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Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Film
My first published novel, Stacking in Rivertown, was purchased and edited in 1999 by Michael Korda, editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. It was released in 2000 and subsequently released in Australia and Israel.
In 2006, I teamed up with co-director Anna Lorentzon to create the feature documentary, Graphic Sexual Horror, about the shocking porn website Insex.com and how it was shut down through the use of the Patriot Act. Screening to sold-out audiences at Slamdance in 2009, it went on to screen at HotDocs Toronto, FantasiaFest Montreal, and many respected film festivals in Canada, Europe, and South America. Cinetic Rights Management purchased worldwied digital rights. Synapse Films purchased DVD rights.
Amazon.com released Graphic Sexual Horror in March 2010 for digital download and streaming. However, because of its use of highly controversial content, Amazon removed the movie from its listings within seven days. DVD released by Synapse Films Aug 10, 2010 was also censored, but the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAA) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) worked with Amazon to relist the title. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Toe Tag and other DVD websites. In 2015, IndieFlix will release the documentary on July 28.
The first 3 chapters of my most recent novel, Line of Battle, are available on my website, www.barbarabell.com, where you can also purchase my CD “The Bull is Blind.” Local artist Gordon Bonham and Gordon’s band are featured on the CD.
mp3’s of my songs can also be found at CDBaby, amazon.com, iTunes, and other distributors of music.
I am presently working on a novel, finishing a screenplay, and putting together a multi-media blog called crib in a crackhood that chronicles life in one of the poorer sections of Indianapolis.
Vienna Bottomley earned a B.A. in English with Creative Writing and Theology from the University of Notre Dame where she served as a poetry editor for the literary magazine, Re: Visions, and as an undergraduate publishing intern for the journal, Religion and Literature. Vienna just completed coursework for a Master’s in English degree from Notre Dame and is second-year law student law student at Notre Dame law school where she serves as a staff editor for the Notre Dame Law Review. Her poetry primarily reflects her interests in history, wildlife preservation, religious liberty, and social justice. Her poem “Art with a Heart” appears on Massachusetts Ave., as part of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word, Storytelling; Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Disabled Indiana author and artist Alys Caviness-Gober began exhibiting and selling artwork in 2012; prior to that, she taught Anthropology at Ball State University. Alys left a PhD program (Applied Linguistics) due to health issues. She is a Juried Artist Member in the Hamilton County Artists’ Association (painting and photography categories), where she served on the Board for many years in various officer positions. Alys founded Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. (LSS), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit music, arts, and education venue located in the heart of Noblesville, Indiana, and serves as the LSS Board Secretary. Alys’ paintings, photographs, and poetry have received national and international recognition.
Sharon Kirk Clifton
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word, Storytelling; Visual Arts: Performance Art, Performers and Writers
As a “Purveyor of Magic Beans and Seeds of Truth,” I specialize in putting a pulse to the past through first-person storytelling presentations. Favorite performances include Jack’s Mama, stories from the Appalachian oral tradition; Abigail Gray: Living under the Drinking Gourd, a program about Indiana’s Underground Railroad that engages audience participation (as most of my shows do); and biblical accounts–my latest being The Innkeeper’s Wife.
Grants and commissions include those from Storytelling Arts of Indiana, the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Museum, Indiana Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts, the Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, and Jackson County Public Library. With a professional career that spans more than 30 years, I have entertained audiences with my unique brand of storytelling throughout America’s heartland.
Contact me at email@example.com for more program information and scheduling a show.
Jennifer Criss works at Ball State University and resides in Muncie, IN. Her work has appeared in Poebita Magazine, Whispers in the Wind, Indiana Voice Journal, and The Poetry Community online. She has also appeared in several print anthologies: Midnight Dreamers of Yellow Haze by Michael Lee Johnson, Poetic Melodies by Donna Sanders et al., Poets of Madison County by Stacy Savage, and has a couple other in-process. In 2016, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry. She has been an Editorial Assistant and the Art Editor for the Indiana Voice Journal since 2015.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
Candace planned to use the Fellowship for chance to write full-time on a collection of short stories, but her project was cut short. An opportunity arose for Candace to visit family in Sicily during the Christmas season. Through the Fellowship, Candace was able to step away from the chaos of life and travel to Sicily. She experienced Sicilian traditions, inclement weather, the diversity of Sicily and a few travel mishaps. Candace returned home refreshed and “…in a completely different place. Candace plans to continue to teach her Freshman writing seminar and to write fiction.
Drema Drudge is a 2013 graduate of the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing Program. She’s represented by Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company Literary Agency, based in Manhattan’s Union Square.
In addition to being published in numerous literary journals (The Louisville Review, Penumbra, and others), Drema has finished two novels and is beginning her third. She often writes about art, the second passion in her life after writing.
Drema has had the honor to have her stories published in the premiere issues of three magazines. She has won several small writing competitions over the years, the first one when she was in high school.
She has been mentored both officially and unofficially by some of the best literary fiction writers in the country.
Drema enjoys writing not only fiction, but has written for magazines and newspapers. In addition, she edits.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress; Visual Arts: Film, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Inspiration is the guiding light for Molly Anne Dykstra. Her intuition guides her use of materials and themes to create art which is both elegant and spontaneous. Her work is intensely personal, inviting the viewer to consider alternative ways to perceive the mundane. Adept at mediums from rock sculpture to fiber art and traditional oil painting, she chooses different paths to express her take on often inexplicable themes.
Ms. Dykstra is a self-employed, Indiana based artist. Among her awards are the Elle Siskind Award for Drawing and Best in Pastel (2016) at the Indianapolis Art Center and Best in Show (2017), First Place (2018), Third Place (2017) and Awards of Merit (2017, 2016), at the Annual Juried Show at Ivy Tech Community College, Honorable Mention, Professional Category in Embellished Fabrics (2017) and Sculpture (2016) at the Indiana State Fair. She has worked on several public art installations, including four murals funded by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (2017-2013), the Seeds of Light installation with Arlon Bayliss (2016), A Piece of Our Heart at Community North Hospital (2017) and the Shelters and Abodes installation at Ivy Tech Community College (2015). She is also a teaching artist, offering classes and workshops through the Garfield Park Arts Center.
Her exhibitions include her solo show, Meanderings, at the Garfield Park Arts Center (2017) and group show, Catalyst, at the Gallery at the Julian M. Carson Learning Resource Center. Ms. Dykstra’s other work includes illustrating the children’s book, All About Benjamin Franklin, for Cardinal Publishers Group and Blue River Press in 2016. She also has multiple IMDb credits for her work on Star Trek Continues, a web-based series, which included work in the swing gang, art department and as an extra. Her other IMDb credits include graphic design and concept for Leaves of Eden (2015), and work as an extra for The Life and Death of Sir Elizabeth (2013).
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Glasswork, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Works on paper
Since 1995, after studying art education at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, DeMaris Gaunt has enjoyed a successful career creating art for homes, businesses, hotels and restaurants. She has enjoyed many summers of travel throughout the Midwest to display and sell her work at fine art fairs, where she has been the recipient of numerous awards.
Though stained glass has been her focus for nearly two decades, the grout seams or solder lines that are inherent in stained glass production often compete with her original abstract designs. This has led to an exciting and necessary evolution, whereby she translates her designs onto solid wood using a wood burning tool, and completes the art with the rich and velvety color of Prismacolor pencils. The result is remarkably unique, and the texture of the wood grain is beautifully enhanced.
She lives in Fishers, Indiana with her husband, the artist Paul Gaunt, and their two sons.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Textiles, Works on paper
Mary Gillot is a writer, artist, and illustrator living in Indianapolis. She has also lived in San Diego, Nashville, and Portland, and is originally from Washington, DC. Growing up with parents who were passionate about art, and traveling throughout the United States and Mexico have uniquely colored her creative vision.
She received her Associate of Arts from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Illustration from the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University. Her work has appeared in Genesis Magazine, Tributaries Magazine, The Tipton Poetry Journal, and Prick of the Spindle, in addition to books from Crown Publishing Group, Wiley Publishing, Compass Learning, and many others. She is the author and illustrator of two children’s books available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She will finish a third book this year.
Literary Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Performers and Writers; Fashion Illustrator
How’s it going? I’m new to Indy Arts Guide but not new to art itself. From books to comics, to character design, it’s time I shared my most precious work with the community. I am an aspiring author and illustrator with a strong creative vision and voice. I have been drawing all my life and writing for 15 years. I invite you to join me on my journey as we continue to create and inspire the world of tomorrow.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
One of my first memories is of sitting at my grandma’s coffee table with paper and crayons and learning about perspective from Bob Ross on the television. I specifically remember him painting railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon line.Of course, being a youthful five-year-old at the time, I didn’t quite understand what“horizon” or “perspective” meant. But after that afternoon drawing lesson, I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.My parents supported my dreams by allowing me to take art lessons through elementary and high school. I won blue and red ribbons through the CYO talent fairs. Eventually, I felt confident enough to participate in the art contest at the State Fair, where I received an honorable mention for my work.But soon after starting college, I decided that I wanted to pursue a different form of art—acting. I studied acting both at Ball State, London, and Oxford. I moved out to Los Angeles where I was lucky enough to be a part of many different well-known and loved television and film productions. And after living the Cali life for eight years, I found myself still wanting more.In 2011, I made the decision to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to my family. That's when I started painting again. I painted to heal and feel whole again. And at the prodding of friends and family, I’ve begun a professional art career. My passion is to create art that speaks to people.Though I enjoy working with every medium—from watercolors to oils—my current favorite medium is acrylics. My inspiration includes Gustav Klimt, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
Jester writes short fiction, feature articles and reviews, and personal essays. Her short stories and nonfiction pieces have been published in numerous magazines.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Storytelling
Devon Kondaki is an author/illustrator of picture books.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Dance
STEPHAN LAURENT, Professor and former chairman of the Department of Dance at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, joined the Butler dance faculty in 1988 after six years as the artistic director of the Des Moines Ballet, for which he produced and choreographed a number of full-length classical and contemporary works. He was the recipient of the 1986 Iowa Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award. Many of his ballets are now on the repertoire of the Butler Ballet, for which he continues to choreograph actively, including the award-winning original full-length contemporary ballet The Willow Maiden: a Fantasy Dance Adventure. His areas of teaching expertise include ballet technique, choreography, dance history, theory/philosophy of dance, and dance production. Prof. Laurent also teaches a First-Year Seminar in the Core Curriculum of Butler University, entitled Spellbound: The Quest for Magic in Speculative Fiction and the Arts. Prof. Laurent was for many years a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Dance and has worked both nationally and internationally on accreditation matters. He also served as an adjudicator and master teacher for a number of organizations nationally and internationally, including the National High School Dance Festival, the National Society of Arts & Letters, the Overture Awards, the Prelude Awards, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and the Newtown High School for Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia. He has also served as a consultant.
Allison is the author of the novels The Exiles (Little A / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) andNow You See It (Simon & Schuster), which won the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Center for the Arts. In addition to fiction, Allison has written articles, reviews, and essays for The New York Times Book Review, People, Chicago Sun-Times, Redbook, In Style, and elsewhere. As an editor, she’s honed copy for companies that include Zagat Survey and Scholastic. She’s lectured and read from her work in venues across the country, and loves nothing more than visiting book clubs. Especially book clubs that serve wine. Though beer is fine, too. And what the heck, cake.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Storytelling, Theatre, Vocal
Benjamin Madrid is an actor/comedian and commercial print model. He is also the Creator and Owner of The Lumiere Academy, where professionals are taught to be in the business of acting and modeling for screen.
Literary Arts; Media
Linda Mansfield is an Indianapolis-based author, editor and public relations representative. Her “Two Good Feet” series consists of four volumes of seasonal short stories for teens through senior citizens. Their goal is to provide quick, enjoyable reads for stress relief.
Each book can stand alone, but if the series is read in order it provides a short story a week for a year, as each book contains 13 short stories.
The series begins with “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas,” which she released in 2015. She published the three sequels in 2017: “Twelve Stories for Spring,” “Twelve Stories for Summer” and “Twelve Stories for Fall.”
Some of the stories have Indiana ties. All were written in Indianapolis or Speedway, Ind.
Additional information on Mansfield’s books can be found at LindaMansfieldBooks.com. Information on her PR work can be found at RestartCommunications.com.
Theresa R. McMiller
Indianapolis writer and native, Theresa R. McMiller born in 1971. She grew up in a working class family. She was raised by her deceased grandparents, Jimmie Lee Posey and Rosemond Posey after her parents divorced when she was four years old. Theresa loves animals especially cats. She is a single, African-American woman who has no children. Theresa was a former IPS student attended and graduated from George Washington High School in 1989. Theresa moved on to earn a two year associate’s degree in Marketing from Ivy Tech Community College in 1994. While attending Ivy Tech, she found employment as a teacher’s assistant at onsite daycare center in 1992. After five years of working in early childhood, she was hired at IPS Foodservice as cafeteria clerk in 1999. In 2000, Theresa transferred into classroom assistant in Special Needs Education and worked at Washington Community School (as it was called in 2000-2005) After eleven years, Theresa decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree in English at IUPUI. She graduated from IUPUI in 2012. In her post graduation years, Theresa had held a life skills assistant job for eight months with Wayne Township Schools and left in 2013. She spent eight more months working as a package handler for FedEx until July 2014. Theresa applied for a Site Director position for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis in August and hired as Assistant Site Director for Westside-Wayne Township and moved on to full Site Director for IPS-Central in 2015.
Theresa has other hobbies and personal interests in movies, old school music from the 80s and 90s, a cookbook collector, a fan of PBS, a royal watcher since 1981 and a fan of Will and Kate Cambridge. Theresa enjoys cooking and has an interest in traveling and writing her own fictional stories.
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
I never claimed to be an artist nor enthusiast, but have always admired and respected the various displays of art. I was introduced to my artistic ability in high school when I had to pick an ‘elective’ to satisfy a mandatory class schedule. Once I captured the attention of my art teacher, I knew that I was on to something.
I was very much inspired by the events of 2008 when we elected our first African American president, so I commissioned myself to draw a piece which I titled, ‘Dream, Believe & Achieve’. This pencil drawing is a likeness of Dr. King(Dream), Obama (Believe – Yes we can!) and Mandela (Achieve – after being imprisoned for over 27 years, when released, he became the first black president of South Africa). This strong betrayal of strength adorn the walls of many friends and family, and is what I call my “official” coming out piece.
In 2008 I was commissioned, by an incredible local artist, to write about the two amazing sculptures that were to be part of the Meet the Artists XX – “Homecoming” event. One piece, entitled, “Pick Me – The Emancipation of Check-X” tells the story of how mega churches promise a means to the promised land at the expense of it’s followers. The other described the impact of Jazz on society during a time when music and inclusion were misaligned. This was my first “unofficial” launch into the art event world.
In 2012, I participated in my first, official, ‘coming out’ art exhibition(prior to this, I characterized myself as a closet artist, doing, primarily, commissioned based work). The Meet the Artists XXIV – “SuperBowl Extravaganza” is where I had an incredible opportunity to display some of my work, network with other artists and art enthusiasts, speak about my pieces, and gain recognition as an artist.
Since then, I’ve participated in various local Art Exhibitions, and displayed my work at a local art gallery. Currently, my art can be seen at a local contemporary furniture store, and on my website: DeeMillerInspired.com.
Often called a wordsmith, I believe that the ingredients for a good story or poem can come from many venues….experiences, imagination and observations… just to name a few. What makes a story/poem come to life is the writer’s execution.
My Self-Published books can be found on my website and via Amazon.
Come, let me inspire you through my Contemporary arts and Literal entertainment
I look forward to meeting you.
Come, let me inspire you through my innovation arts and entertainment
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
Marianne Boruch writes: “Minnick gives us deeply interior poems that nevertheless closely and richly attend to leaf and child, love and work, spoon and weather, how to see and how to listen. Somewhere in this book is ‘the cloud’s lament’, the ‘ripe agony of trees’. But savor the quiet too, as you turn each page.”
Performing Arts: Storytelling; Visual Arts: Crafts, Jewelry, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
5536 Manker Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227
Self-employed artist, Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Mar 2015 – Present
Resident artist at Acceleration Art and Photography Gallery, 2017
Gallery exhibit: “Art Of the Ages” at The Athenaeum
Gallery exhibits: “Red” and “Secret Doors;” at Stutz Artists Association, 2016 and 2017
Gallery exhibit: “Home” presented by Indiana Interchurch Center Gallery, November -December 2016
Gallery exhibit: ‘Fantasies of an Impossibly Hospitable World,’ Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library June 2016.
Gallery exhibit: ‘Can We Talk? Memories, Miracles and the Power of Things Unsaid,’ the kick-off event for the Before I Die Festival, a city-wide event sponsored by Indiana University School of Nursing, IUPUI, at The Stutz Artists Association, March-April 2016.
Teach workshops on Intuitive Abstract Painting.
Design and make jewelry using sterling silver, glass and/or semi precious stones
Education Design Management (EDM), New Orleans, LA
Co-owner and Director of Social Services, Mar 2003 – Oct 2007
Co-Owned and served as Social Services Director of Education Design Management, Inc., a consulting and management firm specializing in innovative curricula and community social services programs
Consulted with neighborhood organizations who sponsored charter schools after Hurricane Katrina; incorporated art and service learning into the curricula to meet the specialized needs of various communities and neighborhoods
Collaborated with singer Charmaine Neville to develop after school art and music programs for at-risk youth
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
various art classesJun 2013 – Present
Took 8-week course on oil painting and completed landscape painting taught by local artist Carol Skinner
Studied figure drawing using live model, taught by local artist Vandra Pentecost
Studied the work of artist Claude Monet and completed work in his style taught by local artist Addie Hirschten
Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA
Master of Social Work, Dec 1991
Recipient of Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship
Additional Skills and affiliations
Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages; fluent in Spanish
Lived in Cozumel, Mexico from 1984-1988 and studied art with local artists..
Blog writer on cooking, art and stories related to life as a home chef, gardner and artist
Self employed as a caterer from 1993-2007.
Worked with a partner and started a business in interior decorating from 1994-1999.
Member of the Arts Council of Indianapolis
Member of Women of Indianapolis Artists (WOIA) http://womenofindyarts.com/
Member of Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association (IDADA) idada.org
Resident artist at Acceleration Art and Photography Gallery in Fountain Square
Shelley E. O'Hara
O’Hara is a writer of all genres including fiction, non-fiction, newsletter, how to, web content, on-line college courses, technical topics, marketing but also academic, such as her work on the philosophers Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. O’Hara enjoys helping children and adults believe they too can write. She also teaches a college composition class and creativity seminars.
Powell is a writer, editor, and teacher of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The publisher and editor of The Muse Rules Press, he also works as a writing coach, freelance writer about Indiana writers and literature, and consultant regardeing individuals’ writing and publishing projects.
Melodie Yvonne Ramey
Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Performers and Writers, Photography, Sculpture
Melodie Yvonne Ramey, publishor, editor & contributor at melodieyvonne.com, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. Her love of photography and writing began at a young age. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.
Melodie has done numerous art shows and photo jobs around the country, with work ranging from classic portraiture to working for bands, and has even been the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie moved from North Vernon to Indianapolis in 2002, and still resides there. She began writing See the Art in Me – A Photog Blog in 2011 and still often writes her thoughts on society, stories behind the art, reviews, and more in her newly titled blog, READ the Music. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning in the same year that her original blog was born, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens. She currently works as a writer and photographer for Through the Lens Magazine.
My name is John. I’m a transgender writer and video editor, currently attending IUPUI and persuing a Media Arts and Science major.
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