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Anne McKenzie Nickolson
Visual Arts: Textiles
My interest in working with fabric goes back to my early childhood when I learned to sew, embroider, knit and crochet. These interests turned toward art making as I earned my BFA in Textile Design from Northern Illinois University, and my MFA in Textile Design from Indiana University.
I have been a practicing, exhibiting fiber artist since 1977. My early work was pieced, appliquéd, embroidered often with hand dyeing and airbrushing. A natural evolution of ideas led to layered, pieced and appliquéd compositions which became quilts in 1997, and I created a rich body of work of these layered pieces. In 2015, I returned to some earlier threads of investigation and began doing embroidery on pieced grosgrain ribbon. This work allows me to incorporate rich, bold, coloration in the ground, with the delicate intensity that I want to bring to resilient images from past travels and experiences.
My works have been exhibited in 32 states, 12 countries and 5 continents, including 5 Quilt Nationals and a SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Series) Show. I have received several grants in support of my work from the Indiana Arts Commission and a Creative Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Throughout my career, I have done commissions and have work in many public collections including Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, A T & T in Kansas City, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Indiana State Museum. Publications include articles and feature photographs in “American Craft”, “Fiberarts”, “Art in America”, “Surface Design Journal”, and numerous books.
Visual Arts: Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Mixed Media Visual Artist working with Installations, Contemporary Jewelry and Slow Clothing.
Studied fine arts at FAAP College (Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado/Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation), textile design at ESMOD (École Superieur des Art et Technique de la Mode/College of Art and fashion textile techniques), natural dyeing, photography, knitting, batik techniques, shibori, pojagi, woodcut, metal engraving, patchwork & quilting and contemporary jewelry.
Participated at Venice Biennial, have done lectures and exhibitions in Art and Design Museums, Art Galleries, Design Stores and Art Institutions in Lisbon, New York, Madrid, Chile and many cities in Brazil, such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Campinas, São José dos Campos, Botucatu, Porto Alegre, Espírito Santo and Brasília.
Mary Lee Pappas
Literary Arts; Portrait; Visual Arts: Painting, Printmaking, Textiles
Pappas is an Indianapolis native and freelance journalist having worked as an art critic for NUVO Newsweekly and arts journalist for the IndyStar. She is an oil painter and printmaker.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Textiles
As an answer to the part of my brain/pysche that was feeling completely left out in science and needing to be expressed, I began weaving which led expanding into other fiber arts. When I was a child and into high school I’d been interested in drawing but never had any training, so it was dropped until, as an adult, I have taken the periodic class- I do enjoy it, but definitely need to train my hand and brain!
I also enjoy making jewelry and playing with the juxtaposition of colors (as in my fiber art). I have primarily focused on functional art and would like to develop my display art pursuits, as well.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Spoken Word, Storytelling; Political Artist; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor; Soft Sculpture, Fibers
Currently, I am a MAAT student at SMWC. This a several leaps and decades from my BFA in 3D Computer Animation at SCAD.
I have tapdanced in musicals, sang in jazz clubs, programmed in Houdini, instructed art in public and private schools in the US and Italy, run a party planning business, and done freelance with some interesting companies. Currently, I run three blogs and an online art group via Zoom.
I have a husband, two small dogs, and a 13-year-old daughter.
I also do stand up. Like you didn’t know…
Marilyn K. Price
Visual Arts: Textiles
My textile work is custom designed for architectural spaces. The hand-dyed fabric is quilted, embellished and installed as a mural. My current work is away from textiles into drawing and oil pastels.
Visual Arts: Sculpture, Textiles
My life has been one of constant change and adaptation, both unsettling and exciting conditions by which one can still grow and thrive, but that can make it difficult to anticipate outcome and overall direction. Consequently I am intrigued by all that can be controlled. My fiber-based work has, in itself, characteristics derived by this reality such as fragility, tension, elasticity and equilibrium, and only through a precision-based controlled execution, my work comes to life and tells a story that has a clear beginning and an end in sight.
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.
Stephanie Lewis Robertson
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Much like a musical conversation, Stephanie Lewis Robertson sings to her hand-dyed and –printed fabrics while she works. Spirituality, ritual, nature, music, the concept of the “last worst time” and the current state of the world serve as the inspiration for the fabric and paper constructions.
Ms. Robertson is the Program Chair for Fine Arts at Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana region. She holds a MFA (1994, University of Georgia) and a BFA (1981, Miami University) in Fabric Design. Her work is included in several corporate and private collections and she is also a teaching artist with Arts for Learning of Indiana.
In 2017, she was accepted into Religion Spirituality and the Arts V. Among her other awards and grants are three Individual Artists Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, an Arts in the Park grant (2017), Second Place Three Dimensional Work in Artistry in Fiber 2016 and Best of Show, Artistry in Fiber 2014, Second Place (2015) and First and Third Place (2011) in Surface Design at the Indiana State Fair, recipient of the Stutz Artists Association Studio Space in 2002, and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship in 2001.
Some of her exhibitions include Invocations Tiny IV, V, and VI, Ivy Tech Community College Arts and Design Faculty Show, Wrestling with the Infinite, Be the Change, Indiana State Fair Juried Exhibition, Artistry In Fiber, Blue Indy, Make Your Mark , Inspired By Dreams, TBI Prayers, A Portrait of Womanhood and Th
Visual Arts: Crafts, Sculpture, Textiles
I am interested in exploring:
Unexpected works in an unexpected material. Objects transformed by material and materials transformed by objects. Surface, texture, form of wool fiber sculpting and how they transform meaning.
I design and produce big costumers, big mascot characters, and 10-12 foot tall puppets. The characters and costumes are created for art happenings, community events, areana venues and theatre. I have created characters for large world sport competitions, for multi-national corps as well as smaller theatres.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Performers and Writers, Textiles
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress; Political Artist; Portrait; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Portrait, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I am a Queer and Trans artist interested in dismantling colonialist and patriarchal ideals of fine art by exploring and blurring the boundaries of Queer Aesthetics, Fine Art, and Low Art/Craft. By intentionally making art that is accessible to people who are not wealthy art collectors, I seek to empower myself and other marginalized artists as not only the creators, but also as the consumers.
Visual Arts: Textiles
Stevens creates hand-woven historic reproduction and contemporary textiles. She also offers studio tours, lectures, and lessons.
Visual Arts: Textiles
Theoni is my exploration of sewing as a form of expression. I learned how to sew as a child from my mother by making clothing for my dolls. For years I sewed out of practicality, mending garments and making halloween costumes. It wasn’t until more recently that I began to treat a needle and thread as pen and paper, working towards translating flat images through textiles. I currently find my inspiration in experiences of struggle and redemption. I often use photos and real life experiences to create patterns I turn into textile pieces.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
I am currently delighting myself, and aiming to delight others, through the production of multiple art forms, particularly painting, drawing, and fabric sculpture. My art is a release of energy and humor, and I use interests, observations, and experiences to inform my compositions. Color, humor, and biological themes can be discovered throughout the body of my work, and often all three are represented in a single piece. I get excited about color, the way three dierent hues of blue melt when you wear them in layers. Consider electric pink toenails and construction spray paint on public sidewalks. Since color found in such ordinary contexts can be so stimulating, I’ve decided to start compositions initially about color, then let them develop as I go. The most delightful aspect of this process is that the piece usually develops into a composition about more than color, but about love, life, line, or a variety of things. I’ve recently poured myself into a series of drawings and paintings that are inspired by intestinal shapes and forms. They are playful and abstract, and they beg you to confront the reality of your digestive system in a light hearted manner. I’ve always been interested in anatomy, histology, and cell biology so these interests are a constant source of creative inspiration.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Textiles
As a person who loves beauty, creativity and uniqueness, Arnita has a passion for designing leather purses and portfolios. She holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration. Arnita states: “Of all my experiences, career and business ventures, leather designing is my gift…my passion…my self-expression.”
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
As a creator and facilitator of Visual Arts, I feel it is my purpose to make sure that people of all ages, all socioeconomic backgrounds and varied experiences have an opportunity to learn and experience art in some way shape or form. Art permeates every aspect of our society. It speaks for us when there are no words. It heals wounds and brings people together. No matter what your art experience, it can always be shared. No one should feel like art isn’t or couldn’t be a part of their lives.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Danielle Winger was born in Reno, NV. She received her BS in Textiles, Merchandising and Apparel Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA in Studio Art from East Tennessee State University. She is a full time artist and currently resides in Indianapolis, IN.
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Performers and Writers, Textiles
Spoken word poet
Fiber artists (crochet)
Alto/Soprano singer (prefer Accapella and Aousitic stylings)
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