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New ARTSWIN assignment exhibit inspired by famed conceptual artist

Join the Arts Council for an experimental exhibition inspired by the assignments of famed conceptual artist John Baldessari.

In 1970, when Baldessari was a studio art teach at CalArts in California, he developed assignments that were in themselves art. The assignments were anything but traditional, and would range from humorous, abstract, overly-specific, overly-ambiguous, and just plain odd.

With the help of artists, teachers and staff, the Arts Council developed a list of assignments to honor Baldessari, who died in 2020, and to inspire local artists — to quote Baldessari himself — to “not make anymore boring art.”

The list of 12 assignments is included in the form below.

Please read the form completely and provide all info requested. To open this form in a new webpage, please click here.


-Registration deadline: April 30
-Artwork drop off: May 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and June 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
-Exhibit dates: June 8 – July 9
-Opening reception: June 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
-Artwork pick up: July 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Posted April 20, 2021


High School students can submit their art for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition

High School students can submit their art for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition

Southwestern Indiana high school students who live in the 8th Congressional District have the opportunity for their work to be featured at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Rep. Larry Bucshon’s office will accept submissions from 8th District high school students for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition until April 16.

The event takes place across the nation, providing an opportunity for members of Congress “to understand, acknowledge and honor the artistic talent of their high school constituents,” according to a news release from Bucshon’s office.  The event is open to all high school students who live in or attend a school in the district, including those in home school.

The winner from the district will have their work displayed for a year in the United States Capitol Complex in Washington D.C.  The artist will also receive an invitation to attend the winners’ reception for the art competition in Washington, D.C. this summer.
There are several rules and criteria to enter the show. For more information, please visit this link.

The winner, which is chosen by a panel of local judges, will be notified during a reception at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville at 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 27. All artists, teachers, family and friends are welcomed to attend. This reception is subject to change based on the state of the COVID-19 virus. We will host this reception in a socially distanced manner and follow all guidelines from the CDC and directives from Governor Holcomb.

All submissions are due by Friday, April 16.

Due to concerns of COVID-19, art intake will be done by scheduling a time to drop off the artwork at a district office (Terre Haute, Evansville, Jasper, or Vincennes) or by having a staff member pickup artwork at a local high school. Please email Erin Lucas ([email protected]) to coordinate details.

Details on rules, criteria and how to submit available at this link.

Posted: Feb. 26, 2021


Old National Bank wants proposals for two exciting murals in Downtown Evansville

Old National Bank wants proposals for two exciting murals in Downtown Evansville

Old National Bank is looking for artists to add two new murals to their buildings Downtown Evansville.

The deadline to submit ideas is a month away. ONB is open to all ideas but there are a few restrictions.

• Be 18 years of age or older
• Work as a professional artist or part of an art/design team
• Have previously created public art, large-scale works, or outdoor projects
• Carry personal liability insurance for the on-site duration of the project
• Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict deadline
• Live or work within 400 miles of Evansville, Indiana.

The mission is to “create a sense of excitement and civic pride in downtown Evansville by introducing new art projects on the exterior of Old National Bank buildings.”

Check out the two proposed spots and find out more below on how to submit your ideas.

ONSD building at 101 NW Fourth St. in Downtown Evansville
(the northeast wall facing Fifth Street)

Four-story red brick wall in Downtown Evansville, Indiana.

The mural will cover a large percentage of the painted brick wall facing the Fifth Street City Parking Garage. ONB will consider options that include painting the entire wall a new base color, and will consider artwork that encompasses some or all of the windows on that side.

ONB Hub at 123 Main St. in Downtown Evansville
(the southwest corner of the building)

Corner of three story building in Downtown Evansville.

The mural will wrap around the corner of the building, and could be as tall as all 3 floors, no wider than 15 feet in either direction.

The deadline submission is 4 p.m. (CST) Jan. 12, 2021.

Click here to view the entire RFP and details for how to submit proposals.

Posted Dec. 4, 2020