When it comes to welcoming sports fans to town, Indy artists know how to get creative.
In early January, as part of the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship celebration, visitors experienced new artworks that capture the thrill and exhilaration of the game and saw performances by local musicians, dancers, and actors.
Five 10x10x10-foot murals invited fans to step right into the action. Artist Israel Solomon’s Powerful Impact, 126 W. Georgia St., took its cue from the iconic Heisman Trophy pose. “For me, this strong pose is inspirational, and I hope those who experience the mural feel the same way,” says Israel Solomon, @israelsoloart. Other murals included:
The Capitol Street/CSX underpass connecting the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery. Stroll through to see 15 original artworks and one poem, all by local artists.
The 16 participating artists include:
Also noteworthy: At 10 W. Washington St., suspended columns of small disco balls and 12 footballs covered in mirrored tiles, representing 12 teams, sparkle in artist Meghan Curran’s (@meghan_curran) storefront installation. The centerpiece is a large painted, wooden cutout of a football player, dancing under a large disco ball, on a checkerboard “floor.”
For four days at the airport’s Civic Plaza, musicians performed to greet visitors. Acts included:
Top image: Courtesy of Visit Indy, bottom image: courtesy of Indianapolis International Airport
Icing the Kicker. Leave It All on the Field. Hustle, Hit, Never Quit. To celebrate the terms and expressions unique to the game, the College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee commissioned Indy artists to create 22 unique poster designs. Arts and sports lovers were able to bid on the framed posters, with proceeds going to Teach Indy.
And speaking of teachers, more than 20 Indiana visual art educators had artworks at the Indianapolis Artsgarden as part of the College Football Playoff Foundation Teacher Art Exhibition Paintings, sculptures, and books created by 15 teaching artists were also exhibited at the KIND Gallery, on Concourse A, at Indianapolis International Airport.
Dancers, actors, musicians, and more took the stage and strolled along Georgia Street for three full days. Performances, organized by the District Theatre, included:
Indianapolis-based vocalist/pianist S. Joel Norman sang and entertained while playing on a mobile, self-contained piano.
If football referees were Dickensian holiday carollers, they would be this a capella group specializing in well-known melodies that feature sports-inspired lyrics. The performance featured the show's creator, Ben Asaykwee, along with Tiffanie Hollifield, Matt Campbell, Julie Lynn Barber, Shelbi Berry, and Maddie Olletti.
The Fishers-based dance academy’s powerful street performances featured adults and kids.
Arts and culture programs to help welcome fans are part of a 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee and Indy Arts Council partnership, with funding made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Indy Arts Council also thanks the City of Indianapolis, Indiana Sports Corp, Visit Indy, Smart Girl Creative Co., and 60 on Center for their partnership and support.