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June-July 2022 | Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Retrospective

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First Friday Reception: July 1, 6-9 p.m.

What happens when 39 central Indiana artists are each given $10,000 to go in search of creative inspiration? Find out at the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Retrospective, where you can meet the artists and experience their journeys through the visual art, poetry, photos, books, and videos they created. You'll feel inspired, too! 

The pandemic forced many of the fellows to change their plans. But, they found joy in everything from watching flamenco on the streets of Lisbon, Portugal; to building a backyard tree house; to buying and converting a 1995 GMC van for a trip out West. As one photographer noted: “The ultimate lesson is that one can be creative–and create–anywhere.”

The exhibition is open June 3 through July 21, 2022.


About the Creative Renewal Fellowship Program

In 1999, the Indy Arts Council, with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., established the program as an invitation to central Indiana artists, and nonprofit arts administrators, to nurture their creative exploration and rekindle their spirits. Since then, the Arts Council has awarded $10,000 grants to nearly 470 individuals. 

Apply to be a 2022-2023 Fellow 

Applications for the 2022-2023 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships are open June 3-July 17, 2022, at



Images (L-R): Devon Ginn, Sound Bath Meditation Performance; Valerie Eickmeier, Meditation Pond, Oil on canvas ; Mirvia Sol Eckert, Getting My Rhythm On: Bomba!, Acrylic; Craig McDaniel, Falconry, Acrylic on canvas; Polina Osherov, Neon Thaw, Photography


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