Erin Harper Vernon
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Photography
A theme of investigation in the environment is a connective trait between several of my projects, including: Light pollution, suburban studies, and toxic towns. The subject matter varies, but the work always shows this sense of inspection or a static visual event, object, or place in the landscape. These works critique our culture and its demands on limited natural resources, inviting a dialogue between crisis and stasis, risk and threat while questioning the balance between the construction and consumption of our environment. Through my images, I am interested in conveying an aberrant relationship between humans and the land because we have changed our natural landscape through settlement, deforestation, and environmental pollution.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Justin grew up on a small family farm in Northern Indiana, working the land of three generations of Vinings. He frequently draws inspiration from rural America and has become fascinated with the disappearance of small family farms that once dominated the American Landscape.
Further inspiration comes from his time in law school. In the fall of 2007, Justin left his job as an elementary art teacher to attend law school with his younger brother. His return to school transformed his passion for art into something bigger. Needing an escape as finals approached his first semester, he picked up a paint brush and subsequently painted a series of work that was stronger than anything before. After graduating and passing the bar, he shifted his focus to art – pursuing his once hobby as a full-time, flourishing business.
Visual Arts: Photography
The work of Joslyn Virgin shows life as it pauses. With the use of lighting, props and choice environments, dimension is added and emotion is evoked.”
Visual Arts: Photography
Vondersaar captures the beauty of the natural world in his landscape photography which he then translates into black and white silverprints.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Painting, Works on paper
Wagner is currently working on a series of poems in the “voices” of historical Indiana women. These poems will be part of a larger collection that will also include poetry about places of interest throughout the state. She is available to give readings and workshops.
Currently teaching English at Brebeuf, Wagner continues to write poetry as well as tend to the demands of his students.
Visual Arts: Jewelry, Mixed Media, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor
I craete everyday.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Bookbinding, Calligraphy, Lettering Arts
Sandy Wagner is a calligrapher, artist and music engraver who maintains a studio in Indianapolis, IN, where she lives with her husband Doug, a professional composer.
Early in her career as a high school choral director, Sandy enrolled in a local calligraphy class for fun and was instantly hooked. Now as a professional lettering artist with more than 30 years of experience, she utilizes the techniques and design philosophies gleaned from her studies with many internationally recognized calligraphers and artists. She has designed covers for major music publishers, produced and exhibited award-winning art, and taught adult continuing studies courses in calligraphy. Her work was chosen for the 2010 Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issue.
During the past several years, Sandy has expanded her artistic media to include drawing, pastels, watercolor, mixed media and collage. She is always seeking new ways to incorporate these into her calligraphic expressions.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Works on paper
I enjoy re-creating a photograph in a realistic style and also drawing the human form in person in front of a live audience. I feel my ‘performance’ of drawing from live subjects in my style with added text and detail is a unique and original entertainment source for the community as well as private events.
James Joseph Walker
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, New Media/Technology, Photography
I work with digital video and photography, as well as music and writing to produce mulit-media collage-style presentations. These presentations synthesize into live preformances.
Performing Arts: Music
Jake has been playing guitar, singing, and songwriting for over 20 years. He been featured on Fox 59, the Mosaic Art show, done work for the Lebanon Arts Council, appeared on radio shows in Brownsburg and Shelbyville, and have been a featured artist at Starbucks in Irvington. He also plays wedding ceremonies, and has a beautiful acapella acoustic version of the Bridal Chours and the Bridal March.
Jake – “I play solo acoustic music. I play a wide range of genres but my style is best described as Jack Johnson style, and I cover a lot of his material well. A friend coined the phrase “Island country” and I think it fits my style well. I am a singer/songwriter and I have been told I can calm a room with my songs. I write a lot of orginal material, and have developed a following at local open stages and coffee shops. I usually perform alone with one acoustic guitar. I am often told that my work is excelent, vocals are spot on, and perform with ease and comfort.”
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Photography
Founder and executive director of Big Car, a nonprofit community creativity organization based in Indianapolis. Walker also works as a designer, public artist, photographer and writer. He got his start as a professional journalist at age 16 and worked 20 more years in newspapers as a reporter, editor and photographer, finishing as an arts writer and photographer for The Indianapolis Star in 2007. Along the way, he completed an MFA at Warren Wilson College and began showing photography, collage, video, installation and performance work in galleries — with one of his projects exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. After leaving The Star to focus on making things happen in Indianapolis instead of writing about them, Walker worked part-time as a copywriter, photographer and video producer for an Indianapolis marketing company with a host of nonprofit clients. At that point, he also began focusing more time on Big Car, which was quickly evolving from a small-but-innovative collective of artists into a fully functioning nonprofit arts organization focused on improving the quality of life of Indianapolis residents.
Tony Wallace II
Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Vocal
Tony “WHOA!” Wallace II is a Christian Rapper from Indianapolis, Indiana, who recently released his ninth CD, A Day in the Walk.
There needs to be many more music artists like TonyWHOA! and if they are out there then they need to be promoted. WHOA! makes and performs hip hop music: a genre currently filled with negative stereotypes of ungodly wickedness that has plagued/cursed individuals, families, communities, schools, people groups, cultures, work environments, cities, states and countries all over the world. WHOA! is not afraid to say what needs to be said in order to stop the plague…Even if it takes him denouncing hip hop to let you know who and what is more valuable and most important in life. This man is not only an rapper/MC(or whatever you call it). He is a brother, husband, father, a friend and a very hard working man. TonyWHOA! makes it clear as day that he is not about street status, money or popularity.
He fearlessly and boldly states the truth in his lyrics. He poetically delivers mature messages of substance, wisdom, encouragement, hope, love, peace, righteousness, consequences, grace, mercy and faith in his own creative/unorthodox way..yet with clarity. Pay close attention! You’ll want to listen again and again; just in case you missed something the other times around. Whenever, or however TonyWHOA!’s name is brought up, there is no question who TonyWHOA! stands for…JESUS!!!
(written by A.P. Spaulding Jr.)
“Trying to paint Tony as an average cat would be doing him disservice. As a matter of fact TonyWHOA! is a dude cut from a different cloth. He is a throwback MC in every sense of the word. Not only that, based on his socially conscience and at times humorous rhymes’ Tony might be considered a symbol of those who would like to take things back to “The Roots.” (Paul Collins, Dasouth.com)
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
I became interested in art early in my youth and received my training at Arsenal Technical High School where I received awards for original portraits and murals.
In 1995 and 1996 I received a 2nd place award for ink drawings at the Indianapolis Black Expo.
My work was on display at the Africa Fest in the year of 1995.
In 2010 I created a mural for Broadway United Methodist Church for the youth.
I also created a mural which is presently on display at L- Fish furniture in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Performing Arts: Music
Active as a recitalist, orchestral musician, chamber musician, and educator, Yuan-Yuan Wang performs regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic. She has also appeared in multiple concerts, while collaborating with principals of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and faculty artists at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
In orchestras, she has performed with many leading concertmasters, including Alex Kerr, Willian Preucil, Robert Chen Timothy Lees, and Jorja Fleezanis. She has also performed under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, Roberto Abbado, Xian Zhang, Franz Welser-Most, Michael Stern, Leonard Slatkin, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Ludovic Morlot.
Yuan-Yuan Wang, holds a Doctor of Music degree in violin performance from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, as well as Master’s of Music in violin performance. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Her major teachers included Mark Kaplan, Paul Biss, Martin Beaver, Misha Rosenker, Keng-Yuen Tseng and John Mrill. Before arriving in the United States from China for high school, she attended the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Wuhan Conservatory.
Her doctoral dissertation “Ma Si-Cong’s Violin Concerto in F Major: Western Traditions and Chinese Elements” is a representation of her strong music theory knowledge and her lifelong experience as a violin performer. She has a unique point of view as a classical musician who has professional training from both the Eastern and Western traditions of performance.
An advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Wang has performed with the New Music Ensemble at Indiana University. She was a featured soloist Midwest Composers Symposium 2012 and has premiered new works by Don Fraud, Sung-Mi ng Ahn, Elliot Bark, Chia-Ying Chaing, and others. As an ensemble player, she has premiered a number of contemporary operas.
Ms. Wang has been a studio teacher since high school and has taught students of all ages and levels. She has experience in technical and fundamental instructions, and often prepares students for school entrance exams, orchestra auditions, and competitions. In addition to studio teaching, Ms. Wang has been involved in many educational concerts and activities around the state of Indiana. She has also established a music theory program in her church community.
Media; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Ward is responsible for curating over seventy (70) art, music, fashion and performing arts events and exhibitions in Indianapolis.
Visual Arts: Photography
My interest in photography started in 1980 when I took an evening class using a Mamiya 35mm SLR film camera but only took snapshots, nothing creative. Then with the advent of digital photography, combined with my full-time retirement freedom, I started pursuing photography as more than just a hobby in 2010.
Combining composition, lighting, and perspective allows you to see images through my lens along with some images that maybe you might have missed.
My range of subject matter is varied: rustic bridges and barns, flowers and animals, cityscapes and architecture, landscapes, and most recently my oil and water abstracts. My abstract photos are created by “mixing” oil and water, adding color, then utilizing a digital dark room to achieve the final result.
One of my photos was published in the book Capture Indy, sponsored by the Indianapolis Star.
All three of my Super Bowl photos are hanging in the J W Marriott. I have participated in a number of art shows and festivals, and have won awards at Crown Hill Heritage Foundation photo contests as well as the Mrion County Fair. Several of my donated photos have helped raise money for various organizations including the Athenaeum Foundation, Inc.
My work is on display at the Art Bank Art Gallery, 811 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN
Amanda Warner Fruits
Visual Arts: Photography
This work is a collage of midwestern flora, natural elements, and family albums.
Thomas Wyatt Watkins
Performing Arts: Music
Author, storyteller, and violinist Thomas Wyatt Watkins has a passion for communicating beauty and meaning where they often remain concealed or uncelebrated. His gift is weaving stories of inspiration and consequence into violin performances of elegance and intimacy. To learn more visit www.twyattwatkins.com.
Susan Watt Grade
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Sculpture
Susan Watt Grade creates sculptural installations and mixed media, assemblage artworks, many with an environmental theme. She is interested in how our society’s products and architectural structures mimic nature, and likes to work with salvaged materials and multiples of objects. She is also interested in arts and environmental education as wall as incorporating community outreach into her installations.
Visual Arts: Painting
Webb creates thick and colorful paintings of landscapes and flowers.
I am an origami (paper folding) artist and teacher.
I am an Indianapolis native currently studying photography and web design at Ivy Tech. I work in both commercial and fine art photography.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography, Textiles
My obsession is with the beauty of abandonment, destruction, and time. I am always evolving. My work can be minimalistic yet meticulous, primal or contemporary.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
I primarily work in ceramics and am a ceramics instructor in Indianapolis. I do however have a pretty diverse art background from mural work, drawing, painting, and sculpture. My current body of work is rooted in more of a retro futuristic feel. My goal with most pieces is to fool the viewer making them question the media being used. I try to stretch the limits of ceramics with each piece.
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