Joseph Ovalle – America Closed

Joseph Jesse Ovalle is a multi-media artist who investigates the meaning of an object through material use, process and symbolism. He graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Art history. Joseph references historical and contemporary in his work to speak about topics such as: religion, race, politics, culture and American society.

He has shown across the United States at various galleries, museums and educational institutions and currently has public sculptural work up for view at Kellogg Community College, Scovill Sculpture Park, and Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Joseph is currently the Co-Director of the ‘In Art Gallery’ which is an online venue for artist to exhibit there work.

He is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree as an Assistant Instructor at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design in Bloomington, Indiana with his dog Jefferey.

“War is life for people across the globe. Surveillance, weapons and police surround us. Race, Religion and a limited access to essential resources are used as mechanisms of division. This work is a message for those with power who believe our democracy can be purchased, you are outnumbered.”

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Xakilah Daniel

Xakilah Daniel is a student at Indiana University. A fine art student, majoring in photography. She is a part of Black Lives Matter movement and based her artwork from intersectionality. Xakilah expresses the importance in sharing art tips within the art community, because she seeks fairness for everyone.

Haley Inyart – More Meat More Problem

Haley Clancy Inyart is currently Co-Director of The In Art Gallery. Haley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art and Design with a focus in Drawing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

She had a solo exhibition at The Governor French Gallery in Belleville, IL titled ‘Fridges and Freezers’. She has shown work in numerous shows including, the 28th Cedarhurst Biennial Juried Exhibition, the 16th Regional Juried Exhibition at Freeport Art Museum and The Edwardsville 200th Anniversary Show at the Edwardsville Arts Center. Haley has also completed a large-scale sculpture for SIUE’s Sculpture on Campus Competition, she received the ‘Dennis De Toye’ Award’ for her 8-foot sculpture of a steak which can be seen on the SIUE campus. The environment and the meat industry are concepts which her work revolves around.

Haley is an avid runner and spends most of her time outdoors.

“Eating meat has a direct correlation to climate change and it is one of the biggest contributors. It also causes enormous amounts of deforestation, water and air pollution and the unethical treatment of animals. Animals in factory farms are forced to live in confined spaces, barely able to walk around and some don’t ever see sunlight. The next time you eat a piece of meat, think about the suffering, resources and money it took to raise, kill and transport that animal to you. 

Using colored pencils and oil paint allows me to bring out the vibrant colors of meat and food packaging and emphasize the advertising that comes along with the food and meat industries. This advertising seems to cover up the issues and horrifying processes that animals are forced to endure. I encourage you to consider the impact of each person on this planet and how your choices affect the planet. “

Karen S. Holtzclaw

Karen S. Holtzclaw began painting in 1968 and continued in a realistic style until a couple of years ago, where she transformed into a fantasy style with an environmental context. She has also ventured out into book cover design and illustration.

“These paintings represent my feelings in the manifestation and celebration of two souls finding and loving life and each other”

Lydia Burris – Fantastic Journeys

“Fantastic Journeys” is an exploration of the in-between spaces in our hearts and minds. The work is imbued with the sense of dreams, where the rules of physics are insubstantial, and images, words, memories, and imagination dissolve into one another. These journeys are captured with a mix of media starting with collage as the main inspiration. “Working with collage allows me to deconstruct the known world and rebuild it in new ways. Fantastic Journeys is a love letter to a great yearning inside myself tofind deeper meaning in life, to explore places both known and imagined, and to discover the magic in everything”

Lydia Burris was born in Columbus, IN. She attended Indiana University in from 1998 -2002 where she received a double major in Fine Art and “Illustration of Mythology”. Lydia moved to England from 2004-2005 to pursue and receive her Masters of Art, Fine Art from the Norwich School of Art and Design (now called the Norwich University of the Arts). Lydia then moved to Indianapolis where she has been engaged in the art community since 2007. She participates in multiple art events annually and teaches art classes at Ivy Tech Community College. In 2009, she was awarded the Stutz Studio Residency, and continued to have a space at the Stutz from 2010 till 2019 when she moved her art studio to the Circle City Industrial Building.

In 2019 alone, Lydia participated in 6 local art events or markets (such as the Monster Drawing Rally at the SunKing Brewery), 6 Indianapolis gallery shows including the Tiny Show at the 924 Gallery, 4 gallery shows outside of Indy (Bloomington, IN, Chicago, IL., Los Angeles, CA), 5 open studio events, and 3 pop culture conventions such as GenCon. She was also prompted to create a public art installation at the local venue “Healer”, and was invited to be the photographer for a special celebrity event in Detroit, MI.

In the past, Lydia has been involved in illustration for independent books, games, albums and movies, as well as movie prop fabrication. In 2013 she curated a contemorary fantastic art show called “Conjure” at the Stutz Gallery, and in August of 2015 and 2016, she organized a 4-day art market called “Bizarre Bazaar” at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

Lydia is dedicated to the art process and experimentation. She also holds a vibrant passion for travel and exploration. In May and June of 2019, she took a 26-day solo adventure to California and New Mexico, for the purpose of art inspiration, reflection and contemplation. She partially funded this trip by offering creative rewards to her art patrons.

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An extensive list of Lydia’s schedule, shows, and accomplishments can be seen on her website at Lydiaburris.com.

Jack Donnelly

Jack Donnelly was born in Portland, Oregon in 2001 but after a few years he moved with his family to Bloomington, Indiana where he grew up. As a twin, Jack always tried to be independent of his twin sister and become his own person, developing interests personal to him; the most prominent being his interest in art. Jack started with an interest in realism, drawing graphite portraits as detailed and true-to-life as possible, even selling pieces to friends at school for extra practice.

With an emotional drive, Jack let his heart lead his work, taking on darker topics like death and mental illness. Jack would surround himself with as many types of art as he could, taking an avid interest in researching musical art as well as designing and thrifting clothing. Jack drew inspiration from many movements and periods including, the postmodern movement, the surrealist period, the cubist style, and the neo-expressionist movement where he found great inspiration from Jean Michel Basquiat.

Jack excelled in the use of digital applications like photoshop and became the top graphic art student in his high school. This graphic art has become Jack’s primary medium.

“I have always been interested in how when you construct a figure it is considered art but at some point, you are imitating life. I think that everything is art, but I like to mix realism with more abstract styles to express the complexity of our world. This mixing of styles is my way of commenting on how fascinating it is that we have so many ways of expressing the same idea. I could draw a detailed figure of a man; blending shadows and highlights, measuring every precise angle, or I could carefully combine colors and circles and curved lines, with seemingly no meaning on their own, to create the figure of a man so the same. I have fun using both tactics, like painting while wearing mis-matched glasses; the right lens a piece of broken, orange-tinted glass from a bottle, the left lens a clear, clean-cut piece of glass from a microscope.”

Diva Armas Luther

Diva Armas Luther is a digital artist and illustrator, she creates colorful prints of varied themes.  

Having a graphic design background, her work is inspired by typography and architecture magazine layouts. She grew up with influences such as, late 80’s to early 2000’s Japanese manga, international haute couture editorials, and contemporary political art from her home-country, Indonesia. After spending more than a decade being in different countries in Asia, she found comfort in Bloomington’s art scene and is excited to bring her own culture to the colorful B-Town. 

“Illustration is my way of untangling the messy concepts in the mind and turning it into a neat and tidy theme. Coordinating colors is therapeutic to me. Instead of painting what I actually feel, I improve my emotions by beautifying them. Typeface plays a big role on that as well. The words I’ve chosen for my artworks tend to explain what I’d rather keep in private” 

She signs all the artworks with her name, but her handle is Komik Taksa. 

Instagram: @komiktaksa

Caroline Nurkkala

Caroline Nurkkala is a graduate student at Indiana University in the process of earning her Master of Information Science. When she isn’t studying, she is creating in one of many media, including making jewelry from animal bones which she acquires from animal carcasses found in rural Indiana. Caroline also paints, draws, and sculpts, and she is always learning new skills like armorsmithing and digital art.

Caroline voluntarily manages Artisan Alley’s tool sharing library called Burl & Ingot.

Instagram: @caroline.nurkkala

T. K. McGuire

T.K. McGuire is a local Indiana contemporary artist and advocate for Art Therapy and mental health awareness. McGuire received her BFA from Herron School of Arts and Design with an emphasis in painting and psychology. 

Continuing her education in art and psychology, she pursued research in the Art Therapy graduate program, and now dedicates her work to being an advocate for both art therapy and mental health awareness. McGuire describes her work as a process of catharsis and self-analysis. 

To McGuire, the creative process of bringing art to life is multifaceted. She uses the process to “find answers to difficult questions, peace when … feeling off balance, and a love for life.” She describes what she creates as “contemporary and symbolic mixed media art inspired by nature and drawn from my own life’s experience.”

T. K. McGuire

T.K. McGuire is a local Indiana contemporary artist and advocate for Art Therapy and mental health awareness. McGuire received her BFA from Herron School of Arts and Design with an emphasis in painting and psychology. 

Continuing her education in art and psychology, she pursued research in the Art Therapy graduate program, and now dedicates her work to being an advocate for both art therapy and mental health awareness. McGuire describes her work as a process of catharsis and self-analysis. 

To McGuire, the creative process of bringing art to life is multifaceted. She uses the process to “find answers to difficult questions, peace when … feeling off balance, and a love for life.” She describes what she creates as “contemporary and symbolic mixed media art inspired by nature and drawn from my own life’s experience.”