The Indianapolis Art Center was founded in 1934 as a Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression to serve artists. Today, the Art Center inhabits a beautiful Michael Graves-designed building which sits on a 9.5 acre stretch along the banks of the White River in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis. Each year, the Art Center offers hundreds of art classes, over 50 art exhibitions in six art galleries, an Outreach program that takes art to underserved communities, and the Broad Ripple Art Fair.
To engage, enlighten and inspire our community by providing interactive art education, outreach to underserved audiences, support of artists and exposure to visual arts.
Indianapolis Art Center
Marilyn K. Glick School of Art
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Monday-Friday 9 am-10 pm
Saturday 9 am-6 pm
Sunday Noon-6 pm
BETWEEN SEMESTER HOURS
Monday-Saturday 9 am-6 pm
Sunday Noon-6 pm
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.
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