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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’ll team up with iMOCA to bring in Jesse Sugarmann — a California-based video and sculptural artist who works with cars. Over six months, he’ll exhibit “We Build Excitement” — an offbeat show about Pontiacs at iMOCA — and complete a new project in collaboration with Big Car.


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Wrapping up a great 2014, excited about what’s next

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.


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Two New Exhibitions: Please Read Carefully and Noisy Neighbors

Join us in celebrating our new pop-up art spaces in the Lafayette Place strip mall with the opening of two exhibits on Dec. 4 from 6-9 p.m. Visitors can participate in the shows and enjoy coffee and snacks. In the Listen Hear sound-art space, artists have 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. In The Show Room, Big Car brings Andrew Salyer’s Please Read Carefully exhibit to Indianapolis. Originally shown in Madison, Wisconsin in 2013, Please Read Carefully offers interactive artist-created instructions in the gallery. The idea is to forget your normal everyday behavior, participate, and have fun. This version features new instructions by artists in Indianapolis and elsewhere. Salyer will give a brief talk at the exhibition opening. Also, performances by John McCormick, Ben Bennett and a special musical experience for inner city cosmetology. Other than on holidays, Listen Hear and The Show Room will be open Tuesdays 4-9 pm, Thursdays 11-7pm, and Saturdays 12-4 pm after Dec. 4. Get more details here.


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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