Meet the Artists, an annual exhibit celebrating Indianapolis’ prominent African American artists, returns to Central Library from January 26, 2022, through April 2, 2022.
This year's gallery features the work of the Eighteen, the creators of the #BlackLivesMatter mural on Indiana Avenue. The colorful mural, created during the George Floyd protests, was part of a nationwide movement to design street murals that honor Floyd’s life and inspire individuals to reflect on the causes of equality and justice.
“The talented creatives that make up the Eighteen are civically engaged and passionate about uplifting the community through art. We are honored to have the opportunity to highlight their work,” said Tony Radford, artist-in-residence with Indianapolis Public Library. “While our opening reception has been postponed to limit large gatherings that could expose staff and patrons to Covid-19, we hope people will find time to mask up, come out, and support the artists by viewing the gallery at Central Library.”
A variety of art styles will be on display at Central Library, including large sculptures, paintings, and jewelry. In addition, the work of local Black authors will be on display. Patrons that are unable to visit in person can view a sample of the 2022 Meet the Artists XXXIV exhibit online.
“The Library and Meet the Artists hope to provide a place where artists can celebrate both their craft and culture,” said John Helling, interim CEO of Indianapolis Public Library. “For 34 years, we’ve found opportunities to celebrate the artists despite bad weather, building construction, and a pandemic. We are excited to have the gallery available again in 2022.”
Meet the Artists XXXIV is made possible by Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. It is presented by the Library's African American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.
A list of artists involved can be viewed below:
MTA 2022 Special Featured Artist: the EIGHTEEN
1. Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch
2. Kyng Rhodes
3. Rebecca Robinson
4. Amiah Mims(Mimsy)
5. Billy Hoodoo
6. Kevin West
7. John Moore
8. Gary Gee
9. Deonna Craig
10. Rae Parker
11. Ess McKee
12. Wavy Blaine
13. Harriet Watson
15. Israel Solomon
16. Shamira Wilson – not available
17. Ashley Nora
18. Finger Creations
MTA Textile Artists
Ariel Jorman – Dolls 50 Shades of Black
Kionde Brooks-Beard – Jewelry
Leo Ra’Chel - Hats
Quamil Lamar Dupree Jr.
KIPP Indianapolis School
Large Sculpture Artists on floors 3-4:
D. Del Reverda-Jennings
Dr. Winterbourne Harrison Jones
Ariel Jorman - This Is Us, Black Excellence, Black Excellence II
Eunice Trotter – Black Indiana
Antwan L. Houser - Fairy Tales & Faith lessons for a real happily ever after
Qiana Tucker - Life’s Journey in the Valley
K. R. S. McEntire - Saving Eden, Finding Eden, Making Eden
Dr. Theron Williams - The Bible is Black History Children’s Edition: The Bible is Black History for Children