Samuel E Vázquez: Unyielding

G924 Facebook Image Jan Feb 2017

IDADA First Friday Art Tour Reception: February 3, 6 - 9 pm

Having spent his formative years in New York City, Vázquez’s expressive, gestural style stems in part from his colorful past as part of the subway style writing scene in the 1970s and 1980s. His bold, organic work reflects his own social commentary on human resilience and the desire to keep one’s humanity from being dismissed. Vázquez’s inspirations are rooted in style writing, but have evolved into a highly polished studio practice. His expressive work plays out via vibrant colors, uninhibited gestures, and relentless energy.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1970, Vázquez currently lives in Indianapolis. Beginning in 2017, Vázquez will maintain a studio practice in both Indianapolis and New York City. Along with style writing, his inspiration is rooted in the works of Ed Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Vázquez's work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and cultural institutions. He has lectured on the history of style writing in venues such as the Arts Council of Indianapolis, New York City College of Technology-CUNY, Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch, Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center, and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Vázquez is a 2017 Scholar In Residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

LEARN MORE about the artist and this exhibition by watching his Indy Arts Studio Series interview.

TINY V: A Really Big Show

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Closing Reception During the
IDADA First Friday Art Tour
January 6,  6 - 9 pm

TINY V: A Really Big Show at Gallery 924 kicks off the holiday gift giving season with local art that is 6” x 6” x 6” or smaller, and prices ranging from $10 - $500. TINY is Gallery 924’s biggest show of the year and will feature over 120 artists and more than 400 pieces of TINY original artwork. TINY V is the perfect opportunity to support local artists by sharing the gift of art that could inspire family and friends to begin their own collections. The artwork includes artists from past Gallery 924 exhibitions and other up-and-coming Indianapolis artists.

During TINY, the pieces of art move beyond the usual wall space and floor stanchions to occupy all the nooks and crannies of Gallery 924. Works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, and more. Some of the work is simply miniature versions of the artist’s standard offerings, and some artists were inspired by the gallery’s layout to create site-specific installations.

 Participating artists: 

  • Anila Agha*
  • Jeannine Allen*
  • Stuart Alter
  • Mike Amato
  • Lynda Anderson
  • Bruce Armstrong
  • Kay Bae
  • Lesley Baker*
  • Stephen & Sherian Barnes
  • Josh Betsey
  • Courtland Blade
  • Chris Bowman*
  • Susan Boyles
  • Peggy Breidenbach
  • Susan Brewer*
  • Jennifer Broemel
  • Sharon Brooks
  • Tom Brown
  • Michael Brown
  • Ryan Burosh
  • Deidre Bush
  • R.A. Buys
  • Erin Case
  • Aline Chevalier
  • Jennifer Clarice-Jansen
  • Jordan Cleland
  • DJ Coppertop
  • Erica Cunningham
  • Mark Curry
  • Benaiah Cusack
  • Andrew Davis
  • Lauren Ditchley
  • Suzanne Dittenber
  • Bianca Dudeck-Mandity
  • Todd Dunn
  • Bonnie Fillenwarth
  • Sandi Finney*
  • Katherine Fries
  • DeMaris Gaunt
  • Gary Gee
  • Anita Giddings
  • Jan Good
  • Danielle Graves
  • Silvia Gray
  • Sean Gray
  • Morgan Hauth
  • Rachel Hedges
  • Joy Hernandez
  • Matt Holdzkom
  • Christina Hollering
  • Barbara Hosein
  • Jeff Hoyt
  • Sofiya Inger
  • Corey Jefferson*
  • Megan Jefferson
  • Molly Johnson
  • Rhonda Kearns
  • Cassie Kerns
  • Lauren King
  • Carla Knopp
  • Alanna Koons
  • Claudia Labin
  • Nancy Lee
  • Mary Lessing
  • Laura Levine
  • Bruce Lowenthal
  • Chris Magee
  • Rochelle Martin
  • C.J. Martin
  • Chaz Martinsen
  • Nathalie Mornu
  • Sepideh Motevaselolhagh
  • Courtney Murphy
  • Teresa Murphy
  • Katrina Murray
  • Jerome Neal
  • Lauren Neely
  • Anne Nickolson*
  • Kate Oberreich**
  • Jude Odell*
  • Kristina Oliver
  • Phil O'Malley
  • Merle Pace
  • Genna Pianki
  • Sheila Plank
  • Steve Prachyl
  • Kristalynn Price
  • Kay Quatroche
  • Anthony Radford
  • Maxx Rance
  • William Denton Ray
  • Ashley Richardson
  • Cris Rivas
  • Stephanie Robertson*
  • Joe Rohrman
  • Amelia Rose
  • M.A. Rosenberg
  • Betty Scarpino*
  • Gary Schmitt*
  • Kat Silver
  • Taylor Smith*
  • Ed Smith
  • Israel Solomon
  • Kyla Sparks
  • Jessica Springman
  • Barbara Stahl
  • Eric Stine
  • Bridgit Stoffer
  • Naomi Szczesiul
  • Lois Main Templeton*
  • Chris Tower
  • Amy Ward
  • Linda Westfall
  • Tori Weyers
  • Mindy Whipple
  • Vicky White
  • Nicole Whitis
  • Kathy Williams
  • April Willy
  • Shamira Wilson
  • Becky  Wilson
  • Mary Ann Wiskerchen
  • Kelsey Wright
  • Flatland Kitchen

* Creative Renewal Arts Fellow
** Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellow

Marna Shopoff: Shifting Perspectives


Shifting Perspectives runs through November 23 at noon.  The gallery will be closed on November 24 and 25.

This November Gallery 924 presents Marna Shopoff’s Shifting Perspectives, a solo exhibition featuring new works on canvas, linen, and paper. Shopoff creates bold, geometric abstractions that examine ideas relating to place identity and lived experiences within both the built and natural environments. 

Through reflection and intuition, Shopoff explores the visual overlap of the places we visit, the homes we live in, and the countries we explore. She expresses these visually compiled memories with expressive color to capture a certain mood, and abstraction to move through and define a physical space. She uses geometry, saturation, and transparency as her voice to reveal personal experiences within these spaces. Each piece reflects actual forms and shapes, but also the intangible memories and perceptions each viewer carries with them about a particular place.

Marna Shopoff is an Indianapolis-based visual artist with an emphasis on abstract painting and intuitive drawing. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2012 and Master of Fine Arts degree in 2014 from Herron School of Art and Design, where she has taught as an adjunct professor in the Foundations and Drawing Programs.

She has led panel discussions on abstract learning and haptic drawing at the Foundations in Art Theory and Education Conference (US) and the International Drawing and Cognition Symposium (UK). Shopoff is the recipient of various honors and awards including an Individual Artist Award from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Mildred Darby Menz Award, and the 2014-2015 Stutz Resident Artist Award. 

Shopoff’s work has been published in print circulations including Studio Visit Magazine, Manifest, and Blue Canvas. She has taken part in exhibitions both locally and internationally (solo, group, and collaborative), and has participated in art fairs including PULSE New York (NY), the Miami Project (FL) and VOLTA12 Basel (Switzerland). She is currently represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Visit her website to learn more.

 LEARN MORE about the artist and this exhibition by watching her Indy Arts Studio Series interview.

Susan Tennant: Weaving Through Space

October 2016 Postcard


Opening Reception during the October
IDADA First Friday Art Tour:
October 7, 6 - 9 pm

This October Gallery 924 presents Susan Tennant’s Weaving Through Space featuring organically engineered installations that incorporate straight and curved lines that reference flight and voyage. This exhibition will use Gallery 924 as a base to build into and through by forming interconnected structures focusing on curvilinear lines. The various artworks and installations will be constructed on-site by weaving and networking fiberglass rods, wood, and waxed cord throughout the interior space, appearing to go through the walls and ceiling, and wrapping around the air ducts. Tennant, a 2005-2006 Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, will engage gallery patrons to view the physical gallery space, the sculptural forms, and the shadows they cast as a unified visual experience.

Susan Tennant, a sculptor and educator in Indianapolis, IN, was born and raised in New Jersey. Tennant moved to Indiana in 1978, with husband Phillip, who started the Herron School of Art and Design Furniture Design Department at IUPUI. She received a BFA from SUNY Alfred University’s School of Art and Design and has a MS from the School of Informatics and Computing and a MFA from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI. She has shown her work most recently at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. ​Tennant received an Arts Council of Indianapolis​ Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship in 2006. In 2010 she published a textbook, Once Upon a Digital Story: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Art. She has been a lifelong educator, and for the last 16 years, she has been a professor in the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. Click here to visit Susan Tennant's website.

LEARN MORE about the artist and this exhibition by watching her Indy Arts Studio Series interview.

Phil O'Malley: Appropriated Voyeurism

September 2016 Web Rotator

Opening Reception during the September
IDADA First Friday Art Tour:

September 2, 6 - 9 pm

Gallery 924 is pleased to present Appropriated Voyeurism, an interactive, multimedia installation by Indianapolis based artist Phil O’Malley. The abundance and immediacy of images has become overwhelming at times as it floods all aspects of contemporary life. Photos, videos, social media posts, advertisements, graphics, and logos dominate our view while clouding the lines between what is public and private. After mining our last century’s tour of imagery, Appropriated Voyeurism exploits image inundation while exploring the instigation of our accidental exhibitionism. If you have posted something online, it might be in this exhibition.

Phil O’Malley, a professional studio artist and designer in Indianapolis, IN, was born in Massachusetts, and has spent the past four decades painting in the
Midwest. After making his way to Indiana, he studied Interior Design in the Purdue School of Engineering and earned a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design. Phil has created two- and three-dimensional works in fine art, culinary art, interior design, architectural design, graphic design, and event design.

LEARN MORE about the artist and this exhibition by watching their Indy Arts Studio Series interview.

The Art Assignment Show

August Exhibition Rotator

August 5 - 26

Gallery 924 presents The Art Assignment Show, a group exhibition exploring the diverse responses to the popular online video series produced in partnership with PBS Digital Studios and hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green. The exhibition will include work from Indianapolis based artists Brian McCutcheon, Nathaniel Russell, and Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow Lauren Zoll who have been featured in the PBS series and shared their own art assignments with the world. Gallery 924 has collected responses to these artists’ assignments from artists in surrounding states, and they will be displayed alongside McCutcheon, Russell, and Zoll’s work in Gallery 924.

The Art Assignment is a weekly educational video series hosted by Green and focuses on the creative process and the act of making. The series introduces viewers to innovative, emerging and established artists and art making approaches, challenges them with creative art assignments, and demystifies contemporary art for broad audiences by exploring art history through the lens of the present. Green travels around the U.S. to meet with artists in order to obtain assignments from them based on their own art practice.

Each video serves as an open call for makers across the globe who can then complete work on their own and share online. A vibrant community of participants has grown around the series, and thousands of artworks have been made and shared socially and through the series.

The exhibition will feature responses to The Art Assignment’s videos from Indiana artists Brian McCutcheon, Lauren Zoll, and Nat Russell. In McCutcheon’s Customize It, viewers were asked to find a common object that they found interesting, make a list of identifying traits about that object, and customize the object while thinking about one of those traits. Zoll’s Off, challenged artists to turn off a screen on any device, take a photo of only the screen (excluding human forms), and think about the color, pattern, and form. In Fake Flyer, Nathaniel Russell asked artists to create a flyer or poster that gave advice, shared something about their life, or promoted an imagined event.

Interested in taking part in an art assignment? On opening night, Gallery 924 patrons can take Russell’s challenge, and create and hang their own Fake Flyer at a flyer-making station.

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LEARN MORE about the artists and this exhibition by watching the Indy Arts Studio Series interview.

Town and Country: Indiana Stories by Kipp Normand & Kyle Ragsdale


June 3 - July 21
Opening Reception during IDADA First Friday Art Tour on June 3, 6 - 9 pm

As the state of Indiana puts its best foot forward to celebrate all things Hoosier this year, Gallery 924 will put a unique twist on the Bicentennial commemoration with a two person show revealing Indiana’s more creative and colorful side. Town and Country: Indiana Stories by Kipp Normand & Kyle Ragsdale will feature the lesser known icons and tales from our history in only a way that Normand and Ragsdale can. 
Kipp Normand has no formal training in art. His grandfather taught him to paint, and his father taught him to build things. Normand is a scavenger and an obsessive collector, searching streets and alleys, junk stores and abandoned buildings looking for clues to explain the mystery of our world. He finds stories in discarded things: stories about himself and stories about all of us; our cities and our shared history. He first began making assemblage, shadow boxes and collage images as a way to justify his relentless collecting. Read more about Kipp on the Harrison Center for the Arts' website.

Kyle Ragsdale grew up in Texas and New Mexico, witnessing from a young age a mix of vibrant cultures and large wild spaces. For 15 years since earning degrees at Baylor University (BFA) and Southern Methodist University (MFA), Kyle has been painting full time, working periodically as a decorative painter and stage set designer, and making fine art. He has served as curator for exhibits in Texas and Indiana and currently is curator for the Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis. Read more about Kyle on the Harrison Center for the Arts' website.

LEARN MORE about the artists and this exhibition by watching their Indy Arts Studio Series interview.

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