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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
Visual Arts: Photography
Through his fine art photography, Archbold captures beautiful and ethereal natural scenes as well as gritty and industrial cityscapes.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting
Marissa Ballesteros is an artist currently living in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Herron School of Art and Design and will graduate in December 2018 with a BFA in Drawing and Illustration. In May 2018, she had her first group exhibition at the Garfield Park Arts Center. The theme of the exhibition was adventures, and she created concept art based on an original story. The pieces comprised of three characters and three environments from that story.
Moving forward, she is interested in creating concept art. She wants to explore how she can create original characters and environments that are engaging, dynamic, and unique. Her influences vary: fantasy books such as Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones, Greek and Egyptian mythology, historical figures, and illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Lois van Baarle, and Wylie Beckert. Additionally, she wants to create original works that comment on issues pertaining to contemporary society through a fantastical point of view. She works in traditional and digital media. Her current goals include working on concept art for companies involved in film, video games, and animation and having original pieces shown in galleries.
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: 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.
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: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Keith Monroe Blanton, born in 1951 to a farming family whose roots can be found in their 1832 homestead farm located on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
My earliest memories are of the beautiful people and images associated with the family farms. Beginning with the ability to hold a pencil, I have always sketched and painted the beauty that God has placed around me. It is where I find my peace and my calling. Like most people, my interests over the years have been divided. I received my education in Engineering from Purdue University. The skills that I possess in Art are gifts from God. I have had no formal educational training in Art. My early and middle adult years were spent on the pursuit of an engineering career in the design and construction supervision of roads and bridges throughout Indiana. But, my love has always been in the art of oil painting. To capture on canvas the moment in time, the sparkle in the eye, and yes the very spirit and soul of the person, object, or scene that I am painting.
I have always loved the work and passion found in the paintings of the old masters. My years of work as an engineer has aided in the further development of an eye for finite details and an absolute desire to create an heirloom that will be loved and will be cherished for generations.
The paintings of Keith Blanton have been on display at Mayor Ballard’s office, the Mayor of Indianapolis and have been at galleries in Indianapolis, Zionsville, Fishers, Greenwood, South Bend, Goshen, and Plymouth, all in Indiana. Keith has also received awards at shows and exhibits throughout Indiana; the following are a list of a few:
The Indiana State Fair: over the past 30 years, numerous ribbons have been received ranging from “Third Place” to “Honorable Mention”
DeFries Gardens: In the 2010 Garden Art Show received the following two awards:
“Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention”
Heartland Regional Art Exhibition in 2009 received the “Popular Choice Award”
Spencer Gallery, 2012 NIA Exhibit, received the “Judges Award”
Visual Arts: Murals, Printmaking, Textiles, Works on paper
My work deals with loss and memory. The work relates to the passing of my parents and how I cope with memories that I can not trust, but I simultaneously cherish.
Jasmine Iona Brown
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage
I like to tackle political and cultural themes in my work. I seek to create art that involves diverse views and serves as a vehical for contemplation of life’s complexities.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Through capturing photographic imagery from personal sacred space, dreams and the natural world, I create my own language of metaphors and special symbolism. This is visual journaling of what’s important to me and my inner thoughts and ideas are made visible through my technique and my choice of subject matter. I believe we are formed by images and we need to develop a critical intake and understanding of what we are seeing.
There are reoccurring images throughout my work from spiritual pilgrimages, family, the natural
world and dreams that are important to me. I return often to placing a special black stone in my
work that represents me. This is an important touchstone of meditation and memory which
allows me to be placed in the spiritual spaces that I capture and compose. Light and shadow are
also a reoccurring symbolism representing spiritual and self-awareness. By encountering the
push and pull of both my light and my shadow, I expose myself to a source of life otherwise not
seen. For me, this is where divinity is found.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration
Judy Byron earned her Bachelor of Science in Design from the college of architecture at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina in 1982. She has worked in the fields of architecture, graphic design and printing prior to starting Ivy and Arches in 1997. As sole proprietor of Ivy and Arches, Judy has provided illustrations, renderings and presentation drawings for architects, builders, and homeowners. Recently branching back into the printing industry, Judy is excited to offer a wide variety of products printed with custom illustrations.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles; installation
Adventureland Gallery Chicago, Illinois solo exhibit April 6 – 30
DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award
Thunder-Sky Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio Thunder-Snow January 7- February 4
Butler University Creation and Creativity February 22
BG Gallery Santa Monica, Ca. Outside The Box March 11-28
Garner Narrative Louisville, Ky. solo exhibit June 2 – July 28
Tube Factory Indianapolis, IN Twin Peaks August 4 – 31
The Harrison Gallery The Dubious Luxury of Ordinary Men May 6 – 27
Listen Hear A Spontaneous Act Of Beauty July 10
Artist of the year AlphaOmegaPrize
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Your Catfish Friend February 6 – April 18
Gallery Two Wet Paint, Heavy Metal and Broken Records April 9
Indianapolis Art Center Creative Renewal Retrospective April 17 – June 7
Gallery 924 The Water Show June 5 – July 10
Spiral Gallery Interstate Commerce August 7 – 23
ArtPrize7, Grand Rapids, Michigan – DeVos Place September 23 – October 11
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats January 1 – January 31
Full Body Transformation: Tattoo Project January 1 – December 31
Anderson Center For The Arts Figures of Speech June 6 – August 16
Recipient IAC $10,000 Creative Renewal Fellowship
Gallery 924 Self-Portraits June 7 – July 31
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats December 6 – January 31
Gallery 924 Tiny December 7 – January 4
Indy Indie Artist Colony End Of The World December 7 – December 27
Harrison Center for the arts ROBOTS: an invitational
Indianapolis Art Center Shrine Exhibit October 19 through January 1st
Indiana State Museum Heartland Art: Selections from your Indiana Collection October 1, 2011 – November 2013
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Bodies of Waters November 4 – December 10
Additional Earlier Exhibitions
Headley Whitney Museum
Indiana State Museum
National Art Museum of Sport
Richmond Museum of Art
Museum for Contemporary Art – Baltimore, Maryland
Indiana University Art Museum
Hot House Art Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center Gallery – University of Indianapolis
Art@Large – New York, New York
Friedl Gallery – Chicago, Illinois
Dirty Detroit – Detroit Michigan
Galerie Hertz – Louisville, Kentucky
Copeland Rutherford Fine Arts – Sante Fe, New Mexico
Ruschman Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Malton Gallery – Cincinnati, Ohio
Actors Theater – Louisville, Kentucky
Swanson Cralle Gallery – Louisville, Kentucky
Architectural Center – Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis
Art Center Artlink – Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Who Show – Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Harper College – Pallatine, Illinois
Herron Gallery – Herron School of Art
Art Columbus – Columbus, Indiana
Primary Colors – Indianapolis, Indiana
Woodburn & Westcott Fine Art – Indianapolis, Indiana
Big Car Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Studio One – Indianapolis, Indiana
Diekhoff – Indianapolis, Indiana
Boxx – Indianapolis, Indiana
Selected Corporate Collections
Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
Baker and Daniels
The Indiana State Museum
Eli Lilly and Company
North American Capacitor, Inc.
Support Net, Inc.
University of Indianapolis, Indiana
University Medical Center
Baltimore Department of Health
Fries and Fries, Inc.
Metal Services International
The Nyhart Company
Vasa Brougher Inc.
World Life and Accident, Inc
Good News Ministries
also in private collections throughout the U.S., Japan & Brazil
Visual Arts: Painting
“The goal of art is to enlighten the soul. These paintings are the result of many years of learning and searching. From landscape paintings, ice and snow, to birds and flowers, these paintings can offer you a clear, beyond-the-world feeling, and comfort your soul. ” – Zuimeng Cao
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.
Katie Lyn Coles
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Photography
“When exploring relationships between one’s self and others there are very few places to hide. it is easy to get lost in the obvious, but eventually you are forced to look at what is behind the obvious and that is where you will find memory. Memory of the past, present, future, and the in-between. Memory of death, decay and destruction seem to invade the empty spaces between thought. Sometimes what you don’t see can be more significant than what you do see. The cracks in the wall. Shadows in the dark. Paw prints on windshields. Random payphones ringing. headlights before they come over a hill. Misspellings in the dictionary. Jello before it has set. hairs on a bar of soap. Murder weapons in people. the smell of eyelashes. Mysterious bruising. people looking dead when they sleep. Biting fingernails too short. The words you no longer feel. The everything and nothing that make up what you embody and the everything and nothing you do not embody. If you hold on too tightly to who you think you are you risk overlooking yourself completely. It is important to be able to lose yourself if you ever want to find yourself.”- Katie Lyn Coles
Artist of Color; Black Art; 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.
Visual Arts: Painting
A graduate of Butler University and Herron School of Art, Pat is a former teacher and librarian and has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and other countries. She has studied art history and attended painting classes in France and Italy with various universities and schools. Her art has been exhibited internationally including Musee Pont-Aven, France, French Library and Cultural Center in Boston and the French Embassy in Wash. D.C.. She has permanent exhibitions in CCA and in Lafayette Renaissance Academy. Pat explores content and style and is fascinated with figurative subject matter. Her use of saturated color and rhythmic movement remain a constant.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
My artwork is based on my experiences. I focus on acquiring techniques and the knowledge that comes from doing public art projects.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, New Media/Technology; Digital Fine Art Typography
Starting a career in fine arts after a successful graphic design career.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Angela DeCamp grew up in a regular old middle class Indianapolis suburb. She spent most of her childhood sketching pictures of her many crushes in her very private journal.
Angela’s professional art training began with Herron School of Art and Design’s Saturday School program. From there she went on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Art from Harding University.
The inspiration for Angela’s work comes from her numerous international travel experiences; it comes from road trips through the Australian outback and treks through the foothills of the Himalayas.
Despite the deep impact these experiences have had on her, she also draws deeply from her roots in the heartland of America.
More than anything else, Angela is driven to pursue love. This is just how she does it.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
Colleen Deignan is an illustrator and sculptor who graduated from Herron School of Art with a B.F.A, majoring in Drawing and Illustration and a minor in Art History. Deignan’s work focuses on narrative illustration using paint and sculpture to bring characters to life. She loves creating richly detailed worlds with characters whose personality are just as vibrant.
Jacob Elton Dobson
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Sculpture
“My contempory Figurative Sculptures have conceptual elements, as well as specific features that come across universal as in naturalism. I work from langer than life to smaller scale. Releif sculpture is another technique I specialize in as well a Portrait.”
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I make photographs using a variety of cameras ranging from traditional DSLRs, to more contemporary Mirror-less varieties. I also enjoy infrared photography, and, probably most significantly, create with the iPhone.
Through my business, Rad Drew Photography, LLC, which I stared in 2010, I make and sell images, teach photography and “iPhoneography,” and lead educational photo workshops to destinations around the world. On these trips, I guide photographers to extraordinary photo opportunities and teach in the field to support students in making the best images possible given the equipment and conditions.
Since 2013 I’ve lead groups to Cuba at least twice each year. Other workshop destinations include the South of France, Tuscany, Cape Cod, Boston’s North Shore, The Palouse, and many destinations in my home state of Indiana and neighboring Ohio.
My imagers have received numerous international awards and have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Texas, Vermont, New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. I’m the author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City; a collection of images of Indianapolis, and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and am a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.
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).
Visual Arts: Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Olivia Grace Ruby Elliott graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education and a second major in Intercultural studies in May of 2016. Through her college studies she developed the basics of many art media; however, most of her work is done with oil paints, or gouache. Olivia is often fascinated with the livelihood of people and expresses this through color theory principles that demonstrate the interaction of light and color. Her use of color and shapes sets her work apart from other painters. Currently she is living in Bloomington, Indiana where she is continuing her work as a professional painter while teaching at Central Christian Academy in Indianapolis, IN.
Visual Arts: Photography, Printmaking
“I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Drawing is what brought me to photography. For years the process of working with pen and ink grapite and charcoal was nothing more than a process. The medium had its limitation I need something more flexible. Using the medium of photography I am able to move in a wide range of directions from the graphic to prints with painterly qualities or somewhere in between, using a wide range of applications and techniques afforded by the medium to achieve the desired result.” -Daniel Evans
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Performers and Writers
I am a creative individual by nature. Academically trained in research and writing as an historian, I am also a self-taught portrait painter, illustrator, and mixed-media artist.I am as passionate about art as I am about American history. My historical and political essays have appeared on numerous new media publications and on my personal BLOG. Indeed, I have found that I must actively write about history and create art or fail at both. Creating art allows me another avenue to express myself and gives me the much-needed balance after the intensity required for conducting research and writing about history. My express desire is to produce art that I feel most connected to and one that is meaningful to others.I enjoy working with various mediums. Watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, graphite, mixed media, and ink are all favorites and often used in my paintings and illustrations. My art represents American history, classic literature, and events from the Bible. Art critics have categorized my work in line with Kahlo. I credit Copley, Rousseau, and Gauguin as the providers of my “academic” training in art.I just finished illustrating Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack and publishing the two volumes from my A Little Book of Revolutionary Quotes series. I am now working on illustrating classics, painting moments in American history, producing a new line of mixed-media stationery, researching and writing about the founding generation, and teaching kids about America’s Founding Documents. Trehan’s Treasures is the name of my studio and represents all my art, illustrations and writings.
Susan B. Fleck
Visual Arts: Photography
My photographs are primarily of landscape and architecture and in them I attempt to demonstrate a powerful sense of composition and design, marrying a pleasing artist sensibility with strong technical skills. Within these images one can see human interaction with (and impact on) the environment. My photographs emphasize a subject’s patterns, textures, lines and details resulting in images that are clean and bold.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Sculpture
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