Art was long been running through the veins of Kokomo’s downtown revitalization efforts, but it’s now grown into a larger culture of art in the city’s center.
Works from local artists and more can be found around many venues in downtown Kokomo. Some in formal gallery settings and some simply incorporated inside downtown businesses.
Here’s a glimpse of where you’ll find art in downtown Kokomo:
A downtown art gallery operated by the Kokomo Art Association, it displays paintings in every medium, handpainted porcelain, handthrown pottery, fused glass, and designer jewelry and wood items.
Located along Main Street next to Artworks Gallery, Artist Alley provides a lit space for mounted murals and sculptures in this outdoor Art Gallery. A partnership between Kokomo Art Association and the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, the exhibit is open to the public 24/7/365.
Located in the Firestone Building at 209 N. Union St., the IU Kokomo Union Street Art Gallery gives students a chance to take their work beyond the portfolio. Exhibits change regularly and the gallery also houses two studio spaces for alumni to take up a six-month residency.
A wide variety of media and subjects are exhibited each month along the lower level corridors of Library’s Main Branch downtown. Most exhibits are created from the library’s own collection. Also displayed are the annual Hoosier Salon exhibit, the Kokomo Art Association’s Spring Show and occasional exhibits by contemporary artists.
A record shop at heart, the downtown business regularly hosts art shows and arts-related events.
Created by Indiana University Kokomo professor Gregory Steel, the coalition’s goal is to promote more public art projects, especially in the downtown area. It looks to bring local artists together.