Carol Mickett, a poet, philosopher and artist featured in the Indianapolis art scene, reveals a deep sensitivity to the Hoosier landscape. Both Carol Mickett and her husband Robert Stackhouse have been collaborating on sculpture and other works for decades. Together they achieve a sense of beauty that is born out of their collective style of working.
In Indianapolis, their work in the ARTSPARK of the Indianapolis Art Center has joined a community of artists dedicated to exploring nature, space, and the landscape of cities in Indiana. Confluence was commissioned by the Indianapolis Art Center and the Marilyn K. Glick School for Art as a signature piece for the outdoor part of the campus. Wanderers around Broad Ripple Village and the Monon Trail can see along the banks of the White River one hundred tons of Indiana limestone transformed into a design that is reminiscent of ancient pillars. Various poems and sayings will be carved into the stone in an attempt to explore how Hoosiers connect to their environment.
Work like Mickett’s and Stackhouse’s is made possible through grants from Eli Lilly Endowment fund, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the Indiana Arts Commission. These Indianapolis nonprofit organizations work hard to enrich Indianapolis’ cultural landscape.
In addition to the sculptural work she does with her husband, Carol Mickett holds a PhD in Philosophy and is an established film maker. She recently directed a documentary for Kansas City Public Television entittled History Speaks. Her sensitivity to the mindset and ideas of the Midwest have been reflected in her work for years, and is the reason she has worked so much across the heartland of our country.
The Circle City benefits from artists like Carol Mickett, who do work for locals in a city that is not her own. The next time you are looking for something fun to do in Indianapolis check out what is becoming one of the most talked about Indianapolis attractions: the work of Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse in the ARTSPARK.
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