Carmel International Arts Festival

Welcome to the 22nd Annual Carmel International Arts Festival.
On Saturday, September 28 from 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday, September 29 from 11 AM – 5 PM Main Street and Rangeline Road will be lined with Artists from all over the country for the 22nd annual Carmel International Arts Festival. On Saturday night the Arts & Design District will be rocking to the music of “The Bishops.”  ART ROCKS!, the largest street party in the Art & Design District, is back from 7 PM – 10 PM.  ART ROCKS! is a free, family-friendly, community event that you will not want to miss.  Come and pick up some food from one of the great restaurants on Main Street or make a selection from one of the many food and beverage trucks that will be there for the Festival.

The Festival has grown considerably from that first year around Carmel City Square. In 2019 there will be over 130 juried artists exhibiting in 2D, 3D, Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, and Wood.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival and seeing you at ART ROCKS!



Motor Vehicle Parking:

parking and handicap iconsWe will have a shuttle system to and from Carmel High School during festival hours.

Additional parking is available at the Indiana Design Center on Rangeline Road which includes underground parking.

Bicycle Parking:bicycle parking icon

Bicycle Parking is available in our “Pedal to the Arts” located at the northeast corner of Main and the Monon Trail.

We Need Volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering with the Carmel International Arts Festival more than just the weekend of the Festival? If you have a passion for accounting, artists’ relations, Children’s Art Activities, Emerging Artists’ Show, entertainment planning, event operations, food and beverage, graphic design, green initiatives, High School Art Show, marketing, public relations, sponsorships, stage management, videography, or volunteer recruitment we would love to talk with you.  Many various committees meet throughout the year, under the guidance of our Board of Directors, to plan an exceptional Arts Festival.

If you want to sign up to be a volunteer for a minimum 2-hour shift during the weekend of the Festival, we need your help. Volunteers are the backbone of the Carmel International Arts Festival and the difference between an excellent volunteer program, and a great one is that the volunteers have a wonderful time while they are working for the event. It takes a “village” to produce the Carmel International Arts Festival each year. Your help is welcome and greatly appreciated. By volunteering YOU are helping the Festival carry out its mission to educate, expose, and provide access to the community all forms of art while generating a heightened appreciation of the arts.


Volunteer Sign Up


2018 Winners

  • The Best of Show – Anthony Slichenmyer, 3D
  • 1st Place – Taylor Mazer, 2D
  • 2nd Place – Kirk Miller, Glass
  • 3rd Place – Joel Pinkerton, 3D
  • Mayor’s Award – Taylor Mazer, 2D


Best in Media

  • Judy DeGan, Ceramics
  • Cliff Matyszczyk, 2D
  • JD Davison, Jewelry
  • Sharon & Jessica Bussert, Photography
  • Alan Sievers, Glass
  • Joel Fremion, 2D
  • Lisa Berry, Fiber
  • Deborah Link, Painting
  • Neil Kenmarly, Wood


Honorable Mention

  • Elaine Lanoue, Painting
  • Guiteau Lanoue, 2D
  • Lou Hii, 2D
  • Brad Devlin, 2D
  • Mark Waninger, Wood
  • Dawn Middleton, Jewelry


High School Division Winners

  • The Rosemary Waters Excellence in Arts Award Lynn Xiong “Alice” Color Pencil
  • The Doreen Squire Ficara Carmel Arts Council Award Ananta Pant “Metamorphosis” ceramic
  • Best of Show Carmel High School
    • Katie Phan “Ghost Acrylic”
    • Zoe Horn “Vibrant Tranquility”
  • Best of Show University High School
    • Siyu Zhong Water color Portrait
    • Zhining Ding “Oil Painting/Self Portrait”


Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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