Indianapolis Art Galleries

Indianapolis has emerged on the art and culture scene as a major player within the last 10 years. From public, free galleries to more quirky to professional spaces, Indy does art well.  Here are some must-see galleries in downtown Indy.


Kuaba Gallery

Kuaba Gallery

Located right off of Monument Circle, this posh gallery showcases the work of great African American artists all around the country.  Its wide open windows exhibit the colorful work inside. Indy boasts many galleries but only a few highlighting the work of black artists exclusively. To check it out or to schedule a talk with owner Jayne During, visit kuaba.com.


Gallery Forty Two

Gallery Forty Two

Indianapolis’ oldest-surviving commercial building is home to a collection of local, national, and international contemporary artists presenting unique approaches to classical and traditional themes. Their SECOND FLOOR gallery showcases more modern themes of athletics and popular culture.


Housed inside the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Gallery 924 is one of Indy’s newest and most popular experiences. With a different show opening every first Friday of the month alongside the Be Indypendent store, 924 is fun to drive by and peer in the windows or to stop in for a quick purchase.


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.


Harrison Center

Harrison Center for the Arts

The Harrison Center for the Arts has been a model for revitalization in neighborhoods using the arts. The center features multiple galleries but also addresses real community issues using art. Many of Indy’s top artists can be found working in a studio or gallery at the Harrison Center on any given day. Don’t wait until a First Friday to visit the Harrison Center – it’s guaranteed to be a packed house.


Indianapolis Museum of Comtemporary Art (imoca)

Harrison Center for the Arts

With locations in the Fountain Square in the Murphy Building and a new location as part of downtown's City Way development, imoca brings fresh and challenging art to the forefront. Rotating exhibits give partons a reason to return regularly.


Art Bank Artists' Studios and Gallery

Art Bank

The Art Bank sits on the east end of Mass Ave in what looks like a quaint home. It’s even got art separated by bedrooms. The building is said to be the site of a daring robbery by depression era gangster John Dillinger.


The Domont Studio Gallery is dedicated to the works of artist John J Domont.  Domont’s work is contemporary, with an emphasis on integrating the unity of the seen and the unseen. The colorful gallery features paintings, prints, and photography by the Indy-based artist.


Wug Laku’s Garage

Located in an urban, industrial and unsuspecting warehouse, Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage is quite the surprise. The gallery features innovative and unique contemporary fine art and is a great stop on the IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour.


The Alexander Hotel was built to inspire guests with the power of art. Curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Alexander boasts many original, commissioned pieces from national and local artists. Each guest room also features an original piece. Although a hotel, the art is on display for visitors to view around the clock.


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.


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.


Located on the first floor of the Conrad Indianapolis, the Long-Sharp Gallery offers the highest quality of 20th century master works. You’ll see works by Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Crash, Banksy, Russell Young, William John Kennedy, David Kramer, and more as you explore the luxurious Conrad Indianapolis.


The Eiteljorg collects and preserves high-quality Western art and Native American art and cultural objects. Special exhibitions cover diverse subjects, including the artistry and histories of pistols and motorcycles as well as the work of iconic artists Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe. Year-round events immerse guests in the culture.


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.

 

 




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