Art in the Afternoon


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the Carmel Arts Council’s annual Arts Market

Saturday April 30th, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

502 East Event Centre
502 E. Carmel Drive

Spend an “Art” filled afternoon with artists’ booths, live music, chances for fabulous door prizes and much more! Come anytime after 11:00 a.m. Your attendance will support our Community Outreach Programs, Teacher Grants and High School Scholarships.

Admission Ticket: $25

Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine, lunch, coffee, and tea.

Tickets may be purchased online at here


Send a check with your name/names on the reservation to
Vivian Lawhead, 13199 Ditch Road, Carmel, IN 46032

For more information, download our event flyer.

March in the CAC Children’s Art Gallery

The CAC’s Children’s Art Gallery opens its March student art exhibits on March 4th featuring the 4th and 5th grade student art of Smoky Row Elementary.  In the CAC’s Gallery Annex we are featuring new student art from Carmel, Clay, and Creekside Middle Schools and student art from the Carmel High School Life Skills Art Class.

The CAC will host public open houses for Smoky Row Elementary on Sunday, March 6 from 2-4pm and for the CHS Life Skills Art Class on Sunday, March 13 from 2-4pm. 
The CAC’s Children’s Art Gallery open hours for March are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2-4pm and 5-9pm during the March 12th Gallery Walk.

Our gallery will be closed on March 27th in honor of the Easter holiday.

Visual Arts Scholarship Application Now Available

Graduating seniors who are residents of Carmel, Indiana are encouraged to apply for the 2016 CAC Visual Arts Scholarship. Two awards will be made: one for $2,500 and another for $1,500.

Students must submit a portfolio of no fewer than 10 and no more than 15 pieces of original work. The work should be varied in media and subject matter and three dimensional art work must be submitted on slides or a CD. Judging is done by skilled artisans.

Applications are due 2 March 2016.

For more information, contact Joyce Burrell at

Download the application here.

Grab your paints and pencils–the 2016 Student Spring Art Contest is here!

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Sponsored by the Carmel Arts Council, The Great Frame Up, and Soho Café and Gallery, the Spring Art Contest is open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to submit new, original, spring-themed 2D art (8.5″ x 11″). Submissions must be delivered to Soho Café and Gallery by March 20, 2016. Full contest rules are available on the 2016 Spring Art Contest Flyer.

Artwork will be judged by members of CAC and gallery members and artists of the Arts and Design District. Winners will be announced March 23rd by email and here on the CAC website.

Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at a reception on April 13th from 6-7 PM at the CAC Children’s Art Gallery. First place winners will have their art custom framed by The Great Frame Up and are invited to have their pieces displayed in the CAC’s Children’s Art Gallery until April 25th.

For more information contact Donna Tutwiler at

Coming soon to the Gallery: Mohawk Trails Elementary

The February art exhibits for the CAC Children’s Art Gallery will open on 5 February and close on 28 February.

Mohawk Trails Elementary is the featured school in the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery.  Scott Barajas, the Mohawk Trails Art teacher, has prepared a student art exhibit representing the many art styles his students have studied.  The students experimented with many forms of art making which include drawing, painting, printmaking and collage.

The CAC will host an open house for Mohawk Trails Elementary on February 7th from 5-9pm.

The Gallery Annex will feature student artwork from Carmel, Clay, and Creekside Middle School, Carmel High School, and work from school children in Carmel’s sister city Kawachinagano, Japan.

The CAC’s Children’s Art Gallery will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm until 4pm during the month of February. Our gallery will also be open during the Arts and Design District’s “Gallery Walk” on February 13 from 5pm until 9pm. 

2016 Literary Arts Scholarship Competition now open

Applications for the 2016 Literary Arts Scholarship are now available. Graduating high school seniors are encouraged to submit their own original fiction or non-fiction work (4-5 pages in length and double spaced).  The literary work will be judged based on correct grammar, spelling, clarity of thought, and originality of ideas by skilled judges selected by the Carmel Arts Council.

Applications are available on the Literary Arts Scholarship page and are due by 15 March 2016. For additional information, please contact Sue Collier at


Save the date: Art in the Afternoon!

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This year’s Art in the Afternoon, the Carmel Arts Council’s annual arts marketplace, will take place on 30 April 2016 from 11am-3pm at the new 502 East Event Center on Carmel Drive. Your patronage supports teacher grants, student scholarships, and the Children’s Art Gallery. Stay tuned for more information, or contact the Arts Council at

2016 Young Performers Showcase Piano/Instrumental Division scholarship applications now available

Applications are now available for the 2016 Young Performers Showcase Piano/Instrumental Division Scholarship Competition. Open to graduating seniors who reside with a parent/legal guardian who is a legal resident of Carmel, Indiana, the competition will award one $2,500 scholarship, one $1,500 scholarship, and one $500 scholarship based on the applicants’ performance at the competition on 14 February 2016.

Applications for the scholarship competition are available here, and must be submitted (along with supplemental information) by 4 February 2016. Further information is available on the application form, or by contacting Susan Anderson (317.446.0094) or Connie Titak (317.590.5544).

Young Performers Showcase (Piano/Instrumental Division) Applications Available

Applications are being accepted through 4 February 2016 for the Piano/Instrumental Division of the 2016 Young Performers Showcase, to be held 13-14 February 2016 at Piano Solutions in Carmel.

The Young Performers Showcase began in 1998 as an opportunity for children to perform before an audience and to encourage their participation in the instrumental arts. Excelling in the instrumental arts requires patience, discipline, and confidence. The 2015 showcase featured over 140 young performers. This competitive and non-competitive showcase welcomes all styles of music, with children performing on all types of instruments. All performers will receive a participation ribbon. Performers in the competitive divisions will receive first, second, third, and honorable mention awards. These awards will be based on skill, presentation, and general entertainment value of the performance.

Registration is $20 per student plus an additional $10 fee for solo performance and an additional $7 fee for duet performance. All registrations are non-refundable.

Applications can easily be completed online at here. After submitting your student’s application, please mail a check with his/her registration and performance fees to:

622 South Rangeline Road, Suite P
Carmel, IN 46032

Checks should be postmarked by 4 February 2016 and must have the student’s name printed clearly on the check. Applications are not considered to be complete until payment is received.

Applications will not be accepted after 4 February 2016.

Additional information is available in the application. If you have questions, please contact Susan Anderson at 317-446-0094 or Connie Titak at 317-590-5544.

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