Arts Eye April 2019

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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Devon Ginn to coordinate 2019 Arts Homecoming activities

Devon Ginn, Visual Art & Entertainment Curator for the historic Madame Walker Theater Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana will coordinate special events and activities for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming October 24 - 25, 2019 at the Indiana Historical Society.

Ginn is an experienced director and curator for the arts, culture, and entertainment fields with a secure emphasis and identity in arts administration, and a tremendous passion for social justice and equity.

Over time, he has grown to become a driven problem solver through seven years of direct experience in event planning, organizational development, marketing, programming, art direction, UX design and operations.

Devon has established long-lasting relationships by working alongside various nonprofit arts organizations and influential arts and culture hubs over the years. Arts and nonprofit advocacy have remained at the forefront of his drive since the beginning of his professional career in arts administration.

Classically trained in Shakespearean theatre with steady contemporary experience, Ginn travels from state to state implementing his performance poetry and creative writing lesson plans for high school and college students.

Keynote speakers and conference session program leaders will be announced soon, and registration for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming will open July 22, 2019.

Hoosier Women Artists honored at Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, and the Indiana Arts Commission recently hosted a reception at the Indiana Statehouse to honor the 2019 Hoosier Women Artists.

The competition was established in 2008 to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state. The annual competition was announced in January, and 39 honorees were selected from more than 220 entries. The entries were judged by a panel of visual arts professionals and then selected for display by Crouch and Mitchell.

The 39 pieces of artwork will be displayed in the offices of: Lt. Gov. Crouch, Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor of State Tera Klutz, Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, as well as in the office of First Lady Janet Holcomb in the governor's residence.

Photos from the event can be accessed here.

April is National Poetry Month

Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month celebrates poetry's vital place in our culture.

Want to know more about how you can celebrate the impact of poetry? Check out some of these links:

Later this month, 2019 Indiana Poetry Out Loud State Champion Madalyn Pedigo will represent our state in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

The annual Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition is a partnership between the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Hoosier poets reading series announced for Artsgarden

Twelve outstanding Indiana poets will share their work with audiences at the Indianapolis Arts Garden on four Mondays in April for National Poetry Month. The noon readings are sponsored by Poetry on Brick Street, Inc. The schedule includes:

  • April 1, 2019 - Tracy Mishkin, Kyle Hunter, and JL Kato
  • April 8, 2019 - Liza Hyatt, Thomas Alan Orr, and former Indiana State Poet Laureate Shari Wagner
  • April 15, 2019 - Dan Carpenter, Jessica Thompson, and David Shumate
  • April 22, 2019 - Mary Sexson, Rosemary Freedman, and Lylanne Musselman

The events are free and open to the public.

Visit the upcoming Indiana Artisan Marketplace

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.

Art in the sky: elementary students create massive aerial installation

The importance of music education in schools

Children's Museum removes some Jackson artifacts

Healing the heart and patient through the beauty of art

Kurt Vonnegut Museum eyes purchase of Indiana Avenue property

Indy Airport to showcase Indianapolis-based artists

Indianapolis artists may qualify for rehabbed homes

Eiteljorg celebrates 30th anniversary

IU Art Museum renovation uses building design to inform changes

Artist-endowed foundations are a growing force in the art world

Study reveals American museum collections are overwhelmingly white and male

Class struggle at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Symphony Orchestra stages event to facilitate engagement

Arts & crafts program provides healing and bonding opportunities for children of inmates

Artist Opportunities (more posted daily at

Art Fairs & Festivals

Craft Arts

  • Call for artists, Sydney Lynch Juried Jewelry Show, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (Deadline May 1, 2019)

Conferences, Webinars & Workshops

  • Call for registrtions, Painting Portraits in Oil and Acrylic, (April 26, 27, & 28, 2019), Paint St. Louis Studios, St. Louis, MO
  • Art teacher workshops, Butler Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN (various dates in 2019)

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

Performing Arts


  • Call for submissions, Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 5, 2019)
  • Call for entries, International Photography Contest, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL (Deadline April 6, 2019)

Public Art

Visual Arts

  • 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 entries, Putting it Together 2: the Art of Assembling, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO (Deadline April 8, 2019)
  • Call for Hoosier Women Artists, "Resistance is Female," Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 13, 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)
  • Request for qualifications / interest, Indy Art & Seek, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline April 21, 2019)
  • Call to artists, 9th Annual Animals Online Art Competition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA (Deadline April 26, 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)
  • Call for artists, Clotheshorse Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline May 29, 2019)
  • Call for collaborative work, Frankfort Community Library, Frankfort, IN (Deadline June 30, 2019)
  • Call for submissions, Opulent Mobility, Dora Stern Gallery and Arts Unbound, Orange, NJ (Deadline June 30, 2019)
  • Call to artists, Sea to Shining Sea - What Unites Us, Marin Society of Arts, San Rafael, CA (Deadline July 22, 2019)
  • Private offices for 2D makers, RUCKUS Makerspace, Indianapolis, IN
  • Three Private Studio Spaces for makers, RUCKUS Makerspace, Indianapolis, IN

Volunteer Opportunities