Index Art Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit contemporary arts organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the visual arts in Newark, New Jersey. Collaborating with schools and other nonprofit organizations to provide educational and community-based programs in an active art gallery, IAC serves as both a critical link between art and community, and as a conduit for emerging artists.
IAC presents a diverse, year-round program of new exhibitions in its gallery, including collaborative projects with community organizations, charities, and other nonprofit groups. In addition, IAC provides educational programming that includes artist talks, special tours, and workshops for young artists, high school and college students.
IAC plays a prominent role in Newark’s yearly Open Doors event, hosted by the Newark Arts Council. Open Doors draws art lovers and artists from across the country to Newark’s galleries helping to promote the arts and downtown businesses.
Approaching its 8th year, IAC’s annual film and video screening, Filmideo, provides a venue for artists and filmmakers to premier their work in a theater-like setting.
Looking forward, IAC plans to develop off-site, public programs including an outdoor sculpture park.
Lowell Craig, Seth Goodwin, and DC Smith established Index Art Center in May 2009. Founders of the former Redsaw Gallery and active members of Newark’s art community, the three have bolstered Newark’s fledgling art scene by actively and continuously promoting local and regional artists. The collaborations of Lowell, Seth and DC have played a critical role in revitalizing Newark’s galleries and its downtown development.
Index Art Center is located at 585 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey between Central Avenue and New Street. It is easily accessible by car, PATH and NJ Transit. Hours are Thursdays from 6 to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 1 to 4pm, and by appointment. There is no charge for admission.
On Friday June 14th, the clothing store on the first floor of our building caught on fire. There was intense smoke and heat in the area where it originated, but thankfully a full out blaze did not occur and the situation was contained right where it started. The Newark fire dept. punched holes all throughout our building looking for the fire and to let out smoke. With the exception of some smashed out windows, the damage on the second floor was minimal- all of our artist’s works are in good condition. Much praise and thanks to the Newark Fire Dept. and to our friends that came out and helped us board up windows and roof. As of now we are not allowed back in the building- I do not know with any certainty that we will be able to open Index Art Center again in our current location. Thank you for all of your support. We are currently in search of a new space, we will keep you posted!
Lowell E. Craig