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September 13, 2023

Ignite Studio Call for Art: The Sustenance Show

By Kris Hurst, Arts Engagement Coordinator

Ignite Studio at the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers has opened a call for art for our next juried exhibit, “The Sustenance Show,” with cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. We are seeking original art that fits within the theme as outlined below.

As per the Oxford Dictionary, sustenance is defined as:

  • Food and drink regarded as a source of strength; nourishment.
  • The maintaining of someone or something in life or existence.

Around the holidays, food usually plays a central part in how we celebrate. We get excited about a favorite dish that is always present, or something new is introduced to the menu that becomes a staple. Perhaps you host a gathering for the first time, putting you in charge of the menu. Maybe you decide to bring in the new year with a party, with tantalizing appetizers and beverages. This is also the time that many of us evaluate the past year. We reflect on the other things in life that feed us: family, friends, socialization, animals, solitude, beliefs, creativity, giving, nature, and relaxation. What did we get enough of? What do we need more of? We all need and respond to different things. This juried show is an invitation to explore the things that sustain us and add to our sense of well-being.

Lucy Sparrow, ‘Sparrow Mart’ pork chops, fabric, 2018


All 2-D works, including painting, sketching, collage, assemblage, mixed media, and photography, are accepted. 3-D works, including ceramics and sculpture, are accepted.

If you would like to submit your artwork for consideration, please follow the submission guidelines below.

Deadline to submit is Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

Arcimboldo, Vertumnus, oil on canvas, 1590



Submit all required materials on one document, either a .docx or .pdf, to hurstk@hamiltoneastpl.org.

Subject line of email should include the following info in this format:

  • Subject: Title(s) of Works, Materials/Mediums, Size, Price
  • Example: The Road Less Traveled, Oil, 12×20, $270; Self-Portrait, Acrylic, 18×30, $300; Sunrise, Mixed Media, 8×16, NFS
  • One image per page including:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Dimensions
    • Media
    • Price

Angela Sung, Sushi, Gouache, 2022



  • Ignite does not accept works that are reproductions or studies of existing works. All work must be original.
  • Any work previously displayed at Ignite Studio is not eligible for entry.
  • Hanging work should not exceed 70 lbs.
  • Ignite Studio is located in a public library visited by all ages. We cannot accept work with nudity or profanity.
  • Displayed artworks might be photographed for promotional work (social media, print materials, etc.).

Artwork should be dropped off on the appropriate dates as specified by Ignite Studio upon notification of acceptance of work. Artwork on display in Ignite Studio can be sold by the artist. Ignite does not take commission or handle any transactions. Work that is sold must remain on display through the duration of exhibit and will be marked with a red dot upon notification of its sale from the artist.

Artwork will be displayed in Ignite Studio, located on the lower level of Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers.

Join us for an Artist Reception on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 6:00pm. Stop by and see “The Sustenance Show” on display November 4, 2023 – January 12, 2024.