Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
What is Quixotic Artistry? It is first and foremost, my brand. It’s whimsy, it’s being able to look failure directly in the eye, and say “f*&# off”, and turn it into success. It’s my past heartbreak, and my feelings of insecurity. Ironically, it is my suit of armour, and my confidence. It is Assemblage, fashion design, makeup artistry, and graphics. It is choreography, it is design. It’s perfect balance. It is the rebirth of my failed attempts at becoming a fashion designer, yet is the new life of a new approach. It is the phoenix, that is rising from the ashes of what I thought to be the end of a journey. Alas, my journey is not over. What is Quixotic | Artistry ? It is whatever that I want it to be, and will be everything that I quixotically dream it to be.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
I studied art in high school (thank you Mrs. McQuitty), and at John Herron, then Indiana University, and then Purdue University.
I do paintings and sculpture and mobiles, specializing in compositions that are one work by day and another by night, because I incorporate naturally glowing minerals that absorb light by day and then shed it when the lights go out.
My husband (Kurt Kriese- a gifted painter and stained glass artist) and I have had a studio in the CCIC since 2016- “Daily Epiphany Studio” (South Studio B17) and we open for First Fridays or by appointment.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Portrait, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Installation
Lydia Burris is a mixed media and multi-subject artist. She often compares her work to the sense dreams: a place of ambiguity, emotion and surrealism, peppered with snippets of symbolism and meaning. The mind and how it works is a recurring theme in her artwork. In the studio she experiments with both 2D and 3D mediums. She playfully splatters, scrapes, constructs, destroys, and reconstructs her way through the creative process. Her subjects range from a deep darkness to delightful whimsy. Another of her passions is poetry, often through found and cut text creations. She is a fanatic about sketchbooks, and works in one daily. Her most recent series (2020) involved mixed media collages revolving around the yearning to travel mixed with her love of fantastic people and places.
In 2004, 2005 Lydia traveled to Norwich, England where she received her Masters of Fine Art from the Norwich School of Art and Design. She keeps an art studio in Downtown Indianapolis, and teaches studio art part time at Ivy Tech. She shows her work in galleries, participates in art events, and vends at conventions such as GenCon and Horrorhound Weekend. (Pre-pandemic) A full list of events for each year can be seen on her website.
Visual Arts: Painting
I originally trained as a florist and owned my own floral shop for several years. I have always loved the beauty of flowers, and I find great joy in not only giving fresh arrangements to others, but also sharing my floral paintings. I am a watercolor artist, and I enjoy using the paints in unexpected ways to create vibrant, vivid colors on a canvas.
R. A. Buys
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Portrait
R.A. Buys’ current concentration is on more commercially/public friendly paintings and drawings he calls “Midnight Therapy”, which is what he shows regularly throughout the year.
Years ago, he moved into his current house and he had no connection to internet, smart phone, or cable. He started drawing these stream of conscience faces in the late hours of the night, that have evolved over the years and continue to change. While a few of them are actual portraits of existing people, most of them are abstract and void of any recognizable features of a real person.
He tries to strip away gender, sex, age, race or any other feature that we tend to intentionally or accidentally judge others on. Matter of fact he likes to look at his drawings as having the skin peeled back and then showing the colors, textures, and patterns that make up a person on the inside. Often, they come across alien.
People say that they see African, Aztec, Polynesian and Celtic influences among others in his art; although this is all accidental as he relies on the moment to dictate what the patterns and images will end up looking like.
He works in very basic mediums. Oil paint, paint pens, and marking pens. Usually on wood but sometimes canvas, whichever is more available at the moment. He tries to re-purpose old frames or makes basic 60s style student lattice frames to add a little character to the finished product.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Melissa Cain is an artist living in Avon, Indiana. She studied Graphic Design at International Business College in Indianapolis. After working in Graphic Design for 12 years she decided to pursue her true passion – painting. She has been painting professionally now for five years. She teaches acrylic painting lessons and enjoys mixed media and abstracts when she isn’t teaching. Classes are held in her home as well as at Michael’s in Avon.
Diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009, Melissa suffered multiple seizures over a 3 year period. Unemployed and depressed she began painting on a regular basis in June of 2012. She now runs a successful in-home art studio and is seizure free! Painting has been a true blessing and Melissa feels that it actually saved her life!
When she’s not teaching a class Melissa really enjoys making Abstract art. She works with many different mediums and likes to use found or repurposed objects in her pieces. These objects are used for adding texture or sometimes as the canvas. Sometimes, the story behind the objects or the piece itself makes the art even more enjoyable. When you view her work, be sure to ask…”what did you use here?”
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I create all of my work from an overwhelming desire to communicate that which transcends explanation. I wish to bring the raw forces of creation & beauty to the surface as a means to translate experiences & visions into sharable mediums. It is my belief that art has the ability to transform by resonating the fundamental energies deep within our beings. I believe art has the ability to unlock the potentials of our highest selves.
Araceli (Ardee) Camara
Visual Arts: Painting
Artist Bio Araceli (Ardee) Camara
Born in Mexico City, Ardee was inspired by the folk art her birthplace. As a child she visited the University of Mexico City and other locations with her grandfather to see the paintings of Diego Rivera and many others. Before moving to Indianapolis, Los Angeles was her home for many years and there she found inspiration through the Southern California landscape, light and beauty. She atteded the McGroarty Art Center and Brentwood School of Fine Art in California. Her art is always in a state of development, creating paintings with movement and bright colors reminiscent of her heritage and travels. Ardee is now retired, continues to travel and lives in the historical downtown area of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles; installation
Adventureland Gallery Chicago, Illinois solo exhibit April 6 – 30
DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award
Thunder-Sky Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio Thunder-Snow January 7- February 4
Butler University Creation and Creativity February 22
BG Gallery Santa Monica, Ca. Outside The Box March 11-28
Garner Narrative Louisville, Ky. solo exhibit June 2 – July 28
Tube Factory Indianapolis, IN Twin Peaks August 4 – 31
The Harrison Gallery The Dubious Luxury of Ordinary Men May 6 – 27
Listen Hear A Spontaneous Act Of Beauty July 10
Artist of the year AlphaOmegaPrize
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Your Catfish Friend February 6 – April 18
Gallery Two Wet Paint, Heavy Metal and Broken Records April 9
Indianapolis Art Center Creative Renewal Retrospective April 17 – June 7
Gallery 924 The Water Show June 5 – July 10
Spiral Gallery Interstate Commerce August 7 – 23
ArtPrize7, Grand Rapids, Michigan – DeVos Place September 23 – October 11
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats January 1 – January 31
Full Body Transformation: Tattoo Project January 1 – December 31
Anderson Center For The Arts Figures of Speech June 6 – August 16
Recipient IAC $10,000 Creative Renewal Fellowship
Gallery 924 Self-Portraits June 7 – July 31
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats December 6 – January 31
Gallery 924 Tiny December 7 – January 4
Indy Indie Artist Colony End Of The World December 7 – December 27
Harrison Center for the arts ROBOTS: an invitational
Indianapolis Art Center Shrine Exhibit October 19 through January 1st
Indiana State Museum Heartland Art: Selections from your Indiana Collection October 1, 2011 – November 2013
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Bodies of Waters November 4 – December 10
Additional Earlier Exhibitions
Headley Whitney Museum
Indiana State Museum
National Art Museum of Sport
Richmond Museum of Art
Museum for Contemporary Art – Baltimore, Maryland
Indiana University Art Museum
Hot House Art Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center Gallery – University of Indianapolis
Art@Large – New York, New York
Friedl Gallery – Chicago, Illinois
Dirty Detroit – Detroit Michigan
Galerie Hertz – Louisville, Kentucky
Copeland Rutherford Fine Arts – Sante Fe, New Mexico
Ruschman Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Malton Gallery – Cincinnati, Ohio
Actors Theater – Louisville, Kentucky
Swanson Cralle Gallery – Louisville, Kentucky
Architectural Center – Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis
Art Center Artlink – Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Who Show – Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Harper College – Pallatine, Illinois
Herron Gallery – Herron School of Art
Art Columbus – Columbus, Indiana
Primary Colors – Indianapolis, Indiana
Woodburn & Westcott Fine Art – Indianapolis, Indiana
Big Car Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Studio One – Indianapolis, Indiana
Diekhoff – Indianapolis, Indiana
Boxx – Indianapolis, Indiana
Selected Corporate Collections
Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
Baker and Daniels
The Indiana State Museum
Eli Lilly and Company
North American Capacitor, Inc.
Support Net, Inc.
University of Indianapolis, Indiana
University Medical Center
Baltimore Department of Health
Fries and Fries, Inc.
Metal Services International
The Nyhart Company
Vasa Brougher Inc.
World Life and Accident, Inc
Good News Ministries
also in private collections throughout the U.S., Japan & Brazil
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, I moved to France in 2016 and started taking classes at Parsons The New School in Paris. While studying there, I had the opportunity to perform in my professor’s performance art piece at the Nuit Blanche art festival. I returned to Indiana in December of 2017 and focussed on gaining experience and participating in exhibitions. From July-August, 2018, I had a five week long Artist Residency in New Orleans, Louisiana. It resulted in a solo show, for which I examined the prostitutes of the red light district during the birth of Jazz.
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Sculpture
Cannon owns “Not Just Canvas,” her enterprise by which she murals for both corporations and private homes. She paints on glass, furniture, canvas or large scale murals.
Visual Arts: Painting
I moved to Indianapolis from the Evansville, IN area in 1990. I have been a freelance fine artist and photographer for over 40 years. I am a certified graphic designer. I work in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and collage as well as photography and digital medial. I specialize in portraiture, both human and animal. I love doing all forms of artwork. I was the photographer for The Repertory People of Evansville, a theatre group as well as for the Vets Center of Evansville. I was the Arts Chairman of the Vets Festival ’88 held in Evansville that year. I began selling my work in high school, many long years ago. I reside on the near Eastside with my son and our 2 cats.
Visual Arts: Painting
“The goal of art is to enlighten the soul. These paintings are the result of many years of learning and searching. From landscape paintings, ice and snow, to birds and flowers, these paintings can offer you a clear, beyond-the-world feeling, and comfort your soul. ” – Zuimeng Cao
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography
Rodrigo Cardoso was born in Portugal and lived most of his life amongst tropical cultures.
He’s experienced the African spirit in Angola and South Africa where he lived for a total of 5 years. His most recent years have been amongst the colors and sounds of the Amazon. Rodrigo has always been fascinated by indigenous cultures and he shows it through his work!
Visual Arts: Painting
I have been an artist all of my life. As an active painter, since 2007, in the Indianapolis area, I love pulling inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes. Texture is my passion. I work primarily with a pallet knife using acrylic or oil paints on canvas. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, which is where I fell in love with painting all over again. Studying other artists and growing in my profession, are important to me.
The landscapes around me, near and far inspire me. My love for color trends and texture really show through in my work. My style is called Impasto, meaning “thick paint”. I view myself as an Impressionist artist. I first began painting in a “swatch-like” pattern from studying the works of Paul Cezanne during my years in college. And when I paint, everything is quiet and I escape to a place I love. It truly is my calling.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
Blend Creative Minds was founded in 2016 by artists Rafael Caro and Erica Parker. The collective has grown to include other artists who bring their unique talent to the group.
We work collaboratively in large scale paintings, murals, and public art.
Aerosol and brush techniques.
Visual Arts: Painting
Currently working on a commissioned painting for RenMin University in Beijing, China.
Currently working on commission of Dean’s portrait for the Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney school of Law
I paint in both oils and watercolors. My style is very detailed as I enjoy capturing the small but important nuances that give the painting its ‘soul’. I prefer images that make you smile and are pleasant to view every day.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Multi Arts; Portrait
Phyllicia Carr is a multidisciplinary artist from Indianapolis, IN and is known for expressing herself through visual art, graphic design, and photography. Her colorful figurative portraits are inspired from vivid dreams, dialogue, research, and deep introspective revelation. Her work encompasses realism and surrealism mixed with abstract elements while highlighting her subjects with nature. Phyllicia uses her intuition as a guide to explore and communicate the importance of empowerment, love, beauty, vulnerability, and healing for the African American community.
She received her B.A. in Communication from North Carolina A&T State University. Her work has been featured in cities across the United States in Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles. Her recent work was exhibited at Indy’s Meet The Artist, WACO Theater Center’s Wearable Art Gala founded by Richard Lawson & Tina Knowles Lawson, and was a top 4 finalist in the Finishline x Puma sponsored shoe design competition powered by Pattern Magazine and Martk’d.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Robin has 10 years experience in utilizing art to guide individuals and groups in reducing stress, relieving anxiety, and increasing focus, through the practice of Mindfulness. She works with a variety of mediums to stimulate the senses, address emotions, inspire expression, and embrace community culture.
Visual Arts: Painting
Brandt Carter is coming back to her street-art roots. Beginning in the late 70’s thru the 90’s, art fairs and galleries were the outlets for her animal and farm works from silverpoints to inks and acrylics. Now years later, she is coming back to paint her animals featuring dog and cat portraits to raise money for the new regional facility for Canine Companions for Independence, a national service dog program where they breed, train, and place dogs for free for people with disabilities other than blindness.
Brandt works from photos and captures the personality and light of your companion.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Works on paper
Shawn Causey lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Wonderspaces U.S. tour with Mark Daniell, San Diego, California
ArtPrize, Public Vote 2nd Place Installation with Mark Daniell, Grand Rapids, MI
Art From the Heartland, Best in Show with Mark Daniell, Indianapolis, juror Mindy Taylor Ross
Sweet Spot installation with Mark Daniell, Gallery 924, Indianapolis, IN
Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, The Arts Council of Indianapolis
ArtPrize Pitch Night finalist with Mark Daniell, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indy Chamber Monumental Honor Award in Public Art
The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Vibrant Corridors mural Vibe Street, 5600 square feet, Indianapolis, IN
Public sculpture Bright City, 12 x 171 x 3 foot steel installation, The Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Buckingham Companies, Indianapolis, IN
Cummins Indianapolis Distribution Center
Gene B. Glick Company
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word, Storytelling; Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Disabled Indiana author and artist Alys Caviness-Gober began exhibiting and selling artwork in 2012; prior to that, she taught Anthropology at Ball State University. Alys left a PhD program (Applied Linguistics) due to health issues. She is a Juried Artist Member in the Hamilton County Artists’ Association (painting and photography categories), where she served on the Board for many years in various officer positions. Alys founded Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. (LSS), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit music, arts, and education venue located in the heart of Noblesville, Indiana, and serves as the LSS Board Secretary. Alys’ paintings, photographs, and poetry have received national and international recognition.
Jerome W. Chambers
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Photography
Indianapolis based, Baltimore native, Jerome Webster Chambers is a gifted self-taught painter/photographer who creates art and photographs that please not only his psyche but also shares with family, friends and patrons, his perceptions of life and the abundant beauty that surrounds us all. Chambers favors subjects of haunting seascapes, serene images of landscapes and lasting impressions of figurative work in various media such as oil, pencil, chalk and the camera. Chambers also uses the forces of nature, earth, water, and the evolutionary journey of the mind, body, spirit and circumstances of mankind. Chambers explores aspects in a dialogue with nature and vision. He shows us subtle insights and constant reminders that we humans are not the omnipotent beings that we have come to believe that we are.
2015 * Recollection, Harrison Center for the Arts – Indianapolis IN
**The Water Show, Gallery 924 at the Arts Council – Indianapolis IN
I Will Wake in the Real, General Public Collective – Indianapolis, IN
2014 Practice/Practice: BFA Exhibition, Katherine E Nash Gallery – Minneapolis, MN
**Objects for Consideration, SooVAC – Minneapolis, MN
2013 Paper (Ex)change, Echo Arts/Saint Paul Art Crawl – Saint Paul,
Art 4 Shelter, Burnet Art Gallery at Chambers – Minneapolis, MN
2012 *Not Quite Sky, Altered Esthetics Gallery – Minneapolis , MN
Creative Property, Altered Esthetics Gallery – Minneapolis, MN
4×6 Exchange ArtHouse Co-op, Brooklyn, NY
2009 The Print Exchange Show ArtHouse Co-op, Atlanta, GA
2008 Canvas Project ArtHouse Co-op, Atlanta, GA
The Good-bye Show Red Raven Espresso Parlor, Fargo, ND
The Erotic Show UpFront Gallery, Fargo, ND
2007 Lovers_For_Fun Tour ALCHEMY art + aesthetics, Indianapolis, IN
Lovers_For_Fun Tour Dearborne at Woodland Gallery Seattle, WA
Eclectic for the Heck of It Ghost Gallery – Seattle, WA
2001 Student Art Show– Herron School of Art & Design – Indianapolis, IN
*denotes solo show
**denotes juried show
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Works on paper
I am an Indianapolis native. My mother was the Art Director for the Saturday Evening Post and being a single working parent, I spent lots of evenings and weekends at her work drawing on the walls (special paint and markers, no vandalism!). I attended Decatur TWP schools until we moved to Brownsburg in 1977, I graduated from BHS in 1983 and joined the Navy. I was attached to the U.S.S. Merimack and went on several cruises, Baltops85 was a North Atlantic/Baltic Sea operation, Port-of-calls in Iceland, Greenland, Scotland, Denmark, W. Germany, and England, this was the best of my cruises. After the Navy I worked several entry level jobs and applied to every Art related job that opened, to no avail. Then I met and married my wife in 1991, we have an 18 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. In 1993 we moved to Southern Indiana because I got a job as a Computer Graphics Designer for a small software company, wonderful job until the company closed 9 months later. I have been working in a variety of fields since, most recently a service technician for a sign company. I had a major accident in January of 2010 that completely changed my life. After 5 months horizontal and helpless, I was allowed to begin walking again and I began looking for work. In the middle of July my paintbox began to whisper to me and for a while I resisted the urge to get it out, then my wife’s job was cut. Both of us unemployed with 2 kids, car and house payments, etc.etc. My Paints were screaming at me now and I began to paint. I am painting to live and living to paint.
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