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
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Art Director
Visual Arts: Painting
I am a self-taught abstract expressionist who, simply, is inspired by the beauty of colors. I love the random and unique blending and patterning that exists everywhere especially in natural phenomenon, processes, and origins such as galactic, botanic, and aquatic. I express ephemeral and yet everlasting stories through energy, movement, and form in which I convey the limitless potential of color. My paintings appear wildly unstructured yet there is an underlying deliberate intention and structure to them. As dramatic as it might sound, for me, colors – aqua, fuchsia, periwinkle, tangerine – are gods and goddesses. I, merely their illustrator, am in awe of the myths and legends that emerge.
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: 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.
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: 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: Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
McKayla Bensheimer is a sculptor and printmaker. She was raised in Franklin, Indiana and currently resides in Indianapolis, where she attends Herron School of Art and Design as a BFA candidate for sculpture. Bensheimer is interested in depicting the human experience through figural sculpture and portraiture in a variety of materials such as clay, steel, bronze, and two-dimensional mediums. Bensheimer has shown her work around the Indianapolis area. Her public works include a collaboration for a walkway mosaic installed in front of the Irvington Public Library.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting
Born and raised in Ohio, and the moving to Indiana when I just began high school, drawing has always been a passion of mine.
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: Printmaking
A recent Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship recipient, Indianapolis based artist Cynthia Blasingham has shown her work in over 125 exhibits, including over 65 national, regional, and state juried shows and 20 one- and two-person shows. She is a signature member of Watercolor Society of Indiana, an elected member of Indiana Artists Club, and an exhibiting member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society. In addition to years on the Boards of Directors, she has served as Chairman of the Board for CCA Gallery several times and as President of Watercolor Society of Indiana twice. She is a founding member of INprint, a group of regional printmakers based in Central Indiana, and has served as its Chairman for the past five years. Her work is shown through the Hoosier Salon Gallery in Broad Ripple Village. Her work is in private, corporate, and public collections. While exploring art from before kindergarten to high school, she also pursued a career in her other love, the biological sciences, earning a B.A. in Zoology from Duke University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology from the Indiana University Medical Center, and doing medical research and teaching. In mid-life she returned to art school, obtaining a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Indianapolis Art Center, and began a second career as a fine artist. Her interest in life science and human physiology blends with life art; her lifelong interest in biology blends with natural subjects and a process orientation. For the past
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: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
John Charles Brooks
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
I am a painter. I do not reject the term artist, but I believe in it’s present context the title spans much that is of little interest to me. I do not aspire to the idea of artist as arbiter of culture. I do embrace the idea that art can heal, that it can console , that it can show the commonality between us all. My goals are simple: to illuminate aspects of reality via the medium of pigment on canvas. In this regard, the greatest illumination is personal and in my case, arrives at the point where the process of painting begins. My goal is nothing less than liberation. Painting is the process, my transformation is it’s goal. I hope in the journey there are others who may also see, through my work, where I am pointing, but what I seek is not essentially social. In an age of cynicism I remain a romantic. john charles brooks 2007
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Kylin Brown is an Indiana born artist currently residing in Plainfield, IN. She attended Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis where she earned her Associates in Fine Art degree.
While her personal work is mainly oil paintings, Kylin enjoys incorporating charcoal and graphite into her work as creating window displays and public art.
When she is not working in her studio, sharing her love for art with kids of all ages, or creating public art, Kylin enjoys yoga and staying active with her two children.
She is excited to be one of the artists chosen for the 2020 Indy Art & Seek program and looks forward to creating an “intervention” somewhere in the city.
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.
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.
Beth Clary Schwier
Visual Arts: Painting
Artist, mom of six, former Circus performer, actress. I hope my art reflects my joy for life and the Lord! Look for my art on HGTV Good Bones! I began painting seriously at the age of 50. I am having so much fun and never would have imagined how wonderful it is to be an artist in Indiana!
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.
Visual Arts: Works on paper
My work explores issues of peace and justice through reconciliation. I continually establish my own creative identity through an exploration of personal history through which displacement and loss are core issues.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Matthew Cooper is an emerging visual artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. His paintings often feature a variety of media including acrylic paint, oil paint, oil stick and found objects. His often narrative work speaks to the beauty of the African and African-American people and culture through a dreamlike reality using the human anatomy to recreate a story telling narrative of courageous and resilient history.
Matthew Cooper is the Arts Council Art & Soul 2021 Featured Visual Artist.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
After being told for years that pursuing art wasn’t a viable source of income or success, I was finally able to abandon the discouraging notion that what I truly loved doing was insignificant. Perhaps I’m a bit late to the game of exhibiting my work…or maybe I needed to wait until now. Either way, it’s my time to take a risk and really start focusing on that which fills me with joy.
Visual Arts: Photography
I consider photography to be, like the eye, the window to an artist’s soul. My photos are the only way someone else can see what my heart sees. I try to capture a moment, tell a story, or express an emotion with the images I create. Yet more importantly, I am always delighted when the observer describes the moment, tells the story or expresses the emotion they see or feel from my photographs based on their own experiences. Then I know I have succeeded, even if it doesn’t resemble my original ideas.
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