ArtSpace at the Athenaeum

Our ArtSpace is located in the lobby of the Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum, and is currently open to the public seven days a week from 8am to 2pm. Please direct all inquiries to erin marshall at emarshall@athenaeumindy.org.

Current Exhibit

May 2021 at the Athenaeum sees the full return of in-person First Friday receptions! With art from three very talented painters, we welcome you back to the Athenaeum and to discover all the beauty that is our ArtSpace. Located on the second floor of the west wing of the building, the gallery is in the lobby of our Basile Theatre and is open daily from 8am to 2pm. Art can be purchased by clicking the Shop Now button below, or by emailing emarshall@athenaeumindy.org.

 

Past Exhibits

Once the dreams of a child in Chicago wearing The Sacred No. 23, Nick Conlon’s dreams are being realized as a sundry artist. But one thing, he says, has stayed the same: Ball is life. “I don’t think I’m going to make it to ‘The League.’ I’m an artist now, so I’m turning these pieces of forgotten equipment—and the dreams they signify—into beautiful sculptures.”

Conlon says his show is about the equipment used to play basketball, “…and by used I mean overused, worn out, ripped apart, broken, torn down, tethered, recycled, and repurposed. I’m talking about rims that have been beaten up and dunked on, shot on 100,000 times.”

He likens the backboards on which he paints as if they were canvases, to people. “I feel they’re just like human beings. They are all the same, yet different. They all need love. They all need to be encouraged and lifted up and sometimes cleaned up a little bit, just to feel alive again.”

Basketball is a pastime of all Midwestern kids, or more so, part of our cultural baptism. For Nick, creating these pieces brings back memories, a sense of nostalgia, stories long forgotten. Viewing this work might come with a bit of sadness or regret for the dreams one had as a child and never realized, or the toll life takes on all that suffer it. It should also remind us, however, of happy and carefree times with friends when anything in the world felt possible, and the possibility of these well-worn and forgotten pieces of equipment becoming something new and beautiful again can attest to our abilities to discover new passions and make new dreams come true.

On the art of the game, Conlon says, “Basketball is sometimes called ‘poetry in motion’ because of how beautiful the sport is – the colors, the players, the movements, the arenas.” In this way, life too is a sort of poetry in motion. Really, this sport is inextricable from the idea of life itself – at least for a kid from the Midwest. As Conlon says, “Ball is life.”

 

Allisa Frazier's imagination and creativity have always been far more vast than the small-town lifestyle she was brought up in.

After graduating from Ball State with a degree in design and focus in illustration, Allisa's first showcase exhibition was with RAW Underground Artists in the summer of 2017. Her evolution into collage art and then digital collage followed.

"With collage, my ideas flow most freely and naturally."

Allisa currently does contracted design work and freelance projects, and is looking towards a future as a progressive and ethical artist working on personal projects as well as in collaboration with creative artists of all mediums.

"The goal is to focus on creating art that stands to provoke, be it through thought, inspiration, or opposition."

Learn more about Allisa and her work on her website @ potentgraphics.xyz

 

Aaron Scamihorn is a designer, illustrator, and artist from Indianapolis. His business, Ronlewhorn Industries, works in a variety of industries but specializes in beverage packaging, portrait illustration, and poster art.

Scamihorn's exhibition - The Ronlewhorn Political Circus - will open with a reception on Friday, October 2 from 5pm to 8pm with a very special beer from Indiana City Brewing in support of the exhibit and the Athenaeum's upcoming Spirit & Place event, The Origin of Fascism. Sales from this fruited, hazy pale ale will benefit the S&P event.

These works address the current climate of electoral politics in the United States. Aaron states, "As we look forward to the upcoming election, the most soul-crushing and mind-boggling situation has been watching people vote directly against a majority of their core values as human beings who care for other people." Scamihorn will donate all profits from the sale of his work.

You can find his work on all social channels @RONLEWHORN