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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.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Textiles, Works on paper; computer art
I am a graduate from Herron School of Art and Design and I hold a Bachelors Desgree for Fine Arts. I work with an assortment of paint (enamels, acrylics and watercolors) to create seamless combinations of imaginative compositions. Many of these illustrations have been influenced by things found in nature.
SATCH Satch Art Space
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
My name is Kelly Skeens, and I am a visual artist based in the Indianapolis area. I work in mixed media and specialize in pushing the limits of epoxy resin as a medium.
I currently work full-time in marketing and am “Mom” to 4 (7, 10, 18, 24). I have primarily lived in Indianapolis my whole life and am currently a Lawrence resident.
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts
Life’s Principles Are A Universal Language
This started as a concept to instill confidence and a sense of self worth in my daughters. The idea grew as I became aware of the bond that my daughters share with females and all peoples of this world. Power, Passion, Personality, Promise, Praise, Perseverance, Progress, Pride, Prestige, no matter the language, no matter the background these 9 traits are inherent in us all.
To that end I sought people who spoke different languages, to see if they had words that mirrored the English equivalent of the positive words. Learning the different translations of the words was an adventure in and of itself. The first languages I explored were Spanish and Urdu. I looked up the international Disability symbols Latin and Portuguese on the computer. I contacted a family friend in Louisiana and 2 universities to get the Creole translations. For Cherokee, I explored the Cherokee Nation website and was put in contact with their language department. Romanian, Bosnian and Igbo come from co-workers and church members, each speaking their native tongue. I went to the Japanese cultural center to receive the Japanese translations.
I utilized the services of the Language Training Center of Indiana, Indy Translations, LUNA Language Services.
I owe a big debt of gratitude for the all the language assistance that I received in putting this project together.
Some languages translate loosely but the goal was to come as close to the actual definitions of the 9 words and phrases. The words and their definitions are color coded for effect and to spark imaginations, self reflection and conversation.
Principles of Life features a children’s book Girls…are all the above.
Beth Ann Thomas
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
Based out of 201 Studios in Indianapolis, Indiana, Thomas is an independent artist dedicated to creating out of her convictions. Her work hinges on weaving together organic language, societal tensions, and human suffering into cerebral works that confront her viewer with strenuous realities. Using multiple mediums to engage her viewer, she focuses on asking hard questions through the implementation of visual languages like texture and color, of symbolic imagery relying upon her viewer’s mental archive, and of the literal cutting and pasting of difficult texts onto arrangements of various ephemera. Creating these gritty confrontations is how she processes her own womanhood, her humanity, and the world around her. The world is full of suffering, and she aims to amplify that in an effort to encourage awareness, conviction, and change.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media; Kinetic Sculpture
One often hears musicians describing their childhood as being filled with music and being surrounded by musicians. My story is similar except that I came from a family of makers. While Mom was making clothes and knitting blankets Dad was welding trailers and repairing cars. And all the kids joined in. My parents and grandparents did teach me some basic making skills, but more importantly instilled in me the desire to make things with my hands. Somehow I have always known, even back to my early childhood, that something made with moving parts is better than without.
I have delved into many different hobbies over the years, which has given me a little experience with many different media. Now working full time as an artist, I get to draw on this diverse experience and build with very few limitations
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media
I graduated from Herron School of Art and Design with a BFA in Fine Arts in January, 1980. I immediately began working as Assistant Registrar at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where I accessioned new cultural, historical and natural objects into the museum’s collection, helped install and de-install exhibits, performed condition reports on objects loaned to the museum.
In 1987, The Children’s Museum promoted me to Collections Services Manager. I supervised the registration, conservation and museum library staff, selected and implemented two collections management databases, drafted the museum’s collections polices and procedures and instituted a peer review audit of our policies and practices that gained national recognition.
In the early 19902, I was introduced to a book of historical photographs, Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America. I reacted so strongly to the imagery that I was compelled to combine objects with altered and manipulated vintage photographs, creating assembled vignettes, composed in found boxes. I exhibited some of these pieces at the Herron School of Art and Design Alumni show, at Crown Hill Cemetery and at The Children’s Museum.
My art making went “underground” for several years until 2014, when a friend saw my assemblages and urged me to begin showing them. Her suggestion prodded me to begin creating again, and I have been working steadily since 2014.
I have shown my work at the 5547 Project in Coal Yard Coffee, at Oasis Creative Space, Art Bank, Full Circle 9 Gallery, Do 317 Gallery and Lounge and the Tiny Show at The Arts Council of Indianapolis. I am a founding member of Full Circle Nine Gallery, a cooperative where all the member-artists work to keep the gallery open First Fridays and weekends.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Sculpture
My life consists of autodidactic learning using books, online tutorials and workshops, driven by the ever-present compulsion to create.
After college (2012) I moved from my parent’s house in New York to Indiana– where I started learning metalsmithing, lapidary and precious metal clay through workshops, books and tutorials online. I am currently focusing on sculptural jewelry and objects using a mixed media approach.
Phil Velikan: SculptorWorking in epoxy clay and oil paints, Velikan creates things that are slightly askew of the norm.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Theatre; Visual Arts: Murals, Performance Art, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Social Practice in inclusive performaning and visual art making
Art connects me to the world. It nourishes the ebb and flow of intimacy between myself, others, and our shared surroundings. My experience of art exists as a vast web of internalized relationships. I maintain an archive of these visual and conceptual impulses in commercially fabricated file folders. These are the folders I convert into surface grounds for drawing, painting, writing, mark making. My strategy for the creation of marks begins with the practice of counting using tally marks and evolves through improvisation into patterns of camouflage. These, in turn, accumulate into large scale objects and installations made of paper, pencil, twine, lumber. These expressive strategies find their most compelling context when placed in sites dominated by vacancy – abandoned structures, empty lots, wedges of marginal and liminal spaces. These installations cause the work to morph into vibrant place markers found in forgotten sites reinforcing the human labor involved in the utopian intent of exercising hope.
Susan Watt Grade
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Sculpture
Susan Watt Grade creates sculptural installations and mixed media, assemblage artworks, many with an environmental theme. She is interested in how our society’s products and architectural structures mimic nature, and likes to work with salvaged materials and multiples of objects. She is also interested in arts and environmental education as wall as incorporating community outreach into her installations.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
I primarily work in ceramics and am a ceramics instructor in Indianapolis. I do however have a pretty diverse art background from mural work, drawing, painting, and sculpture. My current body of work is rooted in more of a retro futuristic feel. My goal with most pieces is to fool the viewer making them question the media being used. I try to stretch the limits of ceramics with each piece.
Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor
Tori Weyers is a fine artist and designer specializing in mixed media, screen printing, and abstract painting. She received her BFA at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has a passion for creating work that engages and delights the viewer with rich visual narratives, strong composition and unique subject matter.
Weyers has been a featured artist in Art Journaling Magazine and she teaches mixed media, painting and printmaking at the Indianapolis Art Center as well many different workshops and classes online.
Weyers creates and shows work from her downtown Indianapolis studio in The Circle City Industrial Artists Complex as well as her home studio in Broad Ripple. You can learn more about Weyers and see her latest work by visiting her web page www.drawriot.com or by following @drawriot on Instagram.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media
Cathy Williams, a native of Indianapolis, is an abstract-expressionist painter and mixed-media artist.
First drawings appeared at the age of four and her interest in art was resolute through her adult life. She enjoyed a successful career working for a large pharmaceutical corporation the majority of her adulthood.
Upon retiring, Williams completed courses at the Indianapolis Art Center where her fondness of mixed media and the figurative arts were established; and, she’s never looked back. Currently, she is mentored by James Victore, Georgetown, Texas and Nicholas Wilton, Sausalito, CA.
Her work has been displayed in a myriad of group shows throughout the State of Indiana, Chicago and, in international online galleries. Cathy has exhibited in several solo shows and has won awards in competitive settings.
Cathy lives and dreams with her husband, Michael, and their two adored English Bulldogs: Zadey Zee and Zola Maxine in Indianapolis. Cathy likes to run, hike, laugh, dream about Picasso and always enjoys an outstanding glass of red wine.
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Becky exhibited in her very first group show at the Indianapolis Art Center in the early 1980s, during her years at Herron School of Art. Her skills were noted in Indianapolis Monthly magazine when she was recognized as one of the “85 People to Watch in 1985”. Becky was a founding member of the 431 Gallery that has been noted among the reasons Massachusetts Avenue became a recognized as an arts district in Indianapolis. Becky was also a founding member of the Stutz Artists Association and Stutz Artist Residency. Her career spans several decades of accolades, including numerous group and solo exhibits, best of shows, awards, and juried recognitions.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Creativity Coach
“I love art you can feel. I love color and texture. Organic shapes inspire me and nature absolutely fascinates me. I am particularly drawn towards natural elements like the patterns of leaves, the curling branches of trees and the soft shapes of clouds. When I look closely at a tree for instance… I feel as though underneath it all, everything is connected with everything else and also with the source of all life. In my art, I wish to capture these natural objects, not recreate them exactly, but to convey the essential quality of the forms as if the viewer is experiencing them in a dream. The real beauty of it is, I often don’t truly know where a painting is going until it’s finished… all I know is that in the end, it just has to feel right.” -Nanette Winter
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; professional face painting, festival makeup, live event painting
I am an Indy-born, corn-fed, Indy-raised artist through and through! I have studied art at both Purdue and Duke Universities under professional artists that have produced exhibitions for the Indy Airport, National Geographic, and other large-scale audiences. For the last 7 years, I’ve done mural work for several Indy communities including Noblesville, Fishers, Vincennes, and Cumberland. In my time spent living in Boston and Los Angeles over the last 5 years, I also developed skills in exotic face and body painting, pottery, and stained glass, adding a unique skillset and aesthetic style to my teacher abilities and artwork.
In 2018, I formed Hue Murals LLC (fully licensed by the state of Indiana). I offer classes and studio time, work on large scale mural projects, travel to festivals and cultural events to share face and body painting, project manage for local art partners, and more.
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