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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.
My name is John. I’m a transgender writer and video editor, currently attending IUPUI and persuing a Media Arts and Science major.
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.
An Indianapolis native, I have been writing short stories, novels and plays for more than 50 years. Along with writing all those years, I have taught writing at several Indianapolis-area colleges.
My writings, including four published novels, ranging in genre from mainstream to suspense, fantasy, children’s and satire. Many of my writings are set in the milieu of 1950’s Indiana.
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.
Performing Arts: Music, Radio/Television, Spoken Word
“…they only consume what we put out……” –Tony Styxx
The radio bores me. Can’t remember the last time I saw performance from a mainstream artist live or televised that moved me. Cd’s don’t get bought anymore. And YouTube has made everyone a star.
The value of one’s progress and hard work equals leaks. The standard for “classics” has been set to the qualifications of tweet topics and ringtones. And the term legend applies to anyone in the game for more than 2 mix tapes and onstage performances.
Whose fault is this? It’s the Artist fault.
I can point the finger at the consumer all day but it won’t change the fact that, the reason they buy into lack lust performances, mediocre production, and less than par capability to keep the idea that “classics” aren’t born, they are created out of dedication and integrity no matter how much “shine” is thrown at you, is because artist like myself who have the ability to keep true art alive aren’t doing our job. WE MUST DO BETTER.
ART is an expression of self. True. But once tainted by carbon copy habits, those of us truly pouring our lives through pen and pad are considered “trendy”, or “bitters.”
Hi. I’m Tony Styxx. I do Hip-Hop, Spoken Word Poetry, and Human Beat boxing. I practice 3 hrs a day, 7 days a week. I refuse to let a day go by where I don’t write at least 2 pieces, good or not. I perform with the idea that I could die before I hit the stage, on stage, off stage. I perform with the intent on being remembered not for my clothes, catchy hooks, fame or twitter followers. I perform so that the very next time my name is brought up a young boy will go nuts like I did back in high schools when cats asked “whose better Nas or Jay-Z?” I perform so that the very next time you feel like quitting, my voice echoes through out you heart, soul, mind….and you don’t hear the words…you hear the intangible and overwhelming motivation to be more and push forward.
THAT’S what art is supposed to do. Music is equivalent to water. There’s life and death in water. WE as ARTIST are responsible for what we allow our supporters to consume.
Annie Sullivan is the author of three young adult fantasy books—A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Butler University.
Performing Arts: Music
Jonathan Thompson, founder of New Generation Artist Inc and the Jonathan Thompson Performing Arts School is a Teaching Artist, Actor, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter. He has been working as an artist, educator, and entertainer for thirty years. He has shared platforms with some of the most distinguished artist, entertainers, personalities, politicians and scholars of our times. Such notables as Will Smith, Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, BB King, Al Green, the Winans, T.D. Jakes, Fred Hammond, Ricky Skaggs, Blair Underwood, Rainbow Rosie and Popular music producer Warryn Campbell as well as many others. Mr. Thompson comes prepared with experience and education. He has earned his F.C.C. License and has worked as a radio engineer and announcer for two radio stations. He has hosted, produced, and directed two television programs for Warner Television and WCLJ TV 40. Attending and completing his studies at the King’s Seminary and Life Bible College Jonathan further propels his drive by serving others, particularly young people. A virtuoso and visionary, Jonathan’s unique methods and style make him a powerful influence and voice with students and audiences.
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