In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Arts Council of Indianapolis manages the award-winning temporary exhibition program at Indianapolis International Airport. The Arts Council curates rotating installations in closed cases in the main terminal, commissions new work for the video screens above the main escalator/staircase, and operates a long-term loan program for large sculpture outdoors in the North Terminal Garden.
Currently on view:
Indiana, Naturally: A Nature Photography Competition
Now through December 10, 2021
The Indianapolis International Airport is pleased to host this biennial exhibition of photography highlighting the natural beauty of Indiana.
The photographs were submitted as part of a statewide competition, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy in Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Jurors Matt Williams (TNC), Emily Wood (Indiana Wildlife Federation), and professional photographers Denis Ryan Kelly, Jr. and Emily Schwank selected 54 exemplary images from a pool of more than 700 artworks by adult amateur, adult professional, and youth photographers.
Locations range from backyards to city and state parks to TNC nature preserves, and subject matter includes plant life, landscapes and wildlife. Both straight photography and “artistic” interpretations are included in the exhibition. Award winners have received special designations.
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Working in all 50 U.S. states and 72 countries and territories, TNC is the largest conservation organization in the world and is committed to solving our planet’s greatest environmental challenges.
The Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy was founded in 1959 and has protected more than 100,000 acres of Hoosier prairie, forest and wetland. To learn more about TNC, visit nature.org/Indiana
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Indiana, Naturally Competition Winners
Best Adult Amateur: Radhika Cherukuru, Stealth Hunter
Best Adult Professional: Ronda Hamm, Frog for Dinner
Best Youth: Arthur Mansavage, The Last Drop
Best Plant Life: Jeanette Jaskula, Blue Sky Coreopsis
Best Wildlife: Ryan Jeske, Two for One Special
Best Artistic: Zolt Levay, Fireflies and Milky Way
Best Landscape: Susan Ross, Woodland Morning
Juror's Award: Ronda Hamm, Camouflaged Spider
Juror's Award: Komail Quraish, Virginia Rail in the Swamp
Juror's Award: Zalman Wainhaus, Somewhere Silent
The Nature Conservancy Award: Suzanne Holycross, Common Redpoll
Single-channel video, 2020
Screening from July 1 through December 31, 2021
Water Color is an excerpt from a longer piece of the same name, created by West Lafayette artist Claudia Krogmeier with assistance from Brandon Coventry in order to bring color and inspiration to the difficult year of 2020. Color streams move through the water slowly, like otherworldly creatures exploring a new habitat, growing more complexly intertwined as the film progresses. The blue and purple droplets create ripples and reflections throughout the water, providing a brief interlude of calm and relaxation for the busy traveler.
About the Artists
Claudia Krogmeier became interested in video production as a teenager in her hometown of West Lafayette, Indiana, developing spoof videos of family and friends as she learned to edit footage together in different ways to tell stories. During her undergraduate work in telecommunications at Indiana University, she learned how to direct a crew to help craft her vision. She later began experimenting with short films and music videos using techniques inspired by avant-garde cinema, particularly those which expose the way the film was created. Claudia often emphasizes unexpected visual effects and explores ambiguous narratives in her films. She currently lives in West Lafayette after pursuing her work in Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon. She received her M.S. in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University in 2019 and is currently a Ph.D. student in Technology, also at Purdue.
To learn more about Claudia and see additional film work, visit her website at https://claudiakrogmeier.wixsite.com/hello
Brandon Coventry was born in Decatur, Illinois where he grew up playing guitar and bass in its vibrant and active music scene. He began college at the University of Illinois as a jazz studies major and toured the U.S. with several groups. After realizing his love of engineering new and creative medical devices, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he completed a degree in electrical engineering at Saint Louis University. During this time, he continued playing music while also designing and building guitar fx pedals. After undergraduate work was complete, he moved to West Lafayette, Indiana to pursue a PhD in neural engineering at Purdue University. He became interested in visual arts during graduate school where he picked up photography and pursued architectural and astrophotography. Since then, he has been active in creative roles in art video projects and working as a film composer.
To learn more about Brandon and see his academic and artistic work, visit his website at:
Concourse Vinyl Murals
Indianapolis International Airport
The murals in the airport’s concourse connectors and parking garage, coordinated by the Arts Council in partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, showcase the work of artists based in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. They are elements of larger artworks, selected through a competitive process for the stories they can tell about life in this place and at this time. The murals provide inspiration for travelers, whether they are visitors to the city or are returning central Indiana residents.
Life in the Time of COVID, 2020
Original artwork: encaustic and burned shellac on birch panel
Reproduction located in the Level 3 lobby of the Parking Garage
[Image coming soon]
“This work is abstract like all my paintings. It encompasses my thoughts working from March to September 2020: dealing with feelings of overwhelm, but with splashes of hope and positivity mixed in.”
Ritch Hanna is an Indianapolis-based painter. He first received a degree in theatre arts, then received his B.A. in Art History from the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI. Working primarily in encaustic (liquid wax) paints, he is a member of the Stutz Artists Association and exhibits frequently in the Indianapolis area.
Finding Joy, 2020
Original artwork: acrylic on canvas
Reproduction located in the Concourse B connector
“Finding Joy represents a visual processing of emotions through painting. Layering paint and oil pastel and then scraping parts away is symbolic of the emotional work we do every day as humans. Some colors and lines are thinly veiled, while others are bold and bright. The landscape of our emotions is expressed here through the colors playing off of each other, some raw and rugged when we are struggling, while others are filled with energy and vibrancy on our best days.”
Molly Meier is an Indianapolis-based artist who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist, careers which strongly influence her expressionistic style. Her abstract art is a response to the healing work she does with her clients and helps her to restore her own balance and grounding. Molly has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a focus in Ceramic Sculpture from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Kevin James Wilson
Kings of the Castle, 2008
Original artwork: Prismacolor on matte board
Reproduction located in the Concourse A connector
Kings of the Castle was inspired by the men the artist used to see playing checkers in the barber shop as he grew up. It was like a “country club” where Black men could speak their minds about politics. religion, women, America, etc without repercussions. Years later, he noticed that similar men habitually gathered at the White Castle at 38th and Keystone, and to him the restaurant seemed to serve the same function. The composition pays homage to Norman Rockwell, a great influence on the artist’s work.
Kevin James Wilson is a graphic and commercial artist and art teacher who also creates works of fine art. He has taught at International Business College for 22 years, currently holding the position of head of the Graphic Design Department, and also teaches art at community-based arts institutions. Wilson’s specialty is creating works in graphite and colored pencil.
Proposals are currently being sought for indoor installations at Indianapolis International Airport: visit our Artist Opportunities website for more information.