Herron School of Art and Design houses the Frank and Katrina Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life. Indianapolis art education has advanced into the professional business world, offering artistic and creative solutions for Indianapolis business clients. The Basile Center is the only Indianapolis art gallery designed specifically for students and faculty to market their work to government agencies, Indianapolis nonprofits and local businesses. This gives the students the real-world experience needed to strive as a business owner or art contractor in the competitive art industry.
The Center allows Herron students to branch out into the community and share their work with countless viewers, making their artworks a significant contributor to the Indianapolis art community and Indianapolis culture as a whole. Not only do students get necessary business experience, but their work gets mass exposure around the city. Students at Herron have the special opportunity of creating a public reputation before even earning a degree. The Center gives young aspiring artists a place to showcase their work where it will be viewed by potential buyers.
The mission of the Franks and Katrina Basile Center is “to enrich the educational, intellectual, and interdisciplinary activities of Herron School of Art and Design through civic engagement and community parnterships.” And Herron students have been given the unique opportunity of working with some of Indy’s biggest clients. Herron has built client relationships with the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Governor Mitch Daniels, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Eli Lilly and Company, Madame Walker Theatre and the City of Indianapolis, just to name a few.
The Basile Center matches successful community partners with Herron’s creative and bright students. Not only does this arrangement serve the community by spreading beautiful artistic works throughout the city, but the education model also really benefits students.
Clients are welcome to come and peruse the creative selections at the Center, which also gives buyers a better understanding of the creative process. Business owners really gain an appreciation for art production when they can see the many steps and hard work put into their products. Prices for work sold or contracted at the Frank and Katrina Basile Center are very modest, which gives clients more flexible options for their businesses.
Herron has been a major contributor to many Indianapolis civic development projects. The Carmel City Center, Indy Parks, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail project, Indianapolis Arts Council, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, IndyGo Transportation, Marion County Circuit and Superior Courts, the new Simon Property Group headquarters and the Damien Center have all been created or upgraded in collaboration with Herron designers. A few of the Center’s recent clients include United Way of Central Indiana, Wishard Memorial Hospital and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
The Center was named in honor of Frank and Katrina Basile, a prominent couple within the Indianapolis arts community. They have helped fund several local art efforts, including the Basile Opera Center, which is the new home of the Indianapolis Opera. Many other local venues have been named in honor of the Basiles. For example, there is a studio shop at the Indianapolis Art Center and theaters at the Indiana Historical Society and the Phoenix Theater of Indianapolis that bare the Basile name.
If you’re a business owner on the lookout for innovative, intelligent and inexpensive design options, make an appointment to stop by the Frank and Katrina Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, located in downtown Indianapolis on the IUPUI campus, at the Herron School of Art and Design.
Frank and Katrina Basile Center
Herron School of Art and Design
735 W New York St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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