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-nine 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." The artist reorganized the "WE ARE" Artist Group with new members in 2016, and began the revival of the "Art In The Garden" annual Indianapolis Inner-City Community Arts & Cultural Celebration.
As Program Development - Artist In Residence for the Indianapolis Public Library, Radford has mounted 29 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 and was recently recognized by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine - Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper - Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council - INDYGO with a "Golden Laurel Award of Excellence in The Field Of Art~Fashion~Beauty"_2017. Radford, was 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, past member of "I AM" Artists' Group and a 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:
The FLAVA FRESH XIV !_2017-2018 Annual Juried, Multiple Art Exhibition Presentation Series_Indianapolis, IN. / ART IN THE GARDEN 2017 ~ A "WE ARE" Artist Group presentation. An annual Indianapolis Inner-City Community Arts & Cultural Celebration. / The "WE ARE" Artist Group presentation of "Restoring The Culture" Exhibition at the Indiana Landmark Center_2017_Indianapolis. / 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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