Art in the heart of Mass Ave.

The Athenaeum ArtSpace is a rotating art gallery that features independent artists from Indianapolis and the surrounding communities. Our ArtSpace is located in the lobby of the Basile Theatre and is currently open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibits typically rotate every two months, and each new exhibit opens with a First Friday reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please direct all ArtSpace inquiries to info@athenaeumindy.org.

Current Exhibit

Free To Be

Artists: Indy’s LGBTQ+ Community

In partnership with Indy Pride, the Athenaeum ArtSpace is proud to host this exhibition of artwork from Indianapolis locals who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. The central theme of this exhibition is creative self-expression, and the diversity within this concept is mirrored by the diversity of our exhibiting artists. This exhibit is free, open to the public, and will run from June 3 through the end of July, 2022.

Past Exhibits

Deonna Craig

I am an artist; I am a creative and I am chasing my dreams.

My dreams live through my art and my art through my dreams.

Through my ethereal abstract work, rich in texture and color, this never-ending creative chase is often depicted. And while this exhibit is entitled “The Chase”, there are subtle reminders to slow down and reconnect.

This season of dream chasing has opened a new chapter of exploration and discovery. I no longer simply believe in my dreams. This time around; I’m chasing them.

Torrie Hudson

Assimilate

A collection of cybernetically-enhanced beings longing to reconnect with that which makes them human: emotion. This series of acrylic paintings on canvas is a portrayal of a spectrum of feelings that utilizes experimental color theory and the contrast between rigid and organic forms to instill a sense of connection within its viewers. I hope to inspire a sense of empathy within you that translates to a stronger sense of empathy for those in the world around you.

Jahmal Crouch

Glide through the flow of Jamahl’s personal and introspective work in this 10-year retrospective of autobiographical drawings, paintings, and comicbookesque scenes. “Over the years, drawing and painting have taken on many different forms for me. It was my hobby, my escape, my window and doorway to knowledge and understanding, my financial living and still my life journey.” Jamahl is a born and raised community-oriented Indy artist, formally trained at Vincennes and Herron, translating his daily existence to paper and canvas to create images that are simultaneously raw and poised. Process, works in progress, and thoughts in the making are all part of stream of consciousness. “This will be an honest look in the long journey of my career as an artist, the effort that was given, and the growth that came from it.”

Maxine Wallace

Evident Truths: A photojournal of Trans Indianapolis
In December of 2018, I was approached by two Trans activists, Kit Malone with the ACLU, and Tyne Parlett, who works towards eliminating Trans homelessness, to collaborate on a photography series highlighting the pride, vulnerability, and beauty of the Trans community of Indianapolis. The project was to capture three to four pictures of each subject, one of their face, full body, favorite body part, and something on them that made them feel visible or most like themselves.

Bloom
Maxine Wallace is a visual storyteller based in Indianapolis. She believes that good storytelling relies not only on technical skill but creating an emotional connection with her subjects and collaborators. Bloom is the result of collaboration and experimentation gone right. As the photographer, Maxine wanted to experiment with different lighting techniques, primarily using color to make something visually appealing. The models all happen to be her friends, and it was interesting seeing how they all interacted with the flowers in different ways. It took between one to three lights to get the combinations perfect.

LIVE from ArtSpace

May 2021 at the Athenaeum sees the full return of in-person First Friday receptions! With art from three very talented painters, we welcome you back to the Athenaeum and to discover all the beauty that is our ArtSpace. Located on the second floor of the west wing of the building, the gallery is in the lobby of our Basile Theatre and is open daily from 8am to 2pm.

Broken Rims and Dirty Dreams

Once the dreams of a child in Chicago wearing The Sacred No. 23, Nick Conlon’s dreams are being realized as a sundry artist. But one thing, he says, has stayed the same: Ball is life. “I don’t think I’m going to make it to ‘The League.’ I’m an artist now, so I’m turning these pieces of forgotten equipment—and the dreams they signify—into beautiful sculptures.”

Conlon says his show is about the equipment used to play basketball, “…and by used I mean overused, worn out, ripped apart, broken, torn down, tethered, recycled, and repurposed. I’m talking about rims that have been beaten up and dunked on, shot on 100,000 times.”

He likens the backboards on which he paints as if they were canvases, to people. “I feel they’re just like human beings. They are all the same, yet different. They all need love. They all need to be encouraged and lifted up and sometimes cleaned up a little bit, just to feel alive again.”

Basketball is a pastime of all Midwestern kids, or more so, part of our cultural baptism. For Nick, creating these pieces brings back memories, a sense of nostalgia, stories long forgotten. Viewing this work might come with a bit of sadness or regret for the dreams one had as a child and never realized, or the toll life takes on all that suffer it. It should also remind us, however, of happy and carefree times with friends when anything in the world felt possible, and the possibility of these well-worn and forgotten pieces of equipment becoming something new and beautiful again can attest to our abilities to discover new passions and make new dreams come true.

On the art of the game, Conlon says, “Basketball is sometimes called ‘poetry in motion’ because of how beautiful the sport is – the colors, the players, the movements, the arenas.” In this way, life too is a sort of poetry in motion. Really, this sport is inextricable from the idea of life itself – at least for a kid from the Midwest. As Conlon says, “Ball is life.”

Allisa Frazier

Allisa Frazier’s imagination and creativity have always been far more vast than the small-town lifestyle she was brought up in.

After graduating from Ball State with a degree in design and focus in illustration, Allisa’s first showcase exhibition was with RAW Underground Artists in the summer of 2017. Her evolution into collage art and then digital collage followed.

“With collage, my ideas flow most freely and naturally.”

Allisa currently does contracted design work and freelance projects, and is looking towards a future as a progressive and ethical artist working on personal projects as well as in collaboration with creative artists of all mediums.

“The goal is to focus on creating art that stands to provoke, be it through thought, inspiration, or opposition.”

Learn more about Allisa and her work on her website @ potentgraphics.xyz

Aaron Scamihorn

Aaron Scamihorn is a designer, illustrator, and artist from Indianapolis. His business, Ronlewhorn Industries, works in a variety of industries but specializes in beverage packaging, portrait illustration, and poster art.

Scamihorn’s exhibition – The Ronlewhorn Political Circus – will open with a reception on Friday, October 2 from 5pm to 8pm with a very special beer from Indiana City Brewing in support of the exhibit and the Athenaeum’s upcoming Spirit & Place event, The Origin of Fascism. Sales from this fruited, hazy pale ale will benefit the S&P event.

These works address the current climate of electoral politics in the United States. Aaron states, “As we look forward to the upcoming election, the most soul-crushing and mind-boggling situation has been watching people vote directly against a majority of their core values as human beings who care for other people.” Scamihorn will donate all profits from the sale of his work.

You can find his work on all social channels @RONLEWHORN

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