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2016 Indiana Artisan Marketplace


Only once a year, the state’s highest-quality Artisans come together — at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace.  Talk with artisans at the top of their craft, recognized by the state for their exceptional art and food.  Taste their wines and foods, see what makes them the best, and take advantage of the opportunity to take home some of their outstanding work made in studios, workshops and kitchens here in the Hoosier State.


Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016
Times: Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
Tickets: $10 at the door, 14 and younger admitted free
Participating Artisans: Well over 150 art and food artisans will participate.  
Parking: Four shuttles will run this continuous route all weekend.  Park anywhere on the Fairgrounds, take the FREE shuttle to the Expo Hall (#22 on the shuttle map), enjoy your day at the Marketplace, leave your purchases at “Package Pick Up” just inside the Marketplace front door, shuttle back to your vehicle, and drive to the Expo Hall where a volunteer will bring your purchases to your car before you depart.
Volunteer: Sign-up will begin in October. Volunteers receive free parking, admission and a cool t-shirt for helping to make the experience incredible.
Action: Become a fan of Indiana Artisan on Facebook.

Artists from the juried Kentucky Crafted program, and “foodists” from Kentucky Proud, join Indiana Artisans at this event each year, and you are invited at the 2013 ticket price.

The Marketplace is a once-a-year opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and foods directly from the artisans who make it. Here is a great example, of Indiana Artisan Megan Winn making one of her leather-covered journals. This annual event is the opportunity to meet the artisans and to share their stories. Come and watch artisans create work – potters throwing, painters painting, weavers weaving, and some exciting looks at candy making are just a glimpse of what’s in store.

The work of more than 300 artisans in 63 Indiana counties has been juried and is part of the Indiana Artisan brand. An Indiana Artisan is a Hoosier recognized for careful attention to detail, knowledge of a craft and an entrepreneurial spirit. His or her talent contributes to Indiana’s reputation for quality work, and the Artisan brand includes glass, wood and leatherwork; oils, watercolors, acrylics, and colored pencil; wine, jewelry, weaving and fiber art, specialty cheeses, pottery, fudge, chocolates, popcorns, and more.