A FINE ART FAIR
FOR EQUITY

BUTTER 2 was an unprecedented success. Thank you for joining us to see and experience art in new, more equitable ways, pushing boundaries by elevating contexts for Black artists and seeking economic justice in the art industry. Check out details of the event by exploring the site or read the summary report linked below. See you Labor Day weekend 2023 in downtown Indianapolis.

BUTTER 2 SUMMARY

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BUTTER is a multi-day fine art fair that centers and elevates Black artists.

Black artists have benefited from a long-overdue abundance of invitations to exhibit, participate, and weigh-in. However, the cultural infrastructure for artists is lacking, and the roadmap to career advancement and financial sustainability has been unclear. BUTTER aims to change this.

BUTTER invites guests to see and experience contemporary art in new ways, all while advocating for the value and worth of Black artists. The fair was created by GANGGANG to test a new model for reparations in the arts, with a focus on care, authenticity, and economic justice.

In just two years, BUTTER has made a bright impact on Indianapolis and beyond. By returning 100% of artwork sales back to the artists, the fair is an experiment in elevating standards across the art industry and the economic viability of being an artist.

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Who We Are

GANGGANG is a cultural development firm that activates the creative economy to center beauty, equity, and culture in cities. Mali Jeffers and Alan Bacon, co-founders of GANGGANG, are the brains behind BUTTER, the couple’s first fine art fair. This year, the pair is working alongside a team of expert curators and partners to make the magic happen.

CURATORS: Mali Jeffers, Alan Bacon, Braydee Euliss, Sarah Urist Green

PARTNERS: Solid State Midwest, Deckademics, Styled by Fei, Purpose Projxs, Manifest by Ky, Branded by God, BessiakeVision, Ash + Elm

Schedule

OVERVIEW

Thursday, Sept. 1
4 pm to 7 pm: Preview Night

Friday, Sept. 2
11 am to 10 pm: BUTTER Opening Day and Night

Saturday, Sept. 3
11 am to 10 pm: BUTTER
9 pm to Midnight : MELT

Sunday, Sept. 4
11 am to 6 pm: BUTTER

For a full schedule and glimpses at featured programming check out the SCHEDULE page.

Our Sponsors

TITLE SPONSOR:
AES Indiana

PRESENTING SPONSOR:
J.P. Morgan Chase

TOP SPONSORS:
Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation
The Indianapolis Foundation
OneAmerica

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS:

Barnes & Thornburg
Black Onyx Management
Browning
Buckingham Companies
Buckingham Foundation
Elements Financial
Eskenazi Health
Griffith Family
Herron School of Art + Design IUPUI
Indiana University Health
Indy Arts Council
Kite Realty
Mays Chemical
Maywright Property Co.
Meridian Foundation
NFP
PNC Bank
Rachel Simon and Jennifer Simon
SomeraRoad
The National Bank of Indianapolis
Visit Indy

IN-KIND SPONSORS:

Amelia’s
Ash & Elm Cider Co.
AGT Catering
Birdie Brown
Brehob Nurseries
CityWay
Conrad Indianapolis
Create.Connect.Collab
Hi & Mighty
Indianapolis Recorder
IndyGo
Join
Liberty Tire Recycling
Newfields
OUTFRONT Media
Pivot
Plug
Red Bull
Sip & Share
Solid State
Sullivan’s Hardware
SunKing
Uncle Nearest
Where’s Mike G?

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SUMMARY REPORT