Arts Eye September 2015

Arts Eye

September 2015

Upcoming Events

September 3, 2015

Programs, Grants & Services
1:30 p.m.
IAC office, Indianapolis

September 7, 2015

Labor Day
IAC office closed

September 9, 2015

Executive Committee
10:00 a.m.
IAC office, Indianapolis

September 14, 2015

Arts in the Parks - Individual Application Deadline
4:30 p.m.

September 15, 2015

Governor's Arts Awards call for qualifications submission deadline
4:30 p.m.

September 18, 2015

Quarterly Commission Meeting
9:00 a.m.
Muncie, Indiana

September 30, 2015

Deadline to submit PACE program letters of interest
4:30 p.m.

October 12, 2015

Columbus Day
IAC office closed

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To positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our state's citizens and communities.

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Deadline near for GAA call for qualifications

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Artists interested in creating the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards have until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 to reply to the call for qualifications.

The call is open to all visual artists 18 years and older who are currently legal residents of Indiana. The artist must remain a resident of Indiana during the period of the project.

Artists interest in the call for qualifications should visit for more information. All submissions must be made through the Cafe website, and only electronic submissions will be considered.

The selected artist will be notified in October, 2015. Fabrication of the awards must be completed by March 1, 2016.

Arts in the Parks deadline nears for individuals

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Individual artists interested in applying for project funds of up to $3,000 for the Arts in the Parks program have until 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2015 to submit their application.

Arts in the Parks is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) enabling the creation of art activities for the public to enjoy at state parks and forests.

For more information, visit

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Deadline approaching for PACE letters of interest

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Letter of interest for two new partnerships in the arts education program known as PACE (Partnering Arts, Communities and Education) must be submitted to the Arts Commission by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

PACE currently supports four partnerships in the state at an annual level of $10,000 each. Click here for more information.

Submit letters to Sarah Fronczek, the IAC Arts Education Coordinator at

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Indiana Poet Laureate launches Project 411

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Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras has announced a new collaborative poem project seeking contributions from poets and non-poets alike.

The Wabash River, a symbol of our state, is 503 miles long, 411 of which flow freely from the point at which the river is dammed.

Kalamaras is inviting everyone to participate in helping to write a freely flowing river-of-a-poem. Ideally, the final product will consist of 411 lines of poetry.

Click here for details.

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Switzerland County artist to create bicentennial medal

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The Indiana Bicentennial Commission, in partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission, announced recently that Donna Weaver, Vevay, Indiana, has been selected to created the commemorative Indiana Bicentennial Medal.

Nearly 100 design concepts from 50 artists across the state were submitted for consideration by the Bicentennial Medal Jurors. The expert panel of jurors evaluated the designs from both artistic and historic aspects during the multiple rounds of consideration before selecting the final design.

Based on her preliminary design (above left) "Indiana Revealed," Weaver will work with the minting company to develop the final design which will likely differ somewhat from the initial submission.

Weaver studied sculpting, painting, and print-making at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, graduating with a fine arts degree in 1966. She formerly worked for the U.S. Mint, retiring in 2006.

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Autism Unveiled: Two Young Indiana Artists

Two Indiana artists have participated in the "Autism Unveiled, Voices on the Spectrum" project, creating blog posts about themselves and their art. For six weeks leading up to World Autism Day in 2015, The Art of Autism published online statements by artists with autism. Click here to learn more about Chelsea Dub and Thomas Ostrowski. (source: ArtsWORK Indiana)

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Celebrate National Arts in Education Week

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National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the importance of the arts for a well-rounded education.

From September 13 - 19, 2015 Americans for the Arts (AFTA) invites you to lead your community in celebrating the transformative power of arts education.

AFTA offers tools and resources to advocate for increased arts education in your schools and community.  Learn more by clicking here.

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Freelance vs. Traditional employees in the arts

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In their latest DataBrief, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) took a look at job satisfaction among arts alumni who have worked as either freelance or traditional employees.

Surveying more than 92,000 arts alumni from 153 institutions in the United States who responded to SNAAP surveys in 2011, 2012, and 2013, the results found that 45% or respondents were currently freelancing in the arts, while 75% said they had freelanced at some time in their professional careers.

Arts alumni were asked to indicate their level of satisfaction with various aspects of their job in which they spend the majority of their work time, such as job security, opportunity to be creative, and income. In order to focus on alumni who spend the majority of their time in a freelance position, the analysis only looked at those alumni with one job. Both groups include part-time workers, and some traditional employees who might be temporary.

Click here for the full DataBrief.

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Workshop on trademark, copyright and contract law

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Join Robert S. Meitus and fellow attorneys at Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP's Entertainment & Media Law practices as they provide a broad overview on trademark and branding, copyright, and contract law for the creative community.

The workshop will be Friday, October 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bloomington / Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington, Indiana.

Breakout sessions will follow for visual artists, musicians, film artists, literary artists and other creative folk to address specific issues within each discipline. 

The workshop is free of charge and open to artists throughout Indiana, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Click here to register.

For more information, contact Miah Michaelsen at 812-349-3534 or email

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New Orleans ranked best city for creative workers

Every artist has probably at some point or another dreamed about moving to New York, but the cruel reality of the city - an average one-bedroom rents for $3,039 per month - keeps many from acting on that wish. So what's a poor, pragmatic artist to do? According to a new study from the personal finance website SmartAsset, they should consider moving to New Orleans. Click here to find out why. (source:

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Artist Opportunities

USArtists International Deadline for Round 1
USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by American artists at important festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts. Program guidelines are available here. The USAI deadline for Round 1 is September 4, 2015 for projects taking place between December 15, 2015 and December 14, 2016.

Successfully Reaching Art Collectors - an artist panel discussion
Join local and national artists Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Gallery 924, Indianapolis Arts Council, 924 N. Pennsylvania, St., Indianapolis, Indiana as they discuss their strategies to successfully engage art collectors. How do they turn an art buyer into an art collector? How do you build relationship with your art collectors to keep them interested in you and your future work. This panel discussion is FREE for all artists. Space is limited, so please RSVP to by Monday, September 7, 2015.

Nourish Restaurant seeks artists for exhibitions
Nourish is an American restaurant committed to creating contemporary cuisine from local, seasonal food that supports the body and spirit of the Indianapolis community. Nourish is a new member of IDADA and plans to participate in the IDADA First Friday Art Tour with rotating monthly exhibitions featuring  Indy-based artists. The space can accommodate 2D work only, no 3D work at this time. Artists must design their own labels and information. For more information, click here. Deadline for submission is September 11, 2015.

Kids Show Choir Clinic
The Indy Adult Show Choir is having a Kids Show Choir Clinic. The program is for children in 2nd to 6th grade and will take place September 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration at 9:45 a.m. Participants will learn two songs, choreography techniques, enjoy a free lunch and receive an exclusive Indy Adult Show Choir bracelet. The program is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, click here.

Free artist workshop: Pricing and Negotiation
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is proud to present this free workshop for artists as part of their Artist Professional Development Series. Paula Katz, the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art will lead the discussions and one-on-one exercises designed to teach artists the best formulas for pricing their artwork and the skills to negotiate sales like a pro. The workshop will be Wednesday September 16, 2015 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. All are welcome, but space is limited so please RSVP to Parking and other details will be sent to those who RSVP by Friday, September 11, 2015. Click here for more information.

WFYI T-Shirt Design Contest, Indianapolis, IN
The winner will receive a $50 Sun King gift card, a tour of the WFYI studios, two NPR pint glasses and a free t-shirt. Local artists and designers are asked to create a shirt inspired by public media and its impact on the Indianapolis community. Click here for complete details or visit the contest website. Deadline to submit is September 18, 2015.

Call for mural artists, Historic Oppenheimer House, Lafayette
Sponsored by the Art League of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Indiana, this project is to create a vine and floral mural which winds up the iconic spiral staircase and spreads along the second-floor landing area of the Oppenheimer House, which is currently being renovated. The mural should enhance the look and feel of a beautiful welcoming home. The goal is to recapture the old charm of this home, originally built in 1860. The feel should be pleasing and calming for victims and their children who are escaping domestic violence and chaos. For a complete RFP, including site specifications, necessary materials, application procedures and more, click here. For a downloadable application, click here. Deadline to apply is September 25, 2015.

Call for proposals, Art on the Avenue
The Madame Walker Theatre uses art as a platform to empower youth, inspire entrepreneurship and facilitate social justice. In an effort to reclaim the vitality Indiana Avenue held in its heyday, Art on the Avenue provides emerging artists an opportunity to showcase and sell their work in their non-traditional 4th floor art space. Exhibitions rotate monthly as a part of IDADA's 1st Friday Gallery Walk. Visual and conceptual artists, fashion and graphic designers, architects, photographers, videographers, jewelers, installation artists, etc. are invited to submit exhibition proposals now through September 25, 2015. Click here for more information and how to submit.

Request for Qualifications, Sister Cities Public Art for Indianapolis
The Arts Council of Indianapolis, on behalf of the Building Authority of the City of Indianapolis / Marion County, Indiana and in collaboration with Indianapolis' Sister Cities International Committee, requests the qualifications of artists interested in completing a permanent, exterior artwork in Indianapolis' City-County Building Plaza honoring Indianapolis' Sister City relationships. Click here for more information. Deadline for submission is September 28, 2015.

Request for qualifications, David Crockett bust
The Tennessee Arts Commission on behalf of the Tennessee State Capitol Commission and the Tennessee General Assembly requests qualifications from professional artists to create a bust to commemorate David Crockett. This memorial four-foot bronze bust will be displayed on the 2nd floor of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville for visitors to appreciate. This call is open to established visual artists living in the United States with a minimum of five years professional experience working on public art projects. Applicants must have knowledge of fabrication and installation of busts or similar sculpture in bronze. Three references familiar with previous projects are required. Click here for the full projects requirements and application guidelines. Deadline to submit is September 30, 2015.

Call for artists, Art and Autism Exhibition, Dallas TX
Art + Autism will take place through Autism Awareness month, April 2016, at the beautiful UNT ArtSpace gallery in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas. This one-of-a-kind exhibition will showcase the talents and abilities of artists living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and initiate a conversation about the unique power of art in the autism community. For consideration, all applicants must be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and at least 18 years of age. All artists must submit a completed submission form, along with accompanying photo or video for each piece being submitted. A maximum of three pieces can be submitted for each artist and can include, but is not limited to, video and projection work, painting, 3-D sculpture, and installation work. Submissions and questions should be directed to Sharon Harmon, or call 817-692-5571. Deadline for submission is October 1, 2015.

Call for entries, Cincinnati Symphony Poetry Contest
Through music and poetry, celebrate the promise of freedom on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment. Cash prizes totaling $8,000 will be awarded. For more information and how to enter, visit Deadline to enter is October 1, 2015.

Call for entries, 2016 Indiana Art Fair
The Indiana State Museum is excited to celebrate their 13th anniversary of the Indiana Art Fair, a signature event for the Museum. Indiana Art Fair's goal is to produce a show that artists are proud to be a part of and that patrons are proud to attend. if you are an artist and interested in being part of the show, please visit the museum's website to see the review and the Artist Call Out Letter and application. Deadline for entry is October 2, 2015.

Call for artists, Community Creates Art Competition
Community Creates is a community art competition hosted by the Hamilton County Artists' Association. All artists, professional and non-professional, are encouraged to enter for the opportunity to show their art and compete for cash awards. Click here for more information and how to enter. Deadline for entry is October 9, 2015.

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Job Opportunities

Grants Manager, Washington State Arts Commission
The Washington State Arts Commission seeks a creative, energetic and highly organized professional for strenthening arts organizations  in Washington State through grants and partnerships. The position managed the agency's grants to organizations; works cooperatively with the Arts in Education grants program as appropriate; conducts outreach and provides technical assistance; takes on a lead and / or support role with agency programs such as the Poet Laureate program, the Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards and others as needed and assigned; represents the agency in public meetings; manages budgets and evaluation processes; provides leadership with related regional and national organizations. This position also serves as the agency's accessibility coordinator related to ADA / 504 compliance, concerns and initiatives. Click here for the full job description and how to apply. Deadline for application is September 8, 2015.

ArtReach Instructors needed, Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center is currently looking for ArtReach Instructors. ArtReach is a community-based art education program implemented through the Outreach Department of the Indianapolis Art Center. Instructors are responsible for creating and facilitating high quality lesson plans according to the Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) approach. These positions are part-time. For more information and how to apply, click here. Deadline to apply is September 11, 2015.

Painting studio seeks artist instructors, Fishers, IN
Painting with a Twist will be opening in Fishers, Indiana soon, and they are looking to hire artists to teach classes. All positions are part-time. Artist starting pay is $18 to $25, depending on experience. Artists interested in this opportunity should send a resume and work samples to Deadline to apply is September 15, 2015.

Faculty Member & Chair, School of Music, University of Michigan
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, seeks a Faculty Member and Chair for its School of Music. The position will lead the Musical Theatre Department (an undergraduate BFA degree program of 85 students) for an initial 3-5 year appointment, including overall supervision of the department and its administration, advocate on behalf of the department, its faculty and students; direct stage productions and teach various musical theatre courses, including scene study techniques. Click here to see a full job description and how to apply. Deadline for application is October 1, 2015

Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City, OK
The Oklahoma Arts Council, an agency of state government, seeks an experienced museum professional to serve as Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections. Responsibilities include oversight of two significant art collections at the Oklahoma State Capitol totaling more than 400 diverse pieces and management of all agency visual art activities. A bachelor's degree in a related field with minimum five years of collections management or registrarial experience required. Salary is commensurate with experience with a cap of $50,000. Visit for more information.

Director of Art in Public Places, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City, OK
The Oklahoma Arts Council, an agency of state government, seeks a Director of Art in Public Places to manage the state's 1.5% for Public Art Program. Responsibilities include facilitating selection and placement of artwork, collaborating with state government representatives, drafting calls for artists / qualifications, and developing related policies and procedures. A bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum two years experience in collections care and / or public art is required. Salary is commensurate with experience with a cap of $50,000. Visit for more information.

Communications & Development Director, South Arts, Atlanta, GA
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Communications & Development Director is responsible for planning and implementation of all organizational communications efforts to build an understanding of South Arts and its work, both regionally and nationally. This position is responsible for consistent and cohesive messaging that speaks to the arts community at large, as well as specific target audiences within the arts community. This position is also responsible for planning and implementation of South Arts' development efforts. Click here to see a complete job description, qualifications required, and how to apply.

Director of Development, College of Communications Information & Media, & of Fine Arts, Ball State University Foundation, Muncie
This is a professional full-time position open immediately. Responsibilities: identify, engage, and successfully solicit individuals for the purpose of securing major and annual gifts for the Ball State University Foundation; plan, coordinate and implement ongoing major gift activities on behalf of the College of Communication Information & Media, and the College of Fine Arts in order to increase the number and size of private gifts. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Office Manager, Indianapolis Art Center
The Indianapolis Art Center is looking for an Office Manager to oversee the day-to-day administrative functions of operations including IT, office management, board operations, and neighbor relations. Click here to see a complete job description and how to apply.

Development Manager, Young Actors Theatre, Indianapolis
Young Actors Theatre is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized and intelligent individual to become a part of their team and help drive the success of Indiana's largest youth theatre. The development manager is responsible for assisting the executive team with generating fundraising income from individuals, corporations and trusts and foundations. Too see the full job description and how to apply, click here.

Volunteer Services Manager, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Volunteer Services Manager oversees as robust volunteer program including the recruitment, training, retention strategies, and recognition programs for diverse groups of adults who provide outstanding customer service to patrons of the ISO. The Volunteer Services Manager will attend virtually all of the ISO's 200+ events per year, directly overseeing, leading, motivating, and recruiting a volunteer usher corps of 800+. To see the full job description, click here.

Manager of Artists' Services, Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has an exciting and dynamic opportunity for a manager of artists' services and special projects. In this pivotal role, you will provide organizational and administrative support to the Music Director and a variety of guest artists, managers and composers in both Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. Additionally, you will be involved in drafting contracts, managing seasonal travel budgets, and supervising one full-time staff person and a team of seasonal employees. Click here for the full job description and how to apply.

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