Art from the Heartland

The Indianapolis Art Center, in Broad Ripple Village, presents Art from the Heartland, a juried exhibition January 29 through April 18, 2010. An opening reception at the Broad Ripple Indianapolis Art Center, this Friday, January 29, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, will celebrate the achievements of contributing Hoosier artists as well as artists from across the Midwest. This Indianapolis art event is FREE to all Indianapolis people interested in seeing work that reflects their home in the Heartland.

The Art from the Heartland exhibit will feature more than seventy works of art from fifty artists located in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Chicago based curator, art critic, writer and creator Paul Klein served as the sole jury member for this first biennial exhibition at the Indianapolis Art Center. He considered more than 400 pieces of art from over 200 artists. Klein’s process was not an easy one as the quantity of the work matched the quality commenting on “the quality of what I reviewed and the significant breadth presented. I enjoyed the selection process and believe that we have a really strong exhibit that admirably reflects the talent that exists in the Heartland.”

Paul Klein has been working as an advocate for art in Chicago for a while. In 2006 in appreciation of his efforts for the art world, he was selected as the 2006 Man of the Year by the Chicago Society of Artists. As the Managing Director of the Bridgge Group in Chicago, he is intimately involved with the premier Art Succession Planning Group in the United States. The company works to lift art and collectibles from the typical estate planning process, ensuring that collections are handled with respect and dignity. The Bridgge Group strives to keep collections in tact in order to maintain and maximize their value. They create tax efficient distribution to heirs and create philanthropic opportunities.

Prior to working with the Bridgge Group, Klein worked as Art Consultant/ Curator for the McCormick place. His work focused on the use of Chicago and Illinois artists to create permanent content that reflects the both societies. His pet project is the website ArtLetter, in which he examines and comments on the current state of art in Chicago. He works to encourage his readers to broaden their horizons by engaging with new and different venues, artists and art forms. In short Klein is the go-to guy for art info in Chicago.

For additional information about Art from the Heartland, visit the Indianapolis Art Center’s official website. The Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, is home to one of the most dense varieties of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars anywhere in the Circle City. Grab dinner and drinks after the show to discuss which pieces reflected your take on living in the Heartland. Come back here to post which were your favorite Indianapolis artists or favorite artists from the Midwest in the exhibit?

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Art from the Heartland
January 29 to April 18, 2010
Opening Reception: January 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Indianapolis Art Center
820 E 67th St
Indianapolis, IN 46220

*Image: Harmony Discord by Connie Noyes

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