Asli Narin’s work explores cosmic awareness, coexistence, and connection through image-making. Seeing life as the continuous exploration of the self, she investigates the human experience through forms and abstractions. Her subjects are often the thresholds, dualities, and cycles of life. Narin was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and she has participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including in Germany, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
Samantha Ortiz is a Brazilian-American visual artist working with the intersection of slow fashion and fine arts. Her work uses a wide variety of media including knitting, painting, language and others, exploring the power of human form and its self healing. She has participated in lectures, workshops, and exhibitions in Venice (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), Valparaíso (Chile), Indianapolis, New York, and many cities in Brazil.
Boxx The Artist
Boxx The Artist synthesizes expressionistic portraiture through acrylic paintings, digital art, and public installations that examines the African Diaspora providing cultural images that honor a marginalized community. Her work captures different elements of life promoting health, wealth, wellness, and celebrating Blackness.
Visual Artist & Printmaker
Scheuer’s work addresses themes of history, plants, the body, and healing. She is an assistant professor of printmaking in the Rueff School of Design, Art and Performance at Purdue University. With the support of this award, she will focus her creative practice in exploration of artist books.
Photographer & Bookmaker
Jacinda Russell is a conceptual artist, primarily working in photography and bookmaking. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Texas Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, Eyebeam, and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Jacinda will travel to the Svalbard archipelago to participate in the Arctic Circle Residency where she will create six resin sculptures depicting ice and permafrost loss in various states of disintegration.
Ian Weaver is an artist and Associate Professor at Saint Mary's College, South Bend, IN. He has exhibited nationally, including at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM); The Chicago Cultural Center; the South Bend Museum of Art; and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. His residencies include Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts; Ox-Bow; the ISCP Residency, New York; and Yaddo and the Millay Colony, both in upstate New York.
Shamira Wilson is an interdisciplinary visual artist, farm apprentice, and founder of the studio Wilson Art Lab, based in Indianapolis, IN. She creates artwork based on the geometry of plants. Plants speak in signs and symbols which she translates with paint. Wilson is a member of the Impact 100 giving circle and the Eighteen Artist Collective. Her public artworks can be seen in permanent collections including Indy Arts Council and Indiana State Museum.
Ventiko is a conceptual artist working in photography, film, performative experiences and social practice. Her/their work focuses on de/re-constructing societal positions on identity, specifically sexuality, persona, gender and the state of the modern woman. Ventiko’s works have been exhibited and experienced internationally at art fairs (PULSE, Select, Korean International Art Fair, Sluice, Photo LA), institutions (Tate Modern, MOMA, Queens Museum, Walters Art Museum) and in the public sphere (US, UK, Serbia, Dominican Republic, and Italy).
2019 DEHAAN ARTIST OF DISTINCTION AWARDEES
LaShawnda Crowe Storm
Constance Edwards Scopelitis
2018 DEHAAN ARTIST OF DISTINCTION AWARDEES
Anila Quayyum Agha
2017 DEHAAN ARTIST OF DISTINCTION AWARDEES