December 2021 - January 2022 | TINY 10

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After a one-year break, TINY is back at Gallery 924—and it’s not bigger than ever. The popular annual holiday exhibition will feature its signature small original artworks, all 6”x6”x6” or less, and typically priced under $100. 

More than 425 pieces, created by 124 local artists, will be for sale. Sip festive beverages as you shop for truly unique holiday gifts for friends and family, or add to your own art collection while supporting local creatives. 

TINY 10 opens with a First Friday reception from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 3. You can also visit Gallery 924 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or make an appointment to shop. (Gallery 924 is closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2)  The exhibition closes Jan. 7, 2022.

November 2021 | Samantha Ortiz: Plant Your Feet

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Much of Brazilian native Samantha Ortiz’s textile-based work in this exhibition is focused on healing herself and inviting others to heal themselves. Viewers may do so by using the energy she considers to be imprinted in her artwork during the focused process of making her tactile, intimate art objects. Ortiz uses “slow” handmade techniques such as stamping, stitching, hand-dyeing, and painting to imbue her often wearable or interactive work with a sense of the considerable time spent creating them. Through her artwork, time and memory become touchable. Ortiz’s own effort, memories, and healing thoughts are shared with the viewer through their interaction with the work.

 
 

September 2021 | DeHaan Artist of Distinction Group Exhibition

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This new, two-month long exhibition at Gallery 924 will present the works of four Indianapolis-based contemporary visual artists who each received the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award to pursue aspirational projects that pushed their careers in dynamic new ways. This year’s exhibition features artworks by painter Mason Archie, photographer Eric Lubrick, multidisciplinary artist Samuel Levi Jones, and papel picado inspired artist Beatriz Vazquez.

Beginning in 2017, the Arts Council partnered with the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation (CDFF) to create the annual DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award to promote, celebrate, recognize, and reward excellence by supporting aspirational and innovative projects by contemporary, professional visual artists in central Indiana.
 
 
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August 2021 | Choice and Chance: Valerie Eickmeier

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Valerie Eickmeier explores themes surrounding environment, landscape, water, and human impact on nature. Her long-term interest in these topics eventually grew to focus on juxtaposing the wholeness of an environment with snapshots of distinct places, atmospheric qualities, and moments in time. Since 2019, she has created several series of paintings and woodcuts that represent places and weather events using satellite images of land masses, waterways, ocean currents, and large river deltas. This process allows her to imbed scientific data in a visually expressive way. In this new work, she investigates mapping as an artform by selecting physical features of a geographic area to convey a message or metaphor about the powerful effects of climate change.

Eickmeier is Professor of Fine Arts, Dean Emeritus at Herron School of Art & Design and a two-time Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow.

June - July 2021 | Art and Activism

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Fifteen Indianapolis-based artists will explore the role that art plays in driving awareness of complex social issues such as police brutality, gentrification, migrant workers' rights, climate change, fast fashion, and other causes that are significant to them. The show, co-curated by artists Matthew Cooper and Israel Solomon and Gallery 924 staff, was inspired by the visual conversations that artists created on downtown Indianapolis' boarded-up storefronts as part of the 2020 Murals for Racial Justice project.

Artists include Jaidly Anciso, Anthony Armstrong, Shadé "$hady" Bell, Regina Bunting, Constance Collins, Matthew Cooper, Clayton Hamilton, Angelita Hampton, Savannah Jacob, Nasreen Khan, Gaby Mojica, WildStyle Paschall, Anthony Radford, Rebecca Robinson, and Israel Solomon.

Art and Activism is part of a collaboration among the Arts Council, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indianapolis Public Library to honor the one-year anniversary of Murals for Racial Justice. 

This exhibition contains sensitive and graphic content that some viewers might find difficult, and potentially disturbing. 

SPECIAL EVENTS & OTHER PROGRAMS 

June 5-Sept. 6: RESPONSE: Images and Sounds of a Movement, an Indiana State Museum exhibition featuring six murals that were created last summer in downtown Indianapolis as part of an immediate response to the worldwide protests against police brutality. 

June 26: Panel discussion featuring RESPONSE: Images and Sounds of a Movement artists Gary Gee, Elija Norwood, Gentry Parker, and Mechi Shakur, and moderated by Danicia Monét, Murals for Racial Justice project manager and the Programs & Facilities Director for the Purdue Black Cultural Center, from 1-2 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Indiana State Museum. 

The Arts Council thanks Glick Philanthropies for its generous support of the Murals for Racial Justice project, which includes the partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library and the June 12 panel discussion.

Image: Israel Solomon, American Duality (detail), 2020, Acrylic on canvas

February 2021 | Art & Soul Featured Artist Spotlight: Matthew Cooper

February through April of 2021, the windows of Gallery 924 featured two works on canvas by Indianapolis painter Matthew Cooper, the 2021 Art & Soul  Featured Visual Artist. Matthew's narrative works feature an investigation of Black history, life, and culture through his own personal lens. 
 
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Matthew Cooper is a self-taught visual artist who studied drawing and Africana studies at the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design. He reads as much as he can about a subject before he re-creates it on canvas: “I want to give life once again to our untold history.”
 

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The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Gallery 924 are pleased to offer high quality giclée prints of the artwork, Industrial By-Product of the Black Identity, by 2021 Art & Soul Featured Artist Matthew Cooper. 

Two print sizes are available:

  • Large: 36"H x 20"W (including 2" white border) - $160.50 (includes tax)
  • Small: 28"H x 16"W (including 2" white border) - $96.30 (includes tax)

Shipping is available for an additional $18.50.

Click here to order.

 
 
 
 

Art & Soul 2021, a month-long festival celebrating Black History Month, included shows and exhibitions by four Featured Artists, performances by 12 musical acts, and special programming. Please follow @ArtsCouncilIndy and #ArtSoulIndy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the celebration.

December 2020 | TINY IX

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Even though our popular annual Gallery 924 show went virtual, we still made a big deal about TINY 2020. December 4 - January 8, patrons shopped for original artworks created by TINY artists at the new Art Center Marketplace hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center.

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This year's virtual event featured 265 pieces by 29 artists, including:

William Denton Ray (digital painting)
Katrina Murray (ceramic)
Samantha Ortiz (textiles)
Kay Bae (jewelry)
John Ross (drawing/painting)
Peggy Breidenbach (ceramics)
Mark Curry (photography)
Ellery Diaz (collage/works on paper)
Julia Zollman Wicks (painting)
Andrew Perry Davis (ceramics)
Merle Pace (drawing/painting)
Jen Broemel (textiles) 
Chaz Martinsen (ceramic/functional)
and more....

Thank you for supporting local artists, while adding to your own art collection or buying unique holiday gifts for friends and family. 

 

Thank you to our funders

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Lilly
Indiana Arts Commission
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Clowes Charitable Foundation