Local cultural development firm GANGGANG introduces BUTTER, a multi-day fine art fair that will showcase the works of 30+ Black visual artists from across the country. A first for Indianapolis, BUTTER will feature works by national and local artists including Najee Dorsey of Black Art in America, Kerry James Marshall, Kaila Austin, Tashema Davis, Courtland Blade, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Greg Rose Carter, Elizabeth Catlett and more. The event will take place in an empty hangar space in the Stutz building downtown, September 2-5, 2021.
The multi-day event will kick-off on Wednesday, September 1, at 11 a.m. with an official
ribbon-cutting and dedication of The Stutz’s first-ever exterior mural, done by local artist Ashley
Nora. The mural pays homage to Indianapolis’ cultural leaders and to the Stutz’
neighborhood—the Indiana Avenue Cultural District—and its legacy of Black artistic
• Thursday, September 2: Preview Night
• Friday, September 3: Grand Opening, 4 p.m. to10 p.m.
• Saturday, September 4: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Sunday, September 5: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Unlike other art fairs, BUTTER seeks not only an equitable process, but a reparational
process,” said Alan Bacon, co-founder of GANGGANG. “The goal of BUTTER is to sell or loan
100% of the works and for the artists to receive 100% of the sale profits.”
“It’s time for the art world to face change, real change,” said Sarah Hoover, co-curator for
BUTTER. “BUTTER is political and radical, and it’s a way to reclaim the history and voices of
the incredible BIPOC artists in Indiana and nationally.”
As a part of its mission to elevate Indianapolis creatives in the national conversations,
GANGGANG is also engaging 25 + Indy-based creative entrepreneurs to make the event
possible. Some partners include Solid State Midwest, Aigner Alexander, Lick ICe Cream,
Indiana Fashion Week, Styled by Fei, Naptown Floral, The Revival, Grapevine and
Deckademics. BUTTER is presented by AES Indiana, and sponsored by CICF, the Rachel M.
Simon Fund of the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Pivot Marketing, Barnes & Thornburg
LLP, Citizens Bank, PNC, Elements Financial, One America, SomeraRoad and ESL
Open to the general public, the art fair will also include live music and DJs, BUTTER themed
bites and merchandise, as well as artist workshops on select days. The weekend will conclude
with a testimony service led by Ebony Chappel and Sarah J in the City.
General admission tickets are available for purchase online for $25.
For more information, visit butterartfair.com