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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.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Spoken Word, Storytelling; Political Artist; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor; Soft Sculpture, Fibers
Currently, I am a MAAT student at SMWC. This a several leaps and decades from my BFA in 3D Computer Animation at SCAD.
I have tapdanced in musicals, sang in jazz clubs, programmed in Houdini, instructed art in public and private schools in the US and Italy, run a party planning business, and done freelance with some interesting companies. Currently, I run three blogs and an online art group via Zoom.
I have a husband, two small dogs, and a 13-year-old daughter.
I also do stand up. Like you didn’t know…
Melodie Yvonne Ramey
Literary Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Performers and Writers, Photography, Portrait, Sculpture
Melodie Yvonne Ramey, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.
Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.
Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for The Vogue Theater & Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for the Billboard Charts topping band, Gangstagrass as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.
Artist of Color; Black Art; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word
Tatjana Rebelle (they/she) is a mother, activist, organizer, writer, performer and promoter. They have lived in Indianapolis most of their life. Which is where they learned to use their writing to deal with growing up in the Midwest as a non-binary, first generation Afro-German and Queer. They founded VOCAB Indy, a monthly cultural arts event centering QTBIPOC communities in 1997 and stepped away from curating the event in 2020, to pursue writing and traveling.
Their work gives them the chance to follow their idol, Bayard Rustin’s, footsteps in speaking truth to power and taking a stance against global and local oppression. Their goal is to bring art and activism to the people that need to hear it the most, with every action they take.
They are proud to be an alum of Asante’s Art Institute of Indianapolis. A 2020 recipient of the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. A Tedx Indiana University’s 2021 event “When A Tree Falls” speaker. Their published work spans from essays in the Indianapolis Recorder to contributing to best selling author, Tamara Winfrey Harris’s book “Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters About Stepping Into Your Power”.
Crystal V. Rhodes
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
Rhodes is a published author, produced playwright, public speaker and freelance writer. One of her dramatic presentations is titled “Civil Wrongs.” She also offers writing workshops.
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Constructions/Collage, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Book Arts
I am inspired by the memories I associate with my identity, the effects of emotional labor, and the associated stereotypes. I use unique forms of storytelling to share concepts rooted in my own life. Each piece is a reflection of these experiences, and that of others. We can all relate to wearing masks to achieve the accepted standard within our own combination of subgroups. Growing up semi-isolated did not make me exempt from being implanted with habitual patterns, but it did allow time for me to develop an uncommon perspective.
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Duncan P. Schiedt
For 72 years, Schiedt has photographed jazz musicians and researched jazz history. He has published four books titled, “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “The Jazz State of Indiana,” “Twelve Lives in Jazz,” and most recently “Jazz in Black and White.” He has also mounted exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Canon Art Institute in Ohio, the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkart, Ind., and many other venues. In June of 2007, Mr. Schiedt exhibited side by side with Ansel Adams in Elkhart, Indiana.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Radio/Television; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Performers and Writers
Author Illustrator, Arts & Free Speech advocate, Kimann Schultz “writes with pictures & draws with words.”
Kimann’s novel Jacob, Jacob Marley’s rest of the story, beautifully illustrated by Adam Oehlers, is available now at Amazon & IBJ Publishing. just click on these links to purchase!
A first generation American, German/English bi-lingual, Kimann reaches instinctively beyond horizons of the ordinary in her quest to serve as creative contributor.
Kimann blogged at Huffington Post from May 2013 – January 2018. Her articles include Arts & Free Speech advocacy & appreciation, film & TV review, history & sociological commentary on a wide range of topics including politics, parenting, fine arts & architecture, fashion & style.
An IU Bloomington honors graduate with dual majors in Art History & German + a year abroad at the University of Hamburg, Germany, Kimann also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology & Parsons School of Design, both in NYC, where she received training in fashion design & illustration. Kimann worked 12 years for a local architectural firm as architectural writer, renderer & draftsperson, specializing in entourage. She was the Indianapolis Meridian-Kessler Home Tour artist for 5 years & produced many commissioned works, featuring residential and commercial architecture, bridal & pet portraiture.
Kimann’s essay “Do What You Have to Do” was published in the 2012 THIS I BELIEVE: ON MOTHERHOOD. Her article, In Support of Art as Alternate Means of Expression was featured at Americans for the Arts.
A mother of 2 sons & a daughter, Kimann is also song-writing partner with her husband. Their three-song EP, “Earthbound Ethereal,” is on iTunes and Amazon. Music videos for “Beautiful Rage,” and “Spirit of Christmas – Promise of Peace,” can be found on YouTube.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Photography
“I am a writer, photographer, and historian. My writing includes poetry, creative nonfiction (including pictorial history, architectural history, and essays on social and political topics), and fiction. I often give lectures on various arts-related topics and poetry readings. I have published nine books and two spoken-word CDs; have had poetry, fiction, and nonfiction appear in scores of publications. I have published many photographs in magazines, newspapers, and books on a variety of topics. I also serve as an editor and proofreader for other authors. I do book promotions and other public relations and marketing tasks for visual and literary artists. I am the recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and five Individual Artist Program grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. My photos and my large-format posters of my photography and poetry have appeared in numerous juried shows and solo shows. I am also the recipient of other awards and honors for my writing, photography, and pictorial-history books. I am a member of PEN American Center, ASCAP, Authors Guild, Writers Center of Indiana, and Igbo Studies Association.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Storytelling
I’m a freelance writer and editor with a deep affinity for essay writing and poetry. I have written for local publications like NUVO and the now-defunct Sky Blue Window, as well as blogs for Vidit Indy’s site. My work has also appeared in HuffPo, the website for The Body Is Not An Apology, and brave Voices.
My work is in flux. I have long put black text on white paper and considered that the end of the piece’s creativity. After setting some writing to music on Shades, the CD I released with my father in 2015, I have become very interested in pairing music and dance with my work.
I lost myself for a very long time. I am ready to be back at home in my body, comforted by my words.
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Born in Jamaica, NY in 1953, Stacey Torres is an African American folk artist and writer living in New Castle, IN. Her primary focus are unique women in natural settings. She paints with an abundance of brilliant color using different media, including watercolor, oil pastels, and acrylics, inspired by her Caribbean heritage.
As a self-taught artist, Ms. Torres’ love of painting began at a very early age. In the summer of 2014, she began to create again after a 40 year hiatus. Spending hours with her mother, who was in her final stages of Alzheimer’s, Stacey began to paint her thoughts and emotions, with images to help her mother remember some things. Her artwork became therapy for her and comfort to her mother.
“When the word, “artist” began to appear behind my name, I embraced my lost gift, and paint life as I see it. Art is just an exercise in emotional expression — a way of holding onto things from the past — documenting visions, impressions and dreams. I could write a journal or blog, however, my visions needed to be seen and felt … At times, I feel messages from beyond, like small glimpses of my past as ancestral folktales emerge with splashes of color on canvas. These primitive images of pleasingly imperfect subjects are bits of me; things I’m compelled to recapture. I suppose I’m guilty of living through my art by proxy.” Stacey Torres
Exhibits & Awards: Recipient of Indiana Lt. Governor & State Treasurer Hoosier Women Artists 2016; Richmond Art Museum’s Holiday Art Mart; Whitewater Valley Arts Association Regional Exhibit 2015 (Advanced Merit Award), and 2016; Art Association of Henry County’s 50th Annual Fall Show; Flava Fresh 12 (Annual Juried Multi-Art Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art in Indianapolis, IN); Hoosier Women In Art 2016 (Indy Parks Dept.); Twitter Art Show NYC 2016; Will Vawter Art Show, Hancock Art Association 2016; Naturally Inspired Paint-Out, Indianapolis Zoo 2016; Inspired by Dreams Exhibit 2015, Indiana Interchurch Center; and most notably, her art was featured on CBS TV’s Criminal Minds (Season 10).
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