In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Arts Council of Indianapolis manages the award-winning temporary exhibition program at Indianapolis International Airport. The Arts Council curates rotating installations in closed cases in the main terminal, commissions new work for the video screens above the main escalator/staircase, and operates a long-term loan program for large sculpture outdoors in the North Terminal Garden.
Currently on view:
LaShawnda Crowe Storm: redLINES
Piecing: Ruth Edwards (Lead) Vernon Edwards, Tracey Laswell, and Shamira Wilson
Quilting: Phyllis Boyd, Stephanie Robertson, Shamira Wilson, and Trish Williams (Lead)
redLINES is a 426-foot pieced and quilted table runner that supported At the Crossroads, a food justice project and community-based collaboration between artist Seitu Jones and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields that took place in September 2019.
The overall project examined food justice issues in Indianapolis, specifically, Westside communities. As a companion piece, redLINES examines the historical impact of policies that perpetuated economic and racial injustice – the root cause of why so many still continue to struggle with food insecurity and inadequate food choices even in the midst of the city’s new home building and rapid community change.
Nationally, redlining was the systematic denial by government and businesses of services to communities in specific geographies. Redlining was most pronounced in real estate and lending, where some neighborhoods were literally marked on the map with a red line indicating that they were too risky to receive loans and investments. Race was a central factor: the blacker, browner or poorer the community, the redder its map.
Injustice begins in the home, the heart, the belief that others are not worthy. Today, we find that redlining, when coupled with other policies rooted in racialization (such as building highways and segregating schools) resulted in years of disinvestment and dislocation. Our current reality is built on the ripple effect of past decisions.
redLINES asks us to consider the historical harm, its current impact, and what decades of disinvestment now mean for those in Indianapolis who suddenly find themselves in the midst of rapid reinvestment. What makes us angry or “see red” about these histories, about these realities? Where do we draw the line in the sand of injustice? How do we redraw the map for a more equitable and racially just future? Or is that even possible?
Crowe Storm received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She has exhibited widely in both traditional and alternative spaces, as well as won numerous awards for art and community service. Her work continues to be impacted by social justice concerns, both historically and currently. “For me art is my form of ‘social work’ and I use it to open doorways to community dialog, which is the first step to healing. This, in itself, leads to wider social change.” Exploring topics such as suicide, misogyny, lynching and slavery, she explores the ramifications of these issues on a broader socio-historical scale, as well as incorporates community-based aspects, traditional African spiritual practices and black American folklore into her projects.
Matthew Cooper: Moments of Solace II
Cooper’s artwork is equal parts creation and destruction. His process begins from within, as he travels to far-reaching, vulnerable places within his memories from childhood and life and examines them on canvas. The tedious, physical act of building up his paintings with layers of collected materials, like paper and cardboard, as well as paint mimics the emotional work he experiences as he is creating. What he has previously tried to distract himself from or avoid in life, he is confronted with on the canvas. Each artwork is a discovery in which he hopes to unearth personal truths that also speak to the heart of human experience and vulnerability.
“As my work is never completely done, I often repurpose old canvases to carve away something new from them - which is evident in the layers of paint and materials that are ripped away to reveal more “raw” bits of canvas. I spend a lot of time in the studio delving into my family history and peeling back the layers of trauma to heal long neglected parts of myself; parts that I was told by society were off-limits; feelings I wasn’t allowed to feel as a young Black man growing up. I seek to shine a light on those intricacies of the Black experience I have encountered while exposing and speaking to universal truths and struggles we all face as humans.”
Matthew Cooper is an emerging artist specializing in mixed media paintings. He received his ALA from Vincennes University in 2012 and attended IUPUI’s (Indiana University / Purdue University Indianapolis) Herron School of Art & Design where he studied drawing and minored in Africana Studies. From exhibiting in galleries during his early career, to being commissioned to paint murals around Indianapolis, and becoming an Art & Soul featured artist with the Indy Arts Council, Matthew is leaving his mark on his hometown. His studio is downtown in the Circle City Industrial Complex.
Ticket Hall North and South
Purdue Black Cultural Center
The Purdue Black Cultural Center, located on Purdue University’s West Lafayette, Indiana campus, highlights and celebrates life across the global Black Diaspora. Known as the BCC, the Center’s mission is to enhance the community‘s understanding of the cultural richness in the Black experience. Everything from the Center’s use of traditional African architectural features to the collection housed within support its mission.
This exhibition, which contains a small portion of the Purdue Black Cultural Center’s vast collection of artwork and artifacts, conveys elements of Black cultural life. Items include contemporary artwork, antiquities from many African countries, and ephemera from the BCC’s historic 53-year presence on Purdue’s campus.
The Black Cultural Center provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly, and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of and empathy for Black Diasporic heritage. Born of activism in the late sixties, the BCC, a National Trust Historic Preservation Distinctive Destination, sponsors seven performing arts ensembles on Purdue’s campus, embarks on regular cultural tours around the globe, and hosts world-renowned guest speakers, lecturers, artists and activists.
Today, the BCC is nationally recognized and acknowledged as one of the best centers of its kind, serving as a catalyst for a host of educational, artistic, social, and technological initiatives. The center provides an environment that fosters cross-cultural exchanges, noteworthy research, and artistic expression.
Learn more at purdue.edu/bcc
KIND Gallery (Concourse A)
College Football Playoff Foundation Exhibition: Indiana Arts Educators
Through June 2022
Along with the Indianapolis Airport Authority and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the College Football Playoff Foundation and the 2022 College Football Playoff Indianapolis Host Committee sought works by Indiana teachers as a part of their commitment to elevating teachers in Indiana and around the country. These artists were rewarded so that they could continue to produce thought-provoking and inspiring pieces, and nurture the next generation of creators in their classrooms.
Great teachers change lives, as does art. Join us in celebrating this exceptional group of artists who inspire us all, through their work in the classroom and in the studio.
Artists in the exhibition include: Jenny Ambroise, David Ballinger, Kelsey Bowyer, Lisa B. Elliott, Alyson Hatcher-Kendall, Caroline Hays, Daniel Moosbrugger, Katheryn Pourcho, Suzanne Rietdorf, Beata Steiner, and Jenny Tucker.
A digital exhibition of artworks by arts educators is also on view featuring: Jenny Ambroise, David Ballinger, Kelsey Bowyer, Jane Brush, Lisa B. Elliott, Angela Fritz, Alyson Hatcher-Kendall, Caroline Hays, Cho Long McGowan, Scott Miller, Daniel Moosbrugger, Suzanne Rietdorf, Beata Steiner, and Jenny Tucker.
Single-channel video, 2020
Screening from July 1 through December 31, 2021
Water Color is an excerpt from a longer piece of the same name, created by West Lafayette artist Claudia Krogmeier with assistance from Brandon Coventry in order to bring color and inspiration to the difficult year of 2020. Color streams move through the water slowly, like otherworldly creatures exploring a new habitat, growing more complexly intertwined as the film progresses. The blue and purple droplets create ripples and reflections throughout the water, providing a brief interlude of calm and relaxation for the busy traveler.
About the Artists
Claudia Krogmeier became interested in video production as a teenager in her hometown of West Lafayette, Indiana, developing spoof videos of family and friends as she learned to edit footage together in different ways to tell stories. During her undergraduate work in telecommunications at Indiana University, she learned how to direct a crew to help craft her vision. She later began experimenting with short films and music videos using techniques inspired by avant-garde cinema, particularly those which expose the way the film was created. Claudia often emphasizes unexpected visual effects and explores ambiguous narratives in her films. She currently lives in West Lafayette after pursuing her work in Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon. She received her M.S. in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University in 2019 and is currently a Ph.D. student in Technology, also at Purdue.
To learn more about Claudia and see additional film work, visit her website at https://claudiakrogmeier.wixsite.com/hello
Brandon Coventry was born in Decatur, Illinois where he grew up playing guitar and bass in its vibrant and active music scene. He began college at the University of Illinois as a jazz studies major and toured the U.S. with several groups. After realizing his love of engineering new and creative medical devices, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he completed a degree in electrical engineering at Saint Louis University. During this time, he continued playing music while also designing and building guitar fx pedals. After undergraduate work was complete, he moved to West Lafayette, Indiana to pursue a PhD in neural engineering at Purdue University. He became interested in visual arts during graduate school where he picked up photography and pursued architectural and astrophotography. Since then, he has been active in creative roles in art video projects and working as a film composer.
To learn more about Brandon and see his academic and artistic work, visit his website at:
Concourse Vinyl Murals
Indianapolis International Airport
The murals in the airport’s concourse connectors and parking garage, coordinated by the Arts Council in partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, showcase the work of artists based in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. They are elements of larger artworks, selected through a competitive process for the stories they can tell about life in this place and at this time. The murals provide inspiration for travelers, whether they are visitors to the city or are returning central Indiana residents.
Life in the Time of COVID, 2020
Original artwork: encaustic and burned shellac on birch panel
Reproduction located in the Level 3 lobby of the Parking Garage
[Image coming soon]
“This work is abstract like all my paintings. It encompasses my thoughts working from March to September 2020: dealing with feelings of overwhelm, but with splashes of hope and positivity mixed in.”
Ritch Hanna is an Indianapolis-based painter. He first received a degree in theatre arts, then received his B.A. in Art History from the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI. Working primarily in encaustic (liquid wax) paints, he is a member of the Stutz Artists Association and exhibits frequently in the Indianapolis area.
Finding Joy, 2020
Original artwork: acrylic on canvas
Reproduction located in the Concourse B connector
“Finding Joy represents a visual processing of emotions through painting. Layering paint and oil pastel and then scraping parts away is symbolic of the emotional work we do every day as humans. Some colors and lines are thinly veiled, while others are bold and bright. The landscape of our emotions is expressed here through the colors playing off of each other, some raw and rugged when we are struggling, while others are filled with energy and vibrancy on our best days.”
Molly Meier is an Indianapolis-based artist who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist, careers which strongly influence her expressionistic style. Her abstract art is a response to the healing work she does with her clients and helps her to restore her own balance and grounding. Molly has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a focus in Ceramic Sculpture from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Kevin James Wilson
Kings of the Castle, 2008
Original artwork: Prismacolor on matte board
Reproduction located in the Concourse A connector
Kings of the Castle was inspired by the men the artist used to see playing checkers in the barber shop as he grew up. It was like a “country club” where Black men could speak their minds about politics. religion, women, America, etc without repercussions. Years later, he noticed that similar men habitually gathered at the White Castle at 38th and Keystone, and to him the restaurant seemed to serve the same function. The composition pays homage to Norman Rockwell, a great influence on the artist’s work.
Kevin James Wilson is a graphic and commercial artist and art teacher who also creates works of fine art. He has taught at International Business College for 22 years, currently holding the position of head of the Graphic Design Department, and also teaches art at community-based arts institutions. Wilson’s specialty is creating works in graphite and colored pencil.
Proposals are currently being sought for indoor installations at Indianapolis International Airport: visit our Artist Opportunities website for more information.