Arts Council announces latest round of $10K Creative Renewal fellows

April 12, 2013
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Eighteen visual artists and eight arts administrators are among the 40 recipients of $10,000 grants in the latest round of Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships, funded by Lilly Endownment and administrated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

More than 180 applications were submitted. Those recieving grants were announced at a retrospective exhibition of the previous round of fellows at the Indianapolis Art Center on April 12. (Full disclosure: I received a Creative Renewal grant in the previous round.)


The 2013 group:

Visual Art: Philip Campbell, Philip Lamie, David Kleeman, Quincy Owens, Jim Walker, Jeannine Allen, Benjamin Johnson, Justin Chase Lane, David Morrison, Anila Quayyum Agha, Linda Adele Goodine, Constance Edwards Scopelitis, Bonnie Stahlecker, Lesley Baker, Artur Silva and Taylor Smith

Arts Administration: Joan Hostetler (Heritage Photo & Research Services), Janet Allen (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Glen Kwok (International Violin Competition of Indianapolis), Craig Wetli (Children’s Museum of Indianapolis), Joel Harrison (American Pianists Association), Beth Perdue Outland (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), Floranne Pagdalian (Arts for Learning) and Lori Raffel (Phoenix Theatre)

Music: Betty Perry, Gordon Bonham, Rob Dixon, John Alvarado, Cathy Morris, William Engle and Geoffrey S. Lapin

Literary: Dan Barden and Tasha Jones

Theater: Michael Shelton, Constance Macy, Gordon Richard Strain and Claire Wilcher

Dance: Sabra Logan and Heather Helene King

Design: Carlos Sosa

Your thoughts? 
  • Disagree
    The issue is much more basic. I actually don't think money should be used for murals and fellowships when half our streets have potholes and we don't have enough police to keep the community safe. For me, I don't know that this is mismanagement as much as it is mis-prioritized giving.
    • deleted
      A lengthy post was deleted at the request of the person who posted it. In his words: "I was at a friend's house chatting with a group of arts folks about the fellowship and the Arts Council. I took the group's jokes about the situation as being fact. They had no idea that I was taking their comments seriously and that I was going to comment on your article. I have caused an uproar. I thought what I was writing was true and common knowledge and expected that they would all be impressed that I wrote it. Instead, they're all really angry that I posted their jokes online. Now, I can't retract what I posted. Can you please help me? Thank you for anything you can do." For the record, we encourage participation in the conversation here. But please think before you post and know the difference between opinion and unsubstantiated accusation. Thanks for reading (and posting), Lou
    • Incorrect
      The Lilly Endowment is a private foundation, non-governmental. They chose award these grants, they made the money, they should be able to do that. They are not in the business of filling up holes on the streets. I think you should get your facts straight before you go all nut-tea-party on this issue.
    • It's a vexing thing.
      Hi. I’m a pothole. You may have seen my work at the intersection of Delaware and 22nd Street. But what you may not know is that I’m also a performance artist who, every year come springtime, puts on a one-hole show (this season’s is “A Life Without Art”). The gist is that I’m a gray, shallow void surrounded by hard-bitten and monotonous concrete. Like many shows in my genre, mine is poorly received, misunderstood, or too “niche” for the general public. That’s fine. It’s my choice to perform and to pursue what fulfills me, or what I hope fulfills me. Speaking of which, citizens can attempt to expedite the repair of my colleagues who, for whatever reason and probably wisely, have not chosen a life in the arts here in Indianapolis, by contacting INDOT. They can also seek compensation for any damage my art may have caused their vehicles by contacting the City of Indianapolis Corporation Counsel's Office with the relevant materials (repair bill, tort form, etc). Granted, it requires “going the extra mile” (I love that one). Being honest, though, as with a great many things government, a single voice will likely go unheard, even those on an internet message board (as a performance artist, I can relate), and you are not likely to be successful in your claim. Not to point fingers (I have no fingers), but maybe this is as it should be: People who don’t drive carefully are not entitled to reimbursement …in my opinion. Just as they aren’t entitled to other …entitlements, whatever the heck that means. But that’s a whole different subject. And frankly, it’s just easier and perhaps more spot-on to pinpoint our city’s mismanagement (I’m looking at you, Capital Improvement Board), or the ineffectuality of that dizzying rabbit hole, bureaucracy. Such is life. “David:” I must say that I do agree with you about murals and fellowships! Though not exactly for the same reasons. Murals are a little tricky because when people look at them on the Southside while driving, they may hit one of my fellow pothole artists, thus giving them the attention they so desperately work for (hopefully not Jim, though, who does a pothole version of Annie Get Your Gun! and is, in my opinion, a sell-out). But, essentially, these murals -- like the Children’s Museum, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Symphony (unionizers!), Arts for Learning, etc, and my other fellow artists – these people are all my competition. Realize it or not, even in a cultural scene as quaint as the size, public awareness, and general disposition of our fair city allows, it is Dog Eat Dog in our industry! And not because we like it. Rather, funding for our activities from organizations such as Lilly, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and the CICF – who I should take a moment to thank for partially funding my 2003 show “Holier Than Thou,” a pantomime concerning religion in schools – is hard won with only so much to go around. We even get a little bit of government funding, though it is tenuous given our elected officials’ higher priorities, such as providing money to pay for luxury suites in Lucas Oil Stadium (which I agree with; anything to detract from the joie de mausoleum mood of the building) and passing legislation endowing us with the right to bring a gun into a library (I kinda don’t get this one). The point is, we must fight tooth and nail to get any funding, no matter where it is from. Everyday! And like every tooth and nail fight, sometimes you’re going to get hit with a tooth or nail from someone you respect, admire, and share a common toil with. And teeth and nails can hurt. We also have to clamor for media attention. We certainly have our champions, but arts coverage, relatively speaking, is thin in these parts. Case in point, my show late last summer, which ironically was about arts funding and called “I Don’t Have a Pothole to P-$$ In,” was overlooked by the Indianapolis Star because it opened on the same weekend as the Indiana Boat and RV show. Not only did that event get a page or so of in-depth coverage, but a photo of the feature attraction, Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, appeared on the front page – over the masthead even! – of the newspaper’s Friday edition. I wish I could water ski! So rest assured “David,” and anyone in a tizzy about the enormous chunk of taxpayer, private, and charitable monies the arts never deprives more significant causes of, we artists and cultural organizations can get weary of the whole subject as well. I recommend doing what I do to get my mind off it, and enjoy some sports. You’d be hard put not to find opportunities to do so, even if you’re a pothole. Basketball is particularly exciting now, as it has been years since any Pacers have been arrested for participating in strip club melees. That discipline is paying off right now. Right around the corner is the Indianapolis 500. Try finding a pothole on that stretch of road! And soon our Colts will be back at it. Though I have little chance of coming up with the average $90 single ticket price – something a performance artist and the average Hoosier actually have in common – it’s still good to know they’re still in Indianapolis. For now.

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