Arts Eye May 2019

Arts Eye newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission

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IAC announces 2019 On-Ramp participants

The Indiana Arts Commission recently announced 35 Hoosier artists have been selected to participate in the second annual On-Ramp accelerator program for early career creative entrepreneurs.

The IAC received more than 85 applications to participate in the accelerator program. The 35 participants are preparing to expand their creative work with an entrepreneurial approach.

A three-day course workshop, led by Elaine Grogan Luttrull, will be held May 10 - 12, 2019 in Nashville, Indiana focusing on developing business skills, career goals, and community engagement learning. Those completing the course are eligible for the On-Ramp Fellowship, which includes up to $2,000 of artist career fellowship funding.

The creative entrepreneurs chosen for the 2019 On-Ramp program represent all corners of the state and a variety of creative disciplines. Learn more.

Adrian Matejka to receive major fellowship

Indiana State Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka is among 13 poets who have been named Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellows from the Academy of American Poets. The recipients will receive more than $1 million, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in recognition of their literary excellence and to help support their civic projects.

Matejka will receive a $100,000 fellowship award to grow "Poetry for Indy" workshops in Indiana cities with underserved, culturally and economically diverse communities. He also plans to launch a digital archive serving both as a historical documentation of poetry in Indiana and as a resource for teachers. Learn more.

TAI announces recipients of new Indiana Heritage Fellowships

Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) recently announced two master traditional artists have been awarded inaugural Indiana Heritage Fellowships in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their artistic traditions and to their Hoosier communities. Debra Bolanos, a ballet folklorico dancer and instructor in East Chicago, Indiana, and Harold Klosterkemper, a fiddle player from Decatur County, Indiana were honored April 27, 2019 for their lifetime achievement as artists whose work is rooted in community life in Indiana. Learn more.

Art teachers' cardboard sculptures on display at State Museum

Southern Hancock art teacher wins Eskenazi Art Museum award

The Musical Swings are coming to Fort Ben Cultural Campus

Artists go head-to-head in Fortville Art Battle

New Albany organization provides accessible, affordable music opportunities

The American Dream and democracy examined in Terre Haute exhibition

New sculptures grace East Chicago gateways

New owners plan enhancements to historic Vogue

What drives actor Dev Patel

An overlooked photographer who documented generations

Artists slam Spotify after company appeals copyright decision

The woman in charge of Dance Theatre of Harlem

Chicago Symphony strike - in for the long haul

Baltimore Symphony gets $3.2 Million from state legislature

When actors crash scenery, these are the folks who clean it up

What should artists do with their work after they die?

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 registration, Veteran Writing Workshop: Write to Perform, Missouri Humanities Council, Kansas City, MO (May 4, 11, & 18, 2019)
  • Call for registration, Assistive Technology 101 Workshop, Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis, IN (May 17, 2019)
  • Call for registration, Professional Grant Development Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (June 6 - 7, 2019)
  • Call for registration, Indiana Potters Conference (Oct. 3 - 5, 2019), Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN (Deadline September 3, 2019)
  • 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)
  • Call for applications, Learn Filmmaking in Europe, Indiana Filmmakers Network, Indianapolis, IN (Deadline May 1, 2019)

Jobs / Indiana

Jobs / Other States

Literary Arts

Performing Arts


  • Call for entries, Monovisions Photography Awards, (Deadline May 12, 2019)
  • Call for entries, San Francisco Bay International Photo Awards & Exhibition, Bay Month of Photography, San Francisco, CA (Deadline May 15, 2019)
  • Call for entries, Zeiss Photography Awards, (Deadline May 31, 2019)

Public Art

Visual Arts

Volunteer Opportunities