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John Himmelfarb's The Road Ahead Leaves a Trail Behind at the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association Pavilion
John Himmelfarb’s The Road Ahead Leaves a Trail Behind at the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association Pavilion, photo by Chris Kowalski

INDIANA ARTISTS GET IN ON SUPERBOWL TOURISM

Jan. 24, 2012

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Who said artists and jocks can’t get along? In time for this year’s Super Bowl at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, Feb. 5, 2012, the city’s Downtown Artists and Dealers Association has organized a juried exhibition that hopes to draw attention of football tourists to the local art scene.

Twenty artists contributed “experiential” installations to “Turf,” Jan. 14-Feb.5, 2012, at the IDADA Art Pavilion, located at the old City Hall building in downtown Indianapolis. During the days, from 10 am-7 pm, visitors can view the works for free, attend a poetry reading on Jan. 28, or rent out the space for catered Super Bowl-themed parties at night. On Feb. 3, the Friday before the Super Bowl, organizers are leading a 20-block tour of IDADA member galleries.

The artists in the exhibition are almost entirely locals, including Anila Quayyum Agha, Greg Hull, Lori Miles and Lauren Zoll from Indianapolis; Jawshing Arthur Liou from Bloomington; Brian James Priest from Avon, Ind., and John Himmelfarb of Chicago.

“To my knowledge,” said IDADA treasurer Mark Ruschman in a press release, “this has never been attempted by a Super Bowl host city before.”

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