Ten Years Later

Ten years ago I received a pretty amazing grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The Robert D. Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship paid for more than a year of my studio rent and allowed me time to figure some things out without worrying about how I was going to afford a key piece of my art business.

It also connected me with some mentors who still influence and inspire me today. What a boost for a recent college grad. Since receiving the fellowship I've grown my business, had art work in a feature film, a national television show, self-published a book, and shown in multiple group and solo shows. I believe in the mission so much that I also now work for the Arts Council.

I hope you'll join me on Friday, June 2 at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council in celebration of ten years of the Beckmann fellowship.

Curio

Curio: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.

I have been drawing a lot of human vertebrae since injuring my back in December... like, a lot. It's resulted in a set of four completed graphite and watercolor drawings. Here's a sneak peek at two of them.

The full set will be part of the Curio Cabinet show at the Indianapolis Art Center, opening on Friday, June 9. I hope to see you there for what is sure to be an intriguing, unusual show.

Indy Cartography

A few months ago I set about planning and mentally laying out a new show for the City Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts. I knew almost right away that it would revolve around maps. I would tie these maps to important places in Indianapolis, my home.

And, the work would be big - the first piece I started for this show was 4 x 3 feet. I had been itching to do larger paintings for a while. 

 Sketchbook layout of the City Gallery  

Sketchbook layout of the City Gallery  

Three weeks ago, several paintings were in progress, some more than others, but nothing was finished. Also three weeks ago, a disc in my lower back herniated. Great timing, right? 

 Spine model from my doctor's office, showing the offending disc  

Spine model from my doctor's office, showing the offending disc  

Many things became uncertain. For a time after I couldn't go to work, drive, walk up stairs, and certainly couldn't get to the studio to continue these big pieces. But, with everything I couldn't do, I needed a goal (besides all the things listed above) and that was to commit to this show, even if I wasn't sure I could make it to my own opening.

What you will see at tonight's opening and throughout January was created, in large part, in the last two and a half weeks. And I love it all. 

 'North Split' in progress  

'North Split' in progress  

The work is much smaller, and all on paper, things I could work on from home. And I'm really proud of it. It's not what I originally planned. It's better.

 'Herron Morton Place' in progress, from the couch. 

'Herron Morton Place' in progress, from the couch. 

While I wish I could have avoided injury, it pushed me to re-examine my approach and the results are on view this month. 

Deadlines drive us.  

The Art Assignment (Show)

If you've followed along with me on Facebook where I regularly post in progress snippets of pieces, you might have seen this preview a few weeks ago...

I've been on the hunt for (broken, damaged, out-of-date) globes for years, but only recently stepped up my search - given their use in decor, they are hard to come by.

I have always loved maps, globes, atlases and the like and have incorporated many in my 2D art. While 3D art making has never been a "thing" for me, I've longed to paint globes.

And now I have a place to show the finished piece! No more previews until then, okay? Okay.

Join me on IDADA First Friday, August 5 at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis for the Art Assignment Show. The group show is centered around the PBS Digital series, The Art Assignment, hosted by Sarah Urist Green who also curated the exhibit.

I chose fellow Indianapolis artist Brian McCutcheon's "Customize It" assignment as inspiration.

Hope to see you out First Friday-ing!

 

Monster Drawing Rally & First Friday

Among my holiday orders and deliveries, I have two important events coming up and I hope to see you at either or BOTH!

MONSTER DRAWING RALLY

 Johnny McKee drawing away at MDR; Susie McKenna and her daughter buying one of my paintings.

Johnny McKee drawing away at MDR; Susie McKenna and her daughter buying one of my paintings.

First up this Thursday, December 3 is the second Monster Drawing Rally at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. 100+ local artists will be drawing in one-hour shifts, working on as many pieces as they can. Each completed piece goes to a wall where it is instantly available for sale for $35. Better grab your favorite piece, it could go fast! 

I'll be drawing from 8-9 pm but I recommend being there from the start. Some of my favorite artists are drawing early. The Monster Drawing Rally starts at 6 pm.

FIRST FRIDAY AT THE HARRISON CENTER

On Friday, you can find me at the Harrison Center. I'll be everywhere. The Harrison Center's annual color-themed group show centers around the color black. I have two pieces in this show. 'Black Tie' will be in the Harrison Gallery.

A retrospective of artwork created by artists who have taken part in the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts seminar through Butler University will be in Gallery No. 2 at the Harrison Center. I created a larger blue and white watercolor and ink drawing for my seminar's final exhibition. If you missed it back in June, here's a chance to catch it.

Finally, you'll most likely find me in my studio. It's OPEN STUDIO NIGHT after all. I have lots of gift-able items including fine art prints, original art necklaces, postcards and of course original art everywhere. Support your local artists this holiday season!

See you this week!