Gautam Rao: professor of art at Butler, artist, iMOCA board member.Self described "Artist. Designer. Cow-Enthusiast":
I’m an Assistant Professor of Art at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I earned my MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and my BFA from Boston University in 1999. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and was a founding Board Member of Herron High School in Indianapolis. Some of my distinctions include a Susan Coslett Cromwell Traveling Fellowship, and awards from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
Kelli Mirgeaux: Executive director of the International Film Festival, Fountain Square Arts Council
A member of the IIFF board since 2006, Kelli has worked in various roles with the festival before taking on the position of Executive Director in November, 2009. Kelli is also an active volunteer in her neighborhood of Fountain Square, helping establish the Fountain Square Arts Council and serving on the public space and marketing and development committees of South East Neighborhood Development. A graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Business Management, Kelli is currently employed as an Account Executive with Williams Randall Marketing.
Andy Fry: designer, artist and musician based in Fountain Square, Big Car collective member. Member of the band Pravada:
PRAVADA "Someone Else" from Marshall J. Baumgartner on Vimeo.
Craig McCormick: owner of Method Architecture, president of the Harrison Center board, photographer and Big Car Collective member.
Craig McCormick was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1970. He learned photography from his father, who was a photojournalist in the US Marine Corps. He received his bachelor of architecture degree from Ball State University in 1993 and Master of Architecture degree from Rice University in 1998. While at Rice, he studied photography under Geoff Winningham.
Michael Kaufman: runs Asthmatic Kitty record label, artist and musician, Big Car Collective member.
Michael Kaufmann, an experimental artist, mirrors that free-form aesthetic naturally as A&R of Asthmatic Kitty. Asthmatic Kitty is probably best known as the home for singer/songwriter and label co-founder Sufjan Stevens, a record label that broods over a diverse array of artists spanning a wide array of tastes and Kaufmann gets to sign them. Kaufmann was raised in Escondido, California, a suburb of San Diego that he says was pretty disconnected from art and music. It wasn’t until his Sunday school teacher from Truman’s Water, an early 90’s band opened his eyes to the endless possibilities in music. The band opened for experimental rock heavyweights such as Sonic Youth and the Boredoms. It was these shows that pushed Kaufmann to find the musical tastes he craved. After a semester in college Kaufmann went to live with his parents in New York City: “I would just go through the Village Voice and look for the weirdest things I could find and go to them.” That led to occasions at the Knitting Factory where he witnessed the “weird, free improv jazz” of Charles Gale or the avant-garde experiments of John Zorn.
Wil Marquez: Architect and community leader.
Marquez is the director of A2SX, the digital design branch of Indy architecture firm A2S04. His range of work includes retail centers, businesses, private interiors and, more recently, chairs and handbags. Before that, he was a graduate architect with A2S04, working on skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi and loft buildings in Indianapolis, and traveling to locales as diverse as Morocco, Argentina – and Minneapolis.
A Northwest Indiana native and long time Indianapolis resident, Wil Marquez is currently employed with A2SO4, an Indianapolis based, international architecture firm. He acts as both a senior designer and the director of A2SO4’s exploratory design initiative, A2SX. A 10K Design Competition will call out to others to help cast a new vision embedded with ideas of modernity, connectability, and maintained growth in the Devington Neighborhood.
Flounder Lee: Artist and professor of photography at Herron.
I grew up on a farm in Alabama, got my BFA from Florida in 2003 and my MFA from Cal State Long Beach in 2007. I now work as an assistant professor at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. My work has been shown both nationally and internationally including Art, Technology, and Society at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana, Ca; Documentation: Photography as Witness at the University of Maine; the WRO Media Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland and the Santiago International MicroFilm Festival in Chile. Overall my work has generally dealt with the intersections and interactions between things. The intersections between public and private, art and life, history and the present, among others, have always informed my work. I use mapping and indexing to recreate/reconstruct the space-time surrounding my life.
Anna Rae Landsman was born in Chicago, currently working on her thesis work at Maine College of Art. With 'home base' located in the east side of Indianapolis' "Moon Block Building," the Visual Archiving Center will host a collection site for anyone in Indianapolis to share their personal myth and narrative.
Richard McCoy: conservator at Indianapolis Museum of Art, IUPUI instructor, also helped start Wikipedia Saves Public Art.
Richard McCoy is Assistant Conservator of Objects at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where he conserves artworks across all areas of the collection. McCoy's research extends beyond the technology and structure of artworks to include artistic intent and execution as it relates to the preservation of contemporary art. His current research includes the investigation of interior channels in African Songye power figures and making conservation public through social media. A former Fulbright Scholar to Spain, McCoy studied journalism and political science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and received his MA from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center. He received a Samuel H. Kress fellowship to work at the IMA prior to joining the conservation department in 2005. In 2008 he became a Professional Associate of AIC.
John Clark: (not the Big Car John Clark) teacher, world affairs expert, cultural and political community builder, driving force between Provocate.org
John Clark, First Among Equals and creator of Provocate, is recognized as one of Central Indiana’s leading experts on international affairs. Until 2005 he was a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, and Director of the Center for Central European and Eurasian Studies. In 2005 he helped establish the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, a think tank in Indianapolis. He is the author of more than a hundred books, articles and reports about topics such as the collapse of communism, environmental policy, welfare reform in the United Kingdom, economic development in Central Asia, and immigration in Indiana. He teaches graduate courses on globalization for Indiana University’s School of Environmental and Public Affairs. He is currently helping build up Marian University’s Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies, and is working with dozens of other local organizations seeking solutions for global problems. The Indianapolis Star has called him “the foremost public intellectual in Indiana” (which he thinks cannot possibly be true). Clark is the only person to receive NUVO’s Cultural Vision Award and commendations from the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for contributions on counter-terrorism.
Moderators: Jim Walker -- Big Car collective founder and curator, managing director of Second Story youth writing project, writer and artist Michael Runge -- artist and founder of the Know No Stranger art collective, Herron senior.