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 continue to 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... In addition to my art practice, 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 have great love and respect for the visual arts and receive an immeasurable amount of pleasure and satisfaction from creating artwork; conceiving the first form(s) of what I'd like to fashion, beginning the piece, the processes, the different stages, the minutiae of each phase as it comes into being, the unexpected surprises that occur, the uglies and challenges that need to get worked out which present new opportunities to further experiment and explore ... and then the "birth" of the resulting piece of fine art comes to be in final culmination of my vision and labor. I stay in a state of awe and am continually inspired by the whole spectral expanse of the creative 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 am also known for my compelling signature, 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 Women 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, American, African-American, Native Alaskan and Taino cultures.
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, as well as welded works, encaustic pieces, wall relief's, sculptural paintings, 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, textural abstract compositional works and textiles & fiber.
In fashioning my work, I utilize 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, Indiana, art events platform as part of my mission and initiative to bring about a greater awareness, appreciation, inspiration, support and exposure for visual artists; especially those newly-discovered, 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 accolades and awards, and was recently honored with the esteemed Center For Leadership Development Minority Achievers Award for "Achievement In Arts/Music/Theatre." In 2013, I had the distinction of being selected as one of the prestigious "125 Indianapolis Neighborhood Leaders." I was inducted into the acclaimed national publication series, "Who's Who in Black Indianapolis" 2009 through present. Have been awarded a number of Mayoral Proclamations for my annual "FLAVA FRESH !" juried, multiple Art exhibition presentation series and initiative, 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 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 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History_Detroit, MI. / the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC)_Dayton, OH. / Sinclair College _Dayton, OH. / The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center_Wilberforce, OH. / The Indianapolis Art Center_IN. / The Indiana State Museum_Indianapolis. / The King Arts Complex_Columbus, OH. / work showcased on Home and Garden Television's (HGTV) syndicated 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. / Gallery 924 ~ Arts Council of Indianapolis. / the Hoosier Salon Patron Association and Galleries_ INDPLS, IN. / the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art_INDPLS, IN. / Indiana Interchurch Center, IIC Art Gallery_INDPLS, IN. / Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC)_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 - XI !
An Independent Art Curator and Adjudicator, 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 keynote speaker at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI.)
As a published 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.
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 Indianapolis Art Center. / the Fund for Women Artists Inc. / the African American Visual Arts Guild (AAVAG). / former member_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 published Regional Arts Editor/Journalist/Poet/Writer - Author for the last twenty 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.
::: _UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS_ :::
► "CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SUN AND HEAVEN" __ Solo Exhibition. GALLERY 924 @ The Arts Council of Indianapolis. An exciting selection of new, provocative 2 -D Narrative paintings, Installation and elaborate 3 -Dimensional sculptural works in Goddess persona which reflect issues of the Divine Feminine in the African and Latin Diasporas. __ August - September 2014. __IN. /
► FLAVA FRESH XI ! _2014 - 2015 __ Five Exhibition Presentation of the Annual Series __ July 2014 through Mid-January, 2015. Multiple Artists' Receptions and an Artist Awards Event .... Participating Artists __ Indianapolis, IN. /
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► THE SECOND ANNUAL HOOSIER WOMEN IN ART" EXHIBITION. __ Group Show. __ The Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC), Main Gallery, 2432 Conservatory Dr. An eclectic display of Central Indiana Women Artists’ visual interpretations of "Modernity." June 7th - June 28th, 2014. __ 25 Participating Artists __Indianapolis, IN. /
::: EXHIBITIONS :::
RECENTLY COMPLETED PARTICIPATION IN:
** IN TRIBUTE TO "WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH:" Invitational Exhibition __ IIC GALLERY @ The Indiana Interchurch Center. November - December 2013. Group Show. "Art Exhibition By Women, About Women." 28 Female artists celebrate the woman or women in their lives who inspired or continues to inspire them. April 1 - 25th. __ Indianapolis:
** TINY II: __ GALLERY 924 @ The Arts Council of Indianapolis. December 2013 - January 2014. Annual Group Show. Over 80 Participating Artists. Hundreds of Pieces of work no larger than 6" x 6" x 6." __ IN:
** FIRST & LAST ~ RELIGIOUS RISK: Invitational Exhibition __ IIC GALLERY @ The Indiana Interchurch Center. _November - December 2013. Group Show. Exhibition exploring Religious and Spiritual Risks: ALPHAOMEGA Prize Inaugural Invitational Exhibition, presented as part of the SPIRIT & PLACE Festival 2013. 34 Participating Artists. __ Indianapolis:
** D. DELREVERDA-JENNINGS Presents: FLAVA FRESH X ! _2013 - 2014 __ 3rd and Final Exhibition of the Annual Presentation Series __ September 2013 through January 18th, 2014. 30 participating artists: 2nd and Final Artists' Reception and Artist Awards Event .... The North College Avenue Branch_Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL) __IN.
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** BLACK HERITAGE THROUGH VISUAL RHYTHMS __ 2013 National Juried Art Exhibition __ THE NATIONAL AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER (NAAMCC). Exhibition Closed January 31, 2014 __ 53 Participating Artists. __ Wilberforce, OH:
** FLAVA FRESH X ! _2013 - 2014 __ 3rd Exhibition of the Annual Presentation Series __ Exhibition Series Closed January 25th, 2014. The 2nd and Final Artists' Reception, Artist Awards Ceremony held in October, 2013 .... North College Avenue Branch_Indianapolis Public Library __ IN.
** FLAVA FRESH X ! _2013 - 2014 __ 2nd Exhibition of the Annual Presentation Series __ August - September 2013. The 1st Artists' Reception, August 9, 2013 .... IIC Gallery, Indiana Interchurch Center __Indianapolis, IN.
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** THE SELF-PORTRAIT SHOW__GALLERY 924 @ The Arts Council of Indianapolis ___ June and July 2013. 43 participating artists __Indianapolis, IN:
** FLAVA FRESH X ! _2013 - 2014 __ Annual Juried, Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition Presentation Series: 1st Exhibition of the Annual Presentation Series__July to August 2013 ... 30 Artists __ Indianapolis Arts Garden, Downtown Indy. __IN.
** HOOSIER WOMEN IN ART: The Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC), 2432 Conservatory Dr., and MacAllister Amphitheatre. Compelling display of 23 Central Indiana Women Artists’ visual interpretations of "Community." Held in conjunction with the "Hoosier Women in Music Concert." June 2013 __Indianapolis, IN:
** Featured Painter in, " MEET THE ARTISTS' XXV "_2013, 25Th Anniversary Celebration Gala and Exhibition, (February 9,— March 23, 2013.) presented by the Central, Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL)), located 40 E. St. Clair St. This event is an initiative of the INDPLibrary's African-American History Committee (AAHC). 17 Visual Artist's, 4 Indianapolis Authors __ Anthony "Tony" Radford /Curator/Committee: __IN.
** VISIONS OF OUR 44Th PRESIDENT: _2012 - 2014. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. __A collective sculptural exhibition created to recognize and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President. __Forty-four participating Contemporary African American Artists. __Exhibition ran through: October 12, 2012 - September 14, 2013. __Detroit, MI. / It then becomes a Traveling Exhibition: Smithsonian Museum Bound.
** D. DELREVERDA-JENNINGS PRESENTS ~ FLAVA FRESH 9 !__The 3RD & FINAL EXHIBITION of the 2012 - 2013 PRESENTATION SERIES: On View > August 31st 2012 - January 12th, 2013. __Indianapolis, IN:
** AMOR2_HECHO EN INDIANA ~ LATINO ART IN INDIANA __OCTOBER 2012 __ ARCH @ CHATHAM GALLERY, 617 E. North St. Exhibition featuring contemporary and traditional art of Latin-American artists living in Indiana today representing much of Latin America: Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, and Mexico. __26 Participating Artists __Indianapolis, IN.
** FLAVA FRESH IX ! _2012 - 2013, Annual Juried, Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition Presentation Series. Four Exhibition Presentations and Artist Awards Event. Held: July 1st, 2012 - January 12th, 2013__Indianapolis, IN. /
** 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), now entitled the "Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL)." This event is an initiative of the IMCPLibrary's African-American History Committee (AAHC). __Tony Radford /Curator/Committee: __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. /
** ADDITIONAL LOCAL EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE: 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. / ... Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and Galleries, _INDPLS, IN. / Sullivan Munce Museum_Annual Exhibition, _Zionsville, IN. / ... Central, IMCPL/INDYPL ~"Meet The Artists' "_2002 - 2013. _INDPLS. / ... FLAVA FRESH ! Exhibition Presentation Series_2003 through 2015. _INDPLS, IN. / ... Central, IMCPL ~ "Celebration Of Spirit' " Exhibitions_1997 - 2003. _INDPLS. /
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 2015 __ Date: TBA.
::: VISUAL :::
* Creating pieces for the 2ND Annual HOOSIER WOMEN IN ART" Exhibition at the Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC), 2432 Conservatory Dr. It will be a display of Central Indiana Women Artists’ visual interpretations of "Modernity" which will be held June 7, 2014 — June 28, 2014 __Indianapolis, IN:
* Currently working on several more pieces and an installation for my upcoming Solo Exhibition, "CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SUN AND HEAVEN:" Which will be held @ GALLERY 924 @ the Arts Council of Indianapolis _ August - September 2014 __Indianapolis, IN:
* Painting "INTERRELATEDNESS" featured on the "Hoosier Women In Art" Artist Card/Poster for the Garfield Park Arts Center exhibition held Indianapolis__June 2013.
* 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 is included in the Indiana Arts Commissions' 2012 Annual Report.
* An image of me in working in my studio included in the Indiana Arts Commissions' 2013 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:" 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 2013 and 2014 which included 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. /strong> See "My Events" & "BLOG" 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 , well kept, secure commercial exhibition/ storage / Studio Space (10,000 - 20,000+ sq. ft. ) ... !$$$!$$!$$$!$$$!$$$!$$!$$!$$!$$!$$$!$$!$$$!$$!$$$!$$!$$$!$$$!$$$!$$$!$$!$$! ... ASHE!
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► 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.
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" ARTISTS' INITIATIVE "
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!!! My New Book_2011 !!! The first volume of an ongoing series of collective biographies under this title celebrating Indiana's AA Visual Artists.
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MORE INFO __ MTA XXV_2013:
CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SUN AND HEAVEN ~ D. DELREVERDA-JENNINGS
GALLERY 924 @ THE ARTS COUNCIL OF INDIANAPOLIS:
3RD ART EXHIBITION OF THE ANNUAL FLAVA FRESH ! PRESENTATION SERIES:
IIC GALLERY @ THE INDIANA INTERCHURCH CENTER…
2ND ART EXHIBITION OF THE ANNUAL PRESENTATION SERIES: