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2023 Meet the Artists XXXV Masters Exhibit & Gala

Celebrate Indianapolis’ talented Black artists, fashion designers, authors, comedians, and musicians for the 35th anniversary Meet The Artists Exhibit which takes place throughout Central Library from February 1 to March 25.

This year’s exhibit features Master Artists, and highlights the works of numerous individuals who have shared their talents and creativity with the Indianapolis community throughout the event's 35 year history.

Gala Opening Reception
Saturday, February 11

Central Library | 5:30-10 p.m.
The gala reception will feature special guests, Steve "Scoop" Jefferson and Karen Campbell. The Library closes at 5 p.m., doors will re-open at 5:30 p.m. Free limited parking is available in The Library's parking garage. Enter from Pennsylvania Street.


Featured Entertainers Include:


• Alpha Blackburn - Fashion Show Director
• Unit Band - Musical Guest (Band)
• Gabrielle Patterson - Poet
• Andraye Speed & Lawrence North Sounds of Praise - Gospel
• DJiSM - DJ
• Robert F. Burden, Jr - Tap Dancer
• Jamahl Keyes “The Magic Comic” - Magician


Youth Workshops & Entertainment (6-8:30 p.m.) in the Learning Curve:


Mask Making Workshop with artist Latoya Marlin
Face Painting with Cinamon the Clown
Balloon Twisting by Tiphanny Keyes
Big Games and Interactive Gadgets with staff from The Learning Curve @Central Library

Meet the Artists Masters Exhibit

Central Library | February 1 - March 25

Master Artists: South Display Hall, Simon Reading Room and the Center for Black Literature & Culture

• Anthony Radford
• Billy Rent
• Bruce E. Armstrong
• Carl Hazelwood
• D. Del Reverda-Jennings
• Empress Marlena
• Jerome Chambers
• Ken Skelton
• Kenneth Cousin
• Kevin James Wilson
• Lenny White
• Lodi Drane
• Michael (ALKEMI) Jordan
• Patricia Gaines
• Rod Trabue
• Saundra Holiday
• Stacey Torres
• Terry Wilson
• William B. Rasdell
• William H. Stephens

Textile Artists | Upright Display Cases on Floors 3-5

• Antoinette Hatchett
• My Ear Kandy – George
• Rita Rent Boyd

Large Sculpture Artist | Installation on Floors 3-4

• LaShawnda Crowe Storm

Reclaimed Youth Exhibit | Floor 5

• N.E.R.D.S

Youth Artists | Display Cases in Simon Reading Room

• Eddie Miles
• Nasim Miles

Authors | Display Case Floor 3

• Shajuana Franklin INC Net
• Emma Camp
• Erica Petty Saunders
• Clete Ladd