REPRESENTING The Business of Art

By Kisha Tandy, Asst. Curator of History & Culture

"The Road Less Traveled" by Mason ArchieDo you dream of becoming an artist and have you ever wondered just what it would take to become one? Well… those answers and more will be answered at “The Business of Art” workshop scheduled for this Friday from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Indiana State Museum. A special panel of experts will convene to discuss individual artistry as a career and life option. The workshop is open to artists at all career stages and the topics for discussion will include: 1) successful exhibit proposals; 2) artist credentials; 3) getting noticed as an artist; 4) grant opportunities, and 5) completing a grant application.

The panelists are detailed below.

Photographer, William “Bill” Rasdell, has worked in Indianapolis since 1975 and has a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors. His art has allowed him to travel to Cuba and South Africa. Of his longevity he comments, “Community involvement. It’s crucial to let people know that you’re there. I’ve volunteered my services to political campaigns, civic groups and social organizations. And not always as a photographer. It was all about networking.” Leah Reeder is also an accomplished photographer whose work was recently displayed at the 3R Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, her “day job” keeps her busy showcasing the work of other artists.

 Teaching is a passion of Herron of School Art and Design Professor Vance Farrow and Carol White, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Director of Studio and Community Art Programs. In both of their positions they are training future artists.  Farrow and White, still find time to create original art work and exhibit in Indiana and across the country.

Shannon Linker is an arts advocate and works hard to promote local artists. In September 2011, Susan Watt Grade writing for NUVO described Linker as “a force for Indy’s arts.” Her involvement is evidenced in Gallery 924 which she manages as well as throughout the city.

The panelists have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge so please come prepared to ask questions.

Attendees must register by calling 317.232.1637. The registration fee is $8 per person and $5 with a student ID.

70 Artists. 3 days. ‘Nuff said.

by Joanna Hahn, Manager of Arts and Culture Programs

70 Indiana artists.  Three days.  The Indiana State Museum.  What more is there to say?  We are gearing up for the ninth annual Indiana Art Fair and, despite the warmer weather of late, this is still the winter art event in Indiana. We are featuring artists from 24 counties on all three floors of the museum. Ceramics, fiber, painting, mixed media, jewelry … the list just goes on!

We are excited to kick things off on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m with a preview event. The artists will be selling until 8:30 and, while you are here, make a night of it! Gigi’s Cupcakes and Cabot Creamery will have treats available or enjoy dinner in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. A cash bar will provide drinks and, this year, d’Indy String Quartet will play music in the Great Hall. On top of that, the museum exhibitions will be open. Visit REPRESENT: Celebrating Indiana’s African-American Artists, featuring work from the likes of William Edouard Scott, as well as contemporary artists. Heartland Art features work from the fine art collection of the Indiana State Museum. This is also the last weekend to view The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition featuring striking photography from his epic journey in 1914. Admission to the Friday evening Indiana Art Fair preview event is free for museum members and only $5.50 for non-members!

The event continues Friday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Saturday, 240° Sweet will be on hand making fresh gourmet marshmallows for tasting and, on Sunday, Good’s Chocolate from Anderson, Indiana, will hand out caramels. Both will be at the Indiana Store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our media sponsor, WFYI, will also have an information table. Admission to the Indiana Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday is only $3 for museum members and $10 for non-members.

Come and support local art and craft as well as your Indiana State Museum!

Hitting the ground running

by Bruce Williams, Director of Multicultural Audiences

Okay, so this is my first blog as a new employee at the Indiana State Museum. This is such a perfect job for me that I am pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. But if I were, I’d ask that you not wake me. As Director of Multicultural Audiences I get to do what I enjoy doing most — being creative, developing multicultural programs and building audiences.

Since joining the staff a few months ago, I have taken on the “BIG” task of planning REPRESENT Family Day, an exciting full-day event done in conjunction with Black History Month. The event is a public program of the museum’s new exhibit REPRESENT. You’ll see lots of cool stuff in this collection by Hoosier African-American artists, especially Dark Fantasy by emerging artist Walter Lobyn Hamilton. This is a large work of art featuring a woman made from cracked vinyl records. There are 40 pieces in the show you do not want to miss seeing.

So if you are thinking that downtown Indianapolis will be deserted with nothing to do one week following Super Bowl XVLI, don’t kid yourself. We will be rocking at the Indiana State Museum to the gospel sounds of national recording artists Napoleon Williams and True Friends True Praise. Krash Krew will have everyone on their feet dancing and hip hop verbal artists Counter Culture will inspire us with contemporary stories of struggle and courage. This is definitely not the event to pass over.

So between times, I need you to pull out your iPhone and mark this date “busy!”  See ya Feb. 11!