Big October for Carmel Arts Council

We Have Three Different Events For You In October!

First up is the newest show to the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery, running for the month of October. Second, is our annual Pumpkinfest on October 29th. Third, is the kickoff of the Annual CAC Winter Art Show, an art contest for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade!

October Gallery Show

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Art Inspired by the 2016 Summer Olympics

Art of the Athlete, opens September 30, 2016. This show features a variety of artwork created by the students at Prairie Trace Elementary who were inspired by the 2016 Summer Olympics and the sports they enjoy.

Prairie Trace art students, ranging from Kindergarten through Fifth grade, studied the Olympic symbols, their colors and the history of the Olympic Games.

Students practiced modeling sports poses and then recreated those poses by drawing and sketching what they saw. The artworks were created with paint and mixed media. Some students created sculptures of the sports poses.

The Art of the Athlete exhibit closes at 4pm on October 30, 2016.

About the Prairie Trace Elementary Art Teacher – Catherine Carnahan has been teaching art in Carmel for five years and is a Hamilton County native. Mrs. Carnahan loves teaching the students at Prairie Trace, and when she is not teaching art she enjoys painting and crafting.


THE GALLERY ANNEX – Student art from Carmel, Clay and Creekside Middle Schools and Carmel High School will be featured throughout October.

The CAC Community Art exhibit will feature student art from Kawachinagano, Japan. The art is on loan from the Carmel-Kawachinagano Sister Cities Organization.



The gallery will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm until 4pm as well as during the October 8th Arts and Design District Gallery Walk from 7pm until 9pm.

Art of the Athlete opens in the Carmel Arts Council’s World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery September 30 and closes October 30.

CAC Pumpkinfest

The Carmel Arts Council is partnering with the Carmel Mayors Youth Council to hold a Pumpkin Festival on October 29th, from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.

The FREE festival will take place at Carmel Civic Square (by the fountain and the gazebo).

PumpkinFest is a family friendly event perfect for all ages. Costumes are welcome. We will have food vendors, music, games/activities, hayrides, hayrides and more!

CAC Winter Art Show

The Carmel Arts Council is announcing it’s winter art contest for all artists grades K-12 .  All entries must be Winter Themed on original artwork on an 8 ½ x 11 paper and submitted to SoHo (620 S Range Line Road) by November 20, 2016 at 3 p.m.  The judging will be completed by November 21st.  Please see linked flyer for more details of the art contest.


Chromaticity: A Study of Color and Pattern Through Collaboration


A Study of Color and Pattern Through Collaboration

During September, art students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will exhibit an “all-school” collaborative artwork entitled Chromaticity: A Study of Color and Pattern through Collaboration.

Art students at OLMC studied color and the repetition of color through pattern as they explored the properties of colored pencils. The students were inspired by Drew Daywalt’s book The Day the Crayons Quit.

The art teacher at OLMC, Mrs. Maroney, challenged her students to use every color available to them as they explored pattern. Nearly 600 OLMC art students learned that by working together effective images of aesthetic value are created.


About the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Art Teacher: Anastasia Maroney is in her first year of teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Prior to teaching at OLMC, Mrs. Maroney taught art, ceramics and crafts to every grade level from Pre-School to 12th Grade. Mrs. Maroney holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and a M.S. in Art Education.

Mrs. Maroney strives to reach all of her students through incorporating art history, art criticism and aesthetics through her lessons. She is inspired in Art by the world around her as well as artists such as Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian and Romero Britto.


THE GALLERY ANNEXStudent art from Carmel, Clay and Creekside Middle Schools and Carmel High School will be featured.

Artworks created by the Art teachers from the Carmel-Clay Middle Schools will also be on exhibition.


THE CAC’S CHILDREN’S ART GALLERY HOURS – The September CAC Children’s Art Gallery September exhibits will open September 2 and will continue through September 25.

The gallery will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm until 4pm as well as during the September 10th Arts and Design District Gallery Walk from 5pm until 9pm.

Chromaticity opens in the Carmel Arts Council’s World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery September 2 and close September 25.


A Spark of Hope – CAC Summer Gallery Show

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A Spark of Hope, the Carmel Arts Council’s summer art show features works of art by Carmel High School students.

This art show is unique because Carmel High School students, Sabra Binder and Kiki Koniaris, have curated the show through the Emerging Curator Program. These two students developed the theme of the exhibit after reviewing art submitted to the Carmel High School art show this past March, and then selected and secured and installed the art to complete this show.

The art in this exhibit portrays life at its most raw and embraces the dual nature of living; from failure to triumph and from insecurity to confidence. Viewers will see images that parallel the character of life with its ups and down that act to enable constant growth. An interesting aspect of this exhibit is that it is interactive.

The Carmel Arts Council’s student curators have benefited from the tutelage of Indianapolis Museum of Art curator and Carmel Arts Council member, Harriet Warkel. Through her expertise and guidance Sabra and Kiki have learned what is expected of a professional curator.

A Spark of Hope opens in the Carmel Arts Council’s Children’s Art Gallery July 1 and close August 28.


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

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