About Our Artists

Located in Fountain Square, Switchboard is committed to supporting the local community in every way. All of our featured artists have connections to this neighborhood, and many have lived here for years. In addition, many have studios at the Harrison Center for the Arts (HCA), a local nonprofit who helped us select and commission our pieces. The HCA is force for cultural development in Indianapolis and a model for community arts, education, and urban revitalization programs across America. They seek to be a catalyst for renewal in the city of Indianapolis by fostering awareness, appreciation, and community for arts and culture. www.harrisoncenter.org  

 

See some of our art and read about the featured artists below! 

 

 Kipp Normand || Switchboard Installation  His grandfather taught him to paint, and his father taught him to build things. With no formal training in art, Normand is a scavenger and an obsessive collector. He finds stories in discarded things: stories about himself and stories about all of us; our cities and our shared history. He knows Fountain Square well - working for SEND for 10 years and currently running his own museum in the Murphy building on Virginia.   

Kipp Normand || Switchboard Installation

His grandfather taught him to paint, and his father taught him to build things. With no formal training in art, Normand is a scavenger and an obsessive collector. He finds stories in discarded things: stories about himself and stories about all of us; our cities and our shared history. He knows Fountain Square well - working for SEND for 10 years and currently running his own museum in the Murphy building on Virginia.

 

 Kyle Ragsdale || Memorial Day Lunch  One of Indianapolis’s best known painters, Kyle has lived in Fountain Square for over a decade. He currently works as a curator for the Harrison Center for the Arts and is focused on creating art that, “lives with people”. Through his symbolic paintings, he invites his audience to make their own interpretations. Ragsdale drew inspiration for “Memorial Day Lunch” from  his neighbors in a backyard on Pleasant Street.   

Kyle Ragsdale || Memorial Day Lunch

One of Indianapolis’s best known painters, Kyle has lived in Fountain Square for over a decade. He currently works as a curator for the Harrison Center for the Arts and is focused on creating art that, “lives with people”. Through his symbolic paintings, he invites his audience to make their own interpretations. Ragsdale drew inspiration for “Memorial Day Lunch” from  his neighbors in a backyard on Pleasant Street.

 

 Amy Falstrom || Small Climates       Amy is an accomplished artist who has lived in Bates-Hendricks for almost 20 years. Her work reaches beyond what is objectively seen, into a world that is all her own. Falstoms work reflects her fascination with simply witnessing nature. “I have no need to impose a narrative on the natural world.” she says in her personal statement, “ 'What is' is infinitely more than enough.”   

Amy Falstrom || Small Climates

     Amy is an accomplished artist who has lived in Bates-Hendricks for almost 20 years. Her work reaches beyond what is objectively seen, into a world that is all her own. Falstoms work reflects her fascination with simply witnessing nature. “I have no need to impose a narrative on the natural world.” she says in her personal statement, “ 'What is' is infinitely more than enough.”

 

 ustin Vining || Fountain Square 1 and 2   Justin is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing in landscapes and cityscapes, Originally from a small farm town in Indiana, Justin finds inspiration from American regionalist painters and WPA-era public works. In his progress as a full-time artist, his artwork has evolved from bright, whimsical watercolors and acrylics to more classical oil scenes. In his exploration of oils, he’s begun working en plein air and exploring more muted, natural tones.   

ustin Vining || Fountain Square 1 and 2 

Justin is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing in landscapes and cityscapes, Originally from a small farm town in Indiana, Justin finds inspiration from American regionalist painters and WPA-era public works. In his progress as a full-time artist, his artwork has evolved from bright, whimsical watercolors and acrylics to more classical oil scenes. In his exploration of oils, he’s begun working en plein air and exploring more muted, natural tones.

 

 Stephen Peck || Sin(x), Bulge Wave Color, and Hourglass  Stephen Peck — known to most as Speck — was a beloved Fountain Square graphic designer, artist, musician and event organizer. Speck died in 2014 at 28 from complications with heart defects he was born with, but his art continues to reflect his vibrant spirit. “I do everything with half a heart” he once explained, “But I don’t do anything half heartedly.”   

Stephen Peck || Sin(x), Bulge Wave Color, and Hourglass

Stephen Peck — known to most as Speck — was a beloved Fountain Square graphic designer, artist, musician and event organizer. Speck died in 2014 at 28 from complications with heart defects he was born with, but his art continues to reflect his vibrant spirit. “I do everything with half a heart” he once explained, “But I don’t do anything half heartedly.”

 

 Alicia Zanoni || Coming Home  Alicia is a mixed media painter focusing on landscapes and human figures. She is drawn to color and light, always trying to find surprising elements in familiar scenes and, conversely, familiar elements in abstract scenes. She is after a visual language for life – a language which, like words, offers meaning, but unlike words which are bound to definitions, connects with our undefined, deeply felt experience.      

Alicia Zanoni || Coming Home

Alicia is a mixed media painter focusing on landscapes and human figures. She is drawn to color and light, always trying to find surprising elements in familiar scenes and, conversely, familiar elements in abstract scenes. She is after a visual language for life – a language which, like words, offers meaning, but unlike words which are bound to definitions, connects with our undefined, deeply felt experience.

 

 

 Vivian Gladden ||  Fountain Square, Yellow Building  Living on the South side for over 30 years, Vivian works to capture the city from a unique vantage point. Reflecting the collaborative urban spirit, she paints with the Indiana Plein Air painters as she works to capture the atmospheric effects she loves so much.   

Vivian Gladden ||  Fountain Square, Yellow Building

Living on the South side for over 30 years, Vivian works to capture the city from a unique vantage point. Reflecting the collaborative urban spirit, she paints with the Indiana Plein Air painters as she works to capture the atmospheric effects she loves so much.

 

 Quincy Owens || Custom Coffee Table and Coaster Set  As a professional artist, Owens focuses his work on interaction and dialogue. Imagery and memories from his childhood, specific colors, symbolic shapes, and serigraphic images converge into a visual language able to create a dialogue. His popularity in the Indianapolis art market has risen very rapidly due to his passion for process. As a former Bates-Hendricks resident, the coasters he created celebrate our neighboring businesses in Fountain Square.   

Quincy Owens || Custom Coffee Table and Coaster Set

As a professional artist, Owens focuses his work on interaction and dialogue. Imagery and memories from his childhood, specific colors, symbolic shapes, and serigraphic images converge into a visual language able to create a dialogue. His popularity in the Indianapolis art market has risen very rapidly due to his passion for process. As a former Bates-Hendricks resident, the coasters he created celebrate our neighboring businesses in Fountain Square.

 

Emily Vanest