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  • Dr. Jarrod Dortch

    @jarroddortch

    Largely underrepresented in museums and galleries, “Snuggy Bear”, Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch is part of a movement of Black artists and curators who are hosting exhibits and creating work that shines a light on Black culture.

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    Dr. Jarrod Dortch

    Largely underrepresented in museums and galleries, “Snuggy Bear”, Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch is part of a movement of Black artists and curators who are hosting exhibits and creating work that shines a light on Black culture. He has been affiliated with Big Car as a Community Artist and Gardener at the Tube Factory Artspace. He is also a member of “The Eighteen”, a collective of local artists who made history by painting the #BlackLivesMatter mural on historic Indiana Avenue in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Since this offering, he has been part of exhibitions and programs at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and The Indianapolis Art Center, curated “Art and Vinyl” an annual celebration of Black art and music for Big Car and has received several grants to create artworks throughout the city.

    His work was displayed on downtown storefronts during the NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Tournament as part of #SWISH. Currently, his work can be seen in the “Art of Protest” exhibition at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Dortch serves as both a professor of communication and a business owner. He owns and operates Solful Gardens, a natural produce provider in Central Indiana that brings quality food access to urban areas that are underserved with an overall focus on food equity. He also has created “Snuggy Bear Presents’…” as a way to further disrupt the status quo of contemporary and fine art. With roots in art, community, and education, Snuggy Bear is leveraging these disciplines to help promote personal and communal growth one bespoke curation at a time.

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  • VICTORY THE CREATOR

    @victory.the.creator

    VICTORY THE CREATOR is a Nigerian-American, multi-platform creative that utilizes the power of literature, writing, and community to create social commentary centering the Black gaze.

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    VICTORY THE CREATOR

    VICTORY THE CREATOR is a Nigerian-American, multi-platform creative that utilizes the power of literature, writing, and community to create social commentary centering the Black gaze. Employing intersectional Black Feminist Theory, VICTORY explores the topics of Blackness, gender, masculinity, and intersectional Black feminism. The educational spaces he creates allow viewers to connect with the people in their daily lives with more care and understanding.

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  • Pope Gaskine

    @PopeGaskine

    Pope Gaskine, an Indianapolis native, is a dynamic artist specializing in acrylic and oil canvas artist.

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    Pope Gaskine

    Pope Gaskine, an Indianapolis native, is a professional artist specializing in acrylic and oil canvas artist. Gaskine is also an Indiana Member of the Eighteen Art Collective and is a published Professional Esthesia Artist.

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  • Dreamscape Press, Co.

    @galaxyenigma_art

    Miracle is an author, artist and musician born and based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Inspired by her dreams, the universe, the law of attraction and local DIY shows, she specializes in drawing Black anime characters.

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    Dreamscape Press, Co.

    Miracle is an author, artist and musician born and based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Inspired by her dreams, the universe, the law of attraction and local DIY shows, she specializes in drawing Black anime characters — using her practice to solidify representation in the alternative and Japanese animated world. Her pieces often depict afro-futuristic or afropunk characters who provoke self-reflection in the observer, covering themes of love, grief, transformation, adventure, revolution of the mind, and lived / imagined experiences.

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  • Ebony Chappel

    @ebonythewriter

    Ebony Chappel is an award-winning multimedia journalist, business owner, certified community health worker, and currently works as Director of Programs & Communication for a civic leadership nonprofit.

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    Ebony Chappel

    Ebony Chappel is an award-winning multimedia journalist, business owner, certified community health worker, and currently works as Director of Programs & Communication for a civic leadership nonprofit. She is known for making high-level decisions, appropriately allocating resources, and delegating responsibilities to maximize productivity and achieve strategic business goals.

    Her work has garnered recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, Hoosier State Press Association, National Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation among other honors.

    In addition, she works as a freelance writer, broadcaster, and content creator with several local media outlets including Indy Maven, Pattern Magazine, and Radio One Indianapolis. During the 2020 pandemic, Ebony launched a podcast, What’s Good? with Ebony Chappel to shed light on people in the community doing good things and things that make her feel good. She also works with businesses and organizations as a communications consultant.

    Outside of her professional endeavors, Ebony volunteers with various community groups and serve on committees/boards for causes she cares about like arts, culture, literacy and education.

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  • Josiah Ray McCruiston

    @muse.used.josiah

    Josiah Ray McCruiston is a creative director, a regional actor, teaching artist, and youth pastor/director who believes in the power of the creative spirit.

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    Josiah Ray McCruiston

    Josiah Ray McCruiston is a creative director, a regional actor, teaching artist, and youth pastor/director who believes in the power of the creative spirit. His influence and creative works allow him to transform any space he enters with his infectious energy and spirit. He has performed across the nation, has worked in museum theatre (Indiana Historical Society, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, & Connor Prairie ), and has worked in arts education for over 10 years.

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  • Jamahl Crouch

    @illusmm1

    Jamahl Crouch is a professional artist of 11 years and community activist. He has participated and worked with many other artists and event planners in the Indianapolis community.

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    Jamahl Crouch

    Jamahl Crouch is a professional artist of 11 years and community activist. He has participated and worked with many other artists and event planners in the Indianapolis community. His goal as an artist is create as much as he possibly can in this lifetime. He is inspired significantly by his imagination. Jamahl aims to entertain as well as speak the truth either through his experience or the experiences he’s shared with other artists. Ultimately, he wants to become a respected voice on the subject of art and its impact on people.

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  • Beatriz Vasquez

    @beatrizvasquezart

    Beatriz Vasquez is a visual ARTIVIST, whose work experiments with the conceptual use of Papel Picado, a Mexican Folk Art.

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    Beatriz Vasquez

    Beatriz Vasquez is a visual ARTIVIST, whose work experiments with the conceptual use of Papel Picado, a Mexican Folk Art. With the manipulation of paper materials she transforms layers of intricate cut paper into murals, creates wearable sculptures, and exhibits large scale installations. Her work focuses on her Mexican-American ancestry, cultural memory, border culture, and current social issues on immigration, human rights and climate change advocacy. Vasquez received her BFA in 2006 from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design.

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  • Teresa Vazquez

    @dreamingwoke

    Teresa Vazquez is an artist, writer, dream midwife, and educator of Afro Cuban heritage whose art practice is integrally linked to her dream work.

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    Teresa Vazquez

    Teresa Vazquez is an artist, writer, dream midwife, and educator of Afro Cuban heritage whose art practice is integrally linked to her dream work. She works primarily in painting, drawing, mixed media collage, and digital media.

    Her most recent body of work, #Antibody, an Emerging Series, is a collection of works on paper produced in spring & summer, 2020. These pieces are dreams on the scale of antibodies that attempt to answer the question, “What is the experience of the antibodies as they confront the CoVid19 virus?” They all use liquid media with various resist and hand-coloring techniques. Some pieces feature one antibody figure, while others depict fields of antibodies in dynamic encounters evoking physical battles, ecstatic dance, and unity in diversity.

    Teresa has an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College. Currently, she teaches Visual Art and Spanish at the Fort Wayne Virtual Academy and was the former Community Programs Manager and a Painting & Drawing Instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center. She has received 2022 On Ramp Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. Teresa is a mother and grandmother. Her She-Shed Studio is out behind her eldest daughter’s house.

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  • Sekhem Salma

    Sekhem Salma is an artist of many trades. She creates trippy art on canvas with acrylic. She can be commissioned for one of a kind pieces.

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    Sekhem Salma

    Sekhem Salma is an artist of many trades. She creates trippy art on canvas with acrylic. She can be commissioned for one of a kind pieces. She debuted her work at the Indianapolis Central Library for The All Star Meet The Artist Gala February 2024.  She is also a budding rap artist and writer as well. She has spent most of her life writing poetry and songs for herself, and is now wanting to share that with the world.

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  • Onye Ndika

    @DesignsByOnye

    Onye Ndika is a geometric bead artist.

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    Onye Ndika

    I am a geometric bead artist. My primary method of creating art is weaving beads. Whether it is to be adornment for the body (wearable) or adornment for personal space (sculptural), my art is always driven by and created from a place of geometric spatial exploration and interaction. Thanks in part to blogs, local and global (social media) networking, I’ve enjoyed various creative opportunities, such as being a member of the BeadInfinitum.com Design Team, creating art for the Indianapolis Downtown Public Library’s Meet The Artist exhibit, styling models at several local fashion events, teaching for ReGeneration Indy, teaching at the Bead and Button Show, and creating commissioned artwork for private clients as well as collaborative work with other fine artists. Additionally, my beaded artwork has been published within the Bridges Organization, the Joint Mathematics Meetings, and “1000 Beads”, a Lark Crafts Publishing book.

    I have had a passion for handicrafts throughout my life, beginning in elementary school. I became curious about and fascinated with beads at age 13; I would entreat my mother to purchase beads for me while she shopped for fabrics to have clothing made by her seamstress. I taught myself some basic stitching techniques with seed beads, then I began making and selling jewelry to my friends and classmates. Moving quickly forward to about 2007, I became fascinated with three-dimensional beading, specifically made with geometric concepts. Designing and creating with small beads and monofilament, I have diligently explored and engineered components that are both aesthetically pleasing and functionally & structurally sound.

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  • Derek Tuder

    @derektudor

    Derek Tuder is a Multi-disciplinary Artist, Author, Photographer, and Instructor.

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    Derek Tuder

    Derek Tuder is a Multi-disciplinary Artist, Author, Photographer, and Instructor.

    Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Derek displayed a love for art at a very young age. People began to take notice of his talents which eventually led to a full 4-year ride in college, many 1st & 2nd Place awards, and other opportunities.

    His artwork has been published in national & worldwide publications and has been on exhibit at: The Herron School Of Arts +Designs, Arts Center of Indianapolis’ Market, The Indianapolis Arts Garden at Circle Centre Mall, The Harrison Center’s Independent Music + Art Festival 2021, Clowes Hall at Butler University, Broad Ripple’s Chromatic Collective, The Madame Walker Building, Tube Factory, Indiana Black Expo, Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, Indiana Interchurch Center, Indy Festival of Faith, 2018 & 2019 Flavor Fresh Contemporary Fine Art Annual Juried exhibitions, Open Bite Night, “What’s Behind the Doors” exhibition, the Green Men Art Gallery, Sullivan Art Gallery, and the Green House Indy Gallery, Nickel Prate Art Gallery, Lost Dog Gallery’s “Artifacts of 2020” Exhibition, Cleo’s Bodega, Garfield Park Arts Center’s Virtual First Friday, Art 3000, Deviant Art and Virtual Art Jam in Houston, Texas.

    He has also been featured on WISH TV 8 News and also their Multicultural Spotlight, WRTV 6 News Story, WTHR 13 News and FOX 59 News promoting making safer streets and reducing the homicides in the City through his artwork and community outreach efforts & programs.

    He created his 2020 Vision: Art, Fashion & Music Exhibitions throughout the city until the pandemic hit, so he took the exhibition online to keep his network of artists, designers, entertainers, models, poets, comedians & singers performing during lockdown.

    So when the restrictions lightened up & the city slowly reopened Derek created the country’s 1st ever (Trademarked) Mini Van Go Mobile Art Gallery, which is taking over the art world. The Mini Van Go Mobile Art Gallery has been featuring many artists in many regular locations such as: The Harrison Center Independent Music + Art Festival, The Jamaican Breeze, Broad Ripple’s UpLand Brewery, Cleo’s Bodega and countless Festivals & Pop Up Events.

    Derek Tuder is currently offering: Paint & Sip Parties, Paint Relays, Beady Bead Parties, Art Classes, Commissioned Art & Photo Shoots. Interested in booking or request the Mini Van Go Mobile Art Gallery Call 317-903-3137 or DerekTuder@gmail.com. See more on Instagram @DerekTuder or visit DerekTuder.com or SoTrendyA2Z.com

    Proceeds of art sales are donated to reduce crimes & homicides with www.nobobs.org.

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  • Seed Lynn

    @seedlynn

    Imagist, Seed Lynn, submits deep listening as a liberation practice. Whether sensually, technically, or artfully applied, Lynn greets the lens as an altered state through which listening and witnessing make voice necessary.

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    Seed Lynn

    Imagist, Seed Lynn, submits deep listening as a liberation practice. Whether sensually, technically, or artfully applied, Lynn greets the lens as an altered state through which listening and witnessing make voice necessary. This state invades his work, frames subjects with honesty, and in turn, shapes spaces where stories find students. Lynn’s studies concern how we remember ourselves, who that memory honors, and how remembrance itself, in the face of oppression, is a cathartic act of love and protest.

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  • Cierra Johnson

    @cjcrtv

    Born and raised in Indianapolis, and a proud Eastside resident, Cierra Johnson’s art focuses on identity and the ethereal nature of human existence.

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    Cierra Johnson

    Born and raised in Indianapolis, and a proud Eastside resident, Cierra Johnson’s art focuses on identity and the ethereal nature of human existence. A mixed-media artist and designer, she believes art allows people to see themselves and others in a new light, “I am inspired by my community. I try to make work that encourages and reflects the communities that I am a part of.”

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