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87th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists 2019
April 5, 2019 to June 1, 2019
The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
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Application Dates:
Jan 2, 2019 - Jan 28, 2019
Application Fee:
$75.00 (includes your 2019 dues)
Notification Date:
Feb 8, 2019


87th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists– 2019

The 87th 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 at Newfields and is juried and judged for awards by a nationally known artist, educator or teacher. Awards for 2018 exceeded $14,000 with Best of Show receiving $3,000.

2019 Dates to Remember

Wednesday, January 2, 2019: Prospectus live online at Juried Art Services and first day for entries
Monday, January 28, 2019: Entries Due
February 18 week: Notifications sent out
Sunday, March 31, 1-2:30 pm: Accepted Entries Due at IMA at Newfields

Sunday, March 31, 2:30-3:30 pm: Judging for awards
Sunday, March 31, 3:30 pm: Juror’s Talk
Friday, April 5: Exhibition Opening
Sunday, April 7, 3 pm: Awards Presentation/Annual Meeting
April 5- June 1: Exhibition Dates
Sunday, June 2, 3 pm-4 pm: Artwork pick up for 2-d pieces.  Arrangements will be made for 3-d objects to be picked up during the week at regular museum hours.

Juror/ Phyllis Shafer  Phyllis Shafer has been a full-time Professor of Art at Lake Tahoe Community College since 1994. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. As a practicing artist, Shafer has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1984. She is currently represented by Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV, where she has had six solo exhibitions. In 2014, the Nevada Museum of Art staged a mid-career retrospective exhibition of her paintings titled, “I Only Went Out for a Walk”.

“Nature, in its various manifestations, has always provided the raw material for my artistic investigations. Over the years I have explored a variety of styles and media - always with the natural environment as the focal point. As I have matured personally, my artistic sensibilities have similarly matured and evolved into an ever-deepening realization of my own private vision.

I believe that a kind of transcendental essence lies at the heart of all natural forms and objects. There is a concept in Zen Buddhist painting known as kiin-seido, meaning "living moment" or the immediate, intuitive expression of a subject's essential nature. While I am not a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, I am interested in this concept as it relates to our experience of landscape. My artistic goal is, through the process of painting, to distill and crystallize that essence and the vital rhythms that animate it.

My method is to paint directly from the natural environment. This allows me to study my subject in its rawest incarnation and to better perceive and record the particular idiosyncrasies and beauty of the natural form. The unique qualities afforded by paint furthers the process of interpretation that hopefully brings about the necessary metamorphosis revealing the inner spirit of the subject. As a plein air landscape painter, I search for compositional arrangements that lend themselves to narrative possibilities. I am especially interested in the pantheistic quality of high altitude vistas juxtaposed to the intimate microcosm of the flora and fauna. These explorations of spatial extremes, for me, refer to the relationship between "world" and "self." By probing beneath surface appearances, I try to reveal a nature that relates to bodily and psychological states of being.



  • All current Active artist members in good standing are eligible. $75 application fee includes $40 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.  The artist must supply a sturdy mount for their accepted piece if it is not stable on its own.                                 
    • Size limitations are:
      • 24”h x 18”w x 18”deep
      • 24”h x 12”w x 12”deep
  • 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 by the artist 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 INA 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 at Newfields, 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: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1-2:30 pm. 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 31st.  No work may be delivered to the museum ahead of time.  Please contact another artist if you cannot deliver on March 31.

Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 4000 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, In 46206, in the Waller Gallery, adjacent to the Museum Shop.

Please plan to attend an informal discussion with the Juror at 3:30 p.m. following judging for awards on the delivery day, March 31.

Artwork Pick-Up

All work must be picked up at The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields on Sunday, June 2, 2019, between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Separate arrangements will be made for 3-d objects to be returned to the artist during regular weekday museum hours.



A commission of 20% will be charged on sales at the exhibition. Indiana Artists, 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 at Newfields, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the DeBoest Lecture Hall. Additional information will be sent in the INA newsletter.

About Indiana Artists

We are extremely proud to be exhibiting in our 102nd  year, 2019!  Indiana Artists, 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 at Newfields 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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