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Meet the Artists

The 2022 Meet the Artists XXXIV exhibit and closing gala reception concluded on April 2 at Central Library. The gala reception marked another successful year for this treasured community event that has been an annual celebration of art and creativity for more than thirty years.

The Exhibit

Photo of the artists "The Eighteen."

This year's exhibit featured the artists "The Eighteen," a collective of 18 like-minded and civically engaged Black visual artists in and around the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area who painted Indy's #BlackLivesMatter street mural. The main exhibit was hosted at Central Library with smaller exhibits featured at the East 38th Street, Beech Grove, and West Indianapolis branches.

Gala Closing Reception

On April 2nd, individuals of all ages enjoyed gathering at Central Library, and online, for an evening of cultural entertainment hosted by our special guest MC, former WTHR reporter Steve "Scoop" Jefferson. The evening included a gospel performance by The Williams Singers, a comedy show by comedienne Tanya Lewis, and the always-popular African-American fashion show. In addition, attendees saw the unveiling of the Central Library Engraving Project, an initiative that added the names of literary leaders of color to the list of notable authors etched into the interior walls of Central Library. A video of this treasured event will be available shortly to enjoy until Meet the Artists XXXV in 2023. We look forward to seeing you there!

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