New and improved!
No, really, you don't understand. We love our building, but when we say the walls in our gallery annex are bad, we are not even joking. Ask curator, Kyle Ragsdale what it is like trying to hang art on them and . . . on second thought, don't ask.
For starters, these walls are HARD. Nothing is going to hang here without some pretty hefty nails and buckets of elbow grease. Then there is the texture - the surface of the moon or a really bad rash. Neither should probably come to mind when describing exhibition space. Still, over the years, their condition has "inspired" people in a variety of ways. There was the intern who was convinced he could repair all of the imperfections in one short summer. Another sought to draw attention to random imperfections (beauty marks?) by tracing a thin line around them with colorful markers. Funny, right?
Enter the Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation (AWCF). Their generosity over the years, along with other community partners, has funded many improvements. From updating our Underground space, refurbishing the parquet floor in our historic gymnasium, the creation of the City Gallery space, to the recent remodeling of Gallery No. 2, their support has greatly enhanced our ability to utilize the Harrison Center to the fullest.
Their latest gift is funding our current construction project--renovating the gallery annex with new walls that will transform this part of the building into a beautiful new exhibit space. We are so grateful for the support of AWCF and the many other organizations in our community who support our mission to be a catalyst for renewal in the city of Indianapolis by fostering awareness, appreciation and community for arts and culture. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of January, so come February 1st for First Friday and check it out!