D. Del Reverda-Jennings

A native of Alaska, as a youth D.  Del Reverda-Jennings resided in Chicago, Illinois., and was educated in parochial academy institutions.   From that timeline, the Indianapolis-based interdisciplinary artist has since traveled a creative and an artistic journey influenced by a kaleidoscope of cultural nuance.

Visually D.  Del Reverda-Jennings, is known for producing a broad range of work inclusive of sculpture, mixed media, installation, painting, and interdisciplinary roles in the

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D.   Del Reverda-Jennings, an award-winning interdisciplinary artist utilizes an unlimited palette, media and materials while working from a diverse repertoire.   Her practice uses a multi-dimensional approach in creating artworks in series.   This lends to her being a prolific art maker influenced by Women’s social issues, belonging, colorism, identity nuances, stereotypical assumptions, indigenous wisdom’s-folklore, Goddess Persona, ritual, myth, magic, ceremony, contemporary culture, nature, and connective ancestral and spiritual memory in the context of the African, Afro-Latin Diasporic cultures and complexities of the Divine Feminine.

 

The self-taught artist creates fine work inclusive of complex, organic surface treatments, extremely detailed and textural hand-worked applications which result in ethereal works evocative of ancient entities that make her signature sculptural pieces distinct.   The pieces are highly charged, extremely detailed incised, often using metalsmithed, chased and repousse’d metal accents or hand-manipulated metal pieces.   These creations are authentic and rooted in the tradition from which the artist evolves.   She fashions vibrant, compelling 2 -dimensional narrative paintings inspired by contemporary life.   These artworks visually reflect and celebrate Del Reverda-Jennings’ concept of and the connection to women’s issues and the sacred.

 

Much of this provocative work celebrates Women, depicting females of color who are in a state of self-discovery, empowerment, insight and affirmation, while exploring the complexities of bi-racial/multi ethnic/multiracial-cultural identity, dual or multiple ethnic heritage and referencing from the spiritual and religious histories that have aesthetic traditions based in the African, Afro-Latin Diasporas’.

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RANGE OF WORK:

Welded works, relief’s, original cast work, printmaking, metal, carving, fetishes, totems, mixed-media, encaustic, paint, glass, paper, fiber & textile pieces, clay – ceramic, cement, mixed-media, craft, drawing, illustration, ink, pencil, collage, mosaics, assemblage, constructions, vessels, installation, public art, photographic works, graphic/digital, textural abstract compositional pieces, and commissioned, large-scale decorative╽functional “FrameMirror Work” art-pieces (the artists’ own concept and design), inclusive of hand forged, incised, worked and reworked (chased and repousse`d) surfaces, deeply variant, tactile compositions of metalwork.

 

This diversity has also brought facets of her complex textural work to “SEVENTH GODDESS Jewelry Design” an exclusive artisan “Statement” jewelry line which features handwrought precious and semi-precious metals, stones and mixed-media that speak in an essence of bold ancestral character, while capturing the spirit of the contemporary woman seeking pieces of distinction in wearable artistry.

D.   Del Reverda-Jennings, fine artworks are held in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean including the Charles H. Wright Museum, in Detroit, Michigan.   The Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL), Winona Hospital, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center in Indiana and the internationally syndicated Home and Garden Television (HGTV).

 

► LITERARY WORK INCLUDES:  Published:   Journalism, Editorial, Columnist, Poet and Author.

 

► ANNUAL EXHIBITION PRESENTATION SHOWCASE SERIES:
FLAVA FRESH ! _ An Indianapolis based, Annual Jurored, Multiple Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art. 2020 marks our twenty-third year of a one-of-a-kind visual art showcase venue in Indiana! Consecutive multiple exhibitions run July through January annually.

 

CONTACT >   FLAVAFRESHIndianapolis1@gmail.com     .
INFO:   https://www.facebook.com/FLAVA-FRESH-151243758400202/ .

Upcoming Events:

SELECTED UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

 

 FLAVA FRESH 18 !_2021-2022:   An Indianapolis-based, Annual Jurored, Multiple Art Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art.    2021 marks our twenty-third historical year of an award-winning, one-of-a-kind venue in Indiana!  (The Title of the Series was changed over eighteen years ago).   Consecutive exhibitions Run July 2021 through January 2022.    Founding Artist/Independent Curator/Non-Jurored Participant.    __ IN:

 

►  MEET THE ARTISTS’ XXXIV_2022:    Dynamic sculptural installations and Paintings will be presented by D.  DEL REVERDA-JENNINGS, in the upcoming Central, Indianapolis Public Library presentation of the Annual Exhibition and Gala Celebration which will be held in February and will run through March 2022.       __ IN:

 

  QUEENS  – Women Of Color Invitational Exhibition:    Central Indianapolis Library.   Group.     Sept. –  Nov., 2021.          _IN.

 

►  Dynamic sculptural installations and Paintings will be presented by D.  DEL REVERDA-JENNINGS, in the upcoming Central, Indianapolis Public Library presentation of “MEET THE ARTISTS’ XXXIV 2022” Annual Exhibition and Gala which will be held in February and will run through March 2022.       __ IN:

 

 PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED IN THESE SELECTED EVENTS:

 

► HERRON SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN.     The Sum of Unity.      Eskenazi Hall |    Invitational.     Group.       Feb. – Apr.         _2021.        _IN.

 

►  7 REGIONS.    Central Indianapolis Public Library.    Indiana Arts Commission, On-Ramp Program – Creative Career Accelerator Cohort Exhibition.   Nov.- Jan. 2020.   Invitational.   Group.      Featured Sculptor / Painter.       _2020.         _IN.

 

► MEET THE ARTISTS’.   Central Indianapolis Public Library presentations of the annual Art Exhibition and Gala Celebration.   Feb. – March.   Featured Sculptor/Painter/Artisan Jewelry Designer/Author/.   *Have Participated in Meet The Artists’ Indianapolis Public Library Annual Juried Group Exhibitions previously including;  _2020, 2019, ’18, ’17, ’16, 15, ’13, ’12, ’10, ’09, ’08, ’07, ’06, ’04, ’03, ’02.           ­_IN:

 

►  CREATIVE RENEWAL ARTS FELLOWSHIP RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION.  The Indianapolis Art Center.    Arts Council of Indianapolis presentation.    Select Juried Group.         _2019.    _IN:

 

►  400 (1619-2019).   Indiana Landmarks Center.   Select Juried Group.    _Indpls:

 

►  IMOCA:   Featured exciting work representative of a new series showcased at iMOCA (the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art) January 2017._IN:

 

►  ART BASEL MIAMI:      Artwork (originally created for the Charles H. Wright Museum “VISIONS” exhibition) showcased along with 43 other renowned and acclaimed Artists of Color commissioned for the laudable exhibition at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex with “VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT.”   Nov. 28, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017.            _ Miami, FL:

 

► VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT – BOOK:   Work is represented in the Collectors Edition of “Visions of Our 44th President” book which chronicles the collective sculptural show created to recognize and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.        _National:

 

 My piece for the “VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT” was featured in the “Politico Magazine”       _National:

 

 HOME & HEARTH:  Group exhibition displayed sculptural work in the 2016 annual all women artist’s exhibition presentation of fine art excellence at the Indiana Interchurch  – IIC Gallery.   The Spirit & Place Festival themed show was curated by the renowned Ginger Bievenour.   Nov. 21st – Dec. 28th, 2016.    _Indpls:

 

INFO / CONTACT >   FLAVAFRESHIndianapolis1@gmail.com    ,    https://www.facebook.com/pages/FLAVA-FRESH/151243758400202 .

 
Pricing Information:

► 2 or 3 –Dimensional Artworks. Price varies depending upon the existing artpiece (Price Upon Request). Please Contact for Information:

► SEVENTH GODDESS Jewelry Design:  Wearable Art Statement Pieces begin at $40.

► Published Books (Non-Fiction, Original Art, Poetry) begin at $10 – $75.

► Commissioned Works by Contract.   The price varies depending upon the consultation and the resulting commission.   The type of piece, whether it is 2-D., or 3-D., the dimension, media/materials utilized, the hours of labor and the complexity of the art-piece determine the cost.   Please Contact for Information:

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► D.  DEL REVERDA-JENNINGS ART WORKSHOPS:     

Contact:   UrbaneDArt@aol.com .
Site Locations:    Throughout the Midwest / National

OFFERING:

*Craft Workshops / *Mask Making Workshops / *Abstract Workshops / *ART As A Business Workshops /  Facilitate *Speaking – Lecture – Booksigning and Reading Engagements /  Facilitate *Women Artist’s Lectures and *Artist Talks. /
* Each workshop can be developed to support a particular theme, topic or area of interest.
• Honoraria:   Facilitate Art Making Demonstrations. Educational presentations to schools, arts-related facilities, community organizations or groups.
FEES: ⇨ Teach Art Form(s); Workshops, Classes > 1 Hour Workshop Fees begin at: $300.00.    Materials List Provided for Students.   Youth or Adult. 20 – 30 Student Max, TBD. Fee includes Set-Up/Clean-Up time.
Please Contact: for Availability, Timeline and Detailed Information. UrbaneDArt@aol.com
Each workshop can be developed to support a particular theme, topic or area of interest.
** ART AS A BUSINESS WORKSHOP:     (Please Contact for More Information).
Development For Self-Employed Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs: Professional Practices for Artists ╾ Students will be introduced to approaching art as a business. Covers fundamental guidance in creating documentation, artwork presentation, self-promotion, effective use of social media, marketing-promoting your work, strategic planning, balancing studio time management with business of art practices, available resources, financial aspects, exhibiting, branding, etc., all aimed to assist beginner, emerging and mid-career artists in creating a sustainable path to success.
  • Age:  Adult.
  • Length:  60 min
  • Audience Limit:  30
** ABSTRACT WORKSHOP:               (Please Contact for More Information).
Students will be introduced to creating a variety of mixed-media “Abstract” work utilizing a number of manual and printmaking techniques.
  • Age:  7 – 12    ,    Adult.
  • Length:  60 min
  • Audience Limit:  30
** CRAFT WORKSHOP:         (Please Contact for More Information).
Students will be introduced to creating dimensional art-craft objects with mixed-media materials.
  • Age:  7 – 12    ,    Adult.
  • Length:  60 min
  • Audience Limit:  30
** CREATIVE VISIONS MASK MAKING WORKSHOP:          (Please Contact for More Information).
Students will be introduced to “free-building,” a versatile approach to mask construction utilizing simple materials, found objects, reclaimed/recycled and other easy-to-find components (provided by the student) to build a basic mask.Each participant will leave the workshop with an imaginative, unique mixed-media “Mask” ready to display.  ½, ¾, and full-face mask workshops available.

Age:  7 – 12    ,    Adult.

  • Length:  60 min
  • Audience Limit:  20

 

THE HOST ENTITY WILL PROVIDE FOR WORKSHOPS:

• Adequate accessible room with chairs, tables, printing access.
• A mic and/or projection apparatus and screen, and/or internet access, if applicable.
• Promotion in your local networks and social media resources.

 

 

►  ARTIST SERVICES OFFERED:
  • • Offer Artworks for Sale.
  • • Commissioned Works (By Contract. The price varies depending upon the consultation and the resulting commission. The type of piece 2-D., or 3-D., the dimension, media/materials utilized, and the complexity of the art-piece determine the cost.      Please Contact for Consideration.
  • • Facilitate Art Making Demonstrations. Educational presentations to schools, arts-related facilities, community organizations.
  • • Teach Art Form(s); Workshops, Classes > 1 Hour Workshop Fees begin at: $300. Youth or Adult. 20 – 30 Student Max, TBD. Fee includes Set-Up/Clean-Up time. Please Contact for Availability, Timeline and Detailed Information.
  • • Performances. Can be coordinated with one artist or more and of varied disciplines. Please Contact for Availability, Timeline and Detailed Information.
  • • Speaking/Lecture About My Work Before a Group.
  • • Facilitate Women Artists Lectures.
  • • Facilitate Artists Talks.
  • • Independent Curator: *Will provide juried/non-juried coordinated group exhibitions which offer a broad range of artist’s, media, style, content and perspectives.
  • • Exhibitions: *Will provide coordinated exhibitions of my own artwork in 2 -Dimensional, 3 -D or both genres.
  • • Appearances / Speaking Engagements, Booksignings and/or Readings, Lectures, Performances – Fees begin at: $600.
►► Educational facilities, organizations, administrators, etc., may contact my representative directly. All arrangements for workshops, classes, exhibitions, performances, visiting artists engagements, residencies, arts venue coordination, curation and speaking engagements, booksignings and/or readings must be made at least two months in advance.

CONTACT:    Representative directly for Up-to-Date Availability, Timeline and Detailed Information. >> UrbaneDArt@aol.com

 

Affiliations:

AFFILIATIONS:

Creator-Founder-Independent Curator of “FLAVA FRESH !” an Indianapolis based, annual juried, multiple exhibition presentation series. /  Founder, MÉLANGE Group. /  Founder, D. Del Reverda-Jennings ~ FLAVA FRESH ! Presents. /  Founder of Urbane D’Art ~ Urbane D’Art Kids Inc. /  Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). /  Arts Council of Indianapolis. /  PUFFIN Foundation Ltd. /  Black Art In America (BAIA). _Mbr. /  Jefferson Award for “Achievement In The Arts.” _National. /  Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Advisory Grants Panelist. _2005 – 2007. /  Indiana Arts Commission – Indiana Artisan Program Adjudicator. _2006. /  Indianapolis Public Library (IMCPL) and, the Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL). _IN. /  iMOCA (Indianapolis Museum Of Contemporary Art. _IN. /  Gallery 924. _Indpls, IN. /  Indianapolis Artsgarden. _IN. /  Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. _Indpls, IN. /  Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. _Indpls, IN. /  The Feminist Art Collective. _Toronto, On. /  Feminist Art Conference. _Toronto, On. / Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. _Detroit, MI. /  Indiana Landmarks Center. _Indpls. /  Herron School of Art and Design. _Indpls, IN. /  Garfield Park Arts Center _Indianapolis, IN. /  Indianapolis Art Center. _ IN. /  Indiana Interchurch Center. _Indpls. /  Primary Colours Gallery. _Indpls, IN. /  Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. _IN. /  SullivanMunce Cultural Center – Museum. _IN. /  Ivy Tech Community College. _Indpls, IN. /  The IVY Tech College Advisory Board. _Indpls, IN. /  Women Of Indianapolis Arts. Mbr. _Indpls, IN. /  FAIE Afrikan Art Gallery. _Chicago, IL. /  Museum of Science and Industry. _Chicago, IL. /  The Center For Leadership Development. _Indpls, IN. /  Art Basel Miami. _FL. _2014, 2016. /  Harlem Fine Arts Show. _Chicago_IL. /  “125 Indianapolis Neighborhood Leaders”, Citizens Energy Group, LISC. /  National African American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC). _Mbr. _OH. /  Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. _Indpls, IN. / Creative Women of Color. _ Mbr. _ OH. /  Arts Council of Indianapolis – Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships _2017, 2003. _IN. /  The Annual Central/Southern Indiana, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Adjudicator. Ongoing. _IN. /  The International Marketplace Coalition. Indpls, IN. /  Dayton Visual Arts Center. _OH. /  King Arts Complex. _Columbus, OH. /  The Indiana State Museum. _Indpls. /  African American Visual Artist Guild. _Mbr. _OH. /  Who’s Who in Indianapolis. _ 2009-2017. /  The Elijah Pierce Gallery. _Columbus, OH. /  Fishers Town Hall. _Fishers, IN. /  Clearwater Galleries. _FL. /  Sinclair College. _Dayton, OH. /  I.C. Master Artist Award and Fellowship. _Chicago, IL. /  Listed in the 2010 -to- 2015 editions of the International Dictionary of Artists. /  A former Chairwoman of the Indiana Black Expo Inc., Cultural Arts Pavilion, “Artists Market,” from the inception of the venue in 2004 through 2008 _and_ the IBE Inc., Classic Saturday Art Fair’s two year run, ’05 -’06. _Indpls. /  Office of Mayor Ballard – City of Indianapolis. _IN. /  “I Am” Artist Group. _ IN. /  Art In The Garden_3001 New Jersey Street Artist Studio’s. _2003 – 2019. _IN. /  Hoosier Salon Patron Association. _Former Mbr, 2004 – 2012. _IN. /  University of Tampa, _Tampa, FL. /  Saint Petersburg Artwalk. _St. Pete, FL. /  Galerie, San Juan, Puerto Rico. /  Cultural Center. Sundook Fine Art. Gallery. _Boca Raton, FL. /  The National Art Centre. Nepean Visual Arts Centre. _Ottawa, Canada. /  Studio Artists’ Show. _Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. /  Manif d’Art. _Québec City, Canada. /  Artworks showcased on the Home and Garden Television’s (HGTV) Internationally syndicated series “That’s Clever!” and on the syndicated “DIY Network.” Channel. /  Artist and artworks showcased in “Dreamtime: Universal Archetypes,” a WFYI TV-20 ~ PBS documentary movie. _Intl. /  Santo Domingo Gallery, Dominican Republic. _ Intl. /  United Way of Central Indiana, Leadership Training and Development Series For Diversity. _Indpls. /  United Way of Central Indiana, Leadership Alumni Triad. _Indpls. /  A past Liaison for the Citizens Neighborhood Coalition. _Indpls, IN. /  The Etheridge Knight Festival, Former Vice President, _Indpls, IN. /  Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer. _Indpls, IN. /  2003 Marguerite Press Literary Award. _Indianapolis, IN. / A rtworks have been showcased on a number of regional and national television broadcasts as well as highlighted in numerous print publications. /  The Chicago Defender Newspaper. / Indiana Herald Newspaper. /  The Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper. /  Alaska Metal Arts Guild. _Former Mbr. /

Awards:

AWARDS:

• Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL) / Indianapolis Public Library. (INDYPL);     _Meet The Artists’ Awards.     _2003–2023.     _IN.

• CERF+;      Honored with Two Awards.    _2021.    _VT.

• Kheprw Institute;   Lead Support Grant.    _2021.    _Indpls, IN.

• Indiana Arts Commission;  a number of Individual Artist Project Grants – award categories: Visual , Literary. 2002 – 2019.    _Indpls.

• Indiana Arts Commission;   On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator _2019. _Indianapolis/Nashville, IN.

• 2019 ARTI Award “A Full Creative Life For All” from the Arts Council of Indianapolis for the acclaimed annual juried art exhibition presentation series of contemporary art entitled “FLAVA FRESH !” celebrating over two decades.      _Indpls, IN.

• Indianapolis Public Library. Meet The Artists’ 2018, Exhibition/Gala. 30th Anniversary. Shades Of Pearl Showcase, Featured Artist Award.    _IN.

• Puffin Foundation Ltd;    Fine Art Award.    _2017.     _NJ.

• Arts Council of Indianapolis;    Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship.    _2017.    _IN.

• Indiana Minority Business Magazine. History Makers;   Golden Laurel Professional Award. _ 2017.     _Indpls.

• National Jefferson Award for “Achievement In The Arts.”   Citizens Energy Group / Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).     _2016.     _Indpls, IN.

• Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL) Award, and photographic portrait exhibition presentation of “Women Of A New Tribe.”    _2015.

• Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center;    Neighbor Power Award.    _2014.    _IN.

• The Center For Leadership Development;    Minority Achievers Award, Achievement In Arts/Music/Theatre.     _ 2014.    _Indpls, IN.

• Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, LISC and Citizens Gas;   125 Indianapolis Neighborhood Leaders Award.     _2013.    _IN.

• “Visions of Our 44th President.”  One of Forty-four Contemporary African American Artists, to create an interpretive rendition bust of President Barack Obama for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Our World. LLC.     _2012.     _Detroit, MI.              Work is represented in the Collectors Edition of “Visions of Our 44th President” book which chronicles the collective sculptural show created to recognize and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President of the United States of America.

• Sculptural work was featured in “Politico Magazine.” an international publication.    _2016.

• Sculptural work was selected and showcased in the Black Art In America, Commemorative Book in Tribute of Oprah Winfrey,  “A Time, A Season.”    _2011.

• Collective Art Gallery – Murphy Arts Center. Best Of Show Award. “Glimpses Of The African American Artist.”     _2005.     _Indpls, IN.

• I.C. Master Artist Award and Fellowship;     _2003.    _Chicago, IL.

• Arts Council of Indianapolis;   Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship.     _2003.    _IN.

• Marguerite Press Literary Award;     _2003.     _Indpls, IN.

• INRC Leadership Academy Award.     _1999.    _Indpls, IN.

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  1. Hello. My name is Sedrick and I am an Indianapolis native. After looking online for Clay Sculpture Artists I cam across your name and resume. I am interested in getting a quote from you for a very special project that is according to my culture and spirituality, which is non Christian. I hope that you can be Ethnocentric in this matter.

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