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Visual Arts: Film, Photography, Sculpture
The human form and how clothing can transform perspectives inspire me beyond all reason. It is beautiful how a gentleman clad in a Dolce & Gabbana suit can strip away his lofty attire in place of a tall-tee and baggy trousers. Same man, different sartorial palate— clothing can mold a person and capturing the many shifts that occur in fashion is what I live for.
I’m a queer artist & photographer, with a portrait studio in downtown Indianapolis.
With my studio, I specialize in portraits, headshots, personal branding and event photography for solopreneurs, small businesses and non-profits.
As a photographic artist, I experiment with light & shadows, creative abstractions and artistic interpretations of the world around me. I love to photograph nature, the nude form, street life and performance art, including show choirs, dance & drag queens.
I am also a photographic artist, with original prints for sale. My original fine art is available on my website or at https://todd-fuqua.pixels.com/
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper
Gary Gee, finds the urban setting to be extremely fertile ground for all types of artistic expression. Some of this inspiration has evolved from illegal graffiti and hip hop culture, or was acquired directly from art studies to design creation for wearable apparel and gallery exhibition. Gee’s puts a lot of himself in his creations, much of the work is poetic and reflective of his experience in urban environments, the tight-knight communities, the dreams, desires, goals and the troubling and malevolent ways that black men are viewed by society. This work is often psychological in nature with narratives expressed across multiple layers taking the tangible form of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage sculpture exploring the weight, depth and breath of the inner-city agglomeration through storytelling.
The work is an extension of this versatile artist, it’s an honest visual narrative which includes a mix of natural talent, formal education, raw emotion with a sharp urban edge, and a strong street art aesthetic. The visual commentary in his artwork includes a compelling range of work expressing a wide range from as far back as his playful Jr. High School sense of humor days, or an eclectic satirical spin on daily life-daily living, to a more quantitative and powerful social and political perspective.
His current body of work has been based on exploration in ceramics which include pieces composed of hand cast miniature brick walls set off with a graffiti style amid visual symbols which he extracts and extends from the familiar. These often contain hidden messages, important cultural or social representations meant to engage the curious onlooker. The skulls are also hand cast, many of them contain imagery as well. The crowns are regal imbued with gleaming luster finishes, multiple layers of glazes and incorporating his favored mixed media aspect by utilizing acrylics and spray paints. The skulls that he creates are both a challenge and a lot of fun at the same time for him personally, due to the scientific aspects of ceramic media in general.
The effort that this gifted artist has put out into the universe has manifested into many honors and awards including selection as an Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, an Indiana Arts Commission, On-Ramp: Creative Career Accelerator Participant and a recent Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Accomplishments such as these have helped to bring his creations further into the arts mainstream as well as through participation in a number of juried exhibitions across the country. His work is now held in private and corporate collections.
Gee, has also now come to the realization that he should be more vocal as an artist, and in addition to creating distinctive artworks he recently began facilitating a weekly “Monday 2 Monday,” Motivational Monday campaign on social media in 2018.
Visual Arts: Film, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography
Machaila Gray is an 18 year old local artist. She has nurtured an interest in visual arts since childhood, viewing it as top-priority and working diligently to further better her talents. She is a Class of 2017 alumni of Broad Ripple High School for the Arts & Humanities. It was there that she was given many opportunities to improve as well as real-world experience in the art community by her instructors, Troy Judd and Debra Tyte. The “artsy” environment, vibe, and community of Broad Ripple Village (which surrounded the school) has also been a major inspiration for her. While attending BRHS, Machaila has participated in live, on-the-road performances alongside the school’s vocal and instrumental talents. She also has some class-room teaching experience, occasionally assisting her teachers with their younger students. She also loves to assist her classmates with projects when needed.
Machaila believes that one can get anywhere with hard work and determination. She hopes to use these qualities and her artistic talents to better her community. She will be attending Herron School of Art+Design in August, where she will major in Drawing and illustration and possibly art education, and minor in African American studies.
Visual Arts; Installation
C.T. Hankins is an intermedia artist focused on interactive experiences. Through alterations of perspective their artwork allows us to see ourselves and others from a new vantage point. C.T. has a permanent installation at the Indianapolis Art Center and has done public murals for the city of Indianapolis. More of their portfolio is available at glowtoyourdestiny.com.
Literary Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Performers and Writers; Fashion Illustrator
How’s it going? I’m new to Indy Arts Guide but not new to art itself. From books to comics, to character design, it’s time I shared my most precious work with the community. I am an aspiring author and illustrator with a strong creative vision and voice. I have been drawing all my life and writing for 15 years. I invite you to join me on my journey as we continue to create and inspire the world of tomorrow.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Photography; Digital Art
After spending many years on the printing business, I have retired, and for the past 20 years have been working on Photography as a “digital bridge” to the Classic Arts such as Oil and Watercolor. I am constantly learning different techniques of using the digital programs that I have found work for this transition.
It begins with my original photography, paying close attention to subject matter, colors and framing. As a Photographer, my work has been labeled “Social Realism” or “Street Photography” At the same time I am always looking for the next great painting in my images. I look for the story and situations that most people miss in their daily walk through life. I believe that “color excites the mind….Black and white tell the story.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Hirschten is a contemporary expressionist painter, author and public speaker. She teaches painting in her studio located in the historic Cottage Home Neighborhood.
Hirschten earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Appalachian State University graduating in the year 2000. Over the years, the style and purpose behind her paintings has changed drastically from abstract expressionist work, that was focuses on art therapy influences; to impressionism, that reveres the sacred beauty of the natural world.
While working as an art teacher, Hirschten compiled the book “The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom” which includes more than fifty folktales about artists and the creative process. Her second book “The Alchemy of Painting: Developing Your Style and Purpose” is an instructional how-to guidebook for beginning painters. Hirschten hosts the podcast “The Alchemy of Art” sharing art stories and philosophy with artists around the world.
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
My personal life experiences inform a great deal of the content and concepts of my art. The
human experience has always fascinated me – whether these experiences are had within the
context of our natural environment, the landscape of our internal minds, or within the
context of other humans. Who and what humanity is and how we as humans identify
ourselves is also a question that many of my works address. I also explore the many ups and
downs that are experienced in the physical, mental, and spiritual realms as creatures living
and present within the world.
Much of the imagery I use has focused on the human figure due to reflecting on the
concepts of the human identity and what it means to be human. This ideology evolves into
questioning individual identity as it pertains to the self and how the self is expressed within
society and culture. The imposed identities that are experienced on an individual level as
well as the compulsory identities that individuals may be given by society are reflected and
explored within my work. As a gay man growing up in conservative areas, I have known this
type of experience first-hand and seek to identify and expose the various identities I see
given to individuals through my work.
Although some of my pieces explore the darker side of the human experience, I also believe
that this experience is one of wonder and whimsy often fraught with confusion and
misunderstanding. Having worked in the communications industry in customer service for
the last thirteen years, often times my pieces illustrate a misunderstanding or
miscommunication that might be experienced when communicating an idea from one mind
Visual Arts: Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Social practice
I am a teaching artist at the Indianapolis Art Center and maintain a studio space at the Circle City Industrial Complex where I create and exhibit oil paintings. Currently, I am pursuing my MFA in Integrative Studio Practice from Herron School of Art and Design.
Margo (Madysen) K
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Margo is a muralist, painter, and assemblage artist in Indianapolis. Her work draws the “Out of sight, out of mind” mentality of the midwest through narratives of inanimate objects.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Storytelling; Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Crafts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Nasreen copyedits for a living, and writes poetry and paints to stay sane. She grew up in West Africa and Indonesia and moved to the wide and gritty American Midwest by way of New York City. She and her toddler son live in their bungalow on Indianapolis’ Near Westside. On a Friday night she can be found cooking various organ meats or chasing down a stellar mint julep.
Graphic Arts; Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Michael has been actively involved professionally in the arts for 23 years and has a genuine, long-standing record of utilizing an interdisciplinary and socially responsive approach. His artwork resides in permanent collections in the US, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at Indiana University
Visual Arts: Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper; Woodworking
Lightning wielding, mixed media artist Kyle Krauskopf creates like other people breathe. He has spent most of his life in the pursuit of artistic endeavor. Originally from a small town in Indiana this vagabond creative has taken his drive many places; most notably Seattle WA for the past 5 years as well as several European countries when he backpacked through them in 2017. He recently retuned to his home state to construct a “base of operations” for the newly developed goal of displaying in as many places throughout the world as possible. Equipped with a sense of wonder and knack for creativity since birth, Krauskopf has always been drawing and creating. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, where he learned what it was like to be around other creatives and was instilled with a drive to contribute something “new” to the world of art. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Krauskopf has gotten into the habit of self-imposed, year long artistic goals. The most notable of which was in 2015 when he decided to design and craft a new wooden animal each day of the year with his trusty scroll saw. 365 Days of Wood made the artist realize he places very little before commitment to his craft; that with dedication, persistence, and lots of hard work he could create impressive and wondrous works. His work was recently featured in the national lifestyle magazine Vie, in tandem with an interview by editor Jordan Staggs. The work featured is of his Visual Vomit series. These pieces can best be described as heavily emotive pictorial menageries. Each piece strives to marry realistic depiction of people, places, and things, with less detailed, but powerfully colored objects. These pieces typically “radiate” from a centrally located theme or idea. Repetition, color, size, detail, and shape all go into the process of achieving a visual balance. Krauskopf also conceived of the Virago Artist Collective, an international artist collaboration striving to highlight powerful and influential women throughout history. The team consists of 13 artists and features a new personality and artist every month for the year of 2018, after which the whole body of work is to be shipped to each participants’ city for a showing of the collection. When Krauskopf isn’t having delusions of grandeur or conceiving of his next unrealistic challenge he can be found seeking out new and interesting conversation or enjoying a glass of gin.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Textiles, Works on paper
I’ve always loved art and crafts and doodled on my algebra notes. I started seriously working on portraits while at college, although I didn’t pursue an art career. Despite this, I managed to get noticed in many of the places I worked and was commissioned to do portraits, posters, flyers, brochures, caricatures, etc. during my work day. I wrote and illustrated training manuals for one organization and sold commissioned portraits in my free time. I took a hiatus from art while raising my 3 girls. Now I use my daughters as models for a variety of pictures. In the past 3 years, having more time to spend on art, I designed a website, opened an art studio at Lafayette Renaissance Academy and participated in a variety of juried shows and exhibitions, doing demonstrations and assisting local art organizations with creating brochures and websites. I work with pencil, pastel, charcoal, colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic and oil. I tend to mix mediums, using pastels and colored pencil together or watercolor and pastel. I’ve created portraits with subjects in live sittings and from photographs. I enjoy drawing portraits and also enjoy creating ‘fantasy’ pictures of mermaids, angels and elves. I also enjoy re-creating the many places I’ve visited in the US, Canada and Europe.
Currently my work can be viewed online at llauter.com. I have had artwork at the Art Museum of Lafayette and the Mental Health Association. Shows include an exhibition at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Crawfordsville Art Fair & the Round the Fountain Art Festival.
In 2010, I was hired to complete a series of paintings for an office waiting room- the largest being 36′ x 48′ and upon completion of this, I went on to paint murals in adjacent space.
In 2012, I opened a shop in downtown Lafayette called Main Street Artisans and featuring artisan crafts and fine art.
In 2014, I moved back to Indy and adopted a puppy. I currently work on portraiture and formulating natural home and bath products.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Welcome to my page, I hope you enjoy! I am an artist, illustrator based out of Indianapolis, IN. I enjoy painting in acrylics, Illustration and digital arts. If you have any question feel free to message my shaelewis [!at] yahoo.com.
Ann D. Luther
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Textiles
Art quilts are my passion. They combine color, texture and design together. My designs are original or reworked traditional. I love color and my work clearly shows that. In addition, I love adding a layer of texture, such as three-dimensional pieces. Most of the time, I start the process with a design in my head which I put down on paper. I then pull fabrics and start cutting and sewing. Lots of times my draft is not even close to what I actually made but it is still part of the process. Sometimes I see a fabric and it serves as the jumping off point for the piece of art.
I am a Professional Engineer and many of the tools that I learned how to use are ones that I use on a regular basis. These include French curves, a compass and graph paper. The challenge becomes how to translate the design to fabric. Fortunately I am not hindered by the fear of mistakes. It is all part of the process. Sometimes those mistakes become the perfect feature of a piece.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
Media; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Film, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor
As a freelance photographer and artist, Mary McClung focuses on America’s food culture and the social bonds found in making and sharing of food.
McClung has been a fine artist and commercial photographer for over 20 years. Her practice includes all photographic media including film, digital photo and video, and alternative processes such as cyanotype and wet collodion processes.
Her fine art media includes multi-media work, encaustics, and oil, acrylic and watercolor painting.
Mary graduated with highest distinction (summa cum laude) with a BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art + Design, Indiana University.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Ess McKee, a mixed media artist, is an Arizona native based in Indianapolis, IN. Ess discovered her passion for her chosen means of expression while living in Frankfurt, Germany as a child. Inspired by an appreciation for graffiti art and hip hop culture, she began to focus on character illustrations and abstract typographic forms. With a background in graphic design, she merges the world of analog and digital to create works that are both grunge and cosmetic.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Printmaking; tattoo art
Hiya! I am a recent transplant to this rad city, Bloomington In. I’m a 37 year old professional tattoo artist/painter/illustrator. My work centers on all things nerdy, sci-fi, and horrific, and i tend to use a more vibrant palette. Check out my work or schedule an appointment with me at WWW.CHRISMCVILLAIN.COM, I am always looking for collaborators, shows to submit to or host, projects, and all professionals otherwise interested in similar arts and visual debauchery, and I am always open to commission!
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Sarah Jayne Mercado began her craft of upcycling in her early teens after learning how to sew. For her, art is both about the processes and the experimentations. She practices collage, assemblage, abstraction, and all the things in between.
Sarah lives in Franklin, Indiana where she immerses into her studio life surrounded by the sounds of birds, dogs, and trains. The inspiration for her art comes from her encounters with unique people and their stories, the curiosities of various societies, and the despairing and wondrous moments experienced through the processes of living. Life is about the journey and Sarah plans to expand upon her life and the lives of others through our humanistic need to create.
Mary Margaret Moffett
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, New Media/Technology
merimeaux: Artist. Foodie. Otaku.I’m an artist (also known as merimeaux) who calls Indianapolis home, but I left my heart in Tokyo. It was last seen roaming the side streets of Akihabara, begging for kitsune soba and shimapan. I design what I love: pop culture parodies.
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: Mixed Media
Katie L. Norman is an emerging Indianapolis artist whose work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the Midwest. She is an artist, community activist, mover and shaker. She graduated from Ball State University with a B.F.A in Drawing and a B.A. in Art History. She also received an award for Artistic Citizenship and Community Arts for her work with Muncie community leaders to organize art shows in non-traditional spaces. She founded Dynamo Art Exhibitions, a group of civically engaged artists that continue to create opportunities for artists in Indianapolis. She spends her days as the Arts and Events Coordinator for the Indianapolis International Airport and her evenings making art at the Oilwick Art Studio.
Performing Arts: Theatre; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Film, Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Indianapolis artist, works with acrylics. Colorful, playful imagery and portraits.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Painting
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting; Digital Art - iPad Pro
Adam Parsons is an Indianapolis-based children’s book illustrator, digital artist and designer.
Originally from England, and then living in Japan for 9 years, Adam has been an Indiana resident since 2009.
Adam’s current work focuses digital art and illustration using the iPad Pro.
Parsons is well known for his large scale works. His passion towards creating art out of endurance as much as skill is evident with some of his pieces taking months and in some cases up to a year to complete.
Adam was recently featured in the award-winning documentary “The Illustrator” featuring his painting “The Times of Rhymes”.
Learn more at www.adamparsons.art and www.timesofrhymes.com.
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling; Visual Arts
“My words will change the world. The people that I touch with the power of my words makes me know that I have a great responsibility.”
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