Art & Soul Featured Artist Spotlight: Matthew Cooper

The windows of Gallery 924 currently feature 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. 
The work can be viewed from the sidewalk or by appointment as the gallery is currently closed.
 
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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, a month-long festival celebrating Black History Month, will include 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.

TINY 2020

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Even though our popular annual Gallery 924 show is going virtual, we're still making a big deal about TINY 2020. December 4 - January 8, you can shop 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 includes 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....

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

 

El Tendedero/The Clothesline Indiana: Homage & Celebration

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In partnership with Women4Change Indiana, Gallery 924 presents El Tendedero/The Clothesline Indiana: Homage & Celebration, an exhibition honoring the work of women and organizations all over central Indiana to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The project is inspired by internationally known Mexican feminist artist Mónica Mayer. 

See the works of three Indianapolis-based artists: Darlene Delbecq, Beatriz Vásquez, and Samantha Veach. Veach, a photographer at Newfields, documented a year of art and activism as Women4Change traveled the state to host events and inspire discussion and introspection into the pervasive issue of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls. Delbecq will share a series of portraits of artist Mónica Mayer and new conceptual work around women's bodily autonomy. Vásquez has created a large-scale papel picado-inspired installation that explores the collective impact of multiple voices all sounding the alarm against the long history of violence against women along the border.

All artwork in the show is available for sale to raise money for Women 4 Change Indiana and the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. For a price list, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

El Tendedero/The Clothesline Indiana: Homage & Celebration is open via appointment only. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an appointment or view the virtual tour below.

Image: Beatriz Vásquez, "No Means No" (detail), cut paper

DeHaan Artists of Distinction Group Exhibition III

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A 426-foot quilted table runner that encourages the viewer to think about how transit expansion affects historically "redlined" neighborhoods and a powerful new imagery of life at the U.S.-Mexico border that helps us question our personal perspectives. Art meets activism at Gallery 924's October exhibition, featuring works by five central Indiana artists -  LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Lobyn Hamilton, Stuart Hyatt, Jacinda Russell, and Constance Scopelitis - who received 2019 DeHaan Artist of Distinction Awards.  (Click on artist's name to view video interview)

This year we honor the legacy of Christel DeHaan, without whom this award and show would not be possible. To learn more about the program and Ms. DeHaan's role, please watch this brief video message.

The gallery is open by appointment only through October 30. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 317-631-3301 to set up an appointment time. Because the safety of guests and artists is our highest priority, all visitors will be required to wear face-coverings and follow these protocols. The public can also "tour" the exhibition virtually through below and here.

Feminine Bloodlines, Mexican Womanhood: Erasing Submissiveness, Beatriz Vasquez

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Gallery 924 will be open by appointment only through March 27. To schedule an appointment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Indianapolis-based Beatriz Vásquez' Mexican heritage is firmly entrenched in her art practice. Her imagery of flowing colorfully patterned clothing and cultural symbols coupled with her use of the traditional Mexican technique of papel picado (cut paper) reflect the rich history of her family and her childhood growing up in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. Those memories and narratives converge with the current reality of oppressive traditions that still affect women wherever they live. In this new work, the artist has created larger than life figures to visualize and create space for an empowered and strong female presence in the 21st century.

Hear from Beatriz about her career and the inspiration behind her Gallery 924 exhibition during her artist talk taking place on Thursday, March 12. RSVP here.

Image: Mujeres de Maiz/Maize Women (detail), papel picado, 2020

Exhibition continues through March 27.

TINY VIII: A Really Big Show

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First Friday: December 6, 2019 | 6 - 10 pm
Doors Open at 6pm!

TINY VIII at Gallery 924 includes hundreds of small pieces of original art by central Indiana artists. All media, all styles, all 6” x 6” x 6” or smaller, and many for $100 or less. This is the perfect time for first-time art buyers to start a collection or for seasoned gallery goers to purchase holiday gifts and discover new artists.

Patrons who purchase artwork for holiday gifts may pick them up early on December 18 and 19 from 9am - 5pm and on December 20 from 9am - 12 noon.  Otherwise, all artwork may be picked up after the show closes January 3, 2020. 

Is Everyday Extraordinary? A Photography Show

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First Friday: November 1, 6 – 9 pm

November 1 - 22

Gallery 924, in partnership with guest curators Aurora PhotoCenter, is proud to present Is Everyday Extraordinary?. The group exhibition highlights photographic works of various processes that demonstrate photography’s unique ability to make common everyday objects and happenings seem extraordinary. Patrons will view artwork by some of central Indiana’s best contemporary photographers as well as learn more about Aurora and its mission to support a thriving photography scene in Indianapolis.

Founded in 2018, Aurora PhotoCenter is a new arts nonprofit dedicated to supporting creativity through photography. Aurora aims to elevate the photographic arts through exhibitions, workshops, and providing access to creative tools for practicing artists. Learn more at AuroraPhoto.org.

Image: Amelia Morris, Self Portrait as a Ghost, photography, 2019

Thank you to our funders

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Indiana Arts Commission
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