BUTTER FINE ART FAIR RETURNS LABOR DAY WEEKEND FOR ITS LARGEST EXHIBITION YET

PRESS RELEASE
June 20, 2024

 

Fourth edition of equitable fine art fair expands disciplines and exhibition hall space with more than 50 Black visual artists, live music, and interactive experiences; Tickets now on sale

INDIANAPOLIS (June 20, 2024)GANGGANG, an Indianapolis-based creative advocacy agency, recently announced the fourth edition of BUTTER, North America’s equitable fine art fair, showcasing the contemporary work of more than 50 Black visual artists from Indiana and across the country, including ten LA-based artists: April Bey, Asari Aibangbee, Autumn Breon, Chris “Rocket” Descartes, Cortney Herron, Isis Dua, Mary Harris, Natou Fall, Rebekah Gaillard, and Tumi Adeleye. As BUTTER expands its multi-sector reach, the exhibition continues to advocate for the care and economic viability of artists, building new models for equity in the arts on a national scale.

 

Since its inception in 2021, BUTTER has welcomed 32,000+ attendees, selling a combined total of $749,000 worth of artwork—including 19 BUTTER artworks acquired by 9 major institutions for their permanent collections. Dedicated to transforming artists’ mindsets and careers, BUTTER has maximized the earnings of Black visual artists by giving 100% of sale proceeds back to the artists.

 

“We are delighted that the Indianapolis community and broader region has wrapped its arms around BUTTER, making the fine art fair the experience of the season for its role as a driver of economic growth and justice,” said Malina Simone Bacon, Co-Founder of GANGGANG and BUTTER Fine Art Fair. “This is a big year for GANGGANG and for BUTTER to welcome new artists, cities, partners, and strategies for sustaining both organizations.” 

 

BUTTER is made possible because of support from generous organizations and individuals like Title Sponsor AES Indiana and returning sponsors A Couple Cooks, Barnes & Thornburg, Black Onyx Management, Herron School of Art + Design IUPUI, Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Humanities, Indy Arts Council, IndyGo, NFP, OneAmerica Financial, OUTFRONT Media, Pivot Marketing, Printing Partners Inc., Second Street Creative, Solid State, SomeraRoad, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Foundation, VisionLoft, and Visit Indy. The fair returns this year to the historic Stutz factory building in downtown Indianapolis, featuring a new exhibition hall, an expanded retail experience, and plenty of surprise activations to keep attendees engaged and inspired.

 

“New programming this year will provide a platform for dialogue, exchange, and discovery,” said Deonna Craig, BUTTER Fine Art Fair Director. “With a renewed focus on education and community engagement, we are excited to announce a new partnership with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the return of Collectors’ Club, an intimate, mentor-based effort helping people to build intentional and ambitious personal art collections.”

 

The immersive fair will also include a new outdoor Performance Stage on 10th Street, providing an unparalleled live music and performance arts experience, along with sounds curated by DJ MetroGnome and The Testimony Service on Sunday. MELT, a 21+ multi-sensory, after-hours dance party curated by Nigel Long, will take place downtown on Saturday, August 31 after BUTTER. Full schedule as follows:

 

Tuesday, August 27: Collectors’ Club Event (private)

Thursday, August 29: Artist Reception (private) / Preview Night (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Friday, August 30: Education Day (private) / Opening Day and Night (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Saturday, August 31: BUTTER Day 2 (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) / MELT (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

Sunday, September 1: BUTTER Day 3 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

 

Malina Simone Bacon and Alan Bacon, Founders of GANGGANG and BUTTER Fine Art Fair, will serve as Creative Directors and Curators alongside Deonna Craig. Joining the curatorial team for the first time this year are Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, drum major for justice and equity through education and the arts, Chicago-based Kendall Hurns, multi-hyphenate culture converter, and Nakeyta Moore, an LA-based fine art specialist and brand developer. 

 

“It’s been absolutely wonderful getting to know all of the artists, getting to know their process,” said Nakeyta Moore regarding the LA artist contingency this year. “As these talented artists have spent the time to get their skills where they need to be, it’s time for them to expand all the way to Indiana, and then to come back with something else to talk about.”

 

Tickets are now on sale at www.butterartfair.com. General Admission tickets are $40, which includes unlimited access to BUTTER on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Preview Night tickets are $150 for Thursday night and include General Admission with weekend return access. Students under 18 are encouraged to attend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for free, no registration required.

 

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 and I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll. For more information on the founding organization, visit www.ganggangculture.com or follow on social media @ganggangculture.

 

ABOUT BUTTER

The place where you can be yourself, BUTTER is a multi-day fine art fair that features artwork made by Black visual artists from Indiana and across the country. As described by Ebony, Forbes, and The New York Times, BUTTER serves as a new model for economic justice in the arts, aiming to sell or loan 100% of the exhibiting artworks, giving 100% of the proceeds to the artists.

 

More details on the visual artists, daily talks, artist workshops, and live performances coming soon. The BUTTER Media Kit, which includes new press materials and photography assets, can be found here.

 

Media Inquiries

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

Clara Isaac, [email protected], (317) 441-1535

Frances Anderson, [email protected], (217) 621-6335