The Arts Celebrate the 102nd Running of the Indy 500

Welcome Race Fans is a collaborative project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to connect visual art and artists to this historic race. One of the more familiar and iconic visuals associated with May in Indianapolis is the blanketing of the city with “Welcome Race Fans” signs and banners. Our project builds upon and pays tribute to the annual tradition of Welcome Race Fans signs with original artwork created by Indiana artists. This year 5 Indiana artists were commissioned to create their own version of the beloved Welcome Race Fans signs, using their own unique style and materials. The result is an infusion of different artistic voices and imagery to welcome the world to Indianapolis and celebrate the month of May. Each sign will be unique and represent the vast diversity of styles and artists in Indiana. The 5 original works of art will be located at the Indianapolis Artsgarden and the 500 Festival office downtown in late April then onto the Pagoda in mid-May. (look for updates here on the location of the original artwork) All original artwork is for sale. To inquire about the new artwork, please contact us at welcomeracefans@indyarts.org.

FREE posters representing all 5 artworks will be available beginning Friday, April 20, 2018. 


Image above: Lisa Sears, Speedway 1909, acrylic on canvas, 2018




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