Indiana Artist Features

Retelling the rich and vibrant history of the Fieldhouse through art for future generations, that was the goal when Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Arts Council of Indianapolis collaborated on a statewide search of Hoosier artists eager to tell those uniquely Hoosier stories as an integral part of the Fieldhouse of the Future renovations.

The various artistic pieces will be guided by specific narratives tailored to fit each space on each level of the Fieldhouse and will be located on the Main Concourse, KeyBank, and Balcony levels as well as the Team Store. Visitors will be able to enjoy art that highlights key people, events and moments through the history of both the Fieldhouse and Indiana at-large.

Those narratives include:

  • Indy Past, Present and Future
  • Indy’s Rise as the Amateur Sports Capital of the World
  • Crispus Attucks and The Dust Bowl
  • Milan Miracle
  • Fever 2012 Run 
  • ABA Champions
  • Pacers 2000 Season
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse: So Much Bigger Than Basketball
  • The Moments That Saved The Pacers
  • Hall of Famers and Retired Numbers
  • Hoosier Hysteria: In 49 States It’s Just Basketball

Almost immediately upon opening in 1999, the Fieldhouse quickly became the most versatile event center in the state while emerging as a cornerstone of the developing Indianapolis skyline. This most recent $360-million dollar renovation to revitalize an already beloved and iconic arena will reestablish the Fieldhouse as the heart of downtown Indianapolis for years to come.

Gainbridge Fieldhouse has been the home to memories for thousands of visitors who have come to visit us for a game, a concert or other event. Those memories tell a unique story, one only possible through the marriage of the Fieldhouse, our incredible visitors, the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. The story we have asked these local artists to recapture as part of the Fieldhouse of the Future redevelopment will highlight those memories, those moments, and those emotions for future visitors to relive once the Fieldhouse of the Future is completed.

We can’t wait for fans to see these finished murals upon completion and to visit the brand new Gainbridge Fieldhouse. And we encourage you to stay tuned to our blog as we highlight the works in a blog series featuring these talented artists!

Indy Past, Present and Future by Ishmael Muhammad Nieves

From a quintessential Midwestern city to the heartbeat of a state where nearly a thousand global companies support 250,000 Hoosier jobs, Indianapolis has become a dynamic international city. Intentional investment and real leadership at all levels of civic, business, and philanthropic life has been the catalyst. There’s the sports strategy, of course, that has included investing big in sports infrastructure and positioning the city as the Amateur Sports Capital of the World. There’s the brand of the Indy 500, the largest single-day outdoor sporting event in the world. And, without question, there’s basketball, the birthright of every Hoosier and the thing above all else people inside and outside our state associate with the Indiana experience 

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IN The Beginning by Amiah Mims

There’s something simply right about how the World’s Best Basketball Arena sits nestled in the heart in the world’s best basketball city and state. Gainbridge Fieldhouse, with its iconic design and unparalleled sightlines, is both a world-class venue and the backdrop for a basketball love affair between our community and the sport that is our birthright. It’s that uniquely unifying quality of basketball that is captured in the amazing mural we unveiled at the Fieldhouse on Friday night, a vibrant and energetic work entitled “IN The Beginning” (see below) that just pops for guests as they make their way around the Main Concourse. In partnership with the International Marketplace, the Pacers Foundation tapped local artist Amiah Mims to create a piece not only aesthetically worthy of Gainbridge Fieldhouse, but one that would remind every guest that what connects Hoosiers from every county is far more lasting than the divisions of the day.


On Friday, we had the opportunity to welcome Amiah to the Fieldhouse, celebrate her and the International Marketplace for this wonderful work, and tip off the first of several works by local artists we will unveil in the coming year. The next time you’re at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, please stop just outside Section2 of the Main Concourse and see this impressive mural for yourself!

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