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What does an artist do with $5,000, 400,000 people, and 7,000 square feet? ArtPrize is teaming up with the Indianapolis Museum of Art to find out.

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 19-day 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.

New for 2015, ArtPrize is partnering with the Indianapolis Museum of Art to help fund an ambitious project by an Indiana artist for a prominent ArtPrize venue. Artists will create proposals for an installation on the empty second floor of a downtown office building located at 250 Monroe, 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 include:

The panel will select the winner, who receives a $5,000 grant to realize their proposal at 250 Monroe during ArtPrize Seven.

Pitch Night Indianapolis will take place on June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The event is free.

Pitch Night Indianapolis is presented by:

Delta Airlines

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How to apply

Between April 22 and May 26, Indiana artists must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words), an artist CV, and up to five images, all by e-mail to pitchnight@artprize.org. Give us an idea of what you'd present at Pitch Night, and how you would like to activate the 250 Monroe space.

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.

How can we activate the 250 Monroe space? 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 250 Monroe space to ensure there are no red flags. For more information about the space and what's allowed, see 250 Monroe 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 artprize.org at no cost (waiving the $50 artist registration fee). We'll connect you with the 250 Monroe venue, because every artist in ArtPrize must be officially connected to a venue on artprize.org. 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 outline the details of installing the work before ArtPrize begins on September 23.

250 Monroe Information

The entire second floor of 250 Monroe is being used for Pitch Night installations. The space is divided in half, so that the winner of Pitch Night Indianapolis will occupy one half, while the winner of Pitch Night Minneapolis will occupy the other. There is a bank of elevators and restrooms in the center of the floor, and the floor is bisected along a hallway that provides access to the elevators.

The venue will be open during normal ArtPrize open hours:

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

It will be staffed by an ArtPrize volunteer.

The side occupied by Pitch Night Indianapolis is approximately 7,000 square feet. Ceilings are a standard height, about eight feet, and unfinished. There are white walls on the outside of the elevator bank that can be used. There are power outlets at regular intervals in all the walls. The exterior walls are lined with windows all the way around. There is some lighting, but additional lighting will likely be needed depending on the project, and should be considered as part of a proposal. The windows let in a lot of natural light during the day. Hanging things from beams in the ceiling is possible.

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