Located in north Broad Ripple Village, along the banks of the White River, the Indianapolis Art Center opened on May 31, 1996 and was designed by world-renowned architect and Indianapolis native Michael Graves.
Phase I (east half) began in October 1994 and was completed in late August 1995. The west half was completed in May 1996. The building’s overall area exceeds 40,000 square feet. The Art Center is located on seven acres bordered on the north by the White River and to the east by the Monon Trail.
The building consists of two sections joined by the Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery. The west half contains the octagonal-shaped Ruth Lilly library with a gas fireplace, administrative offices, the Stan & Sandy Hurt conference room, a studio prep and storage area, studios for painting and drawing classes, a printmaking studio, a photography studio and a computer graphics studio. The east half contains studios for woodworking, glassblowing, ceramics, metalsmithing and steel and stone sculpture.
The exterior of the building is peach, red ochre and blue and serves as a landmark for Broad Ripple Village and North College Avenue. In 2005, ArtsPark, a creativity and sculpture garden, was completed and opened to the public. In the summer of 2007, ArtsPark expanded to include the Nina Mason Pulliam Sensory Path, Efroymson Riverfront Garden & Canoe Launch and additional permanent sculptures.
There are eight exhibition spaces including the Churchman-Fehsenfeld, Clowes and Hurt galleries, 224-seat Frank M. Basile Auditorium, and the Basile Studio Shop.
Entrance to the Art Center is free and open to the public.