A multi-day fine art fair showcasing the works of 50+ Black visual artists from across the country. Competitively produced, BUTTER seeks to push boundaries by elevating Black artists in the national conversation, promoting equity in the arts and the creative economy. Artists pay no fee to participate and receive 100% of the profit from works sold thus strengthening a new model toward equity in the arts. Consider the exhibition equity in action.
“BUTTER is a living art fair that works to care for, accommodate, and be intentional about the economic viability of Black visual artists,” said Mali Jeffers, Founder, GANGGANG. “BUTTER seeks an equitable and reparational process designed to benefit the artists. As such, we do not require a fee for artists to participate, nor do we take a commission on the sale of their work.”
This year’s event will take place at The Stutz building in downtown Indianapolis (1060 N Capitol Avenue). Open to the general public, kids included, BUTTER 2 welcomes you to experience live music, top DJs, BUTTER-themed bites and merchandise, as well as guest speakers and artist workshops (registration required) on select days. Expect an emotional, elevated experience that you won’t want to miss.
Mali Jeffers, Alan Bacon, Braydee Euliss, and Sarah Urist Green will serve as curators for the fine art fair, which will include pieces from regional and national artists like April Bey, Kiah Celeste, Julian Jamaal Jones, Will Watson, and more. A’Lelia Bundles, Myrta Pulliam, and Jasmin French will serve as event co-chairs.
Indiana artists selling work will include Amber Zuri, Amiah Mims, Ashley Nora, Brittany Fukushima, Chris Hill, Courtland Blade, Deonna Craig, ess mckee, FINGERCREATIONS, FITZ, Gary Gee, Gnat Bowden, Hay Kidd, Israel Solomon, Johnson Simon, Justin Brown, Kaila Austin, Kevin West, Kyng Rhodes, Lyndy Bazile, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Matthew Cooper, Morgan Robinson-Gay, $hady The Art Lady, Shamira Wilson, Slim AVRE, Tashema Davis, Terry Flores, and Wavy Blayne. Exhibiting galleries include Long-Sharp Gallery and 1000 Words Gallery.
“I was blown away by last year’s fair, and I’m honored to join the BUTTER curatorial team,” said Sarah Urist Green. “There is so much talent in this community, and GANGGANG’s innovative framework allows us to see and experience that talent in new and more equitable ways. Artists can share their work outside the usual art world confines and collectors of all levels can learn about and support artists directly.”
Open to the public, the experiential art fair will also include live performances by 81355, a special drum performance by Dorian Phelps and more, in addition to sounds curated by Deckademics and DJ Grapevine and crew at MELT, a multi-sensory Saturday night dance party.
Weekend attendees can expect BUTTER-themed bites and merchandise, as well as artist workshops and historic walking tours of the area with Sampson Levingston on select days. Interactive outdoor installations that encourage connection have been curated by Indy-based creatives Styled by Fei, Manifest State of Mind, and Branded by God. The weekend concludes with a testimony service led by Ebony Chappel and Sarah Jené.
Go here for video from last year's event.
Tickets: $35 and up. Includes access to three different days and experiences. Guests 18 and under are free.. Preview Night tickets (includes Thursday night access) are $175.