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IAC > About the Commission > Contact Us Contact Us

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed weekends and state holidays.

Mailing & Street Address
Indiana Arts Commission
100 North Senate Avenue, Room N505
Indianapolis, IN 46204

General Contact Information: 
Tel:  317-232-1268
Fax: 317-232-5595

Free telephone services for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals: 


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.
Contact Lewis at:        317.232.1288

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.
Contact at:        317.232.1286

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.
Contact Stephanie at:       317.232.1269 

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.
Contact Paige at:       317.232.1279 

OPEN, Community Development Manager & Arts Education Coordinator
This position plans, organizes and directs the delivery of technical assistance and financial assistance through grant programs, conferences, workshops, and other services statewide. The areas of focus include: Arts Education, Individual Artists, Poetry Out Loud, the Poet Laureate. This position also oversees the PACE (Partnering Arts, Communities & Education) Program.

OPEN, Community Development Manager & Accessibility Coordinator
This position provides professional and administrative work in planning, organizing, and directing the delivery of technical assistance and financial assistance through grant programs, conferences, and other services statewide. The primary focus areas include: Accessibility, Arts in the Parks, and Arts Operating Support III.

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).Contact Adrian at:       317.232.1278

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.
Contact Rex at:       317.232.1273

Bridget Eckert, Communications & Community Engagement Manager 
This position 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.
Contact Bridget at:  317.232.1284 


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, however the fifth floor  is not.  Accessible restrooms are located on the first floor.