• Art vs. Art: The Exhibition
    2014-08-23 03:27:02
    On display at the Garfield Park Arts Center, September 2014 Primary Colours' annual event, Art vs. Art, is a truly unique art competition featuring side-by-side face-offs between same-day created paintings. Artists compete head-to-head for a humongous $4,000 cash prize... and you judge. The winner is determined by audience vote; the losing painting faces the "Wheel of Death" unless someone's generous purchase can save the painting from a ruinous fate. Some art will die. Find Out More about Art vs. Art » New in 2014, Primary Colours is happy to announce that all paintings will be on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center between Paint Day and the Main Event. In addition to voting online for the Top 32 paintings to advance to Art vs. Art: The Main Event, patrons at the Arts Center will be able to vote for their favorites in person. Remaining paintings after the event will also be put back on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center, where the paintings will be available for purchase. Garfield Park Arts Center 2432 Conservatory Dr Indianapolis, IN 46203 (317) 327-7135
  • Call for Artists: TOYS 2014
    2014-06-29 22:50:24
    TOYS! CALL FOR ARTISTS: Exhibition General Application Guidelines Primary Gallery is accepting exhibition proposals for our annual Toys! group show running December 5th, 2014 through December 26th, 2014. Proposals will be accepted July 1st, 2014 through October 25th, 2014. Any artist working in and around the Indianapolis area may submit a proposal for the group exhibition by sending a complete artist's packet to:
    Primary Colours: Primary Gallery 1043 Virginia Ave Suite 217 Indianapolis, IN 46203 Or Email: kuntzmartin9@gmail.com and cc: sbryan11@gmail.com.
    Artist's proposal should include the following items on a CD or DVD:
    • 5-10 Images of individual work which may include details
    • Artist Statement (not to exceed one page)
    • Sketches may be included if applicable
    Proposal materials will not be returned. Artwork to be included in the exhibition should be current; created within the last three years.  The work should be no larger than 30" in any dimension and should deal with the theme of toys or the holidays, as this is our Toys! show. All proposals shall be given equal consideration, and will be reviewed by a committee on a continuing basis.  Notification will be given to the selected artists on Monday, November 3rd, 2014. For more information regarding gallery sizes, specifications, and artist contract terms please contact info@primarycolours.org. Martin Kuntz Primary Gallery Curator 317.946.0851 kuntzmartin9@gmail.com www.martinkuntz.com
  • Natura: New Works by MaryAnne Nguyen
    2014-05-28 22:28:08
    MaryAnne Nguyen: NaturaOn display at Primary Gallery June 2014  Opening Reception: Friday 6/6 6-10 p.m., Closing Reception: Friday, 6/27 6-9 p.m. Indianapolis, IN, May 14, 2014 - Primary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the vibrant artwork of MaryAnne Nguyen. In her newest works, Nguyen finds inspiration from past cultures and societies that possessed a more direct relationship with their environment. Through the use of allegory and symbolism, Nguyen seeks to create images that represent an innate connection to nature and give face to the elements of nature. Inspired by nature's clever designs and its ability to create and destroy, Nguyen provides the viewer with undistracted focus and clarity of form for contemplation. Nguyen explains the process of creating her paintings is like putting together a puzzle; the image, instead of constant, fluctuates and changes as it takes shape on the canvas. After finding all of the pieces of the painting she can focus on the balancing of tone, value, and composition. Nguyen attests that the use of oils allows for the fluidity of light and solidity of form in the work attributable to oils being versatile and vibrant. According to the artist, the subtle shifts in value and hue can be the most arresting details to produce. Nguyen earned her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design and is a Resident Artist at the Wheeler Arts Community.
    Mother nature is awe-inspiring. I am always intrigued by her fascinating and clever designs and abilities to create and destroy. In my work I strive to arouse empathy for mother nature in all her forms. Whether it be a mountain, an animal or a storm cloud I hope to provide a moment of focus and clarity of form for the viewer to contemplate.The process of making a painting is similar to putting together a puzzle where the image isn't constant. It fluctuates and changes as it takes shape on the canvas. After finding all the pieces of the painting I work on the balancing of tone, value and composition. Using oils, which are versatile and vibrant, allows the fluidity of light and shadow. The subtle shifts in value and hue can be the most exciting details to create. My current works are based on the cycle of life and the ancient concept of the classical elements of nature. These elements frequently occur in many cultures and belief systems throughout human history. This body of work exhibits my influence by societies that have shown a deep rooted, and more direct relationship with their environment. My images, through allegory and symbolism, represent this innate connection and give a face to nature herself. I am eternally grateful for the support and encouragement from my family, friends and community. Without you I wouldn't be able to do what I love. I'd like to extend a special thank you to Primary Colours for this opportunity, to the PC crew for your work and all your support throughout the years. To my muses for this show… Ashley, Chanie, Kikii, Savannah, Shola, Natalie, Roman, Atticus and Moon, there are no words to express my gratitude for your generosity and inspiration. Thank you to my husband Dillon for his patience, love, nightly critiques and for cooking and keeping me alive while I was in my painting zone. Thank you to my right hand, Lindsey for helping install and always reassuring me that everything is going to be okay. Many thanks to Zach at Deepwood Workshop for building my sturdy stretchers. Lastly, thank you to all that come to see my exhibition and helped promote the show, I hope you enjoy it! Best wishes, MaryAnne Nguyen
    Primary Gallery is located at: Murphy Arts Center, Suite 217 1043 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46203 Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 2014, 6-10 p.m. Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 27, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
  • Lauren Kussro: Holy Ground
    2014-03-13 16:05:28
    On display at Primary Gallery April, 2014  Opening Reception: Friday 4/4 6-10 p.m., Closing Reception: Friday, 4/18 6-9 p.m. Indianapolis, IN, March 12, 2014 – Primary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the vibrant sculptural designs of Lauren Kussro. Inspired by the organic forms of nature, Kussro's artworks maintain intricate visual and tactile details. By studying the complex design of roots, flowers, barnacles, fungi, and coral, Kussro is able to inform her work with similar aesthetically pleasing patterns and configurations. The ultimate goal for Kussro is to create an arena where beauty is readily accessible enabling the viewer to participate in the physical acts of slowing down, observing and investigating the beautiful. Kussro earned her BFA in painting and printmaking from Herron School of Art and Design before attending the University of Tennessee for her MFA in printmaking. Currently, Kussro is a teacher and the printmaking technician at Herron School of Art and Design. The exhibit showcasing the installations of Kussro is in collaboration with Primary Colour's Installation Nation. On April 25 and April 26, Primary Colours will host a juried art exhibition of eleven dynamic installations set on the open grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center. The all-ages show will be accompanied by music, children's activities, local food, and beverages Primary Gallery is located at: Murphy Arts Center, Suite 217 1043 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46203 The Indianapolis Art Center is located at: 820 E. 67th Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 2014, 6-10 p.m. Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, April 18, 2014, 6-9 p.m. Installation Nation: Friday, April 25, 2014 6-10 p.m., Saturday April 26, 2014 12-4 p.m.
  • Art for Beds 2014 - Call for Artists
    2014-03-11 13:46:22
    Submissions for this event are now closed. Primary Colours is pleased to present an opportunity that partners Gennesaret Free Clinics with the artists of Primary Colours. This partnership is especially meaningful as 2014 will mark Gennesaret Free Clinic's 26th Anniversary of providing vital healthcare services to the most vulnerable people in our community.  The Gennesaret Free Clinic's Art for Beds event is in its 15th year and has historically auctioned artwork donated by some of Indianapolis' premier galleries and artists, in both live and silent auctions. This year's Art for Beds event is to be held at Conrad Indianapolis, on Sunday, April 27, 2014. In connection with Art for Beds and in celebration of its 26th year serving the health care needs of Indianapolis' most vulnerable, Gennesaret Free Clinic approached Primary Colours as a partner in sponsoring a contest for local artists. We are proud to announce that as a result of this new partnership, Gennesaret Free Clinic, through a monetary donation from Executive Women in Healthcare, will purchase 3 pieces of art in the amount of $600 for the winner and $450 each for two runners up. The selected winner will have the opportunity to introduce his/her work and present the winning piece at the Art for Beds event. View Full Details: Call for Artist Proposals
    2013 Art for Beds winner:Dennis Rinker Simple Machines 22"x30" Paper mounted to matte board and foam Mixed media: acrylic, water color, pastel, tape, photographic paper. Sealed with matte medium.
  • Hopson, Russell, Shopoff
    2014-01-26 00:46:53
    On display at Primary Gallery February, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, February 7, 2014, 6-10 p.m. Closing Reception: Friday, February 28, 2014 6-9 p.m. Indianapolis, IN, January 20, 2014 - Primary Gallery is pleased to present the artwork of Melissa Hopson, Hillary Erin Russell, and Marna Shopoff in the gallery's student show: Primary Gallery Presents Hopson, Russell, Shopoff. The three artists featured in the exhibit are currently earning their Master of Fine Arts from the Herron School of Art and Design. As an organization that strives to assist local artists in the Indianapolis community, Primary Gallery is proud to support the emerging artists and provide a professional learning experience as they graduate into the local art scene. Melissa Hopson began her student career in Germany at the Art Academy of Dusseldorf before attending the Herron School of Art and Design where she is expected to earn her Master in Fine Arts in Sculpture this May.  Hopson creates objects and mixed media installations that are human-scale, amorphous objects and architectonic structures inspired by cultural accumulation, the decorative, exhibition display, and the readapting of commonplace objects and material.  The goal of Hopson is to create objects that create a visual dialogue between form and site and also interact with the viewer. Hillary Erin Russell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Shepherd University and is expected to graduate from the Herron of School of Art and Design this May with her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography and Intermedia.  Russell works in a variety of mediums ranging from video, installation and sound with an emphasis on performance whether it be theatrical and dramatic or subtle and more personal.  Many of the performances communicate the idea of trauma, instilling in the viewer the sense of barriers and failure in language that accompanies traumatic experiences when individuals try to express past traumatic moments. Marna Shopoff received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from the Herron School of Art and Design where she currently is a candidate to receive her Master in Fine Arts in Painting this May.  Shopoff works in the medium of painting utilizing a classical approach but with a contemporary twist through the use of abstraction as a means to explore a shared architectural space.  The artwork of Shopoff invites the viewer to question the permanence of the built world and contemplate the blurred lines of a personal, intimate space and shared common space. In partnership with IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design Sponsored by  The Glick Fund