Hadley Fruits

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.

“The gathering of our fellowship group provided many opportunities to actively listen to those outside my usual range of activity and personal interest, and it was in these moments of exchange and experiences that I discovered more of myself.” – Fruits


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After years of being focused on his role as an arts administrator, Hadley used his Creative Renewal experience as an opportunity to examine and explore his work as an artist. His intellectual and visual challenge was to focus his energies on a more personal pursuit while studying American culture on the National Road. Hadley’s fellowship yielded an unexpected opportunity, as he joined the Indiana National Road Association in coordination with Historic Landmarks of Indiana as a member and volunteer. His personal vision about cultural identity on the National Road has led to a chance to combine his passion with the efforts of preservationists.

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Master of Fine Arts (Photography), Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. 1990

Bachelor of Fine Arts  (Photography), John Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN. 1987


Chief Photographer, Indianapolis Museum of Art



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