Ceramic art pieces in the “Art from the Heartland” exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center

Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.  If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page.      There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.

The Venue

The Indianapolis Art Center was founded in 1934 as a Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression to serve artists. Today, the Art Center inhabits a beautiful Michael Graves-designed building which sits on a 9.5 acre stretch along the banks of the White River in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis. Each year, the Art Center offers hundreds of art classes, over 50 art exhibitions in six art galleries, an Outreach program that takes art to underserved communities, and the Broad Ripple Art Fair.


This is the main entry to the art center.  The White River is behind the building.







There was good size covered space at the back side of the building.  This is where a DJ, wine, and pizza was served.







This is the view of the main exhibit hall upon entering the building.  The hallway to the left took you to several separate exhibit rooms.






So here is what you’d see walking down that wide hallway.  Exhibit rooms open to the right and left of this hallway.








The Call for Entry

The call for entry went out for artists working in any medium, 18 or older residing in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, Iowa, or Missouri.

Art From the Heartland features work from some of the Midwest’s most innovative and prolific artists. The exhibition serves as the Art Center’s survey on the state of contemporary art in the Midwest, highlighting artists from Indiana and surrounding states.

The Ceramic Art Pieces

This year’s exhibition was juried by Indy Moca’s Gallery Director Mike Barclay, who selected 80 pieces out of a pool of over 650.

“White Castle Cheese Sliders” by Edward Cabral, Chicago, IL
“Subway Tuna Melt” by Edward Cabral, Chicago, IL











Edward had these hyperrealistic ceramic creations (painted with acrylic paint). He also works in a range of media including pumpkins, ceramics, cakes, sweets, silicone, polyurethane, and plaster. Great photos on his web site.


“Feeding Frenzy II” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


This is my piece that was juried in to this show. Nicely placed on a thick wall shelf that extended out into the wide hallway. The acceptance of this piece gave me motivation to explore other ways to make feeding frenzy themed pieces.  I had 4 hour drive home to mull those ideas over.









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