The 2013 event, which marks its 20th anniversary, will showcase the talents of over 70 artists who will open their studios to the public. It is a great place to see art, buy a one-of-a-kind gift, and even check out the see beautifully-restored, vintage cars inside an historic, 400,000-square-foot former car factory. Food vendors will be on-site, and the Stutz organization will provide ice cream to children. It all takes place before a backdrop of relaxing, acoustic music.
What Makes This Different
When Turner Woodard worked with a handfull of local artists to host an open house in 1993, it was just art, beer and friends. Fast forward a few decades and the event now attracts several thousand art lovers each year.
Unlike your typical art gallery or art fair, the Stutz Artists Open House affords a glimpse into the actual production of the art, which is both literally and figuratively born in these very studios. A wide range of artistic genres will be on display, from drawings, furniture and jewelry to paintings, photography and sculpture. These are talented, and in many cases, award-winning artists whose art can be found in permanent collections in museums, schools and healthcare facilities.
About the Artists
While all open house artists share a talent for, and love of, art, they pretty much diverge from there. Some focus on very accessible, mass-culture type art, while others prefer a more contemporary or even Avant-guard style. Some are just natural-born artists who don’t need a degree to know they’re good; while others have chosen to pursue a more formal understanding of art. Many offer art instruction in the form of classes, workshops and private, one-on-one tutoring.
Support a Good Cause
Not only is the open house a chance to get out of the house and do something interesting, it is a great way to support the local art scene. Proceeds from the event help fund the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship assists individual artists by providing free studio space and utilities.
- Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 27
- Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis
- Tel. 317-503-6420