FIELDHOUSE OF THE FUTURE

Artist Opportunities at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Gainbridge Fieldhouse is undergoing major renovations as part of the “Fieldhouse of the Future”—and the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Pacers Sports & Entertainment are working with Indiana artists so they can be part of it!

Art pieces will tell the story of the people, moments, and events from Indiana basketball history.

Artists applied to create a commissioned mural in the Gainbridge Fieldhouse Team Store or proposed new or existing original works to be installed throughout the arena.

For more information, see our FAQ section or watch the workshop videos below. 

All applications for this opportuninty are now closed.

Application Workshops 

Application workshops were broadcast via Zoom and livestreamed on the Arts Council of Indianapolis’s Facebook page if Zoom. Recordings are available here.

  • The Team Mural application workshop took place Monday, Sept. 13. Watch the video recording below:

 

  • The workshop for other artist opportunities took place on Thursday, Sept. 16. Watch the recording below:

Eligibility 

To be eligible for these opportunities, artists had a strong connection to Indiana in at least one of the following ways: 

  • Live in Indiana at the time of application, with the reasonable expectation of continuing to live in Indiana for at least one year after being assigned the project.
  • Born and/or raised in Indiana, if not living in Indiana currently.
  • Educated at an Indiana college or university.
  • Artists must be age 18 or older.

OPPORTUNITIES

Team Store Mural – Deadline: September 26, 2021

We are seeking an artist to create a hand-painted mural on brick on the upper (Main Concourse) level of the renovated Team Store. The space to be painted measures about 60” - 72” high (5-½ to 6 ft. h.) and 23 feet wide.

DETAILS

The vision for this mural is to have a “graffiti” or street-art aesthetic, with elements, colors and a sense of movement that encapsulates the excitement of Indiana, basketball, and the Pacers specifically (without any visual representation of Indianapolis, of any specific player, or of any player number). More information will be provided to the artist commissioned for this project.

The commission fee for this project is $8,000-$10,000 and that fee is designed to cover: 

  • Artist labor
  • Materials and supplies
  • Equipment (rentals and purchases)
  • Travel, lodging and food (if applicable)
  • Any labor subcontracts (for example: if you wish to bring in a working partner, you will be responsible for paying the partner out of the stated commission fee)
  • Any personal documentation of the project that the artist wishes to create (photographs, time lapse video, etc.)

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. ET. The artist selected will be notified by Oct. 31. Design development will take place Nov. 1-15, and the on-site painting will occur Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, with a project close-out date of Dec. 31.

Download:  pdf Pacers Team Store Mural RFQ (629 KB)

Application closed


Call for Other Artist Opportunities – Deadline: October 31, 2021

In addition to the Team Store mural, an artwork program will include works for 22 locations around three levels of the Fieldhouse, commissioning artists to tell key stories about Indiana basketball, Indianapolis, the Pacers and the Fever, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

DETAILS

We are looking to involve artists in telling these stories by: 

  • Purchasing existing, original artwork for installation
  • Purchasing licenses for high-quality images of existing artwork (physical or digital), to be reproduced at varying scales or incorporated into larger compositions 
  • Commissioning new artwork, to be created on a moderate scale and licensed for exact reproduction at large scale
  • Commissioning new, original artwork intended to be framed and installed. These opportunities are best suited for artists with 2D and graphic experience and skills. 

Approaches that include original, mixed media artworks with limited (less than 3-inch depth) 3D elements may be acceptable for some locations. Other locations may be able to accommodate elements up to 5-inch depth.

The artworks should be contemporary in feeling and narrative in nature. Interpretations of players, coaches and other key figures may be appropriate for some stories and locations. 

For a full list of topics and scenes that will be depicted in this project, please visit this page. 

The deadline to apply with proposed purchases or licenses of existing works is Oct. 10, 2021, 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline to apply for proposed commissioned work is Oct. 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m., ET

  • If you want to be considered for both purchases and commissions on the same application using the same images, please apply by the EARLIER deadline for maximum consideration
  • You may also choose to apply TWICE—one application with your suggestions for purchased or licensed artworks, and one application later with different images for consideration as a commissioned artist

Existing works will require delivery well before the end of 2021, and artworks should only be proposed for purchase if they’re immediately available and ready for delivery. Commissioned works must be completed and installed within six months of signing the agreement.

Download: pdf Request For Qualifications Document (140 KB)

Application closed


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions we’ve received about the Fieldhouse of the Future art program at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Check this list to see if your question has been asked, or view the two workshop videos to learn more.  

I have a beautiful portrait I’ve done of Reggie Miller. Would the Pacers be interested in purchasing it?

While Reggie Miller definitely fits into some of the storylines of the Fieldhouse art program, we don’t know if the Pacers would be purchasing the portrait you’ve done as a physical artwork. They might be interested in licensing the portrait. Or, they might be interested in learning how well you do portraits in the event they’d like to commission you for an entire story that includes portraiture of Reggie Miller. Read about the different story options in the RFQ document, and check the appropriate boxes on the application form.

I do wall-hung sculptural work. Are you looking for that?

Yes, if they are typically less than 4 inches deep, that work could potentially be part of the art program.

I don’t live in Indiana but my parents grew up in the state. Does that make me eligible for consideration?

Fair question. But, we are looking for artists who have strong personal connections to the state. That essentially means you live here now, you were born and/or raised here, or you were educated at an Indiana college or university.

Can teams of artists apply?

Yes! Just make sure you provide bios on each team member, examples of each person’s independent work, and if you’ve done work together, provide those examples as well.

I’m in a team of 3 artists, and one of them grew up in Indiana. Are we eligible to apply?

Yes, that would make the team eligible. Please make sure to note that when you fill out the application.

Are you looking for large freestanding sculptures for the new outdoor plaza?

At this time we are only interested in work for the interior areas of the redesigned fieldhouse.

Will the large spaces on the Main Concourse and the Balcony Level be available for hand-painted murals?

Some of those spaces may be appropriate for hand-painted murals. When you apply, please include images of your past mural work and indicate your interest in hand-painting murals in the “free text” box at the end of the application.

I have a great idea for an artwork I’d like to do. Can I send a sketch with my application?

At this point, we are not yet looking for design concepts. If you are interested in a commission for new work, please just send examples of your past work. A few things to know: 

  • We are only interested in commissioning artworks that correspond to one of the stories listed in the RFQ document. 
  • If you’re interested in creating an artwork for one (or more) of those stories, please note that in the “free text” box at the bottom of the application. 
  • If you have an idea for how you’d handle one of the stories, we welcome a brief description. (But, please, no sketches...yet!)

Questions?

Email or call Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (317) 624-2556.

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