Arts Eye February 2018

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Photo by Stephen Sproll

State Poet Laureate 'scores' Big Ten Network interview

Most of us have become accustomed to "firsts" and "new records" in the sports world, but it is a rather rare occurrence when the world of art and sport come together in one place. Yet such was the case recently when the Big Ten Network spent time interviewing Indiana's recently selected State Poet Laureate, Adrian Matejka. They talked about his vision for the program, the impact Indiana has had on his life, and the balance between his own work and now serving as the state's "poetry ambassador." Read more.

Don't miss the Individual Advancement Program deadline

Indiana artists have until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 to submit an application for the IAC's Individual Advancement Program. New this year, artists who have been pursuing their career for less than five years can opt in to the Early Career category. These applications will be paneled separately from those artists with more career experience. You can review the grant program guidelines here to learn more about the program. For more information, contact Anna Tragesser via email or call 317-232-1281.

IAP grant recipient announces film screenings

Indiana filmmaker, and former IAP grant recipient Josh Riedford has announced upcoming screenings of the film Bullitt County, which was the subject of his IAP grant project. The film was completed last fall and was an official selection at the Austin Film Festival in October. Riedford's film will have its first Indiana screening at 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Irving Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the second screening will be 7 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Flix Brewhouse, Carmel, Indiana. Read more.

Are you an emerging creative entrepreneur?

The On-Ramp Accelerator is designed for artists and creatives looking to energize their business thinking, whether they are starting new, looking to deepen their business understanding, or find themselves at a professional crossroads. The accelerator will give artists business skills, professional coaching for their business plans or career goals, new connections with potential Indiana supporters, partners or collaborators, and access to special funds to take them to the next level. The deadline to apply for On-Ramp is March 1, 2018. Learn more.

Have session or creative content for Arts Homecoming 2018?

The second annual Indiana Arts Homecoming will be October 18 - 19, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The theme for the annual convening with be Quality of Place for a Vibrant Indiana, and will explore the broad role the arts play in community development, the intersection with economic development, and the impact for the state. The Indiana Arts Commission is accepting proposals for session content as well as creative content for the event. Learn more.

Indiana author James Alexander Thom selected for lifetime achievement award

Have to do an artist talk? Here are eight effective tips to be prepared

Georgetown, Indiana looks to art and artists to preserve its history

Why equal pay battle is so difficult in Hollywood

The lost giant of American literature

Music should be inclusive, including the musicians

Jazz and Classical pianists use their brain differently

Orlando Ballet names first Artist in Residence

Why we should all value the artists in our communities

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at


Fairs and Festivals

  • Call for artist vendors, 37th Lubeznik Arts Festival, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN (Deadline March 15, 2018)
  • Call to artists, 23rd Annual West End Arts Festival, La Grange, IL (Deadline March 30, 2018)


    Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

    • Call for applications, R.I.S.E. America grants for high school theatre programs, NBC and the Educational Theatre Foundation (Deadline February 6, 2018)
    • Call for applications, Individual Advancement Program grants, Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline February 15, 2018)
    • Call for applications and proposals, Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference, New York, NY (Deadline February 16, 2018)
    • Call for applications, Creative Writing Poetry Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline March 7, 2018)
    • Call for applications, Caldera Artists in Residence 2019, Portland, OR (Deadline March 15, 2018)


      Jobs / Indiana

      Jobs / other states

          Performing Arts Opportunities

          • Call to audition, Things My Mother Taught Me, Longstreet Playhouse, Pittsboro, IN (7 p.m. February 4, 2018 & 7 p.m. February 5, 2018)
          • Call to audition, Dogfight, Buck Creek Players, Indianapolis, IN (7 p.m. February 5 & 6. 2018)
          • Call to audition, Indy Fringe, Crossroads Dance, Indianapolis, IN (February 11, 2018)
          • Call for proposals, Spoken Word / Performance Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (Deadline February 11, 2018)
          • Call to audition, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Anderson Mainstage Theatre, Anderson, IN (February 18, 2018)
          • Call to audition, The Rainmaker, Buck Creek Players, Indianapolis, IN (7 p.m. April 2 & 3, 2018)
          • Call to audition, Pinocchio, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne, IN (April 10 & 11, 2018)


          • Call for photographers, 2018 In-Focus Competition & Exhibitions, Anderson Museum of Art, Anderson, IN (multiple February deadlines)
          • Call for entries, 24th Annual Photo Show, Kokomo Art Association, Kokomo, IN (Deadline March 3, 2018)

          Public Art

          Varied Disciplines

          Visual Arts

          • Call for artists, Art Noir 2018, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, IN (Deadline February 12, 2018)
          • Call for artist submissions, Expressions of Clinical Well-Being, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, D.C. (Deadline February 16, 2018)
          • Call for artists, 2018 National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA (Deadline February 22, 2018)
          • Call for youth artists, Carmel Arts Council, Carmel, IN (Deadline February 26, 2018)
          • Call for artists, Naturally Inspired Paint Out, Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 2, 2018)
          • Call for artists, Watercolor 2018, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (Deadline March 6, 2018)
          • Call to Indiana college artists, College Invitational Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 15, 2018)
          • Call for artist submissions, Rethink Art Competition and Exhibition, Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, Valparaiso, IN (Deadline March 30, 2018)
          • Call for artists, Granfallon, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Deadline March 30, 2018)
          • Call for artist submissions, 2018 National Veterans Day Poster Contest, Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C. (Deadline April 1, 2018)
          • Call for artists, Ode to Degas National Juried Exhibition, Coburn Gallery at Ashland University, Ashland, OH (Deadline April 9, 2018)
          • Call for artists, Art from the Heartland Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 13, 2018)
          • Call for artists, Indiana University Bicentennial Medal Design, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Deadline April 18, 2018)
          • Call for artists, The Hopper Prize (Deadline May 15, 2018)
          • Call to artists, Word Bank offers display space, Indianapolis, IN

          Webinars & Workshops

          • Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing Workshops, Purdue Extension Community Development (various dates and locations February 6 through March 15, 2018)
          • Professional Grant Development Workshop, The Grant Training Center, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. February 22 - 23, 2018)
          • Tax Workshops for the Creative Class, Rokh and InCultr Studio, Indianapolis, IN (6 p.m. February 20, 2018 & 1 p.m. March 11, 2018)
          • Call for registration, Two-Day Convening: The Role of the Arts in Placemaking and Community Building, The Joyce Awards, Big Car / Tube Factory, Indianapolis, IN (March 1 - 2, 2018)
          • Marketing My Art Workshop, Medici Media Space, St. Louis, MO, March 16 - 18, 2018 (early registration deadline February 15, 2018, general registration deadline March 15, 2018)
          • Poetry Workshop, Lafayette Writers' Studio, Lafayette, IN (6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 20, 2018)
          • Call for registration, Summer Youth Art Camp (June 11 - July 13), Arts for Lawrence, Indianapolis, IN