Carmel Arts and Design District

Sponsors | Schedule of Activities | Entry Fees & Awards | Carmel on Canvas Rules

Carmel on Canvas artists have the opportunity to compete for Purchase Awards by painting the sponsoring business' establishment and winning the listed monetary prize. Purchase Awards paintings are not included in the Plein Air Paint Out Awards entry or prize money, only Purchase Award prize money. Winners will be chosen on Saturday night.

2018 PURCHASE AWARD SPONSORS (Each purchase award totals between $250 - $500)
Agave Bar & Grill Restaurant
Bub’s Burgers
Bub’s Café
Canine Cloud Nine
Carmel Arts Council
Carmel Historical Society – Scott Osborne Sculpture
The Great Frame Up
Terry & Lezlie Heath
(Carmel Arts & Design District Home)
Indiana Design Center
Dr. Lauck & McLean Optometry & Eyewear
Main Street Treats
Savvy Décor

Hamilton County Tourism

Blick Art Materials
Tina’s Traditional Tea Room

The Purchase Awards paintings will be presented to each business for display in their establishment. Please stop by the businesses to see the different winning paintings. A variety of paintings can be seen and purchased at the local galleries in Carmel too. Best of Show winners from previous years are displayed at All Things Carmel – 110 West Main Street, Carmel, IN 46032.

The fifth annual Carmel on Canvas plein air paint out is Friday to Sunday, September 14-16. This open-air painting exhibition and competition takes place on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Carmel on Canvas is a great way to bring many artists from across the Midwest to create works of art using Carmel’s Arts & Design District as their inspiration. One of my favorite aspects of this event is that the artists interact with the public who are able to see the works of art created. Our desire is to grow this event to be the best plein air paint out in the country,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.

The Carmel on Canvas plein air event hosts more than 60 highly-acclaimed artists from states around the Midwest including Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and many Indiana communities as well. The artists will compete in a variety of plein air contests within the three-day event. They will register in a division that matches their skill level; professional, non-professional, teen and child.

On Saturday morning, a Quick Paint takes place at the Carmel Farmers Market at Center Green. The winners of the adult and child categories will be selected by visitors to the market, which raises community awareness of the event overall.

The Carmel on Canvas Art Fair takes place on Sunday afternoon from noon – 4 p.m. Artists will display creations from the Carmel on Canvas event as well as pieces from their broader scope of work. We want to thank the Carmel community for supporting each artist that participates in the Art Fair.


Grand Prize ($5,000) Lawrence Rudolech - Hanover, IN
2nd Place ($2,000) Jed Dorsey - Indianapolis, IN
3rd Place ($1,500) Roy Boswell - Bargersville, IN
4th Place ($1,000) Jeffrey Baumgartner - Michigan City, IN
Merit Winner ($100) Thomas Himsel - Brownsburg, IN
Merit Winner ($100) Troy Kilgore - Bloomington, IN
Merit Winner ($100) Donna Shortt - Indianapolis, IN
Merit Winner ($100) Melinda Spear-Huff - Sheridan, IN
Merit Winner ($100) Tom Woodson - Muncie, IN

1st Place ($500) Qing Shue - Carmel, IN
2nd Place ($300) Sepideh Motevaselolhagh - Indianapolis, IN
3rd Place ($200) Susan Mowery - Carmel, IN
Merit Winner ($100) Andrew Campbell - Noblesville, IN
Merit Winner ($100) Mark Millis - Bargersville, IN

1st Place ($200) Sarah Firestone Carmel, IN
2nd Place ($100) Izzy Monger Carmel, IN
3rd Place ($50) - TIE Risden Cassady Fishers, IN
3rd Place ($50) – TIE Ellie Shen Carmel, IN

Merit Winner ($50) Savannah Overholser Carmel, IN

1st Place ($300) John Kelty - Ft. Wayne, IN
2nd Place ($200) Polly Thompson - Cicero, IN
3rd Place ($100) Jill Wagner - Saline, MI

1st Place ($300) David M. Seward - Zionsville, IN
2nd Place ($200) Jill Wagner - Saline, MI
3rd Place ($100) John Kelty - Ft. Wayne, IN

Indiana Design Center ($500) Jed Dorsey - Indianapolis, IN
Muldoon’s ($300) Cathy Bauder - Westfield, IN
The Osborne Family ($300) Lesley Haflich - Noblesville, IN
Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream ($250) Lesley Haflich - Indianapolis, IN

We’d also like to thank our 2017 Carmel on Canvas sponsors:

Patrons – City of Carmel, Hoosier Salon, RPM Technologies, LLC, Visit Hamilton County

Enthusiasts – All Things Carmel, Chapman-Osborne Legacy Realtors, Greek’s Pizzeria, Magdalena Gallery of Art, Muldoon’s, The Pint Room

Creative Kids Zone – Magdalena Gallery of Art

See the 2017 event page by clicking here.

See the 2016 event page by clicking here.


Sponsors | Schedule of Activities | Entry Fees & Awards | Carmel on Canvas Rules