In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our programs and events, as well as the flow of the building. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance, guests must sign-in at the front desk, everyone (staff and guests) must wear a mask correctly, and maintain six foot social distancing.
November 5 - 28
Cross the Bridge
“Cross The Bridge” is one of three exhibits in Indianapolis during the months of
November and December by the artists of The Jacmel Arts Center of Haiti curated
and organized in partnership with Indy Convergence. This time of year is an especially
meaningful season to spotlight Haitian culture because it is one of the most sacred
and significant times of year in Haiti, the time of “Guede” when the lines between life
and death are blurred and communion with the ancestors guides the living. It is a time
of year when those on this earth are invited to stand at the threshold, pass through the
gateway, and cross the bridge between this life and the next. We are invited to do so
at the guidance and assistance of the “guede” who are the spirits that govern the
afterlife and provide us all with connections to our past and those who have made the
transition before us.
The art featured in this exhibit expresses the vibrant colors, the powerful energy,
and the strong connection that the Haitian people have with the spirit world.
Through this art one can see the spirits themselves depicted, but also the human and
natural world of Haitian’s everyday lives that cannot be separated from that which is
spiritual, and abstract expressions of color that translate emotions into visual form. Every work of art created in Haiti is the product of channeling the spirits themselves to work through the mind and the hands of the artist. Through viewing these works we hope that you are able to cross the bridge yourself and connect with something beyond this world.
The Jacmel Arts Center is an inclusive space for the exhibition, exhibition, promotion, and production of Haitian art and culture in the city of Jacmel, Haiti, which is considered the country’s artistic capital. The Jacmel Arts Center has partnered with Indy Convergence of Indianapolis, for a number of years, to facilitate artistic exchanges between the two countries including traveling artist residencies and international exhibits. Indy Convergence in a multi-disciplinary arts nonprofit working in the Near West neighborhood of Indianapolis to embolden and connect artists and communities from all backgrounds to each other in an inclusive, collaborative environment. Together, The Jacmel Arts Center and Indy Convergence hope to share the culture of Haiti with the Indianapolis community through unique perspectives and tangible cultural experiences.
November 25 - January 29
Being: The Human Experience
This small collection of oil paintings by Westfield artist Kathryn Smith displays moments
in the experience of being, specifically, of being human. Kathryn uses her own life
experience as a reference to the subjects and affairs that she paints. Her new collage of
paintings emphasizes the groups and positions of people that naturally occur around the
gathering of piñata candy at a child’s birthday party, and observes the roles in which both
children and adults place themselves. Viewers are encouraged to examine these
moments in time and reflect upon their being as they draw connections from their own
human experience as related to the paintings.
Saudade by Kathryn Smith
October 3 - December 30
3rd Floor Hallway
I Remember There Were Hills
Claire Sweitzer Hawkins is a mixed media painter based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She graduated from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2015. Nature has inspired
Hawkins all of her life. She spent her childhood swimming in lakes, digging in the earth
and talking to the trees. Hawkins creates her own worlds influenced by dreams, feelings,
and memory on the canvas.
Color has also been a fascination of Hawkins’ for many years now, particularly the way
memories can feel both muted and vibrant at the same time. Mixing colors on palettes
and even right on the canvas allow her to explore and continue to learn and be
surprised by color.
Hawkins’ most recent body of work has been influenced by recurring dreams. Layers of hills and flashes of maroon on top of green are all that she remembers when waking up from one of the repeated dreams. Water is nearby; sometimes in the form of a lake, sometimes a river. The feeling of the dream is what starts each new painting. Once started, Hawkins paints intuitively to finish the piece. Each brushstroke informs the next until a sense of balance is reached.
I Remember There Were Hills by Claire Sweitzer Hawkins
October 2 - November 27
Literary Arts Room
Suspension is a solo exhibition featuring paintings made by the artist during
quarantine, capturing the emotions brought on by isolation, as well as observations of
the mundane. Kylin Brown is an Indiana born artist currently residing in Plainfield, IN.
She attended Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, where she earned her
Associates in Fine Art degree. While her personal work is mainly oil paintings, Kylin
enjoys incorporating charcoal and graphite into her work as creating window displays
and public art. When she is not working in her studio, sharing her love for art with kids
of all ages, or creating public art, Kylin enjoys yoga and staying active with her two children.
Feeling the Weight by Kylin Brown