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The Indianapolis Art Center is launching an exhibition, EIGHTEEN: Black Lives Matter, to showcase the work of the 18 local artists who participated in painting a large-scale mural on Indiana Avenue as part of the movement for racial justice in August.

Opening Oct. 23 and running through early 2021, EIGHTEEEN will feature paintings, chalk work and digital design. Some of the artwork in the exhibition will be for sale at the Art Center, as well as online at https://artcentermarket.com/.

Mali Jeffers, an independent art consultant who represents the 18 artists, said, “Most of these artists did not know each other before coming together to create Indy’s Black Lives Matter mural. All of them are talented and deserving of attention in their own right, so we’re eager to put a spotlight on them individually through this exhibition.”

The participating artists and the Black Lives Matter letter or image they created and painted follow.

#: Jarrod Dortch

B: Nathaniel Rhodes

L: Rebecca Robinson

A: Amiah Mims

C: Billy Hoodoo

K: Kevin West

L: John G. Moore

I: Gary Gee

V: Deonna Craig

E: Rae Parker

S: Ess McKee

M: Wavy Blayne

A: Harriet Watson

T: FITZ

T: Israel Solomon

E: Shamira Wilson

R: Ashley Nora

Fist: Fingercreations

“Throughout the ages, art has helped to examine issues, as well as provided an outlet to comment on society,” said Mark Williams, executive director of the Indianapolis Art Center. “We’re eager to showcase the work of these talented artists and help the community engage with them and relevant issues.”

Located at 820 East 67th Street in Broad Ripple, the Art Center is open for free seven days a week. Visit indplsartcenter.org for hours.

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Indianapolis Art Center

The Indianapolis Art Center builds community through art. Every year, the nonprofit offers hundreds of classes and camps, more than 50 art exhibitions in six galleries, an outreach program that takes art into underserved communities, and the Broad Ripple Art Fair. Located in Broad Ripple, along the banks of the White River and steps from the Monon Trail, the Art Center includes a building designed by world-renowned architect and Indianapolis native Michael Graves and Indianapolis’ original ArtsPark, an outdoor creativity and sculpture garden and green space with trails. More info at indplsartcenter.org.

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