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.
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 Newfields campus offers experiences that feed both the heart and mind.
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.
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.
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.
i/c (Indianapolis Contemporary)
With locations as part of downtown's City Way development and in Irvington, Indianapolis Contemporary brings fresh and challenging art to the forefront. Rotating exhibits give partons a reason to return regularly.
The Circle City Industrial Complex located on Indy's near eastside is home to more than 60 artists, and is open to the public on the first Friday of each month for tours.
Kuaba exhibits the work of contemporary artists from such countries as Ghana, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and South Africa. The display of beautiful art also creates a wonderful atmosphere for corporate events, wedding receptions, and celebrations.
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. Temporarily closed for renovations until 2021.
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.
There are two goals at Fine Estate Art: dealing in vintage Indiana art and sharing information about Indiana artists via the largest, free, online knowledge base pertaining to Indiana artists and their art. Indiana is unusually gifted in producing, nurturing, and inspiring great artists. Some areas covered include Hoosier Group, Brown County, Hoosier Salon, Richmond School, Nineteenth Century Indiana Landscapes and Portraits, Southern Indiana Art, and Indiana Dunes.
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.
Studio Alchemy LLC is an art gallery and teaching studio specializing in impressionist and abstract acrylic and oil painting. Classes are an experimental mix of therapeutic techniques offered in a nurturing and caring environment. Learn to use painting to express yourself and find your voice.