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New exhibit showcases work of Indiana Avenue's Black Lives Matter muralists

Black Lives Matter muralists honored in the new exhibit "EIGHTEEN."
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Posted at 2:11 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 14:11:25-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A new exhibit that will showcase the work of the artists who painted the Black Lives Matter mural on Indiana Avenue in August will open on October 23, announced the Indianapolis Art Center.

"EIGHTEEN: Black Lives Matter" at the Indianapolis Art Center will feature the paintings, chalk work, and digital design by 18 local artists who worked on the large-scale mural.

Guests can visit the exhibit for free starting Friday, October 23 through early 2021.

In correlation to the letter or image they created, the artists who will be showcased are:

#: Jarrod Dortch
B: Nathaniel Rhodes
L: Rebecca Robinson
A: Amiah Mims
C: Billy Hoodoo
K: Kevin West
L: John G. Moore
I: Gary Gee
V: Deonna Craig
E: Rae Parker
S: Ess McKee
M: Wavy Blayne
A: Harriet Watson
T: FITZ
T: Israel Solomon
E: Shamira Wilson
R: Ashley Nora
Fist: Fingercreations

“Throughout the ages, art has helped to examine issues, as well as provided an outlet to comment on society,” Mark Williams, executive director of the Indianapolis Art Center, said. “We’re eager to showcase the work of these talented artists and help the community engage with them and relevant issues.”

“Most of these artists did not know each other before coming together to create Indy’s Black Lives Matter mural. All of them are talented and deserving of attention in their own right, so we’re eager to put a spotlight on them individually through this exhibition,” Mali Jeffers, an independent art consultant who represents the 18 artists, said.

The Indianapolis Art Center, located at 820 East 67th Street in Broad Ripple, is open seven days a week.

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