Indy Arts Council names Creative Renewal Arts Fellows

The Arts Council of Indianapolis has announced its 2015-2016 round of Creative Renewal Arts Fellows at a special reception at the Indianapolis Art Center. The evening also celebrated the 2013-2014 round of fellows with an exhibition entitledUnbound, on display until June 7, 2015.

Launched in 1999 by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program allows artists and arts administrators the opportunity to reinvigorate their work by renewing and refreshing their creativity. Fellows are awarded a $10,000 grant that they may use toward activities they believe will refresh their creativity and recharge their work. The Arts Council convenes a national panel of arts professionals to adjudicate the applications and select the fellowship recipients. Since its inception, the Arts Council has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 370 fellows. Grants are awarded on a biennial basis and funded through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. 

“The entire community benefits from having professional working artists in central Indiana and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship provides those artists with the chance to renew their creativity. We are grateful to the Lilly Endowment for its ongoing support of this program and look forward to the impact it will have on this latest group of fellows,” said Dave Lawrence, President and CEO of the Arts Council.

The 2015-2016 Creative Renewal Arts Fellows:

Keira Amstutz, Indiana Humanities

Keesha Dixon, Asante Children’s Theatre

John A. Herbst, Indiana Historical Society

Amanda Holden, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Paula Katz, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

Anne C. Laker, Big Car

Pauline Moffat, IndyFringe

Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir



Victoria Lyras

Caitlin Negron



Karen Kovacik

Alessandra Lynch

Allison Lynn


Scott Deal

Ju-Fang Liu

Steven L. Rickards

Doug Spaniol



Brent E. Marty



Susan D. Brewer

Meredith Knapp Brickell

Shawn Causey

Lobyn Hamilton

Robert Horvath

Corey Jefferson

C. Thomas Lewis

Brose Partington

Brian James Priest

Gary Schmitt

Beatriz Vasquez

Lauren Zoll

About the Arts Council of Indianapolis:
The Arts Council of Indianapolis exists to create meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. The Arts Council serves as Indianapolis' arts service agency, providing funding, programs, services, and support to the arts and cultural community and working artists of central Indiana. The Arts Council owns and operates two performance and exhibition spaces, the Indianapolis Artsgarden (attached to Circle Centre Mall) and Gallery 924 (at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street). Two of its newest initiatives are online resources for arts patrons and audiences. Power2give provides an online cultural marketplace where donors can find interesting arts projects and provide support through online contributions. The Indy Arts Guide provides a comprehensive up-to-date arts calendar featuring thousands of events, performances, and exhibitions throughout central Indiana. 

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