Indiana Black History Public Art Legacy Project

Program Description

The General Assembly has mandated a Black History Display in the Indiana State House. The Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) and its partners, with the concurrence of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, have determined that a public art legacy project should be created and installed in the Indiana State House, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Artists are invited to submit an application to design and fabricate two traditional bronze busts for the Indiana State House. The works are intended to celebrate the life and public service of two African American legislators who served the State of Indiana. The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB), and the IDOA will coordinate the selection process to identify the artist/s for this commission. Both sculptures will become part of the permanent historic sculpture collection managed by the IDOA and will be on public display. About the Work:

One bronze bust of each public leader shall be created and will be installed in one of two designated niches located around the State House Rotunda. The busts will be approximately 1 ½ times life size, and placed within a distinctive backdrop and reading rail designed for the sculptures.

  • James Sidney Hinton (1834‐1892), the first African American elected to the Indiana General Assembly (1880).
  • Julia Carson (1938 – 2007), whose career culminated in her service as U.S. Congresswoman.

Further information is available on the Indiana Historical Bureau website

Artists may propose the completion of one or both of these sculptures and must indicate this in the proposal.

Guidelines - For Applicants

Indiana Black History Public Art Legacy Project Guidelines

How to Apply

Complete the online application:
Go to the IAC's Online Grants System to complete an application.

  • Applicants must submit artistic documentation online as part of the application. See the guidelines for further details on how to format images.


Applications Open: Monday, April 2, 2012
Application Deadline: Monday, June 18, 2012 by 4:30 p.m. ET

Contact Information

Application Content and Program Questions: 
Pamela J. Bennett
Indiana Historical Bureau

Online System and Technical Information (Including image formatting):
April Blevins
Grants and Technology Manager
Indiana Arts Commission

Susan Britsch
Community Development Manager
Indiana Arts Commission