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.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Melissa Cain is an artist living in Avon, Indiana. She studied Graphic Design at International Business College in Indianapolis. After working in Graphic Design for 12 years she decided to pursue her true passion – painting. She has been painting professionally now for five years. She teaches acrylic painting lessons and enjoys mixed media and abstracts when she isn’t teaching. Classes are held in her home as well as at Michael’s in Avon.
Diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009, Melissa suffered multiple seizures over a 3 year period. Unemployed and depressed she began painting on a regular basis in June of 2012. She now runs a successful in-home art studio and is seizure free! Painting has been a true blessing and Melissa feels that it actually saved her life!
When she’s not teaching a class Melissa really enjoys making Abstract art. She works with many different mediums and likes to use found or repurposed objects in her pieces. These objects are used for adding texture or sometimes as the canvas. Sometimes, the story behind the objects or the piece itself makes the art even more enjoyable. When you view her work, be sure to ask…”what did you use here?”
Visual Arts: Photography, Sculpture
Teacher and artist Doug Calisch, has recently completed his twenty-ninth year of teaching at Wabash College. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and his B.F.A. in 1976 from the University of Illinois. He regularly teaches 3-D Design Foundations and all levels of sculpture, ceramics and photography. In recent summers Doug has traveled to the American Southwest with student photographers teaching nomadic courses in black/white photography. Other field experiences have taken him to the Ecuadorian Rain Forest where he has taught Photography and “Field Observation,” and to Mexico to teach Sculpture and Environmental Awareness. In 2004, Doug received the McClain-McTurnan-Arnold Excellence in Teaching Award
As a professional artist, Doug continues to create public commissions and both sculpture and photographs for exhibition. He exhibits his work throughout the country and has over 25 solo exhibitions since 1990. His work can be found in over 50 public and private collections. Noted public commissions include, an installation for Purdue University, a work for Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie Indiana, and an outdoor sculpture for the city of Osaka, Japan.
Performing Arts: Music
The Larry Michael Jazz Ensemble has a diverse blend of music, with a musical bank of approximately 300 songs, consisting of original & classical compositions and covers, which blanket the gambit of musical styles. The band performs for an array of events such as: Indy Jazz Fest, an amazing event held in downtown Indianapolis, Ameritech’s Animals And All That Jazz, a summer music series and Zoobilation, both at the Indianapolis Zoo. CJ has been featured on Fox 59 Television Morning News Show, WTHR, NBC affiliate and WTBU Butler University Public Television, on more than one occasion.
Araceli (Ardee) Camara
Visual Arts: Painting
Artist Bio Araceli (Ardee) Camara
Born in Mexico City, Ardee was inspired by the folk art her birthplace. As a child she visited the University of Mexico City and other locations with her grandfather to see the paintings of Diego Rivera and many others. Before moving to Indianapolis, Los Angeles was her home for many years and there she found inspiration through the Southern California landscape, light and beauty. She atteded the McGroarty Art Center and Brentwood School of Fine Art in California. Her art is always in a state of development, creating paintings with movement and bright colors reminiscent of her heritage and travels. Ardee is now retired, continues to travel and lives in the historical downtown area of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
The Harrison Gallery The Dubious Luxury of Ordinary Men May 6 – 27
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Your Catfish Friend February 6 – April 18
Gallery Two Wet Paint, Heavy Metal and Broken Records April 9
Indianapolis Art Center Creative Renewal Retrospective April 17 – June 7
Gallery 924 The Water Show June 5 – July 10
Spiral Gallery Interstate Commerce August 7 – 23
ArtPrize7, Grand Rapids, Michigan – DeVos Place September 23 – October 11
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats January 1 – January 31
Full Body Transformation: Tattoo Project January 1 – December 31
Anderson Center For The Arts Figures of Speech June 6 – August 16
Recipient IAC $10,000 Creative Renewal Fellowship
Gallery 924 Self-Portraits June 7 – July 31
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats December 6 – January 31
Gallery 924 Tiny December 7 – January 4
Indy Indie Artist Colony End Of The World December 7 – December 27
Harrison Center for the arts ROBOTS: an invitational
Indianapolis Art Center Shrine Exhibit October 19 through January 1st
Indiana State Museum Heartland Art: Selections from your Indiana Collection October 1, 2011 – November 2013
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Bodies of Waters November 4 – December 10
Additional Earlier Exhibitions
Headley Whitney Museum
Indiana State Museum
National Art Museum of Sport
Richmond Museum of Art
Museum for Contemporary Art – Baltimore, Maryland
Indiana University Art Museum
Hot House Art Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center Gallery – University of Indianapolis
Art@Large – New York, New York
Friedl Gallery – Chicago, Illinois
Dirty Detroit – Detroit Michigan
Galerie Hertz – Louisville, Kentucky
Copeland Rutherford Fine Arts – Sante Fe, New Mexico
Ruschman Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Malton Gallery – Cincinnati, Ohio
Actors Theater – Louisville, Kentucky
Swanson Cralle Gallery – Louisville, Kentucky
Architectural Center – Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis
Art Center Artlink – Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Who Show – Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Harper College – Pallatine, Illinois
Herron Gallery – Herron School of Art
Art Columbus – Columbus, Indiana
Primary Colors – Indianapolis, Indiana
Woodburn & Westcott Fine Art – Indianapolis, Indiana
Big Car Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Studio One – Indianapolis, Indiana
Diekhoff – Indianapolis, Indiana
Boxx – Indianapolis, Indiana
Selected Corporate Collections
Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
Baker and Daniels
The Indiana State Museum
Eli Lilly and Company
North American Capacitor, Inc.
Support Net, Inc.
University of Indianapolis, Indiana
University Medical Center
Baltimore Department of Health
Fries and Fries, Inc.
Metal Services International
The Nyhart Company
Vasa Brougher Inc.
World Life and Accident, Inc
Good News Ministries
also in private collections throughout the U.S., Japan & Brazil
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Sculpture
Cannon owns “Not Just Canvas,” her enterprise by which she murals for both corporations and private homes. She paints on glass, furniture, canvas or large scale murals.
Visual Arts: Painting
I moved to Indianapolis from the Evansville, IN area in 1990. I have been a freelance fine artist and photographer for over 40 years. I am a certified graphic designer. I work in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and collage as well as photography and digital medial. I specialize in portraiture, both human and animal. I love doing all forms of artwork. I was the photographer for The Repertory People of Evansville, a theatre group as well as for the Vets Center of Evansville. I was the Arts Chairman of the Vets Festival ’88 held in Evansville that year. I began selling my work in high school, many long years ago. I reside on the near Eastside with my son and our 2 cats.
Arthur A. Cantrell, Jr.
Performing Arts: Music
Cantrell performs R&B music along with smooth jazz at various places in the Indianapolis area.
Visual Arts: Painting
“The goal of art is to enlighten the soul. These paintings are the result of many years of learning and searching. From landscape paintings, ice and snow, to birds and flowers, these paintings can offer you a clear, beyond-the-world feeling, and comfort your soul. ” – Zuimeng Cao
Kevin James Caraher
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress
Kevin enjoys acting, directing and producing, and specializes in character parts in comedies, dramas, musicals, etc. He also has a background in television production. Has performed at various locations including Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Theatre on the Square, Phoenix Theatre, and Edyvean Repertory Theatre. Kevin has written, produced and acted in his one man show RFK Remembered at both The Indiana Historical Society and at Marian College in the Peine Arena Theatre.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography
Rodrigo Cardoso was born in Portugal and lived most of his life amongst tropical cultures.
He’s experienced the African spirit in Angola and South Africa where he lived for a total of 5 years. His most recent years have been amongst the colors and sounds of the Amazon. Rodrigo has always been fascinated by indigenous cultures and he shows it through his work!
Visual Arts: Painting
I have been an artist all of my life. As an active painter, since 2007, in the Indianapolis area, I love pulling inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes. Texture is my passion. I work primarily with a pallet knife using acrylic or oil paints on canvas. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, which is where I fell in love with painting all over again. Studying other artists and growing in my profession, are important to me.
The landscapes around me, near and far inspire me. My love for color trends and texture really show through in my work. My style is called Impasto, meaning “thick paint”. I view myself as an Impressionist artist. I first began painting in a “swatch-like” pattern from studying the works of Paul Cezanne during my years in college. And when I paint, everything is quiet and I escape to a place I love. It truly is my calling.
Visual Arts: Painting
Currently working on a commissioned painting for RenMin University in Beijing, China.
Currently working on commission of Dean’s portrait for the Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney school of Law
I paint in both oils and watercolors. My style is very detailed as I enjoy capturing the small but important nuances that give the painting its ‘soul’. I prefer images that make you smile and are pleasant to view every day.
Visual Arts: Sculpture; Metal, bronze, steel
Bernie Carreño's work is primarily accomplished through fabricated or cast metals. He uses industrial materials to ensure reduction of the subject to pure form is fundamental to the work. Complex details are stripped away, reducing the subject to clean lines. He believes form is an effective tool to communicate complex ideas clearly and with strength.Bernie Carreño received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. His pieces can be found in collections and galleries throughout the United States and Canada.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Robin has 10 years experience in utilizing art to guide individuals and groups in reducing stress, relieving anxiety, and increasing focus, through the practice of Mindfulness. She works with a variety of mediums to stimulate the senses, address emotions, inspire expression, and embrace community culture.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media
The secrets to success are understood by the way we interact with our dreams and imagination. Dreams are visions of our thoughts and idea on how we believe we can make a difference. Creative thoughts, expressions, and emotions are combined with different styles and elements to create a better sense of understanding on art in the world.
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. I believed that through my art I could change the way people understand the perception of art. My art speaks conversation through emotions and feelings which givers my viewers a better sense of understanding based on how the art relates to them. I have displayed work throughout the country and around my community in various places such as local Starbucks, bars, the arts garden, IUPUI Cultured Art Gallery and different Libraries around Indianapolis. With the ambitions on the understanding how photography and graphic design relates to fine art, I attended the Art Institute of Indianapolis.
Outside of art I contributes and gives back to his community by participating in cancer walls, coaching kid on the art of bowling and painting and teached leadership skills to teenagers at local YMCA.
Visual Arts: Photography
“Private Collection Photography is a complete departure from my black and white portrait work. First of all, it is executed in color. But not just the color I see through the lens of the camera; during the printing – which I do myself – I emphasize the color of emotion that the image evokes. It is fine art photography that interprets a “passion.” It originated with my own passion for my familial homeland, Italy. From there, I began exploring the souls of flowers. I’ve also focused on the essence of Americana in another collection, and one that captures the experience of beaches. Each is now featured as its own limited edition collection. Additionally, I’ve created wholly unique expressions of certain professions and businesses — for individualized Private Collections. Whether it is a passion of my own or one interpreted for a business or family client, it’s an expression of individuality. The result is a collection of photographs that are truly one-of-a-kind, utterly unique.” – Tom Casalini
Casazza’s interests vary from classical to contemporary pieces. With a distinct vision for each production he directs, his design and rehearsal process is intensely collaborative. As a playwright his plays have been produced in Indiana, California, Florida, and Chicago.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Sculpture
Through traditional hand building and slip casting techniques, I strive to capture the inner emotional spectrum through adornments and processes. My work uses the idea of internalization to create work based off of the impulses of my mental state. To externalize my inner mental mechanisms, I create art through the exploration of material and craft.
Ceramics is unlike any other medium, I can push, tear, and bend it into the imagery I see in my head. Clay can be manipulated in its raw form. However, once you commit it to stone it remains forever unchangeable, like every passing moment of time. Occasionally, I leave clay raw to be weathered by its own devices to emphasis the delicacy of our reality. Each work of art relies on experiences from my childhood, a desire to control raw materials, and my mental impulses at the time. These three things allow me to push clay to its boundaries while expanding on traditional techniques.
I look for the line between my desires to return to a time of innocence and confronting my identity as an adult. I want to expose my intimate insecurities, while simultaneously withholding information from the audience. Through my experiences with death, anxiety, and depression, I desire to examine the depths of my inner demons and see where they take me when unveiled. I want to bring dignity to my inner dialog and allow ceramics to stand as a stoic reminder that all moments become permanent.
Shawn Causey lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Visual Arts: Printmaking
I am a graffiti artist working in the print media. My work is often established from a satirical perspective focusing on social commentery and political rashness.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology
For many years, I’ve watched my family members display their awesome artistic abilities in oil painting, drawing, design work and many other medium creations. Trying to discover mine wasn’t easy. They were there, but trying the sit and work patiently avenues did not work well for me. I wanted to be active and still be able to create something that would be admired. It took years to finally find the art that I could connect with, both with my energy levels and with a class of show-off beauty.
The awesome discovery for me is in the form of epoxy resin. It requires lots of activity and the final pieces explode in rich, amazing colors.
My technique consists of protecting everything in a ten foot radius, lining up the containers, pouring in the epoxy mixture, adding color and carefully mixing. Well, doing it carefully is an understatement because I’m pretty darn messy.
Next, I start randomly pouring it onto the canvas. Color here, color there and overlapping in places that strikes me at the moment. The real fun begins with moving the material in directions that entertain me while trying to maintain some type of control. To get the illusion of depth and texture, I have to spend many hours, sometimes all night, adding more strokes till I’m exhausted and can’t do any more. The transpired effects aren’t seen until the piece is dry. On that note, the patient part of waiting till it’s dry is like seeing the ‘Wet Paint Do Not Touch’ sign. I find it hard to resist, but I manage to maintain my curiosity to some degree.
Of course, I had to fall in love with the hardest medium to photograph. With the illusion of depth and being totally flat when touched, several angles have to be photographed to display the effects that are hidden with direct photo shot. The mirroring shine grabs the flash and any light available in the surroundings. After several months of trying to get the perfect photos, even trying a professional photographer, it’s a very challenging task.
No matter what I create, there is a magical effect about them that catches attention. Depending on the lighting effects, different hues appear randomly. Though beautiful during the day, the evening lights are my favorite. The colors seem to be richer and the art takes center stage in the room.
Because of the mirroring shine, I have seen them actually be entertaining with the moving effects created by the ceiling fan. I like working with the brighter and more tropical colors because they trigger a relaxed state of day dreaming and a warmth to my spirits.
Most of my epoxy art is created on wrapped canvas and has UV protection, so there is no worry of where you want to place it. I don’t sign the front so that it doesn’t limit the possibilities of displaying it. You can hang it one way for a look and then turn it upside down and it look totally different.
Please feel free to share your comments with me or ask any questions about my art work.
Jerome W. Chambers
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Photography
Indianapolis based, Baltimore native, Jerome Webster Chambers is a gifted self-taught painter/photographer who creates art and photographs that please not only his psyche but also shares with family, friends and patrons, his perceptions of life and the abundant beauty that surrounds us all. Chambers favors subjects of haunting seascapes, serene images of landscapes and lasting impressions of figurative work in various media such as oil, pencil, chalk and the camera. Chambers also uses the forces of nature, earth, water, and the evolutionary journey of the mind, body, spirit and circumstances of mankind. Chambers explores aspects in a dialogue with nature and vision. He shows us subtle insights and constant reminders that we humans are not the omnipotent beings that we have come to believe that we are.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Murals, Works on paper
The artist, Stephen Chamblee, earned his PhD in Mathematics from IUPUI in 2012. His thesis, “The Dynamics of Twisted Tent Maps,” was a study of the math behind the fractal structures you see in many of the pictures found on my website. The contrast in colors at these fractal structures indicates that a small change can make a big difference.
Visual Arts: Photography
Andy is an award winning fine art photographer based in Indianapolis, IN. His images explore themes of enchantment within the wildness of the natural world.
Andy’s exposure to photography began in high school, where he spent countless, clueless hours in the darkroom as part of the yearbook staff. A few years later, he finally figured out that the knobs on the camera had a purpose and quickly found a new passion (for photography, not turning knobs). Andy has been known to risk frozen boots, quicksand, and even the occasional lack of sleep to create an image.
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