February 2018 Artist Opportunities

February 2018 Artist Opportunities

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important deadline!




Noblesville Parks Seeks Artists for Carousel Restoration and Crosswalk Murals

The Noblesville Parks Department has issued RFQs for two unique projects.  The first project is a restoration of the artwork on Forest Park’s historic carousel.  This carousel is nearly 100 years old and needs a little bit of a facelift: the genre scenes and western imagery depicted around the carousel need touching up, and some sections of the carousel may need to be replaced. An artist with previous experience in restoration would be a perfect fit.  The second project is to design and paint two crosswalks along the Forest Park walking trail. One or more artists will be selected to develop a design and then paint the crosswalks (with the help of volunteers).  For more information, click on the project to see the RFQ:

Carousel Restoration



Intergenerational Art Show at Carmel Senior Living

Want to put the “art” in “heart”? The folks at Carmel Senior Living have an opportunity for you! Their “Heart of Art Intergenerational Art Show” is an opportunity display and sell your artwork with 10% of proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association. Happening Sunday, February 25th from 1-3pm. Interested in participating? Contact Gail Romine for more info at gmromine@aol.com.

Blackhawk Winery’s 2018 Wine Label Contest

Calling all wine-loving artists! Blackhawk Winery, our partner in the arts, is bringing their wine label design contest back for 2018 and they want to see your work! This year’s theme, “Love Letter to Indiana,” invites you to highlight what you love about our Hoosier state using your unique, artistic skills. Click here for more information. Contest deadline to submit is Tuesday, February 28 at midnight.

Free Accelerator for Indiana Creative Entrepreneurs!

The Indiana Arts Commission is introducing a new, free program for creative entrepreneurs. “On-Ramp” is an accelerator made up of three components: a course, a certificate, and one-on-one coaching. If 2018 is your year to take your art career to the next level, check out the details and apply soon – the application deadline is March 1st, 2018. For more information, see our website post.

Free Workshop for Artists at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie has recently partnered with Portal to the Public Network to offer free special training to artists. Their goal is to help art professionals develop the communication and public engagement skills needed to captivate an audience in public settings. This is a great, FREE opportunity for artists to advance their art careers! Interested artists will need to commit to three workshops: March 5, 7, and 9 from 9am – noon. Spots are limited – if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, email Rachael at rodell@nickelplatearts.org soon. See our website posting for more details.

Fairy House Architects Wanted!

Our Fairy House contest returns this spring! Fairyville’s population is BOOMING, and we need your help in housing all the fairies! We are looking for artists, individuals, organizations, and companies to build fairy houses to display along the Fairyville Trail. The walkable Trail will stretch from Nickel Plate Arts through parts of downtown Noblesville. These houses can celebrate Earth Day, represent your home or business, or your favorite local spot – be as creative as you’d like! Prizes will be awarded based on audience vote. Up to $500 in prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, along with other Honerable Mention prizes. For more information, see our website posting.

Indiana University

Indiana University Bicentennial Medal Design

Calling all Hoosier designers! Indiana  University has announced its Bicentennial Medal Design competition, and anyone can enter. Leave your mark on IU history by designing one half to this historic medical, which will be awarded to individuals who have broadened the reach of IU to people, audiences, and places around the world through personal, professional, artistic, or philanthropic efforts. Design competition closes on April 18th. For more information, see our website posting. 

Fishers Arts Council’s Art in City Hall Exhibit Season

The Fishers Arts Council is pleased to announce its 2018 Art in City Hall Exhibit Season. Each month, there will be a new exhibit of artwork reflecting a variety of topics relative to the City of Fishers and offered by the residents of Fishers and the surrounding metropolitan area. The exhibits are open to the general public during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to these hours, a reception is generally held for the participating artists at some point during the exhibit, usually from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. And, most artwork is available for purchase. See the available call-outs with further details in Fishers Arts Council’s recent press release.

Opportunities at Nickel Plate Arts:

Exhibits at Nickel Plate Arts 

Interested in participating in an exhibit here at Nickel Plate Arts? Head on over to our Submissions Page to apply for consideration in our upcoming exhibits: Our Hometown (a photography show), May Flowers (a collection of floral-themed art), and Fit to Print (a printmaking exhibit). More exhibit opportunities coming – stay tuned!

Classes at Nickel Plate Arts

Want to teach a class at Nickel Plate Arts? Get in touch with your ideas! We are still finalizing our 2018 calendar of exhibits, classes, and events – email us today to start the conversation!

We are constantly getting information about new and exciting opportunities for our artists, so stay tuned for more info!


Rachael O'Dell