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‘Hidden Talents’ Art Expo at IUPUI, Apr. 21-23

April 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Art Expo at IUPUI

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Things to do in Indianapolis, April 14-20, 2014

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Spencer Russell Exhibit Opens at the State Museum, Apr. 4

April 1, 2014 1 comment
James Spencer Russell Self Portrait

James Spencer Russell Self Portrait.
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By Bruce Williams
Indiana State Museum
http://www.indianamuseum.org/

The Indiana State Museum will host a major retrospective exhibition of 60+ paintings, drawings and mixed media wall constructions by Hoosier artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000), from April 4 to October 12, 2014.

The exhibition Style, Elegance and Wit: The Art of James Spencer Russell is drawn from the Indiana State Museum permanent fine art collection and several private Indiana collectors including Steve Conant, a noted Indiana art collector.  Conant will also write the forward for the exhibit catalog.

“James Spencer Russell was virtually unknown in his native state of Indiana, yet earned a national reputation with his work regularly featured in gallery and museum exhibitions in New York City and across the United States for more than 30 years,” said Curator of Fine Art Mark Ruschman. “We present an extensive assortment of both personal artifacts and artwork; chronicling Russell’s entire career. Through this exhibition, we’ll reintroduce the public to this uniquely talented and inventive Hoosier artist.”

The exhibition will feature several works that will excite the imagination, including significant works inspired by Russell’s fascination with James Joyce’s modern literary masterpiece, Finnegan’s Wake.

Programming for this exhibit will include a lecture on James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake and the historic relationship between the literary world and the visual arts. Dates for programming are still being determined.

The opening reception will take place on Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Reception ticket prices are $25 each and will be available through the museum’s ticket office. RSVP to the museum at 317-232-1637.

The exhibition is included with museum admission.

For more details on the exhibition, please call Indiana State Museum Fine Arts Curator and exhibit spokesman Mark Ruschman at 317-232-1633, or visit the museum Web site at  indianamuseum.org.

Indiana Artists Club Exhibit at the Museum of Art

March 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of the Indiana Artists Club
http://www.indianaartistsclub.org/

43 artists from across the state were selected to display artwork at the Indiana Artists Club, 82nd Annual Exhibition, beginning April 6, 2014, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).

Their works are eligible for one of 20 awards, including a $3,000 award for “Best of Show.” The award winners will be announced at a free public reception on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the IMA, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The exhibition was juried from more than 140 entries by the Melvin and Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Dr. Charles Venable, who said, “Judging from this year’s entries, which ranged from traditional still lifes inspired by Old Master Dutch paintings to contemporary compositions whose power lies in their abstraction and powerful use of color, art is alive and well in the great state of Indiana.”

The exhibition, which is in the IMA’s Community Gallery, runs through June 8, 2014. It is free and open to the public during regular museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

“This year’s Annual Exhibition features a number of new artists not seen before in this venue,” said Pam Newell, president of the Indiana Artists Club. “The show demonstrates how active and competitive the Indiana art scene has become. We are proud to showcase the diverse styles of art of our talented members.”

The Indiana Artists Club was founded in 1917 by 46 artists and patrons of the arts including such notables as T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, Carl Graf, Wayman Adams, Simon Baus, Marie Goth, Frederick Polley, Clifton Wheeler, Randolph Coats, Carl Lieber and Alex Holiday.  Today, more than 180 artists are active members. To apply to become an active member, it is necessary to have been born in Indiana or to have lived here two years, and to have been accepted into three differently sponsored exhibitions with out-of-state judges with three separate works of art.

From 1935 through 1989, the Club exhibited annually at the L.S. Ayres and Company Auditorium in downtown Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis then hosted the exhibition before it moved to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1992. This year’s exhibition features both contemporary and traditional work.

For more information, visit http://www.indianaartistsclub.org/, or call the Museum of Art at 317-923-1331.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Gracie Communications.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Mar. 24-30, 2014

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