ArtPrize is teaming up with the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana to offer one artist a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at a centrally located ArtPrize Venue.

Every fall, over 1,500 artists from around the world descend on Grand Rapids, Michigan, to compete for half a million dollars in prizes. Their installations fill the city, from museums and galleries to restaurants, banks, and city parks. During the two-and-a-half-week exhibition, the public votes to choose the winner of a $200,000 grand prize and four $12,500 category winners. Simultaneously, world-renowned jurors select a $200,000 Juried Grand Prize winner, and four $12,500 juried category winners.

ArtPrize is partnering with the Indianapolis Museum of Art  for the second year to help fund an ambitious project by a Indianapolis artist for a prominent ArtPrize venue. Artists will create proposals for an installation on the empty atrium in the Ledyard Building, a downtown office building located at 125 Ottawa Ave, in the heart of the ArtPrize district. Five artists will be selected to give a five-minute presentation using five slides each. A panel of five experts and the audience will be able to ask questions of the artists following the presentations. The panel will select the winner, who receives a $5,000 grant to realize their proposal at the Ledyard Building during ArtPrize 2016.

Pitch Night Indianapolis will take place on June 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The judges for Pitch Night Indianapolis will be:

  • Mindy Taylor Ross, Art Strategies
  • Tricia Paik, PhD, Curator of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Sarah Urist Green, curator and host of The Art Assignment, PBS Digital Studios
  • Emily Kennerk, artist, winner of Pitch Night Indianapolis 2015
  • Scott Stulen, Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Pitch Night Indianapolis is presented by 21c Museum Hotels and Delta Air Lines.  

More Details

How to apply

Between now and May 5, Indiana artists must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words), an artist CV, and up to five images, all by email to Give us an idea of what you'd present at Pitch Night, and how you would like to activate the Ledyard Building atrium.

Who can apply?

ArtPrize is open to any artist, but Pitch Night Indianapolis is only for artists currently living in Indiana. All ArtPrize eligibility rules apply. Artists must be 18, and collaborative groups are welcome. There are more eligibility requirements listed here and in the Artist Rules.

What can be done in the Ledyard Building atrium? How crazy can it get?

Pretty crazy, but there are limits. Part of the process of selecting which five artists get to pitch their proposals will include a review by the managers of the Ledyard Building to ensure there are no red flags. For more information about the space and what's allowed, see Ledyard Building atrium information below.

What should a pitch presentation include?

If you're one of the five artists selected to present, you'll have five minutes and five slides—the details are up to you. Be entertaining and informative. Be prepared to answer questions from the judges and the audience. Above all, you'll need to convince the judges that your project is the best, and that the $5,000 grant will make it possible.

What happens if my pitch wins?

Several things. One, we'll register you as an artist on at no cost (normally registering as an artist costs $50). We'll connect you with the Ledyard Building atrium venue, because every artist in ArtPrize must be officially connected to a venue on We'll give you the $5,000 as a lump sum. It's up to you how you use those funds to install the artwork (materials, shipping, travel, etc.). You'll then work with an installation coordinator to work out the details of installing the work before ArtPrize begins on September 21.

The Ledyard Building Atrium

The Ledyard Building atrium is approximately 500 square feet and located on the first floor of the building.  There is some lighting, but additional lighting will likely be needed depending on the project, and should be considered as part of the proposal.  The ceiling is mostly open, but there are some areas that have overhang from the second floor.  Email questions to

The hours of the venue during ArtPrize (September 21 - October 9) will be:

  • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m.



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