Citywide Public Art Exhibitions

Citywide Public Art Exhibitions

 

As part of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission’s blockbuster year of arts and culture projects, programs, and events in 2005, the Arts Council of Indianapolis produced an exhibition of 25 sculptures by New York artist Tom Otterness, called Tom Otterness in Indianapolis. Works were on view in public spaces throughout downtown Indianapolis, and was the largest public art exhibition ever hosted in the city up to that time. In addition, Indianapolis was the only venue outside of New York City to host the exhibition. 

Tom Otterness brought national attention to Indianapolis and was so well-received that it kicked off a series of similar one-person public exhibitions to satisfy the huge demand. Artwork was purchased from several of the exhibitions, local vendors were employed to create either the artworks themselves or the infrastructure to hold them, and with each successive exhibition more and more partners were involved to exhibit works and host programs. 

The exhibitions inspired city residents to develop a deeper understanding of their shared public spaces, and to think about how their own daily surroundings could be made more livable through the addition of public art. The power of a public art festival was also explored through the series, inspiring later projects such as Art in Odd Places Indianapolis, IN LIGHT IN, and Don Gummer: Back Home Again.

The original citywide public art exhibitions were:

  • Tom Otterness in Indianapolis
    April 15 - July 31, 2005

    Funded by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the Deborah Joy Simon Charitable Trust, with Tom Otterness and Marlborough Gallery (New York, NY) also contributing.

  • Julian Opie: Signs
    September 28, 2006 - September 1, 2007
    Funded by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

  • Chakaia Booker: Mass Transit
    July 22, 2008 - April 1, 2009

    Funded by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

  • George Rickey: An Evolution
    May 5 - September 7, 2009

    Funded by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission through a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the support of the Estate of George Rickey and the George Rickey Foundation. All artworks were provided courtesy of the George Rickey Foundation.

Thank you to our funders

Indiana Arts Commission
JCA
CICF
Lilly
Jordan