Carmel International Arts Festival
The Twentieth Annual Carmel International Arts Festival is this year!
On Saturday September 23, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sunday September 24, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Carmel International Arts Festival. We have grown considerably from that first year around Carmel City Square. There were over 130 juried artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery and more! We are now in our seventh year of holding the festival in the Arts and Design District. See you next year for our 20th anniversary!
Motor Vehicle Parking:
We will have a shuttle system to and from Carmel High School during festival hours. Handicap parking is available at the PNC Bank Parking lot. Additional parking is available at the Indiana Design Center on Rangeline Road that includes underground parking.
Admission is free as always and last year we had a record breaking crowd! Once again over both days we have booked wonderful entertainment. Along with the tempting food vendors, festival goers can sample the Arts and Design District’s outstanding restaurants and visit all the local shops. This year for children we have Young at Art station at the festival. Again this year we have the very popular exhibit the Young Artist Tent, featuring the exceptional talent of our high school art students in Carmel. If you have never been to the Carmel International Arts Festival, now is the time to come visit. This is a festival renowned for diverse artistic styles! Truly an unforgettable experience for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you again this year!
Have you ever wanted to talk to an artist?
Now you can ask artists about their inspiration or why they chose that shade of blue or where they found their materials. This September, artists will line the streets of the Carmel Arts and Design District. The myriad of art represented is breathtaking. Until working with the festival, this writer didn’t know there were so many different mediums! You know what metal sculpture and hand blown glass look like. Photography and oil paintings are no mystery but do you know what 2D art or 3D looks like? What does it mean when an artist describes a piece as “functional”? Think of wearing earrings that aren’t just beautiful but are handmade works of art!
With every new year, the Carmel International Arts Festival receives more entries. All artwork is juried and this year we have favorite artists returning and it’s almost an embarrassment of riches that include our new artists that will renew the enthusiasm for even the seasoned festival goer.
This year’s event continues its long standing tradition of promoting cultural enrichment by bringing together over 130 juried artists displaying art media that ranges from watercolor, glass, jewelry, photography, oil, acrylic, 3D, wood, sculpture, to pottery and metal and so much more.
As the song goes, “Anticipation……” Come to the 20th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival. Meet the artists personally, listen to diverse music on two stages, and have lunch at one of the Carmel Art’s and Design District’s many restaurants. The festival is FREE so walk, ride or pedal but make sure to be at the corner of Main and Rangeline Road in Carmel September 23rd & 24th!
In 2017 the Carmel International Arts Festival celebrates 20 years!
The arts plays a unique and intrinsically valuable role in the lives of our families, our communities, and our state. Select the proclamation to learn more!
• • • Winners for 2016 • • •
The Best of Show for 2016 : Scott Hartley – Painting
1st Place : Joan Michlin – Jewelry
2nd Place : Sarah VanTol – Glass
3rd Place : Katherine Meade – Painting
Mayors Award : Kwang Cha Brown – Painting
Best In Media
Kelly Crosser-Alge – Glass
Mark Grosser – Jewelry
Neil Kemarly – Wood
Gabriel Lehman – Painting
Gary Love – Photography
Brian Moore – Ceramics
Diane Perry – Clothing, Fiber, Leather, Wearable Art
Bill Thelen – 3-D Functional
Michael Weber, AWS – Watercolor
April Willy – 2-D
Nita Claise – Ceramics
Christine Davis – Ceramics
Sylvia Gray – Clothing, Fiber, Leather, Wearable Art
Linda Jones – Jewelry
Dawn Middleton – Jewery
Barry Reithmeier – Digital Art
Alan Sievers – Glass
Rita Troller – 2-D
Mary Watson – Jewelry
Megan Winn – 3-D Functional