Performing Arts: Music
Hepler is a jazz pianist and recording artist.
Media; Visual Arts: Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting
Joy Hernandez is an artist currently residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, originally from Kewanee, Illinois, where she received gold keys at the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and has remained involved in that program as a frequent judge for the Central Indiana region.
In pursuit of a career in animation, Hernandez attended the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, but the slower pace of animation work was not best suited for her, although an appreciation for animated works remained. She moved to Indianapolis to study television news photography at the University of Indianapolis. While there, she continued to advance her artistic skills, training her eye and exercising her creative spirit by working in television news.
Currently, Hernandez is a video photographer and editor at WISH-TV, the CW affiliate in Indianapolis, and a reporter-photographer for the nationally-syndicated show Pet Pals TV and Great Day TV. She is a contributor to Curious Mix, the WFYI radio program, and a contributing editor for the Urban Times newspaper.
Hernandez joined the Art Bank in 2011, to show her artwork locally, and was the gallery manager until 2016, when she left to found the Full Circle Nine Gallery, a co-op of over two dozen artists, in the Circle City Industrial Complex. She was an artist representative, vice president, and president for IDADA, the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association, during that time.
In 2013, Hernandez joined the Walldogs mural organization, when they held their 20th annual mural meet in her hometown of Kewanee, Illinois. She helped with promotion and organization of the event, and then had the honor of helping to paint one of the 15 historically-based murals created during the five days of the meet. Joy has since traveled as a Walldogs to subsequent meets in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and New Hampshire.
Joy continues to show at the Full Circle Nine Gallery, as well as other locations and show opportunities throughout Indianapolis. She has painted several murals within the Circle City Industrial complex, both in the “Walldog” style, reflecting the history and origins of the building, and in her own style, larger brushwork interpretations of her aerosol and acrylic paintings. She participated in the 2019 St’Art Up 317 season, with her signature astronaut character dancing in the windows of Milhaus in Fletcher Place, and painted a mural of her astronaut in the back alley of Square Cat Vinyl in Fountain Square. Her current painting focus is around a stenciling technique with a mix of aerosol and acrylic underlay showcasing her quirky interests.
Visual Arts: Painting
I’m a painter/ muralist/ illustrator/ product and graphic designer. My paintings are colorful, sometimes decorative on the surface, but tend to tell a story. The story can be short or long, short leaning towards pattern and being more decorative, long- involving a plot.
I generally do not paint to match the couch, but if it happens to, all the better.
Performing Arts: Music
In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.
Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member. Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.
Recently, Herzig has been signed to the Owl Studios label and released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”, followed by a CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me” on March 8, 2011. Her previous releases have received rave reviews. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.
The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Cole Porter’sNight and Day, or Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia. The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Saturday at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
My current body of work centers on the theme of personal wholeness and identity. I am interested in issues which I view to be spiritual: ideas of masculinity and femininity, generational inheritance, self-image, and disassociation—to name a few. I use the human figure alongside the still life to create a symbolic picture. These “pictures” are an attempt to give form to the complexity of the human soul, to inner pain, and ultimately—to inner healing.
Using crude, sometimes naïve mark-making and paint application as language, artist David Hicks investigates contemporary spiritual experience.
David received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 2008. While there, he created large scale paintings, reminiscent of art historical altarpieces. Highly influenced by artists Stanley Spencer and Jacob Lawrence, he considers his work contemporary expressions of faith. The themes in his work often range from comedic moments of human bumbling, to creating a somber mood of contemplation, and sometimes a mix of both. Interested in further unveiling the notion of forgotten altarpieces, David considers his paintings as such and has donated them to the permanent collections of religious organizations.
Visual Arts: Painting
My painting isolates momentary political concepts within the natural tendency of nature to change.
I believe the responsibility of art is not ornament but correction. To visualize our misdeeds and point to salvation. The artist is the canary in the mineshaft, the foremost perceiver of the present and the future, and if the future is to be calamity, then to him falls the responsibility to raise the alarm. My work tries to accurately reflect our success in civilization.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Photography; Digital Art
After spending many years on the printing business, I have retired, and for the past 20 years have been working on Photography as a “digital bridge” to the Classic Arts such as Oil and Watercolor. I am constantly learning different techniques of using the digital programs that I have found work for this transition.
It begins with my original photography, paying close attention to subject matter, colors and framing. As a Photographer, my work has been labeled “Social Realism” or “Street Photography” At the same time I am always looking for the next great painting in my images. I look for the story and situations that most people miss in their daily walk through life. I believe that “color excites the mind….Black and white tell the story.
Shari Lynn Himes
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Film, Graphic Arts
Himes produces and directs film and touring theatre productions illustrating the diverse black experience. She has produced and directed one seven-time award winning short film and has written and staged two plays for Indiana State Museum’s Legacy Theatre. Her play, “Life on the Avenue,” was showcased at the 2004 American Association of Museums conference.
Thomas Arthur Himsel
Visual Arts: Painting
Thomas Himsel is a Hoosier artist who was reared on a family farm in Danville, IN and graduated from Purdue University in Turf Management. He built a landscape and retail design firm for 30 years in Hendricks County and has recently retired to devote all of his time to painting. Currently, his paintings are being honored in the following competitions: Hudson Valley Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut; Indiana Heritage 30th Exhibition, Nashville, IN., Ada Shultz Award; 84th Hoosier Salon Exhibition, Indiana State Museum, “Homestead Light,& Taos Beauty”; and at the Indiana State Fair, Fine Arts Division, 2nd place recognition for “High Country Meadow.” Thomas has received numerous awards beginning in 1991 when he began entering juried shows in oil painting. In the past three years, he has exhibited in 10 national juried shows.
Pamela Blevins Hinkle
Performing Arts: Music
A choral music conductor, arranger, and composer, Hinkle has been the Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus since 1997 and founded the Heartland Choral Festival for Unitarian Universalists in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Hirschten is a contemporary expressionist painter, author and public speaker. She teaches painting in her studio located in the historic Cottage Home Neighborhood.
Hirschten earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Appalachian State University graduating in the year 2000. Over the years, the style and purpose behind her paintings has changed drastically from abstract expressionist work, that was focuses on art therapy influences; to impressionism, that reveres the sacred beauty of the natural world.
While working as an art teacher, Hirschten compiled the book “The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom” which includes more than fifty folktales about artists and the creative process. Her second book “The Alchemy of Painting: Developing Your Style and Purpose” is an instructional how-to guidebook for beginning painters. Hirschten hosts the podcast “The Alchemy of Art” sharing art stories and philosophy with artists around the world.
Visual Arts: Painting
Painting is a way of understanding what it means to be human.
Now celebrating his 23rd season with DK, Artistic Director David Hochoy is truly an international ambassador. David Hochoy was born in Trinidad, West Indies.
In 1980, he was invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company. Made a soloist in 1982 and rehearsal director in 1986, David toured the world with Graham until 1989. He has given master classes in Graham technique throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in 1990 was invited to Guangzhou, China, to teach the experimental troupe of the Guangdong Dance Academy for ten weeks.
David has been on the faculty of the Martha Graham School since 1982. In addition, he has taught at the American Dance Festival (ADF) held at Duke University, as well as ADF West in Salt Lake City and ADF Seoul in Korea. In 1991 he was invited to teach and choreograph at the Vienna International Dance Festival. He has given workshops in Quebec City, Tokyo, Oslo, Dublin and Rio de Janeiro. David spent two years as a full-time faculty member at Texas Christian University. Since becoming DK’s Artistic Director in 1991, he has choreographed over 70 dances including Scheherazade, Carmina Burana, COLE!, The Planets, The Four Elements, El Salòn Mexico, Magical Mystery Tour, Rite of Spring and Les Noces. He has choreographed dances for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for its New Year’s Eve performances as well as their Discovery Series concerts. He also has choreographed numerous productions at the IRT, including A Christmas Carol, the Civic Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Edyvean Repertory Theatre, Salome for the Arizona Opera and Miss Evers’ Boys for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and for Santa Fe Stages.David co-directed As You Like It at the Indiana Repertory Theatre with IRT’s Artistic Director Janet Allen. He also was Artistic Director of The Green Shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for ten seasons. He has choreographed The Beat on the Ball State University Student Dance Company. In 2009 he re-set sections of Fascinatin’ Rhythm on Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz of the New York City Ballet and Sarah Lane of American Ballet Theatre for the inaugural gala performance of Indianapolis City Ballet. He is the founder and co-artistic director of Spotlight, an annual fund-raiser for the Indiana Aids Fund that has brought together the Indianapolis Performing Arts community since 1994.
Visual Arts: Visual Arts Instructor
I LIKE BOLD AND VIBRANT COLORS, AND FIND MY SUBJECTS IN THE SIMPLEST OF THINGS. OLD SHOES, FLOWERS, CRAYONS, AND TIMEPIECES, TO NAME A FEW, ARE THE SOLITARY OBJECTS TO DOMINATE MY SINGLE SUBJECT, ABSTRACT COLLAGE. I WILL BE MOTIVATED AT UNUSUAL TIMES IN UNUSAL ENVIRONMENTS, STAGE THE ENTIRE PIECE IN MY MY MIND AND SET ABOUT IT. MY GOAL IS TO INTRIGUE PEOPLE TO SPEND TIME WITH MY WORK AND STUDY THE INTRICACIES WITHIN THE SIMPLE SUBJECTS.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Portrait, Works on paper
Hi, my name is Alison Hodge and I currently reside in Avon, Indiana with my husband and 3 young children. I have always had a love for nature and art. As a little girl, I would sit in our garden with a sketchbook in hand and spend hours drawing the flowers and insects. I carried on my passion for both the arts and nature into adulthood and received a degree in zoology and a minor in studio art from Western Illinois University. I spent a summer in Africa working with penguins and later became the animal care manager at the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Florida. had a very fulfilling career in the conservation/zoo field but stepped away from it around the time my second son was born. Since then, I’ve picked my paint brushes back up and have been creating ever since.
Visual Arts: Painting
I enjoy envisioning, then ironing-out the details. I have an idea, which becomes beautiful, then it turns safe, then I build it sturdily. I use an array of traditional and alternative media to create sculpture, assemblages, paintings, photographs.
Performing Arts: Music
Bryan Hodge, a local of Indianapolis, Indiana, is an Alternative Pop Songwriter who has put in 30 years of music. Hodge has shows in Indiana, Colorado and Nashville, TN. Radio has recently surfaced from a decade of writing and working hard to spread his music. Hodge can be seen around Indy in local papers Indy Star, Nuvo, www.indyarts.org and WRTV Channel 6 news. Gibson Guitar Corporates website is playing “Engine No. 9”
Hodge was just voted by the 2009 Indy Channel as one of the Top 5 “Best Music” in Indy.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
I’m am a recovering addict named Katherine. My art helps me through the trauma I had while in active addiction. It is my therapy and my passion. I’m 49 and a college student again and to be an additions psychologist.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Poster Design, Character Design
I have always been drawing. Some of my first memories are of me in church and getting too restless and my mom would hand me a receipt and a pen and let me draw instead of waggling my legs at top speeds. Then I drew on my schoolwork, the teachers had mixed reviews on the finished products since a good deal of the time it covered up more “important” stuff like math. Agree to disagree, in my opinion. But I never stopped and it never got boring. Toys and games and other interests have come and gone, but I’ve never put down the pencil.
A lot of artists don’t admit they first and foremost draw for themselves, I definitely do and it took a long time and more than one round of self-examination to understand that. My perspective is slightly different because I typically draw things for a younger version of myself. I frequently think, “What would me at 7 years old want to see?” and create that, my tastes as a child leaned heavily toward the fantasy and horror genres and still do. I usually end up with images of monsters or animals in bright colors using much-loved influences from street art, animation, and tattoo flash. I’m also academically trained and use color theory and compositional fundamentals to hone these monsters and critters into more polished works than what I used to make on notebook paper in school.
In the past, I have tried to do other jobs and start multiple other careers, but lost interest in each one with time, but art never got boring. It got scary, it got difficult, and it got incredibly stressful in a multitude of ways, but never boring. I never want to stop creating and never intend to and am looking forward to making all the goofy-looking creatures in all the loud colors until my hands fall off.
Performing Arts: Music
My name is Rod Hodnett, bandleader for both the Starlighters 17 piece big Band, and the Twilite Nites 10 piece little Big Band, which I formed in 2008. I have been playing trumpet for 50 years, and am also an arranger, and composer. I have started numerous groups, and am proud to claim these two as my ultimate successes, with many performances and followers. My groups have performed around the state, as far away as the Chicago area. We are a “band for hire”, and welcome any opportunities where a Big Band playing traditional Big Band music, OR pop tunes as well, is needed for your particular situation or venue.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Artist Statement:My artwork takes a look at how color and imagery affects our mood. In my work, I use bright bold bursts of colors. It’s always fun to mix and use a new color. Line is also used to define shapes and images. Nature, hearts, cityscapes, people and abstract shapes are the subjects of most of my work… often these themes are combined in one painting. While I use a variety of materials, vibrant colors are the common thread that runs through them all. Creating is as essential for me as air and water. As long as I can remember I have been inspired to create, dream and dig deeper for a greater sense of harmony within myself. It is in that search for connection and harmony that I find life and all of its wonders. Biography: Gayla Hodson was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1958, the youngest child to parents who where both teachers. Following in their footsteps she went on to receive a BA in art education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois in 1982. Gayla Hodson is a full-time painter who exhibits her work throughout the country. She has been featured in American Art Collectors Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and Indianapolis Woman; and highlighted in newspaper articles such as: NUVO, the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has appeared on Indy Style, Wish TV, and WTHR in Indianapolis. She is one of the artists profiled in “100 Artists of the Midwest” by E. Ashley Rooney. In 2014 she will be one of the artists profiled in E. Ashley Rooney’s book “Artists Homes and Studios”. Her work is in both private and corporate collections such as the Butler University (Clowes Hall), Chase Tower, Summit Reality Group, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis Economic Development, Swiss Reality Group and Marion Inc. ?She’s taught in both private and public schools and community arts organizations in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Arts Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Gayla received the 2009 Creative Renewal Fellowship Grant from the Indianapolis Arts Council through the Lilly Endowment. It was through this experience that would have a profound effect on her work as an artist. After attending an Intuitive Painting workshop in 2010 in Taos, NM Gayla found her passion and renewed purpose in the arts. Gayla Hodson is a full-time artist living and working in Pendleton, Indiana. At a young age, she knew she wanted to be an artist. Her parents were both teachers, following in their footsteps she got her degree in Art Education. She would begin teaching art with a dream of one day being a full-time artist. When her Mother died from breast cancer in 2001, she began the journey towards her life-long dream…realizing “life is short”.
Performing Arts: Dance
The year was 1981. Urban Cowboy, staring John Travolta, had just come out and the cowboy
craze began sweeping the world.
Mary answered an ad in the newspaper stating, “dance instructors needed, will train”.
She was hired on the spot, put in training class for 3 days, and began teaching country
dancing full time, sometimes staying just a few lessons ahead of her students.
Within months Mary was winning competitions, top teacher awards, and
was promoted to assistant manger and then manager of Exclusive Dance Club in Houston, TX.
In 1986 Texas Dance Production contracted Mary to be the lead dancer/teacher in their line of
instructional videos which were sold on TNN around the showing of the White Horse Saloon
The sales and exposure quickly led to a full time travel schedule, 340 days a year, throughout
the US and Canada in which Mary was personally responsible for teaching over 20,000 people
and sharing her love of dance. During this time Pepsi Co made her their National Spokesman.
In 1989, Mary and her partner won their first UCWDC division 1 Competition in Las Vegas
Nevada followed by numerous national titles and finishing in the top 5 in the World Competitions.
She choreographed for Ricky Van Shelton’s music video to “Wild Man”.
In 1994, Mary became her own video producer, scripting, hiring talent, overseeing editing, and marketing for 9 more instructional videos making her current total 25.
She also created a Dance Camp for adults where students came from all over.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography
My goal is to change the way people view their lives by designing custom order canvas for my clients. These paintings will increase their home value and the way they view their lives.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Works on paper
“I have over 10 years experience in graphic design, but dabble in all kinds of media. Collage, photography, videography, woodwork, I like to work with my hands. It’s very satifing to finish a piece for everyone to see. I like trying out different media to achieve new works (whatever they may be). I do like a challenge.”
Visual Arts: Painting
I love painting and making pictures. I find inspiration in falling building walls and pictures from magazines. I also enjoy looking through art books and learning about the history of drawing and painting and just knowing that people have done this forever. I have alot of different influence. I love words in painting and the idea that someone is trying to communicate something and either having a hard time or not knowing what to say.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
In my artwork I tend not to work on a piece with an actual intention. Much like Michelangelo’s statement, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” A blank canvas is the same thing to me, knowing that a work is there just waiting to be brought forth. The creation process allows for my own primal force to be displayed through VIVID color, RAW emotion, and STRONG cultural influences. Egon Schiele said, “Art is primordially eternal.” My figurative works produce a mirrored glimpse into the viewer’s own life’s history. By my imagery I bring about a new awareness to others, allowing them to see something they have not seen before. Henri Matisse said it well, “An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.” This is something that has juxtaposed my work, utilizing different mediums, application, and just free play.
I believe that as my work evolves, even from a rough sketch into a finished drawing, to a painting, to even a sculpture. This allows for a freedom to express the diversity within my own life, both professionally and personally.
Many pieces are FIGURAL, with subdued imagery, an EDGY appearance, and a DARK humor that invites the viewer to experience their life in a new way, to make changes within thought or perception. I suppose to narrow that down I would like to bring about a new awareness to others, allowing them to see something they have not seen before.
Mixed Media, Sculpture, and Photography
Works currently displayed at:
Works previously displayed at:
Acting Up Productions
Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce, Greenfield, IN
Crazy Lake Art House, Greenfield, IN
The Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana
Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage, Indianapolis, IN
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Film, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Printmaking, Textiles, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Film, Photography
“I work with the idea of memory. Holding on to memories and loosing them. I am trying to undersand the relationship of mind and memory.”
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