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.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Artist StatementMy aim as an artist is to explore.At times, I allow chance (automatism) to play a major roll in my creation.I am inspired by dreams and fleeting ideas,strange characters and ambiguous emotions.Transformation and the idea of transience are common themes in my work.I grasp onto those things which have no concrete title,and images that fall through the cracks of direct understanding.At times there will be beauty and abstraction, humor, and darkness.Faces accompany emotions, figures follow shapes,and organic forms inspire metaphor.I often give life to shapes or organic formsby inserting a human element.When I am in the studio, I seek new ideas.I work in mixed media. I search for and collect objectsand materials to use in my work.I play with textures and colors.I also use digital tools to create remixes of the art I create physically.I always carry a sketchbook that I work in daily.My driving force is to carve my own winding path.I can only hope that others may follow along and discover with wonderment,the unexpected things I uncover.
Performing Arts: Music
Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Works on paper
My name is Deidre Bush. I am a Visual Artist based out of Indianapolis, IN.
Before moving to Indianapolis, I studied Studio Art atthe University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
My work is inspired by nature, mythology, and the human condition.
Drawing comparisons between the delicate balance of nature versus nurture and human versus creature is a common theme in much of her work. She explores how past experiences impact future outcomes by creating an alternate universe where she manifests human emotion into different characters.
“Creating art has always been my way of externalizing all of the inner workings of my brain and psyche. I can’t always explain what it means, but I love what I do and that, to me, is success.”
Visual Arts: Painting
I originally trained as a florist and owned my own floral shop for several years. I have always loved the beauty of flowers, and I find great joy in not only giving fresh arrangements to others, but also sharing my floral paintings. I am a watercolor artist, and I enjoy using the paints in unexpected ways to create vibrant, vivid colors on a canvas.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration
Judy Byron earned her Bachelor of Science in Design from the college of architecture at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina in 1982. She has worked in the fields of architecture, graphic design and printing prior to starting Ivy and Arches in 1997. As sole proprietor of Ivy and Arches, Judy has provided illustrations, renderings and presentation drawings for architects, builders, and homeowners. Recently branching back into the printing industry, Judy is excited to offer a wide variety of products printed with custom illustrations.
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?”
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: 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, Textiles; installation
Adventureland Gallery Chicago, Illinois solo exhibit April 6 – 30
Thunder-Sky Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio Thunder-Snow January 7- February 4
Butler University Creation and Creativity February 22
BG Gallery Santa Monica, Ca. Outside The Box March 11-28
Garner Narrative Louisville, Ky. solo exhibit June 2 – July 28
Tube Factory Indianapolis, IN Twin Peaks August 4 – 31
The Harrison Gallery The Dubious Luxury of Ordinary Men May 6 – 27
Listen Hear A Spontaneous Act Of Beauty July 10
Artist of the year AlphaOmegaPrize
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.
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