“Sleek: The Art of the Helmet” Seeks Artists

The callout is now closed

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2022

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is holding an artist callout for the upcoming exhibition, “Sleek: The Art of the Helmet,” which explores the art of the racing helmet and the stories behind the designs. The Museum will offer a $500 artist fee to those selected. Indianapolis artist Amiah Mims will serve as Guest Curator for the exhibition.

The exhibition will feature a total of 27 helmets, nine helmets will be from racing history, nine from current drivers, and local artists will commission the final nine. Artists are to create a helmet with the theme of, “If you were the driver, what would represent you on your helmet?”. Artists can use their own unique materials, process, and style and does not need to include racing imagery.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for this program, artists must:

-Be 18 years of age or older

-Work as a professional artist or artist team

-Live in or have very strong ties to central Indiana

-Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict timeline

-Artists of 3D and design background are eligible to apply

Artwork Considerations and Requirements

Artists will be asked to create an INDYCAR helmet with imagery and materials of their choosing. The imagery does not necessarily need to be racing-related. This project is meant to showcase the original styles and personal expressions of Indiana artists. Though racing imagery is not a requirement, should the artist choose to include it, may it not be specific to a particular race, but rather reflect racing culture as a whole and its importance in Indianapolis. The Museum can advise artists on how to properly use copyrighted photos and other racing materials with required permissions.

Completed artwork should adhere to the following standards:

-Helmet: The helmet provided by the Museum must be used. It measures 12″ h x 10″ w x 10″ d.

-Weight: Final helmet should weigh no more than 30 lbs

-Materials: Artists are not limited to 2D materials, however, any 3D elements should not protrude more than 2″ from the surface of the helmet

-Content: Artwork should be appropriate for all audiences and age ranges

-Consider: Though the overall theme of this project is personal expression, consider choosing a topic and/or theme that a viewer can connect with and want to purchase, as the goal for the helmets is to be auctioned off at the close of the exhibit.

The selection process, with the support of the Indy Arts Council, will be conducted by a panel, and artists will be notified by May 1.

Contact Information
Amiah Mims
Curator of “Sleek”

“Sleek: The Art of the Helmet” is scheduled to open at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in July 2022.