Arts Eye April 2018

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Registration is now open for Community Canvas, a one-day public art workshop designed to be an introduction and baseline learning experience in public art, public art planning, selection process, and more. Space is limited, so register now to be part of the conversation. Learn more.

Individual Advancement Program attracts 79 applicants

Seventy-nine individual artists submitted applications for project support grants from the Indiana Arts Commission's Individual Advancement Program. Applications completed and submitted in the disciplines of crafts, design, media arts, photography, and visual arts by the February 15, 2018 deadline will be evaluated by review panels in mid-April. Projects recommended for funding will receive final review and action by the Commission at its June 15, 2018 quarterly business meeting.

On-Ramp 2018 Creative Entrepreneurs

Yes, artists are entrepreneurs! In its pilot year, On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program has received 101 applications for its 35 available spots. This foundational experience for creatives looking to expand and deepen their work as community-minded entrepreneurs in Indiana includes a three-day Creative Entrepreneur Course, guidance from arts entrepreneurship pro Elaine Grogan Luttrull, one-on-one coaching, and the opportunity to apply for the On-Ramp Fellowship project grant. Stay tuned to meet the 35 motivated creatives who make up the first ever On-Ramp Cohort. If you've applied for On-Ramp but haven't received an email notification about the decision, check your junk mail file.

Traditional Arts Indiana seeks apprenticeship applicants

Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI), in partnership with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) seeks traditional artists to work one-on-one with apprentices in order to pass on important traditional knowledge within their communities. Up to six apprenticeship parings will be made per year, enabling apprentices to learn essential knowledge and skills in traditional art forms from master artists. The deadline for application is July 1, 2018. To learn more about the program and view the guidelines click here.

Crowdfunding project will help celebrate master folk artists

Master folk artists contribute greatly to the cultural richness of Indiana, but currently there is no program specifically recognizing these tradition-bearers. Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI), a program of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and presenting the state's cultural heritage. From April 4 through April 18, TAI will provide a crowdfunding opportunity to help launch a Masters Folk Artists of Indiana program. Modeled after the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships Award, this Hoosier program will promote the vitality and diversity of cultural traditions in our state. Learn more.

Eighth Annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace is April 7 & 8

The Indiana Artisan Marketplace returns to the Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds April 7 - 9, 2018. More than 100 artisans from across Indiana and Kentucky will showcase their original art and food. These artisans have been selected as among the best by art and food jury panels created by Indiana Artisan and Kentucky Crafted. Learn more.

Poetry Out Loud State Champ advances to National finals

Indiana Poetry Out Loud State Champion Joshua Fisher will head to Washington, D.C. later this month to take part in the Poetry Out Loud National Championships April 23 - 25, 2018. Fisher, a sophomore at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Indiana, won the state title February 17, 2018 during competition at the Indiana State Library. The Midwest and South Central round of the semifinals (which includes Indiana) will take place April 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be part of a live webcast. Learn more.

Statehouse event recognized Hoosier Women Artists

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission hosted a reception March 21st at the Indiana Statehouse to celebrate Hoosier women artists. Initiated in 2008, the Hoosier Women Artists competition was established to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana's communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state. More than 180 entries were submitted for the competition, and 38 pieces were selected by a panel of Indiana visual arts professionals to be honored. The 38 pieces of artwork will be displayed in the offices of Lt. Gov. Crouch, Treasurer Mitchell, Sec. of State Connie Lawson, Auditor of State Tera Klutz, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick as well as in the office of First Lady Janet Holcomb in the Governor's residence. Click here to see photos from the event.

Remembering Indy Poet Richard Pflum

State Museum exhibition focuses on work of Lois Main Templeton

Artists look beyond the dark side of crows in Terre Haute exhibit

Former Shelbyville resident selected to create that city's initial public art project

American Pianists Association announced five finalists for the American Pianists Awards

University of Saint Francis to host workshops for developmentally disabled to explore the arts

Author John Green excited by Bollywood adaptation of Fault in Our Stars

IU Jacobs School of music hornist Jeff Nelson rejoins Canadian Brass

Even after brain surgery, his guitar skills were intact

Atlanta Symphony musicians get raises, more players in new contract

Actress Rosie Perez: "Fund the arts in our kids' schools"

Auditions for male ballet dancers of color gains foothold

What data can tell us about women of color in the arts and challenges they face

How a woodworker made a fake antique that fooled a major museum

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Fairs and Festivals

  • Call to vendors, 15th Annual Chalk Walk Festival, Jasper Community Arts Commission, Jasper, IN (June 2, 2018)

      Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships

      • Call for applications, USArtists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD (Deadline April 5, 2018)
      • Call for applications, Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence Program, Howard Hughes Corporation and Howard County Arts Council, Columbia, MD (Deadline April 7, 2018)
      • Call for applications, Grants Supporting Chamber Music Programs (Deadline April 15, 2018)
      • Call for applications, Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation (Deadline April 20, 2018)
      • Call for applications, Summer 2018 Public Art Internship, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 22, 2018)
      • Call for applications, Ox-Bow Fall Artist and Writers Residency, Ox-Bow Arts, Saugatuck, MI (Deadline May 1, 2018)
      • Open call for applications, Bemis Center Residency Opportunities, Omaha, NE (Deadline May 1, 2018)


      • Call for entries, 35th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival (Deadline May 1, 2018)
      • Call for applications, European Filmmaking Experience, Indiana Filmmakers Network, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline June 1, 2018)

       Jobs / Indiana

      Jobs / other states

      Literary Arts

      Performing Arts

      • Call to audition, The Rainmaker, Buck Creek Players, Indianapolis, IN (7 p.m. April 2 & 3, 2018)
      • Call to audition, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Belfry Theatre, Noblesville, IN (April 3 & 4, 2018)
      • Call to audition, Seussical the Musical, Wayne Township Community Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (6 p.m. EDT April 8, 2018)
      • Call to audition, Pinocchio, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne, IN (4 - 6 p.m. April 10 & 11, 2018)
      • Call for performers / musicians, Mr. Blair's Open Mic Nights, Indianapolis, IN (April 21, and May 12, 2018)
      • Call for submissions, 6 x 10 Play Festival, 4th Street Theater, Chesterton, IN (Deadline May 1, 2018)


      • Call for entries, Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 6, 2018)
      • Call for entries, International Photography Competition 2018, The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL (Deadline April 13, 2018)

      Public Art

      • Call for muralists, Pre-qualification Program, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 9, 2018)
      • Call to mayors, Public Art Challenge, Bloomberg Philanthropies (Deadline April 19, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Sculpture of Pleistocene Mammoth, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL (Deadline May 16, 2018)
      • Call for artists / public art on STEAM, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL (Deadline June 30, 2018)

      Visual Arts

      • Call for artists, Ode to Degas, National Juried Exhibition, Coburn Gallery at Ashland University, Ashland, OH (Deadline April 9, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Hoosier Women in Art: Stories, Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 13, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Art from the Heartland Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 13, 2018)
      • Call for artists, 8th Annual HANDS in Autism Art Expo (April 26 - 27, 2018), Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 13, 2018)
      • Call for submissions, Artist Trading Card Exchange, back room projects, Chicago, IL (Deadline April 15, 2018)
      • Call for submissions, Off the Record - Music Inspired Exhibition, Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 16, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Indiana University Bicentennial Medal Design, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Deadline April 18, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Tales of the Sea Exhibition, South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI (Deadline April 20, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Indiana Environmental Justice Exhibition, Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 27, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Long Live Freda Exhibition, Satch Art Space, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline May 1, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Fruit Salad Exhibition, Fletcher Place Arts, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline May 11, 2018)
      • Call for artists, The Hopper Prize, (Deadline May 15, 2018)
      • Call for artists, Figures of Speech, Anderson Museum of Art, Anderson, IN (Deadline May 22, 2018)
      • Call for female painters, The Bennett Prize, Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA (Deadline September 28, 2018)

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