Call for Entries & Call to Artists




Spooky Show Prospectus

The Arts Council loves Halloween, and to celebrate, we will host our annual Spooky Show this fall, filling the gallery with loads of scary, funny, and whimsical creations during the month of October. While we hope to display many 2D scary scenes and specters on the walls, we want our 3D artists to conjure creepy creatures that can take residence in the gallery for the Spooky Season. 

Download or view the prospectus: SpookyShow2023_Prospectus

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 21 by 4pm
(Email or mail [email protected]: 212 Main Street, Evansville, IN 47708)

Artwork Drop off: Friday, September 29 between 10am-4pm
(Arts Council, 212 Main Street)

Exhibit Dates: October 5 – October 27

Artist Reception: Saturday, October 21, 5-6:30pm

Artwork Pick-up: Tuesday, October 31, 10am-4pm
(Arts Council, 212 Main Street)

AWARDS and Juror:
First Place: $300
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100
The juror for this exhibit is Kyle Darnell, Signature School art teacher and ARTSWIN artist member.

The Spooky Show is generously sponsored by Engelbrecht Enterprises.


Wall To Table: A Collective 2D and 3D Art Exhibit

The latest art exhibit, Wall To Table, on display at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana marries 2D (wall) art with 3D (ceramics) art for a collective experience. 

Clay artists were invited to consider the space that 2D and 3D art occupy and work to bridge the gap. Ceramics are often considered “work for the table or pedestal.” Our national call for participation encouraged ceramic artists to show their ability to take their work in a new direction and bring in the walls around them. A national call for art was met with pieces from Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and Ohio.

Al Holen and Brett Anderson assisted Gallery Director Andrea Adams in planning and organizing this exhibit, starting with the call for art to setting up the show in the gallery and ending with jurying the exhibit for cash awards to be announced at the reception on Saturday, August 19 from 5-6:30pm. 

Juror Statements
Wall to Table
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

Alisa (Al) Holen, Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana

The initial concept for this show came from a desire to fully utilize the unique footprint of the ARTSWIN  gallery with a 3D Ceramics exhibition.  Many ceramic artists work from sketches or specific visual sources, which can give us great information about how the ceramic piece was developed.  Many ceramic artists consider their work for a specific environment – the table, the garden, or a specific space. With this, we were looking for unique pairings of 3D ceramic objects with strong 2D staging, information, or presentation elements.  

Beyond this, I use a simple rubric for the jury process.  Completion, Creativity, Challenge, and Craftpersonship.  

  • Completion: Did the artist see the work through to a fully completed statement? 
  • Creativity: Did the artist go beyond an obvious solution and think creatively?  
  • Challenge: Did the artist challenge themselves to bring the work to the next level?  
  • Craftspersonship: Is the work finished with attention to detail?  

Because we juried from digital images, the quality of photography also played into the jury process. 

We made some difficult choices, but I think we chose a cohesive and compelling group of works!  Congratulations to all who entered!  This was a new challenge for most, and we hope to encourage all artists to continue to take risks and get the work “out there”! 

Brett Anderson, Director of McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries

Many artists are multifaceted in their approach to process and find reworking the same concept with different media often leads to satisfying alternatives that couldn’t be achieved otherwise.  There are also conventions of genre and functionality linked to many artistic processes, like ceramics and printmaking; whether an artist lends into or rejects these conventions becomes an important aspect of using that specific process.   These types of concerns, as well as the artist’s visual dialogue between their two-dimensional and three-dimensional components, were the most important criteria by which I considered the pieces submitted in my role as co-juror for this exhibition.

Additionally, several artists also used the show parameters as an impetus to collaborate with others, or to make new work specifically in response to the exhibition concept, Kudos! My thanks to everyone who responded to the open call, our invitation was a complex puzzle to solve.

Wall To Table is available to view in person at the gallery from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Friday until September 28.


Art in the City virtual gallery


Apply now to be a First Friday vendor for 2023

(Here’s the link for those who want to skip ahead to the First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner application)

First Friday at Haynie’s Corner returns this spring, and artists are invited to apply for this special Evansville event.

What are First Friday events?

First Friday at Haynie’s Corner is a seasonal arts and community fair in the center of the Haynie’s Corner Arts District neighborhood near Downtown Evansville from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The monthly event draws thousands of people to experience the art vendors, live music, adult beverages and good community vibes.

There are more than 50 art vendors that setup for First Fridays through the season. ARTSWIN staff help curate the art vendors that setup at First Fridays. If you have some items you want to sell or want to setup a booth to market your art, the first thing you need to do is apply.

First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner Application

Click here to view the online application form. This is a Google form. If you need other accommodations to apply, please contact us at the Arts Council at 812-303-3178 or by email at [email protected].

Apply before the deadline

The first deadline to apply is April 7. Applying by April 7 ensures your fee to setup for the season is only $40 (one-time payment for all six events) if you’re approved to be a vendor. If you apply after the deadline, the fee goes up to $55 — which is still a bargain, but why not apply on time.

After you apply, ARTSWIN staff will vet your application and let you know within a week whether your application was approved. And by April 17, ARTSWIN will assign you an area to setup for the first event on Friday, May 5.

ARTSWIN and Haynie’s Corner Arts District Association staff and volunteers are always available to help or answer any questions you may have about First Fridays.

First Friday Schedule

All events are 5:30 – 9 p.m.

May 5
June 2
July 7
Aug. 4
Sept. 1
Oct. 6

Where are First Friday events?

First Friday is in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District neighborhood near Downtown Evansville. The event is centered around the area of the historic Alhambra Theatre and Haynie’s Corner Fountain. There are seven bars are restaurants in the immediate area of the event.

Other opportunities for artists

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is the place for artists to find opportunities locally and regionally. Be sure to regularly stop by the calls for artists page to see find new ways to exhibit your work.

View of Osnabrück. Photo by Hans Knöchel on Unsplash

Celebrate Evansville’s Sister City’s 375 years of peace with a gigantic international art project

To commemorate the 375 years of peace since the end of the Thirty Years War, Sister Cities of Osnabrück, Germany will assemble a collaborative textile art installation this summer.

Evansville is one of Osnabrück’s 11 Sister Cities, since uniting in 1991. The two cities became cultural and commerce partners in 1983.

Artists from the Sister Cities are asked to submit a 20 x 20 cm (~7 3/4 inch) textile square. The square should represent something that participants associate with the theme of happiness or something that makes them happy. All the submitted squares will be assembled and displayed in Osnabrück this summer. Organizers hope to receive 375 squares to represent the 375 years of peace for Osnabrück.

Regional entries are due to the Arts Council by May 2. The pieces will be displayed this summer in Osnabrück. The pieces will not be returned to the artists. Organizers will stitch the squares to together to create to blankets that will be donated to those in need after the exhibition.

The full guidelines are listed in the call for artists which can be found here.

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