About us

MISSION STATEMENT

We strengthen Indiana’s creative communities by connecting people to a select group of artisans who create exceptional fine art and craft, food, and beverage.

Supporting Goals

  • Identify, curate, and promote Indiana-based artists and craftspeople, as well as the fine arts and crafts, foods, and beverages they create.

  • Support artisanal entrepreneurs and businesses through marketing efforts, direct retail opportunities, education, and peer networking.

  • Grow local economies and foster pride in place by increasing opportunities for residents and visitors to interact and engage with artisans.

  • Establish Indiana Artisan as a standard of excellence and known brand for high-quality, locally created fine arts and crafts, foods, and beverages.

INCLUSION and EQUITY STATEMENT

Indiana Artisan pledges to cultivate opportunities for all Hoosiers who create exceptional visual art, food or beverage and the people who appreciate their work. The organization will pursue justice, inclusiveness and equity throughout its services and programs. We are dedicated to listening to, partnering with and learning from all people, regardless of socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.


Accessibility concerns

Indiana Artisan welcomes questions or suggestions relating to the accessibility of our programs and services. Please direct them to [email protected] or (317) 964-9455. 

ABOUT INDIANA ARTISAN

Indiana Artisan is craftsmanship. It is fine oils and fine wines, handmade soaps and hand-turned bowls. It is Lake Michigan artists and Ohio River Valley craftsmen. Indiana Artisan is the state’s best craftspeople – from specialty cheese makers to specialty jewelry makers and from the hands of careful beekeepers to the hands of caring weavers. Indiana’s heritage in painting, glass, musical instruments, stoneware, woodwork, candies, brandies and more is defined through Indiana Artisan.

This collaborative organization brings together Indiana’s talented Artisans’ one-of-a-kind art and food creations. Their select work enriches the lives of Hoosiers and visitors. How? By defining the brand that reflects “This is Indiana’s best.”

Indiana Artisan supports entrepreneurs who create high-quality art, crafts and value-added foods in the Hoosier state. The comprehensive program launched in 2008 to:

• Raise awareness about the availability of locally-crafted products
• Establish a brand for Indiana-made goods
• Provide artisans, particularly those in rural areas, with access to entrepreneurial
• Support including training and networking opportunities
• Support artisan trail and retail development
• Encourage visitation to Indiana

Blow Torch
Wicker Chair
Detail Work

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman began Indiana Artisan as an economic development program to help expand the businesses of Hoosier artisans through initiatives that support and promote their handmade work. Now as a non-profit corporation, Indiana Artisan, Inc. continues that mission of developing a brand that gives meaning and recognition to the highest-quality Indiana-made goods.

This organization brings together the state’s talented artisans and their one-of-a-kind art and food creations. Participation is through an adjudication process focused on design/quality, technique, originality or authenticity exhibiting the tradition or heritage of Indiana communities and marketability. Once each year, food and art jury panels meet to review applications. The timeline for the current adjudication is here.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Director Of Engagement, Embassy Theatre
Fort Wayne
Vice Chair
CEO, Abbotts Candies
Hagerstown
Treasurer
Retired VP Business Services/Controller, Ball State University
Muncie
Secretary
Jewelry
Amy Greely Studio
Nashville
Chief Marketing Officer, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
Zionsville
Project Manager, BSU Indiana Communities Institute
Indianapolis
Executive Director, Long Center for the Performing Arts
Lafayette
Principal, Kalleen & Co. Interior Design
Indianapolis
Retired Brand & Creative Manager, GARFIELD Brand
Indianapolis
Glass Artist
Owner, Hot Shop Valpo
Valparaiso
VP, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Director of Gallery 924
Indianapolis
Arts Center Manager, Garfield Park Arts Center
Indianapolis
Executive Director, ArtsPlace
Portland
Gourmet Chili Sauce
Owner, Amazing Hazel’s
Indianapolis

ADVISORY BOARD

Wines
Winzerwald Winery
Bristow
Candy & Chocolates
Newfangled Confections
Indianapolis
Furniture / Woodworking
George Abiad Woodworking
Anderson
Flameworked Glass Beads
Fran’s Glass Bead Fancies
Pendleton
Stringed Instruments
From the Woods
Farmland
Fine Art Photography
Framed Landscap3s
Carmel
Bath / Body Products
SACS & Co
Winona Lake
Leatherwork
Moncrieff Leathers
New Castle
Caramels & Chocolates
Abbotts Candies
Hagerstown
Oil Painting
Pamela C. Newell Fine Art
Fishers
Stoneware Clay
Scami Stoneware
Wabash
Fiber
Brenda Schori Handwovens
Granger
Jewelry
Snow Shadow Jewelry
Indianapolis
Greeting Cards
Cat People Press
Fort Wayne
Pound cakes
Marsha's Specialty Desserts & Tierney's Catering
Avon
Gourmet Chili Sauce
Owner, Amazing Hazel’s
Indianapolis

STAFF

Executive Director / President, Indiana Artisan
Atlanta

GRANT FUNDERS

City of Carmel, Indiana
Glick Philanthropies
Indiana Arts Commission
National Endowment For The Arts
Penrod Society

DONORS

Amazing Hazel’s
Amy Ahlersmeyer
Amy Greely
Barb Richards
Betsy and Spencer Knotts
Bill and Jan McCune
Brian Blackford
Chip Kalleen, ASID
Connie Lindman
Daren Redman
Eric Rogers
Framed Lightscap3s
From The Woods
Hot Shop Valpo
J. Evelyn Confections
Jill Dunn Designs
Lynn and Jay Noel
Moncrieff Leathers
Shannon M. Linker
Stephanie Robertson
The Best Chocolate In Town
Wildflower Ridge Honey

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

Hoosier Art Salon
Indiana Design Center
Town Poste Network