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Indiana Arts Commission 
100 N. Senate Avenue, Room N505
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone 317.232.1273
Fax 317.232.5595
Relay IN 800.743.3333
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed on weekend and state holidays.


Lewis C. Ricci
Executive Director
Lewis is responsible for the strategic planning, direction, management, implementation, and evaluation of all agency operations, programs and services, and internal and external relations.     
Miah Michaelsen
Deputy Director 
Miah oversees the contracts and grants administration, online grants, information technology, human resources, research and assessment, financial management, statewide technical assistance programs, and administrative functions of the agency. She also assists the Executive Director in planning and development, as well as day-to-day agency management.
Stephanie Pfendler
Executive Assistant
Stephanie serves as the main administrative support for the agency, but primarily for the Executive Director. She supervises all agency logistics for meetings and special events, and assists with contract processing. She also serves as Ethics Officer, Records Coordinator, and Travel Coordinator for the agency. Contact Stephanie to schedule an appointment with the Executive Director or with questions regarding agency records, meetings and events.        

Programs and Services

Paige Sharp
Director of Programs
Paige oversees and directs the overall delivery of technical and financial assistance by the IAC through grant programs, workshops, and other services statewide. She directly supervises the two community development managers in addition to overseeing the Indiana Masterpiece grant program, Regional Arts Partnership, the Cultural Districts, Traditional Arts Indiana and Arts Midwest.
Anna Tragesser
Community Development Manager
Artist and Capacity-Building Services
Anna supports leadership staff in the Programs, Grants, and Services Department in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating the delivery of resources and services primarily for artists and secondarily for arts organizations and the general public in agency-defined impact areas. She provides professional and administrative work in grant programs, conferences, technical assistance, workshops, and convenings with emphasis on supporting and advancing individual artists and small-business arts entrepreneurs. In addition, Anna serves as liaison to Traditional Arts Indiana and supports senior management staff of the Indiana Arts Commission, its Commissioners and agency partners in meeting the IAC’s mission.
OPEN, Community Development ManagerArts Education and Accessibility Coordinator
This position supervises agency statewide initiatives including arts education programs such as PACE (Partnering, Arts, Communities and Education; accessibility initiatives; the Arts Organizational Support III grant program; the Indiana State Poet Laureate program; Poetry Out Loud; and capacity-building efforts for the field. The position will also support ongoing grant programs as needed and work with senior staff to develop statewide initiatives in support of the IAC’s Strategic Plan. 

Public Information & Grants Management

Adrian Starnes
Grants, Research, & Information Technology Manager
Adrian manages the IAC’s information systems including the online grants system (CGO). His position coordinates the National Endowment for the Arts grant process, all grant/contract development, and provides direct technical support to IAC applicants/grantees and regional partners. In addition, Adrian manages in-house and special project research initiatives. This position fields questions regarding contracts/grant paperwork, grant payments or funding information, research initiatives, and technical assistance in the online grants system (CGO).   
Rex Van Zant
Director of Marketing & Communications
Rex provides professional and administrative work in planning, directing, and implementing the agency's external communications and media relations. His primary areas of expertise include: agency press releases and media relations; Arts: 92 e-newsletter; ArtsEye e-newsletter; the biennial Indiana Governor's Arts Awards program: the Indiana Cultural Trust Fund and marketing of the Arts Trust License Plate; and agency logo use compliance. During legislative sessions, he also serves as the agency's legislative liaison. Contact Rex with media inquiries, to schedule media opportunities with the Executive Director, questions regarding Arts: 92 e-newsletter and ArtsEye e-newsletter, IAC logos, Governor's Arts Awards, or the Arts Trust License Plate, and related display ads.
Bridget Eckert
Communications & Community Engagement Manager
Bridget provides professional and administrative work related to planning, directing and implementing the agency’s e-communication and social media marketing efforts, as well as website development and management. Bridget also provides technical expertise in the area of graphic and publication design, and provides support to grants management and event management of special IAC capacity building and other community engagement initiatives.


The Indiana Arts Commission is located in Indiana Government Center North at 100 N. Senate Avenue, Room N505 in downtown Indianapolis.  All of the following directions lead to Ohio Street via West Street.  Senate Avenue is one block east of West Street.  Access to Senate Avenue south of Ohio Street is restricted; therefore, visitors will need to utilize metered parking along Ohio Street or on Senate Avenue north of Ohio Street.

If arriving from east on I-70: merge onto I-65 north (exit 83B) and take Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street (exit 114) south, which becomes West Street. Turn left at Ohio Street.

If arriving from northeast on I-69: take I-465 south (exit 0) to I-70 west (exit 44) toward Indianapolis. Take I-65 north (exit 83B) toward Chicago. Take Martin Luther King Jr. Street (exit 114), which becomes West Street. Turn left at Ohio Street.

If arriving on I-65 from northwest: take Martin Luther King, Jr./IUPUI exit (114) to West Street, go south (straight ahead) to Ohio Street, turn left.

If arriving from west on I-70: take West Street (exit 79A), turn left onto Missouri Street (heading north), which becomes West Street. Turn right at Ohio Street.

If arriving from southeast on I-65: take I-70 west (exit 110B) to the West Street exit (79A).  Turn right (heading north) at the fork onto West Street. Turn right at Ohio Street.

Walking Map

The Government Center does not allow weapons of any sort, including pepper spray and pocket knives. All packages are subject to search by x-ray. Once you enter and go through security, take the east elevators to the fifth floor.

The entrance on Robert Orr Dr. (between Government Center South & Government Center North) is fully accessible. Accessible restrooms are located on the first floor of the building.