About

Volunteer Coordinator Sharleen Miller with Six Volunteers

The Carmel International Arts Festival (CIAF) is a 502(c)(3) organization who’s mission is Educating the Community Through the Arts. This mission is carried out through a 2-day festival the last weekend of September in the Arts and Design District of Carmel, Indiana. With the 2 main arteries going through Carmel closed, CIAF brings in over 100 artists in 9 different mediums to provide the community with the finest samplings to purchase and take home. Each artist goes through a juried process to ensure their art is unique, not mass produced, and the highest of quality. The artwork is judged at the festival and awards are issued to the artists. Additionally the festival supports their mission through the awarding of several financial scholarships to local high school students. These scholarships are awarded based on artwork submitted to the student art show that is also presented during the festival. 

What else happens at our festival? Each year, at Main Street and Rangeline Road we line the streets with Artists from all over the country. On Saturday night the Arts & Design District will be rocking to the music of a popular, local band at what we call ART ROCKS!, the largest street party in the Art & Design District, from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. ART ROCKS! is a free, family-friendly, community event that you will not want to miss. Guests of the festival can enjoy some delicious food from one of the great restaurants on Main Street or make a selection from one of the many food and beverage vendors that are also at our Festival.

Our festival doesn’t happen without the generous contributions from businesses and individuals throughout our community. If you are interested in contributing to further the vital work of the Carmel International Arts Festival a 501(c)(3) organization, your tax-deductible contribution will go directly to support the Carmel International Arts Festival programs and services we provide in educating the community in the arts, and student scholarships. We thank you for donating to the festival and thank you for your support of the arts! If interested in donating, please contact the Executive Director at: carmelartsfest@carmelartsfestival.org

LOCATION

Carmel Arts and Design District

Main St & Rangeline Road, Carmel, Indiana

Stop by our Information Booth during the festival to locate your favorite Artist and food vendor locations. Also, check out our T-shirts available to purchase all year round at All Things Carmel located at 110 W Main St Ste 104, Carmel, IN 46032 | 317.564.8732.

TIMES

Saturday:

Festival Hours 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Judging 10:30 AM

ART ROCKS! 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Sunday:

Festival Hours 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Main St & Rangeline Road, Carmel, Indiana

COVID-19 Response

The Carmel International Arts Festival is following all recommendations regarding COVID-19 from our local health and government officials. We will be offering hand sanitizer stations throughout the festival, and will have masks available at our information booth for patrons if needed. We are grateful that we are able to hold our festival in an outdoor, open air location, and we encourage artists who have tents with panels to create signs asking patrons to wear masks inside their tents. There will also be signage throughout the festival to encourage patrons to wear masks when in close proximity to others while shopping and enjoying the festival.

2021 Festival Officers & Board Members

Executive Director

  • Rachel Ferry

Officers

  • Jill Gilmer, President
  • Josh Carr Vice President
  • Randall Cloe, Treasurer
  • Annie Schweiger, Secretary

Board

  • Jon Olson
  • Gretchen Randlett
  • Cindy Roberts-Greiner
  • Toryn White
  • Amanda Hulse

Committee Members

  • Bryan Ferry
  • Steve Greenberg
  • Karen Tanner
  • Austin Schweiger
  • Meg Osborne
  • Joan Cimino
  • Sue Maki
  • Gary Frey

Legacy Directors

  • Dawn Fraley
  • Rosemary Waters
  • Jim Burrell
  • Beth Jenneman
  • Jack Koning
  • Jenn Penix
  • Lynda Pitz