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Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting
Color. Imagination. Abstract. Music. Every aspect of my personality is seen throughout my artwork. I’m an open minded soul with a strong, passionate love for color. Deep, rich colors trigger a hunger inside and inspire me to create. In so doing, my art reflects my passion and contains as much color as I can possibly use in a given project. My vivid imagination helps me work very abstractly and express ideas depicting all elements of design. Music, however, has the strongest influence on me. It relaxes and eases tension from everyday life; much like therapy. I’ve declared music necessary when creating and can’t imagine any piece of my work being made without it. For me, incorporating all forms of art facilitate the creative process with the intense subjection of creativity to the mind.
I always knew I was gifted and used to view art as a hobby, not a career. Growing up in a small town, the only art careers known were art teachers. Becoming any kind of teacher is not what I want in life. Once I discovered the variety of occupations involving art, a voice inside me said, “Jade!! This is perfect!” Art then became my life’s pursuit. Illustration, animation, glassblowing, jewelry making are goals I have bouncing around in my head.
I know my talent is a trait inherited from my father, who is exceptionally handy with a pencil. I also believe my talent is driven by visual perceptions of life and my mind’s openness to all advice, aesthetic decisions, opinions, and people. This open aspect makes it easy to adapt to any medium and therefore tackle any project I am assigned. An open, flexible mind is a crucial quality of an artist and that is what I am. Throughout my college education, I have developed this quality to an even higher level with hard, strenuous work and strong support from my professors. With all the knowledge I have gained in my life thus far, I can confidently view my future with optimism and ambition.
Jennifer Blue Hands
Visual Arts: Crafts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography
Hello, I am a lifelong process artist that uses multimedia to assist with my ever changing and growing life. I was raised by a single mother. I myself am now a mother of three amazing children. Art has always been my go-to for whatever life throws at me. I have a BA in Painting and Drawing from IU Bloomington. I have a grateful attitude and appreciate life.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Glasswork, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Visual Arts k-12 Certification through the state of Indiana.
International Baccalaureate Certification for Primary Years Program (grades k-5)
International Baccalaureate Certification for Middle Years Program (grades 6-10)
International Baccalaureate Certification for Diploma Program (11-12)
Advance Placement for Visual Arts Certification
Indiana University, Bloomington. Sept. 2001; Bachelor of Art education. Minor in East Asian Languages/cultures and Art History.
Olivet Nazarene University, June 2007; Masters of Education.
PYP training for IB schools. Fall 2011.
MYP training for IB schools. Feb 2012.
DP training for IB schools. Nov. 2013.
Advance Placement Certification. July. 2014
Kokomo Center Schools Professional Development Programs. 2001-present.
Student Teaching, Brown County Junior High, Nashville, IN Fall 2001.
Student taught with Patricia Bartels-Rhoden for three years total, a professional Artist in her own right as well as an educator.
Developed and implemented curriculum for grades 7th & 8th grade, general and gifted and talented.
Kokomo Center Schools; Lafayette Park Middle and Elementary School, Fall 2001-2010.
Developed and implemented Art curriculum for grades k-8th for 9 years.
Created and maintained Art Club, after school Art club for the middle school for 9 years.
Worked on large scale murals with students to beautify LPE.
Created cooperative student and parent relationships.
Established scaffolding curriculum for students of a wide range of Artistic Skills for maximum feedback and success of the student body.
Managed grades on PowerSchool for Middle schools students, grades 6th-8th.
Kokomo Center Schools: Lafayette Park Elementary International School, 2010-Present.
Created PYP units with co-workers for the PYP program at LPE, for grades k-5th.
Participated in many multicultural events and activities like Dia De Los Muertos and the Chinese New Year.
Calibrated projects to support lesson and units taught in general education classes, grades k-5th.
Kokomo Center Schools: Kokomo High School International School. Middle Years Program (9th and 10th Grades) 2012-Present.
Created integrative MYP units with co workers for the MYP program at KHS for grade 9 and 10.
Created Diploma Program units grades 11 and 12. 2014-present.
Taught Advance Placement Visual Arts. 2014-present.
Organized International students at KHS and Central to paint the Industrial Heritage Trail Mural.
Angie Meyer’s Design Studio, Jan. 2010-2014.
Teach semi-private Art Lessons for children 4 to 9 years of age.
Teach semi-private Art Lessons for Adults.
Arrange one day Art classes/workshops for children.
Artist in residence at Angie Meyer’s Design Studio.
Awards, Grants & Other Activities
3 time Kokomo Education Foundation Grant Winner.
McDonald’s Grant Winner 2004.
Winner of Park Bench Art Contest Spring 2011.
Designer and Head Art Teacher for the Industrial Heritage Trail Mural.
Shown in Galleries throughout Kokomo and Indianapolis, IN.
Indianapolis Art Center Dia De Los Muertos Participate Fall 2012.
3040 Art shows; Indianapolis, IN. Spring 2012-Present.
Instructor at Kokomo Art Association Gallery downtown. 2014-present.
Community projects for first fridays and the city of Kokomo. 2015-present.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Textiles
Rachel Hedges is the creator of all Bebito artwork and toys. She’s also a yoga instructor, a musician, and an enthusiastic traveler.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Sculpture
My name is Rebecka Hemphill, I have been a resident of Indiana for about 8 years now. I grew up in Missouri, and was brought here due to the military. Apparently I liked it so much, that I decided to stay.
Currently I am in my final two semesters of obtaining my Bachelors degree as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. The past few years have been a challenge, but will be worth it.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative
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
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Animated Art, Cartoons and Comics
My name is Rashae Hudson and Art is my life. My favorite thing to do is cartoons and animated characters, although I do all types of art. It is my passion to flourish into a full time artist, unleashing and sharing my art with the world.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My name is Cierra Johnson and I am an artist. I advocate for whole humanity through visual representation. I have been drawing all my life. I was first exposed to fine arts through the public school system in Indianapolis. My personal practice is in painting & illustration. I love simple, effective design and bring a clean, tactile aesthetic to my work that emphasizes the human element.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork
Matt Kenyon’s Artist Statement
I feel a wonderful connection to the entire process of making art whether it is working in glass, wood, metal or any other medium. I have been putting things together and creating from a young age and have always had a passion for the construction of objects. Each piece that I create allows me to express a bit of my personality or imagination. I steadily try to keep my work contemporary and fresh.
Glass is a medium that provides me endless opportunity to create, learn and teach. Glass does not have very many limits in itself. The substance, an outwardly privative, slow-moving molten liquid, is capable of being formed and molded with not much more than air, a wet newspaper and an inspired mind. I am drawn to it mainly because of the creative process itself. The infinite variations of color, depth and texture – along with any shape my imagination can envision – are just a few reasons why I like working with glass over any other medium. The beginning of a form always starts the same way on an empty blowpipe, like an empty canvas for a painter. Each piece depends on my timing, balance and control. I especially like the fluidity and adaptability of molten glass. When I decide a piece is finished, I let it freeze. What had started as a dynamic fluid molten goo is now beautifully frozen in time.
When I create my furniture, I try to pair up the wood with the glass so that complementary synthesis is achieved. The two mediums have very different qualities, and I am constantly trying to blend one with the other to achieve a fluid balance. Synthesis between the two mediums is also attained through the use of color and medium characteristics. The personalities of each medium bring unique challenges that must be overcome. The process I follow bridges the gap to achieve harmony. Understanding the balance between mediums, I aim to create this beautiful synthesis.
Matt Kenyon’s Bio
Kenyon received his BFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art in 2008. He has actively blowing glass at the Art Center for since 1998. Hi is an instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center as well as the department head of the glass studio. He enjoys incorporating mixed media into his work including mainly focusing on glass with components of other mediums. He has had a studio at the Harrison Center since 2009 and has created a portable glass studio to take anywhere to do demos or classes.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Im a talented, smart and beautiful young woman who attended the University of Connecticut to play college basketball and receive a FINE ARTS degree in photography from 2005 until 2010. I traveled to Indianapolis in the fall of 2010 to start fresh. To live my life my way for the first time. I am a young woman who is simple yet complex enough to confuse the world and myself, or maybe just myself. Art to me is everything. My art is my form of communication. I am able to communicate things that I cannot place into words. My art is about the battle on the inside. The push and pull of my thoughts, intincts, and emotions. I bare my heart and soul into pieces whether they are playful or dark and twisted. I have a constant battle of worth. All of my life I have been trying to earn my worth in things I do and accomplish. Worth in titles and certificates that honestly you dont remember. So wrapped up in being good you lose the simplicity of just being you. I strove for perfection but learned the hard way that does not exist. Perfection only brings you face to face with death. Then you have a choice to say “I DO” to satan or realize you can turn around and chose a different path. Luckily I woke up from a hell and chose life. You might ask yourself, ” why is she telling me all of this?” Because I real. I am human. And that is what my art is about. Its real. Its in your face. Not everyone will like it, but to be honest I dont care. A good or bad reaction is a positive in my book because I want my auidence to feel. To just feel. We live in a society where feelings are put last and feelings are a sign of weakness. That if you cry you are less of a man or if you voice your opinion you are too much. That if you listen to your heart you won’t be successful, or if you dont have a such and such job you are worth nothing. Screw that! We are a people of feelings and emotions. You people that are running away from your feelings, i feel sorry for you. Yes you will feel pain but that does not measure up to the experience of joy and happiness. I don’t create artwork for others approval anymore except for my own. Im learning I will be misunderstood, talked about, degrated, praised, overlooked, criticized, and critiqued. BUT I please myself and that is I want. My only intention is to communicate my insides so I can stay alive. To balance the internal with the exterior. Art is everything. Everything is art. Cassie Kerns a.k.a CASSINOVA
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.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
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.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Illustration
I have been creating since about 12 years old. I had 4 years of skill training from 1998 to 2001 in Arizona. I moved here to Indianapolis April of 2011 to pursue my art full time.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Painting, Portrait, Works on paper
Hi My name is Clinton and I’m 34. I’m from Indianapolis and I’ve been in to art all my life. I’m engaged and have a 6 year old son. I graduated from Broadripple Magnet high school in the visual arts department.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Painting, Sculpture
Machinist, Art and Design, Drawing, Painting, Sculpting. All facets of Art.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting
My paintings are small fragments and pieces of me, vibrant bright colors, displays of love, friendship and sisterhood. It pushes and speaks for all women to be individuals and love the skin they are in. My art is all about self-love. Always an art lover, I studied art and photography at Arsenal Technical H.S. in Indianapolis, IN and also at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana. I come from a family of artists. My late grandfather Sherman Marlin was a sculptor, mask maker and jewelry maker. Four years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. With a very confused and heavy heart I needed an outlet. Art became that outlet. My mother is now my muse and number one supporter and art continues to provide therapy in my life. One of my biggest motivations behind art is totally centered on giving. I try to make it a habit to give away just as much art as I sell in order to bring happiness to the lives of others and pay it forward.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Theatre; Visual Arts: Crafts, Earthworks, Film, Jewelry, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Behavioral Arts Facilitator
I utilize my artistic gifts to encourage self expression with K-12 students. I facilitate behavioral art with others who are recovering from traumatic experiences, and those in criminal diversion programs.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Crafts, Film, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
Dreamer, analog junkie, artist, collector.
I’I’m an Indianapolis based artist, illustrator and self-publisher with a focus on astronomical art and space travel.
I’m all about empowering others through art, music, DIY/Zine culture, and comics! I hope to encourage others to be curious, explore the world around them, and embrace science.
I have taught bass guitar and zine making for Indianapolis Girls Rock camp, instructed art courses for Forever Fit Summer Camp, and led workshops on zine making and rubber stamp creation for Indianapolis’ Gluestick Festival. Even though I never received a degree in art, I love to paint watercolors and write/draw comics on the daily. I always have a sketchbook and you’ll probably see me drawing in it while at the pub.
When I’m not making art and zines, I enjoy reading, urban sketching, going on adventures with Vyvyan (the wonder pup) and playing bass/singing in a few punk bands.
Organizing INDPLS Zine Fest
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; @marymindiolaart
Mary was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She is the fourth daughter of a marriage between an US citizen and a Venezuelan national.
In 2000, Mary moved to Indianapolis IN., searching for broader artistic opportunities. She started accepting commissioned work by painting pet portraits. While working on commissioned pieces Mary developed an interest and liking for pet portraits.
Looking to transform her work into something more meaningful and different, Mary started to use pieces of paper from magazines left behind by her daughter. The desire to use and recycle materials she had at hand worked perfectly and a new medium turned into a passion.
This technique uses only glue, scissors, and lots and lots of magazines. No paint is involved here. This method has also greatly sparked her interest into recycled art work, conservation, and humankind effect on nature.
Performing Arts: Theatre; Visual Arts: Crafts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Gaby Mojica is a working Indianapolis artist with a Fine Arts degree. Her artwork is a mix of fantasy, illusions, and reality, each with special attention to detail that brings the viewer to experience a unique story with every piece. The stories of her pieces display a personal narrative or an activist approach. She loves nature and her pieces often portray a natural element in the shape of plants, water, animals or a female form.
Gaby Mojica has also acquired some experience doing SFX Make-up and Photography. One of her favorite things is to combine more than one artistic field to create something new and original.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
I grew up in a toxic environment where my role models were my abusive, alcoholic parents, and my heroin-addicted brother. Most nights were filled with arguments, screaming, and violence. My only escape was through my art. My safe haven was a locked door, calming music, and a brush. I truly believe that art is the reason I was able to avoid being sucked into this toxic environment, and for this reason, I can write this letter today. I owe my life to art. It was, and always will be, my therapy. I was able to block out the yelling and create new worlds and environments to thrive in. This is where my passion radiates. I want to show the world just how powerful art can be, and how it can heal people mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
I want to help people. My career goal is to work in a hospital or hospice with children. I want to help give them the childhood they are missing because they are sick. I empathize with them. I had to grow up way too fast in my environment and that just sucks. I want to help improve their quality of life, even if it is for a short while. It is worth it to know you made a difference in someone’s life, for an hour a day, twice a week. They could forget they were sick for a bit and just be a kid, and I want to be that person for them. I am an extremely dedicated, devoted, and passionate individual. I know I can make a difference if I am given the opportunity to learn, create, and conquer in this program. All I need is a platform to shine.
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.
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: Crafts, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting
“As an artist I have made a lifetime commitment to art by participating in numerous exhibits and auctions in and outside the country. These experiences bring together not only the essence of art but the vast knowledge of cultures which express themselves through artistic manifestations. I seek subjects that are eclectic, curious and symmetrical in their balance, in order to create images that achieve an aesthetic arrest.”
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