“Don't pursue a career in the Arts unless you love the Arts truly, madly, deeply. And do not have any delusions about what awaits you both in educational settings, and in the job market. …If you think you're gonna get a break because you have a disability, think again. …You better be the best you can be at what you do, and do not allow yourself to use your disability as an excuse NOT to work continually and consistently towards total professionalism and high standards of quality.”
-- Jaehn Clare, professional theatre artist, from "A Career as an Artist Ain't an Easy Row to Hoe," keynote address for The Art of Employment: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities on March 25 & 26, 2002 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN.
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Art & Craft Fairs in Indiana: Search the Festival Network Online database for Indiana events. Basic information for hundreds of events is accessible at no charge. You pay a membership fee to get contact information and details.
Art Schools in Indiana: Select Indiana and click on SEARCH for an alphabetical list of over 60 schools offering classes in visual arts. Degree-granting schools are listed, as well as a few small businesses and community venues.
Arts Council of Indianapolis Visual Artist Database: Application forms are available online. For questions, e-mail Shannon Linker, Artist Services Manager, or call her at 317-624-0415.
ArtsEye A monthly gazette from the Indiana Arts Commission that highlights opportunities from Indiana and beyond. Much of the content is visual art-oriented. Includes IAC Grant Program updates, announcements of workshops, conferences, calls for entry, notices, job announcements, IAC news items.
Be Indypendent.org: A campaign to encourage people to buy local art. A project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission.
Association of Indiana Museums: Click on AIM Members List to see a list of Indiana museums.
Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship: The Efroymson Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Indiana Community Foundation Indiana.
Hoosier Salon: A statewide nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to create an appreciation of art by promoting Hoosier artists and their art.
Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA): A non-profit membership based organization of studio artists, art galleries and arts-related businesses in central Indianapolis.
The Stutz Artists Association Residency Program: Offers free studio space to one or two artists in the Stutz Business Center, Indianapolis. Visual artists in Marion and surrounding counties are eligible to apply.
Art Beyond Sight E-gallery
"Art Education for the Blind welcomes working artists who are blind or visually impaired to join our e-gallery. There is no charge."
The Art of Autism is "a collaborative project that connects artists and performers of all ages on the autism spectrum with opportunities and venues to showcase their varied talents."
The Art of Possibility The agency exclusively represents artists with physical disabilities via license to manufacturers.
Building a World Fit for People: Designers with Disabilities at Work: A free online book that profiles 21 designers from around the world, published by the Access to Design Professions Project.
J. Happy Delpech Foundation: Grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness. Telephone the Foundation at 312-342-1359 or write to J. Happy Delpech Foundation, 1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60622.
United Disabilities Services - Kalescope Magazine Publishes all visual art media (and literature).
VSAI's en ROUTE Gallery: Venue to represent emerging and mid-career Indiana artists, provided by VSA Indiana. Located at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis.
Zot Artz: Adaptive art tools for children with disabilities.
Art & Design - Career & Employment: An exhaustive list of links related to jobs in the visual arts, created by Northern Michigan University.
Art Deadline.com: "The art world's source for income and exhibition opportunities."
Chicago Artists Resource: The website has articles by artists on artist professional development and a wealth of other resources. Search a database of national opportunities. Anyone can subscribe to the monthly E-News for Artists. Sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
College Art Association: Awards, grants, fellowships, jobs, exhibitions, and other opportunities.
The Crafts Report: A long-established monthly business magazine for crafts professionals.
NYFA Interactive: This page has articles on marketing for the visual arts, including the art of self-promotion, how to make use of online galleries and slide registries, how to get work into corporate collections, and more.
Writing for DOLLARS! The site's database includes markets (publications, etc.) that buy photographs and cartoons.
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation: Click on Emergency Grants. One-time Emergency Assistance grants made to painters, sculptors and printmakers who are in a mature phase of their professional careers and have experienced catastrophic events.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund: Click on Emergency Relief and Recovery. Grants, loans and other assistance offered to full-time, professional who have experienced career-threatening emergencies.
See also: Assistive Technology for adaptive equipment for visual artists with disabilities.
See profiles of a few of the many accomplished individuals working in diverse fields of the arts who also have a disability.
Go to People in the Arts
Gina Soo Golden is a painter from Indianapolis, Indiana. “I like to mix realism and surrealism.” “I aim to give a visual definition of feelings one could never quite describe with words,” she has written in her artist statement. Pictured above: The Gray Room.
read more about Gina Golden
Nicolas Lyford-Pike is an artist from Columbus, Indiana. Pictured above: Toyota Avalon.
read more about Nicolas Lyford-Pike
Warren Miller is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pictured above: Rub-a-Dub.
Wug Laku is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. "My art is about ideas and finding the purest, simplest ways of expressing them," he says. Pictured above: Earth Poems.
read more about Wug Laku
Stu Johnson specializes in Central Indiana subjects, from black and white shots
of architectural landmarks, to picture-postcard fall landscapes, to
prints of trucks and buses digitally enhanced with tie-dye colors.. Pictured above: The Ruins.
read more about Stu Johnson
Louisville, KY artist Susan Gorsen has exhibited her art in New Albany and served as Artist-Facilitator for ArtsWORK New Albany. Pictured above: Blue Moon.