College Football Playoff Foundation Seeks Artwork by Indiana Arts Educators for 2022 Exhibitions

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College Football Playoff Foundation Seeks Artwork by Indiana Arts Educators for 2022 Exhibitions




Summary of Opportunity

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the 2022 College Football PlayoffIndianapolis Host Committee, the College Football Playoff Foundation, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority, is seeking artwork from Indiana visual art educators currently teaching in grades PreK-12 for both physical and digital exhibitions to be held at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, the Indianapolis International Airport’s KIND Gallery, and the Airport’s SHARP monitor in the Ticket Hall. All exhibitions take place between mid-December and mid-June, 2022, with a focus on the period from January 1-15, 2022.

Artists may apply for the physical exhibitions at the Artsgarden and/or the airport, the digital exhibition at the airport, or a combination of these opportunities.

Each artist selected to exhibit physical work will receive $100 to support the artist’s art education program and an additional $100 that will go directly to the artist, for a total of $200. Artists exhibiting only in the digital slideshow at the airport will receive $50 as a licensing fee for their work.

Selection Process

The artwork for the group exhibitions and digital presentation will be chosen by an internal selection committee consisting of representatives from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee, the College Football Playoff Foundation, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Work will be selected based on quality and fit within the larger group show. All exhibitions will be administered and installed by Arts Council staff.


All visual arts educators currently teaching grades PreK-12 in any type of school (public, private, charter, etc.) in Indiana are invited to apply.

  • This exhibition series celebrates the professional artistic work of arts educators; as such, please do not submit your students’ artwork.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently reside in the state of Indiana.

Artwork Considerations

  • Work accepted for exhibition (physical or digital) must have been completed within the last three years. Please do not create something new for this exhibition!
  • Artists working in all styles and media are welcome to apply.
  • There are no theme requirements for artist’s submissions, but football- or education-themed artwork is appreciated (as it is available).
  • Artwork for the physical exhibitions must be presented in a professional manner and delivered wired and ready to hang, no sawtooth hangers (for 2D artwork). If an accepted entry is delivered in a format that is not ready to display it will not be exhibited.
  • The size of the work (including the frame) should not exceed 24” x 24” (and for 3D artworks, x 24”) regardless of the desired physical exhibition location. There is no size limit for artworks represented in the digital exhibition.
  • Artwork must be appropriate for all audiences and cannot include copyrighted images, characters, celebrity portrait likenesses, logos, player names, or specific football team names or colors.
  • If selected for inclusion in a physical exhibition, the artist must be able to arrange delivery or shipping of their work to and from Indianapolis in early/mid December (delivery and shipping details will be provided to selected artists).


(Dates are subject to change, as we will adhere to any up-to-date COVID restrictions)

  • Call for entry released: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
  • Application deadline: Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (online submission)
  • Artists notified: by Wednesday, November 24, 2021
    • Artwork delivery:
    • High-resolution digital files emailed to Arts Council: no later than Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
    • Physical artwork to Indianapolis International Airport: Sunday, December 12, 2021
    • Physical artwork to the Indianapolis Artsgarden: Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 10am-4pm.
  • Exhibitions open:
    • KIND Gallery at the Indianapolis International Airport: Saturday, December 18, 2021
    • Digital exhibition at Indianapolis International Airport: Sunday, January 2, 2022
    • Indianapolis Artsgarden: Friday, January 7, 2022 (at the CFP Foundation event)
  • Exhibitions close:
    • Digital exhibition at the Indianapolis International Airport: Sunday, January 16, 2022
    • Indianapolis Artsgarden: Sunday, January 23, 2022
    • KIND Gallery at the Indianapolis International Airport: no later than Sunday, June 12, 2022
  • Pickup of work:
    • From the Indianapolis Artsgarden: Sunday, January 23, between 3pm-5pm
    • From Indianapolis International Airport: no later than Sunday, June 12, 2022

How to apply

Complete the application form HERE. The application deadline is Sunday, November 7 at 11:59 p.m.

The form will ask you to upload images of up to five (5) suggested artworks, then select the opportunity (/ies) you wish each artwork to be considered for.

Alternatively, you can upload one file containing images and information for up to 5 artworks.

  • Please provide the artwork title, date created, medium, and selling price for each suggested artwork.
  • For artworks suggested for the digital exhibition, indicate whether you have a high-resolution image of the artwork (but DO NOT attach that high-resolution image at this time!). “High resolution” means at least 300dpi and at least 10% of the full exhibition scale of 864p x 2688p.
    You will be able to pause and save an unfinished application and return to complete it via a link sent to the email address you provide. However, any uploads will NOT be saved. We recommend that you hold off attaching/ uploading files until you are ready to press “submit” for the final application.

Information about images:

  • Images provided for review should be 72dpi and around 800 pixels in any direction (or other dimensions resulting in file sizes less than 1MB each)
  • There is a MAXIMUM of 25MB total uploads with this form. The form will not upload if you have attached more than 25MB!
    For the digital exhibition, if selected, you must have a high-resolution image available to send within one week of notification of acceptance. Please do not enter any artworks into the digital exhibition unless you have this hi-res image already in hand and ready to send upon notification!



Contact Kate Oberreich, Artist Engagement Coordinator, or (317) 631-3301 x 234.



The 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee works with the CFP to promote, organize and execute the January 10, 2022, CFP National Championship and its related events in the Indianapolis community. The Indianapolis Host Committee remains committed to a seamless partnership with the CFP and stakeholders to continue making a difference in communities across the state of Indiana after the game and into the future. For more information, visit


The College Football Playoff Foundation (@CFPExtraYard) is the 501(c)3 non profit organization serving as the community engagement arm of the College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) and works in partnership with institutions of higher education, sports organizations, corporations and nonprofits to support educators and improve U.S. student outcomes. The purpose of the CFP Foundation lies in supporting PreK-12 education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four core areas: resources, recognition, professional development, and recruitment and retention.


The Arts Council is an organization that advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to expand central Indiana’s creative vitality; and innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting programs that catalyze creative growth in central Indiana.

The Arts Council owns and operates two performance and exhibition spaces, the Indianapolis Artsgarden (attached to Circle Centre Mall) and Gallery 924 (at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street). The Arts Council allocates public funding to arts and cultural organizations through a competitive grant program; offers fellowship opportunities; provides programs, services, and technical assistance for artists and arts organizations; and manages public art programs including the City of Indianapolis’ Public Art for Neighborhoods initiative. The Indy Arts Guide provides a comprehensive arts calendar featuring thousands of events, performances, and exhibitions throughout central Indiana. For more information on the Arts Council, call (317) 631-3301 or visit online at Connect with the Arts Council of Indianapolis on Facebook/indyarts, Twitter and Instagram @artscouncilindy


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