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The building's history and its current use combine to create a free-spirited atmosphere that warmly welcomes everyone.
With over 20 artists on display, Art Bank offers a variety of styles, media, years of experience and price levels.
Our artists are constantly creating and rotating their work and we are always welcoming new artists to join us- there is always something new to see.
Art Bank is in a historical bank building with period features such as the teller room and the vault- home of the Book Nook, which offers locally
published books. On the second floor, you'll find Strumento, one of downtown's only art supply stores.
Join us on First Fridays when we have receptions and extended hours for the featured artist or group show of the month
and keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page for events throughout the month or book a time to host your own.
The Art Bank will feature a group show of Art Bank Artists as part of the December IDADA First Friday Art Tour, Friday, December 2nd, 6-9pm. Admission is free.Artists will display pieces that give a look "behind the scenes" into their creative process. For some painters, this will be literally showing their palette or additional pieces that reflect how they work. For photographers, it may be revolve around their equipment or inspiration. Either way, it'll be a look into an artist's world and a fun perspective.
First In Line is an event fueled by artists and supported by art appreciators.
Central Indiana artists donate pieces they’ve created and all artwork during
the event is sold for $100, with no other qualifiers factoring into the price. Patrons
and visitors will have a chance to preview the donated work during regular Art
Bank hours on October 28th, from 1pm to 5:55pm, having a chance to
mingle and get a good look at the art. At 6pm, sales will begin, and purchasers
will be allowed to take their selected art off the walls and to the cashier.
Art work will remain available for purchase through Sunday, October 30th, will all First In Line sales continuing to help IDADA maintain its mission of developing awareness of the artist and dealer, encouraging strong continuing community support for the visual arts, and promoting the highest professional standards.
Serving as the introduction to a book, Blackwell’s show tells the story of people and their passions, and seeing into their world through their shoes. “It is more than an exhibit displaying pretty shoes,” said Blackwell. “Shoes can represent a memory or a specific time in life where we have experienced joys and struggles.”
Faith Blackwell worked as a marketing coordinator for 10 years before taking the leap into photography. “I always said that photography chose me, because I had no idea, no clue, that when I first picked up a camera, I wouldn’t want to put it down,” said Blackwell. “Senior portraits, business headshots, beauty, and events are my specialties, while I enjoy all types and am most driven when creativity is involved.” Blackwell also has a studio at the Stutz and shares space at the Circle City Industrial Complex.
Faith Blackwell is drawn to
fashion photography because she can be as creative as she wants to be, and can
take her ideas to the limit. Other programming for her First Friday event will
include a selfie station, focusing on shoes, and many of the models for her
photos will be on hand to discuss the shoot. “My art is photography with
fashion flair,” said Blackwell. “And everyone LOVES shoes!”
Painter Joy Hernandez and her show, “Who Glued These Quarters Down?,” will be featured for the October IDADA First Friday Art Tour, October 7th, 6-9pm. Admission is free.
“Who Glued These Quarters Down?,” a quote from the movie Empire Records, will highlight the eclectic subject matter of Hernandez’s aerosol-stencil and acrylic work. “I like to paint things that make me happy,” Hernandez says. “It may seem like there’s not much tying these pieces together, but they’re a peek into my world and what I enjoy in life, what goes on in my head.”
Joy Hernandez, originally from Kewanee, IL, has been the Gallery Manager of the Art Bank since 2013. After studying animation in Chicago, Hernandez moved to Indianapolis and switched gears into news videography. Her love for animation is still apparent in her current aerosol-stencil-acrylic combination technique, as well as the continued desire to use her art to allow others to see what she sees. “If it’s in video, or through a pen, I’ve always wanted to bring people with me, to see what I see,” says Hernandez. “I like the idea of relating to the world through imagery, together. We each get something different out of the same sight.”
Although she’s had work in various group shows around Indianapolis, this will be Hernandez’s first solo show since 2013. “I really feel like I’ve evolved my style in that time,” says Hernandez. “While it may seem simple at times, the process of cutting out the stencil, and spraying that being the last step, there’s no messing up, no going back. I have to live with and accept however it turns out, no touch ups. I like that exercise and journey in what I create.”
Indianapolis mixed media abstract artist Terrence Loftus, and his show, “Maze of Media,” will be featured for the September IDADA First Friday Art Tour, September 2nd, 6-9pm. Admission is free.
“Maze of Media” showcases the variety of Terrence Loftus’ work, from newly designed coasters to “puzzle-piece” style paintings, each piece represents the collection of ideas and concepts from Loftus over the past year. “Each concept always seems to lead me to another; a new path; a maze of sorts,” says Loftus.
Terrence Loftus was born in
Chicago, IL, and lived briefly in Salt Lake City, UT, before relocating to
Indianapolis in 2005. Artistically self-taught, his style has progressed along
with the circumstances of his life. His inability, early on, to afford acrylic
paint and usable brushes led Loftus to his current media of latex wall paint
and squirt bottles. “The concepts of just simply making it work, and finding a
way, are phrases I live by,” said Loftus. “If I need thicker paint, I will add
something to it. If I need it thinner, I will do the same. Household items,
such as nails, thumb tax, candle wax, colognes, strainers, perfumes, rubbing
alcohol, cheese graters, and funnels are common in my work space.”
Indianapolis photographer Barbara Heywood-Chasey, and her show, “Reflections,” will be featured for the August IDADA First Friday Art Tour, August 5th, 6-9pm. Admission is free. “Reflections” explores Heywood-Chasey’s fascination with architectural details. Her journey begins with the IPS Coca-Cola building, also on Mass. Ave., and continues throughout downtown Indianapolis, before crossing the Atlantic and presenting Heywood-Chasey’s recent trip to Italy.
“My exhibit will show ‘style,’ ‘heritage,’ and ‘culture,’ all elements of reflections,” said Barbara Heywood-Chasey. “I was impressed with its (the Coca-Cola building’s) artistic designs, and that lead me to become intrigued with the other decorative windows and facades of the older buildings in central Indianapolis. While in Italy, I began to consider the amount of history that surrounded me there, and I wanted to ‘reflect’ our more recent history compared to the Italian architecture.”
A lifelong traveler, Barbara
Heywood-Chasey started out in Illinois, before her own wanderlust took her
around the world. She recounts having traveled 21,000 miles during a summer in
college, as part of a stock drama group, helping to entertain Armed Service
members. Later, she traveled with her husband, an insurance adjuster, and
taught herself the art of photography while helping him in his work.
She most recently lived in Oklahoma, before settling in Indianapolis in 2008, but still journeys abroad often, with her camera in tow. “I see beauty in whatever I shoot. The longer I take photos, the more aware I become of unfamiliar people, places, and things. I’m eclectic in my tastes,” said Heywood-Chasey.
Gindhart Dragoo makes her return to Indianapolis, presenting her outspoken commentary and through her visual art. “I am a spoken word artist as well, so it has been my voice and poetry flowing through the paint—be it aerosol, acrylics, or otherwise—it’s tactile and telling,” says Gindhart Dragoo. Her work will tell the story of a young girl-artist-woman, giving voice to such issues as childhood sexual abuse/the degradation of women and girls, divorce, cancer—it’s funding, research and cure, chemical effects on the planet, hunger and stardom, all told through vibrant colors sprinkled with spray art.
Debra Gindhart Dragoo worked around the Indianapolis area before relocating to Muncie, Indiana. Always outspoken and creative, she’s poured her energy, over the years, into various projects, both personal and community-wide. She’s practiced her love of spoken-word poetry at various First Thursday (Muncie’s art night) events, and has showcased her Green Glam line of environmentally friendly jewelry, which is also available at the Art Bank.
“I believe that life passes from our art. We evolved with age and, hence, our style and media evolve. My art is storytelling using strokes and spray,” says Debra Gindhart Dragoo. “My art has been fiber and paint and public. Through years of community outreach arts programming, I hold multi-generational projects close to my artist heart. This show reflects the information gathered in my different age progressions. Art is in my spirit, resounding from my soul.”
For June's First Friday, we are so proud to announce the premiere of FOUR new artists! That's right! Four!
• Michael Swolsky--Back by our historic vault, you can't miss Swolsky's metal art; wall sculptures that gleam and leave you wondering just how he crafted those smooth lines and seamless edges. An established artist in the Indianapolis area, you may have also recently seen Swolsky's work at the Stutz Artist Association.
• Audwynn Newman--With a history of drawing comic books for DC, Marvel, and independently, Newman is bringing his distinct style to the Art Bank. Pop in nature, if you're a fan of comics and graphic novels, this may be just what you're looking for.
• Israel Solomon--A He-Man, Masters of the Universe fan, with hip-hop and graffiti stylings as inspiration, Solomon studied art for many years, but grappled with doubt he could 'make it as an artist.' Newer to the scene, we welcome him and, together, we can help him grow in Indianapolis.
• Jim Kirk--Known throughout the area for his hot sauce and chili, Jim Kirk has branched his creative spirit into altered photography. His work focuses on the musical world, the sights and scenes of his travels--both Indy and elsewhere--and, of course, his beloved VW bus, Blushie.
• Anna Simon--Based in Franklin and previously seen in Martinsville, Simon has an out-of-this-universe twist to her finely rendered oil paintings. A touch of the fantastical, a touch of pop, you may see some Mario, some My Little Pony, or some space cats--you never quite know where her imagination will take us next!
• Stephen King--No, not THAT Stephen King, but Indy's own! Our Stephen King has brought his (not scary!) oil paintings to our walls, on their way to your walls. He specializes in plein air, with natural world as his inspiration.
• Addison Wolf--Wolf's large pastel abstracts have now brightened up our walls, and are attracting quite a bit of attention. He works in textures and techniques, and allows the paint to move and approach, in both 2D and 3D.
And kicking off this run of great new work, we added Robin Toulouse in April. Toulouse works in collage and assemblage, constructing antique or flea market finds into beautiful pieces that will be just that right piece for a home.
As always, our artists are constantly premiering new work for our IDADA First Friday Art Tour opens. If they've been here for a while or are new through the door, there's always something great to see on our ever-changing walls.
“In the past few years, I’ve experienced a lot of
changes—I lost my older brother unexpectedly, I got married, friendships
changed, I gave birth to the most perfect little boy in all the world, how do
you talk about all of that?” said Musser Berry. “The poem says so much with not
very many words—eleven lines to be exact. The show consists of 12 paintings,
one for each line in the poem and one I added myself.
Katherine Musser Berry is a 26-year-old IUPUI Communication graduate currently living on the near-west side of Indianapolis. She and her husband have one son and a cocker spaniel/poodle mix. Often inspired by her environment, Musser Berry works in contemporary abstracts, using neutrals with pops of bright, bold color.
“I almost always paint scenes of my daily life around downtown, buildings, architecture, the growth and change in my neighborhood, but this series focuses more on scenes from ‘The Great Outdoors,’ rivers trees and some beautiful places in nature,” said Musser Berry. “I’ve heard people talk about trying to capture the colors in nature and refer to it as ‘the Master’s Palette.’ It may be impossible to capture all the color, all the life and death and in-between, but it is fun to try.”