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 ANTHONY " TONY "  RADFORD

 

Versatile mixed-media artist, independent curator and art instructor Anthony "Tony" Radford, was first inspired through his desire to share his own art as well as the work of a multitude of talented African-American artists living, working and creating in the Indianapolis community, an environment where relatively few Black artists work was viewed by the public-at-large.  A 2000 NUVO Cultural Vision Awards winner, the arts activist has had an exceptional history of commitment to area artists, and in bringing the arts to Indiana.  The native son has been called the "Ambassador of African-American Art in Indianapolis" by many, having come up with the concept and implementation of the original Indianapolis Marion County Public Libraries (IMCPL) now entitled the Indianapolis Public Libraries (INDYPL), annual art exhibition and gala celebration reception entitled "Meet The Artists'," over twenty-eight years ago.

 

Radford, was one of the key co-founders of the only nationally recognized, largest membership, longest participating Indiana, African-American arts association "INDY Renaissance," now defunct. He was also founder of the popular arts consortium "I AM" Artists' Group, and host of the popular annual late-summer, inner-city arts & cultural festival celebration "Art In The Garden."

 

As Program Development - Artist In Residence for the Indianapolis Public Library, Radford has mounted 28 annual "Meet The Artists'" exhibitions, "KIN KILLIN' KIN" the exceptional Dayton Ohio based traveling exhibition featuring artist James Pate's powerful work,  "WOMEN OF A NEW TRIBE" the beautiful photographic portraiture traveling exhibition created by Jerry Taliaferro (a BAIA Member), which featured in addition to 75 stunning black and white images of African American women from around the country, 11 strong Black women representatives of the Indianapolis, community among other public showings and installations.

He has been the recipient of a number of honors and awards, was recently inducted into the 9th Edition of the acclaimed national publication "Who's Who In Black Indianapolis" in 2014 and was selected as one of the prestigious 125 Neighborhood Leaders" in 2013.   In 2010, Radford was honored with the esteemed Center For Leadership Development Minority Achievers Award for "Achievement In Arts/Music/Theatre."    He has been featured in a number of publications including the Indianapolis Star Newspaper, NUVO Magazine, The Indiana Herald Newspaper, The Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, IMCPLibrary's "Reading in Indianapolis" Magazine.   Radford's life as an artist, activist and independent curator of the 26 year run of the Meet The Artists' annual art exhibition and gala was recently documented and showcased in the 1st of a kind book (in Indiana), featuring African American visual artists entitled, "HORIZON: Contemporary Indiana Artists' Of Color" by interdisciplinary artist/author D.  Del Reverda-Jennings, a fellow colleague and BAIA member.

 

The artist, a member of the local advisory committee of the Indianapolis Art Center (IAC), is a former artist mentor and art instructor for the IAC's ArtReach Program (a youth art program which originated in the early 90's by noted local African-American artist John Andrew Spaulding).  Radford is a longtime art instructor for Young Audiences of Indiana, has worked intensively as an art facilitator with the Indianapolis, Westside's Clifton Street area neighborhood youth and facilitates art workshops for the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL), now called the (Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL).

 

A multi-disciplinary artist Radford, is widely known for his signature mixed-media artworks and "Pop-Can Art" crafts and children's workshops, although his preferred area of practice is of a serious context with a diachronic message within his eye opening, opinionated, collaged statement pieces.  Much of this work is based on social, political commentary and leans toward past racial injustices which represent revolt against traditional doctrine and unmasks the desire to overlook or to forget yesteryears issues of hatred and bigotry.

 

ANTHONY W. RADFORD's, artwork has been showcased in prominent Regional exhibitions including:

ART IN THE GARDEN 2016 ~ A "WE ARE" Artist Group presentation.  A revival of the annual Indianapolis Community Arts Celebration.  /   The FLAVA FRESH XIII !_2016-2017 Annual Juried, URBANE D'ART INC. ~ D. Del Reverda-Jennings, multiple Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art_FLAVA  FRESH 13 ! @ the INDIANAPOLIS ARTSGARDEN. -- FLAVA  FRESH 13 ! @ PRIMARY COLOURS Art Gallery.  --  D.  Del Reverda-Jennings Presents FLAVA  FRESH 13 ! @ The North College Avenue Branch_ Indianapolis Public Library_IN.   /    The Meet The Artists' XXVIII_28Th Anniversary Celebration Art Exhibition and Gala at Central, Indianapolis Public Library_2016_ Curator - Host - African American History Committee Member.__ INDPLS, IN.   /     The FLAVA FRESH XII !_2015-2016_annual juried, URBANE D'ART INC. ~ D. Del Reverda-Jennings, multiple art exhibition presentation series_Indianapolis ArtsGarden - IIC Gallery @ the Indiana Interchurch Center.  -  Garfield Park Arts Center.  - Clowes Memorial Hall Of Butler University.  -  Office of the President of Butler University.  -  The North College Avenue Branch_ Indianapolis Public Library_IN.  /     "We Are"_Black History Month_Landmark Center.   /     FLAVA FRESH XI !_2014-2015_INDPLS, IN.  __  Indianapolis Arts Garden, Fishers Town Hall - Fishers, IN.,  /   IIC Gallery @ the Indiana Interchurch Center, /   Clowes Hall Of Butler University. /    The North College Avenue Branch_ Indianapolis Public Library_IN.  /     The Meet The Artists' XXVII_27Th Anniversary Celebration Art Exhibition and Gala at Central, INDYPLibrary_2015_Curator - Participating Artist__INDPLS, IN.   /    ART & SOUL 2015_Indianapolis ArtsGarden__IN.  /    6 Local Artists' @ The Anthaeneum__2015_INDPLS, IN.   /    The FLAVA FRESH XII !_2015-2016_annual juried, URBANE D'ART INC. ~ D. DelReverda-Jennings, multiple art exhibition presentation series_INDPLS, IN.   /   FLAVA FRESH XI !_2014-2015_INDPLS, IN.  __  Indianapolis Arts Garden, Fishers Town Hall - Fishers, IN.,  -  IIC Gallery @ the Indiana Interchurch Center, - Clowes Hall Of Butler University. -   The North College Avenue Branch_ Indianapolis Public Library_IN.  /    The Meet The Artists' XXVI_26Th Anniversary Celebration Art Exhibition and Gala at Central, Indianapolis Public Library_2014_INDPLS, IN.   /    FLAVA FRESH X !_2013-2014_INDPLS, IN.  __  Indianapolis Arts Garden, IIC Gallery @ the Indiana Interchurch Center, the North College Avenue Branch_ Indianapolis Public Library_IN.  /   The Meet The Artists' XXV_25Th Anniversary Celebration Art Exhibition and Gala at Central, INDYPL._2013_INDPLS, IN.   /   FLAVA FRESH IX !_2012-2013_INDPLS, IN.   /   FLAVA FRESH VIII !_2011-2012_INDPLS, IN.   /   Harrison Center for the Arts annual Independent Music and Art Festival (IMAF)_2011_INDPLS, IN.   /   FLAVA FRESH VII !_2010-2011 held at the Indianapolis Arts Garden, Indiana University ~ Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)_Cultural Arts Gallery, "TRANSCENDENCE"_at Gallery 924 ~ Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the North College Avenue Branch, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL)_IN.   /   the Offices of Mayor Gregory Ballard's, "Artists' Showcase"_2010, 2011_INDPLS, IN.   /   the Dayton Visual Arts Center._ OH.   /   Group Exhibition_Sinclair College_Dayton, OH.   /   'Art In The Garden' annual events, 1998-2010_ INDPLS, IN.   /   Indianapolis Arts Center_IN.   /   the Indiana State Museum_INDPLS.   /   the annual IMCPibrary presentations of "Meet The Artists" Gala and Exhibitions_1988 - 2013.   /   Primary Colors group exhibitions_INDPLS, IN.   /   a number of Indiana Black EXPO Inc. Fine Art exhibitions_INDPLS.   /   Conversations In Blackness_the Collective Art Gallery LLC._2007_ INDPLS, IN.   /   the URBANE D'ART INC. ~ D. Del Reverda-Jennings annual exhibition presentation series of FLAVA FRESH !, 2004, '06 ,'07, '08, '09, held at the Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Garfield Park Arts Center, the North College Avenue Branch IMCPLibrary, the Loudermilk Gallery, and the Dean Johnson Gallery_Holiday One Piece Show_2006_INDPLS, IN.   /   the Art Of Politics_2008_INDPLS, IN.   /   a number of IMCPL Youth Workshops in 2007, '08, and '09, '10, '11, '12, _INDPLS, IN.   /   Facilitated as a juror in art competitions_the IBE Inc. Cultural Arts Pavilion, Artists' Market_2006, '07_INDPLS, IN.   /   the Collective Art Gallery LLC., presentation of "Glimpses of African American Artists"_2005_INDPLS, IN.   /   and the eXcell Awards Competition_Cincinnati, OH.   /

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At 1:20am on March 10, 2017, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

Greetings Big Bruh,  

Immensely Enjoyed the MEET THE ARTISTS' XXIX - 2017 FIRST FRIDAY Event, Everyone had a Wonderful Time . . . Beautiful Diverse ArtWork, Artist's, People, Venue ... Loved the 'DJ' set with Stephen & Sherian   . . .  Such a Great Time and Positive Environment for all Ages! . . . APPLAUSE & KUDOS' INDYPL AAHC, We Thank and Commend You for All That You Do!!!

Abundant Blessings,   ......    D.

We Do What We Do:

At 7:37pm on February 28, 2017, Tony Radford said…

NOTE to BAIA MEMBERS:

IF YOU ARE IN THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA, YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR "MEET THE ARTISTS' XXIX "FIRST FRIDAY EVENT" THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD, 2017 FROM 6:00 - 9:00PM., at the CENTRAL INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY, located 40 E. ST. CLAIR STREET in DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.   (Check Out My BLOG For Details).

DON'T MISS IT!

COME OUT & SUPPORT AREA ARTISTS,  ENJOY A CULTURE FILLED EVENING!    WE OFFER GUIDED TOURS OF OUR VISUAL ART EXHIBITION INSTALLED THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY BUILDING,  ENJOY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT,  WORKSHOPS,  YOUTH ACTIVITIES,  PURCHASE ORIGINAL ARTWORKS OF ALL TYPES DIRECTLY FROM THE MTA XXIX PARTICIPANTS AND MORE.    

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE A BAIA MEMBER!

FREE ADMISSION!

Peace!

At 6:51pm on February 28, 2017, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

It will be a fantastic time to be had by all that attend this MEET THE ARTISTS' XXIX --- FIRST FRIDAY Event (3-3-2017) between 6 - 9:00pm.     

Awesome Artists, Authors, Designers and Jewelers Offering Original Artworks, Gifts and Treasures at Their Booths,   The Magnificent Exhibition Installed on View Throughout the Central Indianapolis Public Libraries Building with Free Tours of the Exhibition!

Networking, Entertainment,  Abundant Laughter, Workshops, Activities, Creative Fellowship,  Tasty Treats . . . Always a Great Event  . . .  And It's FREE!  . . .  APPLAUSE & KUDOS' ,  We Can't Wait to Set Up Big Bruh !! 

We Do What We Do!          ......   Sis'

At 3:59pm on February 7, 2017, J.W. Ford said…

Hi Tony. Thanks for you friendship request. JW

At 3:52am on February 2, 2017, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

AWESOMELY MAGNIFICENT "MEET THE ARTISTS' " SHOWCASE THIS YEAR BIG BRUH.,  

We have an excellent 2017 exhibition; Dennis Green's sculpture work is fantastic, as is Kevin Bullock Jr.'s, as are the life like dolls of Francine Weems.  The 2-Dimensional work is absolutely marvelous!   ...  Had a great time installing along with you and Fred as always, can't wait to be on the set Opening Night!!!   

Continous KUDOS', ACCOLADES & APPLAUSE!!!      

......   Sis' 

We Do What We Do:

At 11:43am on November 26, 2016, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

Had a Great Time @ "We ARE INDY's" Inaugural 2016 'Holiday Bazaar' Event Big Bruh,

Loved the Marvelous Artists & Their Original Artworks, the Open Studios, Extremely Interesting Gifts and Treasures, Abundant Laughter, Creative Fellowship, Tasty Nibbles and Libations, The BEST Damn Meatballs in Indiana  . . . Great Event, Had a Wonderful Time  . . .  Infinite Blessings!! 

We Do What We Do!          ......   Sis'

At 1:59pm on November 16, 2016, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

CONGRATULATIONS BIG BRUH!!!

On another highly successful, culturally inspiring program, benefiting the Indianapolis Community at the Central Indianapolis Public Library   . . .    What a Fantastic Event, each year we APPLAUD You Dear Brother for All that You and the INDYPL's African American History Committee (AAHC) do to bring Our Culture and related Education and Entertainment to the Forefront of Indianapolis through the acclaimed FallFest event/program!

 

INFINITE BLESSINGS & APPLAUSE to You and the Indianapolis Public Library - African American History Committee (AAHC)!

We Do What We Do:        ......   Sis'   

At 2:23pm on March 4, 2016, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

Big Bruh,  

I once again give to you thunderous CONGRATULATIONS!, ACCOLADES! and monumental APPLAUSE! ! ! on your presenting the 28Th Annual Meet The Artists' African American Art Exhibition, Gala Celebration and the Meet The Artists' ~ First Friday Event!

Bursting as always with pride!  Infinite Blessings,      ......  D.   Sis'

We Do What We Do:

At 11:16pm on August 27, 2015, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

Hey Tony,

Just Wanted To Say What a Fabulous Exhibition "Women Of A New Tribe" Is @ Central_Indianapolis Public Library, Marvelous Job, Big Bruh., You Laid it Out Royally, it is Inspiring!!!   

Jerry Taliaferro's Renowned Traveling Photographic Portraiture Series is Exemplary.  I'd Also Like to Express That I Am So Very Happy to be a Part of the "Tribe/Group."  I was Recently Asked During an Interview, "What Does it Mean to be a Woman Of A New Tribe?"  My Quick Response Was, "In the Context of Indiana, as a Woman of Color', to be Able to Help Bring About Awareness, Interest, Enlightenment and Change in the Social Culture as an Arts Activist-Artist and to Create a Viable, Extensive Period of Visual Exchange and Dialogue Between Marginalized Artists, Members of the Community and Major Art Entities Through "FLAVA  FRESH !" the Annual Exhibition Presentation Series Initiative That I Founded, is Significant and Means a Great, Great Deal to Me. 

I am Both Empowered and Validated Having Been Selected and Extremely Honored to be Included With Such a Diverse Group of Accomplished Women Who Are Role Models, Not Only to Other Women but to Indianapolis as a Whole... the Foundation, Strength and Power... the Roots of the Community, Which Show Us All What the Future Can Be.

Infinite Blessings!      ......  Sis'

We DO What We DO!

At 9:20pm on February 9, 2015, Tony Radford said…

YOU'RE INVITED  &  DON'T MISS THE "MEET THE ARTISTS' " 27TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN ART EXHIBITION and GALA CELEBRATION @ THE CENTRAL, INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY!

Anthony Radford / Founder/Curator_"MTA" INDYPL:

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