#VaccinateIndy is an ongoing public health campaign to encourage residents to get their COVID-19 vaccines and help reduce the number of cases in Marion County. In partnership with the City of Indianapolis, the Arts Council licensed and commissioned work from seven Indianapolis-based artists to convey the importance of getting vaccinated. Posters, stickers, and other materials will be available for free for businesses, organizations, and residents to use and display.
The $50,000 engagement is made possible through the federal American Rescue Plan Act; the allocation was approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council in June.
Organizations and businesses interested in requesting materials can reach out to their Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate at indy.gov/MNA.
Mirvia Sol Eckert is a Puerto Rican painter living and working in Indianapolis. Many aspects of life find their way into her artwork including her heritage, spirituality, love of family and friends, and fascination with nature. She was a 2019-2020 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow.
Liz Wierzbicki received her BA in mathematics and fine from Augustana College and her MFA in Visual Art from the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. She is a co-founder and the program director at Cat Head Press Printshop and Artist Cooperative on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside. Wierzbicki exhibits her printmaking, college, and video work around Indianapolis and the Midwest.
Gautam Rao, an artist based in Indianapolis, is interested in the intersection between art, design, and play. Originally from Washington D.C., he also lived in Bangalore, India. He earned a BFA at Boston University and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He founded Indy Type: The Indianapolis Typography Society and is an Associate Professor of Art at Butler University.
Phillip Lynam received his BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA from the University of Maryland. After working as an adjunct professor of art and design in the Washington, D.C. area, Phillip returned to his hometown of Indianapolis in 2003 to join the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where he works as the chief designer.
Byron Elliot studied graphic design at The Art Institute of Indianapolis and has been working as a freelance designer since 2007. He is also the Creative Director and Co-Founder of lifestyle brand Blacksheep Collective, where he illustrates and designs every product, dropping a new collection of apparel each season.
Michael Miller is a freelance artist and designer based in Indianapolis. His work ranges from commercial design to found object sculpture; he is also a trained illustrator, painter, muralist, screen-printer, sculptor, woodworker, and carpenter. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelors in Fine Art.
Maxine Wallace is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Indianapolis. She believes that good storytelling relies not only on the technical skill but creating an emotional connection with her subjects and collaborators. She shoots portraits, editorial work, and documentary photography.