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Welcome to the historic
Art Bank,

 an old bank that has seen the passage of time, that we have proudly transformed over the years into something even more historical--an art gallery.

The history of the building and its current use mix to create a free-spirited atmosphere that warmly welcomes everyone. The multifaceted collection of art presented throughout our gallery is impressive in its variety. Whether you visit us on IDADA First Friday Art Tour, or one of our many events during the month, or even on a regular weekday, you will have the opportunity to meet our professional artists for one-on-one conversation. Feel free to come visit us!

Please enjoy our latest news, below:

Indianapolis' Local Favorite 2015

posted Oct 11, 2015, 8:17 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Oct 11, 2015, 8:18 PM ]

The Art Bank Gallery has been awarded
Indianapolis' Local Favorite 2015 Award by Previously, the Art Bank had been named by the website one of Indianapolis’ 10 Best Contemporary Galleries, and are thrilled to be included in a listing representing some of the best art in Indianapolis. “We knew about the Top 10 listing,” said manager Joy Hernandez, “but this award certainly came as a surprise. We are so glad the art patrons of Indianapolis have us on their Favorites list.”

“Artscapes by Steve” Whitlock to be November Feature at the Art Bank

posted Oct 11, 2015, 7:44 PM by Art Bank

Multi-faceted artist Steve Whitlock will present his “Artscapes by Steve,” as the October Featured Artist at the Art Bank. The show will open November 6th as part of the IDADA First Fride Art Tour. Admission is free. “
I wanted to share the breath of my interest in various media,” said Whitlock. “By showing a diversity of styles and subject matter, I hope to engage the patron and invite them to explore their own creativity. The process can be an exciting and enriching experience.”

“As a young boy, and on through my school years and working years, I somehow always did some art,” said Whitlock. “Most of my work were given as gifts to family and friends. My primary work through the years was doing ‘just about everything’ related to the sport of gymnastics. In 2003, I was hospitalized in intensive care due to kidney problems. During my recovery, I decided that I needed to slow down in some areas and move forward with more attention to the things that I love – art, skiing, travel, music, and more.”

In his retirement, Steve Whitlock has been active in his community, including Indiana Youth Group, IDADA, the Indianapolis Mens Chorus, and has been a member of the Art Bank for nearly five years. His work varies from meticulous pen and ink compositions to abstract or representative acrylics. He also will showcase a 20-family tradition of hand-painted plaster Christmas villages. This year, he will be up to 15 buildings as gifts for his growing extended family, and will offer some additional buildings for sale to the art-loving community.

Sam Bowen, “The Human Soul Inside,” to be the October Feature at the Art Bank

posted Sep 9, 2015, 7:20 AM by Art Bank   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 2:08 PM ]

Sculptor Sam Bowen will be the featured artist at the Art Bank in October, with “The Human Soul Inside.” His show will open in the Feature Room, October 2nd as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Admission is free. “
We have the choice to come alive and ignite what is in our true self,” said Bowen. This show is about encouraging this current generation through symbolical sculptures, having this reminder that they can do more instead of accepting their current state and changing it with persistence.”

“Being intentionally different is the key for me. There is only one you. You have to be true to yourself in order for many to benefit,” said Sam Bowen, of his work. He can often be found creating at the Art Bank, working with wood, metal, epoxy, and various types of wire and other mixed media, to create symbolical sculptures that are projections of his own mind, with the intention of creating positive messages. “Encouragement is the word I stand for. In this day in age we need more influences to empower this generation and the next. Everyone needs a positive influence in day to day life,” said Bowen. He hopes to inspire patrons to look for new doors of opportunity and to walk away inspired with positivity and hopes that they can accomplish their dreams.

Bowen will also have additional programming at the Art Bank throughout the month of October, and he also hosts a monthly sculptor group, also at the Art Bank, giving like-minds a chance to connect and encourage each other.

Winning Work!

posted Sep 8, 2015, 6:52 PM by Art Bank

Art Bank Artist Parrish Cooper held a drawing with her piece, "Family Portrait," as the prize.
We are pleased to announce that Sandy Malcolm of Carmel, IN, is the winner!
Congratulations, Sandy!

Robert Price, “Some Landscapes of North America,” to be the September Feature

posted Aug 16, 2015, 1:59 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Aug 16, 2015, 2:00 PM ]

Photographer and geologist Rob Price will be the featured artist at the Art Bank in September, with “Some Landscapes of North America.” His show will open in the Feature Room, September 4th as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Admission is free. “The more I photographed the landscapes, the more I appreciated the forms and colors wrought by time, water, and wind, so much so that at times I feel I need to smack my head to make sure that what I'm seeing is real. Naturally, after so many years collecting them I feel compelled to share them,” said Price. He hopes visitors leave his show with a deeper appreciation of how the world formed and came to be, via time, and will be rotating his show halfway through the month to offer more of his beautiful world tour.

Drawn to the representation of time that the natural landscapes offer, Robert Price tries to present his photographs as realistically as possible, often waiting hours until his environment (such as a stream he may be standing in) accepts his presence. If an image is too large for his camera to fully capture, he will painstakingly stitch several images together, until he can offer his patrons the full vista that he experienced on location.

“Every natural scene on this Earth that is presented to your eyes throughout your whole life is a convolution of the effects of light, water, and the passage of time,” said Price. “Water and the passage of time are the creators and light is the illuminator of the shapes and forms of the life and rocks that we see. And while we can see water almost everywhere if we just wait a while most of us do not think about the passage of time implicit in the creation and metamorphosis of the world in front of our eyes.”

There's More Than Corn!

posted Aug 9, 2015, 10:47 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Aug 9, 2015, 10:48 PM ]

There's more than corn...or dairy...or deep-fried food in Indiana! Especially the Indiana State Fair. This year, Art Bank Artist Parrish Cooper will be demonstrating live oil painting at the Home and Family Arts building. Look for her in the lower level.

She will be painting her heart out every weekday evening, and throughout each weekend of the fair, August 7th-23rd. She's got the skills and we are so proud of her opportunity to show them off!

Indiana and Indianapolis is home to so many great artists, so take a moment to take in all of the art on display in that same building!

VOTE! Because We Love You!

posted Jul 27, 2015, 8:42 PM by Art Bank

We are so proud and happy to have been nominated again this year as part of the Nuvo Best of Indy awards!
Last year, we came in third behind some great local art powerhouses, and we are thrilled to wave our "Little Gallery That Could" flag!

Please vote for us at the Art Bank, for Best Gallery, and please spread the word. We love you!
Thank you for nominating us!

Bring Out Your Sharpies!

posted Jul 27, 2015, 8:30 PM by Art Bank

August Featured Artist and iPhonographer, Catherine Howie, has announced a SHARPIE marker collection drive to benefit the Emma Donnan School, as part of her “Hudsonian” show at the Art Bank. SHARPIE marker donations will be accepted throughout the month, but drive will also be the main focus of Second Friday Family Night, August 14th, 6-9pm. Admission is free.

“For three years I have been involved in Garfield Park Neighborhood Ministry. Building community and working with children are some of our foundational goals, so partnering with Emma Donnan School is an obvious choice for the Second Friday event at the Art Bank for me,” said Howie. “The art program at Emma Donnan needs black fine and extra fine SHARPIE markers. If every Art Bank patron donated 4-6 SHARPIES during August the school would have enough for an entire school year.”

Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School is located on the south side of Indianapolis.  Over 80% of its students are in low-income households. Focusing on positive results, “this year at Emma Donnan our students will learn to consider themselves artists. We set our achievement goals high; however, with the constrained school budget, we often have to restructure our lesson plans to work with our limited art supplies,” stated the school’s art teacher, Andrea Jandernoa. SHARPIE markers will give students a tool “to create contrast, show line-work, capture emotion, and teach permanence.”

Catherine Howie has structured her Featured Show, “Hudsonian,” to also be child-friendly. She has created a “treasure hunt,” designed to engage young patrons by finding interesting aspects in her work. Children can turn in a completed treasure hunt form for an immediate candy prize, and to enter a drawing with an iTunes card as a prize.

Blue Skies are Shining!

posted Jul 26, 2015, 4:58 PM by Art Bank

We, the Artists of the Art Bank, always appreciate media attention, especially since we are a smaller venue, and one of the few galleries remaining on Mass Ave. We love that people don't forget that we are here, and all of the support we've had from our patrons and fans over the years.

Shelby Roby, from Sky Blue Window, recently did this neat write-up about the Art Bank, and it was great! Sky Blue Window does a really great job of getting around to as many different venues as possible and staying up on the latest IDADA First Friday Art Tour locations as possible, so we wanted to give them a nod of appreciation.

So, please! Check out their full article here.

Whimsical Menagerie

posted Jun 20, 2015, 5:56 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Jun 20, 2015, 5:57 PM ]

Pop painter Kerry Jackson will be the featured artist at the Art Bank for July. His show, “Whimsical Menagerie,” will premiere in the Feature Room on July 3rd, as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Admission is free. “People are always telling me that my art is ‘all over the place,’ meaning I have many styles and thematic interpretations.  They are correct, and I enjoy my variety.  So, I decided to just celebrate it and let her fly!” says Jackson. 

Jackson insists that his show will be all about the smiles and encourages patrons to chat with him and relate just what it was that brought a smile to their faces. “For many years, I focused my work in a semi-traditional manner... playing around with landscapes, realistic scenes, etc. However, recently I've been moving toward a more simplistic and 'graphic novel' approach to my art. I'm trying to be intentional in helping the viewer enjoy life and a possible trip down memory lane,” says Jackson. “I consider myself to have a unique sense of humor.  It's now manifesting itself in my art.”

Kerry Jackson was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi.  Recent transplants to Indianapolis, Kerry and his wife, Twyla, Art Bank Assistant Manager, are the founders of the Circle City Canvas Church, with the aim to reach those in the arts, and in the downtown area. Jackson has a degree in Painting from Mississippi State University, as well as a Masters of Communications Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. He is also the President of Drawing to the Rock Ministries, Inc., and travels the world creating commissioned speed-painting art as performance art during church services. "Art is a natural expression of my life and faith.  Through my drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance art, I have always tried to explore creativity in unique and powerful ways.  It is my desire that all who view my art will be intrigued and challenged to examine their hearts and their own spirituality."

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