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.
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: Mixed Media, Photography
I am an MFA graduate (with distinction) from Indiana State University and currently based in Indianapolis.
My work focuses mainly on the landscape. Human beings have been altering the landscape for thousands of years and it is fascinating to survey how landscape interacts with us, both physically and psychologically. Besides, I am interested in conceptual and multimedia art under the influence of Roni Horn.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Paper Cutting
I am an artist located in Indianapolis. I tell stories through cut paper and often times take those cuttings and create stop motion films. My work is often narrative and inspired by the hardships and joys of life.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Sculpture
I believe that graphic presentation should have a strong voice in every university. I want to work for a university that fosters an atmosphere that nurtures creativity and design and stands by its commitment to superior display.
I am a goal-oriented optimist who thrives on challenges, leads by example, and readily adapts to new situations.
Visual Arts: Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor
Diana Hunter enjoys creating works of art in photography, digitally enhanced photography and oils of landscapes, wildlife and floral scenes. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has taught classes at OASIS (Older Adult Services and Information Systems), Ivy Tech State College, Butler University Indiana Wesleyan University and the Indianapolis Public Schools. She holds a life teaching license and is a member of AEAI (Art Education Association of Indiana), the Indianapolis Art Center, Indiana Wildlife Artists, Riviera Camera Club and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her pictures have been on exhibit in various locations in Indiana and in Maryland. She received First Place in Digital Art in the Creative Arts Contest sponsored by the Reformed Presbyterian Witness Magazine of North America in 2003 and then again in 2006. She has 2 miniature oil paintings at the Governor’s Mansion and has exhibited at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the Mayor of Indianapolis’ Office on the 25th Floor of the City County Building. She had a one woman show at the Carmel Library in Carmel, IN (June 2004). For a current listing of exhibits please see her website at www.DianaHunter.com.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration
Hey I’m Paul. I am a movie buff and digital junkie addicted to Art. My love of sketching started in elementary school. A turn of events reconnected me and my love and I have been making art every since. I am self taught, but currently enrolled in visual communications at Ivy Tech Community College. My imagination is out of control as you may notice in some of my work. I practice a lot of comic art illustration, and graphic design. I would love to work with you on your projects so shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and lets get to work.
Visual Arts: Photography, Works on paper
Hi. I’m Ellen Jackson, and I create bespoke portraiture of horses and humans.
I began in freelance photography over twenty years ago after apprenticing for advertising photographers and studying theater in college. My work has been used by companies for branding, in magazines for story illustrations, and by families for one of a kind heirlooms. I have a narrative mindset about creating images. I love a good story. So I guess it’s fitting that I enjoy every opportunity to discover and interpret the stories of my subjects. It’s also a nice excuse for indulging some nosy impulses.
Significant to my photographic motivation is the notion that I was born with “Horse Fever.” (I think this is a colloquial term….I’m not really sure, but in my family, it’s used to describe little kids who won’t shut up about wanting a pony) My gramma used to say that I had it, and I remember feeling proud that someone should recognize me this way. My earliest memories all revolve around horses. Recognizing my mania (and likely weary of my begging), my dad indulged me by giving me a horse when I was ten years old. Growing up with a horse around the house was pure bliss for me. And now, so is meeting new horses and their people through photography.
My artistic passions are twofold. You’ve learned about my equine appreciation, but then there’s photography. The entire process of image-making is deeply satisfying for me. I love the pursuit of a fantastic image. Photography is essentially limitless with opportunities for capture, possibilities in digital post-production, and artistry in traditional darkroom printing. To me, photography is more than a technical feat or commercial endeavor. Even with strategy and attention to the minutest details, photography always allows for spontaneity. This is the alluring center of the art form.
I am a strategist, observer, animal lover, people liker, narrator, and crafts(wo)man. I gravitate to the underdogs and the long shots. I think we are all artists, whether we realize ourselves this way or not. The best thing I ever read about art is the following quote from a talented, hardworking musician named Otis Gibbs. “There are only two people in art who matter: the creative individual and the person experiencing it. Everything else is an artificial filter.”
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts
My name is Chris James. I’m an Indianapolis native with 14+ years of working as a freelance visual/graphic artist.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Photography
My interest in photography began almost 30 years ago when my parents gave me my first camera and entrusted me with documenting family outings and vacations.That camera opened my eyes to the diverse beauty and wonders of the world around me.Since then, I have tried to capture and preserve that beauty in my photographs. My hope is that my photos will also convey the peaceful and calming effects of nature’s beauty on the soul….just a pure and simple love and appreciation for all of the outdoors, the environment, and wildlife. However, there is a special place in my heart for the Wolf. I’m intrigued and fascinated by these majestic creatures, and the way they interact with each other. Their faces and eyes are so intense and expressive….and mysterious. I feel very fortunate to have been in the presence of and photographed wolves in captivity. The thrill of my life was when I saw and photographed wolves in the wild at Yellowstone National Park. in 2004. Even though it was from a quite a distance it didn’t diminish the thrill of seeing these wild creatures the way they were meant to be. Another dream came true in 2007 when I finally heard a wild wolf howl in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario Canada.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My name is Cierra Johnson and I am an artist. I advocate for whole humanity through visual representation. I have been drawing all my life. I was first exposed to fine arts through the public school system in Indianapolis. My personal practice is in painting & illustration. I love simple, effective design and bring a clean, tactile aesthetic to my work that emphasizes the human element.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Paul Johnson is a graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a printmaking major specializing in lithography with a minor in art history. His work includes both prints as well as paintings focusing on process, color, and the human figure. Paul has exhibited his work in a number of juried exhibitions including the Indianapolis Arts Center student show, where he received best of printmaking 2015, and The Water Show at Gallery 924. Most recently Paul and a group of his peers held their climatic thesis exhibition “KLPT” at the Circle South Gallery in Fountain Square, welcoming the public in to view their newest creations.
Patricia D Jones
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography
I am a self taught artist, still in the learning process with mixed media as well as photography. I enjoy exploring in my art and taking various classes as I am able.
Margo (Madysen) K
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Margo is a muralist, painter, and assemblage artist in Indianapolis. Her work draws the “Out of sight, out of mind” mentality of the midwest through narratives of inanimate objects.
Media; Visual Arts: Film, New Media/Technology, Performance Art; Video, Sound
Toby Kaufmann-Buhler (based in Lafayette, Indiana) explores sensory perception, identity, history and memory through his work in image, sound and space. This involves the integration of a number of different media including video, film, found/composed sound, and text along with installation and performance work. He has produced collaborative work with a number of musicians, composers, poets and visual artists, and he continues to exhibit installation work utilizing custom-designed video projection in gallery venues and for performance and stage work.
Kaufmann-Buhler is a recipient of the 2016 Foundation Prize from Peripheral Vision Arts, and First Prize in the 32nd Tallahassee International exhibition (2017) at Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts. In 2018 he was awarded an Individual Advancement Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to produce new work for exhibition in 2019 at Listen Hear in Indianapolis, Indiana; his video work was also selected by the Indianapolis Arts Council to be exhibited at the Indianapolis International Airport during the second half of 2018.
In 2017 Kaufmann-Buhler was a resident artist at Signal Culture (New York) and at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska). Alongside many group exhibitions, he has had solo exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery in 2013 (Madison, Wisconsin), Window – re/production re/presentation in 2013 (public art project space in Asheville, North Carolina), and Little Monroe Gallery in 2014 (Madison, Wisconsin). Kaufmann-Buhler’s video work has also been featured in national and international screening festivals in gallery and theatrical venues. He has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida) and an MA from the Royal College of Art (London, England).
Visual Arts; Photography, Graphite Drawing, Figure Drawing, Charcoal, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Ink, Alcohol Ink, Inktense, Upcycled Art
Michelle Kerschner-Crow Artist CV
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Sculpture
Duane King is an Indianapolis artist who specializes in drawing and sculpting. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Duane found art at a young age—working in crayon drawings, Play-doh and snow sculpting. At about the age of 12, he got his hands dirty in clay and has been working in clay ever since. He studied art extensively in high school and received formal art training at the Herron School of Art, studying Visual Communication and Design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. After receiving a well-rounded training in the arts, Duane has worked for over 25 years in the Graphic Design field. Working in design, full-time, he has continued to work in fine arts, concentrating on drawing and sculpting, but working in a wide variety of formats. “My drawings and sculptures run from traditional and realism to cartoon and caricature. I try to capture the joy, the humor, the fun in life: the sense of wonder in a child’s eye, a day spent with friends and loved ones or the joy of making music.” Duane’s artwork has won numerous awards and been exhibited around the state of Indiana, including the Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibit. He is a member of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Hoosier Salon and Indianapolis Arts Center.
Graphic Arts; Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Michael has been actively involved professionally in the arts for 23 years and has a genuine, long-standing record of utilizing an interdisciplinary and socially responsive approach. His artwork resides in permanent collections in the US, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at Indiana University
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Film, Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Photography, Sculpture
In my commercial work I strive to create designs that clearly communicate the intended message desired by an individual, organization, or business commissioning the artwork. Every design requires a custom or unique “look and feel” for each client. Functionally inspiring, visually engaging, therapeutic, fun, with experienced insight and Ideas inspired by intelligence!
My commissioned work is always changing… I invite patrons to take a chance on an eclectic Indiana native! My experimental passions are: typography, found objects, and sculpture.
I can tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Visual Arts: Jewelry, Photography, Works on paper
Don Krajewski is a photographer who specializes in artistic portraiture of people, animals, and objects.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper; Woodworking
Lightning wielding, mixed media artist Kyle Krauskopf creates like other people breathe. He has spent most of his life in the pursuit of artistic endeavor. Originally from a small town in Indiana this vagabond creative has taken his drive many places; most notably Seattle WA for the past 5 years as well as several European countries when he backpacked through them in 2017. He recently retuned to his home state to construct a “base of operations” for the newly developed goal of displaying in as many places throughout the world as possible. Equipped with a sense of wonder and knack for creativity since birth, Krauskopf has always been drawing and creating. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, where he learned what it was like to be around other creatives and was instilled with a drive to contribute something “new” to the world of art. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Krauskopf has gotten into the habit of self-imposed, year long artistic goals. The most notable of which was in 2015 when he decided to design and craft a new wooden animal each day of the year with his trusty scroll saw. 365 Days of Wood made the artist realize he places very little before commitment to his craft; that with dedication, persistence, and lots of hard work he could create impressive and wondrous works. His work was recently featured in the national lifestyle magazine Vie, in tandem with an interview by editor Jordan Staggs. The work featured is of his Visual Vomit series. These pieces can best be described as heavily emotive pictorial menageries. Each piece strives to marry realistic depiction of people, places, and things, with less detailed, but powerfully colored objects. These pieces typically “radiate” from a centrally located theme or idea. Repetition, color, size, detail, and shape all go into the process of achieving a visual balance. Krauskopf also conceived of the Virago Artist Collective, an international artist collaboration striving to highlight powerful and influential women throughout history. The team consists of 13 artists and features a new personality and artist every month for the year of 2018, after which the whole body of work is to be shipped to each participants’ city for a showing of the collection. When Krauskopf isn’t having delusions of grandeur or conceiving of his next unrealistic challenge he can be found seeking out new and interesting conversation or enjoying a glass of gin.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Photography, Works on paper; Film Photography, Traditional Darkroom Processes
I am an Indiana based art photographer.
I began my love affair with the camera at a young age. However, it wasn’t until I found a mentor that taught me traditional darkroom that I realized I had a passion for the whole artistic process, form capture to final print making.
On the rare occasion of putting the camera down and computer away, you can find me spending time in my community as a volunteer, or spending quality time with my husband, beloved pets, family and friends.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Textiles, Works on paper
I’ve always loved art and crafts and doodled on my algebra notes. I started seriously working on portraits while at college, although I didn’t pursue an art career. Despite this, I managed to get noticed in many of the places I worked and was commissioned to do portraits, posters, flyers, brochures, caricatures, etc. during my work day. I wrote and illustrated training manuals for one organization and sold commissioned portraits in my free time. I took a hiatus from art while raising my 3 girls. Now I use my daughters as models for a variety of pictures. In the past 3 years, having more time to spend on art, I designed a website, opened an art studio at Lafayette Renaissance Academy and participated in a variety of juried shows and exhibitions, doing demonstrations and assisting local art organizations with creating brochures and websites. I work with pencil, pastel, charcoal, colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic and oil. I tend to mix mediums, using pastels and colored pencil together or watercolor and pastel. I’ve created portraits with subjects in live sittings and from photographs. I enjoy drawing portraits and also enjoy creating ‘fantasy’ pictures of mermaids, angels and elves. I also enjoy re-creating the many places I’ve visited in the US, Canada and Europe.
Currently my work can be viewed online at llauter.com. I have had artwork at the Art Museum of Lafayette and the Mental Health Association. Shows include an exhibition at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Crawfordsville Art Fair & the Round the Fountain Art Festival.
In 2010, I was hired to complete a series of paintings for an office waiting room- the largest being 36′ x 48′ and upon completion of this, I went on to paint murals in adjacent space.
In 2012, I opened a shop in downtown Lafayette called Main Street Artisans and featuring artisan crafts and fine art.
In 2014, I moved back to Indy and adopted a puppy. I currently work on portraiture and formulating natural home and bath products.
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor
Born in Miami, Aaron Law is a Professor of Design Emeritus at the Herron School of Art and Design / IUPUI. He earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Florida and his M.F.A., also in Graphic Design, from Indiana University. He joined the Herron faculty in 1971 and served as Chair of the Foundation Studies Program from 1973 to 1979 and Chair of the Visual Communication Department from 1980 to 1996.
He has completed professional consultantships for organizations ranging from non-profit groups to Fortune 500 corporations. Many of his design works have received Awards of Excellence in local, regional and national design competitions including: Type Directors Club of New York, University and College Designers Association, Society of Typographic Arts, American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and Print Magazine.
His archival digital prints are represented in numerous national and international exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: International Juried Photography Exhibition 2012, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, Simply International Juried Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2012, The 26th Annual Tallahassee International Exhibition, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida, 2011, The Worldwide Photography Gala Annual 2010 (The Pollux Awards), 2010 Northern National Juried Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Midwest Photography 2009, A Regional Exhibition of Photography, University of Indianapolis, and High Desert Harmony, A Digital Photography Exhibition of Southwestern Landscapes, Herron School of Art and Design, Basile Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2009.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Multiracial; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Illustration, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Lori Leaumont is a graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN, with a BFA in Ceramics. She was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and while she loves living in Indianapolis, she is still very influenced by the unique culture of the city she grew up in (especially the food!) She works primarily in porcelain, both on and off the potter’s wheel, but her background in painting, and her love of comics and illustration have inspired her to combine the two. During COVID, she has focused on digital illustration using an iPad and Procreate to continue working and processing ideas from home.
Her work has been shown in juried group shows both locally and nationally, and she currently teaches freelance workshops for children and adults, as well as creates work in her studio at home.
Her influences include her hometown, fairytales and folklore, Japanese anime and pop culture, internet and nerd culture, as well as ceramic artists such as Ayumi Horie, Molly Hatch, and Jason Walker. She loves creating objects that can be loved and used every day, and that also tell a story. She hopes to convert everyone to her addiction to handmade ceramics, and firmly believes that once you drink your morning beverage out of a handmade mug, you’ll never want to use anything else. She also loves teaching both adults and children how to play in the mud again, which she thinks is equally addictive.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
I mostly use colored pencils but I am not limited to them.
Acrylic and oil based paints.
Digital art using programs such as Inkscape and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.
I have done a some music producing.
When I’m not drawing im usually playing video games or reading comic books.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Welcome to my page, I hope you enjoy! I am an artist, illustrator based out of Indianapolis, IN. I enjoy painting in acrylics, Illustration and digital arts. If you have any question feel free to message my shaelewis [!at] yahoo.com.
Dara G. Lewis
Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor; Drawing
Dara G. Lewis has always bee a visual learner. Growing up it was quickly understood that she needed greater visual reference than most to excel. But as she grew up if there was no visual reference provided she made her own which also started to help those around her understand concepts given. Growing up she had multiple artistic interests including ballet, visual art and horseback riding. Ballet and horses too precedent since being homeschooled prevented finding any good art teacher. She excelled in both and moved onto becoming a horse trainer in Dressage and other training disciplines. Still dancing she remained a ballerina and choreographer into her early twenties. Listening to her parents’ desires for her to gain a non-artistic education in hopes for a more “lucrative” career at age 19 she attended nursing school at the local community college in Sanborn, NY. She excelled within this field as well, although still sketching the human body during A&P classes to satisfy her artistic itch. One year into the two year RN program there was a problem. The college had ignorantly left open the formaldehyde vat the dissected cats were being stored during A&P classes. Dara’s station was right next to the vat and caused severe brain damage. Needing to drop out of college and plagued by seizures she spent the next 8 months in and out of doctors offices and hospitals waiting for an answer. The only thing she had was her art so she started drawing….a lot. After finding a medicine that worked things returned to a relative normal; but left side brain damage remained. She found certain things like coordination, language, memory and math very difficult. Professional possibilities narrowed greatly for her. She decided to cut the nonsense and go for what she originally wanted to go for…Visual Art. Showing a few times before finally building the courage and ability to drive she signed up for classes at the University of Buffalo, NY at the age of 22. Attending art classes gave her hope back. She graduated Magna cum Laude within three years and was asked to return for the Noncommittal show at the beginning of 2013. She moved to Indianapolis that year after a year long of Skype dating her soon to be husband. They met at the yearly Messiah Conference for Messianic Jews and Believers and fell in love quickly. After a second terror bout of seizures she married Nick Lewis later that year. Even more damaged she spent the next year on sabbatical from everything trying to recover; in 2015 she started making art again. Now a year later she is working on a new body of work with a specific range of themes.
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