Performing Arts: Music
Rob Dixon, saxophonist, composer, producer, arranger, and teacher knew at an early age that he wanted to become a musician. He was eight years old and he was inspired by live music.
Visual Arts: Illustration, New Media/Technology, Painting
As an animator and illustrator I strive entertain people through whimsical imagery and humor. My work is inspired by the stories and cartoons that captivated me in my youth and recalls a time where a child’s imagination could take one anywhere.
Jacob Elton Dobson
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Sculpture
“My contempory Figurative Sculptures have conceptual elements, as well as specific features that come across universal as in naturalism. I work from langer than life to smaller scale. Releif sculpture is another technique I specialize in as well a Portrait.”
The Dog Moms
Performing Arts: Music
The Dog Moms acoustic trio mix classic rock and pop with contemporary country and folk to create a harmonious blend of songs you know and love. We have been known to bring water and treats to outdoor gigs for our furry friends, and we will always stop what we are doing to look at pictures of your dog. Just be prepared to see pictures of ours. As proud supporters of the LGBTQ community we welcome all to our shows.
Performing Arts: Music
My life work is to bring the joy of music to audiences around the world, and in so doing make the world a better place to live. Through educational programs, I have worked to introduce new musicians to the joy, discipline, and humanity of being a performing artist. It is my desire to perform, conduct, or teach on each of the 6 inhabited continents. I lack only one as of 2012!
Performing Arts: Music, Radio/Television
Richard Dole is an active tenor/bass trombonist and educator in Indianapolis and the surrounding region. He has toured or performed with Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Steve Lawrence/Edie Gormé, Barry Manilow, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra China tour, and in 2008 traveled with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to Egypt for a US State Department Tour.
He performs with several regional orchestras including Carmel Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera Orchestra in Champaign/Urbana Illinois, The Illinois Symphony, Danville Symphony, and the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. He has earned a Bachelor and Masters degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with M. Dee Stewart, Ed Anderson, and Dr. David N. Baker. He is currently the jazz trombone instructor at Butler University and teaches a small dedicated number of students out of his home. He can be heard each Wednesday at 9pm on WICR 88.7 as co-host of the radio show ‘Have You Heard’. The podcast of the radio show is online at: haveyouheardjazz.com. Mr. Dole resides in Indianapolis with his wife Stacy and their two beautiful children, Griffin and Ellington.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Create figurative art in cloth and clay
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
“My work honors the beauty and magic of our time and place. In my paintings one can see and experience the essential unity of life. I am interested in expressing this harmony of the seen and unseen. My paintings are about the human journey.” -John Domont
Mary Lou Dooley Waller
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My painting process begins with making marks, drawing, or laying washes of color on canvas or paper
until what develops there begins to suggest to me a structure of forms and color relationships. I let
images that develop in this manner suggest the direction of the painting and ways in which light and
space may be manipulated into a coherent whole. Consequently it is not always possible for me to
know at the beginning what direction the work ultimately will take.
I am always conscious of color relationships, light, and two-dimensional design as well as ways in
which the illusion of spatial depth can develop on a two-dimensional surface. My intent is that the
finished work will look as though it came together effortlessly, but that is rarely the case. There is as
much subtraction as addition in my painting process.
Visual Arts: Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Jed Dorsey represents the fourth generation of artists on his mom’s side of the family and his dad is also a professional artist. Because of this, he always had the opportunity to practice art as a child. He even sold paintings as early as 11 years of age when his family had their “Dorsey Gallery” at the local fair. He remembers a few kind parents of his friends buying his paintings for $15 which quickly turned into cotton candy and a few rides. As he grew older other interests such as music and sports called for his time and he didn’t paint at all for several years.
That changed after Jed married his beautiful Canadian wife, Renae. On a trip to Whistler, B.C. in 2001, they they stumbled on some galleries that were showing some vibrant oil & acrylic paintings. His family had always done watercolors so this was something different and very appealing to him. That very week on their vacation, he bought his first acrylic paints and spent countless hours painting in this new medium. He loved it. Thus began the journey.
The reality was, however, that not every painting turned out for him. In fact very few in those early days did. This taught him some valuable lessons in perseverance. He also learned that failure is not the end. It can be the beginning of something new. He realized that he learned something every time he painted, whether or not the painting was a “success”. This has helped him think about how we need courage and perseverance in all of life, whether it is in art, our family life, exploring a new interest, starting a career, or going down a different path. It takes courage to start and perseverance to keep going.
Jed is thankful to have had the opportunity to study under some great artists like Mike Svob, Robert Genn, and Ovannes Berberian. He has learned so much from them. His parents continue to be a huge inspiration and encouragement to him. And Renae, his wife, walks on this path of artistic endeavor with him daily and is a constant source of friendship and support for him. Their daughter, Willow, also helps by coming up with names for his paintings and is an enthusiastic supporter of his work.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Works on paper; Installation
Stephanie Doty Bio:I have been a full time lecturer in Art History at the Herron School of Art and Design since 2006. My interest in the roles and conditions of women in society and in art history has informed and influenced my work as a visual artist as well as developing and instructing a course; Women in Art. I received my MFA in 1994 and my BFA in 1991 from Indiana State University, with an emphasis in Painting and Sculpture. After graduation I remained at ISU as gallery director for the University Art Galleries and instructor of a number of art history courses. Prior to attending Indiana State University I received my AA in Visual Communications from the Atlanta Art Institute in 1979 and worked as a Graphic Designer before returning to Indiana to complete my BFA. I continue to exhibit my work on a national and regional level and maintain a studio in CCIC, Circle Center Industrial Complex in Indianapolis.I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitchell L. H. Douglas
Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and Poetry Editor for PLUCK!: the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. His second poetry collection blak al-fə bet, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, is available from Persea Books. His debut collection, Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, was a runner-up for the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, a semifinalist for the 2007 Blue Lynx Prize, and a semifinalist for the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. In 2010, Cooling Board was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry category and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), Crab Orchard Review, and Zoland Poetry Volume II (Zoland Books) among others.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Sculpture
In my little corner of the web, Deangelo Douglas art represents the weird void in my brain that processes the reality in front of me. I have a deep appreciation for the ’80s and early 2000’s late-night anime. My other passion outside of art is hiking. I hope to hike all of the Nationals parks by the time I’m 35.
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Works on paper
It was at Wayne State University in Detroit where Minda Douglas first became fascinated with the tactile and experimental processes associated with printmaking. Minda received her BFA from here in 1993 and went on to attend Louisiana State University where she received a MFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in printmaking in 1996. After moving to Indianapolis in 1996 her work has been exhibited in a variety of group and solo shows including passages, in the dark, and wallpaper at 4star Gallery, intimate at Indiana University Kokomo, Art of the Book at the Indianapolis Art Center, and, Phase 1, Phase 2 at The Harrison Center for the Arts. Minda received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Indianapolis Arts Council in 2003 which she used to study non-toxic printmaking techniques. Minda has shown her work in juried exhibitions regionally and nationally. Minda has taught studio art and Art History at Herron School of Art, the Indianapolis Art Center, the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University Kokomo. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Kokomo.
My work is inspired by ecology, geologic time, and environmental issues. I use images symbolically to represent complex concepts related to such topics as the cycles of nature, evolution, and decomposition.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography
Influenced by personal experiences, my work is a window into my past, present and future. I have delved into my personal history as a source of inspiration with my most recent work and created works that touch the viewer with powerful messages. It’s this emotional connection that has allowed me to find an awakening in art as well as act as a channel of therapeutic alleviation.
“Abuse” was a piece that was very meaningful to me because of my personal experiences with the subject matter. As the viewer, we are inundated with images of this angelic child and quickly sympathize with the emotional distress of the innocent. It is this bond the viewer creates that I now aspire to attain with every piece that I create.
Of the different mediums of art, it’s inside the digital realm that I find the most fulfillment in the work I produce. The tools available are seemingly infinite and ever available when needed. Many of the master artists throughout history found their harmony in front of an easel or marble stone but I find mine in front of my digital canvas.
I’ve always seen myself as a creator and “imagineer”, and it is with this creativity that I hope to engage with other CalArt artists and continue to build upon the connection to that inner self. It’s through my work that I hope to reconnect the viewer with what are most important, people.
Performing Arts: Music
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 11, Brandon Douthitt picked up a saxophone for the first time, beginning his musical journey. Now based in Queens, NY, Brandon has performed at festivals and venues throughout the United States such as the Indy Jazz Fest, CUNY Jazz Festival, AFROPUNK, Radio City Music Hall, City Winery NYC, The Jazz Kitchen, the Vogue, the Chatterbox, National Sawdust, Groove NYC, Silvana, Shrine, Highline Ballroom, and Williamsburg Music Center. He has been able to share the stage with musical talents like Jeff Coffin, Solange Knowles, Bill Cunliffe, Melvin Rhyne, and Michael Philip Mossman.
A recent graduate of Queens College with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance, Brandon studied under the tutelage of Antonio Hart and Tim Armacost. He also had the pleasure of learning from Michael Mossman, David Berkman, Jeb Patton, and Dennis Mackrel. While at Queens College, he collaborated with a considerable amount of his colleagues in different configurations and situations. Upon his graduation, Brandon was awarded the prestigious Jimmy Heath Award.
He began his undergraduate studies at Butler University in 2011, where he studied saxophone with Dr. Matt Pivec and Nick Brightman. Brandon also studied clarinet with Shawn Goodman and piano with Gary Walters. He performed with the Clifford Ratliff Big Band, Butler Saxophone Quartet, Wind Ensemble and served as lead alto saxophone of the Butler Jazz Ensemble. Brandon was also selected to be a “Music and More” student ambassador. During his final year he was honored with an Indianapolis Jazz Foundation scholarship. In 2015, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Following his graduation, he matriculated to Queens College to further his studies.
As a high school senior, Brandon was selected as the lead alto saxophone for the Indiana All State Big Band and received the Frank “Tooth” Mantooth Outstanding Musician award at the Larry McWilliams Dimensions in Jazz Festival at Ball State University.
In addition to performing, Brandon currently maintains a studio of students at Keiko Studios and has been teaching at the Butler University Summer Jazz Camp since 2011.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Performers and Writers
I have been drawing throughout my life. I started painting when I turned 30. When I was a high school teacher I wrote plays and songs for the classroom to enhance the curriculum. I enjoy writing, painting, reading, and music. I want to always recognize how interesting and beautiful everything can be.
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts
Amanda holds a BFA from Herron School of Art & Design where she focused in printmaking and drawing. Following her undergrad education, Amanda worked for 5 years in a local business supporting and selling the works of local artists and facilitating a small gallery within the shop. Amanda currently works in Finance for a global tech company, but spends her free time practicing her creative skills at home.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Works on paper
“I look for who is important that we see in the entertainment industry. I look to capture iconic figures that cause movements. I try to find what we don’t see, the problems that lay in our faces that we don’t understand. I use a visual medium in the form of a dead, but once living substance (chaulk) brought back to life with the meaning of what attracts me.”
Visual Arts: Painting
Hello! I started drawing and painting in elementary school. Graduated from Herron School of Art with a BFA in visual communication and worked as a graphic designer for 12 years. During this time I moved to a farm where I raised exotic animals. This is when I started focusing on roosters as my subjects. I am a master oil painter that focuses on chickens but also do other animal portraiture. My paintings are colorful and illustrative. I incorporate graphics and typography to blend the designer/artist. Currently I am starting a children’s book utilizing my animal illustrations.
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I make photographs using a variety of cameras ranging from traditional DSLRs, to more contemporary Mirror-less varieties. I also enjoy infrared photography, and, probably most significantly, create with the iPhone.
Through my business, Rad Drew Photography, LLC, which I stared in 2010, I make and sell images, teach photography and “iPhoneography,” and lead educational photo workshops to destinations around the world. On these trips, I guide photographers to extraordinary photo opportunities and teach in the field to support students in making the best images possible given the equipment and conditions.
Since 2013 I’ve lead groups to Cuba at least twice each year. Other workshop destinations include the South of France, Tuscany, Cape Cod, Boston’s North Shore, The Palouse, and many destinations in my home state of Indiana and neighboring Ohio.
My imagers have received numerous international awards and have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Texas, Vermont, New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. I’m the author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City; a collection of images of Indianapolis, and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and am a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.
Growing up in Cincinnati, Joanie has evolved as an artist throughout her life. Starting as a graphic designer (before computers!), she later moved to Indianapolis where she transitioned into making her own art in different media. After a welding class at the Indianapolis Art Center, steel sculpture has been Joanie’s passion for the past 20 years. Now in Noblesville, Joanie has worked with both of her sons over the years. Two years ago, her son Josh joined the business full-time. As a conservationist and botanist, he brings fresh ideas to experiment with and is an integral part of the business.
Performing Arts: Music
DRJAR formed sometime in 2014. We have tried to come up with a sound that we can be proud of and shows that can bring smiles to everyone the world over. We have a brand of Midwest Rock that resembles many, but is unique to us. We play original and cover tunes (Eagles, Guardians of the Galaxy music shows, Journey, etc). Using five part vocal harmonies, keys, bass, drums, and guitars, we enjoy playing our blend of all types of music from the Woodstock 1969 era to songs from present day. Look for our 4-CD set of originals, The Red, White & Blue (and Gold) Albums in local artist bins or available on Cool River Records via this site.
This is DRJAR, a group of 5 Indy musicians. Mainstays of several bands, Dave Daugherty (Whiskey), Robert Bruce Scott (Il Troubadore), Joel Temus Conner (Undercover), Amy Jackson (Indiscretion), and Ric Ritter – collectively DR JAR!
We’re ready to take your party or venue to the next level musically! Book us today!
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Drema Drudge is a 2013 graduate of the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing Program. She’s represented by Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company Literary Agency, based in Manhattan’s Union Square.
In addition to being published in numerous literary journals (The Louisville Review, Penumbra, and others), Drema has finished two novels and is beginning her third. She often writes about art, the second passion in her life after writing.
Drema has had the honor to have her stories published in the premiere issues of three magazines. She has won several small writing competitions over the years, the first one when she was in high school.
She has been mentored both officially and unofficially by some of the best literary fiction writers in the country.
Drema enjoys writing not only fiction, but has written for magazines and newspapers. In addition, she edits.
M. A. Dubbs
M. A. Dubbs (she/her/her’s) is an award winning LGBT and Mexican-American poet from Indiana. Dubbs’ writes poetry, literary short fiction, and micro-fiction. Her writing has been published in literary magazines and anthologies across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
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