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89th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists Club 2021
April 2, 2021 to May 29, 2021
The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
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Application Dates:
Jan 4, 2021 - Jan 25, 2021
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Feb 15, 2021


89th Annual Juried Exhibition
of Indiana Artists Club - 2021

Application Dates: Jan 4, 2021 - Jan 25, 2021 • Application Fee: $90.00 • Notification Date: Feb 15, 2021

This exhibition is open to previously
juried members only!

The 89th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists Club is a showcase for 40-45 of Indiana’s finest working artists. 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 curator. Awards will total over $11,000 with Best of Show receiving $3,000.

2021 Dates to Remember

  • First Day for Entries: Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Monday, January 25, 2021: Entries Due
  • February 15 week: Notifications
  • Sunday, March 28, 1:00 - 2:30: Accepted Entries Due at IMA
  • Sunday, March 28, 2:30 - 3:15: Judging for Awards (not open to members)
  • Sunday, March 28, 3:30 pm: Juror’s Talk - open to the public
  • Friday, April 2: Exhibition Opening
  • Sunday, April 11, 3 pm: Awards Presentation/Annual Meeting
  • April 2 - May 29: Exhibition Dates
  • Sunday, May 30, 1 - 2 pm: Artwork pick up for two-dimensional pieces. 

Arrangements will be made with the artist for three-dimensional objects to be picked up during regular weekday museum hours.

2021 Juror – Shar Coulson
Embracing the essence of Organic Abstraction, Shar Coulson's work reflects her love of nature and the human figure. Working intuitively, Shar explores the idea of perception vs. reality within the allusive figuration, gestural line work and organic forms found in her paintings. Nature is by far her greatest inspiration because of its randomness and complex beauty. Her heightened ability to see recognizable objects in otherwise unrelated patterns guides her process… animals, plant-like forms or figures often appear. She was formally trained in classical figurative realism, yet finds her passion runs deepest in the world of abstraction. Her sensibility is also deeply informed by a successful career as a designer and executive creative director. Shar exhibits both nationally and internationally. She lives and works in the Near West Side Market District of Chicago, Illinois, USA.


  • All current artist members in good standing are eligible. $90 application fee includes $45 membership dues and $45 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.
  • Artwork with frame is limited to 42” x 36” 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 and cradle panels 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-dimensional 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 provided by the IMA.

The IMA can accommodate 3 total three-dimensional objects with the following restrictions:

  • 2 three-dimensional artworks with the size limitation of 24” H x 18” W x 18” D.
  • 1 three-dimensional artwork with the size limitation of 24” H x 12” W x 12” D.
  • Three-dimensional artwork must be displayed inside the gallery and cannot be located outside the gallery entrance.
  • All three-dimensional artwork must be self-stable within each display or stable with the use of a mount. Mounts must be provided by the artists and require the approval of the IMA.
  • Three-dimensional artwork that will be on a pedestal cannot exceed the maximum weight of 100 lbs.
  • Artwork that is intended to be displayed without a pedestal must be pre-approved by the IMA. 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 department.
  • All works must be for sale. No NFS or 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 1:00 PM ON THE PICK UP DAY. Artwork must be signed out by a representative of the IN/A 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 Club, The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, their agents, officers and their representatives from any and all claims of damage.

The appropriateness of any work in the exhibition will be left to the discretion of the IN/A and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. It is not the intent to censor work, we are sensitive to the issue of free artistic expression and will address any controversy with the artist in writing.

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 28, 2021, 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 28th. No work may be delivered to the museum ahead of time. Please contact another artist if you cannot deliver on March 28.

Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 4000 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Location is the Adult Classrooms, behind the Gift 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 28.

Artwork Pick-Up
All work must be picked up at The Indianapolis Museum of Art on Sunday, May 30, 2021, between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Separate arrangements will be made for three-dimensional objects to be picked up by the artist during regular weekday museum hours.


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 reporting and paying the Indiana sales tax.

Awards Reception and Annual Meeting
All IN/A members and guests are invited to attend the Awards Presentation and Indiana Artists Club, Inc. Annual Meeting at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the DeBoest Lecture Hall. Additional information will be sent in the IN/A newsletter.

About Indiana Artists Club
We are extremely proud to be exhibiting in our 104rd year, 2021!  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 at Newfields in 1992.

The New Members 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
New Members Chair, IN/A, 2727 E. 55th St, #20688,
Indianapolis, IN  46220

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