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Proposals sought for visual arts commission

11/21/2023 12AM

Now in its third year, the Center's New Works arts commission project is adding a visual arts component to its established program in the performing arts.

Winning artist will receive $2,500 and one-year public display of work


CARMEL, Ind. – Indiana-based visual artists are invited to submit proposals for a $2,500 commission from the Center for the Performing Arts and a one-year display of the resulting work in the main lobby of the Palladium concert hall, on view for tens of thousands of visitors.


Logo text reads "New Works: An Arts Commission Project at the Center for the Performing Arts."

The initiative is an extension of the Center’s New Works performing arts commission project, now in its third year. The winning visual arts work will be unveiled June 1 in conjunction with the New Works Premiere Performances at the Tarkington theater.


The themes and subject matter of the proposed visual work should align with the performing arts, the Center’s mission – to engage and inspire the Indiana community through enriching arts and educational experiences – and one or more of the Center’s Core Values: Integrity, Excellence, Innovation, Collaboration and Inclusion.


Eligible media include but are not limited to oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, printmaking, textile, and mixed media. The work should be wall-based and constructed with stable and ready-to-hang materials. Proposed works may range in size and can be a single object or a grouping of multiple items, but the entire work must fit within an 80-by-40-inch wall space.


Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 5, and the winner will be announced in March. Details and application instructions are available at Questions are welcome at


New Works: An Arts Commission Project is an initiative by the Center for the Performing Arts to promote and sustain local artists and arts communities across a range of disciplines. Each year, the project provides funding and technical assistance for the creation of three stage productions that debut at the New Works Premiere Performances. New Works is supported by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation.


About the Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. Its campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes the 1,500-seat Palladium concert hall, the 500-seat Tarkington proscenium theater and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. Educational and experiential programming for all ages includes children’s concerts and camps, book clubs, lectures and music classes. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident arts companies. More information is available at