GAS office

Please visit the webpage for complete details including:
  • DESCRIPTION of the theme and location - Toledo, OH
  • SUBMISSION GUIDELINES  - What to submit and How 
  • SUBMIT your proposal online if submitting more than one you will need to make separate submissions for each  

Please contact the GAS office at with any questions or call Monday-Friday PST 9am-5pm.

The Glass Art Society is a 501c3 non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Artist Member Dan Cooper to Exhibit


Opening Reception will be Friday, October 1, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at wUG LAKU'S STUDIO & gARAGE
Exhibition dates are October 1st through October 30, 2010

"Portals" features a new series of paintings by visual artist Dan Cooper continuing his fascination with astronomy & physics combined with hope for the future of humankind. Paying homage to his artist heroes is a unifying theme in these paintings, incorporating acrylic paints and digital manipulation on canvas. Controlling compositional elements and using lessons learned from past “isms” are integral to his style. Cooper favors a Midwestern sensibility that translates abstract concepts into a narrative with recognizable objects and worlds.

"Portals" will open to the public during the IDADA First Friday Art Tour October 1, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition location:
Indianapolis IN 46202


Contact info:
Dan Cooper
7947 Teel Way
Indianapolis, IN 46256

Image: Dan Cooper, Burn 3, Reflection

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Deadline Tomorrow! Tenth Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

Tenth Annual Exhibition, Workshops and Celebration!

Dear Artist and Collaborator: Thank you very much for your interest in the Indianapolis Art Center’s ninth annual El Día de los Muertos/The Day of the Dead programs. We are glad you want to be a part of our exhibition of altars and shrines, workshops and celebration.
Please review the information about the traditional Mexican celebration of The Day of the Dead holiday, as well as the guidelines for proposing an altar or shrine (or both) for our exhibition. In order to be considered for inclusion, please complete and return your proposal to the Indianapolis Art Center by Friday, September 3, 2010. Forms arriving after that time will be evaluated for inclusion as space permits.
As in previous years, workshops and public tours of our exhibition are being planned for the months of October and November through our Outreach Department.
• The altar exhibition is on view in the Indianapolis Art Center galleries October 8-November 28, 2010.
• The shrine exhibition is outside in ARTSPARK and is on view October 25 - November 7, 2010.
• Our celebration festivities will take place on Saturday, October 30, 3-8 p.m. We invite you to join us!
• Upon acceptance of your proposal design, we will notify you with further information. 

Thank you again for your support of this wonderful cultural tradition! Please contact us if you have any questions: 
Laura Alvarado, Director of Outreach (317) 255-2464 ext. 235 or Patrick Flaherty, Exhibitions Associate (317) 255-2464 ext. 238 or