Performing Arts; Visual Arts: Textiles
An Artist is born never made !
Ismaila "Izo" Ndiaye
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
Though Ismaila’s most recent creative work is in the art of batik; he first mastered the art of stone sculpture. He began working with stone at the age of 14, and exhibited his work at age 17. His stone sculptures have been shown in such prestigious venues abroad as the National Gallery of Contemporary Art in Dakar, Senegal, and at the Pan African Biennial Exhibition DAK’ART, the International Salon Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso and the Arts Exposition in France.
Mamadou Lamine Ndiaye
Visual Arts: Photography
“Coming from Senegal (West Africa), I have the opportunity to utilize my oral traditional family skills which I inherited from my roots. I graduated from the Media Center of Dakar (Senegal) working through the channels of movie making, I’ve developed another passion for photography. Art is the only way that describes how we feel…’Replace the Heart by the Eyes.” Mamadou Lamine Ndiaye
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
BORN AND RAISED IN INDIANAPOLIS, I LIVE IN BROAD RIPPLE WITH MY WIFE OF 20 YEARS. I HAVE BEEN AN ARTIST ALL MY LIFE AND WORKED IN ALL TYPES OF MEDIA. MY FOCUS RIGHT NOW IS MURAL WORK AND MY ABC PAINT PARTIES. CHECK WWW.NEALARTISTRY.NET FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Traveling to London and Stratford, England fulfilled a life-long dream for Robert. He attributes his carrer as an actor to Shakespeare. The Creative Renewal Fellowship allowed him to Study Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in London and participate in acting workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, during the summer of 2008. While in the UK he saw plays in the following theatres: The Globe Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre Theatre of Great Britain, The Old Vic, The Open Air Theatre in Regents Park, and the Jermyn Street Theatre. He is continuing his work as an actor and teacher with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, The University of Indianapolis, and other venues. His “renewed sense of purpose and perspective” will be carried with him throughout his career.
Performing Arts: Dance
Caitlin Negron began her dance training in her hometown of Fort Wayne, IN at Fort Wayne Ballet. She continued her studies at Southern Methodist University and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Dance Performance and Anthropology. Other training includes the Martha Graham School, Thodos Dance Company, American Ballet Theater and Richmond Ballet. Caitlin has danced with several choreographers in Chicago and LA, and performed with Kybele Dance Theater. In 2008 Caitlin co-founded and currently serves as the executive director of The Indy Convergence, a pop-up arts residency program for professional artists held annually in Indianapolis, Toronto, and Jacmel, Haiti. Caitlin is also a BASI certified pilates teacher and teaches classes throughout Indianapolis, she received a 2015 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and a 2015/16 Individual Artist Program Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. This is Caitlin’s 8th DK season.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Works on paper
“A circle is a straight line that never ends. My paintings are a part of me that keep evolving and changing and never ending. I knew at age six I was going to be an artist. Painting isn’t something I do, its something I am. I cannot turn it on or off, it ebbs and flows through me at its well. Art is inherent in our family; my grandfather was a self taught painter. I have been given the gift of a creative soul and the courage to follow that path. A few of my influences are Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gough and Robert Rauschenberg.”
Visual Arts: Mixed Media; Rogue Taxidermy
Karen Nemes is a cheerful subversive based in South Bend, Indiana. Her passions include rogue taxidermy, social justice activism, and punk music. Her work is produced under the studio name “La Grotesquerie.”
All animals used by La Grotesquerie are ethically sourced. The majority are made from reclaimed rodadkill that Karen collects, cleans, and repurposes into unique characters. No animals are killed for the creation of these pieces.
Karen is an award-winning artist, placing second at the 2015 Baltimore Taxidermy Open, first at the 2016 Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy Competition, winning “Most Whimsical” at the 2016 Baltimore Taxidermy Open, and taking second place at the 2017 Baltimore Taxidermy Open.
Claudia A. Maslowski, Juror for Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. describes her work this way:
“Karen Nemes creates sculpture using taxidermy techniques and mixed media. The animal remains incorporated into the sculpture become not only a tribute to the life that once shared the earth with us, but a lifelong work of art that tells a story.
Each story will be written by the viewer, who will ultimately develop a personal relationship with the animal portrayed in the sculpture. Karen’s techniques are amazing, seldom seen in the development of such sensational sculpture.”
Visual Arts: Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Ners is an impulsive, embodied practice. Ners aims for small pleasures; does not strive for great substantiality; values expendable details; prizes invention and imagination, delights in risk-taking for its own sake; values personal vision and peculiarity; is unselfconscious; shows the signs of eager, industrious activity; and often results in becoming precious. Ners has caste-off beauty; encourages innovation; and repurposes associations. Ners likes to start an argument by being focused or maybe even one-sided; is low-tech, modest in scale without being modest in thought, made with found objects and materials. Ners maintains involvement in a small area without point or aim; concentrates on pinning down one moment without glamorizing it, but using a whisper; forgets accomplishments and moves on as soon as it has passed; feeling that most is superfluous.
Media; Visual Arts: Film, New Media/Technology, Performance Art, Photography
I work professionally as a videographer and photographer. I’m proficient at capturing images and video, but for myself the real artform is in the editing and the curating of imagery. In my art career, I have some experience competing and submitting as an artist and as a (former) gallery owner. I like to be straight forward and concise and anticipate what’s next.
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Visual Arts: Film, Painting, Photography
I’ve always known that I have a wildly overactive imagination. I spent half of my childhood with my nose hidden behind books. The other half was spent inventing stories, attempting to spot wild animals, transforming bunk beds into covered wagons, begging my parents for a puppy, whipping up mud pies, learning how to draw horses, inventing my own Native American war paint, searching for Narnia, teaching myself the equivalent of an entire 7 year education from Hogwarts and generally doing anything to push my already overactive imagination into overdrive.
Today, not much has changed. Sure, I outgrew my bunk-bed and my desire to wear Native American war paint out in public diminished; but I’ve always maintained the same creative and imaginative spirit that so vibrantly colored my entire childhood. The thirst for knowledge that drove me to read any-and-every book I could get my hands on as a child is still ever present; and I continue to fuel that thirst by pursuing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Outside of the classroom/studio; I can be found hanging out with Louis my Pekingese, practicing Yoga, living a Paleo lifestyle, making decisions based on my daily horoscope prediction, patiently awaiting the release of the next Wes Anderson Film, thrifting for vintage finds, traveling to Zoos and avidly supporting Animal Rights and Cruelty Free Industries.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
Neville is a professor of English at Butler University and the author of six books including “Iconography: A Writers Meditation,” “Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning,” and “In the House of Blue Lights.”
Pamela C. Newell
Visual Arts: Painting
Pamela Chase Newell is an award-winning artist whose pastel and oil paintings have been recognized and have received awards in many juried competitions. Pam received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She continued her study at the Indianapolis Art Center with Leah Traugott, Marilyn Etchison, and Becky Hall Fehsenfeld. She has also studied with Ron Mack, Dan Woodson, Bob Eberle, and noted American impressionist, C.W. Mundy. Her luminous colorful paintings have been selected for numerous exhibits including the Hoosier Salon where she has exhibited for 12 years, Indiana Heritage Arts, Indiana Artists Club, Minnetrista, – Art About the Land, the Cincinnati Art Club – View Point Show, (a national juried art competition), and the Indiana State Fair. She has had work selected for many solo shows. In 2007, she exhibited in a collaborative solo show with the Smithsonian Institute at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville. Recently she was the featured artist in the January/February edition of Fishers/Geist Magazine.
Judith Vale Newton
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
As a professional writer for 30 years, she has written magazine articles, critical commentaries, narrative essays, and art history books. Many of her projects deal with visual arts and biographies.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
“Painting is more than applying paint to canvas, paper or walls… It’s communicating ideas, expressing emotions, and making visual our imaginary worlds” -MaryAnne Thanh Tam Nguyen
Visual Arts: Painting
MaryAnne Nguyen was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her parents, both creative individuals themselves taught Nguyen how to draw at an early age. It was not only a form of play but also a vital form of communication throughout her life. Not one for words she used her cartoons and sketches to make friends and express ideas.
She began her college education as a fashion design major, then switched to photography and finished with a BFA in painting. She graduated from Herron School of Art and Design of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2006. She currently lives and works as a visual artist in Indianapolis and finds every opportunity to travel, spend time with loved ones and be out in nature.
I am interested in nature, and the human condition. In my work I explore the human experience through the self and the individual as well as the current effects humanity has on the environment. I spend a lot of time sifting through different news platforms, magazines, art and social media searching for the common thread of visual understanding amongst people of our time. I then apply it into concepts for my work. I am influenced by many historic and contemporary painters, modern fashion/product photography, design and science. I have recently started reading about quantum theories pertaining to consciousness and dreaming, which I find incredibly fascinating and will be incorporating these ideas into my work in the future.
Past themes I have explored include the fact that humans and nature are intertwined in the cycle of life. In the series “The Inseparables” I painted conjoined and deformed animals as sweetly and innocently as I possibly could, in order to make the subject less grotesque and more desireable. I had also read that human and animal babies are adorable because it is one of their few defense mechanisms. I thought this to be a very interesting and clever tactic by nature and used this idea to further enhance the empathy I hoped to conjure in the viewer.
I try to work from life as much as possible, but usually work from photographic references. I paint with oils and acrylic on canvas and wood. In future work I intend to focus more on the figure and contemporary issues, yet will continue to use traditional painting methods and materials.
Mary Pamela (Pam) Niccum
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Sculpture
Color excites and challenges me! It is exhilarating to transform my vision of color and shape into an actual composition of fused glass. After 15 years of working in fabric art, I discovered fused glass in 2004 and found I was even better able to convey my love of color and design in the fused glass medium. I believe I have just begun to skim the surface of fusing. I plan to dig deeper, learn more, break some (more) glass, and continually experiment to expand my repertoire of kiln working techniques. My greatest inspiration is my imagination. A vision becomes my springboard for new design. Abstract work, whether representative of a thought or feeling, or simply an abstraction of a common figure, allows me the freedom to create without boundaries. For me, glass and color come together and provide a joyfully creative form of expression.
Anne McKenzie Nickolson
Visual Arts: Textiles
My interest in working with fabric goes back to my early childhood when I learned to sew, embroider, knit and crochet. These interests turned toward art making as I earned my BFA in Textile Design from Northern Illinois University, and my MFA in Textile Design from Indiana University.
I have been a practicing, exhibiting fiber artist since 1977. My early work was pieced, appliquéd, embroidered often with hand dyeing and airbrushing. A natural evolution of ideas led to layered, pieced and appliquéd compositions which became quilts in 1997, and I created a rich body of work of these layered pieces. In 2015, I returned to some earlier threads of investigation and began doing embroidery on pieced grosgrain ribbon. This work allows me to incorporate rich, bold, coloration in the ground, with the delicate intensity that I want to bring to resilient images from past travels and experiences.
My works have been exhibited in 32 states, 12 countries and 5 continents, including 5 Quilt Nationals and a SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Series) Show. I have received several grants in support of my work from the Indiana Arts Commission and a Creative Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Throughout my career, I have done commissions and have work in many public collections including Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, A T & T in Kansas City, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Indiana State Museum. Publications include articles and feature photographs in “American Craft”, “Fiberarts”, “Art in America”, “Surface Design Journal”, and numerous books.
Performing Arts: Music
Hidetaka Niiyama is Japanese conductor and pianist. Hidetaka is Conductor and Music Director of Projekt: Opera, innovative opera company in Fishers, Indiana. He recently finished the inaugural season of Projekt: Opera with three performances of Mozart's Magic Flute. In 2016, Projekt: Opera will perform La Boheme and L'Elisir d'amore. In past few years, Hide has assisted Indianapolis Opera's production of Theree Penny Opera and Amahl and the Night Visitors in its 2014-2015 season. As an advocate of new music, he appeared as a guest conductor for two newly-composed operas, Cake by John Cittum and Charonby Scott Perkins and accompanied as a pianist A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber. His mentor includes violinist, Philip Palermo and conductor, James Caraher.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word
I create what I want to create, what I need to create, and what I am able to create.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
DRASAN’ NITTI was formally trained in Graphic and Fine Art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She is a painter, glass engraving artist, freelance designer, illustrator, and the owner of Silver Dragon Studio and The Art of Sumi-e. Her favorite mediums are Plein Air painting, Pastel, Watercolor, Sumi-e and Chinese Brush painting and Glass Engraving.
DraSan’ has collected dragons and pandas for many years and they are her favorite subject in painting. Dragons fill her studio and home, casting their great shadows and whispering silently. Although her dragons are Oriental in nature, they reflect her personal interpretation. DraSan’s dragons are represented in private & corporate collections around the world.
Nancy Anne Noel
Visual Arts: Painting
Nancy Noel started her career by drawing pastel portraits, and now commands nearly $50,000, with a two year waiting list. Nancy’s desire to paint is clearly and simply an outgrowth of her need to communicate. She wants her work to have no boundaries and no limited dialect and to reach people across the world.
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