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Indianapolis Artsgarden Seeks Artwork for Holiday Photo Op

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Indianapolis Artsgarden Seeks Artwork for Holiday Photo Op


Call to Central Indiana Visual Artists: Indianapolis Artsgarden Holiday Backdrop

The Indianapolis Artsgarden, owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, has become a destination to view artwork, hear live music, experience spoken word and other performances, and get information about the arts and cultural events through the Cultural Concierge desk. Each December, the Artsgarden hosts the Mistletoe Music Festival showcasing the talent of middle and high school choirs, orchestras, and bands from central Indiana. This event along with the regular arts programing brings in thousands of visitors and families during the holiday season.

This year, the Artsgarden is looking to expand its holiday visitor experience by incorporating artwork that can serve as a backdrop for family photos and as an interactive selfie-station. All central Indiana visual artists are invited to submit images of their artwork to be reproduced on a large-scale vinyl banner that represents the holiday spirit in Indy. This theme is open to interpretation, but could relate to winter scenes of the city and related architectural icons or any image that Artsgarden visitors may wish to use as a photo backdrop.


  • non-denominational
  • appropriate for all ages
  • connection to the holiday/winter season in Indianapolis

Artist Stipend:

Up to two (2) artworks will be selected for this project. Each artist will receive a stipend of $500 for the use of their work.


Deadline for Submission – October, 31, 2016
Jury Selection – Week of November 7, 2016
Artist Notifications – by November 14, 2016
Printed Backdrop installed at Indianapolis Artsgarden – November 23, 2016
Exhibition time: Thanksgiving through Mid-January 2017

* The Indianapolis Artsgarden is a public venue, but does close on occasion for private events. The artworks/banners may not be on view during these times.


  • Artists must be 18 years or older and live in central Indiana (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, or Shelby counties).
  • Artists may propose new or existing artwork for consideration.
  • The submitting artist must have produced the original artwork, and the artist must own the copyright for the images or have permission to use copyrighted images in the design.
  • The submitting artist must be willing to sign an agreement giving the Arts Council limited use rights to use the artwork for the purposes stated in this call.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit up to 5 images of existing or planned new work in JPG format.
  • Images do not need to be high resolution, but the image quality should be set to “high”.  The resolution should be no larger than 72 dpi and the file size for each image should be under 1MB.
  • If your work is selected, you will be asked to submit high-resolution files by mid-November. The format is a horizontal rectangle, which may result in some cropping of the image .

How to Submit:

Artists must submit entries electronically to, Subject: Artsgarden Holiday Art. If you don’t receive a response within 48 hours, please re-submit

Submit the images as JPEG/JPG attachments to a SINGLE email.  The body of the email should contain the artist’s name, contact information (address, phone, email) and list of works submitted.

Please note that if the maximum file size of 1MB per image is exceeded, the email may not reach us.

For further information, contact Kate Oberreich, Cultural Concierge for the Indianapolis Artsgarden (owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis) at or 317-624-2563.