Carmel International Arts Festival

The Twentieth Annual Carmel International Arts Festival is this year!
On Saturday September 23, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sunday September 24, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Carmel International Arts Festival. Also for our twentieth event on Saturday from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM, we invite you to attend our street party art and music celebration, ART ROCKS! This is a family friendly event  open to the public.

We have grown considerably from that first year around Carmel City Square. There were 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. See you at the festival and ART ROCKS!

Motor Vehicle Parking:

parking_icons1We 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 that includes underground parking. Go to festival map!

Admission is free as always and last year we had a record breaking crowd! Once again over 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. 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 20th 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 23rd   & 24th!


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2017 Carmel International Arts Festival City Proclamation

The Carmel Internationals Arts Festival celebrates 20 years working to educate and create an understanding and appreciation for the value of art in the home, the school, the community… Select the City Proclamation to learn more!


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2017 Carmel International Arts Festival State Proclamation

The arts embody the lives of all residents of Indiana, throughout the United States, and globally, by evolving the creative process, intellect, provoking thought, accumulated wisdom, increasing the appreciation for beauty…
Select the State Proclamation  to learn more!


• • • Winners for 2016 • • •


The Best of Show for 2016 : Scott Hartley –  Painting

1st Place : Joan Michlin –  Jewelry

2nd Place : Sarah VanTol –  Glass

3rd Place : Katherine Meade –  Painting

Mayors Award : Kwang Cha Brown – Painting


Best In Media

Kelly Crosser-Alge – Glass
Mark Grosser – Jewelry
Neil Kemarly – Wood
Gabriel Lehman – Painting
Gary Love – Photography
Brian Moore – Ceramics
Diane Perry – Clothing, Fiber, Leather, Wearable Art
Bill Thelen – 3-D Functional
Michael Weber, AWS – Watercolor
April Willy – 2-D

Honorable Mention

Nita Claise – Ceramics
Christine Davis – Ceramics
Sylvia Gray – Clothing, Fiber, Leather, Wearable Art
Linda Jones – Jewelry
Dawn Middleton – Jewery
Barry Reithmeier – Digital Art
Alan Sievers – Glass
Rita Troller – 2-D
Mary Watson – Jewelry
Megan Winn – 3-D Functional