June-July 2022 | Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Retrospective

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First Friday Reception: July 1, 6-9 p.m.

What happens when 39 central Indiana artists are each given $10,000 to go in search of creative inspiration? Find out at the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Retrospective, where you can meet the artists and experience their journeys through the visual art, poetry, photos, books, and videos they created. You'll feel inspired, too! 

The pandemic forced many of the fellows to change their plans. But, they found joy in everything from watching flamenco on the streets of Lisbon, Portugal; to building a backyard tree house; to buying and converting a 1995 GMC van for a trip out West. As one photographer noted: “The ultimate lesson is that one can be creative–and create–anywhere.”

The exhibition is open June 3 through July 21, 2022.

 

About the Creative Renewal Fellowship Program

In 1999, the Indy Arts Council, with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., established the program as an invitation to central Indiana artists, and nonprofit arts administrators, to nurture their creative exploration and rekindle their spirits. Since then, the Arts Council has awarded $10,000 grants to nearly 470 individuals. 

Apply to be a 2022-2023 Fellow 

Applications for the 2022-2023 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships are open June 3-July 17, 2022, at indyarts.org.

 

 

Images (L-R): Devon Ginn, Sound Bath Meditation Performance; Valerie Eickmeier, Meditation Pond, Oil on canvas ; Mirvia Sol Eckert, Getting My Rhythm On: Bomba!, Acrylic; Craig McDaniel, Falconry, Acrylic on canvas; Polina Osherov, Neon Thaw, Photography

 

May 2022 | Katrina J. Murray: This is Us

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First Friday Reception: Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m.

In her exhibition This Is Us, ceramic artist Katrina J. Murray uses collage on mirrors to invite us to reflect more intentionally on the cultural biases we subconsciously hold. Vintage scales with ceramic figures and other objects weigh people’s differing conceptions of civil liberties–such as those surrounding gun laws–against the human consequences. 

In one installation, The Garden of Earthly Delights, she uses humor and surprise to challenge us to see what’s really under the surface of social justice issues that have divided our country, including interracial marriage, LGBTQ rights, and class warfare. 

Murray, who lost her son in 2005 during the Iraq War, will donate part of the proceeds from sales of This Is Us artworks to two Indianapolis nonprofit organizations created by mothers against gun violence: Purpose 4 My Pain, established by DeAndra Dycus in 2014 after her son was critically injured by gun violence, and Warriors4peace, established by Cheryl Shockley to honor the memory of her son, Jack, who was murdered in 2020 by a gunman. 

The exhibition will be up through May 26.

April 2022 | Under Western Skies: Paintings from the Southwest by Orlando Peláez

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First Friday Reception: Friday, April 1, 6-9 p.m.

Growing up in Medellin, Colombia, Orlando Peláez would watch Western movie matinees and collect comic books and trade them with friends. As part of his Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship in 2017, he traveled to Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico to revisit his childhood fascination with Southwestern people, landscapes, and cultures. 

His journey inspired Under Western Skies: Paintings from the Southwest, opening with a First Friday reception 6 to 9 p.m. April 1 at Gallery 924. Orlando’s trademark bold, almost-graphic approach incorporates vintage Western comics and pays homage to Native American people while exploring his view of the fictionalized romanticism of the West. Orlando will give brief remarks at 6:30 p.m.

“I want to send a strong and genuine message about how I see the ‘American dream’ about the West, with all of its historical tragedies and triumphs,” he said. 

Under Western Skies: Paintings from the Southwest will be on exhibit through April 28. 

About the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

A collaboration between Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Indy Arts Council, the Fellowship awards $10,000 grants every two years to eligible artists and administrators to explore their artistry, refresh their creativity, and recharge their spirit. Since the program’s launch in 1999, nearly 470 grants have been awarded. The next round of grant applications will open June 3. 

NEW! COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATES

With COVID cases declining in Marion County, masks are optional for visitors to Gallery 924, but encouraged in areas where social distancing is not possible. Indy Arts Council staff will continue to wear masks as a precautionary measure. 

February - March 2022 | New Photography 2022

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The second First Friday reception to celebrate New Photography 2022 is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Mar. 4. 

 

One artist captures his ambivalence toward the community he grew up in. Another explores “Women’s Work” and the ways women are dehumanized when they're relegated to using objects assigned to them. Other themes look at the cycle of life, the complexity of memory, climate change—and even race tracks in the Midwest. 

We invite you to experience these artworks at New Photography 2022 at Gallery 924. The exhibition, curated by Aurora PhotoCenter in partnership with the Indy Arts Council, tells the story of the seismic changes the world has experienced during the pandemic, the protests for racial, social, and economic justice, and the shifts in the way we work, go to school, and live. 

Artists include Arria Woolcock; Asli Narin; Cary Benbow; Claire Hegge; Jenna Mesker; Matt Carroll; Savannah Calhoun; Stefan Petranek; Steve Nyktas; and Torry Brown. Not only do their photo-based works keep a record of our changing times, but they reveal beauty and new directions to explore. 

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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