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

Retired Banker
Geneva
Project Manager, BSU Indiana Communities Institute
Indianapolis
Oil Painting
Pamela C. Newell Fine Art
Fishers
Vice Chair
Founder
Bee Great Company
Fort Wayne
Retired Marketing Executive
Zionsville
Executive Director, Long Center for the Performing Arts
Lafayette
Principal, Kalleen & Co. Interior Design
Indianapolis
Executive Director
Indiana Tourism Association
Indianapolis
Treasurer
Retired VP Business Services/Controller, Ball State University
Muncie
Secretary
Associate Professor of Photography, Program Director, Pre-Art Therapy
University of Saint Francis, Division of Creative Arts
Fort Wayne

ADVISORY BOARD

HAND-BOUND JOURNALS
HIGH CLASS BOOKER
CARMEL
FUSED GLASS
TERRE HAUTE
PASTEL AND OIL PAINTINGS
Mary Ann Davis Fine Art
Indianapolis, Indiana
Wines
Winzerwald Winery
Bristow
Stringed Instruments
From the Woods
Farmland
Leatherwork
Moncrieff Leathers
New Castle
Pound cakes
Marsha's Specialty Desserts & Tierney's Catering
Avon
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Carmel
Stoneware Clay
Scami Stoneware
Wabash
Fiber
Brenda Schori Handwovens
Granger
Jewelry
Snow Shadow Jewelry
Indianapolis

STAFF

Program Manager, Indiana Artisan
Indianapolis, Indiana
Executive Director / President, Indiana Artisan
Atlanta, Indiana

GRANT FUNDERS

City of Carmel, Indiana
Indiana Arts Commission Logo
National Endowment For The Arts

DONORS

Amy Ahlersmeyer
Andrew Briggs
Art of Wine
Aspect 6 Creative
Barb Richards
Bill and Jan McCune
Brian Blackford
Cara Lee Wade
Carmel Associate Chapter, Kappa Kappa Kappa
Carousel Winery
Carrie Abbott
Carrie Lambert
Chip Kalleen, ASID
Connie Lindman
Daren Redman
Easley Winery
Eric Rogers
Hampton Art Studios
High Class Booker
Hoosier Artist Gallery
Indiana Foodways Alliance
Indiana Glass Trail
Indy Spine and Rehab, PC
J. Evelyn Confections
Jacobs & Brichford
Liberty Financial Group
Lindsey Lord
Mark Hoeppner Construction
Pam Newell
The Best Chocolate In Town
The Great Frame Up
The Sterling Butterfly
Vandegriff & Associates
Visit Lawrence County
Wildflower Ridge Honey
Winzerwald Winery

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

French Lick Resort
Garrett Museum of Art
GLO Magazine
Hoosier Art Salon
Indianapolis Art Center
Majic 95.1