2018: New Year's Art Resolutions

Our Art Resolutions for 2018   Continue reading

Five Questions With Debbie Kirby

On October 28, 2017, the Indianapolis Art Center, in conjunction with the Robert H. McKinney family, awarded Art Center ceramics instructor Debbie Kirby the seventh Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year Award. The $20,000 fellowship is given to an Art Center faculty member who exhibits excellence in art and teaching, and focuses on building community through art. About 13 Art Center faculty members applied for the fellowship with Kirby being selected from among five finalists. In addition to the cash award, Kirby receives a solo exhibition in the fall of 2018 featuring art she completes throughout the coming year. The award was created by the Robert H. McKinney Family Endowment, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, to honor the legacy of Arlene “Skip” McKinney, long-time Art Center student, accomplished artist and community leader. The family interviewed all of the finalists, and debated the award winner up until the day before the announcement.  Continue reading

Almost Everything is Art: Jeida's story

When Jeida and Christine first met, they were a little bit nervous. It was the first time that either of them was matched with a mentor or mentee for the SMART (Supportive Mentoring through ART) program. Soon after, the pair rolled up their sleeves and bonded making drawings and sculptures, “my favorite thing that I made was a clay plate that turned into a pizza. It was supposed to be a plate, but it was a triangle, so I added parts and squiggly shapes to make it look like a pizza," says the high school student.   Continue reading

Mark of All Mediums

If you’ve visited the Indianapolis Art Center in the past eight years, chances are you’ve seen Mark Swaim in your classroom or the hallways or busy working at Open Studio hours. During the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair, you’ve seen him in the glass shop or the print studio doing demos. During the Student Show, you’ve seen his artwork hanging on the wall or heard his name called for an award. “I've pretty much proven that anybody can be an artist. It can be done. I think most people can learn these skills,” says the retired engineer. Continue reading

80th Annual Student Show Jurors

The 80th Annual Student Show exhibition is the largest juried exhibition of work made by our students. Each year more than 400 works are submitted and only some of the works are selected by the judges to be displayed. The result is a breathtaking sampler of creativity and skilled artistic work from all walks of life, spanning years and years of art education inside the Indianapolis Art Center building. Like every year, this year we recruited the help of some of Indy's most amazing artists to help us decide what artwork should be displayed inside our galleries. We present you the 80th Annual Student Show Jurors:     Continue reading

Five Questions With Ben Johnson

Last year, the Indianapolis Art Center, in conjunction with the Robert H. McKinney family, awarded Art Center Glass Blowing studio chair Ben Johnson the sixth Skip McKinney Faculty Award. The $20,000 fellowship is given to an Art Center faculty member who exhibits excellence in his/her art, excellence in teaching and focuses on building community through art.   Johnson took his first glass blowing class at the Indianapolis Art Center and has since received a B.F.A. from Kent State University, an M.F.A. from Ball State University and several awards and fellowships for his work in contemporary glass, including the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Johnson will be showing new work, created for the Skip McKinney Faculty Award solo exhibition, in conjunction with the Annual Faculty Show, opening Friday, October 13, 2017.  Continue reading

Fall At The Indianapolis Art Center

  One of the best parts of the Art Center being located in the beautiful city of Indianapolis, is that we get to experience all the seasons. ArtsPark is especially beautiful with the trees and sculptures changing, showing us there are so many different ways to experience art we think we already know. There is always something new to look at and learn about.  Continue reading

Our Street Is Us And We Are It

"Our street is us and we are it. Our street is where we like to be, and it looks like all our dreams."  Continue reading

Scientist Discovers She’s also an Artist

"I became a skilled ceramicist; I learned to weld, mix glazes and sculpt. And I provided a nourishing community of emotional and creative support to my family. I was proud of myself again, as an accomplished adult and as a mom." Continue reading

Summertime at the Indianapolis Art Center

  Our art studios are alive with activity and color... Continue reading