Tube Factory artspace, 1125 S. Cruft St. Indianapolis, IN 46203

Tube Factory is a hybrid between an art museum and community center. Open to everyone as a public place for culture, community, and creativity and features four contemporary art exhibition galleries as well as areas for people to get together. It’s also home base for Big Car Collaborative’s work across Indianapolis and elsewhere. Tube Factory features rotating exhibits, interactive projects, space to hang out, a reference library and free books for teens and kids to take home, an outdoor gathering space, and much more to find through exploring. Tube Factory is an independent, noncommercial, nonprofit, artist-run space not directly affiliated with religious, political, or governmental entities. We care strongly about our neighborhood, city, state, country, and planet.

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Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — plus special events. Tube is also open until 10 p.m. each First Friday. Closed on holidays. Admission is free. Some events may have ticket prices.

Current Exhibition

Audrey Barcio

Feb 2, 2017April 14, 2018 

Pictured: Audrey Barcio, Continuum, mirrored plexiglass, 2015-2018 in the foreground. Untitled, paintings, 2017-18

Heritage is a pressing concern to our generation. Should we allow the past to influence us—are we bound to ancient tools, materials and techniques? Or should we endeavor to make work that is specific to our time, embracing technology and its untested, ambivalent ramifications? If we do, are we at risk of becoming complicit in a catastrophe, or a pale reflection of something fleeting?

In her solo exhibition Under Influence, Audrey Barcio explores these questions in a new series of paintings in the main gallery that examine where the heritage of Modernism intersects with the tools of the Virtual Industrial Age. Her starting point for this body of work is the iconic grey and white checkerboard pattern recognized by contemporary digital designers as a symbol for emptiness waiting to be filled. Transforming that virtual nothingness into concrete form, Barcio employs it to empower interpretations of the iconographic legacy of our Modernist forbearers.The new works are a vision of an aesthetic symbology as futuristic as it is rooted in the constructed languages of the past: Suprematism, Geometric Abstraction, Futurism, Orphism, Color Field Painting, Post-painterly Abstraction, Minimalism. The work transcends the accepted cultural raison d’être of this century—the cult of self—to evoke instead the universal.Playing off the paintings in the main gallery, is Barcio’s installation Continuum (2016-2018), in which nine mirrored plexiglass forms accumulate into a golden pyramid, reflecting light, colors and shapes, creating new lines and angles, transforming the main gallery into a kinetic space activated by the audience.In the side room is Barcio’s installation, Infinite Reflection (2015). This light-based work places spectators in a dynamic space where they can interact with two interfacing reflective pyramid forms that cause an infinite reflection, creating a contemplative atmosphere suggestive of self-awareness and the passage of time.

Under Influence speaks to something ancestral, universal, infinite, and essential. It is a conversation arising not from coteries but from the unifying elements of a common world: shape, color, line, form, material, surface, and the infinite potentialities that arise from relationships.

Audrey Barcio received her BA from Herron School of Art and Design and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She attended the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, France, and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2017. Her work has been published in New American Paintings and has been featured in multiple group exhibitions around the U.S., including Art in America at the Art Miami Satellite Fair and GLAMFA at UC Long Beach. She has had solo exhibitions at Syracuse University in New York, in the Las Vegas Government Center, and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work is included in several private collections and in the permanent collection of the Barrick Museum of Art. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

This exhibit was made possible by the Simon Family Foundation, Alan Mills and Sun King Brewing.

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For detailed information on renting space in Tube Factory for events, meetings, receptions, and more, please click here and also feel free to email email hidden; JavaScript is required. You can view and download our rental brochure here. Proceeds help support our wide variety of free community and cultural programming. The starting rate for rental is $250 plus additional charge for on-site staff required based on the particulars of the event or reception. Details can be discussed in person. The contact on facility rentals is Shauta Marsh at (317) 450-6630.

Rental FAQS

How many people can the space hold?

Depending on the set up, anywhere from 150-300. The upstairs area is best for 100 or less seated. We also offer a large space downstairs with a public restroom on that floor.


You must use our bartenders to staff the bar. We assign fees to this and charge for purchasing beer and wine. We have many options and can work with you on this. Renters can’t bring in or serve alcohol per alcohol rules related to our license.


We don’t have restrictions on food. We do have a list of catering friends we can supply who have experience working with Tube Factory for receptions and events. We have a small out-of-site staging area and fridges. It is not a commercial kitchen.


The gallery is not part of the facility rental. There are no tables, chairs, food or drink allowed in the gallery. While the gallery can be open during your event, it is not included as part of the facility rental.

Sound and AV

We have a high-quality built-in sound system that you are allowed to plug into and use for events of free. We do not supply staff to run sound unless previously arranged. We charge an hourly rate for on-site AV staff. We have projectors available and screens. During daytime, the upstairs space is bright with windows and skylights and impossible to darken. The downstairs area can be better controlled for light during the day.

Is it extra to use your chairs (other than the ones at the tables) and other AV equipment, art supplies, etc.?

We have a lot of stuff around the space. Ask us and we can talk about this and how much it may cost.


You may use command strips, putty and painter’s tape on the walls but you cannot hammer into the walls. There are also certain areas you cannot cover, such as the donor wall and the installation that creates bar area. Again, some flexibility here.

What can be moved?

The tables and chairs upstairs. The space can be configured in many ways. You are welcome to rent tables and chairs to bring in. Certain other requests can be discussed in terms of things that can be moved..

Will you promote my event?

We help promote partnership events. Partnerships also have flexibility on rental costs.

Can I put my own images on the TVs?

The images on the televisions and projections can be used depending on the situation and the status of exhibits.

What about parking?

If you have more than 75 people attending your event or reception you must provide a parking attendant or pay one of our staff for to direct the attendees to the additional lot. Please let attendees know they can park along Shelby St. but they can not park on Cruft. The street parking on Cruft is for residents only.

Do you have other options besides Tube for rental 

Listen Hear could work for smaller events. It is at 2620 Shelby St. at the end of Cruft Street.


This previously vacant 12,000-square-foot former manufacturing building is now a thoughtfully renovated home base for our work as well as partnership-based community meetings and cultural events. It was built in 1908 for use by as a dairy bottling plant before housing an armory, sheet metal pattern works, peanut roaster, and factory where people made metal tubes. Check out photos of Tube Factory here and view gifs of the transformation of our space here.

Tube Factory: Before and After from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The transformation of the Tube Factory building (which opened in May of 2016) and the programming happening there are possible thanks to an outpouring of support from a wide range of funders for the first phase of the effort. Large grants for Tube Factory have come from the City of Indianapolis, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and LISC Indianapolis. Additional generous support came from Klipsch, Ann and Chris Stack, Howard Schrott and Diana Mutz, Ursula David, Sam Sutphin and Kerry Dinneen, and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation. The architectural firm Blackline also provided design support for the renovation of the building.

All about The Tube Factory from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

The Donors from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

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Big Car and Tube Factory are members of the Garfield Park Neighbors Association, IDADA and the Fountain Square Merchants Association.