Indianapolis Directory of
Artists of Color

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  • Haley Lewis

    @haleyrosephotography

    Haley Lewis is an Indianapolis-based visual creator providing high-quality imagery for brands, career professionals, and publications to help elevate their content and presence.

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    Haley Lewis

    Haley Lewis is an Indianapolis-based visual creator providing high-quality imagery for brands, career professionals, and publications to help elevate their content and presence.

    Aside from being a visual creator, Haley is the proud wife of a fisherman, dog mom to a Doberman Pinscher, an avid foodie, and a tech nerd who loves spending time with family and traveling the world.

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  • Ikxenna Vision

    @ikxennavision

    Ikenna Stovall is a Nigerian engineer turned creative with hopes of fighting for inclusion within the fashion industry through ways of media production and creative strategy. He aims to provide longevity for new and upcoming creatives.

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    Ikxenna Vision

    Ikenna Stovall is a Nigerian engineer turned creative with hopes of fighting for inclusion within the fashion industry through ways of media production and creative strategy. He aims to provide longevity for new and upcoming creatives.

    Ikenna has been featured in Essence Magazine and Pattern Magazine for his influential style. He is big on fashion and beauty and has worked closely with Dr Martens, ASOS, Misbhv, SwearLondon, Koi Footwear, Beautycounter and more.

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  • Ira Mallory

    @irafilmmaker

    Ira Mallory is an Indiana based film director and founder of production company IRA FILMS/BJYL PRODUCTIONS LLC. Ira's education in film began in Los Angeles inside Fox Searchlight's Director's Labs in association with the American Black Film Festival, receiving instruction from the late John Singleton (Boyz n Tha Hood, Snowfall) , F Gary Gray (Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton) and Zola Mashariki (BET Networks).

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    Ira Mallory

    Ira Mallory is an Indiana based film director and founder of production company IRA FILMS/BJYL PRODUCTIONS LLC. Ira’s education in film began in Los Angeles inside Fox Searchlight’s Director’s Labs in association with the American Black Film Festival, receiving instruction from the late John Singleton (Boyz n Tha Hood, Snowfall) , F Gary Gray (Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton) and Zola Mashariki (BET Networks). Mallory’s film education continued at  Indiana University where he studied Communications, Media and Film History.

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  • B Box

    @boxxtheartist

    Boxx the artist synthesizes interactive art through paintings, digital art, and installations.

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    B Box

    Boxx the artist synthesizes interactive art through paintings, digital art, and installations. She is an Indianapolis-based full-time visual artist practicing for approximately 5 years professionally, from Gary, Indiana.

    Boxx’s visual artwork uses acrylic, digital, mixed mediums, and public installations to capture different elements of life from the African diaspora promoting health, wealth, wellness, and celebrating Blackness.

    Her art initiatives are to share interactive art and offer art that serves as a connector of community. Boxx has exhibited in a host of exhibits and installed different murals located throughout Indianapolis participating in the High Art Billboard Project, Murals for Racial Justice Project, and the Indy Art & Seek with a community interactive mural installation located at the Martindale-Brightwood Library.

    She recently completed serving as an Artist Apprentice for the Bicentennial Major Taylor mural installation, installing a 5-story civic mural. She has severed as Maker-In-Resident for the Ignite Studio at the East Hamilton Public Library in Fishers, Indiana; Artist and Curator for Cat Head Press Artist Residency, and is a 2021 Fellow for the Indiana Arts Commission, On Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator. Connect with Boxx the Artist on social media @boxxtheartist on all platforms.

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  • Wavy Blayne

    @wavyblayne

    Hailing from Indianapolis, “Wavy” Blayne (Blayne McCrary) is a mid-career artist focused on mixed-media and music production.

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    Wavy Blayne

    Hailing from Indianapolis, “Wavy” Blayne (Blayne McCrary) is a mid-career artist focused on mixed-media and music production. His love for the arts is simply the thing that drives his passion. Pulling influence from Japanese culture and street art, he creates a unique Afrofuturism style that he calls, “Wavy”. Learning through practical experiences of trial and error, and studying the works of Akira Toriyama and Jim Lee , Blayne has worked as a freelance artist since 2010.

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  • Hajj Solo

    A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Hajji is a hip-hop artist from Gary, Indiana, but now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. As far as Hajji can remember, music has been calling.

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    Hajj Solo

    A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Hajji is a hip-hop artist from Gary, Indiana, but now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. As far as Hajji can remember, music has been calling.

    Hajji joined a band and instantly knew that the music clicked. After a history of playing drums at church for about seven years, Hajji found himself in the studio more. The studio, being an atmosphere full of music and passion, is a feeling Hajji can never get over. Hajji believes that expressing himself and helping others with their lives through music is his destiny.

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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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  • Chace

    @_chacecimone

    As a young and aspiring artist, Chace is inspired by the Black experience to guide her artistic expression.

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    Chace

    As a young and aspiring artist, Chace is inspired by the Black experience to guide her artistic expression. Her work has been installed in fine arts exhibits locally, and she cannot wait to see what she will pursue in the future. Her favorite medium to work with is anything oil, but once started, she can finish anything. Doing this for as long as she could move my hands, she says art is amazing and she loves being able to capture what she sees onto paper.

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  • IDK Kori

    @idkk0ri

    Kori is an Indy-based digital and traditional artist. She aims to create artwork that curb-stomps tolerable, confining, unimaginative, shallow, and/or submissive depictions of Black American women in mainstream media. Less intense yet just as relevant, Kori also finds joy in creating ethereal, otherworldly art inspired by her earthly thoughts and feelings.

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    IDK Kori

    Kori is an Indy-based digital and traditional artist. She aims to create artwork that curb-stomps tolerable, confining, unimaginative, shallow, and/or submissive depictions of Black American women in mainstream media. Less intense yet just as relevant, Kori also finds joy in creating ethereal, otherworldly art inspired by her earthly thoughts and feelings.

    Though Kori had previously cast personal creativity aside in favor of academia, the college grad is ready to return to center, explore, and grow.

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  • Faith Blackwell

    Faith Blackwell has been a full-time photographer since 2011. While working in marketing for the International Masonry Institute, she picked up a camera and discovered her passion for photography.

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    Faith Blackwell

    Faith Blackwell has been a full-time photographer since 2011. While working in marketing for the International Masonry Institute, she picked up a camera and discovered her passion for photography. Photography chose her.

    Faith is a published photographer specializing in business headshots, commercial, event, and fashion photography. Faith is the official photographer for Dress for Success Indianapolis and was the 2015 featured artist for Dress for Success Indianapolis Stepping Out In Style, the premier fundraiser for the organization.

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  • Taylor Ann

    @taylorannstyling

    Taylor is a published wardrobe stylist and creative director located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has included editorial, commercial, and personal styling.

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    Taylor Ann

    Taylor is a published wardrobe stylist and creative director located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has included editorial, commercial, and personal styling. She got her start in fashion styling because she was always drawn to the fashion industry. Growing up,  she used her style as a way to boost her self confidence. After finding the power clothing holds, Taylor decided she wanted to use fashion to help other people find their confidence, power, and voice. She is currently signed with Aesthetic Artist Agency in Indianapolis.

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  • Tashema Davis

    @ expressiveexpressions

    Tashema Davis is a professional artist, specializing in portraits.

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    Tashema Davis

    I enjoy creating arts of all kinds, but my favorite is creating portraits. My love of drawing portraits started long before I can actually remember. I always wanted to be the creator of a cartoon character and have it develop into a cartoon show…maybe one day down the line. I’ve been creating works of art for my personal enjoyment and enhancing my skills continuously after graduate school. Within the past two years, I started creating more commissioned pieces for close friends and family. The few confirmations and nudges from my husband coerced me to share my gifts with the world!

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  • Taylor Hall

    @tay.mamba

    Taylor Hall is an artist, activist, and public speaker.

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    Taylor Hall

    Taylor Hall is an LA-based artist, activist, and public speaker. Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Hall is a 2021 Ball State University Communications Graduate. During her time at Ball State, Hall served as the president of Men and Women of Color, interned for the U.S. House of Representatives, and became an emerging leader both on her campus and in the Indianapolis community during the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement. Hall was a key leader and organizer for one of the largest protests in 30 years in Indianapolis; with over 10,000 people at the State Capitol in June of 2020. She has organized over twenty protests across the U.S. and has assisted in registering thousands of voters. During the movement, Hall released her debut single “I Can’t Breathe” as a message of standing for love not hate.

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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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  • Gail Mallory

    @gailpdesigns

    Gail Patrice Mallory is an American artist and graphic designer from Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Gail Mallory

    Gail Patrice Mallory is an American artist and graphic designer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics and Multimedia Development from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. Gail also holds a M.B.A. from Prairie View A & M University. Gail currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    While living in Houston she participated in the Citywide African American Artist Exhibition (University Museum of Texas Southern University) sponsored by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017, 2019). She has also shown her artwork in several group exhibitions.

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  • Tai!

    @capsule.corpse

    Tai is an Indianapolis-based illustrator, painter, digital artist, and zine maker who has worked in multimedia since 2015.

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    Tai!

    Tai is an Indianapolis-based illustrator, painter, digital artist, and zine maker who has worked in multimedia since 2015. He uses the concepts of nostalgia, conversation, and empathy to inform his work. Previously commissioned work includes album covers, concept art, movie posters, merchandise, and more.

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  • Shanel

    @cllctdcanvas

    Shanel Green is a self-taught visual storyteller inspired by distant memories as well as everyday life.

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    Shanel

    Shanel Green is a self-taught visual storyteller inspired by distant memories as well as everyday life. Although she is not committed to one style of art, she describes her work as “ever changing for the better”, which mimics human innovation, as there is always room for improvement. Green’s work captures a collection of the places we may see ourselves in the constant strive for perfection, and also the resilience we possess from our failures.

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  • Mirvia Sol Eckert

    @mirviasolpainter

    Mirvia Sol Eckert is a Puerto Rican acrylic artist working in Indianapolis.

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    Mirvia Sol Eckert

    Mirvia Sol Eckert is a Puerto Rican acrylic artist working in Indianapolis. Celebrating beauty is the fundamental concept unifying all her work. She captures beauty in small moments of observation, in close-up details found in nature, in moments of emotional turmoil & sorrow. She creates in vibrantly colored compositions, or in dramatic grayscale pieces. She uses forms, shapes that are stylized with crisp edges or outlines. Many aspects of her life find their way into her paintings: her Puerto Rican heritage, spirituality, love of family, friends, & fascination with nature. She’s been exhibiting her work since 2009 throughout Indianapolis, Central Indiana, Chicago. Her art can be found in homes throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Spain.

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  • Phyllis Viola Boyd

    @/phyllisviolaboyd

    Phyllis Viola Boyd is an Indianapolis-based interdisciplinary artist and urban strategist exploring connectedness and healing from the scale of the individual to that of the community.

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    Phyllis Viola Boyd

    Phyllis Viola Boyd is an Indianapolis-based interdisciplinary artist and urban strategist exploring connectedness and healing from the scale of the individual to that of the community. Boyd’s multi-media studio practice engages paint, collage, and textiles in an intuitive process that creates space to practice intentionally shifting from hustle and resistance (constant busy-ness in response to external demands and manufactured desires) to flow (intuitive action/inaction in response to an internal compass).

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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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  • Andy Fear

    @andyfear4

    Andrea is an artist and has been professionally producing art for around 20 years. She creates public artwork in response to the community, environment and history of the art's proposed location.

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    Andy Fear

    Andrea is an artist and has been professionally producing art for around 20 years. She creates public artwork in response to the community, environment and history of the art’s proposed location. Andrea also creates wire mesh sculptures that are kinetic in nature. She chooses materials that are best suited to the site, and she works well in collaborations.

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  • Proper Standards

    @prxperstandards

    In the realm of visual storytelling, Tobechukwu Francis Nwosu, a Nigerian-American photographer and filmmaker, emerges as a maestro, seamlessly blending emotive narratives with vibrant colors.

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    Proper Standards

    In the realm of visual storytelling, Tobechukwu Francis Nwosu, a Nigerian-American photographer and filmmaker, emerges as a maestro, seamlessly blending emotive narratives with vibrant colors. Born in Enugu State, Nigeria, and raised amidst the cultural tapestry of Indianapolis,Indiana Nwosu’s art is a celebration of his dual heritage, a dance between West African traditions and the dynamic landscapes of America.

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  • Taylor Cappelleri

    @taylorcappelleri_art

    Taylor Cappelleri is an artist based out of West Lafayette, IN. As a child, she loved to create art and even attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and received a degree in fashion design.

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    Taylor Cappelleri

    Taylor Cappelleri is an artist based out of West Lafayette, IN. She grew up an Army Brat, traveling the world since age five. Through this experience, she learned a lot about people, families and culture. She says being multiracial (Puerto Rican, Black and Japanese) navigating this world has its challenges but there is beauty in the challenge. Ultimately, we all have our own unique stories and experiences that shape us. As a child, she loved to create art and even attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and received a degree in fashion design.

    As life happens, family and kids became her priority and she disconnected from her artistic self. However, when the world shut down in 2020, she used that as an opportunity to dive back into her art. This time, Taylor was more intentional with her creativity as a tool toward healing and transformation. The more she created the more she realized that she has a story to tell that perhaps can help or motivate others to tap into their creative selves.

    The following year, she created an opportunity for people to share their own stories with her and have their story transformed into a custom piece of artwork. This led to a residency at The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette creating artwork for the 2022-23 play season. In between these commissions, she also teaches group classes to give others the opportunity to work with her and offer artistic guidance. Storytelling, art and creating opportunities for connection is a true passion of hers.

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  • SIK-REEJECT

    @sik_reeject

    David Conner, known professionally as SIK-REEJECT, is an illustrator and writer from Gary, Indiana. SIK-REEJECT writes dark comedy and about lessons in self-love. His work is inspired by Adult Swim, a programming block broadcast by Cartoon Network.

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    SIK-REEJECT

    David Conner, known professionally as SIK-REEJECT, is an illustrator and writer from Gary, Indiana. He currently resides in Indianapolis. He recently graduated from Herron School of Art and Design.

    SIK-REEJECT writes dark comedy and about lessons in self-love. He is the author and illustrator of the canvas webtoons “Rated Teen”, “Misery City”, and soon to come, “The Laugh-ocalypse!”

    His work is inspired by Adult Swim, a programming block broadcast by Cartoon Network.

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  • Teresa Reynolds

    Teresa Reynolds is an Indianapolis-based singer, actor, and artist.

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    Teresa Reynolds

    Teresa Reynolds is an Indianapolis-based singer, actor, and artist. She launched her music career in NYC, where she released two self-written albums, traveled the world singing with Gloria Gaynor of “I Will Survive” fame, and performed all over the city. Teresa rejoined the Indianapolis arts community in 2018, and has since performed her unique blend of pop, R&B, jazz and electronica at The Jazz Kitchen, with Art and Soul at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, at Fort Ben’s Cultural Campus with Arts for Lawrence, as part of the NCAA Tournament’s SWISH festival, at Concerts on the Canal, with the Indianapolis Propylaeum, and at local restaurants. Her music is available on all music platforms.

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  • Rachel Meiser

    @rrdcreates

    Rachel Meiser is an apparel, costume, and graphic designer based in Indianapolis. She first learned sewing and handcrafts from her grandmother, then honed her skills by earning a BA in Fashion Design from Kent State University in 2011.

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    Rachel Meiser

    Rachel Meiser is an apparel, costume, and graphic designer based in Indianapolis. She first learned sewing and handcrafts from her grandmother, then honed her skills by earning a BA in Fashion Design from Kent State University in 2011. After college, Rachel chose to return to her hometown and build a business in the city that built her–surrounded by her amazing, multicultural family.

    Rachel is gifted with an eye for design and a brain built for business. Her business RRD goes beyond your typical alterations service. With her background in everything from customer service to product development, and even an odd stint as a security guard, she’s been there and done that. The lessons that she has learned lend themselves to the creative services that she provides.

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  • Deonna Craig

    @deonna_heartbeat

    Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis based visual artist and the owner of Art by Deonna. She graduated from Cathedral High School and DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology.

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    Deonna Craig

    Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis-based visual artist and the owner of Art by Deonna. She graduated from Cathedral High School and DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology. Her eclectic spirit led her down various career paths from production assistant for the Jerry Springer talk show to Insurance, where she honed her leadership skills in Management and Fraud Investigation. After 15 years in Corporate America, Deonna’s creativity and love for adventure caused her to pursue art full-time.

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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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  • Michelle Johnson

    @splittingartworks

    St. Louis native Michelle Johnson is a visual artist that takes an innovative approach to mixed media collage.

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    Michelle Johnson

    St. Louis native Michelle Johnson is a visual artist that takes an innovative approach to mixed media collage. Influenced by her passion for Black American art and her interest in the artistic rhythms created by the sampling technique used in hip hop, Michelle aims to combine her artistic talents with her love for music to create a visual platform for discussing ideas surrounding history and identity. Michelle is a graduate of Ball State University and currently lives in Indianapolis where she is often inspired by the local music community that she has grown to love.

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  • Dana Powell-Smith

    @georgettesgranddaughter

    Dana Powell-Smith is a multi-faceted artist. She works with Acrylics on Canvas, Multi-Media Art, and Digital Art. Dana honors her family and lineage through her process.

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    Dana Powell-Smith

    Dana Powell-Smith is a multi-faceted artist. She works with Acrylics on Canvas, Multi-Media Art, and Digital Art. Dana honors her family and lineage through her process.

    As a wife, mother, and grandmother, Dana understands the power of art in generational healing and in attaining freedom.

    As the Granddaughter of Harlem Renaissance artist Georgette Seabrooke Powell, Dana was immersed in the art world from a young age. Her sweetest childhood memories were in joining her grandmother in DC as she activated in public spaces and in painting alongside other children, on the sidewalk and in the park.

    Dana continued to paint in private for more than a decade but never imagined her work would travel beyond her own home. After a traumatic brain injury almost thirty years ago, Dana laid her brush down for many years when Doctors told her she would not be able to work again. Rather than acquiesce to their limitations, Dana pushed herself to regain her normal life, relearning how to walk again and even pursuing a new collegiate degree.

    Dana was never one to be told what she can and cannot do. She is a published Artist and an Award-Winning Artist, with art displayed inside the Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis (public art).

    Soon after the televised police killings of our Black men, Dana moved back to the canvas to process her anger and grief. She has painted every day since. Dana was born and raised in the suburbs of New York. Dana now calls Indianapolis Indiana home.

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  • Erika Smith

    @indigo_compass

    Erika Smith is a self-taught multimedia artist from South Bend, IN.

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    Erika Smith

    Erika Smith is a self-taught multimedia artist from South Bend, IN. She draws inspiration from her background of African and Indigenous American heritage to express the beauty and strength within those cultures. Erika’s goal with every piece of artwork she produces is to inspire every viewer to see beauty in themselves and their heritage.

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  • Israel Solomon

    @israelsoloart

    Israel Solomon is a visual artist and art educator who currently works mainly within the Indianapolis area. As an artist, Israel enjoys sharing his work with the city of Indianapolis.

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    Israel Solomon

    Israel Solomon is a visual artist and art educator who currently works mainly within the Indianapolis area. As an artist, Israel enjoys sharing his work with the city of Indianapolis. In 2018, Israel produced a solo exhibition at the Indianapolis Arts Garden which highlighted his love of vibrant color and geometric shapes. In 2019, Israel displayed his work at the Garfield Park Arts Center, as well as the artist exhibition at the Indiana Black Expo. Israel has displayed his work publicly in a variety of places around the city and has created a living mural at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School where he previously taught. Israel’s plan is to grow artistically as a painter and share his work with the world. As an educator, Israel envisions himself instructing drawing and painting on the collegiate level in the future. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis also selected Israel as a visiting artist for the 2020 year, where he displayed artwork and offered workshops to families. Israel has chosen to dedicate his professional life to his art and educating others. He intends to reach for the sky by sharing his artwork, knowledge, and experiences with people of all ages.

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  • Kevin West

    @Artbykwest

    Kevin Nance West is a professional fine artist, art entrepreneur (and art instructor) in the Indianapolis area, specializing in contemporary abstract paintings and portrait art.

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    Kevin West

    Kevin Nance West is a professional fine artist, art entrepreneur (and art instructor) in the Indianapolis area, specializing in contemporary abstract paintings and portrait art. Kevin is the founder and CEO of West Innovations, which is responsible for custom ‘paint by number’ technology used to service over one hundred seventy-five sip and paint studios and companies (nationwide).

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  • Kevin James Wilson

    @artistkevinjameswilson

    Kevin James Wilson loves to create fine art. He hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Kevin's services as an artist have included illustration, graphic design, art direction, murals, portraits, and more.

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    Kevin James Wilson

    Kevin James Wilson loves to create fine art. He hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was awarded a full scholarship. While at RISD, Kevin served on Admissions Committee, Graduation Honors Committee, President of the Third World Coalition of Artists, and Chairman of Entertainment as a member of the Student Board. It was also at RISD that Kevin was contracted to execute a portrait of Muhammad Ali for the
    International Year of the Child. Kevin presented the portrait to Mr. Ali at the world famous Cotton Club in Harlem, New York. While attending RISD, Kevin was also accepted to The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York City. In the exhibit’s 97 year history, he was the youngest artist ever accepted to the exhibition.

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  • Ashley Nora

    @ashleynora_art

    Ashley captures real moments of human interaction through portraiture using multiple mediums to express different ideas.

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    Ashley Nora

    Ashley captures real moments of human interaction through portraiture using multiple mediums to express different ideas. She is a dedicated Visual Artist with a decorated background in a variety of artistic mediums. She is the Vice President of the Eighteen Art Collective and is highly experienced in oil painting and mixed media art. Adept at working independently and collaboratively on projects, and committed to achieving visual innovation and beauty. She is a muralist and an artist-driven by purpose and joy. Her art tells stories of joy and happiness that transcends time and space.

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  • Cuong Tran

    @koioutofwater

    Cuong Tran is a dynamic artist currently based in Indianapolis, IN.

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    Cuong Tran

    Being born in Vietnam, Cuong Tran had many struggles. Not only was there a language barrier and cultural shock, but he also had to overcome a variety of other challenges in his life. It has taught him to be patient, resourceful, hopeful. The compassion he has developed over the years drives him to truly care about the people he is around.

    Cuong is a loving husband, a caring father, a cool brother, and an Asian who loves to dance. There are so many layers to him that you can probably cook a giant pot of onion soup.

    He loves to help people get better at what they do and share his knowledge.

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  • Elliott + Co. Supply

    @elliottandcosupply

    At the heart of Elliott + Co. Supply is a midwestern, husband a wife duo, operating a boutique design and fulfillment firm.

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    Elliott + Co. Supply

    At the heart of Elliott + Co. Supply is a midwestern, husband a wife duo, operating a boutique design and fulfillment firm. They specialize in hand crafted brands, professional illustration and merchandise design. They believe that no matter where you are in your brand journey, each step towards the destination of a fully realized product should be handled with the utmost care and attention to detail. They pride themselves on not treating each project as just another job, but as an opportunity to help some bring their idea to life.

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  • Demetrius Green

    @mechishakur

    A 90's baby, Demetrius Green (aka- Mechi Shakur) is an Indianapolis born and raised artist that has displayed art all around the city. He has been painting for five years now and is completely self taught.

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    Demetrius Green

    A 90’s baby, Demetrius Green (aka- Mechi Shakur) is an Indianapolis artist that has displayed art all around the city. He has been painting for five years and is completely self taught. Mechi Shakur believes your art is a reflection of you and loves to blur the lines of reality and imagination through an assortment of color. He also enjoys using his art to challenge social issues.

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  • Eric Agyemang-Dua

    @ea.js_studio

    Eric Agyemang-Dua Jr. is a Ghanaian visual artist specializing in Conceptual-Minimalist Storytelling, mainly around Afrocentrism.

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    Eric Agyemang-Dua

    Eric Agyemang-Dua Jr. is a Ghanaian visual artist specializing in Conceptual-Minimalist Storytelling, mainly around Afrocentrism. He has been an active professional visual artist since 2018, but has also been drawing and sculpting since he was 18 months old. His art brand ‘EA.J’s Studio’ seeks to Connect, Engage, and Inspire various aspects of Human Connection and Social Innovation within various communities.

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  • Rebecca Robinson

    @psnob

    Award-winning mixed media artist, Rebecca Robinson studied fashion design in Atlanta, Ga., and continued her education at North Carolina Central University where she majored in Art/ Visual Communications and graduated with high honors.

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    Rebecca Robinson

    Award-winning mixed media Artist Rebecca Robinson creates impactful artwork, specifically with concrete and tar. Her strategic use of texture and contrast creates various subjects and themes that continue to evoke emotion and spark dialogue while enriching the community and contributing to the culture. Rebecca is an Indianapolis native and studied Art/Visual Communications at the Historically Black College North Carolina Central University.

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  • DJ T-REXX

    @tre_phillips5

    DJ T-REXX is an Indianapolis based DJ. When he first started DJing, it was only a hobby for him because he loves music. As the years passed, he found himself DJing for not only the love of it, but to also share his skills and vibes with everyone in the city. 

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    DJ T-REXX

    DJ T-REXX is an Indianapolis based DJ. When he first started DJing, it was only a hobby for him because he loves music. As the years passed, he found himself DJing for not only the love of it, but to also share his skills and vibes with everyone in the city.

    No matter the event, he always shows up and gives his best performance to make your event the most memorable. He stays in communication prior to events to make sure during the day the event runs smoothly – so professionalism is big with him. He says his goal is “to be remembered as that DJ that shows loves to the city & local artists, very professional, humble, kind, supportive and lit.” He wants whomever that books him to know he will show up and show out without him having to tell them and to be excited that he’s their DJ for their event. Fun is a top priority, because at the end of the day that’s what he’s DJing for.
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  • Mozzy

    @mozzyarts

    Marc “Mozzy” Love is a mixed media artist and author based in Noblesville, Indiana.

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    Marc “Mozzy” Love was born in Tacoma, Washington, but has lived and traveled around the world. He now lives in Noblesville, Indiana where he honed his skill in mixed media art. After college he had a long corporate career but always dabbled in the arts. Though he never went to school for the arts, he spent years teaching himself by studying the masters and the contemporary greats such as Koons, Basquiat, Banksy and Harring. An accomplished art collector and author of two books, he appreciates the creativity of making an idea come to life through his own art and writings.

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  • Adam Fonacier

    @adamfonacier

    Coming from a small town east of Indianapolis, Adam Fonacier is a music producer and audio engineer. After school, it was the allure of a vibrant music ecosystem that drew Adam to his current home in Indianapolis.

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    Adam Fonacier

    Coming from a small town east of Indianapolis, Adam Fonacier is a music producer and audio engineer. After school, the allure of a vibrant music ecosystem drew Adam to his current home in Indianapolis. Working as a freelance  producer and engineer for venues and artists in the city has deepened his love for the arts communities around him. His involvement with Musical Family Tree, Classical Music Indy, and the Indy Music Cooperative has provided connections to a growing network of artists and entrepreneurs who share his passion for the local music scene.

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  • FITZ

    @artbyfitz

    FITZ is an artist from Indianapolis, specializing in cartoon, acrylic, oil, character design, digital design, and more. He is also is a member of The Eighteen Arts Collective.

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    FITZ

    FITZ is an artist from Indianapolis, specializing in cartoon, acrylic, oil, character design, digital design, and more. He is also is a member of The Eighteen Arts Collective. Growing up, FITZ bounced around from school to school until he went down south his senior year of high school. While in Florida he graduated from high school, and was blessed with a college scholarship to Broward CC. There, he  took his first art class ever, which was figure drawing. It opened his eyes to new things as he was surrounded by other artists and able to see different styles.

    The main character of the brand is MOOD, which is a product of his emotions. 

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  • ess mckee

    @essmckee

    ess McKee is a multimedia visual artist native to Arizona, based in Indianapolis, IN.

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    ess mcKee (Sylvia Payne Rivers) is a multimedia visual artist native to Arizona, based in Indianapolis, IN. Ess has been involved in the Indy arts scene as a muralist, designer, studio manager, organizer, instructor and curator for nearly a decade. Inspired by an appreciation for graffiti art and hip hop culture, her artistic expression manifests in the form of abstract paintings, character illustrations, digital design, and the combination of all three within murals. She is a current member of The Eighteen, an art collective of 18 artists that created the Black Lives Matter Mural in Indianapolis, IN. Ess is also a resident artist at The Harrison Center for the Arts.

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  • D. Del Reverda-Jennings

    As an Alaskan Native, Midwest-based Interdisciplinary Artist, D. Del Reverda-Jennings draws from a kaleidoscope of cultural nuance, experience, insight, and connection.

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    D. Del Reverda-Jennings

    As an Alaskan Native, Midwest-based Interdisciplinary Artist, D. Del Reverda-Jennings draws from a kaleidoscope of cultural nuance, experience, insight, and connection. Her visual research is a reflective interpretation of the feminine as a physical/spiritual entity that possesses the potential to be relevant, powerful, nurturing, limitless, while proudly baring the physical and emotional detritus bearing witness to life’s survival and ties to the past.

    Each of these works are highly influenced by identity, women’s issues, colorism, social commentary, stereotypical assumptions, indigenous wisdom’s-folklore, ritual, myth, magic, ancestral memory and nature. The sensual, spiritual and the sacred manifest as material in the construct of her works.

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  • V.Knox

    @v.knox_art

    Arria (V. Knox) is a multifaceted and accomplished artist, renowned for her exceptional talent and creative vision as a director, set designer, portrait and fashion photographer.

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    V.Knox

    Arria (V. Knox) is a multifaceted and accomplished artist, renowned for her exceptional talent and creative vision as a director, set designer, portrait and fashion photographer. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Arria has become a prominent figure in the artistic community, particularly in the Midwest region of the United States. Her dedication to providing unparalleled art direction for creatives has earned her a reputation as a guiding force for fellow artists seeking to elevate their work to new heights.

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  • Michael Graves

    Contemporary American artist Mike Graves has been producing art and music in Indianapolis for the last 29 years.

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    Michael Graves

    Contemporary American artist Mike Graves has been producing art and music in Indianapolis for the last 29 years. Mike uses a wide range of media and subject matter to create pieces with diversity in style and composition. A closer look at his works portrays an intense image-maker, illustrator, and painter showing the real to the surreal.

    As co-founder and a core element of BRIDGE Collective, an Indianapolis Arts Collective representing a wide range of cutting-edge contemporary artists and their work, Mike brings over 20 years of successful experience in curating both traditional and non-traditional gallery spaces. Possessing a wide range of knowledge and ability in regards to organizing art projects from conception to completion, he is an essential asset to the Indianapolis visual arts scene.

    As a skilled deejay and original beats producer, Mike is available to provide entertainment for corporate events, house parties, and beyond. Spinning, reggae, dub, hip-hop, funk, jazz, soul, and original music; Mike adds his personal musical styling and stellar selection repertoire to any event.

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  • Bruce Armstrong

    Bruce E. Armstrong is a mixed media artist.

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    Bruce Armstrong

    Bruce E. Armstrong is a mixed media artist. He studied Art at Crispus Attucks High School and at the IU extension in Indianapolis, Indiana. He works in charcoal, oil, acrylic, sculpture, and some photography. He is striving for his personal signature. He has exhibited at Indianapolis International Airport, Black Creativity Juried Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, Art of Soul Juried Exhibit in Wilberforce, OH and SALI National Abstract Exhibit in Indianapolis.

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  • Kenney Garmon

    @kenneygarmon

    Kenney Garmon was born and raised in the streets of Gary, Indiana. Kenney has been performing, producing, and creating since he came out of his mother’s womb. He has produced commercials for Coke & Pepsi products, H& H Greg, McDonald's, radio commercials, and local products.

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    Kenney Garmon

    Kenney Garmon was born and raised in the streets of Gary, Indiana. Graduating from Emerson Visual & Performing Arts School opened the door to many possibilities. Kenney has been performing, producing, and creating since he came out of his mother’s womb. He has produced commercials for Coke & Pepsi products, H& H Greg, McDonald’s, radio commercials, and local products.

    Every production that he offers gives a candid glimpse into the mind and creativity of each great project.

    Kenney won best supporting actor at the Indiana Film Festival for his role as Agent Peek in the movie Evidence of Life. He also became the on-air host for the ESPN Show NCAA on Campus. Kenney is now taking his experiences and doing major productions in music to the world.

    Kenney doesn’t want to give away the recipe but after you have bitten into his lyrics, soft melodies, vocal arrangements and groove, he promises you will have had a 5 star course meal.

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  • Courtland Blade

    @courtlandblade

    Courtland Blade is an American artist. Born in 1985 in Terre Haute, IN. Blade attended Vincennes University, University of Indianapolis, and Indiana State University for his undergraduate work, where he studied art.

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    Courtland Blade

    Courtland Blade is an American artist. Born in 1985 in Terre Haute, IN. Blade attended Vincennes University, University of Indianapolis, and Indiana State University for his undergraduate work, where he studied art. He completed his BFA at Indiana State University in 2008. In 2009 Blade moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the School and Museum of Fine Arts Boston in affiliation with Tufts University on a Full Merit Scholarship, where he completed his MFA in Visual art with a focus on Painting and contemporary practices. He lives and works in Indianapolis, IN.

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  • Nese the Arteest

    @nese_the_arteest

    Nese the Arteest is an Indianapolis-based painter, photographer, and YouTuber.

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    Nese the Arteest

    Nese the Arteest is an Indianapolis-based painter, photographer, and YouTuber. She has been a visual artist her entire life. She began her art career drawing her favorite cartoons, but over time she transitioned to paining. Her paintings include a variety of different mediums, her favorite being acrylic and spray paint.

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  • Alyssa Walker

    @lyssies_art

    Alyssa is a 21-year-old black artist from Indy. She has been doing art as long as she could remember.

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    Alyssa Walker

    Alyssa is a 21-year-old black artist from Indy. She has been doing art as long as she could remember. Her artwork is inspired by the things that she feels and experiences in her life. She is also inspired by other artists that she discovers on her own. Most of the work that she has done has been paintings and digital works on her iPad.

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  • Damon LeStat

    @real_dlestat

    Damon LeStat (born Jayden Baskin) is a spoken word artist and painter from Indianapolis. He refers to himself and his artistry as a "snot-nosed, ghetto Picasso". 

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    Damon LeStat

    Damon LeStat (born Jayden Baskin) is a spoken word artist and painter from Indianapolis. He refers to himself and his artistry as a “snot-nosed, ghetto Picasso”.  As the phrase goes “a painting is worth a thousand words”, he came to the conclusion that any message he has will be better received with less lyrical conceptions and more visual representations. Now with a brush in hand, he paints the images he used to describe so people can truly understand him.

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  • Onye Ndika

    @DesignsByOnye

    Onye Ndika is a geometric bead artist.

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    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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  • TJ, The Creative

    @taleshajasmine

    TJ, The Creative is an artist from South Bend, IN who discovered her love for painting in 2018. She believes every one is a creative and has their own form of art.

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    TJ, The Creative

    TJ, The Creative is from South Bend, IN who discovered her love for painting in 2018. She believes every one is a creative and has their own form of art. Poetry, music, dance, paint on a canvas; any expression of one’s self. TJ expresses her work through a paint brush and canvas. She utilizes images from her everyday life and creates abstract paintings of unidentified black women and men. Her work celebrates black joy and love, amplifies black culture, and brings awareness to black trauma.

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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, 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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  • Justin Brown

    @blacklipbasquiatbillhicks

    Justin Brown is a multidisciplinary artist and curator from Indianapolis, IN. He is the founder and director of Hoy Polloy art gallery, located at 3125 e. 10th street, Indianapolis, IN. Justin’s work is research based; ranging from public- private experiments, to government and corporate surveillance programs to archival photographs.

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    Justin Brown

    Justin Brown is a multidisciplinary artist and curator from Indianapolis, IN. He is the founder and director of Hoy Polloy art gallery, located at 3125 e. 10th street, Indianapolis, IN. Justin’s work is research based; ranging from public- private experiments, to government and corporate surveillance programs to archival photographs. Justin paints with data and paper.

    His series “Intelligence Countered” highlights FBI surveillance files of persons of interest from the Rabble Rouser Index, Cointelpro, and modern intelligence operations. He collages casework and redacts the papers further with abstract painting techniques to draw the viewers’ eye to the text. Justin’s “Cubist Maps” series is centered around the historic development of neighborhoods, cities, and interstate infrastructures. He collages archive images of landmarks and residents in geometric “maps” to honor a regions history. Justin has installed permanent murals in Milktooth, Rabble Coffee, Beholder, the MLK Multi-service Center in Indianapolis, Fraser Colorado, and the Adams County board of Commissioners in Colorado. His work has been exhibited at Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Big Car’s Listen Hear, and Hoy Polloy.

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  • Emrys The Artist

    @emrystheartist

    Emrys is a junior high artist and has been drawing since the age of 4.

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    Emrys is an artist and has been drawing since the age of 4. He has never taken art classes to learn how to draw, it is a natural talent he has. One of his favorite artists and inspirations is Basquiat. He loves his signature style art. He is 11 years old with a 100% scholarship for the Junior High Drawing & Illustration course at IUPUI.

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  • Andriea Denise

    @andrieadenise

    Andriea Denise is a music artist and entrepreneur that uses her talents to educate, to encourage, and to empower others.

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    Andriea Denise is a music artist and entrepreneur that uses her talents to educate, to encourage, and to empower others. She writes, records, and performs songs that are centered on personal growth, and that are designed to impart wisdom. Andriea Denise is originally from Indianapolis, IN, and has toured internationally spreading love and positivity.

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  • Jay Goldz

    @jaygoldz

    Jay Goldz is an Indianapolis based portrait and lifestyle photographer and retoucher with a decade of photography experience, and hundreds of happy clients.

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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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  • xtcyrxse

    @xtcy.art

    Rose is an Indianapolis native and blooming artist.

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    Rose is an Indianapolis native and blooming artist. They have been doing art their whole life and is currently an art major at Indiana University Bloomington. Not only is drawing and photography an artistic practice that they use, but they also love to sing and have for many years. They sing with the African American Choral Ensemble at IU.

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  • Diante Thomas

    @myartyoureyes

    Diante Thomas (aka-Myartyoureyes) brings a unique approach to photography & art. Self-taught in art-photographer/videographer & now as a producer of music has twelve years of experience behind the lens. Although his career started as a digital artist, he's slowly mastered his craft as a photographer! Diante primarily shoots with studio lighting, outdoors, or indoors and his only goal is to blow you away with beautiful imagery.

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    Diante Thomas

    Diante Thomas (aka-Myartyoureyes) brings a unique approach to photography & art. Self-taught in art-photographer/videographer & now as a producer of music has twelve years of experience behind the lens.

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  • Yul Meade Butler

    @_yulshootz_

    Yul Meade Butler (aka- yulshootz) is a photographer based in Indianapolis. He shoots portraiture of subjects with an insightful aesthetic.

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    Yul Meade Butler

    Yul Meade Butler (aka- yulshootz) is a photographer based in Indianapolis. He shoots portraiture of subjects with an insightful aesthetic.

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  • Vincent Black

    @vincentlblack

    Vincent Black is the founder & creative director of Obsrv Agency LLC. and the current director of marketing & communications at The Patachou Foundation.

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    Vincent Black

    Vincent Black is the founder & creative director of Obsrv Agency LLC. and the current director of marketing & communications at The Patachou Foundation. He is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in graphic design, creative direction, and brand creation/development. Vincent is highly skilled in capturing the essence of a client’s brand identity and translating that message to a specific audience or customer. He is known for innovative designs which make lasting impressions and problem solving.

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  • Psylo Soundz

    @psylosoundz

    Psylo Soundz is an audio engineer and DJ from the north side of Chicago.

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    Psylo Soundz

    Psylo Soundz is an audio engineer and DJ from the north side of Chicago. Being born into a musically inclined family, Psylo was exposed to music long before they came out of the womb. As the daughter of a renowned Chicago DJ, Psylo has taken advantage of the musical knowledge that seems innately a part of their being. From raw and authentic Chicago house music, to the grunginess of groups like The Clash and The Flying Lizards, Psylo’s knowledge of music is apparent in their ever-changing selection.

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  • Queenie P

    @legendary.six.creations

    Queenie P is a painter and graffiti artists. Art has has been a passion for her all of her life.

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    Queenie P is a painter and graffiti artists. Art has has been a passion for her all of her life. She started sketching at a very young age. Queenie grew up in a family that didn’t see art as a real career, but she thought otherwise. She originally went into a medical field but she never stopped creating. A lot of her inspiration comes from her everyday experiences.

    Queenie mostly enjoys working on graffiti, pop art, cartoons, collages and Afrocentric art. She mostly uses acrylic for her paintings, but she also uses a variety of mixed media. In addition, she also specializes in 3D work.

    Art is something she enjoys doing and will always give her peace of mind. Pursuing an art career is very important to her, as she is able to follow her dreams and create. Queenie P says she is hungry to share her work.

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  • Kierra Ready

    @freemind.ki

    Kierra Ready is an Indianapolis-based visual artist and art educator. After attending Indiana University and obtaining a degree in Health Sciences, she unexpectedly found a passion for painting- finding artmaking to be a form of mindfulness.

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    Kierra Ready

    Kierra Ready is an Indianapolis-based visual artist and art educator. After attending Indiana University and obtaining a degree in Health Sciences, she unexpectedly found a passion for painting- finding artmaking to be a form of mindfulness. Since, she has used art as her outlet and a way to inspire others.

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  • India Hines

    @inijart

    India Hines is a painter who juxtaposes elements of intuitive painting and imagination to visually narrate non-physical spiritual and subconscious states.

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    India Hines

    India Hines is a painter who juxtaposes elements of intuitive painting and imagination to visually narrate non-physical spiritual and subconscious states. These presentations of images are directly influenced by their unique experiences as a young adult navigating their personal journey of growth and healing, along with the ever-present pressure to “keep it pushing”.

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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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    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 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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  • Miss Jaws

    @themissjaws

    Miss Jaws  (aka- Jessica Garcia) is a fine artist, illustrator, zinemaker and animator currently living in Indianapolis. Since earning her BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2016, she has continued to work professionally in the art field with a variety of clients.

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    Miss Jaws

    Miss Jaws  (aka- Jessica Garcia) is a fine artist, illustrator, zinemaker and animator currently living in Indianapolis. Since earning her BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2016, she has continued to work professionally in the art field with a variety of clients. Her work blends themes of femininity, sexuality, struggle, and liberation to tell stories with authenticity and a sense of humor.

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  • Sock Joplin

    @SockJoplin

    Sock Joplin (Joshua Thompson) is a pianist, social musicologist, teaching artist and producer. Known onstage as Sock Joplin, he is increasingly recognized on a national scale for his expertise on classical composers of African descent and the inherent cultural connectivity in the broader aesthetic of Black Arts movements.

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    Sock Joplin

    Sock Joplin (Joshua Thompson) is a pianist, social musicologist, teaching artist and producer. Known onstage as Sock Joplin, he is increasingly recognized on a national scale for his expertise on classical composers of African descent and the inherent cultural connectivity in the broader aesthetic of Black Arts movements. As the 2020 Beckman Emerging Artist Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, he successfully completed his residency at the Africana Studies Center for Music and Society at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, followed by a performing/teaching residency at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. As the first Musicologist in Residence with Classical Music Indy, Thompson was recently appointed as the Creative Partner in Residence with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for the 2023-24 season.

    In 2004, Joshua obtained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. He deftly merged his music and advocacy paths through performances, appearances and worked closely with an expanding range of national cultural arts organizations, social agencies, and universities to facilitate access to educational resources. The Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Marian University, Butler University, the University of Puget Sound, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Classical Music Indy, Arts for Lawrence, Arts for Learning, Morning Brown, Inc., Indy Jazz Fest have all worked with Mr. Thompson in this capacity.

    Joshua has worked with legendary bassist John Clayton, Smithsonian Research Fellow Dr. William C. Banfield, touring pianist Ric’key Pageot, Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Davis, renowned clarinetist Anthony McGill, and international operatic soprano Angela Brown.

    In October 2019, he was a featured presenter for the popular TED Talk series. His award-winning podcast series Melanated Moments in Classical Music with co-host Angela Brown, is currently in its fourth season of production and won 2020 Best Music Podcast from the Black Podcasting Awards and was recently featured in the British publication, Alternative Classical, and the Miami Times.

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  • Kyla Rose

    @rose4kyla

    Kyla Rose is a graphic designer from Chicago, Illinois where she fell in love with art and learned how to combine it with technology. She then came to Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis to further her studies

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    Kyla Rose is a graphic designer from Chicago, Illinois where she fell in love with art and learned how to combine it with technology. She then came to Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis to further her studies in all art forms like ceramics, painting, drawing, etc.

    However, she says graphic design has her heart. She believes there is so much you can do digitally. She doesn’t have a theme with her art because she always experiments and learns. She often finds her most exciting work results from working in unknown territory.

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  • Rhonda Greene

    @Blended_images

    Rhonda Greene is a native of Indianapolis Indiana. Photography’s been her passion since she was a little girl observing in her grandfathers dark room. She was a photography major at Ball State University, but the love for photography grew several years later, after pursuing other careers.

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    Rhonda Greene

    Rhonda Greene is a native of Indianapolis Indiana. Photography’s been her passion since she was a little girl observing in her grandfathers dark room. She was a photography major at Ball State University, but the love for photography grew several years later, after pursuing other careers. After the birth of her daughter, Rhonda snapped every available moment, but with a twist. She wanted the moments’ emotion to reflect through her lens and allow the viewer to see what she captured. Rhonda calls herself a photo journalist because her images tell stories.

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  • Deep Note

    Deep Note is an Indianapolis music producer. He has been producing music since the early '90's.

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    Deep Note

    Deep Note is an Indianapolis music producer. He has been producing music since the early ’90’s. He promises to provide superior quality in music production and customer service. Deep Note’s ultimate goal is to inspire greatness.

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  • Shaunt’e Lewis

    @shauntelewisart

    Shaunt’e Lewis is a Visual Artist and Illustrator born and raised in Springfield Massachusetts.

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    Shaunt’e Lewis

    Shaunt’e Lewis is a Visual Artist and Illustrator born and raised in Springfield Massachusetts. She currently resides in Fishers, IN where she also works from her home studio. She is a self-taught artist whose work centers around self-identity, black culture, and femininity. She specializes in colorful, bold illustrations as well as murals and original paintings for private collectors and commercial clients. Lewis’ passion for art, education, and entrepreneurship and her unmistakable style has established her as one of Indy’s most sought-after artists. “My work explores the relationship between feminism and the arts while incorporating bright colors and clean lines. I am particularly captivated by the endless facets and abstractness of my culture. I love to hear the different views and personal connections that my art creates. I find it very rewarding to share my passion and artistic talents with others. Through my work, I hope to inspire others to pursue their passions.”

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  • Brochevski

    @brochevski

    Brochevski (Amai Rawls Jr.) b.2000 is an American artist who creates collages using hand-cut U.S. currency to place a monetary value on the emotional rollercoaster that is life.

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    Brochevski

    Brochevski (Amai Rawls Jr.) b.2000 is an American artist who creates collages using hand-cut U.S. currency to place a monetary value on the emotional rollercoaster that is life. He only uses real and 100% authentic currency to create his artworks, adding that the authenticity further validates his subject matter and dedication to his work.
    Brochevski uses the mutilated currency to recreate scenes from art history and his own life, paying homage to some of his favorite artists, while also telling a story where every character is played by George Washington. The surreal landscapes and vignettes featured in his work explore a wide range of the emotional components of human-life, while often questioning society’s overemphasis on materialism and underemphasis on mental health.

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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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  • Isaac Poole

    @isaacpoole

    Isaac Poole is a published fashion photographer from South Bend, Indiana. He says he has been blessed to photograph in cities like LA, Chicago and Miami.

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    Isaac Poole

    Isaac Poole is a published fashion photographer from South Bend, Indiana. He says he has been blessed to photograph in cities like LA, Chicago and Miami. Isaac takes great pleasure in photographing images that are very bold and timeless. He is inspired by others’ unique talents and beauty. His work has been nationally recognized, as he was nominated to win Photographer of the Year by the Atlanta Art Awards. Isaac has also been published in multiple fashion magazines.

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  • dai.

    @dai.gallerie

    Dai (pronounced like “Day”) was born Dailyn Eades is a painter based in Indianapolis. She stumbled into painting in February of 2022 as a therapeutic tool. Very quickly an activity turned into a hobby and then took on a life of its own.

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    Dai (pronounced like “Day”) was born Dailyn Eades is a painter based in Indianapolis. She received this nickname originally from her mother. She had heard all through her life that “day” is almost symbolic because she reminds people of sunshine. Her unique perspective comes from a cumulation of adversities she has faced throughout her life. Dai was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder when she was in elementary school. Although she aims to resemble sunshine, Dai is not neurotypical and has fought depression most of her life.

    She stumbled into painting in February of 2022 as a therapeutic tool. Very quickly an activity turned into a hobby and then took on a life of its own. Dai says she has never loved anything as much as she loves painting and it truly has saved her life. Her work is raw and vulnerable. Although at first glance it is often missed, her work has a lot of social, psychological, and political references. Every piece she works on pulls from an emotional place. Color is her favorite component of the process. She thinks her work shows the duality and multifaceted reality of her life.

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  • Nathasa Rae

    @nathasaraeart

    Nathasa Rae is a hand-drawn neo pop realism ink illustrator and watercolorist. She creates mighty fierce warrior women who embrace their inner strength and beauty.

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    Nathasa Rae

    Nathasa Rae is a hand-drawn neo pop realism ink illustrator and watercolorist. She creates mighty fierce warrior women who embrace their inner strength and beauty. These warrior queens are created to empower others to embody their own power and stunning grace.

    During a time of combating self doubt and harshness, she created warriors to heal. In the midst of all of this, it dawned on her that she may not be the only one who needed this message. So in her small apartment she started creating illustrations and watercolors to encourage and inspire others to embrace their true spirit.

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  • Paul Bacardi Smith

    @paulbacardismith

    Paul Bacardi Smith is a digital and fine artist from Detroit, Michigan who has resided in Indianapolis since 2015.

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    Paul Bacardi Smith

    Paul Bacardi Smith is a digital and fine artist from Detroit, Michigan who has resided in Indianapolis since 2015. He briefly studied art history at Wayne State University. He has a degree in Business Administration and Entertainment Business. He is also a beatmaker and actor. He recently began painting as a way to keep his mind at ease. His goal is to make people connect with their emotions through visual art.

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  • Tru Creatives

    @tru.creatives

    Tru Creatives is an Indianapolis-based full time fine and tattoo artist who specializes in realism, portraitures, but is also capable of many other styles.

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    Tru Creatives

    Tru Creatives is an Indianapolis-based full time fine and tattoo artist who specializes in realism, portraitures, but is also capable of many other styles. His passion for art has always been evident in his work. He discovered his gift in art at a young age and dedicated himself to mastering his craft. He is inspired by black culture and everyday life. He says raising a black boy and pursuing his dreams as an artist will always be his greatest achievements.

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  • Harriet Watson

    @harrietmakesart

    Harriet Watson is a visual and tie-dye artist.

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    Harriet Watson

    Harriet Watson is a visual and tie-dye artist. Harriet is a member of the Eighteen Art Collective and painted the “A” in “Matter” in the “#Black Lives Matter” street mural in Indianapolis. After the mural, Harriet created Harriet Watson Art as a way to continue the artistry that came from the mural. Harriet decided to incorporate her love for tie-dye and typography to create clothes that started a conversation about social justice. Harriet also likes to paint portraits of herself and others that reflect the emotions that encompass being a young Black person in America. Harriet’s art is often inspired by the works of 70’s Black feminist artists such as Faith Ringgold and Adrian Piper.

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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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  • Lorea Turner

    @loreaturner

    Lorea Turner is an actress, singer, and musician. She started taking music seriously at the age of 15 when she took her talents to the app Vine, where she gained over 100,000 followers in a short couple of months.

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    Lorea Turner

    Lorea Turner is an actress, singer, and musician. She started taking music seriously at the age of 15 when she took her talents to the app Vine, where she gained over 100,000 followers in a short couple of months. Her first full cover was with friend Leroy Sanchez and they covered “Beauty and the Beast” which currently has 31 million views on YouTube. Later, Entertainment Weekly reviewed the song, and it was praised. She was also featured on Glamour Magazine where Demi Lovato reacted to Lorea’s cover of hers.

    Lorea dropped her first single, “Secrets” in April of 2021.

    She performed at H.E.R.’s Lights On Festival in September of 2021. She also sang at “Circle of Lights” in November and had a completely sold-out Christmas concert at the Indianapolis Arts Garden.

    Towards the end of 2022, Lorea starred in Kirk Franklin’s “The Night Before Christmas” Lifetime original movie.

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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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  • Yeabsera Tabb

    @yeab_art

    Yeabsera Tabb is an interdisciplinary visual artist with a focus on printmaking and textiles. Her work explores intersectionality and liminal space contained within one's personal identity.

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    Yeabsera Tabb

    Yeabsera Tabb is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with printmaking, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, sound, and video immersive experiences. She explores themes of place, identity, freedom, and immigration. She draws inspiration from patterns seen in her African heritage, lived experiences, history, individual and collective memory, and nature. She’s worked with wood, ethiopian textiles, found objects, various natural dyes, and embroidery to illustrate the tension of time and memory tied to physical places, and our identity embedded in our upbringing, and built environment.

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  • Donyá Collins

    @artbyyay

    Donyá Collins, Indianapolis born and raised is a multidisciplinary published poet, illustrator, journalist, artist, and activist specializing in illustration and design.

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    Donyá Collins

    Donyá Collins, Indianapolis born and raised is a multidisciplinary published poet, illustrator, journalist, artist, and activist specializing in illustration and design. Owner of Art By Yay, graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. Collins works in several disciplines including but not limited to illustration, painting both traditionally and digitally, photography, and graphic design. She uses art to explore themes of identity, social constructs, and Black culture.

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  • Mechi Shakur

    @mechishakur

    A 90s baby, Mechi Shakur is an Indianapolis raised and based. He has displayed art at the Indiana State Museum and made countless murals around the city of Indiana.

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    Mechi Shakur

    A 90s baby, Mechi Shakur is an Indianapolis raised and based. He has displayed art at the Indiana State Museum and made countless murals around the city of Indiana. Painting for five years now and self-taught, Mechi Shakur believes your art is a reflection of you and loves to blur the lines of reality and the imagination through an assortment of color all while diving into social and issues touching many subjects all at once.

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  • Jasmine White of Maryjanesland Entertainment

    @_maryjanesland

    Jasmine White is the Singer/Songwriter of Maryjanesland Entertainment. Her style is Contemporary R&B, and her sound is sultry and soulful.

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    Jasmine White of Maryjanesland Entertainment

    Jasmine White is the singer/songwriter of Maryjanesland Entertainment. She has spent 10+ years in the industry writing, producing, and performing. Her style is Contemporary R&B, and her sound is sultry and soulful.

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  • Treseme Bryant

    @MindOverart

    Treseme Bryant, a native of fort brag NC, was raised in Indianapolis, Ind. She is a self-taught artist who loves portrait realism, abstract, and acrylic painting.

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    Treseme Bryant

    Treseme Bryant, a native of Fort Brag NC, was raised in Indianapolis, IN. She is a self-taught artist who was influenced by her father’s mastery and love of art. In her early teens, she was fascinated by fashion illustration and drawing models from magazines. Along her journey, she felt art was underappreciated and cared less for her work, later losing a most cherished portfolio. This decreased her desire to draw again.

    Today, she leans toward the love of portrait realism, abstract, and acrylic painting. Treseme Bryant desires to introduce other mediums in the future.

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  • Robert Bentley

    @counter_culture_collective

    Robert Bentley is employed as a full-time printmaker. Robert Bentley is also a part-time self-employed muralist and fine artist, who also accepts commissions for graphic design work and apparel printing.

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    Robert Bentley

    Robert Bentley, a Broad Ripple High School graduate and Indianapolis native, started writing graffiti in High School around 2005-06. Later, Robert Bentley went on to attend college at Herron School of Art & Design for Printmaking & Drawing.

    Robert Bentley is employed as a full-time printmaker. Robert Bentley is also a part-time self-employed muralist and fine artist, who also accepts commissions for graphic design work and apparel printing.

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  • The Little Black Girl

    The Little Black Girl was born during the COVID-19 pandemic when Artist Cassyetta Price was kept from work due to having lupus. As a way to cope, Price went back to her roots. Her art is a wide range of freelance work, including a new passion for woodwork art.

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    The Little Black Girl

    The Little Black Girl was born during the COVID-19 pandemic when Artist Cassyetta Price was kept from work due to having lupus. As a way to cope, Price went back to her roots. Her art is a wide range of freelance work, including a new passion for woodwork art.

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  • Amiah Mims

    @worksbymimsy

    Amiah Mims is an ever-growing designer and painter. Residing in Indianapolis, the 28-year-old is a 2015 graduate of Kent State University where she majored in Visual Communication Design and minored in Photo Illustration. She is also a retired KSU collegiate level gymnast and MAC Champion.

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    Amiah Mims

    Amiah Mims is an ever-growing designer and painter. Residing in Indianapolis, the 29-year-old is a 2015 graduate of Kent State University where she majored in Visual Communication Design and minored in Photo Illustration. She is also a retired KS U collegiate level gymnast and MAC Champion.

    Previously, she was a full-time Graphic Designer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, her need to invest more into her organic artistic talents motivated her to take a leap of faith and branch out on her own. Now she offers a wider range of her creative services as a freelance designer, a professional artist and muralist, under her newly-founded company, Works By Mimsy LLC.

    To date, a few of her art career highlights include the Indy BLM Street Mural project (2020), the Indianapolis Recorder building mural (2020), Art & Soul event branding (2022), the Goodwill/Cook Medical 38th St. building murals (2022) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum “Sleek: The Art of the Helmet” exhibition. She is also a member of The Eighteen Art Collective, a product of the BLM Street Mural, which includes the 18 black artists who participated in the creation of the mural. Her style is flexible and adapts accordingly, depending on her mood or the content of the piece. Amiah has always had the creative talent, but has only tapped into it with intention as of late. Learning to utilize her abilities to their full capacity has been an empowering journey and will continue to be.

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