“At the close of this Creative Renewal period, I am confidently engaged in an interdisciplinary approach and have moved solidly into the realm of social practice. I have made numerous relevant contacts that will support my ongoing work as an artist, educator, and community organizer.”
For her fellowship, artist Meredith Brickell installed a solo exhibition at the Herron School of Art and Design. She was thrilled with this opportunity because it “allowed me to present a set of ideas that I had been working on for four years but which had never been shown in a comprehensive exhibition.” She continued to use her renewal for creative growth by attending and presenting at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore on behalf of the House Life Project--an initiative she began before her renewal. The three-day conference helped her learn about the issues of vacancy from numerous perspectives, as well as share the successes of Indianapolis’ House Life Project with a national audience of policymakers, social workers, developers, and artists.
She traveled to Portland, Maine for a one week Reading Residency at the Maine College of Art. Brickell was able to use this time for uninterrupted exploration of her “to read” list: texts on place, identity, social practice, and more. This reading inspired more collaboration with her long time artistic conspirator and Maine local, Ann Barges. They spent the winter of 2016 supporting each other via Skype through weekly virtual studio visits to discuss and critique each other’s creative projects.
March of 2016 brought about a trip to Kansas City for the 50th annual international ceramics conference (NCECA) where Brickell visited the numerous exhibitions, attended lectures, and built on important contacts that can help maintain professional momentum. Then in April, she began work on place based projects in other cities for an exhibition called The Places We Live. In addition, she was awarded a Faculty Fellowship from DePauw to support her ongoing role as the House Life Project leader through 2019. Brickell says of the renewal period, “Moving forward, I am positioned to take risks, dedicate more time to research, and invest in projects.”