Bringing art to people and people to art

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We hope you join in with what we’re up to this week! Our events happen at our new adjacent westside spaces: Listen Hear (3743 Commercial Dr.) and Show Room (3739 Commercial Dr.)

Fashion Show
“Way Black When,” presented by Fashion Forward, takes a journey through African-American fashion. Friday, Feb 27 at 7pm at Show Room.

Quakers Meeting
Quakers Meetings are social sculpture focused on collaborative silence with a shared visual stimulus. CJ Martin will read the iTunes terms and agreements: an incidental found sound performance, functioning apart from the incidents of a music player. Futility-in-action as a source incident. Here’s a Sky Blue Window piece on the events. Friday, Feb 27 at 8:30pm at Listen Hear.

Surreal Saturday
Spend your Saturday afternoon being surreal. Learn about the work of Leonor Fini with local multi-media artist Cherupuka. Create your own surrealist piece with clay or collage. Saturday, Feb 28 at 12-2pm at Show Room.

Recurring Events

Tuesday Improvisational: Make some noise! Tues, March 3 at 4-9pm at the Show Room.
2’s D-Night: Bring your fav songs and we draw to the tunes #2Dmixtape. Tues, March 3 at 6-9pm at the Show Room.
Public Meeting: Share ideas, pitch partnerships, meet collaborators. Thurs, March 5 at 1-2pm at the Show Room.
Circle Tone: Get exposed to electronic media in a group setting. Thurs, March 5 at 5pm at Listen Hear.
Community Yoga: Mon, March 2 at 6pm at the Show Room.


Ben Bennett plays at the opening of The Show Room in Indianapolis from Big Car on Vimeo.

Two Westside Exhibitions: Please Read Carefully and Noisy Neighbors

Join us at our new pop-up art spaces in the Lafayette Place strip mall by visiting two unique exhibits. In The Show Room, see Please Read Carefully a collection of interactive artist-created instructions. The idea is to forget your normal everyday behavior, participate, and have fun.

In the Listen Hear sound-art space, Big Car Collective artists found inspiration and made sound work related to our new neighbors in the Lafayette Square strip mall including a variety of beauty shops, churches, and stores. Check out a web version of the show Noisy Neighbors here.

Other than on holidays, Listen Hear and The Show Room is open Tuesdays 4-9 pm, Thursdays 11-7pm, and Saturdays 12-4 pm.


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Big Car Collaborative excited to receive $80,000 grant
from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a New York based national foundation, has awarded Big Car Collaborative an $80,000 grant over two years for program support. We are the fourth organization in Indiana to receive funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation since it began grantmaking in 1989. The others are the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2006), the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (2007), and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (2013). Established after artist Andy Warhol’s death in 1987, the foundation focuses on supporting “the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature.” The Andy Warhol Foundation funds exhibitions at high-profile art museums and programming at innovative arts organizations around the world, focusing primarily on the United States.

At Big Car, which employs seven full-time artists and public programmers as well as several more part-time, we’ll use Andy Warhol Foundation funds to expand our projects, further our artist-in-residency program, and offer opportunities in Indianapolis for local and national artists. This spring, for instance, we’re bringing in Jesse Sugarmann — a California-based video and sculptural artist who works with cars.


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2014 was an amazing year, excited about 2015!

Read executive director and founder Jim Walker’s exciting wrap up of 2014 and look ahead to 2015 and beyond here. And be sure to watch our year-end video below. We are a 501c3 nonprofit that relies on the support of people like you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

Big Car 2014 in Review from Big Car on Vimeo.


Check out videos from NO BRAKES our 10-year celebration this fall


Big Car featured on The Art Assignment on PBS Digital

Play the game created by Jim Walker and Florian Rivière here. Be sure to share your adventures on Twitter. There’s great documentation of what people are doing on The Art Assignment’s blog. Get your very own Drift Dice, a simplified version of the game you can take with you, here.


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