Art at Indianapolis International Airport

April 2022

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:

Concourse A

Sherry Polley: In-Vision

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Sherry Polley's artworks combine spontaneous design with systematic methods of creation. Their energetic marks and bold color harmonies are guided by her senses. The techniques used to translate these designs into vinyl are highly structured and meticulous. The resulting artworks are at once wildly free, and decidedly intentional.


In her work, Polley uses abstraction to imagine what is possible. Creating this way allows her to symbolically cast off the limitations that have held her back from hope. The works speak of having the courage to dream and to invest oneself in those dreams. Like a north star, they encourage her to keep believing in the paths that she pursues.

Sherry Polley grew up in Carmel, Indiana and is a lifelong Hoosier. She received her BFA from Herron School of Art + Design in 2011 and is part of their 2022 MFA graduating class. She currently has two murals on display in downtown Indianapolis, in collaboration with the Indy Arts Council. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and is in many private collections. 

@sherrypolleyart | www.sherrypolley.com


Concourse B

Deonna Craig: Concourse Life

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These artworks explore the life of a visual artist who is in the midst of chasing her dreams. Through Deonna Craig’s ethereal abstract work, rich in texture and color, she seeks to illustrate the emotions evoked by seeking to achieve your goals in life. From the never-ending creative chase to the subtle reminders to slow down, her outlook on life has always been through the lens of someone who strives to realize their dreams. This exhibit depicts a new chapter in the life of the artist: One of exploration and discovery.  


Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis based visual artist and art instructor. 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 fraud investigator. After 15 years in corporate America, Deonna’s creativity and love for adventure moved her to pursue art full-time.

As an entrepreneur, Deonna is able to pursue her passions of community building, teaching, public speaking and visual art. Her artwork has been featured in various museums and galleries such as the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Art Center, and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. She is also a published artist with credits to dozens of outlets such as Forbes, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, Carmel Monthly Magazine, Creative Mornings Indianapolis, NUVO, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Recorder, WTHR 13, WISH-TV 8, RTV 6, FOX 59, and PBS.

Deonna is the 2021-2022 Visiting Artist at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the 2020-2021 Virtual Resident Artist at The Madam Walker Legacy Center. She is also the President of The Eighteen, an art collective which is comprised of the 18 artists who painted the Black Lives Matter mural on Indiana Avenue in 2020.  

@deonna_heartbeat | www.deonnacraigart.com


Ticket Hall (North) 

Boxx the Artist: Afro-Futurism

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The featured artworks are from the Afro-Futurism collection by Boxx The Artist. These works bring a contemporary sensibility through a combination of digital illustration and acrylic paint, as Boxx examines the ideas of Blackness through stylized portraits. These portraits are crafted with abstracted facial forms, which sometimes show the subject’s eyes as obstructed. Perhaps it is the two lenses through which Blackness is seen: the self and the culture. Maybe it is an allusion to the ancient archetype of a blind oracle, with one eye that is turned toward the spiritual world of wisdom. Through these dynamic portraits, she displays intersectionality of identities of the African diaspora through: race, class, and gender of the evolving Black Experience.

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Boxx the Artist is an Indianapolis-based, full-time visual artist originally from Gary, Indiana. 

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 such the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois  and the 26th African American Art Exhibition, Roanne H. Victor Gallery at Actors Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky. She has also participated in several public art projects through the Indy Arts Council, including the High Art Billboard Project, Murals for Racial Justice Project, and Indy Art & Seek with a community interactive mural installation located at the Martindale-Brightwood Library.

She recently served as an artist’s apprentice for the inaugural mural for the  Bicentennial Mural Program, featuring a 5-story portrait of Marshall “Major” Taylor. She has served 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. 

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Ticket Hall (South) 

Constance Edwards Scopelitis: "God is in Clean Laundry"

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Repurposing her Quaker family's collection of lace and embroidered handkerchiefs, some more than 100 years old, Scopelitis draws images of vice and folly juxtaposed against the pristine quality of the fabric, most likely carried to church on a Sunday. Inspired by sights and objects one might encounter while hanging on a laundry line, she desecrates the hankies with cameo-like images of refuse and low-lying creatures. Rendered with a refined, classical technique, she attempts to lend an air of elegance to her subjects, while poking fun at the rarefied lineage of the tiny white linens.


Constance Edwards Scopelitis graduated with a fine arts degree from Indiana University. She continued her studies with legendary American figurative painter Isabel Bishop. Further studies at the Art Students League in NYC set Constance on a career path of executing large-scale narrative figure paintings and realistic formal oil portraits. Her portraits are in the collections of major American corporations, Universities, and private individuals.

Scopelitis has been awarded national and international fellowships including both the Indy Arts Council’s Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship in 2013-14 and the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award in 2020. She is also regularly exhibited in national and international art fairs including Art Miami during Art Basel Week.

Scopelitis was selected as a Time-Based finalist for ArtPrize 8 and exhibited 10 works in the Cornell Art Museum in Delray, FL, 2018-19. The Greater Lafayette Art Museum will host a solo exhibition of Scopelitis’ monumental drawings in 2022. The Richmond Art Museum will host a solo exhibition of contemporary works in 2023. 

@constanceart | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Ticket Hall (North and South)

Andrew Perry Davis and Rachel Bleil: Double Vision

Perry Dave and Bleil Airport Apr22This exhibition features ceramic artworks by Rachel Bleil and Andrew Perry Davis, created both individually and collaboratively. Bleil decorates her vessels with scenes of growth, change, and adaptation using hybrid characters resembling teddy bears. The carved, sgraffito (scratched) lines evoke feelings using subtle variation in width and depth, defining forms, and leaving behind a tactile surface texture. Davis sculpts characters both familiar and ambiguous, recycling them to explore different meanings. Elements that at first seem to be contradictory prompt the viewer to play with their own references and interpretations. Artifacts or antique toys inspire many of the forms he makes. Their collaborative work is a play between form and surface. Rachel creates the forms and Andrew responds with surface decoration. These artworks playfully combine familiar myths and fables with unique animal characters.


Rachel Bleil discovered ceramics at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA and decided to follow her bliss. She received a BFA in ceramics from Edinboro University (PA) and her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was the recipient of the Roger Long Award for Student Excellence at NCECA’s Regional Student Juried Exhibition and a Juried Kiln God Residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. She has taught ceramics at IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design and Purdue University. Her work is published in 500 Cups (2004), 500 Pitchers (2006), and The Best of 500 Ceramics (2012).

Andrew Perry Davis is originally from South Carolina, where he completed his B.F.A. at Winthrop University. After completing his M.F.A. in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, he relocated to Michigan where he taught ceramics and drawing at Central Michigan University. In 2008, he was a juried nine-month resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. He has been ceramics program technician at IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis since 2011. His work has been featured in numerous group shows including Materials Mastery at Fort Hays State University, an exhibition in conjunction with the 49th Annual Kansas Artists Craftsmen Association Conference and the 4th Annual Lilstreet International, Chicago. His work is published in 500 Animals in Clay (2006), and Humor in Craft (2012).

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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.

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VIDEO PROJECT:

Ride Through Indy
Akili Sosa | Sosa Animation Studios
Rotoscope animation
Screening through June 2022

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.


Alberto Sosa is a multi-faceted artist. His work centers around capturing life's moments through animation and explores the boundaries of analog and digital through hand drawn rotoscope animation that makes videos seem tangible. The animation is done with color pencil and includes simple lines and limited color that is sequenced with the computer and invites the viewer to slow down and pay attention to the honest, sometimes surreal experiences. 

Sosa is a graduate of the University of Houston’s sculpture program. His work has been shown at at Glasstire, a Texas art magazine, with a short series about interns, premiered at the South Korean Children’s Film Festival (2018) and won the Pop Art prize sponsored by Texas Tech University. He has produced several supporting works for non-profits like the Carbondale Clay Center, and for many startups and entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. Now residing in Indianapolis, he can be found regularly volunteering with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on Wednesday’s for their Landscaping and Lagers event. 

 


 

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.

Ritch Hanna
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

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“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.

Molly Meier
Finding Joy, 2020
Original artwork: acrylic on canvas
Reproduction located in the Concourse B connector

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“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

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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. 

 

 

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