A Guide To Art In Downtown Indianapolis

January 15th, 2015 by CityWay

Curated by the IMA, CityWay features over 60 different works of local, national, and international art – but we’re not the only spot in Indy where you can find fantastic exhibits! From the historic to the contemporary, downtown Indianapolis has an above-average amount of galleries for art lovers to explore. Choose the gallery that’s right for you from the six listed below. 

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IMA – 4000 Michigan Road

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the fifth largest, and ninth oldest, encyclopedic art museum in the country. It is located on over 150 acres of gardens and grounds, and features more than 50,000 pieces of African, American, Asian, and European art.

The Harrison Center for the Arts – 1505 North Delaware Street

By fostering awareness, appreciation, and community for arts and culture, The Harrison Center for the Arts aims to be a catalyst for change and renewal in the city of Indianapolis. The center features multiple different galleries, and is home to many of Indy’s top artists. Check out one of their exhibits during your next First Friday adventure. 

iMOCA – 215 East South Street

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, which recently expanded to its second location at CityWay, was founded in 2001 as a “museum without walls.” Their mounted exhibitions throughout the city of Indianapolis work to “demonstrate the vital connections between visual cultural and life.” Check out their upcoming contemporary art shows on their website, www.indymoca.com.

Indiana State Museum – 650 West Washington Street

Located on the 250-acre wide White River State Park, The Indiana State Museum features exhibits on the history of Indiana, from prehistoric times to present day and beyond. The museum is a place to learn about science, art, and culture from some of the best artists in the state.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art – 500 West Washington Street

The Eiteljorg was founded by Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg. Its mission is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum collects and preserves high-quality Western art and Native American art and cultural objects.”

Indianapolis Artsgarden – 110 West Washington Street

The Indianapolis Artsgarden is a glass dome connecting Circle Centre mall to surrounding downtown Indy buildings. In addition to serving a functional purpose, the Artsgarden is home to one Indy-based display or performance artist each month. It is a free, public space and operates during regular mall hours.

Did your favorite Indianapolis art gallery not make our list? Send us a tweet at @CityWayIndy and let us know what it is! 

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