Arts Eye January 2018

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Creative entrepreneurs, its time to accelerate your careers

The Indiana Arts Commission has launched On-Ramp, an accelerator program for creatives who are looking to rev up their business thinking. Whether they are starting something new, looking to deepen their business understanding or at a professional crossroads, On-Ramp has something valuable for them. On-Ramp will give creatives new connections, a plan, coaching, and access to special funds to make it happen. Learn more here.

Curious how tax reform will impact you as an artist?

You may well have been asking yourself about the impact federal tax reform may have on you as an individual artist. Elaine Grogan Luttrull, author of Arts & Numbers: a Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Other Members of the Creative Class has an online summary Taxes: It's Going to Be Okay highlighting some of the key changes in tax law for 2018 impacting the taxes you file in 2019. Elaine will play a major role in the Arts Commission's On-Ramp accelerator program.

Adrian Matejka chosen as next Indiana State Poet Laureate

Adrian Matejka, Bloomington, Indiana, has been selected as the new Indiana State Poet Laureate. A graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, Indiana University Bloomington, and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Matejka is the Ruth Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington. Read more.

Apply soon for Individual Advancement Program grants

Formerly known as the Individual Artist Program, the Indiana Arts Commission has fine tuned the program to expand the reach for artists, and also offer an early career category serving artists who have been pursuing their art careers for less than five years, excluding formal or apprenticeship in their discipline. Read more.

WFYI to discontinue 'Art of the Matter' to overhaul arts and culture coverage

Conner Prairie theatre performances to explore Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales in February

Gift to boost African Art studies at Indiana University Bloomington

Gordon Pipers celebrate 55 years

Fort Wayne's Artlink video features explore why artists create

Research may have found what makes a poem pop in our minds

Join the dialogue on careers in the arts for people with disabilities

A dancer writes about her health scare, before she returns to the stage

13 artists give advice to their younger selves

Street artists taking the art form beyond Banksy

Is Instagram hurting or helping art? It's a question worth pondering

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Art Fairs and Festivals

  • Call for participants, Arte Ponte Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY (Deadline January 10, 2018)
  • Call for artist vendors, One America Broad Ripple Art Fair, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline January 21, 2018)
  • Call to artists, 23rd Annual West End Arts Festival, La Grange, IL (Deadline March 30, 2018)

    Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

    • Call for applications, MassArt Graduate Programs 3D Fine Art Scholarships, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ (Deadline January 5, 2018)
    • Call for applications, Creative Writing Translation Projects, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline January 11, 2018)
    • Call for applications, Visual Artist Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA (Deadline February 1, 2018)
    • Call for grant applications, Individual Advancement Program grants, Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline February 15, 2018)
    • Call for applications, Creative Writing Poetry Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline March 7, 2018)


    Jobs / Indiana

    Jobs / Other States

    Performing Arts

    • Call for entries, Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge for High School Students, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline January 5, 2018)
    • Call to audition, Richard III, Garfield Shakespeare Company, Indianapolis, IN (January 6, 2018)
    • Call to audition, Godspell, St. Luke's UMC, Indianapolis, IN (10 a.m. January 6 & 6 p.m. January 8, 2018)
    • Call for proposals, Spoken Word / Performance Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (Deadline February 11, 2018)
    • Call to audition, Pinocchio, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne, IN (April 10 & 11, 2018)


    • Call for entries, LENS 2018, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL (Deadline January 15, 2018)
    • Call for photographers, 2018 In-Focus Competition & Exhibition, Anderson Museum of Art, Anderson, IN (multiple February deadlines)

    Public Art

    • Call for entries, Art in Public Places Knoxville, Dogwood Arts and the City of Knowxville, Knoxville, TN (Deadline January 12, 2018)
    • Call for submissions, Riverfront Interpretive Sculpture Project, Jeffersonville, IN (Deadline February 23, 2018)

    Varied Disciplines

    Visual Arts

    • Call for artists, IndyVolved Postr Contest, Indyhub, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline January 12, 2018)
    • Call for artists, Welcome Race Fans 2018, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline January 15, 2018)
    • Call for high school artists / designers, Vans Custom Culture 2018 (Deadline January 31, 2018)
    • Call for artists, Not Just Drawing a Line, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL (Deadline January 31, 2018)
    • Call for artists, Neoteric Abstract VI, Limner Gallery and Slow Art, Hudson, NY (Deadline January 31, 2018)
    • Call for artists, Post-It Show, Sugar Space, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline February 1, 2018)
    • Call for artists, Acrylic Works 6, North Light Books (Deadline February 1, 2018)
    • Call for artists, Art Noir 2018, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, IN (Deadline February 12, 2018)
    • Call for artists, Watercolor 2018, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (Deadline March 6, 2018)
    • Call for artists, The Hopper Prize (Deadline May 15, 2018)
    • Call to artists, Work Bank offers display space, Indianapolis, IN

    Webinars & Workshops