Event Information

Broad Ripple Art Fair at the Indianapolis Art Center 48th Annual 2018

Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis, Indiana (Midwest)

Phone: 317-255-2464 x2470
Event Dates: 5/19/18 - 5/20/18
Application Deadline: 1/22/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non- refundable Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary

Now celebrating its 48th year, the Broad Ripple Art Fair attracts an average of 16,000 visitors and offers an opportunity for the public to meet 225 fine art & craft artists from the U.S. and Canada.

The Broad Ripple Art Fair is a gated event ($13 presale and $15 day of) that serves as the Indianapolis Art Center’s largest fundraiser of the year, taking place on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center and its 9-acre ArtsPark, plus the adjacent North Side Optimists Opti-Park.

General Information

48th Annual OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair

May 19-20, 2018

Application Deadline: January 21, 2018


“One artist, one at a time.” This is the core principle of the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair. We value fine art and fine craft by individual artists or collaborative teams who both create the work personally and sell it directly to the retail customer, and we ask all of our participating artists to share this value.

The mission of the Indianapolis Art Center is to engage, enlighten and enhance our communities through art education, participation and observation. The OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair was created in 1971 by Marjorie Beal, who envisioned an event that would showcase local artists and be hosted by the Art Center (then Indianapolis Art League). Now celebrating its 47th year, the Art Fair attracts an average of 16,000 patrons and offers an opportunity for the public to meet 225 artists from the U.S. and Canada, 2 food courts, craft beer and wine, live entertainment, and to learn about and experience the unique mission of the Art Center.


The Art Fair is located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center designed by Hoosier Architect Michael Graves and its 9-acre ARTSPARK, plus the adjacent North Side Optimists Opti-Park, a recreational park. Located in the Broad Ripple Village Cultural District— a cultural arts, shopping, night club, and dining district—the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair is next to the popular Monon Trail urban greenway.


The OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair is a gated event ($13 presale and $15 day of) that is the largest annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis Art Center, a not-for-profit community arts organization. Income from the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair is used to support our Outreach Department, year-round classes, exhibitions, lectures and workshops that promote the creation and appreciation of art.



Sunday, January 21, 2018, ZAPPlication Deadline for Artist Applications

*see detailed instructions for applying; application processing fee is non-refundable.

Friday, January 26, 2018, Notifications e-mailed to Artists through ZAPP

Friday, February 16, 2018, Deadline for Confirming Acceptance and returning Booth Fee and Booth Preference info – invited artists that miss this deadline will be moved to the wait list.

Sunday, April 8, 2018, Deadline for Refunds

*Cancellations will not be refunded after this date


Friday, May 18, 2018, Artist Check-In and Set-Up Begins

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6 pm – 8 pm - Preview Party



May 19 and May 20, 2018


Saturday 11 am - 7 pm

Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Indianapolis follows Eastern Daylight Savings Time

The event is Rain or Shine.


Artist Jurying

Artists requesting an Artist Booth at the 2018 Art Fair will be juried by a panel of three judges. All applicants must apply through ZAPPlication in the category or categories appropriate to their work. The images submitted to ZAPP will be projected for the jury. Jury-exempt invitations are extended to select artists including, but not limited to, the 47th OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair award winners. Less than 5% of the artists were jury exempt in 2017. All other applicants are juried to ensure a quality Art Fair.

Application Processing Fee $35 per jurying category (non-refundable)

Jurying for Awards, Saturday, May 19, 2018

During the Fair, an independent on-site juror will judge booths and award cash and re-invite prizes totaling $2,000. Award-winners will be re-invited to the 2019 OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair.


Image Requirements (Including Booth Shot):

Submit four recent images:

The first three images should be of artwork comparable in style and quality to what will be exhibited at the Art Fair and representative of work produced in the last two years. One of the three artwork images may be a detail of another work submitted.

The fourth image is the Booth Shot. The booth shot must include the following:

• Display of booth or section of booth showing the artist’s current display and representative of the type of work that will be exhibited at the Art Fair. If the artist does not have a booth shot from a previous fair an attempt should be made to set-up a mock booth to show planned method of display.

• Booth shot must NOT include the artist/studio/business name to ensure a blind jury. Booth must NOT include visible people. There is a 2-point penalty if there is no booth slide or if the artist/studio/business name or people are shown.

• All work shown in the booth shot must correspond with the category you applied in. If more than one media is represented in the booth shot, all mediums must be separately juried. Having unjuried work in a booth shot does NOT qualify that work for the fair.

On the 1st day of the fair, a OABRAF staff member will review all booths in the fair, comparing the images submitted for jurying to the actual booth in the fair. Work on view must be comparable to the juried images. Artists displaying work not comparable to what was juried in will have to remove the non-juried work. Artists that fail to comply will be asked to leave the show.


Artists who applied for an Artist Booth will be notified through ZAPP by email of the jurors’ decision. Artists will be notified on Friday, January 26, 2018.


Booth Information and Fees

Complete Artist Booth Fees due on acceptance to Art Fair. Unfortunately, we cannot accept post-dated checks or partial payments, or implement payment plans. Artist Booths not paid in full by the deadline will be considered available and offered to an artist on the waiting list. The payment deadline is February 16, 2018.

12’ x 12’ single booth, $370

Corner booths are available in certain areas and will be assigned by the Artist Committee as available. While you may request a corner once accepted by filling out your booth preference sheet, requesting a corner is not a guarantee that you will get one. Corner booths have a $50.00 additional fee, payable after booth assignments are sent.

Fees and Cancellations

The Art Fair does not collect a sales commission from artists. Application processing fees are non-refundable. All returned checks will result in a $35 fee in addition to any fees charged by the artists’ bank. Accepted artists who withdraw before April 8, 2018 will be refunded booth fees. No refunds given after April 9, 2018.


Entry Rules for Artist Booths

The OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair is open to all fine art and fine craft artists. Work may be in any fine art or fine craft medium, but must be original and made by the exhibiting artist or artist team.

1) ALL artists MUST be present at check-in and in booths on both days of the Art Fair. Identification will be verified upon check-in and periodically throughout the fair. Artists who leave the fair will have their booths closed and be disqualified from next year’s fair.

2) Only one artist’s work per booth, please—we do not allow booth sharing. Work by collaborative teams must be the production of both team members sharing both design and fabrication tasks on each piece. Each member of an artist team must be present for the fair.

3) Artists at the Fair must have an Indiana retail certificate and are responsible for collecting and filing Indiana sales tax. Visit https://secure.in.gov/apps/dor/bt1/ to fill out the application. Artists MUST list their own address for tax purposes. Listing the Art Center’s address in your tax application will result in disqualification from the fair and future fairs.

4) Please note the following explanations and restrictions that will enable equitable jurying and consistent presentation during the Art Fair:

The following may not be sold under any circumstance:

• artwork not made by hand by the applicant artist(s)

• artwork made in a production studio or small business (defined by the organizers of the Art Fair as an operation comprised of multiple individuals other than the applicant artist(s) who are paid to design, fabricate, assemble and/or finish the artwork in question) We reserve the right to disqualify applicants that are deemed production houses. If you have any questions as to whether or not you qualify as a production house, contact Kyle Herrington, OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair Director, at (317) 255-2464 x2470 before you apply.

• artwork deemed to be made in production houses will result in the artist being asked to verify their practices. This includes but is not limited to requiring photos of the studio with the artist working on pieces that are representative of the work provided.

• buy-and-sell items or imported artworks. Artists found removing labels identifying countries of origin will not only be ejected from the fair but will also be reported to the Customs and Border Protection as this action is a Federal Crime violating the Tariff Act of 1930.

• kits designed to produce an object or artwork assembled from commercially distributed kits or patterns

• artworks constructed (in significant part or wholly) from commercially-distributed parts or molds

• images or designs for which the artist does not own the copyright or has not obtained permission from the copyright owner

• artwork that will be sold at the Art Fair by anyone other than the applicant artist(s)

• tie-dyed items; candles, soap, perfume or other personal care items; dried or live flower arrangements; bonsai; food items and/or beverages

• photocopied or laser-printed notecards or open-edition prints

The Indianapolis Art Center reserves the right to question any applicant about his/her manufacturing or assembly process prior to jurying or during the Fair, and to deny the application of any artist or gallery whose work falls into any of the categories stipulated above or who otherwise does not comply with the standards and ethics of the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair.



NOTE: You cannot apply with the same body of work in more than 1 category.

Please note: If less than 5 applications are received in any of the following categories those applicants will be moved into either 2D Mixed Media or 3D Miscellaneous to ensure an equitable jury. For example, if we only receive 3 entries in the Printmaking category those applicants will be moved into 2D Miscellaneous.


Please note: If you plan to exhibit jewelry but apply in another category you will be allowed no more than 10% of your booth space to do so (this is actively enforced during the fair). In addition, the jewelry must reflect your category. Artists showing more than 10% or selling jewelry that is unlike their main medium must apply in Jewelry in addition to their own category.

2D Mixed Media

Drawing, Collage, Mixed Media Painting, Flat Wall-Hung Mosaics, Two-Dimensional Surface Design, or Framed/Mounted Mixed Media Wall Work.

3D Miscellaneous

Assemblage, Three-Dimensional Surface Design, Musical Instruments, Non-Wood Furniture, Recycled/Upcycled Objects, and Mixed Media Sculptural Work.

Note: Artists selling handmade musical instruments may also sell CDs in their booth if they are the musicians on the recording. These CDs may only comprise 10% of the booth contents.


Functional and Raku Ceramic Vessels, Non-Functional Ceramic Forms, Ceramic Wall Work, Ceramic Sculpture.

Digital Media

Digitally created work using computer software and/or scanning and manipulating images to make entirely new works of art. All works must be individually signed by the artist.

Note: Digital Photographers should apply in the Photography category. Artists who exhibit giclées (digitally printed reproductions of original works) should enter in the category of the original work and see restrictions regarding reprints.


Blown Glass Vessels or Sculptural Work, Flameworked Sculpture, Fused Glass (Non-Jewelry), Stained Glass, or Cold-Worked Glass.


Jewelry created from Traditional Metalsmithing Techniques, Wire Wrapping, Chain Making, Electroforming, Spool Knitting, Precious Metal Clay (PMC), Flameworking, Lamped Glass Beads, or Work Crafted from Non-Metal Jewelry Materials (Felt, Rubber, Bone, Seeds, Etc.).

Note: The Art Fair does not accept jewelry made primarily of pre-purchased beads; purchased components may only be used as complimentary accents in works that are comprised of the artist’s original beads. If you have questions about this, please contact TJ Samuels, OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair Artist Chair, at (317) 255-2464 x2490.


Oil or Acrylic Painting on Canvas, Paper, Panel or other 2-dimensional matrix.


Traditional Transparent Watercolor Techniques or Contemporary Work in Watercolors.


Traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers and digital photography.


Traditional, hand-pulled, limited-edition prints (lithographs, silkscreens, woodcuts, etchings, etc.). Prints must be hand signed by the artist.

Stone and Metalwork

Stone Carving, Stone Sculpture, Metalwork employing traditional welding, fabrication, and/or foundry techniques.

Fiber, Leather, and Wearable Art

Tapestries, Rugs, Fiber Sculptures, Wall Hung Fiber Works, Leatherwork, Clothing or other non-jewelry accessories (hats, scarves, purses, etc.)

Note: Clothing/Accessory Designs must be original and finished products must be fabricated by the artist or artist team, this includes all Leatherwork.


Furniture, Vessels, Functional Items, and Sculpture created through traditional and contemporary woodworking techniques.

Reproductions and Related Media

Screen printed t-shirts, notecards, mugs and other small, commercially-printed items are permitted only if sold at the Art Fair by the artist who created the original image AND if items collectively are not more than 10% of the displayed booth contents.

Artists creating additional works in the same media but considered to be in another jurying category (i.e., a potter whose work is primarily vessels, but also makes ceramic pendants) may include these items in the booth provided they are directly related/reflective of the style and quality of the artist’s juried work and comprise no more than 10% of the booth. Artists working in two entirely different categories must submit separate applications for each style of work in the appropriate jurying categories; if both category applications are accepted, they may be shown in the same booth.