Emerging Curator Program

Opening NightThe Carmel Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the Arts for all ages through leadership, financial and volunteer support in order to nourish a vibrant culture in the Carmel community.

In 2014, the Carmel Arts Council introduced its “Emerging Curator Program” to the Carmel community. The pilot program was designed to offer local high school students an opportunity to investigate career paths in the field of art and museum gallery curation by giving qualified students a chance to plan and construct an art exhibition for the Carmel Arts Council.

That same year, Indianapolis Museum of Art curator and Carmel Arts Council member, Harriet Warkel, began working with the Carmel Arts Council’s curators to lend her expertise and instruct the students as to what is expected of a professional curator. Mrs. Warkel continues to work with our student curators in helping them produce a professional art exhibition for the Carmel Arts Council.

The Carmel Arts Council’s Emerging Curator Program has been a huge success and for the past several years our gallery has welcomed thousands of visitors to their summer art show.

The two student curators have been chosen for the 2017 summer event, and are in the process of choosing the exhibit theme and the art pieces.

The Carmel Arts Council feels that by offering this program to high school students who are interested in gallery or museum curation as a life profession and by giving art students a chance to compete for a spot in an art exhibition, we are supporting and nourishing art education in our community.