Samantha Lyn Aasen
Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Film, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Samantha Lyn Aasen is an artist reacquainting herself to the Midwest. Born in Indianapolis, she spent several years in the Southwest before returning to her home to Indiana. Her work in heavily influenced on her experience in growing up a young girl in suburbia. She questions the transition between girlhood and womanhood. Often Aasen’s work is manifested in photographs, but has also included performances, installations, videos, and objects. Her inspiration comes from reality television, fashion dolls, blogs, and pop culture.
Samantha Lyn Aasen received her BFA in Photography from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and her MFA with an emphasis in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Her work has been exhibited across the United States in Maryland, Indiana, Arizona, Illinois, and recently internationally in London.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Textiles
Shelby is a multi-disciplinary maker with a background in figurative painting & drawing.
She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in studio art & design and a business economics minor. Shelby also received a certificate in fashion design from Pratt Institute in New York City and participated in a studio residency program at the South Bend Museum of Art.
Shelby am currently artist-in-residence at the Stutz Artists Association and working as a freelance artist & designer while I pursue an MFA program in support of her craft.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Textiles, Works on paper
Hello, I’m Shelby. I’m a multi-disciplinary maker with a background in design, illustration, and painting, and a life that centers around an overweight dog named Clarke.
I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in visual art & design and a business economics minor. I also received a certificate in fashion design from Pratt University in New York City and participated in a studio residency program at the South Bend Museum of Art.
Amber Renee Amick
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography
Inspired by my childlike interests as well as experiences which happen in my life, I paint my imagination on the world around me.
When working with clients, I prefer to create their world in high quality — I don’t suggest anyone go with my brand when working on their own project, we will instead develop their brand and identity to better differentiate themselves in the vast marketplace of today.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I’ve always enjoyed drawing, painting, & making things. I am particularly fond of outdoor/public art projects. Always looking forward to my next project, big or small, and finding clever design solutions.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Multi Media African American Artist
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography
Self taught abstract artist and photographer with emphasis on travel, street and black and white photography.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography
Current senior Painting BFA at Ball State University.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
Drew Avery is an up and coming artist, currently working on an informatics degree while residing in the Saint Joseph neighborhood in downtown Indianapolis. Utilizing a decisively self-taught method of illustration, drawing upon architectural paradigms unique to the city and Mile Square heritage, Avery creates a very individual medium focused on the abstractions and splendor of our architectural heritage as citizens of Indianapolis and the World.
The aforementioned style exhibits highly patterned, meticulous ink work, epitomized in the Cityshapes series. These decisively analog methods of illustration are intentional given the highly digital context of our world. The goal being to simply steward and foster conversation about architectural heritage, the artist’s role in the community and increase public access to the greater conversation regarding land-use policy and urban planning.
Visual Arts: Photography
My documentary of the local art scene has turned into a series of art about art. I enjoy the energy that openings and installations generate, and I strive to capture that as an image.
I have been documenting the Indy Fringe Theater Festival.
I also use my architectural documentary style to create Amusing Art Magnets.
Visual Arts: Photography
I want to evoke emotion from my photography. My goal is to make you pause, and say…”hmmm.” I want you to question the ordinary, the normal, the usual. Do you see the same thing as the next person?
Point of Interest: You sense the emptiness, but you feel slightly anxious. Curious about who used to live there. Or visit. What used to go on or still takes place there? You are a little scared, slightly spooked – all the while at peace…
…and then you hurry back to your vehicle, to a safer-feeling place.
Person: You wonder what he is thinking, feeling or looking at. Who loves him? Who does he love? Is he trying to find someone or someplace? Can you help? Should you even offer? Do they even want your assistance or pity…
…and then your cell phone rings and you go about your business.
Object: You notice a single glove, shoe or $20 bill just lying there. You wonder how it got there, who lost it, or was it put there on purpose? If lost, does the person realize it’s gone? Will they come back for it, or are they watching you to see if you will pick it up…
…and then you shrug your shoulders and continue on your personal mission.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Gretchen 'Copper' Banning
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles
My artist name is Copper. I chose this name only because I was using it as an 'alias' when I was hosting goth parties in the 90s. That is when I started drawing and painting. I signed those works Copper and so I have kept it even though it confuses people. I am also a DJ and go by the name Copper Top, which is another story for another day.
I am not a trained artist. My degree was in political science and history. I never even considered art until one day I decided in the 1990s I decided to draw a picture and showed it to my boyfriend. He said to 'give it up'. I hate those words so I kept going anyway. I continued drawing and eventually I moved into collage and painting. By the late 90s I was producing works which incorporated many styles and mediums. I had several small shows in the city in the early 2000's including The Bungalow in Broad Ripple and many coffee shops in the city.
In 2002 I decided to leave behind my art to pursuing DJing as my main creative outlet. I decided that someday, when I didn't want to DJ as much, I would come back to my art. I DJ'd all over the country and the world between 2002 and 2012. I released 6 licensed CDs which were distributed globally. All of this was done on small Indie labels here and in Germany. When I spin now from time to time I play a mix of industrial, psy trance, dark house, and techno.
In January 2012 I began to become serious about art again. I brought to it a new confidence in making my own rules. I was also deeply affected by 'The Occupy Movement'. I was an activist in my college days and worked on many humanitarian causes. I studied political economics and have always leaned to the left, although my current convictions have evolved since those days. I began to marry my concern for global political and environmental crises to my expression through art. I recently published a piece of prose in the Canadian art publication 'Adbusters' and strongly support everything that periodical hopes to accomplish for a better global future.
I also very much enjoy creating 'decorative art'. I do this to distract from my gloomy side. I love vintage kitsch and moreover mxing it with other surreal 'childish' decorative objects. I love making diorama. I love spanish and latino style art and am strongly influenced by it. I also enjoy completely remaking large objects like furniture. I have dabbled in painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture. I hate making anything more than once. I constantly am looking for some new idea to bring to my art.
Stephen Sherian Barnes
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
Stephen & Sherian Barnes are a husband and wife creative duo, whose passion for painting and art spurned them to start iSM2 Custom Design. iSM2 stands for “In Stephen & Sherian’s Mind”. Stephen & Sherian (iSM2) have been painting since 2007 together in Indianapolis, Indiana. We have been featured artists for serveral shows including RAW: natural born artist, 2016 Meet The Artist, 12×12 Athenaeum ArtSpace, JUSWILL: B.Yound Music, and many other shows. Stephen & Sherian are also apart of an artist group of aspiring black Indianapolis innovators called “WE ARE”. Lastly, we (iSM2 Custom Design) provide the highest quality of services and many useful types of art mediums which include but not limited to garment printing (t-shirts, hats and shoes, computer graphics & logo designs, and canvas-signs/banners!
Visual Arts: Photography, Works on paper
Photography is a natural extension of my relationship with nature. I believe that to truly experience it, you must first become a part of it— a respectful guest—listening, watching, and learning. Only then can you earn the trust necessary to be present for a revealing moment of enlightenment. My photos seek to define that moment.
Visual Arts: Photography, Printmaking
By documenting my immediate world I am creating visual metaphors for common themes of life and the experiences we all share. I try to reveal something about myself to draw in the viewer and invite them to tap into their own life experiences – to see parts of themselves, to compare my images to their own memories, and create a feeling of commonality.
Cary Benbow is a photographer based in Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating with a BFA in photography from Ball State University, he worked in higher-education publishing for a dozen years before changing careers to work as a photographer, picture researcher and manager of an independent movie theatre. Cary is married to his high school sweetheart, and has 5 wonderful children.
Cary Benbow Photography is an independent company specializing in photo and text research & permissions; including photo assignment work. Cary has an experienced background as rights & permissions manager and researcher, copyright registration manager, and photo editor for worldwide educational publishing media.
Paul D. Best
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking
My entire life is an art form, from the stories I share, places I go, things I collect, and the people I meet. I live imagining my dreams, creating my happiness, and living my life! There are trails yet to blaze, legacies to continue, communities to rebuild, and promises to be kept. I am Illuminating paths others and feared and letting the world know of my presence…?
I specialize in lifestyle and fine art photography. Capturing the human experience is my speciality. Photography is just a product of my true passion: People. That m?oment right when everything comes together, and the expression of someone is captured forever in time.
Literary Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor; Art Director
Mandykae is a multi-faceted creative person who began her career in art and has expanded her talents into many areas such as digital media, fashion design, graphic design, creative marketing, make up artistry, web design, and most of all photography. At a very early age, she learned to paint. Throughout childhood she had won many prestigious art awards, including The Scholastic Art & Writing Gold/Silver Key Awards. Upon graduating, MK started working for Christian Dior as a makeup artist. She then traveled assisting in backstage make up for models alike. This opened up her eyes to the world of modeling as she did some beauty modeling as well. Through modeling she learned the power of posing and photography. It reminded her of how her late grandfather taught her how to develop negatives in his XRay lab. She then continued this passion with his expertise. As an adult, her art and photography started to receiving recognition from the local art scene and beyond. She opened up an art and photography studio in 2007 where she held weekly art functions and fashion shows. As Mandykae was offered a job to travel internationally as a Playboy Golf photographer, she had to close up shop. This created even more exciting things. She was named “Hottest Photographer!” She had the pleasure meeting some of the top photographers in the beauty/fashion industry which later led them to hiring her for major shoots. These shoots have led her to become a published photographer. In 2009, MK hired Forward Motion for video production services. Since then, she has joined forces to aide in building a multi-media power house of success. Although she is Art Director and provides art direction, Mandykae assists on sets, collaborates creative direction with talent & clients, scouts talent, provide beauty direction, shoots behind the scenes, coordinates wardrobe, directs events and social media. Completely self-taught, she has parlayed her expertise in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Corel Draw, Corel Paint, Corel Photoshop, Quark Xpress, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, HTML, and more.
Photographic Supervisor and Posing Director of many photography seminars for
the legendary Playboy photographer Arny Freytag.
Senior Director for Playboy Energy Drink models/playmates in the Miami area.
Director of Photographic Relations | Art Director to Magazine Editor Jeff Cohen
in many photography seminars located in Chicago.
Art Director | Senior Photographer at Mancave Media Group, .
International Photographer at Playboy Golf.
Photographic Assistant at Shoot The Centerfold seminars for Special Editions
photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi.
Production coordinator | Art Director | Photographer at Forward Motion Entertainment.
Art Director | Instructor for Kids Activities at Life Time Fitness.
Visual Arts: Photography
Capturing life, as it happens. I love capturing natural moments, not so much the posed ones, i also like to do contemporary work, including still life etc. Most of all i love to capture architecture, especially European styles. I also very much like black and white as I feel it makes things far more dramatic. Motor sports are another love of mine that i like to capture, as well as animals and pets.
But most of all i love to photograph England, my home.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Photography, Works on paper
As an artist I’ve pretty much been in the closet until now. My work has always been visual and I have used a wide spectrum of mediums including oil and acrylic painting, watercolors, and pretty much anything that will soak into a brush. in addition, I’ve used everything from hemp ash, and charcoal to grasses and berries to draw with. I can’t forget the trusty number 2 pencil. I have also used different computer software to create wall hangings as well as animations and short films. To close this tiny bio I want to say that I have lived in Indianapolis my entire life and I’m excited to become a part of this artist community.
Visual Arts: Photography
Jessica Branstetter is a senior at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is currently working out of Detroit, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana documenting the places and people that she meets along the way. Throughout her practice as a photographer, Jessica Branstetter’s work has explored the lives of others through capturing the qualities that form a culture, person, or city. Her work tells a visual story of the people she meets, subjects and events that are important to her, and introspective investigations that form visual diaries of her life. Influenced by subcultures and punk rock and roll, she also photographs musicians and the underground culture that accompanies it. Her work often reflects the collective characteristics of different cultures, but also the powerful qualities of the individual. Contact her at JLBranst@iupui.edu.
Visual Arts: Photography
Born and raised in Indianapolis, I love capturing the little things taken for granted. Our world is filled with living things and I just want you to notice.
Graphic Arts; Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting
Broyer’s art career began in a formalized elementary education art program in Evansville, IN. In addition, throughout her early learning and primary education, Marie was offered participation in specialty art programs within the public-school systems and the local community. Nearing the end of high school, she chose to finish her curriculum at the inaugural charter “Signature School.”
Furthermore, with the availability of this new artistic program, she focused her studies on contemporary art and editorial content. Most of all, Broyer won numerous awards for editorial illustration and content. In addition, was granted the opportunity as a high school student to participate in the juried Oakland City College (now Oakland City University) Art Exhibit. Thus, she participated in her first exhibit and at the age of seventeen and awarded a college level honorable mention.
During this time, The University of Southern Indiana (USI) School of Liberal Arts Board of Directors selected (Stonestreet) Broyer as a recipient for a full liberal arts scholarship. While at USI, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and focused on fine arts and marketing. Then, she studied under the artist in residence, Ms. Judy Chicago, in New Harmony, IN and traveled the country. Primarily, she studied the artists of the modern and impressionistic movement.
Most of all, Broyer found herself inspired by the Impressionist and Fauvist movements. “In essence the movement is a realist perspective through the eyes of the artist, not a photograph.” Furthermore, she seized those concepts and built her own style through creating layers of texture, line and color.
Now, she applies her formal training through working in commercial art, digital marketing communications and as an educator teaching adult and youth art classes in her country-side studio. In addition, she continues to learn and expand her knowledge base to further enhance the artist community.
In conclusion, Marie currently resides in Central Indiana working in the fine art and the marketing communications industry. For over two decades, she continues to grow as a professional fine artist and individual. Broyer’s representation spans regional museums, private shows, public exhibitions and juried fairs. Contributing the donation of time and art to public service initiatives, she adds her flair of unique business initiatives and an artistic perspective to the local community.
Visual Arts: Jewelry, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Emily uses casting processes to explore the meaning of objects, time and location. Her bronze sculptures utilize the ancient lost-wax bronze casting process to document the invention of forms by the artist. While breaking the boundaries of identification and classification in order to explore a separated difference, these sculptures hold fast to the concepts of miniaturization, complexity and duration.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
What is Quixotic Artistry? It is first and foremost, my brand. It’s whimsy, it’s being able to look failure directly in the eye, and say “f*&# off”, and turn it into success. It’s my past heartbreak, and my feelings of insecurity. Ironically, it is my suit of armour, and my confidence. It is Assemblage, fashion design, makeup artistry, and graphics. It is choreography, it is design. It’s perfect balance. It is the rebirth of my failed attempts at becoming a fashion designer, yet is the new life of a new approach. It is the phoenix, that is rising from the ashes of what I thought to be the end of a journey. Alas, my journey is not over. What is Quixotic | Artistry ? It is whatever that I want it to be, and will be everything that I quixotically dream it to be.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Earthworks, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I create all of my work from an overwhelming desire to communicate that which transcends explanation. I wish to bring the raw forces of creation & beauty to the surface as a means to translate experiences & visions into sharable mediums. It is my belief that art has the ability to transform by resonating the fundamental energies deep within our beings. I believe art has the ability to unlock the potentials of our highest selves.
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