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Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; professional face painting, festival makeup, live event painting
I am an Indy-born, corn-fed, Indy-raised artist through and through! I have studied art at both Purdue and Duke Universities under professional artists that have produced exhibitions for the Indy Airport, National Geographic, and other large-scale audiences. For the last 7 years, I’ve done mural work for several Indy communities including Noblesville, Fishers, Vincennes, and Cumberland. In my time spent living in Boston and Los Angeles over the last 5 years, I also developed skills in exotic face and body painting, pottery, and stained glass, adding a unique skillset and aesthetic style to my teacher abilities and artwork.
In 2018, I formed Hue Murals LLC (fully licensed by the state of Indiana). I offer classes and studio time, work on large scale mural projects, travel to festivals and cultural events to share face and body painting, project manage for local art partners, and more.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative; Furniture Design
A graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (1986), 28 years as a Sales Engineer and now designing/crafting furniture.
“One’s canvas or piece of paper is the window into the soul of the creator. My own art reflects my feelings and emotions and my concern and respect for the beauty of the world.” Elaine’s favorite quote is one from Cesare Pavese, who stated “The richness of life lies in the memories we have forgotten”. Artwork can return one to those memories by returning the viewer to a particular moment in time where the place, colors, atmosphere, and light all trigger those feelings of participation, regardless of how long ago that initial experience occurred. Elaine strives to make art a personal and tangible experience for all her patrons, seeking to take them back to their memorable times.
Performing Arts: Dance
Wong is a former dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope. She currently teaches ballet and modern dance and is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Butler University. She is also a published dance photographer.
Heather Datia Wong
Visual Arts: Painting
I paint with bold colors to depict unusual southwestern landscapes and abstract images of mother and child. I enjoy capturing life events including wedding celebrations and births, and the emotions that accompany marriage
Visual Arts: Painting
Artist, Educator, Illustrator, Speaker, Designer, Writer and Mentor, Michele Wood (b.1964) is best known for depicting moments in African American history as well as changing consciousness of the African American experience. With a career spanning over 30 years, this prolific artist continues to document the human experience with an unusually poetic introspection on African American history.
Michele Wood is the recipient of over 30 awards and honors. Michele was awarded the Ashley Bryan Illustrator Children Book Award in 2012. Her Art quilt was chosen for Glory Kilanko’s Video at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in 2012. The release of I Lay My Stitches Down, text by Cynthia Grady, won the 2013 Gold Nautilus award, 2012 recipient of the NYPL Children’s Book List and more.
Michele’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA. Her art is included in private art collections the Indiana State Museum, Tubman Museum and more. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, the amazing story of Michele’s rise as an artist began with her graduation in 1991 from the American College for Applied Arts- last named American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia under Steve Steinman. In 1994, the Apex Museum awarded the artist with a grant that allowed her to embark upon a pilgrimage to Yoruba Land in Africa. She was mentored by the international acclaimed sculpture Lamidi Olande Fakaye. It gave Michele an appreciation for aesthetics and led to her first publication Going Back Home: An Artist Return to the South (1996), a book that
explores her family’s rural Southern heritage. Wood drew inspiration from her African heritage, Southern African-American roots, American quilts, African textiles and everyday experiences.
The public began to take increasing note of Michele’s evolving talents when, in 1993 and 1994, she produced the coveted Atlanta Jazz Series Poster. The posters instantly elevated her work to the status of highly-valued collectibles. In 1995, the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia organized a solo exhibition. In 1996, Michele Wood’s artwork was selected for Fulton County Art Commission public art at the Atlanta Airport. Since that time, this first hint at future achievements has been confirmed through the acquisition and commission of her work by such organizations as: the Toni Morrison Society, Fulton County Arts Commission for the Auburn Avenue Senior Citizens Home, Black Entertainment Network, St. Jude Christian Church in Atlanta, 1997 Playbill and Poster Arizona Theatre Company, Tubman Museum and Indiana State Museum.
Often painting from the American experience in her chosen medium Acrylic, she is known for her detailed quilted pattern motif works, Michele’s work continually evolved over the years, and in 1996, Wood’s first children’s book Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South marked a turning point in her career. It established her not only as a major modern artist but as an important commentator on the history and culture of African-American people. She received for her efforts the highly-prized American Book Award as well as nearly universal critical acclaim.
The artist followed the success of Going Back Home with her contribution to Just Like Me, an anthology of visual self-portraits and autobiographical writings by fourteen artists from different cultural backgrounds. In 1998, she returned with I See the Rhythm. Critics applauded the book for “Mixing modernist and primitive styles and using color nicely to communicate musical style and tone.” They also noted, “the pictures broadcast joy, innovation, and exuberance in the face of systematic oppression.” The American Library Association awarded Michele with the 1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for the illustrations. She chartered new gro
Turner J. Woodard
Visual Arts: Painting
Art is just one of Turner’s passions and began when he was a young boy growing up in Indianapolis. He says through the decades his artistic style and preferences have been influenced by several important and renowned artists, including 17th century painter Peter Paul Rubens and American Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline,William DeKooning and Jackson Pollack. Turner now calls his own style Abstract Enthusiasm.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
Kassie Woodworth is a visual artist in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassie makes a variety of work including sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. She graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 2019 with a B.F.A. in Sculpture. Most of her work investigates patterns, habits, movement, and growth of nature.
Kassie has exhibited in various galleries in Indianapolis including the Indianapolis Arts Center, the Indiana State House, Gallery 924, Indianapolis Arts Garden, Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Gallery at Herron, Butler University, The District Theatre, The Harrison Center for the Arts, and the Tube Factory.
Stephen E. Wooldridge
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Wooldridge studied 3D Design and Sculpture at the Dayton Art Institute and Sculpture technique at Herron Art Institute. He has extensive experience in welding, fabrication and finishing of ferrous, non-ferrous metals, and exotic alloys through training with the US Navy. He is currently building limited edition sculptural furniture, and site specific sculpture for indoors and outdoors.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
Originally from NYC, Paula attended Music and Art H.S. and then went on to Pratt Institute with a major in Architecture and a minor in Art. She has worked for 10 years in architecture then made the decision to focus on her two children and her love of painting. She moved with her family to Florence Italy in 2007 where she was able to explore and further develop her skills through her studies in art history and studio painting. While in Italy Paula began teaching a beginners painting class. Teaching art has since become her passion. For more info visit Artofpaula.com
For me colors are what drive my paintings. I started out painting with acrylics then oil. I painted landscapes and I become absorbed in the colors of the composition even more than the subject. Today I am interested in how colors react next to one another to create balance or a bold statement. Lately I have been experimenting with the fluidity of paints. I am using oil enamel because I like the way it flows and I like the glossy finish when it is dry. Enamel flows almost like stained glass. It is my intent to use this fluidity to create organic shapes that contrast with the concrete. Like the slow growing rings on a tree or coral flowing underwater. I want to explore more these shapes and medium.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
Samantha Wright is an Indianapolis-based artist who specializes in mixed media and painting on canvas. The medium she works with the most is paint and canvas. From Ivy Tech, she obtained her Associate degree in Fine Art’s. Wright graduated from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and earned her BFA degree in Integrative Studio Practice with a Minor in Art History. On December 6th, she will be a part of a group exhibit called Perception, where she will show her most current three-dimensional piece at Herron School of Art and Design. She will also be showing a painting at the Fountain Square Brewing Company for their Feed Me Weird Things exhibit during the month of December.
Visual Arts: Photography
Jim Wyant, Master Photographer, Craftsman, and holder of the prestigious Diamond Imaging Excellence Award through the Professional Photographers of America, has studied the composition of light and element for over 35 years. He challenges himself to present the essence of each individual through mood, depth, and sensitivity. His style of “interactive” imaging is relational, genuine, and timeless. Jim’s passion, as a portrait artist, is to use God given talent with experience and education to capture the “drama of life intensified” as each person’s story unfolds before the eye of his camera.
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)
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Open-ended mystery grounded in every-day experience. Painting is for me a spiritual practice and an expression of my spiritual journey. To that end, my current work focuses on mundane objects and explores their expressive potential. Paint is a symbolic medium, a window into the mind. I reference still life objects such as toasters, cheese graters, scotch tape dispensers, seashells and pinecones. My intuition also strongly informs my process. So making lots of (often small) paintings has become a way to discover how I want to paint.
This year has been an exciting explosion of art! Contact me to see more works, meet the artist, or to ask about commissions.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word; Visual Arts
My name is Daniel Andrew Young. I was born in Indiana, and grew up here, graduating from Clinton Central High School in 1963, attended IU in Kokomo and Bloomington, with time between in the US Army. I have worked professionally in music sporadically since leaving IU in 1973, mostly in Central Indiana. I was a paid songriter in 1976, and had songs published and recorded.
I became an American songbook vocalist in the eighties and nineties, and entered the jazz realm in 2002. I am also a multi-artist, and compulsively creative as a lyricist, composer, poet and viusal artist, including drawings, graphic designs, electronic art and photographs. I have written and graphically designed two (e)books of illustrated/graphic poetry, and do spoken word perfoming with slides of the pages.
They way I live my life is the same way I go about making art. I live my life not knowing where I’m going, but loving everything that comes my way. I live my life with the goal of bringing fun and happiness to myself and to the ones around me. Like any human being, I make mistakes and do not have the gift of time travel, so the mistakes will remain in history. Instead of fretting over mistakes I remember that everything happens for a reason, I accept the mistake, and stay positive even though the past is permanent.
When I am making art, I am not doing it with the focus of how much money I can make from this, how many people I can impress, or to hear compliments of my talents. Although I make art for the pure fun that I get out of it, my art is not about me, nor for me. My goal with my art is to provide something entertaining, happy, and pleasant to look at in hopes of making the viewers smile, or to forget about what’s going on in their thoughts, if only for a brief moment. The process of making my art is this: I grab any surface to draw on, and I begin drawing with permanent ink. Drawing with permanent ink leaves me with whatever mark I’ve made, whether I make a mistake or not. I never start a drawing with a plan of what I’m going to create; rarely with even the slightest sliver of an idea. I just draw on the spot, leaving the outcome of what any piece I make ends up being a surprise to the viewer, and myself.
Cynthia J. Young
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
My work is a visual interpretation of life in its many forms whether it is human, animal, insect or flora. I work quickly to capture a sense of spontaneity while using colorful, passionate and deliberate marks. Inspiration comes unexpectedly through a chance encounter or by trying to work through life issues, problems or celebrations. I feel work that comes easily, seemingly without effort, comes from a source greater than myself. Work that meets resistance or difficulty forces me to work through problems on paper using sketches and/or studies before applying them to a more permanent support.
I am consistently inspired by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn and Edgar Degas to name a few. I hope my work inspires others to discover their own creativity and helps them see the world as the colorful creation it is.
–Cynthia J. Young
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Body paint and face painting
I am a visual artist from Indianapolis, IN. While using various mediums, with acrylic paint being my current focus, I create works of art to enlighten the hearts of others and bring health and happiness into my own life. Using bright colors, crisp lines, and whimsical flowing designs I create paintings and sculptures to represent the world around and within us all. My works are inspired by dreams, meditation experiences, folklore, metaphysics, and the world observed from my imaginative perspective.
My artwork has been displayed in many galleries around Indianapolis such as The Harrison Center for the Arts, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Primary Colors Gallery, Garfield Park Art Center and many more. Traveling to music festivals such as Resonance Music and Arts Festival, Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, Good People Good Times, The Werk Out Festival to name a few are also places that have offered me the opportunity to share inspiration to new audiences through my artwork.
I am currently the owner of Imagination Jubilation Indy, a local business that brings happiness to the community through artistic entertainment. From face painting, balloon twisting, henna tattoos, caricature portraits, art lessons, and live painting Imagination Jubilation allows creativity to flow graciously to kids and adults of all ages in the Indianapolis Community. Never limiting my artwork to a specific area or artist, I plan to extend my outreach to others across the globe during my life to inspire others to create, learn, and grow.
“Our world can be beautiful if we look for the beauty to be grateful for. Everyday I try to find something to be thankful for because I feel it attracts more beauty to inspire my life. I am thankful for the gift of growing. I am blessed for receiving the gift of creating art in my life. I am grateful for the experience of living and the opportunity to flourish. I want to find the beautiful things, the plentiful gifts and blessing of this life and paint them for others to see in case they forget to look for the beauty themselves.” – Julie Young
Molly Young Meier
My Artwork explores feelings of connection with nature, spirituality and energy. Much of my subject matter consists of Aspen or Birch tree forests and of animals painted in an expressionistic way. Painting these images help me to explore determination, overcoming fears, love and new beginnings. When I am in nature I feel totally present. I am not distracted by everything else going on in my life and I feel more clarity. When I Paint I to try recreate that feeling.
I am a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a private practice where I work with adolescents and adults.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture
“Working in multiples is a constant theme in my art. Most recently I have focused on ceramic wall pieces, as paintings in clay, often presented in groupings or grids. These pieces contain imagery that may represent influences such as architectural lines, primitive textiles, carvings reminiscent of wood block prints, or scribbles that imply sound waves or writing. Although clay is the most prominent medium in my work, I enjoy using other materials such as handmade paper, sand, stone, wood, and more to create installations and assemblages. I take pleasure in creating a contemporary dialogue through the most basic materials. I create art that promotes aesthetic universal language, with open-ended interpretation for all viewers.” – Zech
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
My artwork is non-objective and non-figurative abstract paintings. Acrylic paintings on canvas with some mixed media.
Jason’s style is one of “physicality” along the likes of Jackson Pollock and the abstract expressionists of the 1950’s. His work is collected everywhere from corporate collections to homes throughout the United States. His work has also been showcased in art galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the Midwest. His recent work, both big and bold, has been inspired by the vivid color, texture, and beauty of Loreto, The Baja where from 2007 until 2010 Jason had a studio/gallery. Currently, Jason creates his unique paintings in his studio in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sandra K. Ziebold
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
I believe that art, creativity and motivation are all about feelings and emotions. I am an artist that strives in the everyday to keep things simple and spread positivity. I look for the peace and zen in the hustle and bustle, excitement and wonders of life and nature around us. I draw, paint, photograph, motivate, write, design and mix together artistic elements and media of all types to evoke fine art, literary and graphic design works that convey what I feel and visualize. Positive, creative energy is infectious…Other artists inspire me; I hope that I inspire other artists too! Inspirational ‘props’ to Russian street artist Pavel Puhov for his work entitled, Eyeglasses. LOVE IT!
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Drawing
Works mainly in 2D using varieties of mediums. Currently exploring abstract fluid painting.
focuses include: black & white portraiture, ink, scratchboard, fluid acrylics
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Sculpture
My professional practice consists of three major bodies of work. Each body has different subjects but they all use the medium of black paint. My ‘Finished Line’ and Flag paintings on paper are all constructed with drywall tape and black paint. The act of seeing through black has both historical precedents and current relationships to technology. My black reflective paintings entertain this ability to “see” or possess vision by reflecting the surrounding environment from their high gloss surfaces. I created a technique that achieves a reflective surface through mixing and pouring paint in a technically incorrect manner. This process depends on many variables and forces me to work in an experimental way that influences the work to change.
In my current attempt to make my own paint, I have developed ink from black beans. I create this pigment by soaking heirloom black beans in effect obtaining a spectrum of violet, indigo, green, and black. I soak the beans from hours in warm water to leaving the bean juice in my refrigerator for a year in an effort to create a black pigment. I have been studying black beans in their dried, soaked and cooked forms. These investigations are leading me to my proposed project of light harvesting black bean solar paintings. Making art began with film photography as a young adult. I found it wild and experimental to expose my images in the darkroom and in the sun to find the images. When it came time to study and be part of an artist community, studying blacksmithing and working for metal artists in New Mexico enchanted me.
Eventually I moved into installation and performance art while studying art, metalsmithing, and architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a design focused school. In my early professional days I made commissioned metal pieces for clients but left it all to make paintings. I eventually ended up showing paintings and videos in my first solo show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. With this exhibition I dove into a world of painting. My reflective paintings were recently selected to be in the New American Paintings survey of contemporary painting at the Elmhurst Museum of art in Illinois. After exhibiting this work I wanted to engage the audience in less of a psychological manner and thus a period of questioning followed. I was able to study in more depth my interest in black paint through the Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. Through this, experimenting with black beans and the resulting ink impacted my direction with black materials. My first public art commission soon followed and I switched gears into working large scale and towards a different audience. I absolutely loved how many people end up seeing and engaging in the art. The work was harking back to my design art education in conjunction to successfully being readily available for the public to understand. From this project I realized having this immediacy or connection to the viewer is what I desire to have in my future work.
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
BFA, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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