May 22, 2011

Workshop in Cortona, Italy - May 2-9, 2012

TuscanyJoin Soyong Kang Partington in Tuscany for a week-long ceramics workshop of hand-building and raku! Collect materials from the mountains with local ceramic artist Giulio Lucanrini and then return to the studio to create! This week also includes a day trip to the Deruta, the ceramic center of Italy! May 2-9, 2012
All the details [HERE].

All-inclusive* workshop includes:

  • Escorted group travel
  • Rome to Cortona, May 2nd, 2012
  • Instruction in the studio
  • Seven nights three-star accommodations in historic Cortona** (Private room & bath)
  • Local Etruscan Museum & Museo Diocesano
  • All meals (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily wine tasting opportunities
  • Day trip to visit Deruta
  • A farewell wine tasting dinner
  • Clay & firing

Pricing information is [HERE]

Sep 14, 2009

Michael Partington adds new sounds to Sensory Path

The new sensory path sounds were unveiled at the open house of the Indianapolis Art Center on Friday 9-11-09.
This is the YouTube video of the Nina Mason Pulliam Sensory Path experience.
or view it here:
As you walk through the Art Center's Nina Mason Pulliam Sensory Path, a dozen infrared sensors detect your passing and each trigger a random playback of a sound from a large library of mp3 files stored on a memory card.
Each MP3 sound file in the library is from 15 to 30 seconds long. The result is a completely random composition played for you as you walk through the sensory path.
Usually the path is silent until you walk through it, but if several people are using it while heading in opposing directions, you will experience sounds already in play as you approach, but they are changed quickly to newer sounds as you pass by each infrared sensor.
Aug 17, 2009

ARTSPARKLE: Mardi gras - Saturday, August 22, 2009

Please celebrate the Art Center’s 75th Anniversary this summer at ARTSPARKLE: Mardi Gras on August 22. Now in its fifth year, Artsparkle has become the party of the late summer in Indianapolis. Over 500 guests will enjoy an evening under the stars in ARTSPARK including scrumptuous food prepared by Indianapolis restaurants such as Ruth's Chris, The Oceannaire and Daddy Jack's along with complimentary drinks from Absolut Vodka and National Wine and Spirits, dancing and fabulous live entertainment by Buckwheat Zydeco all night long. Get a taste of the music! Check out Buckwheat Zydeco's Throw Me Something, Mister (MP3 format).

Traditional Mardi Gras décor and flavor will set the scene and infuse the gala with a celebratory spirit. After savoring the delicious dinner items, guests can kick up their heels to a one-of-a-kind concert by Buckwheat Zydeco on the Seybert Terrace. We've got a lot planned, check it out:

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pre-party (available with purchase of a patron ticket, $25 extra)
  • 7:30 p.m. until food runs out
  • 9-10:30 p.m. concert by Buckwheat Zydeco
  • 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. afterglow with DJ Paul Bunyon represented by H2H (after-party in the Art Center’s library)
Purchase your tickets online here...
Apr 13, 2009

The 39th Broad Ripple Art Fair

The 39th Broad Ripple Art Fair will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2009, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, 2009, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. [Visit the official web site].
Be sure to visit Booths 44 and 45!

The Art Fair takes place on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center, the 12-acre ARTSPARK and the North Side Optimist Opti-Park, located at 67th Street and College Avenue in the Broad Ripple Village Cultural District. Free parking and shuttle buses available at Broad Ripple Park, Broad Ripple High School and Glendale Mall lot at Rural Street.

In advance: $12 adult, $2 children ages 3-12. Starting April 6, 2009, advance tickets can be purchased online (through May 1 only), guest services desk at the Art Center, Marsh Supermarkets, select Fifth Third Bank locations and Indianapolis Artsgarden (through May 15). Discount Adult Art Center Member tickets $10 each available at the Art Center only through May 15 (not available at the gate).
At the gate: $15 adult and $2 children ages 3-12; children under three are free.
Apr 12, 2009

New Indy Arts magazine

Indy Arts magazine Launches on April 18th from 6- 10 the Garfield Park Arts Center - 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46203 - Come and celebrate Indy’s newest magazine. Meet the artists and see their works. Sponsored by Garfield Park Arts Center. For more information call 652-8019 or e-mail
Apr 10, 2009


On Friday, May 8th, the Broad Ripple Village Association will host its annual Spring Gallery Tour.  Eighteen galleries and shops with special exhibits will be open from 5 to 9 pm and offer free refreshments.  
A free shuttle van will circulate the area throughout the evening to provide transportation to the 18 locations.  Work shown will include everything from handmade jewelry and clothing to paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics.  Many of the artists will be onsite to discuss their work with tour goers.  
To view the Broad Ripple Spring Gallery Tour brochure, click here.
May 01, 2008

Broad Ripple Art Fair 2008

The 38th Broad Ripple Art Fair will take place May 17 and 18, 2008.
Check out the Partington booth at numbers #12 & 13.
Soyong will be there will all her new ceramic art.

Established in 1971, the Broad Ripple Art Fair brings together more than 225 artists from the U.S. and Canada, booths from local cultural organizations, a children’s creative area, gourmet food courts, a beer and wine garden and live entertainment on four stages. The Art Fair takes place in ARTSPARK on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center annually each May. All proceeds from the Art Fair directly benefit Art Center programs. 
Nov 29, 2007

Coming to a T-shirt near you!

"We're so avant garde, we're imaginary."

Oct 26, 2007

El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

The Indianapolis Art Center invites families to celebrate the festival of Day of the Dead. This year's celebration will be on Saturday, October 27, from 3--8 pm with activities taking place throughout the months of October and November.

The Indianapolis Art Center's Outreach Department began providing Day of the Dead programming in 2000 as a response to the growing Hispanic and Latino populations in Indianapolis. Through the years the Art Center has found Day of the Dead programming to expand and bridge all communities because of a common experience shared among all people: death. [ MORE]

Oct 22, 2007

Bully Art Unveiled

Local muralist, Alex Edgecombe (and his adopted pit bull, Dia) will be painting an original art piece to be unveiled at the 2nd Annual Bully March on Indianapolis Monument Circle - Sat October 27th, 2007  The piece will be raffled off with the proceeds benefiting Indy Pit Crew and Casa del Toro Bully Breed Rescue.  $1 tickets for the raffle will be available the day of the Bully March.  The winning name will be drawn and announced on November 16, 2007. More information is [HERE]
May 21, 2007

Two Outdoor Art Fairs for May 2007

The 37th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair
presented by the Indianapolis Art Center
Soyong Kang Partington had a booth at 101 and 102.
Some photos from May 19 & 20, 2007 are posted [HERE]

Saturday May 26th from 9-3 PM

Art Space 30 Outdoor Art Fair
The main parking lot of the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center
7435 N. Keystone, Indianapolis, IN

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Apr 09, 2007

Barkin' Arts NYC

Barkin Arts NYC is dedicated to increasing social awareness of the importance of animals in art by promoting exhibitions of contemporary art with canine and animal themes by emerging artists and offering educational art workshops for both children and adults in a dog friendly environment.

Barkin Arts NYC arranges art shows for people AND animals! Not only can you enjoy the art in the gallery, so can your pet companions. Barkiin Arts has four shows a year and welcomes submissions all the time. Here’s the link to find out more about submitting your own artwork.

Who knows, your work could be featured on the Barkin Arts NYC website like Brooke Churchill’s “McQuigan,” shown to the right.

Thanks to for their post about this in their For the Love of Dog Blog.

Jan 23, 2007

The Creative Music + Film Series (CMFS)

Indianapolis-based Creative Music promotional company, Mythopeic (, will once again partner with the Indianapolis Art Center to produce the Creative Music + Film Series (CMFS), featuring some of the most eclectic and experimental ensembles in the country, juxtaposed with captivating “art house” films.

These shows will be at The Indianapolis Art Center (
Monday, February 5 - Asylum Street Spankers
Wednesday, March 21 - Barbez, featuring the entire film, Moog
Saturday, April 21 - Golden Arm Trio, with film segments from, A Scanner Darkly & The Battleship Potemkin
Sunday, June 3 - Yuganaut, featuring  a performance with the film The Lost World  (1925)

Doors open in the Indianapolis Art Center at 7:00pm. The Music starts at 7:30pm. The first set of music will be about a hour. then a 20 minute intermisson with the second set starting at 9:00pm for an hour or so.  Beverages will be served before the show and during the intermission.

This show will be at Radio Radio (
Friday, June 1st $10.00 cover
Jad  Fair with opening act The Born Again Floozies
doors open at 9:00pm, 9:30pm The Born Again Floozies, 11:00pm Jad Fair

This show is a collaboration with Galerie Penumbra ( It is in conjunction with the opening of a exhibition of Jad's artwork "Jad Fair - A Happier Happiness [New Work]" will run from June 1-29.

Complete concert details for both locations are at the Mythopeic Web Site [].
Nov 12, 2006

Partington in "Love Move" movie.

For four years, the LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana went through a restoration of its sructure and metal surface.  In the Summer of 2006, Brose Partington and other IMA technicians, removed the original paint and rust. Over the next several years, the newly exposed surface will weather again to a brownish purple patina in its new location on the Indianapolis Museum of Art's grounds. To see the video of the process, click here.
Nov 02, 2006

"First Symphony" a 3-D Lightpainting

Ball State commissioned Stephen Knapp to create one of his signature 3-D lightpaintings for its Music Instruction Building at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. “First Symphony” was created to reflect the music in the building and to inspire creativity and collaboration among the arts at Ball State University. Its unveiling was on September 22, 2006.
"Stephen Knapp was chosen for his unique style of blending glass, light and stainless steel, which he will tailor to the three panels in the foyer," said Robert Kvam, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "MIB will afford an exceptional venue for his creativity, providing a highly visible, north-facing 'canvas' for the spectacular chromatic installation."
A new movie of the installation with interviews can be viewed here...

Stephen Knapp is internationally renowned for large-scale works of art in public, corporate and private collections, in such diverse mediums as kiln formed, dichroic, and cast glass; metal, stone, mosaic and ceramic.
More artist information can be seen at
Oct 20, 2006

El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead

Free Celebration - Indianapolis Art Center - Saturday, October 28th 3-8 p.m.
El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that rejoices in the lives of those who have passed on, and lies in the belief that the celebration will bring their spirits back for the day. The celebration will feature national and local entertainment, an exhibition of altars and outdoor shrines featuring a blend of traditional and contemporary personal reflections by artists and community members, hands-on cultural activities for all ages, works for sale, traditional foods, and an opportunity for you to add your own mementos to a community altar.

Complete information is here...

Sep 25, 2006

Conversation with famous wildlife cinematographer

September 30, 2006 at 10 a.m.
Mr. Root is a pioneer in the field of wildlife documentaries and is best known for his film work on “Gorillas In The Mist.” Mr. Root is visiting Indianapolis in conjunction with The Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation initiated by the Indianapolis Zoo. His biography and films can be seen online here.

Interviewer David Hoppe will facilitate the conversation to allow Mr. Root to share his many stories of adventure, passion for life and living life to the fullest in the face of danger. A reception with refreshments will follow in the Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery.
This program is free and open to the public.
For more information contact the:
Indianapolis Art Center
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN
Aug 15, 2006

First Biennial Iron Casting Symposium

The Indianapolis Art Center’s 12-acre ARTSPARK will host this biennial event, October 5-8.

This symposium will feature renowned sculpture artists including Carl Billingsley, Chuck Kraus, Dan McGuire, Danny Matheson, Bernie Carreno, Hanna Jubran, Ken Payne and Barry Tinsley.
Artist Dan McGuire will introduce his newly patented ceramic shell process while Ken Payne showcases his ice casting. This fire & ice process is a "don't miss" experience.

You can register for the symposium here...

Jun 05, 2006 Film Festival Results

Here are the film festival categories:
  • Literate, Thirsty
  • Day Before Payday
  • Check One Two Check Check
  • War and Peace
  • Small Box Stores
  • Places That Aren’t Applebees

Visit HERE to view the results.
Visit HERE to see one of the videos submitted by us that did not win.

Their Mission

Every city, every town, every neck of the woods is an interesting place. The festival was designed to capture those details and moments that form the culture of the places people live.
The “Short Short” film format reflects our belief in the power of the brief, enigmatic expression of these details and moments, the power of distilling a statement into a single, evocative expression., which was established to observe actively and share widely the varied culture of Indianapolis. They are interested both in helping others discover the curious parts of where they live, and furthering the reputation of our city, a city which rewards the curious.

May 10, 2006

36th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair

Sign Up for IAC NewsSoyong Kang Partington to participate in this year's 36th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair
BOOTH: 109 and 110
Saturday, May 20th from 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, May 21st from 10 AM to 5 PM

On the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center - 67th Street and College Ave. Indianapolis, IN
Tickets are available at the Indianapolis Art Center, O'Mailia's Food Markets and Marsh Supermarkets.
Advance Sale:
$15 Two-day Adult, $8 Adult, $7 Art Center Member, $2 Child (ages 3 - 12)
At the Gates:
$10 Adults, $2 Child (3 - 12)

May 05, 2006

Art Space 30 Open House

Soyong Partington to participate in the ART SPACE 30's Spring Open House is on Friday, May 12th from 5-10 PM
The show features 20 local artists.
For more information, go to:
1402 N. Capital
Indianapolis, IN
(the NW corner of 14th and Capital)
Street Parking is available.
May 01, 2006

Women in Clay for Mothers Day

An exhibit of 35 women clay artists (including Soyong Kang Partington) is open at the gallery of AMACO's Contemporary Ceramic Gallery from May 6th to June 21st.
The artist's reception on May 6th is open to the public with a "High Tea" reception from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
6060 Guion Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254
244-5230 or 800-677-3289
Apr 17, 2006

Rhythms on the Riverfront 2006 Dates

Mark your calendars for the 2006 Rhythms on the Riverfront concert series at the Indianapolis Art Center. Concerts are held two Wednesdays each month during the summer. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Art Center's Riverfront Amphitheatre in ARTSPARK for an evening under the stars.
June 14  - Dane Clark Band,  June 28  - Reggae Night-Band TBD,  July  12  - Janiece Jaffe Trio,  July 26  - Jennie DeVoe,   August 9  - Otis Gibbs  AND  August 23 - Michael Kelsey
Mar 14, 2006

The New Garfield Park Arts Center

The Garfield Park Arts Center will be providing programs and instruction in a variety of mediums, including the performing, visual, production, and literary arts. The newly renovated building will provide the following spaces and amenities that include:

The multi-use performing arts space will accommodate a wide variety of programs including:

  • dance classes
  • orchestral and choral performances
  • theater productions
  • lectures
  • community events

There is a large visual arts gallery, two classrooms, and one support room. The two classrooms will be used for painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography classes. For directions and more information,  go here...

Feb 19, 2006

Free Panel Discussion on Collecting Art

For those who would like to start an art collection and to others who have purchased art for decades, The Indianapolis Art Center is holding a free panel discussion on collecting artwork at the Art Center’s Ruth Lilly Library Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

With many wonderful artists working and residing in Indianapolis, panelists will show how it is really easy to get started collecting art. The panel group will also offer its insight to established collectors.

With varied backgrounds and areas of expertise, the panel includes:

  • Lisa Erf, Director of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

  • Tim Rooney, Curator Tandem Press (Madison, Wisc.)

  • Mark Ruschman, Owner Ruschman Gallery (contemporary artwork, Indianapolis)

  • Jim Ross, Co-Owner Eckert & Ross Fine Art Gallery Indianapolis (specializes in Midwestern early-20th century painters)

For more details, call the Indianapolis Art Center at 317-255-2464
Dec 21, 2005

New Indy Arts Scene Blog

On the Cusp will has a number of regular writers as well as guest writers.   It will provided reviews of gallery and museum shows, editorials, art news updates, interviews, links to other art sites. Its comment section will allow for open discussions and debates on all art topics.  This new blog group hopes it can provide a successful new resource to the Indianapolis community. Taking part in the blog's discussions and debates it will make it a success.

A message from one "On the Cusp" article contributor, Scott Grow:
“We want to see Indianapolis artists continue to grow, to see more venues and galleries start up, to see stronger exhibitions in our galleries and museums.  We believe that through open dialogue and debate that these things can and will begin to happen.  We wanted to set out to do something on a grassroots level and finally came up with our latest project, On the Cusp.”

Dec 06, 2005

"Black and White" by Nick Ray

Young artist Nick Ray reveals his latest work in his new show "Black and White: Thesis Art Exhibition" at the University of Indianapolis - Ransburg Gallery in Good Hall. They are on display from Monday December 5th to Dec. 11th.
The highly contrastive, charcoal wash and ink works are applied to sectioned masonite board and the black and white works tower to around 10 feet. Nick's artistic expressions of Good/Evil using figurative style scream emotion to any viewer. We have posted some photos or his work on this site with the permission of Nick Ray but to really experience the show, visit the actual work  at the U of I.
All work © 2005 - Nick Ray
Nov 18, 2005

New Critique Archive Opened

Mary Lee Pappas now has all of her art reviews posted on her new blog. The reviews appeared (May 2001 through Sept. 2005) in NUVO. The reviews are searchable by venue, date, or artist. Show titles, featured artists, critique publish date. Her star rating for every review is in each title. What a great new artist resource for Indianapolis! Her blog's link is now listed on this site in the "Other Art Blogs" listing in the left column.

Nov 03, 2005

New Wood Fire Kiln at the IAC

The newest addition to the Indianapolis Art Center will be unveiled this weekend.  A brand new wood fired kiln will be stoked and used to fire its first load of ceramics.
Stop by to see it in action 24/7 Nov. 5th, 6th and 7th. Should be a nice place to stay warm on a November evening and much more educational than sitting around a bonfire.
The new kiln is located at the N.E. Corner of the building next to the ceramics department.

Oct 21, 2005


September 29, 4-9 p.m.

Día de los Muertos Citywide Events:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29
    11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fountain Square Cultural District
  • 4-9 p.m. Indianapolis Art Center
  • Sunday, Oct. 30
    12-2:30 p.m. Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Art Center will celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with its 6th Annual Altar Exhibition Oct.14-Nov. 6. Added this year are small outdoor shrines and life size skeletons (calacas) depicting a joyful afterlife, both of which will be displayed outdoors in ARTSPARK, the Art Center’s new 12 acre-creativity park. The Art Center will also host a free public fiesta Saturday, Oct. 29, 4-9 p.m. Last year’s celebration welcomed more than 1,200 people.

In addition to the altar and shrine exhibition, the Art Center will feature paintings, photography, and prints from Los Angeles-based Latino artists Luis Becerra, Olivia Sanchez Brown, Kathy Gallegos, Nery Lemus, Jose Lopes, Louis Martinez, Ricardo Reyes and Artemio Rodriquez.

Partners and citywide event hosts include the Fountain Square Cultural District, the Southeast Neighborhood Development, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Oct 16, 2005

Spencer Tunick's Photo Shoot - Lyon, France

Volunteers pose in Lyon, France, for New York artist Spencer Tunick1,500 naked men and women of all ages, most of them from the Lyon area but some from further afield, arrived in the city at 0430 GMT to receive their instructions.
Addressing them from the crane, Tunick told the crowd he saw the port as representing the mystery of commerce, the AFP news agency reports.
The point where the rivers Saone and Rhone joined was a meeting point that he liked to think of "as like the legs of a woman", he said.
As dawn broke, the volunteers stripped naked and scurried into place, ready to move into formation with arms and legs held high.
Questioned after the shoot, the models said they had signed up "for the experience" or "for art's sake".

The full BBC press release is here...
Spencer Tunick's Web site is here...
Sign up for his next naked group photo shoot !

Sep 19, 2005

Americans for the Arts- New Emergency Relief Fund

September 15, 2005—Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading arts advocacy organization, announced today that it has established the Americans for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund, a permanent fund developed to provide timely financial assistance to areas impacted by a major disaster for the purpose of helping them rebuild the arts in their communities. Created with an initial contribution of $100,000 from Americans for the Arts' own reserves, the relief fund will distribute support directly to local arts agencies to assist with their own recovery or to provide needed services and funding to local nonprofit arts groups and individual artists and to other relief efforts dedicated to helping the arts. One-hundred percent of the contributions to the Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to these efforts.
Learn more about the fund, how to apply, and how to donate through the Emergency Relief Fund page.
Sep 02, 2005

First Friday Art Tours - still strong!

New glass sculpture by Ryan Gothrup - Click to see the large image.The  "First Friday Art Tour" was a success  - despite the start of the busy Labor Day weekend. A few photos were taken during the tour and can be viewed here. Every month, every 1st Friday,  join your friends and visit or 20 downtown galleries open from 5 - 9 pm. Pick up a map at any participating gallery.

This monthly event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and presented by the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association. (IDADA). We'll see you downtown on October 7th. To have your photo posted on this site next month, look for the blad guy with the digital camera and say "Blog Me".
Aug 21, 2005

ARTSPARK Opens Sat, 8-20-05

ARTSPARK Grand Opening & Faculty Exhibition a Success!

A good time was had by all 400+ guests at the opening gala on Saturday night.


The Indianapolis Art Center opens ARTSPARK, a 12-acre, a universally accessible outdoor creativity park that features commissioned, site-specific works by local, regional and national artists. The Art Center, home of ARTSPARK, is located at 67th Street and College Avenue, bordered by the White River and Monon Trail in Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple Village Cultural District. A dozen photos taken that evening are located here. The NUVO article about the new park is here.

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Aug 08, 2005

New Arts Park Grand Opening!


ARTSPARK Grand Opening & Faculty Exhibition
August 20 & 21
Indianapolis Art Center



Saturday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m.

ARTSPARK Grand Opening Celebration
Sunday, Aug. 21, 1-
4 p.m.

See two new works of art by Michael's "treehouse" And Soyong's "yellow bowl" and "Family Tree".

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