featured artists

Lj McCaleb-DoucoureRosemary TurentineWill WatsonOctavius LettsomeAshley RobinsonGary GeeNora MusuKris KomakechSamuel E. VazquezKenneth HordgeAlpha BlackburnDenise SmithIvery Wilson-TeagueKim Ross BrownRay Howard, Jr.Angela FisherTeri CoxCarol E. BarnettBroad Ripple High School Performing Artists
Youth artists - Madeline Hudson and Kylen Bradburn (Herron High School)

featured authors

Yvonne HarrisJohn CovingtonTheresa McMillerSophia Janell TaylorTammy SlossDelores Thornton

performing artists

Demetrius West and AuthorityCynthia LayneLady Luncha'bell (aka Dominique Golphin)Januarie YorkMatt DavisNikki Blaine

View the works of 18 prominent local African-American artists during the 26th annual presentation of "Meet the Artists," beginning Wednesday, January 29 and continuing through Saturday, March 22 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The exhibit, sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library's African-American History Committee, has become one of the city's premiere cultural events while providing an avenue for African-American artists to showcase their works. The exhibit will feature works in a variety of artistic mediums throughout the Library.

This year's participating artists include Alpha Blackburn (acrylics), Angela Fisher (soft sculptured dolls), Ashley Robinson (mixed media), Carol E. Barnett (jewelry), Denise Smith (knit sculpture), Gary Gee (mixed media), Ivery Wilson-Teague (mixed media sculpture), Kenneth Hordge (pencil), Kim Ross Brown (floral design), Kris Komakech (mixed media), Lj McCaleb-Doucoure (photography), Nora Musu (mixed media), Octavius Lettsome (color pencil), Ray Howard, Jr. (jewelry), Rosemary Turentine (mixed media), Samuel E. Vazquez (graffiti art), Teri Cox (jewelry) and Will Watson (acrylic). A youth exhibit presented by Broad Ripple High School Performing Arts along with Herron Art students Kylen Bradburn and Madeline Hudson also will be featured.

The entire community is invited to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the "Meet the Artists Gala Reception" on Saturday, February 8 from 5:45 - 10 p.m. at Central Library. This free event will feature a number of performers, including vocalist Cynthia Layne, comedian Lady Luncha'bell, poets Matt Davis and Januarie York, and the Demetrius West and Authority gospel choir. Also featured will be the Fashion Awareness fashion show coordinated by Nikki Blaine. Young people are invited to participate in a jewelry-making workshop coordinated by Ray Howard, Jr.

Throughout the evening, notable African-American authors will sell and sign copies of their works. These include Yvonne Harris, John Covington, Theresa McMiller, Sophia Janell Taylor, Tammy Sloss and Delores Thornton.

New this year will be a special First Friday event to be held on March 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. during which the public can attend artist demonstrations and enjoy music and refreshments.

To learn more about the "Meet the Artists" exhibit and Gala, call 275-4022 or visit www.indypl.org.

gala opening reception


Saturday, February 8, 2014
5:45 – 10:00pm @ Central Library


(free parking is available in the underground garage)

schedule of events



5:45pm – 5:50pm Welcome by Jackie Nytes, CEO of The Indianapolis Public Library (Atrium)
5:50 – 6:00pm Master & Mistress of Ceremonies - Steve Jefferson and Barbara Bridges (Atrium)
6:00 – 6:25pm Demetrius West and Authority Gospel Choir (Atrium)
6:30 – 6:40pm Poet Matt Davis (Atrium)
6:30 – 8:30pm Deeply Rooted Jewelry Making Youth Workshop (The Learning Curve)
6:45 – 7:00pm Comedienne Lady Luncha'bell (Atrium)
7:05 – 7:20pm Introduction of Participating Artists (Atrium)
7:25 – 7:35pm Poet Januarie York (Atrium)
7:40 – 8:35pm Vocalist Cynthia Layne & Band (Atrium)
8:40 – 8:55pm Comedienne Lady Luncha'bell (Atrium)
9:00 – 10:00pm Fashion Awareness Fashion Show coordinated by Nikki Blaine (Atrium)

This year's "Meet the Artists" exhibit, which is open for viewing during regular Central Library hours, and the gala celebration are sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

For more information, call 275-4022.

Meet the Artists 2014 is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.