More than 60 artists opened their studios to visitors during the 2016 two-day event. It was not only an opportunity to see the work of more than 60 local artists in one place at one time, it was a chance to see where and how the work was created. Artwork ranged from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture.
In addition to being a great place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices from $12 to $10,000, the event offered a rare chance to see vintage cars in the historic Stutz car factory. New this year was the Grand Tour of Artisan Autos, giving attendees an opportunity to see and learn about the vintage and collectible cars owned by Turner Woodard. The cars included the 1914 Stutz Bearcat.
Visitors also enjoyed special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, art demonstrations, live music and food vendors.
The Warehouse, 2016's music partner, brought excellent regional and local entertainment to the Open House.
The Stutz Art Gallery on the first floor featured FIRST STOP, an exhibition with sample work from many of the Stutz artists and the recommended first stop for experiencing the Open House.
Visitors enjoyed the Yelp Swag Truck for a fun photo booth capture.
Saturday at 4 pm, Sarah Urist Green, creator and curator of The Art Assignment and former curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, talked about "How to Read Art." The Art Assignment is an educational video series produced in partnership with PBS Digital Studios, which introduces viewers to alternative approaches to art-making and the most innovative minds in art today. Traveling around the U.S., Sarah meets artists and solicits assignments from them that serve as open calls for makers across the globe. Since its premiere in 2014, the series has grown to over 100,000 subscribers, has been watched more than 2,500,000 times, and has generated thousands of artworks in response.
Saturday also featured demonstrations every half hour in various artists studios.
Families are always welcome at Stutz events! On Saturday, families enjoyed free cookies courtesy of Raymond James and children ages 5-12 participated in an Art Scavenger Hunt.
Children 12 and under were admitted free with a paid adult during the Open House.
The Stutz Business and Arts Center is located at 212 West 10th Street on the full city block between 10th and 11th Streets, between Capitol and Senate. Open House entrances are mid-block on 10th and 11th Streets. Check here for directions. (link to interactive map) Parking is FREE in specially marked lots and meter parking is available.
The Stutz Artists
The myriad artists who make up the Stutz Artists Association all share the common love of art but widely diverge from there. They work in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary. Some have advanced degrees in art, and others advance their art in degrees. Some teach classes and hold workshops, and others mentor one-to-one.
Some produce work that's accessible to a broad audience and sell a large amount of work, while others focus on work that's purely for their own enjoyment. Many of the Stutz artists have artwork in permanent collections at museums, schools and hospitals. Some are regional and even national award winners.
Housing the largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest, the exterior of the yellow brick buildings that comprise the complex have changed little since the Stutz motor car was made here. Located on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis, the interior of the 400,000-square-foot former car factory has been renovated into studios and office space. The Stutz is now home to artists, designers, architects, creative professionals and other small businesses. In addition to the Open House, the association hosts monthly First Friday exhibitions and offers a range of classes.
On the outside, the yellow brick buildings that comprise the sprawling complex have changed little since the Stutz motor car was made here. Located on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis, the 400,000-square-foot former car factory has been renovated into studios and offices. Today the Stutz Business Center is the creative working home of many professionals such as artists, designers, architects, filmmakers and more.
WHAT: Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Stutz Business Center, 1060 N. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis Enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th streets. (Free event parking in designated lots and free on-street parking on Capitol and Senate avenues and 11th Street.)
COST: Tickets were $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free.