Gainbridge Fieldhouse, located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana and the home of the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever basketball teams, is consistently recognized as one of the most iconic and best facilities in the NBA, as well as a world-class sports and event venue that hosts nearly 2 million visitors each year. The three-year Fieldhouse of the Future renovation project preserves what fans love about the building while upgrading technology, enhancing its exterior and interior, providing amazing outdoor gathering spaces for year-round events and indoor areas for fans to socialize, and creating a “premium for everyone” fan experience for now and into the future. The Fieldhouse of the Future project began in 2020 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2022.
Part of the renovation includes the solicitation and commissioning of artwork for the new Key Bank Suites level, as well as the Main Concourse and the Balcony levels. The artwork program’s intention is to tell key stories about Indiana basketball, Indianapolis, the Pacers and the Fever, and Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Arts Council of Indianapolis is looking to involve artists in the following ways:
Please see the attached Call for Artists for important details about this program, the stories being told, and the nature of the opportunities as well as full instructions about how to apply.
Artists participating in this program must have a strong connection to Indiana, in one or more of the following ways:
Artists under 18 are encouraged to apply, but if they are selected, they must have a parent or legal guardian enter into an agreement on their behalf.
The total art budget is $350,000. 22 potential locations have been identified, but not all may receive artwork.
DATES AND DEADLINES
This opportunity is best suited for artists with 2D and graphic experience and skills.
Approaches that include original, mixed media artworks with limited (less than 3” depth) 3D elements may be acceptable for some locations. Other locations may be able to accommodate elements up to 5” depth. However, this is not primarily a sculptural opportunity.
Artworks included in the program will be:
Photographic approaches may be appropriate for some stories and locations.
Framed print suites may be appropriate for some stories and locations.
Highly representational or interpretive portraiture of players, coaches, and other key figures may be appropriate for some stories and locations.
Review the commissioning agreement terms here. Artists may be required to provide evidence of liability insurance, based on the nature of the work being done.
WHAT TO PROVIDE
HOW TO APPLY
Apply online (forms are friendly to smartphones and tablets):