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Welcome to the historic
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!
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Indianapolis' Local Favorite 2015 Award by theCultureTrip.com. 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.”
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
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.
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.”
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!
Thank you for nominating us!
Please vote for us at the Art Bank, for Best Gallery, and please spread the word. We love you!
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!
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.
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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.
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."