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Ethnic Art; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Photography
My life is a very diverse book of many pages. For this, we shall begin, when my Artistic Me, began.
In Dec of 2009 I became a victim of a violent crime. I had to undergo numerous surgeries, one of which was to save fingers on both hands. After months of therapy and searching for ways to get me to want to use my hands properly, I was given a camera. A light turned on in my soul. I started seeing and noticing things I never took the time to see before. Through all the hardships I have endured, the one blessing I hold onto is the chance to meet all the great and amazing clients, artists and supporters I have gotten to meet. Before, had I died, I would have been thought of as a good father, productive member of society and so on. Now, i get to help people leave their mark, their legacy, upon the World through my photography.
Learn more about my personal story here: https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/indianapolis-man-finds-healing-through-photography-after-traumatic-attack/531-f2f13cf0-a3f2-43c4-b46c-24f3c3d9bdff
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: Photography
As an iPhone photographer, I am compelled to tell a narrative, a representation of my recent journey in life. My story documents a path that has taken me from hopelessness and despair, fueled by addiction, to a being whose life has blossomed into one of joy, hope and restored faith in God.
God has breathed new life in me, a divine spark. He has inspired my eyes and my spirit. Through this transformative nudge from God, I have the desire and responsibility to explore the beauty of His divine tapestry, and capture it through my lens.
My photography was once a solitary practice, fearful of judgment and inferiority. Through my awakening, I now believe that my talents and experiences are intended to be shared, and maybe even offer hope to someone else who may be struggling.
Now that my eyes and spirit have been awakened, my faith restored, and my addiction and fear overcome, I share with you my journey through my lens.
To discuss my IPhone photography techniques or my recovery, you may contact me at email@example.com.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Textiles
Shelby graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she studied studio art. She also received a certificate in fashion design from Pratt Institute in NYC and participated in a studio residency program at the South Bend Museum of Art.
She is currently artist-in-residence at the Stutz Artists Association.
2018 Sugar Space Post-It Show, Tube Factory Art Space / Indianapolis, IN / Feb. 9
2018 The Nude: Brutal Beauty, Lexington Art League / Lexington, KY / Jan. 26 – Mar. 11
2017 Drawing Resurfaced II: National Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Fountain Gallery, Purdue University / Lafayette, IN / Nov. 14 – Dec. 15
2017 TINY VI: Celebrating the Year of Vonnegut, Gallery 924 / Indianapolis, IN / Dec. 1 – Jan. 5, 2018
2017 SAA Art at Raymond James, Raymond James, Inc. / Indianapolis, IN / Dec. 11 – April, 2018
2017 Stutz Starry Night: Artists Holiday Open House, Stutz Business & Art Center / Indianapolis, IN / Dec. 1
2017 Art in City Hall: Textiles – The Use of Yarn, Thread, Fabric and Paper to Tell a Story, Fishers City Hall / Fishers, IN / Nov. 13 – Jan. 5, 2018
2017 The Englewood Project: Love Letter to the World, (cross-stitch participant) / iMOCA / Indianapolis, IN / Dec. 2017
2017 119th Annual Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum / Richmond, IN / Nov. 9 – Jan. 13, 2018
2017 All Our Best, Nickel Plate Arts / Noblesville, IN / Nov. 3 – Nov. 18
2017 Whitewater Valley Art Exhibit, Tom Thomas Gallery / Richmond, IN / Oct. 20 – Dec. 8
2017 Real People, The Old Courthouse Arts Center / Woodstock, IL / Aug. 3 – Sept. 24
2017 Michigan Fine Arts Competition Exhibit, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center / Birmingham, MI / June 23 – Aug. 25
2016 Weave Wars, Indianapolis Art Center / Indianapolis, IN / Sept 23 – Nov 19
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
Self taught abstract artist and photographer with emphasis on travel, street and black and white photography.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Multi Media African American Artist
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; Public Art
Don Artamas is a Contemporary Abstract Artist, with an international upbringing, he is currently based in Marion, Indiana, USA and his works has been exhibited in various museums and galleries in Asia and USA. A student of the arts at an early age, Don Artamas has been painting professionally since 90’s. He does not limit himself by a particular style . . . He is a versatile artist who is inventive, searching and daring. His works are interesting and enlightening characterized distinctively by spontaneity, impulse, depth, improvisation and chance. His abstract works are emotionally charged infused with mystery and tension, expressing a wide range of human desire and yearnings. The power and fascinating quality of Don Artamas’ works stem from the feeling that they strike deep into subconscious reserves of energy and imagination.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Painting, drawing and pro-photography, sci-fi and how-tos on art and pro-photography and more
Nobody Can Tell Me What To Do, Not Even Me!
There are neither good nor bad subjects.
From the point of view of pure Art,
you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant,
style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
My name is Gersh and I’m a self-taught well-published Professional Photographer, Artist, Sci-fi & How-To Professional Photography & How-To Art Writer & Designer.
I started drawing and painting when I was 3 and the first time I had my photography work published was when I was a very young child.
I have never gone to school to study art, writing, design and/or photography, nor have I had anyone teaching me any of the said disciplines.
My art work comprises of a very large collection of black and white and color images which have been created by me in various styles, some of which are surrealism, realism, impressionism and other well-known artistic expressions, in addition to those which have been pioneered by me.
What sets me apart from all other artists, is not only a distinct style of my work, but also the fact that I work in almost each and every medium and genre and pioneer my own genres.
A large portion of my work are storyboards and illustration for books written by me, nevertheless there are also images which are not a part of any project.
They say that every image is worth a thousand words and that every image is a story. My art speaks for itself and I’m not here to describe it, because if my images couldn’t speak for themselves and could not tell stories, they wouldn’t be worth of even looking at them, needless speaking of being published and admired by people.
My art is not only a product of my knowledge, imagination, but is also a result of experiences achieved through the exploration of various mediums. From pen and Indian ink, charcoal, markers, oil, graphite, acrylics to less known materials, some of which have been created by me. Despite what has been said, I do not stick with any particular style, but on contrary remain a free explorer of various mediums and styles, which leaves me free not to be told what to do, not even by me, but to remain free in my exploration of the ways and choices to achieve an absolute paramount in my artistic-expression!
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 a part 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
Michael Bartosz is a photographer currently located in Zionsville, Indiana. This Chicago native studied Photography and Printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) from 1976 to 1980. Michael has spent many years in advertising both in Chicago and in Central Indiana. Michael is currently rekindled his creating look at the architecture and feel of industrial buildings in both small town and big cities in the Midwest.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Theatre; Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor; Performance Art Instructor Improv
I am a Visual Artist as well as a Performance Artist. Visual media include Abstract on canvas, glass, wood, and others. I specialize in Paint Pouring Technique. I am an Instructor in the Pouring Technique. I have evolved into epoxy resin art, and rehabbing old table and counter tops. In Performance Arts, I am a professional actor, working in commercial and film, as well as live comedy, via Improv. I have performed Improv over 22 years in Indy, and am an available instructor.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Just a lowly painter making commentary on philosophical issues of the human condition and society alike.
Media; Visual Arts: Photography, Printmaking
Cary Benbow is a writer, editor, and 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. He and his wife Jodi run the family business – an independent movie theater.
His articles, interviews, and book reviews have been published in a number of online and print magazines, and his photography has been widely exhibited. Cary is a staff writer for F-Stop Magazine, a contributor to YIELD Magazine, LensCulture, Photomachina, and is the publisher of Wobneb Magazine.
Ryan L Bennett
Literary Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Theatre, Vocal; Visual Arts: Film, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography
Artist, Activist, and Visionary, this New Generation Renaissance Man is an alumnus and long time supporter of Asante Children’s Theatre. Recently named one of four Indianapolis Arts Council Art & Soul 2018 Featured Artist. Ryan is an Onyx Festival veteran and Playwrite. He is the Creative Executive Officer of Kai Entertainment, established in March of 2011, whose motto is “Media that Matters”. Mr. Bennett is also the Business Manager of Act A Foo Improv Crew, “Un-Scripted, Un-Rehearsed, and Un-Believably Funny”. At the age of 16, Ryan produced the 10-year news Magazine style show 360 Degrees through Indiana Black Expo’s flagship youth program Youth Video Institute. A graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in recording engendering; Ryan is an internationally published photographer, producer, director, and Academy Award-winning crew-member. He has worked with television and film companies in Los Angeles, California, the Senior Producer of Globalvison, a documentary company in New York City, New York, producing Barack Obama: The People’s President and The Battle of Durban II: Israel, Palestine & the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In his soul he believes that LOVE CONQUERS ALL; and it is his mission to spread love and knowledge to the world.
Visual Arts: Photography, Portrait
Dale Bernstein is an experienced photographer specializing in commercial photography and the historic Wet Plate Collodion process. Throughout his early days he has worked for some of the most influential photographers in modern history including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, and others. Needless to say the knowledge Dale gained from working with these incredible artists has greatly influenced his own work. Dale is also known to be one of the leaders in the Wet Plate Collodion process. A historic photographic process dating back to the 1850’s. Now on the rise again by younger photographers, Dale has proven his technique having worked with the process since the 1990s.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography
Faith Blackwell has been a full-time photographer since 2011. While working in marketing for the International Masonry Institute, she picked up a camera and discovered her passion for photography. Photography chose her.
Faith is a published photographer specializing in business, commercial, event and fashion photography. She was the 2015 featured artists for Dress for Success Indianapolis Stepping Out In Style, the premier fundraiser for the organization and have been part of art exhibits at Saks 5thAvenue for the past 2 years. Faith has a studio at the historic Stutz Building. She is a board member of the Fashion Arts Society at Newfields and an active volunteer/photographer for Dress for Success Indianapolis. Faith is also the Event Photographer for Indy Maven, a digital connector for women in central Indiana through captivating and rich storytelling, crazy fun events and an audience of highly engaged badass women.
Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms. Faith is a child of the 80s and uses this in her work and thrives when she is able to be creative. People tend to think of her work as whimsical and smile whenever they view it. Much of her passion projects show this. Faith loves to create works of art that promote female empowerment. Her latest project is Sole Purpose, a podcast/exhibit/book, which will feature not only people in the Indianapolis community but throughout the US.
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.
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Hey There! Thank your for taking the time to check my page! I’m an aspiring artist. I’ve been drawing since I was younger. Currently, apprenticing as a tattoo artist and working on more art to show the world! I hope you enjoy !
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