Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Sculpture, Textiles
I was born in Kendallville, IN, in 1983. I studied sculpture and woodworking at Ball State University with Kenton Hall and Pat Nelson. Throughout my undergraduate career, I developed a love for sculpture and woodworking that has grown into a life-long interest. I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture in 2006. I am continuously honing my skills and learning new techniques to incorporate into my art as my artistic career progresses. I currently live in Indianapolis, IN, with my wife and son, Becky and Oliver. My work has been shown in some group shows and juried exhibitions.
My current series began with my undergraduate thesis but has continued to change and grow as I discover new techniques and take inspiration from new sources. The freedom and simplicity that working with wood allows me has created a turning point in my artistic career. My work incorporates elements of the human figure into functional furniture while using an innovative wood-inlay technique. My works do not depict the figure as a whole, but often take inspiration from smaller parts of the body that are then abstracted and simplified. I utilize aspects of wood itself, such as wood grain, to emphasize figurative elements within each sculpture.
My designs are influenced by modern and contemporary styles but I use traditional woodworking techniques to create my art. Organic curves, exotic wood, unity, and abstractions are the key elements of my current work. I use wood-inlay to create lines, definition, and
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
Linda Witte Henke
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Textiles; Liturgical Art
I am a mixed-media artist specializing in the creation of work that is expressive of spirituality and faith.
My work is inspired by my faith in God, by sacred texts that ground my faith, and by theological reflections and spiritual insights that emerge on the course of my faith journey. My work is informed by academic degrees in journalism and theology, extensive studies in art and surface design, experiences as a published author and parish pastor, and a desire to explore universal spiritual themes.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Film, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Printmaking, Textiles, Works on paper
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
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
One of my first memories is of sitting at my grandma’s coffee table with paper and crayons and learning about perspective from Bob Ross on the television. I specifically remember him painting railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon line.Of course, being a youthful five-year-old at the time, I didn’t quite understand what“horizon” or “perspective” meant. But after that afternoon drawing lesson, I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.My parents supported my dreams by allowing me to take art lessons through elementary and high school. I won blue and red ribbons through the CYO talent fairs. Eventually, I felt confident enough to participate in the art contest at the State Fair, where I received an honorable mention for my work.But soon after starting college, I decided that I wanted to pursue a different form of art—acting. I studied acting both at Ball State, London, and Oxford. I moved out to Los Angeles where I was lucky enough to be a part of many different well-known and loved television and film productions. And after living the Cali life for eight years, I found myself still wanting more.In 2011, I made the decision to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to my family. That's when I started painting again. I painted to heal and feel whole again. And at the prodding of friends and family, I’ve begun a professional art career. My passion is to create art that speaks to people.Though I enjoy working with every medium—from watercolors to oils—my current favorite medium is acrylics. My inspiration includes Gustav Klimt, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
“Visual art is not a medium of words. Moreover, when one changes language, soil, and surroundings, all that is left is color and metaphors. Fortunately, they are universal. Painting is my way of communicating with the world, and people in it, no matter the country.”
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.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Paul Johnson is a graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a printmaking major specializing in lithography with a minor in art history. His work includes both prints as well as paintings focusing on process, color, and the human figure. Paul has exhibited his work in a number of juried exhibitions including the Indianapolis Arts Center student show, where he received best of printmaking 2015, and The Water Show at Gallery 924. Most recently Paul and a group of his peers held their climatic thesis exhibition “KLPT” at the Circle South Gallery in Fountain Square, welcoming the public in to view their newest creations.
Visual Arts: Textiles
As a child, the matriarchs in my family were always trying to interest me in all things fiber, such as sewing, weaving and crocheting. I always enjoyed making things with my hands. When I went away to college, I decided to major in art, and I was beside myself with joy that Indiana University was offering a textiles program. While there, I learned more about dyeing and I was hooked.
I graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Studio Art, and I have been dyeing ever since. I have experimented with various forms of tie dye and shibori.
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting
Cheerie Joy grew up an Indiana girl watching her family of talented artists create masterpieces. Cheerie has always been drawn to spaces and has the ability to visualize beautiful works of art. She attended Herron School of Art and Design and has been leaving her mark all across Indiana ever since. Cheerie worked for four years as and art instructor at Mimosa and a Masterpiece. She also mentors young adults through the Art with a Heart program. She is a member of Next Stop Beech Grove and Reconnecting Our Waterways (ROW) committees.
Cheerie specializes in large-scale murals and custom designs each piece to fit into the configurations of a specific location. Her styles relate to photorealism, surrealism, and impressionism. She draws on the ocean for inspiration; the feeling it give her is what she tries to portray in of her paintings. Cheerie has been blessed to have her art in hundreds of homes, many private and corporate collections, and over 30 public places. Her proudest murals are at St. Francis Hospital in the pediatric area and the Ray Skillman carousel. Cheerie believes that, through, art, one can truly get to know the beauty that lies in each and every one of us. With her art, Cheerie would like to give back to the community, help youth find their path, and beautify Indiana.
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Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Photography
Melissa Kistler earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She was a recipient of a Creative Arts, Research, and Scholarship Grant from Temple University. Melissa has continued her education at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina as a scholarship student. She has worked on staff at Pilchuck Glass School and has recently been awarded a Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship through the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
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.
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Painting, Sculpture
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.
Carol E. Marlin
Performing Arts; Visual Arts: Textiles
I love using needles, threads, fibers, fabrics and beads. I have employed them in many forms since childhood. I have a need to use my hands to make things… to make art. It is my pleasure. It is my therapy. I make it for myself and hope that others enjoy looking at it, using it and wearing it as much as I enjoy making it.
Kristi Marsh Watson
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Kristi Marsh Watson is an Indianapolis mixed media artist focused on abstract and nature inspired themes.
Kristi Marsh Watson attended Indiana State University with all intentions of studying Chemistry. After taking drawing courses, she quickly rerouted her path. Kristi Marsh Watson graduated magna cum laude, majoring in Graphic Design with minors in Creative Writing and Art History.
As life would have it, she moved to Indianapolis and began work in Emergency Management–not utilizing any of her degree as originally planned. For the past 9 years, she pursued a successful career in Trauma Center based project management, but much of her spare time was spent creating and painting.
In 2017, she took to painting full time. Kristi Marsh Watson is best known for her abstract mixed media paintings that explore texture, movement and nature. She utilizes chemical agents, mediums, and untraditional means to create her bodies of work.
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.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Murals, Painting
Hello, my name is Kris May and I am a graphic designer, illustrator, painter and muralist. I have been a working artist in Indianapolis, IN for over 5 years and an artist for as long as I can remember. Up until March 2009 I owned and operated a real store and comtemporary art gallery here in Indy, and I am now working in the arts through a communtiy arts center, as a freelance designer from home and through many other venues.
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.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Textiles
I’m currently a student at International Business College (IBC). I am a freelance graphic artist, I love working on character art, and concept design work. I’ve done a few logos, and design packages, I love the satisfaction I leave my clients with once they approve of the final iteration.
I enjoy knitting, crochet, and embroidery as well. I love how I can weave graphics design into embroidery and how it all falls into place. I enjoy a bit of sewing, though it is a continual learning process for me, so I’m always eager to try new stitches and techniques!
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor
I create many contrasts in my work, such as bright, abstract, organic shapes vs. thin, gesture lines, and glossy vs. matte finish. I do this by creating many layers and textures using much mixed media. I love to find the beauty in things that other people have discarded. I tend to take found objects, newspaper clippings, sand, twine, and glue to uniquely individualize my oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings. I also listen to my subconscious, striving to paint intuitively. Another process I use to give a distinct characteristic to my paintings is my application of thick layers to build up the canvas creating a somewhat sculptural feel. Some of my paintings are very conceptual, but I do not believe that it cannot evoke a personal feel for the viewer as well. Living in downtown Indianapolis has inspired much of my hectic city life and fast paced traffic series.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
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