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85th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists 2017
April 9, 2017 to June 3, 2017
The Indianapolis Museum of Art
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Application Dates:
Dec 8, 2016 - Jan 16, 2017
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Feb 24, 2017

85th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists– 2017

The 85th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists is a showcase for 40-50 of Indiana’s finest working artists. This exhibition is open to juried active members only. Media includes painting, watercolor, pastel, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography and textiles. It is held every spring at The Indianapolis Museum of Art and is juried and judged for awards by a nationally known artist, educator or teacher. Awards for 2016 exceeded $13,000 with Best of Show receiving $3,000.

2017 Dates to Remember

First Day for Entries: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Monday, January 16, 2017: Entries Due
February 20 week: Notifications
Saturday, April 1, 10-noon: Accepted Entries Due at IMA
Saturday, April 1, 2 pm: Juror’s Talk
Friday, April 7: Exhibition Opening
Sunday, April 9: Awards Presentation/Annual Meeting
April 7- June 4: Exhibition Dates
Sunday, June 4, 3 pm-4 pm: Artwork Pick Up

Juror/CarolAnn Brown

Since 2006, CarolAnn Brown has held the position of Exhibitions Curator at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Michigan City, Indiana.  CarolAnn has had a long career in the fine and performing arts as an educator, curator, and exhibit specialist. For fifteen years she held the position of Director of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS) at Columbia College Chicago. She continues to curate nationally and internationally distinguished exhibitions that reflect innovation and education that synthesize in relevant contemporary art trends. She furthermore remains active as a freelance curator, juror and consultant. 


  • All current Active artist members in good standing are eligible. $70 application fee includes $35 membership dues and $35 application fee.
  • Submit one or two different works of art; but only one work will be accepted as may be selected by the juror.
  • All accepted and delivered artwork to the exhibition must be the same image as that selected by the juror - no substitutions.
  • Two- and three-dimensional original works of art are eligible.
  • Work submitted must have been completed in the last two years.
  • Art work size is limited to 38 x 30 inches in any direction – framed. Delivered work must be framed with flat hangers and wire. Sawtooth hangers, screw eyes and wet canvases are not permitted.
  • Stretched canvases must be protected on the back with a rigid covering for safety in handling.
  • Gallery wrapped canvases MUST be framed.
  • Work over 24 x 36 inches or in metal frames MUST be framed with acrylic. Acrylic is preferred on all work. The artist is responsible for any broken glass and it must be replaced before hanging.
  • Pastels may be framed with glass but must be in wood frames, not metal.
  • 3-D works:  Please read thoroughly as the instructions have changed!

       There can be a total of 3 three-dimensional sculptural works included in this exhibition. 

All sculptural work will be displayed on pedestals with secured vitrines.                                     

Size limitations are:

24”h x 18”w x 18”deep

24”h x 12”w x 12”deep

3-D work must be 100 lbs. or less. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the museum.

Any wall-hanging sculptures must weigh less than forty (40) pounds and not extend from the wall more than four (4) inches.  Sculptural wall-hanging art must be securely wired for hanging by the IMA’s installation crew.

  • All works must be priced or listed as NFS. No POR.
  • No works produced under an instructor/tutor will be permitted.
  • No work previously shown in any Marion County competitive juried exhibition will be accepted.
  • Consent to photograph artworks for catalog/publicity purpose is hereby granted by entrant.
  • Entrant agrees to pay a penalty of $100 for non-delivery of an accepted piece. NO WORK MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE MUSEUM PRIOR TO 3 PM ON THE PICK UP DAY. Artwork must be signed out by a representative of the IAC and museum security before leaving the museum.

All reasonable care will be used in handling artwork; however, each entrant agrees to hold harmless Indiana Artists, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, their agents, officers and their representatives from any and all claims of damage.

Your entry constitutes your agreement to abide by all of the conditions/regulations of this prospectus.

Accepted Artwork Receiving and Juror’s discussion

Upon your acceptance into the exhibition, you will receive an email with further delivery instructions and the label to be filled out and attached to your artwork.

Delivery date: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Work cannot be shipped to the museum so please make arrangements with another member to deliver your work if you cannot deliver your piece on the 26th.  No work may be delivered to the museum ahead of time.  Please contact another artist if you cannot deliver on April 1.

Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, In 46206. Location is the Adult Classrooms, behind the Gift Shop.

Please plan to attend an informal discussion with the Juror at 2 p.m. following judging for awards on the delivery day, April 1.

Artwork Pick-Up

All work must be picked up at The Indianapolis Museum of Art on Sunday, June 4, 2017, between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.



A commission of 20% will be charged on sales at the exhibition. The Indiana Artists Club, Inc. will collect the artist’s price plus sales tax. A check will be sent to the artist less the 20% commission. The artist is responsible for the sales tax.

Awards Reception and Annual Meeting

All INA members and guests are invited to attend the Awards Presentation and Indiana Artists, Inc. Annual Meeting at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the DeBoest Lecture Hall. Additional information will be sent in the INA newsletter.

About Indiana Artists (INA)

We are extremely proud to be exhibiting in our centennial year, 2017!  The Indiana Artists Club, Inc. was organized as the Indiana Art Club on January 23, 1917, by a group of forty-six artists and patrons including such notables as T.C. Steele, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, Carl Graf, Wayman Adams, Simon Baus, Marie Goth, Frederick Polley, Clifton Wheeler, Randoph Coats, Carl Lieber and Alex Holiday. A few months later the name was changed to the Indiana Artists Club, Inc. to more nearly represent an organization of professional artists rather than a group of persons interested in art.

Early exhibits were held in the Union Trust Building and traveling exhibits were sent to various colleges and public buildings over the state. The Indiana Artists Club has originated cultural and educational projects including fine arts in the high schools, donations of art books to colleges, preservation of the T.C. Steele Memorial and murals at Wishard Hospital. The Club was instrumental in bringing the Hoosier Salon of Chicago to Indianapolis.

From 1935 through 1989, the Indiana Artists Club exhibited annually at the L.S. Ayres and Company Auditorium in downtown Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis then hosted the exhibition in 1990 and 1991. The Annual Juried Exhibition moved to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1992.  The organization updated its logo and adopted the shortened name, Indiana Artists (INA), in 2015.

The Membership Committee and the Executive Board, who considers the works and record of each applicant, determine active membership. To apply to become an active member, it is necessary to have been born in Indiana or to have lived here for two years and to have been accepted into three differently sponsored exhibitions with out-of-state judges with three separate works of art.

Further information may be obtained from the Membership Chairman, INA, 2727 E. 55th St, #20688, Indianapolis, IN  46220 or from the website: www.indianaartists.org

Patron Membership is open to all residents of Indiana who are interested in supporting the arts.




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