Art galleries to visit this fall

Wondering what Indianapolis-based artists are up to this fall?

Indianapolis is home to a thriving arts community with a slew of galleries showcasing local and up-and-coming artists. However, as the leaves begin to turn and students head back to class, finding an opportunity to get out and experience art isn’t always on budget.

Whether you’re looking for a date night, a fun family outing, or a chance to support Hoosier artists, here’s a short list of some local art galleries with free and affordable exhibitions and events throughout the fall.

Gallery 42

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday Friday, 42 Washington Street Free,

Galerie 42 will host two major exhibitions this fall, starting with by Taylor Walker “Magnetism” – a solo exhibition of color and energy from August 29 to September 23 and Will Woodrow’s “October in 3D” from September 30 to November 4.

A self-taught illustrator, Walker specializes in portraits, murals, greeting cards and more. However, his first show, “Magnetisme”, will feature a wide range of brightly colored subject matter, such as watercolors of African animals and abstract encaustics of mixed landscapes.

A watercolor of lions by Taylor Walker from "Magnetism" - A solo exhibition of color and energy premiering August 29 at Gallery 42, located at 42 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis.

“October in 3D” will be an immersive collection by the Indianapolis-based painter and sculptor. Woodrow’s sculptures and 3D works are constructed from a variety of mediums and techniques. The collection featured in the show focuses on nostalgia and the recreation of three-dimensional artifacts from pop culture.

Gallery 42 will host an artist reception for “Magnétisme” on September 9 and one for “October in 3D” on October 14. Both artist receptions will be held in the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. and are free to the public.

Gallery 6202

1pm-7pm Thursday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 6202 N. College Ave.

Owned by Jeff and Jackie Evans, Gallery 6202 showcases the couple’s personal collection of international, national, regional and local art they have collected over a period of 35 years. Starting in August, Gallery 6202 will be undergoing a remodel before celebrating its grand reopening in October.

During its grand reopening, Galley 6202 will host an exhibition for the Indianapolis-based artist Julia Wickes entitled “The space between the notes”. The show will feature seven works of art by Wickes around the theme of jazz music and people caught in a moment of reflection. The exhibition will be free to the public.

Indy Walls

2pm-9pm Tuesday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. 205 E. Palmer Street., $10-$

The Indy Walls Artists' Community Center and Marketplace, located at 205 E. Palmer St., will host several free events for the community to enjoy local Indianapolis art and vendors this fall.

The Indianapolis Indy Walls Artist Community Center offers a full program of free events for people of all ages. On September 10, Indy Walls will host “LIVE” A Night of Live Art Making, where guests can shop from resident artists and vendors while experiencing artistic performances and music from in-house musicians.

On September 17, the gallery will host its first art fair titled “An Art Fair That Doesn’t Charge Artists”. As the title suggests, this art fair will allow local artists to set up stalls in the gallery for free to meet the needs of the community. The event will also include murals, games, live music and food trucks.

In October, Indy Walls will host a haunted attraction called “A Brush with Death.” The main level of the event – with live music and Halloween-themed art – is free and open to the public, while the haunted attraction costs $10 on Thursdays and Fridays and $15 on Saturdays .

To end October, Indy Walls will host its Trick-or-Treat party on October 30th. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the gallery will be transformed into a haunted house built by artists while the artists distribute candy to the children.

Shaefer + Modern King

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1103B E. 52nd Street.

Shaefer + King Modern, located at 1103B E 52nd St. in Indianapolis is one of the only art galleries in the city specializing in modern art, furniture and decor.  The gallery will host a special exhibition for artist Harry Hilson from September 15-25.

Shaefer + King Modern is one of the few galleries in Indianapolis to focus on modern rather than contemporary art. Broad Ripple Gallery collects, exhibits and sells mid-century modern and postmodern art, designer furniture and decor from the 1950s to 1980s.

Having recently acquired several works by artist Harry Hilson, Shaefer + King Modern will host a special exhibition from September 15-25. The exhibition will feature Hilson’s work from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The opening of the Hilson exhibition is free to the public from 6-8pm on September 15.

Behn Gallery

4-7 p.m. Thursday Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 2149 Glebe Street, Suite 100, Carmel.

Behn Gallery, located at 2149 Glebe St Suite 100, Carmel, Indiana, is open free to the community on first Fridays and features live music, guest speakers and canvas stretching.

The Behn Gallery, an untraditional art gallery and event space in Carmel, is no stranger to First Fridays. The gallery opens for free each month from 7-8 p.m., and each event is a little different. Visitors could listen to live music, guest speakers or learn about stretching the canvas.

On October 6 from 6-9pm, the Behn Gallery will host a collaborative event for mental health awareness. Hosted by Indiana-based podcaster Lindsey Trostle, the evening will feature artwork titled “The Unseen” by gallerist Roben Bellomo as well as guest speaker and mental health advocate Todd Fink. The evening will focus on using art to spark conversation and raise funds for mental health. The event will be free but guests must register to attend. More information is available at

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