Art at Indianapolis International Airport

May 2018

In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Arts Council of Indianapolis manages the award-winning temporary exhibition program at Indianapolis International Airport. The Arts Council curates rotating installations in closed cases in the main terminal, commissions new work for the video screens above the main escalator/staircase, and operates a long-term loan program for large sculpture outdoors in the North Terminal Garden.

The current exhibitions are on display until June 2018:


Daydream - Painting - Nhi Khuu_preview.jpegFor more than 90 years, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth. They have grown to be the United States’ highest honor for teens in Visual Art and Creative Writing, and the largest source of arts scholarships and other artistic support for youth in grades 7-12. The program is the best opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents and compete among their peers nationally.
Portrait of Isabella - Drawing and Illustration - Kate Orr_preview.jpeg
Over 250,000 submissions are received from instructors nationwide, divided into regions and locally juried by experts before proceeding to the national competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University and the Hoosier Writing Project at IUPUI are pleased to host the Scholastic Awards program for Central and Southern Indiana each year.
All of the artworks in the current Regional Tour exhibition are Gold and Silver Key award winners from the 2017 competition, and represent students from 10 different schools plus one homeschool program. A team of local curators selected the artworks for the Regional Tour from all the regional Gold and Silver Key winners: they truly represent the “best of the best” from the current round.
 Shelter - Photography - Patrick Naremore_preview.jpeg   Spine - Sculpture - Courtney Dallas (2)_preview.jpeg  Pinocchio - Mixed Media - Ryan Burns_preview.jpeg
Included in the exhibition is work by:
Katelyn Bilby, Tri-Central Middle/High School
Haili Brown, Fishers High School
Ryan Burns, Bishop Chatard High School
Kasey Coverdale, Hamilton Southeastern High School
Chelsea Dai, Carmel High School
Courtney Dallas, Hamilton Southeastern High School
Sarah Dunlap, Fishers High School
Jenna Heltzel, Hamilton Southeastern High School
Kathleen Ho, Carmel High School
Nhi Khuu, Avon High School
Lauren Krieger, Carmel High School
Yiheng Li, Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School
Patrick Naremore, University High School—Indiana
Kate Orr, homeschooled
Danielle Osborne, Tri-West High School
Chloe Ruggles, Westfield High School
Ailana Woodard, Avon High School
Jieun Yu, Carmel High School
Photo credits:
Nhi Khuu, Daydream, oil on canvas, 2016
Kate Orr, Portrait of Isabella, charcoal and graphite, 2016
Patrick Naremore, Shelter, color photography, 2016
Courtney Dallas, Spine, wood, 2016
Ryan Burns, Pinocchio, mixed media, 2016






Kipp headshot

Local artist, Kipp Normand, has created a special installation reflecting on transatlantic travel in honor of IND’s inaugural direct flight to Paris. The installation is called When Lindbergh Reached Paris and it will be on view in the Concourse B exhibition case from May 7 through July 15.

Normand, an amateur historian and self-taught artist, is an inveterate collector of “stuff” and the stories that accompany objects that are often discarded. While a journey can always bring its share of anxiety, it is more than relieved by the sense of wonder and adventure that inspired people like Charles Lindbergh to cross the Atlantic. To Normand, the greatest reward of travel is the collection of stories that it brings: stories that are attached to ordinary items made extraordinary through memory.

Kipp Normand received his M.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He creates constantly, but exhibits rarely. Normand lives in Indianapolis and maintains a studio in the Harrison Center for the Arts.

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VIDEO PROJECT: Shift by Bryn Jackson









Bryn Jackson: Still from Shift

Indianapolis-based artist Bryn Jackson’s video, SHIFT, is on view at Indianapolis International Airport from January 1 through June 30, 2018.  The artwork is part of a continuing program at the airport that highlights Central Indiana artists working in new media.

Jackson, an independent media artist and photographer, created SHIFT as part of an ongoing series of short works, for which he uses his cell phone as his primary creative tool. The basis of the work is naturalistic footage of Indiana grass blowing in the wind; Jackson then digitally alters the image to capture its essential visual components through brilliant color and stylized movement. The resulting combination of the chaotic source and the controlled production technique is a unique collaboration of nature and artist that transforms a familiar sight into something exciting and unexpected.

SHIFT will be playing several times each hour at irregular intervals on the big screen above the main escalator/stair. It is best viewed by passengers arriving through Civic Plaza and descending to Baggage Claim. See the full artwork here.

Bryn headshot GOOD.jpegBryn Jackson received a B.F.A. in Film and Television from New York University and an M.F.A. in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He has been creating works in photography and video since 2009, and his work has been exhibited & screened at festivals and galleries nationwide.  In 2015 he was a resident artist at Calli Huitzilin in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jackson currently lives in Indianapolis and works at Newfields as the Assistant Curator of Audience Engagement and Performance.






Tussle, by Chicago artist Ted Sitting Crow Garner, is on view in the North Terminal Garden through mid-2018.


 Proposals are currently being sought for indoor installations at the Indianapolis International Airport: visit our Artist Opportunities website for more information. 




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