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.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
I am a visual arts educator and watercolor artist. I’ve had many diverse experiences teaching. I started my career during my student teaching in Many Farms, Arizona at a high school on the Navajo Reservation. After completing student teaching and graduating from college, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona for three years and taught art at a K-8 STEM school.
Currently, I am the Fine Arts Department Head and teach Ceramics and Photography courses at a high school just outside of Indianapolis; in the summers, I venture to Aspen, Colorado and teach children’s art workshops at the Aspen Art Museum. From time to time, I also teach watercolor workshops that I lead myself.
In my spare time, I love working on my own art, exploring nature, traveling, and drinking endless amounts of coffee.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Sculpture
I was born a maker…I don’t see things for what they are, but for what they can become. I can see the last paint stroke in my painting or the last chip of stone fall from the sculpture before it has even begun. I never stop being curious about things. I don’t mind not having formal training…this way I don’t know my limitations and I won’t worry about riding the edge.
Visual Arts: Painting
“My paintings move from traditional to modern, from figuartive and landscape to surreal and abstract. Content shifts into color study and one renews the other. Structure and mystery tend to combine. With the surreal the imagination shifts to the unknown with gourd as metaphor and object as symbol. The psychological is content and the imagination becomes catalyst. With portraits, nothing in art has given me greater pleasure than the animal kingdom. To pursue the essential characteristics in a portrait or to put pen to paper to capture the mystery of the instinctual world is a challenge. The connection between man and animal never ceases to amaze, to reward, and to deepen the process for me. I am greatful for each experience”.
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.
Visual Arts: Painting
As long as I can remember I have been making art of some sort. While initially I never planned on being an artist, art has always been a part of my life.
Loving color, I chose painting as my expressive medium. When I first began to make art seriously, my paintings were mostly acrylic and so large I had to climb a ladder to work on them. Out of necessity and convenience I began to paint smaller and smaller paintings using watercolor, and suddenly I realized that I truly loved painting small works, and enjoyed living with them. My large works commanded attention because of their overwhelming size, while the small works, no less significant or meaningful, quietly asked to be contemplated. Though not truly miniatures, my paintings are reminiscent of the colorful Indian miniatures I have always loved.
While the scale of my watercolors, and therefore interaction with them, is small and personal, my approach to painting both small and large works is similar. Surface tension, brushstroke, and layers of color are equally important no matter the size of the work, and there are layers of meaning to be discovered in all my paintings. While watercolor is a traditional medium, I am not a traditional watercolorist. The manner in which I apply the paint is a process I have arrived at over the years; it creates an aesthetic that is unexpected and often not recognized by the viewer as watercolor.
Each painting has a story to tell that the viewer must interpret in his or her own way. I want you to participate when you look at my art – enter my work and place yourself in the space. While my large works were primarily figurative, for the most part figures have disappeared from my watercolors. However, a sense of the figure’s presence remains – you are that presence.
Annie Sullivan is the author of three young adult fantasy books—A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Butler University.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts
Life’s Principles Are A Universal Language
This started as a concept to instill confidence and a sense of self worth in my daughters. The idea grew as I became aware of the bond that my daughters share with females and all peoples of this world. Power, Passion, Personality, Promise, Praise, Perseverance, Progress, Pride, Prestige, no matter the language, no matter the background these 9 traits are inherent in us all.
To that end I sought people who spoke different languages, to see if they had words that mirrored the English equivalent of the positive words. Learning the different translations of the words was an adventure in and of itself. The first languages I explored were Spanish and Urdu. I looked up the international Disability symbols Latin and Portuguese on the computer. I contacted a family friend in Louisiana and 2 universities to get the Creole translations. For Cherokee, I explored the Cherokee Nation website and was put in contact with their language department. Romanian, Bosnian and Igbo come from co-workers and church members, each speaking their native tongue. I went to the Japanese cultural center to receive the Japanese translations.
I utilized the services of the Language Training Center of Indiana, Indy Translations, LUNA Language Services.
I owe a big debt of gratitude for the all the language assistance that I received in putting this project together.
Some languages translate loosely but the goal was to come as close to the actual definitions of the 9 words and phrases. The words and their definitions are color coded for effect and to spark imaginations, self reflection and conversation.
Principles of Life features a children’s book Girls…are all the above.
Performing Arts: Dance
Sutton was born at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She is now a dance performance artist , certified massage therapist, teacher and model. Her history includes completing her MA in Dance Performance from LABAN, London, UK by being a member of Transitions Dance Co, touring, teaching and performing throughout England followed by a written dissertation titled: Inside-Out: Emotions in Dance Performance. Returning to Indianapolis she founded FoReal Art Co. in 2005 and created works such as “Confusion” 2005, “Feel Something” 2006 and “Simple Joys” 2009 performed as part of Indy Fringe Festivals. Sutton recently returned from three years of traveling predominately on Maui, HI where she studied Lomi Lomi massage, created hand tied feather masks and other string decorations, spun fire, work traded at organic farms and meditated on nature’s healing qualities. She has also traveled through Africa for two months in 2012 connecting with locals, nature, camping and “Simple Living”.
Jennifer K. Sutton is greatful to be nesting in her work /studio space as part of Indy Indie Artist Colony where she is continuing to develop all artist skills. Specifically she creates crane earrings & feather masks, is developing her visual pregnancy series inspired by her 1st pregnancy,baby Enti, due to be delivered the beginning of November 2013, teaching private movement lessons and building her Indianapolis massage therapy practice. She shares love from the heart chakra.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Erin Swanson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1977. As a child, she experimented with pastels, colored pencils, and watercolors. She graduated from North Central High School in 1995. In 1999 she earned her B.F.A. degree in painting from Ball State University. Swanson earned a second bachelor degree in Art Education from Herron Art School and became certified to teach K-12 in 2005.
Swanson currently teaches at the Zionsville SullivanMunce Cultural Center, and has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center and the Anderson Fine Art Center as well assisted in art classes at VSA arts of Indiana. For the past three years, she has taught in the public school system.
She is a natural born explorer and traveler and loves a spontaneous road trip every so often. Her interests in developing creative ideas for her work include observing science and nature, inspired writing, looking for patterns in society, investigating dreams, and abstract thinking.
Performing Arts: Music
“I am a veretan guitarist of 40 years and have been teaching since 1967. I have been full time at my own studio since 1976. “Big and Tall” was released in 1998 and “Moondance” will be released in 2006. I perform for events that require tasty, ambient music.” Rob Swayne
Rhiannon Maria Sweet
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Rhiannon Maria Sweet is an emerging artist in Indianapolis, Indiana where she graduated from Herron School of Art and Design with a BFA in painting and minor in Art History. She is continuing her education at Marian University to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching.
Rhiannon works with various media to create images that explore the complexities of conflicting realities, emotions and identity. As an emerging artist she has shown at various Indianapolis galleries and venues in solo and group exhibitions.
Performing Arts: Music, Storytelling, Vocal
Based in Chicago, IL, Kacie Swierk is a musician, singer and songwriter. Her sophomore album, Hummingbird, is set to release early 2019, led by the release of three singles (Seattle, June 2018, Midwest Dreams, July 2018, and Strong One, November 2018). Swierk’s style floats between Alternative Folk, Americana, Indie and Singer/Songwriter. Energy and harmonization float, also, as Swierk’s performances range from solo shows to duo, to trio — all the way to her full nine-piece band (showcased on her upcoming album).
Michael G Swolsky
Visual Arts: Sculpture
“My Metal Art Designs are creative, original, dimensional pieces, made of copper, brass, bronze and steels, with contemporary, abstract, reflective intonations and brilliant natural colors. The majority of my artwork are wall mounted pieces.”
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