Submit to Nickel Plate Arts

In our Judge Stone House Gallery, Nickel Plate Arts welcomes submissions from artists throughout Central Indiana. Preference is given to those in or connected to the five communities along the 30-mile historic Nickel Plate Railroad in eastern Hamilton County. If you have questions or encounter issues with our submission form, please contact Les Reinhardt at Lreinhardt@nickelplatearts.org.

Aug 5-27 2022: Focus on Photography - Deadline July 22

In this exhibit, we ask you to see the world through the eyes of another. Photographers have an uncanny ability for capturing moments, angles, and beauty that many of us simply miss. The real, the imagined, the joys and the sorrows of life are shared through the gift of photographs. 

Photographers, submit your favorite work to this exhibit devoted solely to the art of taking pictures.

Works should be framed with a wire or sawtooth hanger on the back. Unframed foam core prints or photographs will be limited due to the available hardware to clip/support these items. Be advised that print mediums may be compromised by the clip hanging system. Frames are strongly recommended for the protection of your art.

Sept 2-24 2022: Members Only - Deadline Aug 19

This annual exhibit shines a spotlight on our Learn, Promote, Showcase, and Lead level Artist Members.

Nickel Plate Arts Members lift each other up, advance the communities they take part in, and are incredibly talented. They hold offices, raise families, sing, dance, paint, sculpt, weave, weld, carve, draw, cook, photograph, film, act, and so much more. September is all about celebrating them in their artistic glory! 

Oct 7-29 2022: Wrapped in Autumn: Seeking textile artists, as well as artists in all media - Deadline Sept 23

Fall brings beautiful leaves, crisp air, and crackling fires. It’s a time to snuggle under a colorful quilt or pull on that warm hand-knit sweater or scarf. Autumn is our time to recognize the incredible talent of our weavers, fabric designers, quilters, and other textile artists alongside visual art inspired by the shorter days, turning leaves, and warm earth tones of autumn. 

Artists, share your creations that capture the rich reds and golds of autumn and inspire a us to think warm and cozy thoughts.

Nov 4-12 2022: Gold Standard - Deadline Oct 21

“Gold Standard” is our annual juried exhibit, where where we ask a local arts leader to judge each piece and award cash prizes. Artists are encouraged to submit their ONE BEST piece of the last year.

The physical exhibit will last from Friday, November 4th through Saturday, November 12th. We will also post images of all items in this exhibit on our website and Facebook page and those online exhibits will run through Nov 30.

A “People’s Choice Award” will be given to the person who receives the most in-person votes AND likes on Facebook. Details on how to vote will be provided to all artists accepted into the exhibit.

Nov 25-Dec 31, 2022: Gifted - Deadline Nov 10

Our annual celebration of artistic creativity returns for another holiday season! We are seeking items of all media and varieties that make great gifts, from holiday-themed fine art to giftable handmade crafts, to create our annual pop-up holiday shop.

This exhibit begins the day after Thanksgiving, to capitalize on holiday shopping, and runs through Christmas. We may choose to extend the end of the show, depending on various operational concerns and opportunities.

Artists may submit multiple types of items.

Please note: it is VERY important that ALL items be submitted for approval in advance in order to help us track and manage our inventory for this exhibit. If you have difficulty using our submission form or have questions, please contact Les.

Want to be Featured in Another Location?

The Meyer-Najem Corp. headquarters in Fishers’ Nickel Plate District hosts quarterly exhibits featuring contemporary art with a modern or abstract feel.

The gallery does well with large 2-D hanging works and a collection of small works, or about 40 smaller pieces. The space can be shared with another artist. Works will be available for purchase. Exhibiting artists enjoy an opening reception at Meyer-Najem.

The spacious open-concept gallery space is open to the public. Its gray and white walls offer neutral backgrounds to contrast artwork. A hallway branches off the gallery with multiple spotlights to showcase more art. High ceilings and exposed ductwork round out the contemporary space.

Four Day Ray Brewery offers artists the ability to hang artwork in select locations around the first and second floors of their restaurant in Fishers. The exhibiting artist will have an opening reception at Four Day Ray in the brewery area on a Monday or Tuesday with complimentary beers on tap, courtesy of Four Day Ray. Only 2-D artwork can be accommodated, and anywhere from 9 to 13 pieces can be on display, pending size.

To be considered for these opportunities, contact Les Reinhardt at lreinhardt@nickelplatearts.org for information on how to become a Showcase Level Member.

TO SUBMIT: Use the form on this page to submit up to 3 pieces for consideration by the date specified. If you have difficulty with the form, please submit your information to Les via email.