D. DELREVERDA-JENNINGS ...... INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST:
:: LIVING ART ABSOLUTE & OUT LOUD ::
I have been making art in some manner for as long as I can remember and do so passionately... I consider the Visual Arts field to be an invaluable and sacred profession..without art where would we all be, as it is an integral part of our daily lives...
A native of Alaska, I was raised as a youth in Chicago and educated in parochial academy institutions. From that timeline, I have since traveled a creative and an artistic journey influenced by the kaleidoscope of cultural nuances... I currently work as an arts administrator, facilitator and free-lance in a number of arts disciplines throughout the Midwest.
Primarily self-taught, I work from a diverse repertoire, this lends to my being a prolific visual artist that has been a practicing creative for well over two decades.... I absolutely relish the whole of the experience.
My signature figurative sculptural work is organic, extremely detailed and textural, resulting in ethereal pieces evocative of ancient entities with some of the techniques relating to ethnic craft archetypical of ancient West Africa... I create large Decorative~Functional "FrameMirror Work" artpieces (my own concept and design) inclusive of handwrought, incised, highly charged, worked and reworked (chased and repousse`d) surfaces, deeply variant, tactile compositions of metalwork and often hand-tooled leather.
I create welded works, wall relief's, original castwork, printmaking, fetishes, totems, collage, carvings, assemblage and constructions, functional-utilitarian objets d'art, installations, public art works, claywork, cement works, mixed-media, illustration, photographic works, textiles & fiber, textural abstract compositional works, and compelling 2-Dimensional narrative paintings which primarily address my lineal connection to and illuminate the importance of African American, Caribbean Latina/o, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latin's in the context of the African-Diasporic culture and the divine feminine/Women's art of the Diaspora. I often incorporate symbolism and reflections of African, Native Alaskan and Taino cultures.
In fashioning my work, I utilizing a wide spectrum of media and materials ("Steel to Stone/Paint to Paper), integrating vibrant hues, organic patinas, complex surfaces and incised reliefs, handwrought treatments and emphasized textures. I have also brought facets of my complex textural work to my exclusive artisan "Statement" design jewelry line (begun in 2010) which feature handwrought precious and semi-precious metals, semi-precious stones and mixed-media..that speak in bold character and substantial elements, capturing the spirit of the contemporary woman seeking pieces of distinction in wearable artistry.
As Founder, Independent Curator/Administrator/Artist Consultant for the annual "FLAVA FRESH ! " juried, multiple Art exhibition presentation series, I present the six month long, annual Indianapolis, IN., art events project as part of my mission and initiative to bring about a greater awareness, appreciation, inspiration, support and exposure for visual artists; especially those undiscovered, under-represented, emerging, mid-career and Artists’ of Color through a series of commercial, professional art exhibition venues.
I am blessed to have received numerous awards and honors and was inducted into the acclaimed national publication series, "Who's Who in Indianapolis_6th Edition in 2009, and 2012. Was awarded a number of Mayoral Proclamations for my annual "FLAVA FRESH !" juried, multiple Art exhibition presentation series, sustaining the exhibition as a month long, Indianapolis community_October event, which will be continued each year. I am listed in the 2010 International Dictionary of Artists, my sculptural work was selected to be showcased in the Black Art In America (BAIA), Commemorative Book in Tribute of Oprah Winfrey, "A Time, A Season," and I was honored to have been selected as an Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) _Creative Renewal Arts Fellow (CRF) in the recent past. I have been the recipient of a number of Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) - (IAP) Awards throughout the last decade. In 2012, I was selected as one of Forty-four Contemporary African American Artists, renowned and emerging, to create my own interpretive rendition of a bust of President Barack Obama for "Visions of Our 44th President" the historically significant and avant-garde art collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Peter Kaplan of Our World. LLC. "Visions of Our 44th President," is a collective sculptural exhibition created to recognize and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President of the United States of America.
My work has been exhibited internationally in Canada and the Caribbean, have participated in national group and solo exhibitions. Select pieces of my work are held in both private and corporate collections.
Selected Exhibition Venues - Regionally; ___ Have exhibited in a good number of professional commercial art venues such as the Museum of Science and Industry_Chi, IL. / the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC)_Dayton, OH. / Sinclair College _Dayton, OH. / The King Arts Complex_Columbus, OH. / work showcased on Home and Garden Television's (HGTV) syndicated popular series "That's Clever!" and on the DIY Network. / Artworks showcased in "Dreamtime: Universal Achetypes," a WFYI TV-20 ~ PBS documentary movie, and my work has been shown on numerous regional television broadcasts and in Florida as well as highlighted in numerous print publications.
In Indiana; ___Selected Exhibition Venues have included: The Arts Council of Indianapolis Corporate Offices. / The Arts Council of Indianapolis ~ Indianapolis Arts Garden. / the Hoosier Salon Patron Association and Galleries_INDPLS, IN. / the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art_INDPLS, IN. / Dean Johnson Gallery_INDPLS, IN. / Four Star Art Gallery_INDPLS, IN. / the Indiana Historical Society_INDPLS, IN. / Indiana State Museum_ INDPLS. / The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette_IN. / Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University_ INDPLS, IN. / Indiana University~Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)_Cultural Arts Gallery (CAG)_IN. / Indiana Black Expo, Inc. / Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL). / IMCPL's Annual "Meet The Artists" Gala and Art Exhibitions. / URBANE D'ART Inc. Art events and venues. / Celebration Of Spirit 1, 2, 3. / FLAVA FRESH I - IX !
An Independent Art Curator and Juror, I also serve as a Regional Indiana Arts Commission Advisory Grants Panelist Juror, an Indiana Artisan Project Grants Juror, as well as a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Adjudicator. I am also a speaker and have lectured at prominent academic entities including IVY Tech Community College and as a keynote speaker at IUPUI. As a journalist, author and poet, I received an IAC ~ IAP Literary Grant_2011-2012, and a Marguerite Press Literary Award in 2003. My 2011 inaugural volume of "HORIZON: CONTEMPORARY INDIANA ARTISTS' OF COLOR" was purchased by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL), selected to be included in their permanent collection and is showcased in the "Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room." The books are now available through the catalogue system to library patrons and may be checked out on a valid library card.
Am former Chairwoman of the Indiana Black Expo, Inc., Cultural Arts Pavilion, "Artists' Market" from the inception of the venue in '04 through '08, and was also the Chairperson for the IBE Inc., "Classic Saturday Art Fair's" two year run, '05-'06. Was awarded a 2002 I.C. Master Artist Fellowship, have been a vocal activist/advocate for the Arts, for Arts Inclusion and Artists' of Color and an active member of a number of local/regional/national arts organizations including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. / the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and Galleries. / Woman Made Gallery. / the Fund for Women Artists Inc. / the African American Visual Arts Guild (AAVAG). / Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Assoc., (IDADA). / MELANGE . / former member of "I AM" Artists Group, Indianapolis. / past member of the Alaskan Metal Arts Guild (AMAG). /
A Regional Arts Editor/Journalist/Poet/Writer - Author for the last seventeen years...through the compounding of Arts disciplines, the artists themselves, their work, my interaction with these individuals and the connectiveness of artistry, my life is impacted 24/7, 365 days of the year with constant creativity.... Art is my life, my love, an internal force, passion, focus and precedent.
I create to be heard; to manifest my joy, to tell my story...to feed my spirit and satiate my creative inner child...I create because I am driven...and hope that others who experience this sharing of my artistic magic will come away with the same appreciation and enthusiasm that I receive in conceiving and producing each piece.
RECENTLY COMPLETED PARTICIPATION IN:
Featured Painter in " MEET THE ARTISTS' XXV "_2013, 25Th Anniversary Celebration Gala and Exhibition, (February—March) presented by the Central, Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL). This event is an initiative of the INDPLibrary's African-American History Committee (AAHC). __Tony Radford /Curator/Committee:
FLAVA FRESH IX ! __ 1st Exhibition of the Annual Presentation Series_July 2012, 2nd Exhibition__August 2012 and 3rd and Final Exhibition__September -- January 12th, 2013.
Featured Sculptural Artist and Author in " MEET THE ARTISTS' XXIV "_2012, an annual two month long (February—March) art exhibition presented by the Central, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL). This event is an initiative of the IMCPLibrary's African-American History Committee (AAHC). __Tony Radford /Curator/Committee:
WHAT I'M WORKING ON NOW: ___ ONGOING;
::: LITERARY :::
INDIANA FLAVA ! Artists' of the Annual FLAVA FRESH ! Juried Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Fine Art.
> To be released in 2014 __ Date: TBA.
HORIZON: Contemporary Indiana Artists' Of Color. Volume II.
> To be released in 2013 __ Date: TBA.
::: VISUAL :::
* INTERVIEW > The IAP Grant from a Recipient's Point of View: D. DelReverda-Jennings: Featured on the Indiana Arts Commission website > http://www.in.gov/arts/2762.htm .
An excerpt from the interview will be included in the Commissions' 2012 Annual Report.
* Sculptural piece "CONSCIOUS REVEAL" featured on the front page and info: inside of "Branches" a popular local, bi-monthly Indianapolis print magazine__January~February 2013 Edition.
* Was commissioned to create a public art piece which I entitled, "AT THE CROSSROADS _ TOTEMIC COLUMN" for the developers of a large residential/commercial complex located on "Indiana Avenue." A historical area near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana which was known throughout the nation and beyond as one of the most noted incubators/learning grounds/layman's schools of music associated with African Americans (AA). A great number of Indianapolis born or relocated, AA musicians of the past have earned critical acclaim and distinguished themselves, some becoming recognized with an international reputation. Avenue greats David Baker, Wes Montgomery, Pookie Johnson, Larry Ridley, J.J. Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, Jimmy Coe, the Hampton Sisters, James Spaulding, Noble Sissle, Debbie Andrews and Sonny Johnson, were among the legions of professional Jazz, R & B, and Gospel musicians in the 30's on through the early 70's that would perform nightly, letting their compelling music spill out into the streetlit darkness of the pavement come summer or the cold of winter. This segment of Indianapolis had been developed and created specifically by the powers-that-be at the time to house AA citizens.
* Creating pieces for my upcoming Solo Exhibition, "CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SUN AND HEAVEN:" Currently working on, "RITE OF PASSAGE_FGM - TRAPPED BY TRADITION Series," a number of new sculptural pieces that deal with the atrocity of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Physical Abuse which will be shown in a solo gallery exhibition at the GALLERY 924 @ the Arts Council of Indianapolis in August 2014 ... In addition to a number of paintings and an installation or two for confirmed upcoming exhibitions in 2012 and 2013 including the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration of "MEET THE ARTISTS' XXV _2013, @ Central, Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL).
Blessed with the support of an Indiana Arts Commission _IAP Grant in Literature, I have published " HORIZON: CONTEMPORARY INDIANA ARTISTS' OF COLOR, " the first volume of an ongoing series of collective biographies under this title, in hopes of bringing about greater awareness and appreciation for Indiana native or resident Artists of African descent practicing visual art disciplines, and for the creatively rich artistic heritage and culture from which they are inspired. I gratefully acknowledge the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency, for their generous support. The new book was made available in 2012, as well as an earlier book of poetry, "BABYLON ROOT," at the Central, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library's, Annual February—March "Black History Month" Gala presentation of the "Meet The Artists XXIV" Exhibition, with the Opening Reception being held on Saturday, February 18, 2012. < See "My Events" for Details:
ALWAYS WORKING ON: ____ "FUNDING" issues in relation to facilitating the creation of more and larger artpieces as well as working in traditional media such as bronze. Acquisition of a large , secure commercial exhibition/storage / Studio Space (10,000 - 17,000+ sq. ft. ) ... !$$$!$$$!$$$!$$$!$$!$$!$$!$$! ... ASHAY!
::: UPCOMING, CURRENT, & RECENT EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE :::
► "CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SUN AND HEAVEN" __ Solo Exhibition. Gallery 924. _August 2014. The Arts Council of Indianapolis. __IN. /
► FLAVA FRESH X ! _2013 - 2014 __ Annual Juried, Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition Presentation Series .... Held: July 1st, 2013 - January 15th, 2014 __ Indianapolis, IN. /
► MEET THE ARTISTS' XXV _2013. February 9, -- March 23, 2013. The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Art Exhibition Celebration. Gala Reception held on February 9th, from 6 - 10:00pm. Central, Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL), located 40 E. St. Clair St. Sponsored by the INDYPLibrary's African American History Committee (AAHC). __IN. >>> Featured Artist ~ Paintings. /
► VISIONS OF OUR 44Th PRESIDENT: _2012 - 2014. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. __Exhibition: October 12, 2012 - August 4, 2013. __Detroit, MI. / It will then become a Traveling Exhibition: Smithsonian Museum Bound.
► D. DELREVERDA-JENNINGS PRESENTS ~ FLAVA FRESH 9 !__The 3RD & FINAL EXHIBITION of the 2012 - 2013 PRESENTATION SERIES: Indianapolis, IN. On View > August 31st - January 12th, 2012.
► AMOR2_HECHO EN INDIANA ~ LATINO ART IN INDIANA __OCTOBER 2013 __ ARCH @ CHATHAM GALLERY, 617 E. North St. __Indianapolis, IN.
► FLAVA FRESH IX ! _2012 - 2013, Annual Juried, Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition Presentation Series. Held: July 1st, 2012 - January 12th, 2013__Indianapolis, IN. /
► SPEAK! WOMEN SHARING VOICES THROUGH ART @ THE ELIJAH PIERCE GALLERY: Creative Women of Color (CWoC). , with BETTYE STULL ~ Independent Curator: Exhibition/Workshops were held through August 25, 2012. King Arts Complex. __Columbus, OH. /
__The SullivanMunce Museum__"Hoosier Master Artists; Past and Present," March through June, 2011, _INDPLS~Zionsville, IN. / ... The Indianapolis Arts Garden., _Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI). _IN. / ... "TRANSCENDENCE," August 2011 at Gallery 924 ~ Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI)., IN. / ... Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL), _North. / ... FLAVA FRESH VIII ! Annual Juried, Multi Art Exhibition Presentation of local, regional, national visual artists., _INDPLS, IN. / ... Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University., _INDPLS, IN. / Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) ~ Cultural Arts Gallery (CAG). _INDPLS. / Central, IMCPL ~"Meet The Artists XXIV"_2012. _INDPLS. /
VIEW VIDEO'S ► ► ►
► VIEW THE "MEET THE ARTISTS XXIV " (MTA) 2012 EXHIBITION INTRODUCTION__Channel 16/17 TV__IMCPL's 'Between The Lines.' :
► VIEW THE " TRANSCENDENCE " EXHIBITION INTODUCTION VIDEO from GALLERY 924. _ Featuring FLAVA FRESH VIII ! Artists__Local, Regional and National. __ D. DelReverda-Jennings ~ Founding Artist/Independent Curator: __ Indianapolis, IN.
► CHECK OUT A PAST EXHIBITION TELEVISION SHOW PROMO FOR FLAVA FRESH VII !
___ http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/indy_style/kitchen/flava-fresh .
► VISIT MY BLOG and VIEW an example of my Artist information initiative of over seventeen years: " ARTISTS' INITIATIVE " ...... Which will be Updated Bi-Monthly With New Information, Resources, Events and Opportunities for Artists of All Disciplines.
" ARTISTS' INITIATIVE "
___ http://www.ddelreverda-j.blogspot.com/p/living-art-loud.html .
!!! My New Book_2011 !!! The first volume of an ongoing series of collective biographies under this title celebrating Indiana's AA Visual Artists.
ZEN ~ PEARLS OF WISDOM - SWAY Series: _ Detail ...... By ... D. DelReverda-Jennings ...... :: Sculpture :: Non Ferrous Metal / Precious Non Ferrous Metal / Mixed-Media / Natural Elements / 36" Circumference /.
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