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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: Ceramics
Alexa is a ceramic artist currently living in Indianapolis, IN with her 3 cats. She spends her time being covered in paint and glitter as the art coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis, while finishing her BFA in ceramics at Herron School of Art and Design.
Performing Arts: Music, Vocal
My music is as varied as my influences. I write music for guitar duets, solo fingerstyle guitar, string quintents, and my favorite, the power trio. When I perform I like to cover all these different line ups in movements that vary from show to show so everyone gets bang for their buck. As far as musical genre goes…. I don’t really have one, nor do I want to fit into one. The idea of being pigeonholed into one style of music is to me is a very one dimensional process. So when you come to my shows, you hear it all within the different arrangements I compose for. Classical music, blues, rock, metal, hip-hop, progg, experimental. Happy music, sad music, and more importantly original music. I also have 0 intention of writing music that’s supposed to appeal to just one age group or group of people. The more of my music you listen to, the more you’ll get to know me.
Performing Arts: Music
“Hello I am Blake Allee.” That is my real name, at least I think it is.
I was born and live in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I am a producer/emcee/musician.
I write, record, play, program, sample, and mix everything myself.
My best friends are machines.
Many people do not understand me and my songs, and I understand that.
I love making this music and hope you love listening to it.
Alarm clocks can not awake me from dreaming.
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: Mixed Media, Painting
I am inspired by Eastern and Western cultures, and as a scientist, I take a trial and error approach to making art. I appreciate the beauty of lines, shapes, colors, and space in nature and the man-made world. My art is unique because of my diverse influences and my interest in time, color, and methodology. My work explores organic, deeply textured, and delicate beauty. My art is characterized by linear rhythm, dynamic movement, and varied materials that, along with vibrant colors, create bold compositions.
I also like to incorporate a variety of paper and sewing techniques into my paintings, creating a highly textured mixed media work. I work in acrylic, oil, watercolor, collage, mixed media, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, sewing, crochet, and felting.
Kool’s Bazaar (Kb) is the brainchild of young musical visionary, Richard Trotman and was formed in June of ’08. Kb is an extension of the jazz/fusion semi-cover band, Acoustic Red (aR) and was created out of a need for Trotman to exercise his musical freedom and break away from the constraints and limitations of solely instrumental music. As a creative artistic collective, Kb plays original, stylized fusion music with influences from jazz, blues, neo-soul, hip hop, trip hop, electronica, & acid jazz. Kb is a band that expresses and encompasses the theoretical, emotional, and aesthetic qualities of music, while staying true to its form. Conceptually, Kool’s Bazaar (Kb) is just like any other band. There is a lead vocalist, a keyboardist, bassist, and drummer that makes up its core. However, when you peel back the layers, you find a mix of complex artist(s) who are thoughtful and intentional about the ways in which they create and think about music. Imagine, one unified machine on the outside and when you pry the machine open, you see an abundance of knobs, wires, cords, sockets, and gears all controlled by tiny entities that work in harmony to produce the sound that you hear. Kb engineers sound in such a way that propels the social messages (present in the songs) to a place that can be felt and internalized by the audience.
During Kb’s live performances, they work to captivate mesmerize, and enchant the audience. They want to leave them walking away repeating lyrics to songs that fill them with purpose, challenge t
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
Mixed media scluptor from Indianapolis working mostly with found and repurposed material to form an art practice known as Ah Sum Blah.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; Cut Paper
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Stephanie Beisel completed her BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and her MFA in Printmaking at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. She currently lives in Indianapolis.
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Driven by the process Influenced by tradition was an emphasis on craftsmanship inspired by the glass itself there truly is nothing like working with hot glass .
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Mural and commission based painter
B.A. from Herron School of Art & Design
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Painting
Jeannie’s work has been exhibited and represented by the following:
5547 Project Gallery in Indianapolis Indiana
Oasis Gallery in Indianapolis Indiana
Featured artist at the juried RAW ARTISTS Grandeur Showcase at the Old National Center in Indianapolis Indiana
The Ernst De Jong Academy of Art featured artist at the International juried Eclectic Mix Exhibition in Pretoria South Africa
The Botanical Mix Gallery at the World Trade Center and Dallas Market Center in Dallas, Texas
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Intuition is a guiding hand in my decision making process, from color schemes to composition and subject matter. I draw how I feel, and hidden meaning often lurks behind surfaces of oil paint, charcoal, graphite, and other various media. My hands are often my main instrument, bridging the intimate connection between maker and creation.
Each work fluctuates in style, just as my day to day mood and demeanor do. My art is a refusal to remain stagnant; each piece a subconscious megaphone for my feelings, coupling dull colors with vibrant, intense hues. There is intention in each movement– even chaos can be calculated.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Theatre; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Works on paper
I’m a poet, spoken word performer, live sound effects/foley artist, and event producer. I am treasurer of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival. I have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and I have been a regular reader for the programs Books Unbound on WFHB community radio and Anthology on WFIU public radio. I’ve published five books of poetry — The Great American Scapegoat (2006), Little Glove in a Big Hand (2010), Hot Type Cold Read (2013), Homunculus (2019), and The History of Projectiles (2021) — and I have work in the anthologies Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite (2017), And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana (2011), and A Linen Weave of Bloomington Poets (2002). By day, I’m an ad hoc designer and composition coordinator at Indiana University Press.
As a sound effects/foley artist, I have taught, directed, and performed sound effects for the National Audio Theatre Festivals in Missouri since 2001, and I’ve performed and written for WFHB’s Firehouse Follies live variety show in Bloomington since 2008. In 1994, I made Hayward Sanitarium, a horror thriller audio series I directed and produced for NPR Playhouse. Since then I’ve taught at Indiana University, Michigan University, and Kansas City Art Institute, and have performed with the Knoxville Opera, Otherworld Media, Mind’s Ear Audio Productions, and many others, from studio work to costumed live theatre.
Over the years, I have produced or co-produced and collaborated on dozens of live performances and events in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and around the country, including Va-Va-Va Vaudeville!, WFHB Firehouse Follies live variety show, Krampus Night Bloomington, and The Encyclopedia Show-Indianapolis.
I also collaborate and play live sound effects with various musicians in the Urban Deer Record Co. collective in Bloomington.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Textiles, Works on paper
Jen Broemel: Artist Bio
I work mainly with cloth for its tactility, responsiveness, and abundance. I was originally drawn in by the process, the way in which the materials layer. The way they feel as they are worked. The way the thread and cloth work together, transforming and guiding the work, adding texture, contrast, and comfort with every stitch.
I love the history and tradition of women sewing together and am in love with the community that surrounds and supports those who sew together.
I am especially interested in taking cast off or everyday fabrics and working them into something unexpected, repurposing something ordinary and turning it into something special, something to cherish, and behold. I work intuitively letting my sense of the fabrics color, texture, and shape guide their placement and the stitches placed upon them.
I love exploring, experimenting with the different ways to manipulate the cloth with the thread, putting together and cutting apart, constructing and reconstructing, a cycle that for me symbolizes the happenstance of life.
My intention is to inspire others to look at the world around them more carefully, more mindfully, to see the extraordinary in the discarded, to notice the beauty in the mundane. And if they can’t see it, to show them it is possible to look at things in a new and different way. How we see the world shapes our lives, our relationships, our actions. Let us notice the miracles of every day, every stitch. . .EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
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.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Portrait, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Installation
Lydia Burris is a mixed media and multi-subject artist. She often compares her work to the sense dreams: a place of ambiguity, emotion and surrealism, peppered with snippets of symbolism and meaning. The mind and how it works is a recurring theme in her artwork. In the studio she experiments with both 2D and 3D mediums. She playfully splatters, scrapes, constructs, destroys, and reconstructs her way through the creative process. Her subjects range from a deep darkness to delightful whimsy. Another of her passions is poetry, often through found and cut text creations. She is a fanatic about sketchbooks, and works in one daily. Her most recent series (2020) involved mixed media collages revolving around the yearning to travel mixed with her love of fantastic people and places.
In 2004, 2005 Lydia traveled to Norwich, England where she received her Masters of Fine Art from the Norwich School of Art and Design. She keeps an art studio in Downtown Indianapolis, and teaches studio art part time at Ivy Tech. She shows her work in galleries, participates in art events, and vends at conventions such as GenCon and Horrorhound Weekend. (Pre-pandemic) A full list of events for each year can be seen on her website.
R. A. Buys
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Portrait
R.A. Buys’ current concentration is on more commercially/public friendly paintings and drawings he calls “Midnight Therapy”, which is what he shows regularly throughout the year.
Years ago, he moved into his current house and he had no connection to internet, smart phone, or cable. He started drawing these stream of conscience faces in the late hours of the night, that have evolved over the years and continue to change. While a few of them are actual portraits of existing people, most of them are abstract and void of any recognizable features of a real person.
He tries to strip away gender, sex, age, race or any other feature that we tend to intentionally or accidentally judge others on. Matter of fact he likes to look at his drawings as having the skin peeled back and then showing the colors, textures, and patterns that make up a person on the inside. Often, they come across alien.
People say that they see African, Aztec, Polynesian and Celtic influences among others in his art; although this is all accidental as he relies on the moment to dictate what the patterns and images will end up looking like.
He works in very basic mediums. Oil paint, paint pens, and marking pens. Usually on wood but sometimes canvas, whichever is more available at the moment. He tries to re-purpose old frames or makes basic 60s style student lattice frames to add a little character to the finished product.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: 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.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Performance Art, Works on paper; Manga-superhero inspured artwork.
I believe I am inspired to be creative in mixed media artwork as well as dance in an ‘outsider-style’ format. The creative impulse I receive and the images of what to draw/perform as well as how to do the art come to me organically but most often when I am listening to music and around safe and artistically like-minded people. The majority of what I am influenced to draw is manga-based but I am also activated by the environment around me and the images I see in it. What I do can be considered a sort of performance art because it is most often located randomly and the artistic flow I receive is spontaneous.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
Blend Creative Minds was founded in 2016 by artists Rafael Caro and Erica Parker. The collective has grown to include other artists who bring their unique talent to the group.
We work collaboratively in large scale paintings, murals, and public art.
Aerosol and brush techniques.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Performance Art, 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.
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.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Jewelry, Painting, Sculpture
Hi, I am a full-time work at McDonalds and a full-time student of IUPUI. I have all ways been good with my hands and eyes; even if I have glasses. I like experimenting. The more experiences and techniques I learn, the more I can grow as an artist. While some forms of art may be my weakness, it can be another’s strength.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Vocal; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles, Works on paper
Anne Cleary is a native Hoosier living in the Indianapolis area. She grew up out in the Zionsville countryside. Her childhood spent roaming the fields, creek and woods inform her work to this day. Much of her abstract work is based upon nature, landscapes and the sky, often referring to the mysterious connection human beings have with the natural world. She studied art, English, and vocal music in her undergraduate years, going on to pursue graduate work in vocal performance (Opera). Music is an integral part of her life, and a certain musicality can be seen in some of her painter’s language- brushstrokes may sometimes conotate musical notation, layers of markings and glazes- perhaps a visual chord. She is currently working heavily in textiles- specifically painted and dyed silks and natural fibers for collage, wall hangings and fashion. She works out of her home studio in the top of a barn on the North side of Indianapolis, and is visited often by appointment. Website. www.anneclearydesigns.com, Instagram : @anne_cleary
BA 1997 Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. Studio Art major 1997, 1998
Masters Studies in Opera Performance, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Ma
1998 Masters in Opera Performance studies, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Bloomington, Indiana
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting
I was born in Miami, Florida but grew up in Indianapolis, primarily in Broad Ripple. Ever since I was a child I was obsessed with drawing. I was involved in the arts through out my time at Broad Ripple High School, studying AP Visual Art. I got my first bit of experience in the real world when in my sophmore year I helped create the mural outside Einstein’s Bagels in Broad Ripple. I have always loved illustrating unique and mysterious imagery, creating a concept hidden within the subject matter. After high school I went to Ivy Tech Community College and recieved an Associates Degree in Fine Arts and then transferred to Savannah College of Art and Design where I graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration/Communication Arts. My illustration work can be applicable to the graphic design, editorial, advertising, and book market place.
Performing Arts: Music
– I am just a kid . . making music out of the feelings i can’t describe.
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