FISHERS  - The Fishers Arts Council is sponsoring a one-day show, “The Art of Design: An exhibit by Ball State University architecture students,” as a way to explore varying ideas and concepts of a performing and visual arts facility.

The exhibit will be from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at Meyer Najem, 11787 Lantern Road. The event is free. Visitors will see seven different designs, including models and drawings, which showcase the art of design. The Fishers Arts Council also hopes the exhibit generates discussion about expanding arts offerings in the city. 

Fishers is a city of more than 90,000 residents, in one of the wealthiest communities in Indiana, yet it does not have an art gallery or an indoor performing arts facility,” said Daniel Kloc, president of the Fishers Arts Council. “We asked ourselves: what if we had an arts facility, something that could contain a black box theater and space for visual arts, what would that look like?”

To find out, Fishers Arts Council took the idea to Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning. Timothy Gray, an Indianapolis architect, who teaches at Ball State, liked the idea, and included it as part of the curriculum for his studio class.

It’s one of the reasons Hope Disbro signed up for Gray’s class. Disbro is a 2015 graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School.

“Every time I come back to Fishers there is new stuff, and 116th is just a booming area, so I thought it would be cool to do something,” Disbro said. “Something like this would be used, and it would be a huge asset.”

Students visited Fishers earlier this fall to discuss the concept and see the downtown Fishers area. The owner of Fritz in Fishers agreed to let the students use his used car business along 116th Street as a mock space for the arts facility.