GANGGANG BRINGS BUTTER FINE ART FAIR TO NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND THIS FEBRUARY

PRESS RELEASE
January 17, 2023

 

A Creative Summit and BUTTER Fine Art Fair are both featured in Indy’s Home Court to Exhibit Works by 30+ Visual Artists; Expect National and Local Artwork, DJs, and Art Fair All-Stars

INDIANAPOLIS (January 17, 2023) – Creative advocacy firm GANGGANG has announced an early return of North America’s equitable fine art fair, bringing BUTTER to the Indianapolis Artsgarden February 16-18 during NBA All-Star weekend. GANGGANG, Indy Arts Council, and Indiana Humanities, co-chairs of the Arts and Culture Committee, will oversee the pop-up exhibitions, including the Creative Summit, BUTTER, and several other thought-provoking art-, light-, and place-based activations slated for the Cultural Corridor.

BUTTER advocates for the care and economic viability of Black visual artists, promoting equity by investing directly in the creative economy. In August, BUTTER welcomed 11,000 attendees, selling 75 pieces of art for a combined total of $270,392 during the four-day fair. BUTTER is responsible for more than $710,397 in artwork sales in just three years, maximizing the earnings of 129 artists. The impact and message of the event are immeasurable, with the innovative new model reaching millions of people thus far.

As described by The New York Times, BUTTER serves as a new model for economic justice in the arts, aiming to sell or loan 100% of the artwork, giving 100% of the proceeds to artists. 

“BUTTER is about creating a context worthy of the art and artists it exhibits,” said Deonna Craig, BUTTER Fine Art Fair Director. “We are thrilled to announce the expansion of BUTTER in 2024 during NBA All-Star in Indianapolis. The artwork will bring a unique focus to the intersection of sports and culture, from sculpture to photography to oil on canvas, welcoming sports and art enthusiasts to Indy’s Home Court. This is our first expansion outside of Labor Day weekend, and just as sports is embedded in families and cultures, we are honored to curate an experience that pays reverence to that bond.”

BUTTER at Indy’s Home Court is free and open to the public with RSVP on Eventbrite, taking place in 19,000 square feet at the Indianapolis Artsgarden (110 W. Washington St.) in the heart of NBA All-Star activations. Malina Simone Bacon and Alan Bacon, founders of GANGGANG and BUTTER, will serve as Curators for the pop-up fair alongside BUTTER Director Deonna Craig. Kia Davis joins the curatorial team at BUTTER again along with first-time BUTTER Curator, Alan Mills. 

“BUTTER is changing the trajectory of artists’ careers nationwide. The visibility, the care and the connection to other Black artists comes alive at BUTTER,” says curator Kia Davis. “Alongside the 18 Art Collective that will anchor the exhibition, the basketball-themed works from local and national artists will take center stage at the Artsgarden.”

In addition to artwork, weekend attendees can expect a series of artist talks at the Creative Summit and BUTTER’s music energy curated by Deckademics. The Creative Summit will take place during the first half of BUTTER each day, spotlighting local and national creatives whose work happens behind the stage.

The BUTTER daily schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 16

  •   Creative Summit 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  •   BUTTER 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.   
  •   BUTTER VIP & Artist Reception, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 Saturday, February 17

  •   Creative Summit 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  •   BUTTER 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.   

 Sunday, February 18

  •   Creative Summit 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  •   BUTTER 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   

 

About GANGGANG

GANGGANG is a creative advocacy agency based in Indianapolis working to center culture, equity, and beauty in cities through major initiatives like BUTTER Fine Art Fair. For more information on the founding organization, visit www.ganggangculture.com or follow us on social media @ganggangculture. For more information on BUTTER, visit www.butterartfair.com or follow on social @butterartfair. 

About Indy Arts Council

Indy Arts Council is central Indiana’s leading arts advocacy and services agency. Our mission is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.
|About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, open minds, and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read, and talk. Learn more at www.IndianaHumanities.org.

 

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Including artist interview requests and artwork photography:

Keri Kirschner, [email protected], 646-717-2848