Submit to Nickel Plate Arts

In our monthly gallery shows, Nickel Plate Arts welcomes submissions from artists throughout Central Indiana. Preference is given to those in or connected to the six communities along the 30-mile historic Nickel Plate Railroad in eastern Hamilton County and southern Tipton County. If you have questions or encounter issues with our submission form, please contact Koda Witsken at kwitsken@nickelplatearts.org.

December 2019: Gifted, Deadline November 15

One of our most popular shows of the year, “Gifted” returns in 2019 to kick off the holiday season at Nickel Plate Arts. This special show is one part exhibition, one part holiday shopping extravaganza, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a maker of hand-made, artisan creations, we want to feature you! Help Nickel Plate Arts celebrate the season and showcase local talent! “Gifted” runs from Friday, November 22 through December 28. Perfect for everyone on your list!

Submission deadline for “Gifted” is Friday, November 15.

January 2020: INSeparable, Deadline December 27

Nickel Plate Arts is taking the month of January to celebrate Indiana Humanities’ two-year initiative called “INSeparable,” which invites Hoosiers to explore urban/rural dynamics and how we relate to each other across boundaries. Thanks to near-constant polling, media commentary, and academic analysis we regularly hear that America is culturally divided—and yet, we’re all in this together! How can we get past these real or perceived differences to consider what it will take to be inseparable, in all the ways that matter? Join us for our opening reception on Friday, January 3rd from 6:00–9:00 p.m. as we celebrate our members with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “INSeparable” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Submission deadline is Friday, December 27. Show runs January 3 – 30, 2020.

February 2020: Terms of Endearment, Deadline January 31

Nickel Plate Arts’ February show celebrates love, specifically all the ways in which we express it to one another. Whether we show love through spoken word, written poetry, sensory touch, acts of service, in sharing moments, through added color, in music, in silence, or however we so choose – all of these are “terms of endearment” worth honoring across art forms. Join us for our opening reception on Friday, Feb 7th from 6:00–9:00 p.m. as we celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Terms of Endearment” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Submission deadline is Friday, Jan 31. Show runs February 7 – 29, 2020.

MARCH 2020: Noblesville School’s Young Artists Exhibit, Deadline February 28

There are few things more delightful than the unfettered creativity of young artists. For the month of March, Nickel Plate Arts will exhibit the works of Noblesville Schools’ budding artists. Artwork by the area’s elementary students will be on display from March 6 – 31 for all to see. Stop in during our First Friday Reception on Friday, March 6 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. to see the creativity of our future generations.

Submission deadline is Friday, February 28. Show runs March 6 – 31, 2020.

APRIL 2020: Nature vs Nurture, Deadline March 27

The “nature versus nurture” issue is a classic in psychology. The debate asks whether human behavior is determined by the environment, by a person’s genes, or a mixture of both. Do scientific or environmental factors have a greater influence on behavior? Do inherited traits or life experiences play a greater role in shaping your personality? Can science and art coexist? Should they? Nickel Plate Arts explores this classic conundrum across themes of science, nature, interaction, and humanity. Join us for our opening reception on Friday, April 3rd from 6:00–9:00 p.m. as we celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Nature vs Nurture” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Submission deadline is Friday, March 27. Show runs April 3 – 30, 2020.

May 2020: “Process: Exploring the Healing Power of Art” - Deadline April 24

Nickel Plate Arts’ May exhibit will explore art in all its forms as a way to tackle tough emotions, grief, and address mental health. Creativity can truly heal. “Process: Exploring the Healing Power of Art” will provide a look into how art (for the viewer) and artistic processes (for the creator) can do just that.

Join us for our opening reception on Friday, May 1st from 6:00–9:00 p.m. as we celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Process: Exploring the Healing Power of Art” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, April 24.

Submission deadline is Friday, April 24. Show runs May 1 – 31, 2020.

June 2020: Tiny Art, Deadline May 29

Power doesn’t always come with a large presence. Great art doesn’t have to command an entire wall or fill a whole gallery warehouse to be truly impressive! Nickel Plate Arts celebrates all things miniature in June’s show by highlighting works of truly “tiny” art. Whether you’re just beginning to build your art collection, are adding to an already impressive one, or simply love maker-type wares, this show offers the ability to acquire original, well-curated, small works of art!

Join us for our opening reception on Friday, June 5th from 6:00–9:00 p.m. as we celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Tiny Art” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, May 29.

Submission deadline is Friday, May 29. Shows runs June 5 – 30, 2020.

July 2020: Tattoo Expo, Deadline June 26

If art’s purpose is to challenge viewers—to make a statement or alter perception—then can’t a tattoo be considered art, too? Like most hotly debated issues, the answer is subjective. However, as the stigma surrounding tattoos fades (studies shows that one in five American adults has one), tattoo lovers approach their tattoos like fine art, collecting from a variety of artists much in the same way that art collectors amass canvases and sculptures. In the last century, tattooing has made its debut in galleries, museums, auctions, and conventions. July marks its exhibition at Nickel Plate Arts.

Join us for our opening reception on Friday, July 3rd from 6:00–9:00 p.m. as we celebrate our tattoo artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. Appointments books and artists will be onsite, available for scheduling bookings. After the reception, “Tattoo Expo” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, June 26.

Submission deadline is Friday, June 26. Show runs July 3 – 31, 2020.

August 2020: Dreamscape & Belief, Deadline July 31

In a dreamscape, which is a strange or mysterious landscape or scene often characteristic of dreams, there are no rules. Up can be down, color can be more or less vivid, physics and perspective can change with your mind’s will – your perception of the world is open to imagination! Dreams can help us process our abstract emotions, can be indicative of our belief systems, and can even teach us about ourselves and others. Nickel Plate Arts’ August show explores dreamscapes, all belief systems, and how art can connect us spiritually.

Join us for our opening reception on Friday, August 7th from 6:00–9:00 p.m. as we celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Dreamscape & Belief” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, July 31.

Submission deadline is Friday, July 31. Show runs August 7 – 31, 2020.

September 2020: Members Only, Deadline August 28

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! Please join us as we showcase all forms of artistic member talent at our opening reception on Friday, September 4th from 6:00–9:00 p.m. We will celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Members Only” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, August 28.

Submission deadline is Friday, August 28. Show runs September 4 – 30, 2020.

October 2020: Graphic & Novel, Deadline September 25

Our October exhibit, “Graphic & Novel: A celebration of the graphic arts,” holds up vital forms of artistry like illustration, graphic design, and printmaking, just in time for Nickel Plate Arts popular “Comic Book In A Day” program.

Please join us at our opening reception on Friday, Oct 2nd from 6:00–9:00 p.m. We will celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Graphic & Novel” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, September 25.

Submission deadline is Friday, September 25. Show runs October 2 – 31, 2020.

November 2020: Gold Standard, Deadline October 30

“Gold Standard” is Nickel Plate Arts’ annual juried exhibition set in our Judge Stone House Gallery in downtown Noblesville. Artists are invited to submit the best of their best, their “gold standard” from their portfolio for review. In this show, art enthusiasts will find a variety of work to please art patrons of all palates. Plus, participating artists will be up for prizes! Want to cast your vote for “crowd favorite”?

Please join us at our opening reception on Friday, November 6th from 6:00–9:00 p.m. We will celebrate our artists with live music, refreshments, and drinks. After the reception, “Gold Standard” will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, Oct 30.

Submission deadline is Friday, October 30. Show runs November 6 – 30, 2020.

December 2020: Gifted, Deadline November 13

Our popular holiday exhibit is BACK! “Gifted” is our annual holiday exhibit-turned-gift-market and your one-stop-shop for the arts enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. Shop early for holiday cards, ornaments, gifts, and more in our Judge Stone House in downtown Noblesville. Join us for a special Small Business Saturday event on November 28th from 10am – 5pm and be one of the first to choose from the wide selection of pottery, woodenware, jewelry, hand-knit items, home decor, holiday art, and more! A special opening reception for “Gifted” will take place on Friday, December 4th from 6-9pm. All work will be for sale and admission is free. Put a dent in your holiday shopping list and enjoy live music, refreshments, drinks, and more! Following the opening, the exhibit will be open to the public during our normal gallery hours: Wednesday–Friday from Noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Submission deadline is Friday, November 13.

Submission deadline is Friday, November 30. Show runs December 4 – 31, 2020.

Submit to Another Organization

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.

To be considered for this opportunity, contact Koda Witsken at kwitsken@nickelplatearts.org.

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