Expanding exhibits: Arts council looks to expand art offerings at city hall

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Fishers Arts Council is creating a more organized exhibit and better ways for residents to view art with this year’s Art in City Hall project.

Art in City Hall is housed at Fishers City Hall, 1 Municipal Dr.

Tom Rich, FAC member and Art in City Hall committee chairperson, said the exhibit has featured displays in the past, but this is the first time the council has employed a themed approach.

“I’ve looked at what they’ve done, and the city really likes to do this, but my concept was, ‘Why don’t we market the whole thing as a season?’” Rich said. “You build an expectation in the community, so they know every month or certain period of time, there’s going to be a new exhibit.”

Rich organized 10 exhibits throughout the year, each with a reception and closing date. In addition to crafting a more intentional approach, Rich wants art in Fishers to have a place.

“When you think of art in Fishers, most people have a question mark rather than a statement,” he said. “Since we don’t have a venue, we will take the city hall lobby and make that a venue for artists.”

Rich said Nickel Plate Arts, based in Noblesville, does much of the heavy lifting by setting up exhibits and finding artists’ work to display.

FAC is still searching for artists for its Bountiful Harvest display from September to October, the Life on the Prairie display in August and the Winter Wonderland display from November to December. There is no cost to the artists, who can sell their work.

Jacque Hammond, a Fishers artist, has displayed her work in Art in City Hall multiple times. Most recently, her medium was chalk pastels on torn paper. Her work was displayed in November and December.

“I’ve shown there a couple of times at city hall with different pieces of art for different themes they wanted to feature,” she said. “I think it’s a real honor. I would definitely apply (again) if I had some artwork that went along with the theme they are trying to promote. I think it’s important to support (local) art.”

Depending on the exhibit, 60 to 80 pieces may be displayed on both floors of City Hall. Art in City Hall consists of multiple mediums, such as quilts, photos, textiles and others. Displays are not limited to Fishers artists.

“We are trying to really make it more than it’s ever been in the past. I just want art from anywhere and anybody,” Rich said. “The thing Fishers Arts Council really is trying to do is to be an advocate and work to bring art to Fishers and make the artists have a place to display their work. There are a lot of plans outside Art in City Hall.”

To display art or for more, visit fishersartscouncil.com.

2018 Art in City Hall displays

Art in City Hall is on display during exhibit reception hours and city hall hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reception dates have not been set for each exhibit, but stay up to date on Fishers Arts Council’s Facebook page.

  • February: Black History Month
  • March: Disability Awareness
  • April-May: Student Artwork
  • June: Indiana Artists’ Association
  • July: Hamilton County Artists’ Association
  • August: Life on the Prairie
  • September-October: Bountiful Harvest
  • November-December: Winter Wonderland
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