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Arts and Culture in Lawrence, Indiana

Lawrence, Indiana is a small town nestled on the northeast side of Indiana state capital Indianapolis. Despite being located virtually inside the Indianapolis city limits, Lawrence still retains a small town aesthetic, with most of its residents living in Lawrence and commuting to the Circle City during the week to work at an Indianapolis business. As such, there really isn’t an independent Lawrence art scene; why create your own scene if the wealth of Indianapolis art galleries, Indianapolis artists, and Indianapolis art museums is right at your fingertips?

Lawrence art lovers have it pretty easy. Downtown Indianapolis and the cornucopia of Indianapolis art it brings is just a short drive away from any point in Lawrence, so residents of the town have access to all sorts of cool Indianapolis attractions. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the most respected art museums in the world, with tons of cutting edge modern exhibits coupled with the best works of the 20th century and beyond. Other notable Indianapolis art museums include the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, and the Indiana State Museum. Indianapolis is also home to several independent galleries, among them the Big Car Gallery, the Hoosier Salon, and Art Bank on Mass Ave.

Video of the European Collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, near Lawrence, Indiana

So while Lawrence might not have the artistic infrastructure and focus of other Indianapolis satellite cities like Carmel, Fishers, or Greenwood, it’s incredibly close to all the artistic offerings of the Circle City. Living in Lawrence is much like living in Indianapolis itself, so Lawrence art lovers can still experience the wide world of the canvas without stepping out too far from their front doors. Lawrence artists are free to exhibit their work in Indianapolis art galleries right next to Indy natives, and Indianapolis theaters and the world of Indianapolis performing arts are also wide open to Lawrence residents. Lawrence art may not be much of anything by itself, but it’s always got Indianapolis art to lean on.