In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our programs and events, as well as the flow of the building. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance, guests must sign-in at the front desk, everyone (staff and guests) must wear a mask correctly, and maintain six foot social distancing.
October 2 - 30
SALI National Abstract Art Exhibition XVI
The Garfield Park Arts Center in partnership with the Southside Art League is pleased to
feature the artists juried into the Annual SALI National Abstract Art Competition.
Celebrating its sixteenth year, this unique exhibit is dedicated to showcasing the best
two-dimensional abstract paintings from across the United States. The artworks represent
a wide variety of contemporary media and techniques. The awards will be presented
during First Friday.
2019 Best of Show
Palimpsest by Tresa Steenberg
October 2 - 31
Despite the current coronavirus pandemic, the Garfield Park community has found a way to stay connected and demonstrate civic pride in our historic neighborhood. View a collection of neighbor porch portraits, taken from a safe distance, by local Garfield Park neighbor and photographer Kelley Jordan Schuyler. This project grew during the pandemic as a way for Garfield neighbors to showcase their front porch and neighborhood pride, while connected during a time of social isolation. Garfield Park has always been a people-focused community – view the smiling faces that make up this neighborhood in this online show.
Click here to view the exhibition.
October 3 - December 30
3rd Floor Hallway
I Remember There Were Hills
Claire Sweitzer Hawkins is a mixed media painter based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She graduated from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2015. Nature has inspired
Hawkins all of her life. She spent her childhood swimming in lakes, digging in the earth
and talking to the trees. Hawkins creates her own worlds influenced by dreams, feelings,
and memory on the canvas.
Color has also been a fascination of Hawkins’ for many years now, particularly the way
memories can feel both muted and vibrant at the same time. Mixing colors on palettes
and even right on the canvas allow her to explore and continue to learn and be
surprised by color.
Hawkins’ most recent body of work has been influenced by recurring dreams. Layers of hills and flashes of maroon on top of green are all that she remembers when waking up from one of the repeated dreams. Water is nearby; sometimes in the form of a lake, sometimes a river. The feeling of the dream is what starts each new painting. Once started, Hawkins paints intuitively to finish the piece. Each brushstroke informs the next until a sense of balance is reached.
I Remember There Were Hills by Claire Sweitzer Hawkins
October 2 - November 27
Literary Arts Room
Suspension is a solo exhibition featuring paintings made by the artist during
quarantine, capturing the emotions brought on by isolation, as well as observations of
the mundane. Kylin Brown is an Indiana born artist currently residing in Plainfield, IN.
She attended Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, where she earned her
Associates in Fine Art degree. While her personal work is mainly oil paintings, Kylin
enjoys incorporating charcoal and graphite into her work as creating window displays
and public art. When she is not working in her studio, sharing her love for art with kids
of all ages, or creating public art, Kylin enjoys yoga and staying active with her two children.
Feeling the Weight by Kylin Brown