From small, independent art projects to private collections and renowned galleries, Indianapolis has a bustling arts scene that’s focused on the community and welcoming of innovation, thanks to solid support from the local government.
With a collection of more than 54,000 works of art, an early-20th-century estate, 152 acres of gardens and grounds, including an outdoor art and nature park, the IMA campus offers experiences that feed both the heart and mind.
The ArtSpace at the Athenaeum is a monthly rotating gallery of exhibits open to the public located on the second floor lobby of the Athenaeum Theatre on Mass Ave. Located on the ultra-trendy Mass Ave, The ArtSpace exhibits range from independent artists to group shows.
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Driving down Pennsylvania Street you might see a cool vintage building that reads “Indie Artist Colony” on its window. This gallery features exhibitions called “Art School Rejects” and “End of the World” and is quirky, eclectic, and very grass roots.
As one of the few public and free spaces, the Indianapolis Artsgarden showcases both visual and performing arts. Each month the glass dome features a new Indy-based artist that works in various mediums like glass, paint, clay, and charcoal. The Artsgarden connects Circle Centre mall to the Block building, Hyatt Regency, and Conrad Indianapolis and is open during mall hours.
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A branch of the Herron School of Art and Design, the Herron Galleries complement and extend the educational goals of the school beyond the studio/classroom and into the realm of gallery installation and presentation. Eleanor Prest Reese, Robert B. Berkshire, Dorit and Gerald Paul Galleries, Frank and Katrina Basile Gallery, Marsh Gallery all work together as a community and regional forum for the evolving discussion of contemporary art and culture.
Not a gallery per se, but rather a set of galleries, artists and small business entrepreneurs, the Murphy Arts Center has been called one of the best locations to showcase art in Indianapolis, and it hosts a remarkable venue for contemporary art, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. The IMOCA opened its doors in 2001 as a pop-up gallery, and since then it has steadily been growing in size and stature.
Named one of the best art galleries in town in 2013, the Stutz Artists Association is the biggest non-profit, volunteer organization of artists in Indiana, housed in the historic Stutz Building in Indianapolis’ city centre. The artists who make up the Stutz Artists Association all share a love of art but widely diverge from there. They are photographers, painters, sculptors, silversmiths and illustrators, some of them teach classes and hold workshops too.T
The Harrison Center for the Arts hosts several exhibitions and art shows every month, and it seeks to be a catalyst for renewal in the city of Indianapolis by fostering awareness, appreciation, and community for arts and culture.
Historically a bank, now a gallery, Art Bank is a bohemian-style space in Indianapolis which offers a variety of styles and media and presents established as well as emerging artists, showcasing affordable to fine art. The gallery was born in order to beautify the neighborhood and promote local artists who could grow and learn from each other. They offer additional gallery space on the second floor, which is reserved to displaying and promoting college student art.
Awarded ‘Best Art Gallery 2013’, the Indianapolis Art Center is one of the largest community art facilities in the United States not connected to a university. The mission of this organization is to engage, enlighten, and inspire the community by providing interactive art education, outreach to underprivileged audiences, support of artists, and general exposure to the visual arts.