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IDADA First Friday Art Walk: May 6 in Indianapolis Downtown

As the weather turns warm, Indianapolis people will turn out in droves to celebrate the Indianapolis art community. Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) presents the First Friday Art Walk on May 6 in Indianapolis art galleries across Indy. The Indianapolis arts turn into a portable party as galleries open their doors offering light hors d’oeuvres and wine to Hoosiers looking to mingle with fellow art patrons and artists.

This totally FREE event is a chance to participate in the ever growing art scene at a minimal cost. Support Indianapolis artists with your presence at their gallery openings and consider taking home a piece of art for yourself. Here is a preview of the new work premiering this Friday across the Circle City.

Big Car Gallery

Located in the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square, the Big Car Gallery is one of the hottest galleries in the city. Surrounded by artists studios and other Indianapolis organizations like People for Urban Progress, the Big Car Gallery is in a hub of artistic activity. This Friday, Big Car presents “I Found this City” by Lukas Schooler. In his latest exhibit, Schooler explores how a city goes from plains and woodlands to a bustling urban environment.

A member of Big Car Collective, Schooler recognizes, “I’m not the first to use this term but I’m calling this process urban evolution.” He continues, “The works fluctuate between fictional narrative and historical record. It beckons the audience to remember a collective past.”

In addition to his work at Big Car, Schooler is an assistant gallery director at Herron School of Art and Design. In addition he was trained at object making at DePauw University. “The physicality of an object and the way it takes up a real space has always interested me, “says Schooler. “I’m challenging myself to interpret a place and an audience.”

Big Car Gallery presents an opening reception May 6 from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM. The exhibit will be open through May 21 by appointment only.

Big Car Gallery
1043 Virginia Avenue
Suite 215
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Website

Harrison Center for the Arts

Located in the Old North Side of Indianapolis downtown near the President Benjamin Harrison Home, the Harrison Center for the Arts is a veritable maze of Indianapolis artists and their work. With more than six different studio spaces, Harrison Center for the Arts presents the work of many different artists each month.

Headlining the Harrison Center for the Arts First Friday in May is Elizabeth Guipe Hall. Her new work will be presented in an exhibition called “Vally of the Zapoteca.” In Gallery Number 2 see “Hurried on by an Irresistible Force,” paintings by Susan Hodgin. Hector del Campo exhibits “Symbols” in Hank and Dolly’s Gallery. In the Gallery Annex see the unique work of Beatriz Schlebecker and Oscar Salinas. In the Underground Gallery chekc out the work of students from St. Richard’s School. And finally dance up a storm with IntoSalsa lessons and performances at 7 PM and MeztliCultural Indianapolis performances at 8 PM.

Get lost in art at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Website

Herron Galleries

Located on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Herron School of Art is a premiere Indianapolis education institution for budding Hoosier artists. This month Herron Galleries presents the 2011 M.F.A. Exhibition. This impressive exhibition takes over five gallery spaces in Eskenazi Hall, highlighting the achievements of the third graduating class of Master of Fine Arts candidates.

16 students from across the United States and around the world including California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii , Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Virginia, China, India, Jordan and Taiwan will share work in a variety of different mediums. These talented young artists work in furniture design, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication design.

The opening reception is Thursday, May 5 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Eleanor Prest Reese Gallery, the Robert B. Berkshire Gallery, the Frank and Katrina Basile Gallery and the Marsh Gallery. In addition, this exhibit will be open for IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk on May 6.

Herron Galleries
Eskenazi Hall
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Website

iMOCA

In its new Fountain Square location, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) presents contemporary work from around the globe. Check out “Inner City Inspirations: An Artist’s Evolution in Clay,” which features the sculpture work of Malcolm Mobutu Smith. Smith’s art takes root in his hip-hop and graffiti background. The show includes a full-scale graffiti mural and a broad sampling of three-dimensional ceramic vessels and sculptures.

Smith’s exhibit is unique in his partnership with Indianapolis Public School #2, Center for Inquiry grade school. As an educator, Smith has worked with teacher Ms. Daphne Draa and the school’s 5th and 6th grade art club to create the mammoth graffiti mural included in the exhibition.

In addition, Smith is an associate professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Don’t miss his exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art through May 14.

iMOCA
1043 Virginia Avenue
Suite 5
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Website

Stutz Artists Association

Located near the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library in the heart of Indianapolis downtown, the Stutz Artists Association is an Indianapolis art gallery with a close history relating to Indianapolis sports and racing. This garage turned gallery features the new exhibit “Gray Matters: Between Black and White.” This group show includes work from a variety of Indianapolis artists in a monochromatic scheme.

Participants include celebrated local artists Susan Brewer, Martha Carlson, Sue Christensen, Jim Gerard, Ellen Jackson, Adam Noel, Ginny Taylor Rosner, Martha Sando, Martha Lindenborg Vaught, Vicky White, Jack Wickes and Julia Wicks. Curator Andy Chen said, “Monochromatic artwork is often called black and white, but we are drawn in by the subtlety of shades of gray. Limiting the use of color has a way of making an image more real.”

Attend this opening reception from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on May 6. The exhibit continues through May 27 weekdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or by appointment.

Stutz Artists Association
212 West 10th Street
B110
Indianapolis, IN
Website

IDADA First Friday Art Walk

Each month the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) sponsors a First Friday Art Walk in dozens of galleries across the city. To learn more about other galleries and exhibits visit their website listed below.

IDADA is an Indianapolis not for profit based organization of studio artists, art galleries and arts-related businesses. Their mission is to develop public awareness of artists and dealers across the Circle City, to encourage community support for visual art and to promote high professional standards among artists and dealers. Their work is underwritten with support from the Indiana Arts Commision and the Arts Council of Indianapolis among other sponsors such as NUVO Newsweekly.

Support their work with your presence!

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First Friday Art Walk
May 6
5:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA)
401 East Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN
Website