Visual Arts: Painting
The process of becoming a painter has taken more than 20 years. As a young adult, art was effortless. I created with intention and confidence, communicating a nascent understanding of my world. But, when I enrolled in college I chose art history as my major instead of painting. I was convinced that I didn’t have enough to say. I didn’t realize that I was simply afraid.
After graduation, I began a circuitous career that took me from museum jobs to technology and marketing. I spent my days climbing the corporate ladder seeking better job titles and more money and my nights struggling to make meaning.
About 2 years ago, I returned to painting – after more than a decade spent seriously soul-searching. And, I finally found my voice.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I’m an illustrator/designer/ fine artist.
SATCH Satch Art Space
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
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.
Laura Kivela Schroeder
Visual Arts: Painting, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
The poetic moments that occur when light, color, shape, and stories mesh together form the magic I try to capture in my work.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
I graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 2011 with a Bachelors in Fine Art with an
emphasis in Drawing, a Bachelors in Art Education, and a minor in Art History. I have
experience working in a variety of media ranging from oil paint, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic,
printmaking, woodcut, and collage, darkroom photography, digital photography and digital
alteration and creation with programs like Photoshop. I teach art by day at Greenfield-Central
High School and paint by night. My work mostly consist of acrylic paintings on canvas based on
layered digital collages. Layering of imagery and the transformative process that a work of art
goes through are very fascinating to me. The art that I create will layer imagery until it is
almost unrecognizable (the term Maximalism comes to mind at times). The formation of the
work is always documented as well so a viewer can see the art come to life. I am really
interested in historical artwork, spirals, architecture, and feminism so they tend to end up in my
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: Mixed Media, Painting
Melissa Sue Serrano is a mixed media artist, who specializes in painted portraits of women. Melissa’s contemporary portraiture mixes aerosol and acrylic paint with wheat paste collage to focus on the stereotyped female gender identity brought on by the past and present society and media. Melissa, originally from San Diego, California, currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two cats. Melissa has displayed her work all over San Diego County and Hollywood, CA.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Storytelling
I’m a freelance writer and editor with a deep affinity for essay writing and poetry. I have written for local publications like NUVO and the now-defunct Sky Blue Window, as well as blogs for Vidit Indy’s site. My work has also appeared in HuffPo, the website for The Body Is Not An Apology, and brave Voices.
My work is in flux. I have long put black text on white paper and considered that the end of the piece’s creativity. After setting some writing to music on Shades, the CD I released with my father in 2015, I have become very interested in pairing music and dance with my work.
I lost myself for a very long time. I am ready to be back at home in my body, comforted by my words.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture; 3D Print
Johnson Simon, the Overachieving “Throw Away Kid”, was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. He couldn’t walk until he was 5 years old. He was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands then moved to Haiti to live with his grandparents while his parents went to the US to try to make a better life for their family. Haiti would not admit him into their schools, so he joined his parents in Florida. He was considered mentally retarded due his disabilities and was put into classes with others who were in that same category. He was never given the chance for an education like the “normal” kids, he was just thrown away.
He was lucky to have Michael as his mentor, father figure, and best friend who discovered that Johnson had the unique capability of being able to paint, even though his hands were deformed. This discovery led to Johnson going to the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL, in his senior year in High School being the only person ever admitted to the school in their senior year. That same year Michael passed away; Michael’s mother took over as the advocate for Johnson. After learning that he had a 70 IQ from his school records because he was never given extra time to take a test or an aid to help him write, she insisted that he graduate and not be held back for 2 more years, as the school proposed. She hired a tutor to improve his ACT scores and then a year later he was accepted into Western Michigan University in the Frostic School of Art. With lots of hard work and perseverance Johnson graduated with Honors. He was then accepted into IUPUI in the Herron School of Art for his Masters in Fine Art Degree, which he got in May 2018.
Johnson cares about others and wants to help other children succeed as he did.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
My name is Kelly Skeens, and I am a visual artist based in the Indianapolis area. I work in mixed media and specialize in pushing the limits of epoxy resin as a medium.
I currently work full-time in marketing and am “Mom” to 4 (7, 10, 18, 24). I have primarily lived in Indianapolis my whole life and am currently a Lawrence resident.
Visual Arts: Film, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I received my degree from Indiana University (Bloomington), and studied at the AdBK (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) in Berlin and Nürnberg, Germany. I moved to Germany to study painting and sculpture, however I found employment and continued my studies in Berlin and Nürnberg until returning to the United States some years later.
Some recent collaborations include the Mondavi Family’s Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley and a large-scale, world-wide project with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Graffiti
Nick is a multidisciplinary American artist, specializing in abstraction and post-graffiti stylings. He got his start producing large scale graffiti works in 2013 under the alias, Sean. (The name of his Autistic younger brother whom he dedicates his works to) Smith currently resides in the Midwestern US and travels to produce work worldwide.
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.
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.
Throughout his life, Jonathan has always been fascinated with capturing images of people through his art work.
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Originally from Colorado, Tim now lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University and his BA from The University of Redlands.
Radie Lee Steiner
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography; Epoxy
We are a husband and wife team. We met through our Art. Evan is from New Jersey and Radie is from Indiana. We live in Downtown Indianapolis. Evan is an abstract painter using mediums such as acrylic, epoxy and mixed. Radie is a landscape and lifestyle photographer. Photos on metal, canvas or framed print. We strive to inspire others through our art. Our motto- There is Light Everywhere.
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
A Texan relocated to the Midwest, Laura Stennett paints contemporary landscapes drawn from her memories and explorations in the vast landscapes of Texas, the Western U.S. and the Midwest.
Laura Stennett was born and raised in Texas. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and a minor in art history from Texas Tech University and spent several years working for the university after graduation. Stennett is now located in Indianapolis, IN pursuing her career as an artist.
Boxx The Artist
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography
Boxx the Artist is a Purdue University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, African American Studies, minor in Political Science and Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She’s a self-taught painter, instructor, and entrepreneur from Gary, Indiana. Boxx has been painting for 3 years professionally in Indianapolis, yet an artist for over 10 years.
Beth Ann Thomas
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
I am a fine artist, focusing on painting and drawing. I’m also an art history enthusiast, and I thoroughly enjoy being informed by past and present artists’ work. Wherever I am (at home, downtown, outside, watching a film, making dinner), I am consistently intrigued by the small steps taken in the acts of learning, listening, watching, and creating, and I believe this shows in my work.
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
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media; Kinetic Sculpture
One often hears musicians describing their childhood as being filled with music and being surrounded by musicians. My story is similar except that I came from a family of makers. While Mom was making clothes and knitting blankets Dad was welding trailers and repairing cars. And all the kids joined in. My parents and grandparents did teach me some basic making skills, but more importantly instilled in me the desire to make things with my hands. Somehow I have always known, even back to my early childhood, that something made with moving parts is better than without.
I have delved into many different hobbies over the years, which has given me a little experience with many different media. Now working full time as an artist, I get to draw on this diverse experience and build with very few limitations
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Sculpture; Public Art
He seeks to impart a visual catharsis, supporting an experience of awe, introspection & harmony.
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Born in Jamaica, NY in 1953, Stacey Torres is an African American folk artist and writer living in New Castle, IN. Her primary focus are unique women in natural settings. She paints with an abundance of brilliant color using different media, including watercolor, oil pastels, and acrylics, inspired by her Caribbean heritage.
As a self-taught artist, Ms. Torres’ love of painting began at a very early age. In the summer of 2014, she began to create again after a 40 year hiatus. Spending hours with her mother, who was in her final stages of Alzheimer’s, Stacey began to paint her thoughts and emotions, with images to help her mother remember some things. Her artwork became therapy for her and comfort to her mother.
“When the word, “artist” began to appear behind my name, I embraced my lost gift, and paint life as I see it. Art is just an exercise in emotional expression — a way of holding onto things from the past — documenting visions, impressions and dreams. I could write a journal or blog, however, my visions needed to be seen and felt … At times, I feel messages from beyond, like small glimpses of my past as ancestral folktales emerge with splashes of color on canvas. These primitive images of pleasingly imperfect subjects are bits of me; things I’m compelled to recapture. I suppose I’m guilty of living through my art by proxy.” Stacey Torres
Exhibits & Awards: Recipient of Indiana Lt. Governor & State Treasurer Hoosier Women Artists 2016; Richmond Art Museum’s Holiday Art Mart; Whitewater Valley Arts Association Regional Exhibit 2015 (Advanced Merit Award), and 2016; Art Association of Henry County’s 50th Annual Fall Show; Flava Fresh 12 (Annual Juried Multi-Art Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art in Indianapolis, IN); Hoosier Women In Art 2016 (Indy Parks Dept.); Twitter Art Show NYC 2016; Will Vawter Art Show, Hancock Art Association 2016; Naturally Inspired Paint-Out, Indianapolis Zoo 2016; Inspired by Dreams Exhibit 2015, Indiana Interchurch Center; and most notably, her art was featured on CBS TV’s Criminal Minds (Season 10).
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media
I graduated from Herron School of Art and Design with a BFA in Fine Arts in January, 1980. I immediately began working as Assistant Registrar at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where I accessioned new cultural, historical and natural objects into the museum’s collection, helped install and de-install exhibits, performed condition reports on objects loaned to the museum.
In 1987, The Children’s Museum promoted me to Collections Services Manager. I supervised the registration, conservation and museum library staff, selected and implemented two collections management databases, drafted the museum’s collections polices and procedures and instituted a peer review audit of our policies and practices that gained national recognition.
In the early 19902, I was introduced to a book of historical photographs, Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America. I reacted so strongly to the imagery that I was compelled to combine objects with altered and manipulated vintage photographs, creating assembled vignettes, composed in found boxes. I exhibited some of these pieces at the Herron School of Art and Design Alumni show, at Crown Hill Cemetery and at The Children’s Museum.
My art making went “underground” for several years until 2014, when a friend saw my assemblages and urged me to begin showing them. Her suggestion prodded me to begin creating again, and I have been working steadily since 2014.
I have shown my work at the 5547 Project in Coal Yard Coffee, at Oasis Creative Space, Art Bank, Full Circle 9 Gallery, Do 317 Gallery and Lounge and the Tiny Show at The Arts Council of Indianapolis. I am a founding member of Full Circle Nine Gallery, a cooperative where all the member-artists work to keep the gallery open First Fridays and weekends.
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.
Graphic Arts; Media; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Thirtyish artist and designer in Indianapolis. I like animals and people and plants.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Bookbinding, Calligraphy, Lettering Arts
Sandy Wagner is a calligrapher, artist and music engraver who maintains a studio in Indianapolis, IN, where she lives with her husband Doug, a professional composer.
Early in her career as a high school choral director, Sandy enrolled in a local calligraphy class for fun and was instantly hooked. Now as a professional lettering artist with more than 40 years of experience, she utilizes the techniques and design philosophies gleaned from her studies with many internationally recognized calligraphers and artists. She has designed covers for major music publishers, produced and exhibited award-winning art, and taught adult continuing studies courses in calligraphy. Her work was chosen for the 2010 Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issue.
During the past several years, Sandy has expanded her artistic media to include bookbinding, drawing, pastels, watercolor, mixed media and collage. She is always seeking new ways to incorporate these into her calligraphic expressions.
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.
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