featured artists

Reggie WilliamsRoShaunda Harden CarpenterShadé BellElijah NorwoodAllen WrightDaniel Matthew OwensPurion ParkerDeidra ColemanLenny WhiteJehromey MiddletonJamahl CrouchDon G. LawrenceSheri VinsonDerrock BurnettMatthew EugeneTysha AhmadKrystal DeloneyRosalyn FreemanKatina WashingtonLynn JohnsonDennis GreenKeith Bullock Jr.Francine WeemsD. Del Reverda-Jennings

featured youth artists

Indiana College Prepartory SchoolYoung Prince & Princesses Arts GroupDallas Garrett

featured performers

Anthony TrotterVictoria HawesGround Zero BandDaNisha GreeneRonne Stone Epiphany Dance CollectiveDwayne CobbTindley Schools Accelerated Vocal Music Department

featured authors

Sheila L. LeavellFelecia WellingtonAnangell MurrayRaynandole E. PoindexterAngel Starks

featured youth activities

Damita WilliamsSheRae ParkerTony ArtisLearning Curve Staff

View the unique works of 25 locally prominent African-American artists during the 29th annual Meet the Artists exhibit January 31 – March 26 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Works representing a variety of artistic mediums will be on display throughout the Library.

Presented as a showcase for local African-American art, the Meet the Artists exhibit is available for free public viewing during regular Central Library hours. This year's participating artists include: Reggie Williams (acrylic), RoShaunda Harden Carpenter (mixed media), Shadé Bell (acrylic), Elijah Norwood (acrylic), Allen Wright (acrylic, pencil, ceramics), Daniel Matthew Owens (acrylic), Purion Parker (oil), Deidra Coleman (acrylic), Lenny White (photography), Jehromey Middleton (acrylic, oil), Jamahl Crouch (acrylic, oil), Don G. Lawrence (acrylic), Sheri Vinson (acrylic), Derrock Burnett (acrylic), Matthew Eugene (acrylic), Tysha Ahmad (jewelry), Krystal Deloney (designer hand bag), Rosalyn Freeman (jewelry), Lynn Johnson (Jewelry), Katina Washington (jewelry) Dennis Green (metal sculpture), Keith Bullock, Jr. (metal sculpture), Francine Weems (human-size dolls), and D. Del Reverda-Jennings (mixed media sculpture).

Also on display will be the youth art exhibit, "Reclaimed," that demonstrates the ingenuity of 7th and 8th grade students from Indiana College Preparatory School (ICAN) in creating meaningful art works from found and unrelated objects. Other youth exhibits will feature works from the Young Prince & Princesses Arts group and seven-year-old Dallas Garrett.

The entire community is invited to celebrate the African-American art works and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Opening Reception on Saturday, February 11 from 5 - 10 p.m. at Central Library. In addition to meeting the artists whose works are on display, attendees can enjoy a number of on-stage performances, including the Epiphany Dance Collective, the Tindley Preparatory Academy Gospel Choir, comedian Dwayne Cobb, poets Dome and Nqobi, the Ground Zero Band, and the always-popular fashion show coordinated by DaNisha Greene.

For youth, the Gala will feature face painting with Cinamon the Clown, a coloring workshop, interactive gadgets and a bottle cap tambourine workshop.

A number of local authors will be on hand to sign and sell their works, including Sheila L. Leavell (Moments of Reflection), Felecia Wellington (I Write in the Dark: My Truth Be Told), Anangell Murray (Life, Hope & Pain), Raynandole E. Poindexter (Legends of a Lion), and Angel Starks (The Undercover Business Woman).

The event's food vendor will be Backyard BBQ.

Free parking for the Gala will be available in Central Library's garage, with overflow parking available at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

The public also is invited to the 2017 Meet the Artists First Friday meet and greet on Friday, March 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Central Library.

Meet the Artists is presented by the Library's African-American History Committee and is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Call 317-275-4099 or visit indypl.org for more information about this free Library event.

Meet the Artists XXIX Gala Opening Reception Schedule of Events:
Saturday, Februrary 11 from 5 – 10 p.m., Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street

5:00 – 5:40pm Mix & mingle with the artists, view the exhibits and enjoy a performance by the Epiphany Dance Collective (Simon Reading Room)
5:45 – 5:50pm Welcome by Jackie Nytes, CEO of The Indianapolis Public Library (Atrium)
5:50 – 6:00pm Masters of Ceremonies - Steve Jefferson & Barbara Bridges (Atrium)
6:00 – 6:25pm Tindley Schools Accelerated Vocal Music Department Gospel Choir (Atrium)
6:30 – 6:40pm Spoken word artist "Dome" (Atrium)
6:45 – 7:10pm Comedian Dwayne Cobb (Atrium)
7:15 – 7:20pm Introduction of youth artists and 2D artists
7:25 – 7:35pm Internmission
7:40 – 7:50pm Spoken word artist "Nqobi" (Atrium)
7:55 – 8:45pm Ground Zero Band (Atrium)
8:50 – 8:55pm Introduction of craft and sculpture artists (Atrium)
9:00 – 10:00pm Fashion Show coordinated by DanNisha Greene (Atrium)
5:00 – 9:00pm Food vender: Backyard BBQ

Youth Workshops & Entertainment – all activities from 6 – 8pm

(all in the Learning Curve – east end)
  • Coloring Workshop with SheRae Parker
  • Face Painting with Cinamon the Clown
  • Interactive gadgets with the Learning Curve staff
  • Bottle Cap Tambourine Workshop with Tony Artis