Indiana State Fairgrounds Seeks Mural Artists

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Indiana State Fairgrounds Seeks Mural Artists




Facilitated by Hue Murals

Description: The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center seeks 4 Indiana-based artists to curate four interior, 2D murals in the newly-renovated, temperature-controlled Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion. The century-old swine barn at the beloved State Fairgrounds underwent a $50 Million renovation and will debut to the public at the 2023 Indiana State Fair July 28th through August 20th.

The State Fairgrounds will showcase and celebrate local artists within the community by installing four custom pieces of art in the lobby areas to this new facility. Each of the four walls consists of primed drywall and measures 96”x120”. The murals are intended to be part of a long-term installation at the State Fairgrounds and should be curated to transcend time and generations. The murals should focus on one of four themes or storylines, as described below. Designs must be positive, inclusive, family-friendly, nonpolitical, nonpartisan, and nonviolent.

Mural Themes:

(1) Community – the Indianapolis community at large, and/or representing the Fairgrounds community of events outside of the State Fair

(2) Music and Entertainment – experiences in Indy, and at the Fairgrounds, portrayed through gatherings of people celebrating and making memories

(3) Sports – given the Fairgrounds’ rich tradition with sports throughout the years, and in addition to recent partnerships through track and field, volleyball, and other sporting events to Indy (no references to professional sports teams allowed for legal reasons); history of sports at the State Fairgrounds includes: basketball, ice skating, auto racing, youth tournaments, hockey and so much more

(4) Indiana State Fair – Legacy, Traditions & Fun – showcasing the greatest of summertime traditions, the Great Indiana State Fair.

NOTE: Artists are *not* responsible for priming or sealing the wall, nor are they responsible for maintaining the artwork, although they must protect the floor and installation area from damage during installation. Artists will maintain the right to the intellectual property of their work. Artists that digitally design works are especially encouraged to apply, as there are potential opportunities for image licensing in the future through separate contracts. Each Artist will receive a $5,000 commission and will undergo a maximum of two rounds of client feedback in the design process.


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be an Indiana resident through September 1, 2023 to apply
  • Please DO NOT submit designs at this time as this is a request for qualifications
  • Artists are allowed to submit together as a team of up to 2 artists
  • All artists will be required to provide a Certificate of Insurance (coverage for Commercial General Liability $1,000,000.00 – Property Insurance $100,000.00 – Worker’s Compensation and Employer’s Liability $500,000.00 OR a worker’s comp certificate waiver) and provide a w9 in order to participate
  • Artists that represent all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply

Event Details:

Artist Fee: $5,000.00 per artist or artist team. The artist will be provided with a primed wall on which to install approved mural artwork. All materials, ladders, travel, insurance, and other fees will be at the expense of the artist. The artist will *not* be responsible for any sealing or maintenance associated with the work after completion. The artist will retain intellectual property rights to the work.
Installation Dates: Artists may begin installing work as early as July 20th. Murals must be completed no later than August 18th, 2023. Exact installation dates and times will be solidified upon contracting with the Artist. Live painting during State Fair open hours is an option, but not required.
March 31, 2023 – RFQ issued
May 22, 2023 – 5pm deadline for submissions via the online application form
May 29, 2023 – 4 final artists are notified of selection by the ISFC
June 2, 2023 – Artist deadline to sign contract and return w9, waiver, COI
June 19, 2023 – First draft of design concepts are due to ISFC
July 7, 2023 – Design concepts are fully approved by all parties
July 20 to August 18, 2023 – Mural Installations occur
August 20, 2023 – Mural Unveiling at formal media event

Application Instructions: This application process is online only, via an online form. Artists need to fill out the online form by May 22, 2023 at 5:00pm EST. Submissions must be received and time stamped by 5:00pm EST on this day in order to be considered. The online form requires the following information, in addition to contact info:

  • 3 to 5 portfolio images
  • A link to your website, portfolio, or Instagram
  • Ranking the artist’s desired mural theme (1 through 4, 1 being the most desired and 4 being the least desired)

The application form can be found at

**Please only use the online form to send materials – do not email or mail any submission materials.**

Artist Selection: Finalists will be selected based upon the following criteria:

1. Artist merit and technical expertise

2. Demonstrated successful and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope

3. Artistic style, and if the artist’s style and ethos are in line with the ISF brand

For questions about submission, please contact Koda Witsken.