Performing Arts: Actor/Actress; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Painting, Portrait
I have been an Artist since I can remember. The first time I practiced was watching PBS. I always said I would be a Artist. Life continued and education came into play. It wasn’t until I connected with my High School Art teacher that she opened my eyes again. I continued to focus on my other education but the passion of Art was overwhelming. I was nurtured by Mrs. Lytle from Taylor High School. I cony edutinued my education at Herron School of Art and Design but back then it was Herron School of Art and required a portfolio reviewed by staff to be accepted. I have always been in some way involved in the arts even though I am married and have children. I am a proud wife and mother. My family supports me every day with my love of all arts.
Performing Arts: Music, Radio/Television, Spoken Word
“…they only consume what we put out……” –Tony Styxx
The radio bores me. Can’t remember the last time I saw performance from a mainstream artist live or televised that moved me. Cd’s don’t get bought anymore. And YouTube has made everyone a star.
The value of one’s progress and hard work equals leaks. The standard for “classics” has been set to the qualifications of tweet topics and ringtones. And the term legend applies to anyone in the game for more than 2 mix tapes and onstage performances.
Whose fault is this? It’s the Artist fault.
I can point the finger at the consumer all day but it won’t change the fact that, the reason they buy into lack lust performances, mediocre production, and less than par capability to keep the idea that “classics” aren’t born, they are created out of dedication and integrity no matter how much “shine” is thrown at you, is because artist like myself who have the ability to keep true art alive aren’t doing our job. WE MUST DO BETTER.
ART is an expression of self. True. But once tainted by carbon copy habits, those of us truly pouring our lives through pen and pad are considered “trendy”, or “bitters.”
Hi. I’m Tony Styxx. I do Hip-Hop, Spoken Word Poetry, and Human Beat boxing. I practice 3 hrs a day, 7 days a week. I refuse to let a day go by where I don’t write at least 2 pieces, good or not. I perform with the idea that I could die before I hit the stage, on stage, off stage. I perform with the intent on being remembered not for my clothes, catchy hooks, fame or twitter followers. I perform so that the very next time my name is brought up a young boy will go nuts like I did back in high schools when cats asked “whose better Nas or Jay-Z?” I perform so that the very next time you feel like quitting, my voice echoes through out you heart, soul, mind….and you don’t hear the words…you hear the intangible and overwhelming motivation to be more and push forward.
THAT’S what art is supposed to do. Music is equivalent to water. There’s life and death in water. WE as ARTIST are responsible for what we allow our supporters to consume.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Sculpture
My life consists of autodidactic learning using books, online tutorials and workshops, driven by the ever-present compulsion to create.
After college (2012) I moved from my parent’s house in New York to Indiana– where I started learning metalsmithing, lapidary and precious metal clay through workshops, books and tutorials online. I am currently focusing on sculptural jewelry and objects using a mixed media approach.
Phil Velikan: Sculptor/illustrator
Phil is an award winning and internationally selling 2 and 3D artist who has illustrated his own line of coloring books and many children’s books. He sculpts in epoxy clay and has learned to mold and cast his work in resin duplicates.
Media; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Ward is responsible for curating over seventy (70) art, music, fashion and performing arts events and exhibitions in Indianapolis.
Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor
Tori Weyers is a fine artist and designer specializing in mixed media, screen printing, and abstract painting. She received her BFA at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has a passion for creating work that engages and delights the viewer with rich visual narratives, strong composition and unique subject matter.
Weyers has been a featured artist in Art Journaling Magazine and she teaches mixed media, painting and printmaking at the Indianapolis Art Center as well many different workshops and classes online.
Weyers creates and shows work from her downtown Indianapolis studio in The Circle City Industrial Artists Complex as well as her home studio in Broad Ripple. You can learn more about Weyers and see her latest work by visiting her web page www.drawriot.com or by following @drawriot on Instagram.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Painter and tinkerer, Victoria Williams Steen, has studied the arts both academically and in her travels around the United States. Victoria returned to her Indiana roots in 2007 to pursue Fine Art as a career and enjoy a more sustainable way of living. She has a broad skill set working many years in Graphic Design, Small Business Management, Display Building and Product Development. She also has a dedication to community involvement, believing in the sacred moments of life and being in good relationship with all things, both human and otherwise. Victoria is often inspired by nature, connecting our cultural past to our present and the pure imagination of the child mind.
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Becky exhibited in her very first group show at the Indianapolis Art Center in the early 1980s, during her years at Herron School of Art. Her skills were noted in Indianapolis Monthly magazine when she was recognized as one of the “85 People to Watch in 1985”. Becky was a founding member of the 431 Gallery that has been noted among the reasons Massachusetts Avenue became a recognized as an arts district in Indianapolis. Becky was also a founding member of the Stutz Artists Association and Stutz Artist Residency. Her career spans several decades of accolades, including numerous group and solo exhibits, best of shows, awards, and juried recognitions.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Creativity Coach
“I love art you can feel. I love color and texture. Organic shapes inspire me and nature absolutely fascinates me. I am particularly drawn towards natural elements like the patterns of leaves, the curling branches of trees and the soft shapes of clouds. When I look closely at a tree for instance… I feel as though underneath it all, everything is connected with everything else and also with the source of all life. In my art, I wish to capture these natural objects, not recreate them exactly, but to convey the essential quality of the forms as if the viewer is experiencing them in a dream. The real beauty of it is, I often don’t truly know where a painting is going until it’s finished… all I know is that in the end, it just has to feel right.” -Nanette Winter
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: 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.
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Works on paper
Stephen Yarbrough is an emerging artist interested in process-based artwork, where the process of making is as important as the end product. His earlier body of work was based in expressionistic painting and drawing of everyday objects, such as cheesegraters, hex nuts, keys and bunnies. His current body of work is less objective and has been informed by the creative, process-driven impulses he witnesses in his two young sons. In his current work, the materials and process themselves have become symbolic. Stephen’s work is like a ride of pure creativity.
Stephen was very active showing work throughout 2016, 2017, and 2018, and took a break from shows in 2019 to be an active parent in raising his two young sons. Then, of course, 2020 was a pandemic year, and in 2021, he is ready to get back into showing more of his work.
In October 2016, his painting called “Key” received some mention on a local news station during coverage of the exhibition “Secret Doors.” The “Key” was mentioned for the unique shape and construction of the canvas stretcher.
In May 2017, Stephen hosted a major exhibition along with 13 other artists in a pop-up show called “This to That,” held at Central Christian Church in Indianapolis. His particular work featured an installation called “Stream of Unconsciousness,” which consisted of his paintings and drawings suspended from sculptural wire and paper mache forms.
In November 2017, his piece, “Once a Cheesegrater” won an Honorable Mention at the IDADA Annual Membership Exhibition (the last one!).
In February 2018, Stephen had a solo exhibition of his work at the Harrison Center in Indianapolis. This featured more than 50 drawings and paintings and was called “Bits and Pieces.”
Stephen graduated in May 2017 from Herron School of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting. Stephen also has a background as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and an M.Div from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and a BA in Peace Studies from Chapman Univeristy in Orange, CA. This theological background and interest in the humanities helps inform the way he thinks about symbols and artistic meaning, and his background in Peace Studies informs the way he cares about peace and justice issues. Stephen lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons, aged 4 and 2.
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
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.
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