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Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
Born on the mystical plains East of Indianapolis in the pivotal year of 1964 and raised by educators and political activists, John Paul Klinkose began pondering history, aviation, space exploration, and the human condition at an early age. While experiencing the usual Hoosier childhood, he could just as easily arrive home after a hard day of bike-riding to find an impromptu polling place set up in the garage as he could find mac and cheese on the table.
His earliest dreams of astronauts and World War II aviators, led John to pursue a degree in aviation at Indiana State University. Facing the realities of the world, he switched to the more practical pursuit of Aviation Administration. Yet, quickly discovered after graduation that running an airport would not fulfill his adventurous soul and feed his artistic spirit. So, he did what any lifelong, land-locked kid would do, he ran away to join the United States Coast Guard and see the world – well at least the slice that ran up and down the East Coast and into the Caribbean. John ably served four years in ships making harrowing runs to Jamaica, living the sailor’s life in Key West and finally navigating the treacherous waters stirred up by Hurricane Bob and the “Perfect Storm” off of Rhode Island.
While taking art classes in the suburbs of Maryland, a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts recruiter spotted his raw talent at the Corcoran Museum of Fine Arts in Washington, DC and said, “Now son, those abstract schools that are trying to woo you are all well and good. But, when you want to paint a foot, you need to know how to paint a foot – not some swirly patch that could be a foot or a fishtail.” Well, the recruiter was probably a bit more professional than that, but you get the point. And, thus, began John’s path to becoming a serious artist.
Upon receiving his Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, John lived and worked from a garret in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia where he painted whimsical pictures of swimmers and aircraft. Which he showed in Philadelphia and New York’s Chelsea district. Apart from painting John worked as a conservation technician at the prestigious firm of Kreilick Conservation LLC. Working on famous sculptures and architecture all over the east coast and mid west. Including sculptures such as Andrew Jackson, the Statue or Freedom, atop the U.S. Capital, in Washington D.C. as well as scraping the bird do off the giant Oldenburg’ clothes pin in Philadelphia among many others.
Recently after 27 years on the East coast John and his lovely partner Jennifer decided it was time to return to their roots in Indiana. Moving into a double in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood of Indianapolis where John continues to paint his whimsical pictures of water and sky.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Photography, Works on paper; Film Photography, Traditional Darkroom Processes
I am an Indiana based art photographer.
I began my love affair with the camera at a young age. However, it wasn’t until I found a mentor that taught me traditional darkroom that I realized I had a passion for the whole artistic process, form capture to final print making.
On the rare occasion of putting the camera down and computer away, you can find me spending time in my community as a volunteer, or spending quality time with my husband, beloved pets, family and friends.
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.
Dara G. Lewis
Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor; Drawing
Dara G. Lewis has always bee a visual learner. Growing up it was quickly understood that she needed greater visual reference than most to excel. But as she grew up if there was no visual reference provided she made her own which also started to help those around her understand concepts given. Growing up she had multiple artistic interests including ballet, visual art and horseback riding. Ballet and horses too precedent since being homeschooled prevented finding any good art teacher. She excelled in both and moved onto becoming a horse trainer in Dressage and other training disciplines. Still dancing she remained a ballerina and choreographer into her early twenties. Listening to her parents’ desires for her to gain a non-artistic education in hopes for a more “lucrative” career at age 19 she attended nursing school at the local community college in Sanborn, NY. She excelled within this field as well, although still sketching the human body during A&P classes to satisfy her artistic itch. One year into the two year RN program there was a problem. The college had ignorantly left open the formaldehyde vat the dissected cats were being stored during A&P classes. Dara’s station was right next to the vat and caused severe brain damage. Needing to drop out of college and plagued by seizures she spent the next 8 months in and out of doctors offices and hospitals waiting for an answer. The only thing she had was her art so she started drawing….a lot. After finding a medicine that worked things returned to a relative normal; but left side brain damage remained. She found certain things like coordination, language, memory and math very difficult. Professional possibilities narrowed greatly for her. She decided to cut the nonsense and go for what she originally wanted to go for…Visual Art. Showing a few times before finally building the courage and ability to drive she signed up for classes at the University of Buffalo, NY at the age of 22. Attending art classes gave her hope back. She graduated Magna cum Laude within three years and was asked to return for the Noncommittal show at the beginning of 2013. She moved to Indianapolis that year after a year long of Skype dating her soon to be husband. They met at the yearly Messiah Conference for Messianic Jews and Believers and fell in love quickly. After a second terror bout of seizures she married Nick Lewis later that year. Even more damaged she spent the next year on sabbatical from everything trying to recover; in 2015 she started making art again. Now a year later she is working on a new body of work with a specific range of themes.
Visual Arts: Painting, Photography; Pastels and charcoal
A lifetime resident of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, except for a 13-year sojourn to Michigan, I only realized the joy of painting and creating art works as a mature adult. As I was planning for my early retirement, I started some art lessons and quickly found I was immersed. When I joined the ranks of retired persons and could devote more time to painting, I found that while occupied with my new passion, everyday cares disappeared and ills of the heart were diminished.
Visual Arts: Painting
I m amateur artist basically works in Indian paintings but would love to paint new kinds. I m having a good hand in oil paintings.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles, Works on paper
Anna Marisa Martinez graduated with a BFA in painting from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2013. She currently works as a Visual Merchandiser, set stylist, and fashion display designer. Additionally, she maintains a studio practice at the Circle City Industrial Complex.
In her work, the process of deconstructing an image and taking it out of its original context, makes the new image something that the viewer can critique. She does not believe that an image is a perfect reflection of reality.
Anna primarily works in collage. Her work has been exhibited nationally and in print.
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.
Michael J McGuire
Visual Arts: Painting
On October 10, 2015, Michael J McGuire suffered a sudden severe brain bleed called Dural Venous Sinus Thrombosis. Michael endured 3 brain surgeries, 20 days in the Neuro ICU, 7 days in Acute Neuro, and 40 days in a rehabilitation facility. After numerous in-home and outpatient therapies, Michael continues to struggle with communicating and has Aphasia.
Through all of the trauma and challenges for Michael and his wife Megan, Michael has discovered his hidden talent for Art. His creative eye for color and ability to paint such beautiful artwork is simply amazing and a true blessing from God!
For more of Michael’s Story, click HERE.
“I enjoy painting because it is detailed, calming, and intense.” ~ Michael J McGuire
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
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Visual Arts: Photography
Chris Minnick is a documentary photographer working with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Painting
My ability to draw came naturally at a very early age. That skill developed with the encouragement of family, friends, teachers and my wife Myrna. In high school, coursework in art and architectural drafting continued that interest. My career path continued with enrollment in the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning, with elective interest in art, art history and business courses. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, I taught design and graphics courses at Ball State for two years as an Instructor of Architecture and then to private practice as a Partner and Officer at Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects. Now retired, there is time to focus on a second passion as an artist, drawing on my developed skills as an architect over many years. My paintings have been shown in several thematic state and local exhibitions for several years. The most recent show completed in the first quarter of 2019, organized by Nickel Plate Arts, was a two man show at the Meyer Najem Contempory Arts Gallery called Two Architects-Two Artists where 50 acrylic paintings were exhibited.
Performing Arts: Storytelling; Visual Arts: Crafts, Jewelry, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
5536 Manker Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227
Self-employed artist, Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Mar 2015 – Present
Resident artist at Acceleration Art and Photography Gallery, 2017
Gallery exhibit: “Art Of the Ages” at The Athenaeum
Gallery exhibits: “Red” and “Secret Doors;” at Stutz Artists Association, 2016 and 2017
Gallery exhibit: “Home” presented by Indiana Interchurch Center Gallery, November -December 2016
Gallery exhibit: ‘Fantasies of an Impossibly Hospitable World,’ Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library June 2016.
Gallery exhibit: ‘Can We Talk? Memories, Miracles and the Power of Things Unsaid,’ the kick-off event for the Before I Die Festival, a city-wide event sponsored by Indiana University School of Nursing, IUPUI, at The Stutz Artists Association, March-April 2016.
Teach workshops on Intuitive Abstract Painting.
Design and make jewelry using sterling silver, glass and/or semi precious stones
Education Design Management (EDM), New Orleans, LA
Co-owner and Director of Social Services, Mar 2003 – Oct 2007
Co-Owned and served as Social Services Director of Education Design Management, Inc., a consulting and management firm specializing in innovative curricula and community social services programs
Consulted with neighborhood organizations who sponsored charter schools after Hurricane Katrina; incorporated art and service learning into the curricula to meet the specialized needs of various communities and neighborhoods
Collaborated with singer Charmaine Neville to develop after school art and music programs for at-risk youth
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
various art classesJun 2013 – Present
Took 8-week course on oil painting and completed landscape painting taught by local artist Carol Skinner
Studied figure drawing using live model, taught by local artist Vandra Pentecost
Studied the work of artist Claude Monet and completed work in his style taught by local artist Addie Hirschten
Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA
Master of Social Work, Dec 1991
Recipient of Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship
Additional Skills and affiliations
Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages; fluent in Spanish
Lived in Cozumel, Mexico from 1984-1988 and studied art with local artists..
Blog writer on cooking, art and stories related to life as a home chef, gardner and artist
Self employed as a caterer from 1993-2007.
Worked with a partner and started a business in interior decorating from 1994-1999.
Member of the Arts Council of Indianapolis
Member of Women of Indianapolis Artists (WOIA) http://womenofindyarts.com/
Member of Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association (IDADA) idada.org
Resident artist at Acceleration Art and Photography Gallery in Fountain Square
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Figurative and Portrait Fine Art
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Photography; Video Art, Video Sculpture, Video installation
As an image based artist Stefan Petranek (b. 1977) works across mediums that range from historic photographs to video sculptures that combine digital projection technologies onto a variety of 3D forms and surfaces. Working with subjects that range from genetics to climate change, his work explores how contemporary culture, especially through advances in science and technology, affects our perception of what nature has become. Influenced by his former training as a biologist, he harnesses the camera’s potential as both a tool of rationality and expression to reflect on humanity’s complex relationship with nature and in turn ourselves.
Petranek’s photographic and video work have been exhibited widely in the U.S. as well as appearing internationally. Recently awarded the 2018 Christel DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, his Brain Tumor Diaries, Genotyping and Genetic Portrait Project series have garnered notable attention including a review by Lenscratch in 2016. Following CODEX, an exhibition of his Genetic-based artwork at Tulla Culture Center in Albania in 2015, his Genetic Portrait Project Initiative was published in Front Line Genomics Magazine and work from his Genotyping series appeared in Manifest Press’ contemporary fine art photography book INPHA3 in 2016. He currently resides with his family in Indianapolis where he is an Associate Professor of Photography and Intermedia at Indiana University’s Herron School of Art & Design.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting
Aaron Pickens was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Toledo School for the Arts between 2001 – 2007. In December of 2011, Aaron completed his BFA in Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University and completed his MFA at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. After graduate school, Aaron worked as a studio assistant for a digital installation artist and taught art at Adrian College, in Adrian Michigan, and other regional institutions of higher education for four years. As of August 2019, Aaron lives in Kokomo, IN where he teaches in the New Media, Art, and Technology department at Indiana University, Kokomo as an Assistant Professor. Both his plein air paintings and toy still life paintings have been accepted into juried exhibitions throughout the United States.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Painting, Works on paper
“As long as I have the ability to see, I will be creating art. I begin each piece with a specific goal in mind. I may be as simple as documenting a moment in time or as complicated imitating a mood on a 2 dimensional surface. I won’t be content to continually create the same work and I won’t stop until the creative solution is found. Therefore, my work is never done. I am constantly trying to depict those things that are seen in order to excite a sense or stir up a memory.” Dianna Porter.
Nicole D. Powell
Visual Arts: Painting
I am a native of Indiana happly married with 4 children. I have always been passionate about the arts and appreciate art of all kinds.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media
Enthusiastic about and participating in many Arts; painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, graphic arts, music (hand drumming) and dance.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
From the youngest age I can remember I have been creating artwork, coloring, doodling, sketching… whatever I could get my hands on. I am an artist living in Indiana. I attended John Herron School of Art, Vincennes University and Marion College. I spent several years in Santa Fe New Mexico where I met lifelong friends and was taught the art of stone sculpting. I am focusing on painting right now but I look to get back to stone sculpting in the near future. I love creating whether it be on a canvas or creating something from stone/wood. I enjoy designing things that make people think and or feel good. Life is all about feelings and art is all about life. I feel very thankful to have been given a talent to create beautiful, fun or thought provoking pieces. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it! I am also available for commission work.
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.
Visual Arts: Painting
Chanya Ruby is studying at Herron School of Art and Design. She’s pursuing a degree in painting and minoring in Art History and Design Production. Currently, still experimenting with different media and mediums and trying to find a specific subject that really interests me. Chanya’s main mediums are watercolor, acrylic, and oil. My style is moving towards realism and mixed media works.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
Fine Art Paintings filled with light and color
Fine Art Paintings filled with light and color
Donna Shortt is a life-long Indiana resident and skilled in the use of the oil medium and the pastel medium. She paints still life objects from life in a studio setting where she can control the light. She paints outdoors from life with other plein air painters. She travels all over the USA in all seasons to become familiar with the landscape. In 2019, she traveled beyond the USA to the Provence area of France to paint the countryside and villages. Her goal is to give her paintings a sense of place, mood, atmosphere and light.
Several of her plein air paintings were included in the 2013 book “Painting Indiana III: Dignity of Place”. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum, the Richmond, Indiana Art Museum, and the Historic Oliver P Morton Home collection. Her pastel paintings and oil paintings have been accepted into both local and national juried exhibits where her work has received numerous awards. She enjoys the competition side of plein air painting events and as a result her work has been honored with numerous awards.
She is a member of the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Artists Club, Brown County Art Guild, Chicago Pastel Painters, Oil Painters of America, Southside Art League, Indiana Heritage Arts, and Indiana Plein Air Painters.
Brown County Art Guild – 48 South Van Buren – Nashville, Indiana Brown County Art Guild
Castle Gallery Fine Art – 1202 West Wayne St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Castle Gallery, Corporate and Fine Art in a Residential Setting, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Gallerytwo -1332 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, Indiana Gallery Two
Juniper Gallery-Gift Shop – 46 East Market Street, Spencer, Indiana Juniper Art Gallery
Artists Statement: My Inspiration to paint starts with the light at early morning or late afternoon and I would be content to spend most of my time capturing it. It is a 50/50 relationship with both the oil and pastel mediums now as I love both equally. I consider each painting not a destination but a journey, always looking forward to working on the next blank surface.
Visual Arts: Painting
Kat Smith is an art teacher that resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kat has been painting for ten years and teaching high school art in Shelby County, Indiana for six years. Kat received her Bachelor of Science in Education, specializing in visual arts from Indiana University Kokomo.
Kat has been involved in the Indianapolis art scene since she moved here in 2009 from Kokomo, Indiana. Kat’s art has been showcased in various locations throughout Indianapolis, such as the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Fountain Square Brewery, and other Indianapolis businesses that support the local arts.
I fell in love with photography as a young child, and began to really nurture that love in the darkroom as a high school student. In addition to being a photographer I am a licensed cosmetologist. My cosmetology background and experience gives me an edge when it comes to photographing people and having a great eye for detail. In an effort to familiarized myself with the newest digital technology as well as enhance my skill set, I obtained my degree in visual communication with a concentration in photography. I opened the doors of Studio 57 Photography, my first professional studio, in 2005. Since then I have continued to hone my craft, studying under some of the countries best photographers. In my spare time I am a volunteer photographer for Flashes Of Hope and Outreach Inc. I believe that I have been blessed with my gifts and talents to be a blessing to others.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Charlie Spear was born in 1948 in the Midwest. The era of Modern Art was in full swing with the Sixties generating an artistic smorgasbord of art styles and new media. Much of his early career was spent learning about art through teaching art. His imagery grew out of early television and graphic media. Spear paints both as a landscape painter and an abstractionist which characterizes his ecclectic tendencies. Philip Guston has had an influence on his art of recent. Exploring the art media’s physical qualities is an important element in his style coupled with an atavistic love of an expressionistic drawing style. The result is a charged surface of automatic line energy and raw cartoon color expressionism.
His work is a reflection of familiar events in a life among those six individuals who connect him to the larger human population. His imprinting from childhood via the funnies, hero/heroine-comic books and ‘good against evil’ Cartoon movies are mostly the visual underpinnings of his work. When I paint and draw enough concrete imagery remains to call the ideas expressed : ‘Illusionary Prose.’Recent inspirations have been drawing elements from the classical figure tradition. I find in these latter works simplicity and boldness of thought persistent with the classical beauty of the ‘drawn line.’
Recent work is based on the hyperbole and caricature as a vehicle for satire, humor, and wonder. He uses exaggeration of anatomy and landscape elements to emphasize a range of elemental emotions of expression i.e. recognition and cognitive reactions to familiar behaviors and places with a price of ownership.
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