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This new, two-month long exhibition at Gallery 924 will present the works of four Indianapolis-based contemporary visual artists who each received the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award to pursue aspirational projects that pushed their careers in dynamic new ways. This year’s exhibition features artworks by painter Mason Archie, photographer Eric Lubrick, multidisciplinary artist Samuel Levi Jones, and papel picado inspired artist Beatriz Vazquez.

Beginning in 2017, the Arts Council partnered with the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation (CDFF) to create the annual DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award to promote, celebrate, recognize, and reward excellence by supporting aspirational and innovative projects by contemporary, professional visual artists in central Indiana.

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Valerie Eickmeier explores themes surrounding environment, landscape, water, and human impact on nature. Her long-term interest in these topics eventually grew to focus on juxtaposing the wholeness of an environment with snapshots of distinct places, atmospheric qualities, and moments in time. Since 2019, she has created several series of paintings and woodcuts that represent places and weather events using satellite images of land masses, waterways, ocean currents, and large river deltas. This process allows her to imbed scientific data in a visually expressive way. In this new work, she investigates mapping as an artform by selecting physical features of a geographic area to convey a message or metaphor about the powerful effects of climate change.

Eickmeier is Professor of Fine Arts, Dean Emeritus at Herron School of Art & Design and a two-time Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow.

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Fifteen Indianapolis-based artists will explore the role that art plays in driving awareness of complex social issues such as police brutality, gentrification, migrant workers' rights, climate change, fast fashion, and other causes that are significant to them. The show, co-curated by artists Matthew Cooper and Israel Solomon and Gallery 924 staff, was inspired by the visual conversations that artists created on downtown Indianapolis' boarded-up storefronts as part of the 2020 Murals for Racial Justice project.

Artists include Jaidly Anciso, Anthony Armstrong, Shadé "$hady" Bell, Regina Bunting, Constance Collins, Matthew Cooper, Clayton Hamilton, Angelita Hampton, Savannah Jacob, Nasreen Khan, Gaby Mojica, WildStyle Paschall, Anthony Radford, Rebecca Robinson, and Israel Solomon.

Art and Activism is part of a collaboration among the Arts Council, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indianapolis Public Library to honor the one-year anniversary of Murals for Racial Justice. 

This exhibition contains sensitive and graphic content that some viewers might find difficult, and potentially disturbing. 


June 5-Sept. 6: RESPONSE: Images and Sounds of a Movement, an Indiana State Museum exhibition featuring six murals that were created last summer in downtown Indianapolis as part of an immediate response to the worldwide protests against police brutality. 

June 26: Panel discussion featuring RESPONSE: Images and Sounds of a Movement artists Gary Gee, Elija Norwood, Gentry Parker, and Mechi Shakur, and moderated by Danicia Monét, Murals for Racial Justice project manager and the Programs & Facilities Director for the Purdue Black Cultural Center, from 1-2 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Indiana State Museum. 

The Arts Council thanks Glick Philanthropies for its generous support of the Murals for Racial Justice project, which includes the partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library and the June 12 panel discussion.

Image: Israel Solomon, American Duality (detail), 2020, Acrylic on canvas

February through April of 2021, the windows of Gallery 924 featured two works on canvas by Indianapolis painter Matthew Cooper, the 2021 Art & Soul  Featured Visual Artist. Matthew's narrative works feature an investigation of Black history, life, and culture through his own personal lens. 
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Matthew Cooper is a self-taught visual artist who studied drawing and Africana studies at the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design. He reads as much as he can about a subject before he re-creates it on canvas: “I want to give life once again to our untold history.”

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The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Gallery 924 are pleased to offer high quality giclée prints of the artwork, Industrial By-Product of the Black Identity, by 2021 Art & Soul Featured Artist Matthew Cooper. 

Two print sizes are available:

  • Large: 36"H x 20"W (including 2" white border) - $160.50 (includes tax)
  • Small: 28"H x 16"W (including 2" white border) - $96.30 (includes tax)

Shipping is available for an additional $18.50.

Click here to order.


Art & Soul 2021, a month-long festival celebrating Black History Month, included shows and exhibitions by four Featured Artists, performances by 12 musical acts, and special programming. Please follow @ArtsCouncilIndy and #ArtSoulIndy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the celebration.

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Even though our popular annual Gallery 924 show went virtual, we still made a big deal about TINY 2020. December 4 - January 8, patrons shopped for original artworks created by TINY artists at the new Art Center Marketplace hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center.

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This year's virtual event featured 265 pieces by 29 artists, including:

William Denton Ray (digital painting)
Katrina Murray (ceramic)
Samantha Ortiz (textiles)
Kay Bae (jewelry)
John Ross (drawing/painting)
Peggy Breidenbach (ceramics)
Mark Curry (photography)
Ellery Diaz (collage/works on paper)
Julia Zollman Wicks (painting)
Andrew Perry Davis (ceramics)
Merle Pace (drawing/painting)
Jen Broemel (textiles) 
Chaz Martinsen (ceramic/functional)
and more....

Thank you for supporting local artists, while adding to your own art collection or buying unique holiday gifts for friends and family. 



In partnership with Women4Change Indiana, Gallery 924 presented El Tendedero/The Clothesline Indiana: Homage & Celebration, an exhibition honoring the work of women and organizations all over central Indiana to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The project is inspired by internationally known Mexican feminist artist Mónica Mayer. 

The exhibition featured the works of three Indianapolis-based artists. Darlene Delbecq, Beatriz Vásquez, and Samantha Veach. Veach, a photographer at Newfields, documented a year of art and activism as Women4Change traveled the state to host events and inspire discussion and introspection into the pervasive issue of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls. Delbecq shared a series of portraits of artist Mónica Mayer and new conceptual work around women's bodily autonomy. Vásquez created a large-scale papel picado-inspired installation that explores the collective impact of multiple voices all sounding the alarm against the long history of violence against women along the border.

Sales of artwork in the show raised money for Women 4 Change Indiana and the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. 

View the virtual tour below.

Image: Beatriz Vásquez, "No Means No" (detail), cut paper

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A 426-foot quilted table runner that encourages the viewer to think about how transit expansion affects historically "redlined" neighborhoods and a powerful new imagery of life at the U.S.-Mexico border that helps us question our personal perspectives. Art meets activism at Gallery 924's October exhibition, featuring works by five central Indiana artists -  LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Lobyn Hamilton, Stuart Hyatt, Jacinda Russell, and Constance Scopelitis - who received 2019 DeHaan Artist of Distinction Awards.  (Click on artist's name to view video interview)

In this exhibition, we honored the legacy of Christel DeHaan, without whom this award and show would not be possible. To learn more about the program and Ms. DeHaan's role, please watch this brief video message.

View the exhibition virtually below or here.

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