The mission of the Indianapolis Art Center is to inspire creative expression in all people.



First founded in 1934 as the Works Progress Administration program, the Art Center has evolved from serving artists during the Great Depression to offering hundreds of art classes, over fifty art exhibitions across six art galleries, an outreach program that takes art to underserved communities, and the annual OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair. As a nonprofit, the Art Center relies heavily on donations to support its mission to inspire creative expression in people of all ages. Since its move to its current home in 1976, the Art Center sits along the banks of the White River in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis. 


Unveiled in 2005, the Art Center completed and opened a creativity and sculpture garden known as ARTSPARK. Designed by Hoosier native and world-renowned architect Michael Graves, ARTSPARK looks to provide studios and galleries without walls, creating a place where art and nature harmonize. So please enjoy as you experience ARTSPARK’s 9.5 acres of interactive sculptures and scenery designed to stimulate all the creative senses. Take the time to meander through the varied landscape to uncover a palette of hues, fragrant vegetation, various textures, and sounds of wildlife. Explore as you would your own studio space, for that the ARTSPARK is your creative connection to the culture, art, and nature around you! 



El Centro de Arte fue fundado en 1934 como parte del programa Works Progress Administration. Su papel en la comunidad ha evolucionado de haber comenzado como un servicio para artistas durante la Gran Depresión, a hoy en día ofrecer cientos de clases de arte, más de cincuenta exhibiciones en sus seis galerías, un programa de extensión que lleva arte a la comunidad, y el evento anual, OneAmerica Broad Ripple Fair. Como una organización sin fines de lucro, el Centro de Arte depende mucho de donativos para seguir con su misión de inspirar la expresión creativa en gente de todas las edades. Desde 1976, el Centro de Arte se ubica en las orillas del White River, aquí en Broad Ripple, Indianapolis.

En el 2005, el Centro de Arte inauguro un jardín de creatividad y esculturas conocido como ARTSPARK. El jardín fue diseñado por el arquitecto Michael Graves, quien es reconocido mundialmente y originario de Indiana. ARTSPARK provee estudios y galerías sin paredes, donde el arte y la naturaleza armonizan. Disfruten su experiencia en las 9.5 acres del ARTSPARK con sus esculturas interactivas y sus vistas diseñadas con la intención de estimular todos los sentidos y despertar la creatividad. Tome tiempo para pasear por sus variados paisajes y descubra los matices, la fragante vegetación, variadas texturas y los sonidos de la vida silvestre. Conócelo en su totalidad, siéntete como en tu propio estudio. ARTSPARK es tu conexión a la cultura creativa, el arte y la naturaleza a tu alrededor!





Indianapolis Art Center
Marilyn K. Glick School of Art
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220


[email protected]



Monday-Friday 9 am-10 pm 
Saturday 9 am-6 pm 
Sunday Noon-6 pm


Monday-Saturday 9 am-6 pm 
Sunday Noon-6 pm



Major funding for the Indianapolis Art Center provided by the following:


Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis

Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation

Arthur Jordan Foundation

Ayres Foundation 

Bowen Foundation

Central Indiana Senior Fund, a CICF Fund

Christel DeHaan Family Foundation

Efroymson Family Fund

Herbert Simon Family Foundation

Indiana Arts Commission

The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate

The Indianapolis Garden Club

J.E. Fehsenfeld Family Foundation

Lacy Foundation

Lilly Endowment Inc.

The McKinney Family Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Jr. Foundation

Pacers Foundation

The Penrod Society

Transformation Trust

ArtTroop, presented by Jim and Pat LaCrosse

Support for veterans programming is provided in honor and memory of Vincent Maxwell













Starting with studios over garages with pot belly stoves “to keep models from having goose bumps,” a quote from William Kaeser, our first artist/teacher, in reminiscences with long-time faculty/artist Floyd Hopper in 1990. Both were Work Progress Administration (WPA) artists who influenced the founding and growth of the Indianapolis Art Students League, inspired along the way by artists like Elmer Taflinger, Otto Stark and T.C. Steele. For 26 years the Art League was artist-run using community facilities for workspace and exhibitions.

1961: First Building

Incorporated as the Indianapolis Art League Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. Funds were raised to build its first facility at 3102 N. Pennsylvania St. on land donated by John and Marguerite Fehsenfeld.

1976: Move to Broad Ripple Village

Fifteen years later, the Art League outgrew their space and with the leadership of M. Steele Churchman the community responded with contributions to construct a 10,200 square-foot facility along the White River in Broad Ripple and hired its first executive director. Studio classes doubled the first half-year to 40 and then to 100 the second half.

1994: Indianapolis Art Center

As community demand for classes, exhibitions and services grew, the board and staff embarked on an extensive needs study and dedicated itself to a major expansion plan to triple the programs and quadruple the space in 1996. To better reflect the inclusiveness of the philosophy, the name was changed to the Indianapolis Art Center. Its building, designed by renowned architect and Indianapolis native Michael Graves, itself has become a metaphor for creativity as a piece of public art.


ArtsPark, an outdoor creativity and sculpture garden, was completed in 2005.


Located in north Broad Ripple Village, along the banks of the White River, the Indianapolis Art Center opened on May 31, 1996 and was designed by world-renowned architect and Indianapolis native Michael Graves.


Phase I (east half) began in October 1994 and was completed in late August 1995. The west half was completed in May 1996. The building’s overall area exceeds 40,000 square feet. The Art Center is located on 9.5 acres bordered on the north by the White River and to the east by the Monon Trail.

The building consists of two sections joined by the Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery. The west half contains the octagonal-shaped Ruth Lilly library with a gas fireplace, administrative offices, the Stan & Sandy Hurt conference room, a studio prep and storage area, studios for painting and drawing classes, a printmaking studio, a photography studio and a computer graphics studio. The east half contains studios for woodworking, glassblowing, ceramics, metalsmithing and steel and stone sculpture.

The exterior of the building is peach, red ochre and blue and serves as a landmark for Broad Ripple Village and North College Avenue. In 2005, ArtsPark, a creativity and sculpture garden, was completed and opened to the public. In the summer of 2007, ArtsPark expanded to include the Nina Mason Pulliam Sensory Path, Efroymson Riverfront Garden & Canoe Launch and additional permanent sculptures.

There are eight exhibition spaces including the Churchman-Fehsenfeld, Clowes and Hurt galleries, 224-seat Frank M. Basile Auditorium, and the Basile Studio Shop.

Entrance to the Art Center is free and open to the public.