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April 4, 2012 / ivytechartspartner

Artists Sought to Create Pieces for Indiana Black History Public Art Legacy Project

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) and the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) announced today a call for artists to create sculpture works for the Black History Public Art Legacy Project.

Under a mandate from the Indiana General Assembly, and with concurrence of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, it was determined that a public art legacy project should be created and installed in the Indiana State House, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Artists are invited to submit an application to design and fabricate one or both traditional bronze busts for the Indiana State House. The works are intended to celebrate the life and public service of two African American legislators who served the State of Indiana. The IAC, the IHB, and the IDOA will coordinate the selection process to select the artist/s for this commission. Both sculptures will become part of the permanent historic sculpture collection managed by the IDOA and will be on public display.

One bronze bust will be of James Sidney Hinton (1834-1892), the first African American elected to the Indiana General Assembly (1880). The second bronze bust will be of Julia Carson (1938-2007), whose career culminated in her service as a Congresswoman for Indiana from 1997-2007. The busts will be installed in designated niches, with unique backdrops and reading rails, around the State House Rotunda. The IAC Request for Proposal and photographs and information related to the subjects are available at:

Applications must be completed in the IAC’s online grant system at:

The Indiana Arts Commission is committed to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.




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