Carmel International Arts Festival

Welcome to the Eighteenth Annual Carmel International Arts Festival.
On Saturday September 26, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sunday September 27, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM we will celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Carmel International Arts Festival. We have grown considerably from that first year around Carmel City Square. There will be over 130 juried artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery and more! We are now in our seventh year of holding the festival in the Arts and Design District. Best of all admission is FREE!

Motor Vehicle Parking:

parking_icons1We will have a shuttle system to and from Carmel High School during festival hours. Handicap parking is available at the PNC Bank Parking lot. Additional parking is available at the Indiana Design Center on Rangeline Road that includes underground parking.

Admission is free as always and last year we had a record breaking crowd over two days of 30,000. Both days we have booked wonderful entertainment. Along with the tempting food vendors, festival goers can sample the Arts and Design District’s outstanding restaurants and visit all the local shops. This year for children we have Young at Art station at the festival. Again this year we have the very popular exhibit the Young Artist Tent, featuring the exceptional talent of our high school art students in Carmel. If you have never been to the Carmel International Arts Festival, now is the time to come visit. This is a festival renowned for diverse artistic styles! Truly an unforgettable experience for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you again this year!

Have you ever wanted to talk to an artist?

Now you can ask artists about their inspiration or why they chose that shade of blue or where they found their materials. This September, artists will line the streets of the Carmel Arts and Design District as they have for seventeen years. The myriad of art represented is breathtaking. Until working with the festival, this writer didn’t know there were so many different mediums! You know what metal sculpture and hand blown glass look like. Photography and oil paintings are no mystery but do you know what 2D art or 3D looks like? What does it mean when an artist describes a piece as “functional”? Think of wearing earrings that aren’t just beautiful but are handmade works of art!

With every new year, the Carmel International Arts Festival receives more entries. All artwork is juried and this year we have favorite artists returning and it’s almost an embarrassment of riches that include our new artists that will renew the enthusiasm for even the seasoned festival goer.

This year’s event continues its long standing tradition of promoting cultural enrichment by bringing together over 130 juried artists displaying art media that ranges from watercolor, glass, jewelry, photography, oil, acrylic, 3D, wood, sculpture, to pottery and metal and so much more.

As the song goes, “Anticipation……” Come to the 18th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival. Meet the artists personally, listen to diverse music on two stages, and have lunch at one of the Carmel Art’s and Design District’s many restaurants. The festival is FREE so walk, ride or pedal but make sure to be at the corner of Main and Rangeline Road in Carmel September 26 & 27th!


• • • Winners for 2015 • • •

The Best of Show for 2015 : Kyle Spears – Photography

1st Place : Mark Waninger – Wood

2nd Place : Diane Perry – Clothing, Fiber, Leather, Wearable Art

3rd Place : Mary Watson – Jewelry

Mayors Award :  Katherine Meade – Painting

Best In Media

Robert Anderson – Wood
Christine Davis – Ceramics
Sylvia Gray – Clothing, Fiber, Leather, Wearable Art
Mark Grosser – Jewelry
Kathleen Lapso – 2D
Fritz Olsen – 3-D Functional
Joseph Pelka – Ceramics
Bill Thelen – 2D
Mark Wagar – Glass
Megan Winn – 3-D Functional