Arts Eye March 2019

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

ashton and books

IAP grant recipient's book sales to benefit animals

Ashton Beaulieu (above left) is a 28-year-old artist from Charlestown, Indiana where she lives with her mother, step-father, and two cats, Cleo and Sheba. Ashton has autism and hyperacusis, but is dedicated to a job, an internship, and volunteerism in addition to her art. She volunteers at JB Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville, Indiana. She serves as an intern at ArtSeed in New Albany, Indiana and has a job at Rauch Industries, also in New Albany.

In 2016, she began work on her book, Ashton's Life with Cats at ArtSeed. Through her drawings and words, she communicated perfectly her love and life experiences with her cats. Julie Sweitzer, ArtSeed Director, and Ashton's life assistant Terry Branham suggested she write and illustrate a book based on her personal experience.

Later that year, Terry and Julie wrote an Indiana Arts Commission individual artist grant application for artists with disabilities on behalf of Ashton. The project goal was to enable her to get her book published. The grant application was accepted and Ashton worked with ArtSeed and the design department at Indiana University Southeast to design and publish the book. In addition to her book, Ashton has also designed a line of Christmas cards. Both are available at ArtSeed, NAFC Animal Shelter, and JB Ogle Animal Shelter.

The Indiana Arts Commission congratulates Ashton on her success, and her dedication to the welfare of animals in southern Indiana.

(Information provided by ArtSeed)

Bloggers share arts programs for Disability Awareness Month

In recognition of March being Disability Awareness Month, the Indian Arts Commission invited four guest bloggers to share their experiences and programs that address the arts and disabilities.

The Indiana Arts Commission thanks our guest bloggers for sharing these inspirational stories.

IAP grant recipient to have manuscript published

Individual Advancement Program grant recipient Wendy Vergoz recently learned her full-length poetry manuscript, The Unbinding, has been accepted for publication by Wipf and Stock Publishers.

The manuscript chronicles a woman's experience in finding her way through and out of a 20-year marriage of domestic violence, as well as her continued unbinding from trauma.

"I'm thrilled the book will be published for multiple reasons, but especially because I believe it important for victims / survivors of domestic violence to know they're not alone," she told the IAC. "My other hope is that those who don't understand the reality of abuse may come to understand it some through the book."

In addition to publication of her manuscript, Vergoz will also have four of her poems published this month as the featured poet in Pink Panther Magazine as part of the March 8 recognition of International Women's Day.

The Indiana Arts Commission congratulates Wendy on her success.

Two Hoosiers to receive Creative Writing Fellowship grants

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced its first round of grants for fiscal year 2019, and two Hoosiers will be receiving Creative Writing Fellowship grants of $25,000 each.

The NEA will award 35 Creative Writing Fellowships in poetry totaling $875,000. Nearly 1,700 eligible applications were received and reviewed anonymously by a panel, resulting in a group of recipients from across the country, diverse in ethnicity and background. None of the 2019 recipients have previously received an NEA fellowship.

Indiana grant recipients are:

  • Rachel Custer, Albion, Indiana
  • Adrian Matejka, Bloomington, Indiana

Visit the NEA's Literature Fellowship webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and recipients of Literature Fellowships for translation projects.

Indiana Artisan announces marketplace lineup

More than 100 visual and food / beverage artisans will participate in the Ninth Annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace, April 6 - 7, 2019 in Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. They will be in their booths, some doing demonstrations and all engaging with the an estimated 5,000 guests expected to attend the weekend event. Learn more.

View the list of artisans here.

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Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Art Fairs & Festivals

Conferences, Webinars & Workshops

Fellowships, Grants, Residencies & Scholarships


  • Call for submissions, 36th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival, Chicago, IL (Discount Deadline May 1, 2019)

Jobs / Indiana

Jobs / Other States

Literary Arts

  • Call for applications, Creative Writing Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. (Deadline March 6, 2019)

Performing Arts


  • Call for submissions, Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 5, 2019)

Public Art

  • Call for video art proposals, Indianapolis International Airport and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (rolling application reviews)

Visual Arts

  • Call for artists, 2019-2020 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, NC (Deadline March 7, 2019)
  • Call for artists, 2019 National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA (Deadline 11:59 p.m. March 11, 2019)
  • Call for graphic designers, Speedway Wings, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 11, 2019)
  • Call for artist portfolios, Solo and Group Shows for 2020, Krempp Gallery, Jasper, IN (Deadline March 15, 2019)
  • Call to young artists (5 - 26), Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, D.C. (Deadline March 18, 2019)
  • Call for entries, Sanctuary: National Juried Exhibition 2019, (opening soon), Arc Gallery and Studios, San Fransisco, CA (Deadline March 18, 2019)
  • Call for art celebrating Porch Party Movement, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline March 22, 2019)
  • Call for entries, Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI (Deadline March 23, 2019)
  • Call for artists, Green: The Impossible Color, The Painting Center, New York, NY (Deadline March 25, 2019)
  • Call for veterans art, Austin Veteran Arts Fest, Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel, Austin, TX (Deadline April 1, 2019)
  • Call to artists, Ebb & Flow: the Power of Water, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, MD (Deadline April 2, 2019)
  • Call for entries, 9th Annual Autism Art Expo, HANDS in Autism, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 5, 2019)
  • Call for artists, 6x6x2019 - The Small Art Phenomenon Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY (Deadline for entries April 14, 2019 or postmarked by April 13, 2019)
  • Call for artists, Mad Scientists Society Vol. III, Chicago, IL (Deadline April 26, 2019)
  • Call for artists, Patterns of Influence, The Painting Center, New York, NY (Deadline May 25, 2019)
  • Private offices for 2D makers, RUCKUS Makerspace, Indianapolis, IN
  • Three Private Studio Spaces for makers, RUCKUS Makerspace, Indianapolis, IN

Volunteer Opportunities