Carter Wolfis president and CEO of the Indianapolis Art Center, a non-profit community art center that provides interactive art education, outreach to audiences in underserved areas, support of working artists and exposure to the visual arts for residents in central Indiana. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (painting and sculpture) and sociology from Ball State University, Wolf continued with graduate studies in art education while beginning a career as a secondary school art teacher. Yearning to be entrepreneurial he left to open a design store in South Bend at age 26 that established itself as the primary contemporary furniture-housewares store in Northern Indiana. Prior to the Art Center, he was Executive Director at Horizon House in Indianapolis where he focused on management and program professionalism that resulted in organizational strengthening amid federal grant cutbacks. He first came to Indianapolis in 1997 as first chief policy advisor to Governor Frank O’Bannon for Community Service. In that role, he also oversaw the Indiana Arts Commission, a statewide organization to promote, fund and expand the arts. He also served on the Governor’s Council on Heritage and Culture in 1999.
Prior to coming to Indianapolis, Wolf operated his successful contemporary design home furnishings business for 11 years. He then headed the movement to revitalize downtown South Bend in the 1990s as part of the nationally-recognized Main Street Program. In 1997, Governor O’Bannon appointed Wolf his executive assistant for Community Service (including his liaison to the Indiana Arts Commission) and then to be State Director for the Indiana AmeriCorps Program. He was awarded the “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Governor. Art exhibitions include: South Bend Regional Museum of Art, Biennial; Fort Wayne Museum of Art Annual Invitational; Indianapolis Art Center Annual Show.
Wolf lives near the Art Center with his wife, Kim Gattle, principal of Gattle & Company, a philanthropic consulting group. They have three adult children.