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Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
I never claimed to be an artist nor enthusiast, but have always admired and respected the various displays of art. I was introduced to my artistic ability in high school when I had to pick an ‘elective’ to satisfy a mandatory class schedule. Once I captured the attention of my art teacher, I knew that I was on to something.
I was very much inspired by the events of 2008 when we elected our first African American president, so I commissioned myself to draw a piece which I titled, ‘Dream, Believe & Achieve’. This pencil drawing is a likeness of Dr. King(Dream), Obama (Believe – Yes we can!) and Mandela (Achieve – after being imprisoned for over 27 years, when released, he became the first black president of South Africa). This strong betrayal of strength adorn the walls of many friends and family, and is what I call my “official” coming out piece.
In 2008 I was commissioned, by an incredible local artist, to write about the two amazing sculptures that were to be part of the Meet the Artists XX – “Homecoming” event. One piece, entitled, “Pick Me – The Emancipation of Check-X” tells the story of how mega churches promise a means to the promised land at the expense of it’s followers. The other described the impact of Jazz on society during a time when music and inclusion were misaligned. This was my first “unofficial” launch into the art event world.
In 2012, I participated in my first, official, ‘coming out’ art exhibition(prior to this, I characterized myself as a closet artist, doing, primarily, commissioned based work). The Meet the Artists XXIV – “SuperBowl Extravaganza” is where I had an incredible opportunity to display some of my work, network with other artists and art enthusiasts, speak about my pieces, and gain recognition as an artist.
Since then, I’ve participated in various local Art Exhibitions, and displayed my work at a local art gallery. Currently, my art can be seen at a local contemporary furniture store, and on my website: DeeMillerInspired.com.
Often called a wordsmith, I believe that the ingredients for a good story or poem can come from many venues….experiences, imagination and observations… just to name a few. What makes a story/poem come to life is the writer’s execution.
My Self-Published books can be found on my website and via Amazon.
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Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Crafts, Film, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
Dreamer, analog junkie, artist, collector.
I’I’m an Indianapolis based artist, illustrator and self-publisher with a focus on astronomical art and space travel.
I’m all about empowering others through art, music, DIY/Zine culture, and comics! I hope to encourage others to be curious, explore the world around them, and embrace science.
I have taught bass guitar and zine making for Indianapolis Girls Rock camp, instructed art courses for Forever Fit Summer Camp, and led workshops on zine making and rubber stamp creation for Indianapolis’ Gluestick Festival. Even though I never received a degree in art, I love to paint watercolors and write/draw comics on the daily. I always have a sketchbook and you’ll probably see me drawing in it while at the pub.
When I’m not making art and zines, I enjoy reading, urban sketching, going on adventures with Vyvyan (the wonder pup) and playing bass/singing in a few punk bands.
Organizing INDPLS Zine Fest
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Amiah Mims is an ever-growing designer, painter, illustrator and photographer. She is a 2015 graduate of Kent State University where she majored in Visual Communication Design and minored in Photo Illustration. She is also a retired KSU collegiate level gymnast.
Though she currently works as a Graphic Designer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, she still seeks opportunities to feed her inner organic artist. Over the years, she has taken on multiple freelance projects–from sketches to portrait paintings to large murals, donated art pieces to charity auctions and has participated in a few showcases. To date, her career highlights include the Welcome Race Fans project (2019), the BLM Boarded Window Mural project (2020) and the BLM Street Mural project. Her style is her own and it, along with her medium, varies depending on her mood or the content of the work.
Reading is her favorite pastime, along with singing in the shower. Sometimes in public, but mostly in the shower.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My name is Isaiah Morris-Henderson.
I am a visual artist who is native to Indy. At the moment I use mainly colored pencils but occasionally use charcoal, graphic, ink, and water color in my pieces. In this upcoming year I am looking to expand my range, explore different mediums, and produce as much work as possible.
I grew up in a toxic environment where my role models were my abusive, alcoholic parents, and my heroin-addicted brother. Most nights were filled with arguments, screaming, and violence. My only escape was through my art. My safe haven was a locked door, calming music, and a brush. I truly believe that art is the reason I was able to avoid being sucked into this toxic environment, and for this reason, I can write this letter today. I owe my life to art. It was, and always will be, my therapy. I was able to block out the yelling and create new worlds and environments to thrive in. This is where my passion radiates. I want to show the world just how powerful art can be, and how it can heal people mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
I want to help people. My career goal is to work in a hospital or hospice with children. I want to help give them the childhood they are missing because they are sick. I empathize with them. I had to grow up way too fast in my environment and that just sucks. I want to help improve their quality of life, even if it is for a short while. It is worth it to know you made a difference in someone’s life, for an hour a day, twice a week. They could forget they were sick for a bit and just be a kid, and I want to be that person for them. I am an extremely dedicated, devoted, and passionate individual. I know I can make a difference if I am given the opportunity to learn, create, and conquer in this program. All I need is a platform to shine.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Portrait; Visual Arts: Earthworks, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Portrait, Works on paper
I’m an Indianapolis based self taught artist.
I create feminine forms that flow from my imagination to fit myself in many ways. To realize my dreams and thoughts onto paper. I find it meditative.
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Whether it is through the lens of photography or through the stroke of a paint brush, I am most content when I have the freedom to bring beautiful things to life. My style has changed and evolved over the years, as I experiment with different mediums. However, I have always considered myself an abstract expressionist. Having a natural affinity toward bright colors and whimsical movement in my work, I love to tell stories and make people feel something. I cannot help but create. And so I will. May all who encounter my work be moved, inspired, and blessed by what they see and feel. And I also happen to be a homeschooling mama to six of the MOST amazing kiddos on this planet!
Photography and found object sculptures
I have been producing art for about 40 years . I have had the pleasure of being in several shows some juried as well as many gallery appearances.I also have been in print and painted for many celebrities. In addition I have taught beginning to advanced airbrushing at hobby lobby for about 25 years.
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
Mother, veteran, artist of 30 plus years. Specializing in realism, surrealism. Abstract mix media, muralist, sculpture, woodworking, and construction. I was a tattoo artist for 20 years.
Melissa Parrott Quimby
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Works on paper
Melissa Parrott Quimby is a contemporary visual artist who emphasizes the movement of shape and color in her paper collages, ceramic forms, abstract paintings and intuitive drawings. Her work is charged by the activity of creating a mark to capture a specific moment in time. Through a selective process of integrating bold, vivid hues she creates dynamic imagery that commands a rhythm of space inspired by nature. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Herron School of Art & Design in 1995 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware in 2003. Her work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally while being recognized with a variety of awards including a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2007 and Art in the Parks and Historic Sites from the Indiana Arts Commission in 2018. She has taught numerous workshops and currently teaches foundations and drawing at Herron School of Art & Design.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
I studied drawing, painting and graphic design, trained by Colombian masters back in the1960s. I then migrated to NYC in the 1970s where I had the opportunity to attend some classic arts schools, especially the renowned “Art Students League of New York.” I also worked for a department store doing visual merchandising. All of this training combined made me “a Jack of all trades.” Thanks to that, I have been able to survive as an artist all these years by being able to create visual art without limitations in several mediums. That vision I had as a child when I used to draw cartoon characters, my first Prismacolor drawing contest award at the Simon Bolivar park in downtown Medellin, my elementary school teachers pulling me out of my classroom to draw class subject matters for them on their chalk boards, etc. helped me build confidence as an artist at a time when I totally struggled with my academic education, particularly math. It was obvious to my parents and teachers that I belonged in the creative world making great works of art! No question about it.
Moving to Indiana was my destiny after I met and found the love of my life, Alesa Stanley. I met my wife in NYC while she was attending Hanover College and collecting research data at the UN’s bookstore where I was working as a sales person. Indianapolis was a smaller city back then with a different atmosphere: green surroundings, clean, simple life, low cost of living and friendly. Opportunities for artists at the time were rather low however. One of my first opportunities to apply my art talent was given to me by the Hispano American Center on East Street near College and Massachusetts Avenues, where I did a series of large works depicting cultural Latin American images. I got my first full time job working for The William H. Block Co. Dept. Store in downtown Indy where I was able to develop my visual expertise further while being coached by professionals in the field; great carpenters and painters that been there since the 1940s. I did learn a lot from them! I am truly blessed to have a great family and a very supportive wife and children and to live in a community that supports the Arts even though its image is based
Visual Arts: Jewelry, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
Myra is an Indiana based sculptor/artist/educator. She received her BFA in Furniture Design from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. She has been teaching joyfully in Indianapolis for several years. She teaches from her studio and at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Her work enlivens both private and public collections.
Wood and metal are her primary media. “I love the infinite possibilities of working with wood and metal: bending, sawing, shaping, forging, and painting.” When a piece is finished, it makes me feel…….crazy good.
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…
Visual Arts: Mixed Media
Enthusiastic about and participating in many Arts; painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, graphic arts, music (hand drumming) and dance.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Political Artist; Portrait
Designer, illustrator and artist. Owner of Rolling Rook Studio.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Artist, Healer, Mama, Student of planetary shifts and the mystic, my passion lies in speaking through images on paper and facilitating others as they connect with their creative fire and unexpressed power.
I am a mixed-media artist known for weaving together a variety of substrates and materials while playing with the idea of Spirit, energy and the unseen pieces that make us who we are. I enjoy exploring each medium’s range of applications and limits which, in turn inspires the feel of what I do. I am inspired by visceral sensations and fully embodied moments, pleasure, identity and communal resonance.
Through layers of paper and fabric, watercolor and ink, pencil and spray paint, a depth and an atmosphere are created. This is a subjective space beyond the restrictions of our cultures and our learned identities, an alternate reality. In this space, I explore the tension between being and becoming, articulations of striving and receiving and a communion of Selves. In this space I offer an invitation to explore one’s resonance with the potential energy of change and expansion. I offer an invitation to try on a new vision of one’s Self, an energetic impression. Who are we? Who do we want to be?
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting
Artist in residence, Columbus IN
Former juried artist with the Hamilton County Artists’ Association and a former
member of Nickel Plate Arts
Bio: Gary is a retired Administrator living and working in Columbus Indiana. He is a Ball State University
Graduate with a Baccalaureate of Science (1979) and a Master of Arts (1980) in General and
Experimental Psychology with a minor in Art. Gary enjoyed a successful career in his field of study
and retired in 2008 to focus exclusively on new and better ways to utilize his artistic abilities,
including the use of different mediums and techniques. Currently he focuses on pastel,
pastel/chalk and pencil on various heavy surfaces.
Current and past exhibits:
Two exhibits themed “Light”, and “Beauty” with the Meridian Street Gallery, Indianapolis IN, (2015).
Past exhibits with the HCAA:
“The Naked Truth” at the Birdie Gallery. Exhibition piece “Iris” (2016).
“The Pursuit of Excellence” exhibit at the Birdie Gallery. (2016). Exhibition pieces “Ortus Veneris” and “Autumn Flight”. Awarded first prize for the work “Autumn Flight” .
Exhibited two pastels at the Cool Creek Nature Center in Carmel, IN , winning honorable mention for the landscape titled “Solo” (2017).
Exhibited with Nickel Plate Arts at the First Presbyterian Church, Noblesville under the theme “Christ In The Arts” with the pieces “Holy Family” and “Risen”, both pastel/chalk renderings (2017).
Scheduled themed exhibit “The Human Condition” with the RAPP Gallery at the Indiana Landmark Center, August 2017.
My approach to art:
I define my work as representational, depicting recognizable themes in a style of my choosing. I prefer to work with little reliance on external reference, instead offering my own interpretations. My work is eclectic which allows the exploration of varied genres using the mediums of pencil, chalk, pastel and oil.
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.
Visual Arts: Illustration
I began to embark on my artistic journey at the age of 7. I’m a self taught Artist who has a passion for drawing from my imagination, yet willing to learn new techniques!
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Visual Arts: Film, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture
Award-winning mixed media artist, Rebecca Robinson studied fashion design in Atlanta, Ga., and continued her education at North Carolina Central University where she majored in Art/ Visual Communications and graduated with high honors. Her background also includes art history, photography, graphic design, film, and creative marketing/branding. Rebecca was mostly known for her fashion design company PSNOB (pronounced snob) which launched in 2001 but in recent years, has taken a new direction with her craft. In the spring of 2019, Rebecca began the initial stages of forming her nonprofit organization called “ONE ARRT ”, which will become the first black-owned art supply brand that specifically supports all artists, art organizations, art education, museums/galleries, and communities in need who would prosper with proper funding and resources. Rebecca has also contributed to several nonprofit organizations throughout the country by auctioning her one-of-a-kind handbags and fine art.
Rebecca’s artwork has been featured in dozens of media outlets including; Indianapolis Business Journal Podcast, WFYI, NUVO, Jezebel Magazine Atlanta, Pattern Magazine, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Recorder, New York Examiner, WTHR 13, WISH-TV 8. RTV 6, FOX 59, Creative Mornings Indianapolis, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, The National Endowment Of The Arts including the Black Creativity Exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and History of her painting of jazz legend Miles Davis In the summer of 2019, Rebecca was selected by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to showcase her work for the annual High Art Billboard project (2019-2020). Rebecca is also a self-published author of the book “Arts Honor”. In 2018, Rebecca co-produced the award-winning documentary film “The Color of Medicine”: The Story of Homer G. Phillips as a tribute to her father and grandfather. In honor of the historic documentary film, Rebecca received an official scroll from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas from the county of Los Angeles for her contribution to preserving an important part of history and giving back to the community of St. Louis and beyond. In the summer of 2020, Rebecca became a member of the art collective “EIGHTEEN” who created the street mural Black Lives Matter on Historic Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis during the Black Lives Matter movement. Rebecca is a proud member of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum Planning Committee, The Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival Advisory Committee, and African American History Committee Advisory Board for the Indianapolis Public Library.
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
Jessica Saunders (Schultz) studied painting and printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design, located in Indianapolis, IN. During her time at Herron, she earned a BFA in painting and a minor in art history.
She currently lives and paints out of her home studio in Brownsburg, IN, and she works as a full-time graphic designer for Sincerely Hers, Inc., located in Bainbridge, IN.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
As a photographer and artist, I get great satisfaction in each one of my projects. Living in the heart of Indianapolis, I have the best of both worlds — city life and wildlife — to work with. I thank God that He has given me the ability to create such beauty in so many ways.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
Nicholas Smith is a mixed-media artist born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of the Visual Arts and Humanities magnets at Broad Ripple High School, as well as a graduate of Butler University with a major in Recording Industry Studies and a minor in Art + Design. Nick’s current body of work consists mostly of abstract paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces which are often based around a stream of conscious process.
Nicholas has collaborated on murals at various places around Indianapolis, including Einstein Bros. Bagels in Broad Ripple, as well as the Peace Learning Center in Eagle Creek State Park.
Nick is also a producer and DJ, working under the pseudonym “Mandog”, and can be found performing or recording with various artists in the greater Indianapolis area.
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.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Portrait; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper; Freelance Portrait Artist
Jonathan Southern is a self-taught portrait artist living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the owner and founder of J.South Art Studio.
My name is Jarrod Stone (ArtbyJarrod), and I’m a local artist in Indianapolis.
I specialize in portrait art, logo design, and more. My preferred mediums are pencil, pen, color pencils, and acrylics.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography
Would love to take my work to the next level, show to a larger audience gallery etc. Any direction/help would be appreciated! Feel free to contact me
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