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Hello Spring!

Spring Flowers Mural 83

Your Art Here is pleased to announce the hanging of a new billboard at N. 6th and Walnut Avenue in Bloomington, IN. The billboard, which celebrates spring with a buoyant display of flowers, will be on display through the summer.

The billboard’s design was put together by Pinnacle School art teacher Josh Hoering with his K-12 art students over the 2012-13 school year. From November of 2012 to February 2013, Pinnacle elementary and middle school art students created the compositions, working from photographs or from the imagination, starting with pencil sketches which were then filled in with paint; while Pinnacle high school students contributed the Hello Spring lettering, took photographs of the resultant drawings and then helped compose the final billboard layout using InDesign software.

Hello Spring is the product of a curriculum devised by Hoering which introduced students to the work of famous artists’ depictions of nature—flowers in particular—through art history. By studying the different approaches artists have taken to represent nature—from Georgia O’Keeffe’s lusciously abstracted large-scale flowers, to Vincent Van Gogh’s expressive sunflowers, to Andy Warhol’s flat and bold graphic style—Pinnacle students were encouraged to experiment with their own unique styles in portraying the chosen subject, ranging from more literal depictions, to art historical homages, to completely abstract compositions. The process was inspiring and enjoyable for all; Hoering recalls that “the students wanted to keep working on their flowers, and they wanted to make more.”

What is remarkable to see in the final design of the billboard is the stunning variety and range of flower paintings that were produced: some incorporated other wildlife in their compositions, such as butterflies, bees and spiders; some students chose the simplest of designs comprising a single flower against a stark background; some chose to work with a minimum of colors, others with an extensive palette; some worked with great detail and realism, while others chose a more expressionistic route. During these lush spring and summer months the billboard will offer Bloomington audiences a celebration of the season, a testament not only to the diversity of nature, but to the many forms of creativity that draw inspiration from our environment.

This billboard is dedicated to the memory of Sophia Travis, Your Art Here treasurer and great supporter of the arts and the community in Bloomington. In her years of service to Your Art Here, Sophia’s favorite billboard projects always included collaboration with the Bloomington community and grade school students, such as the Billboard Generation projects, so we feel this billboard is a fitting tribute to Sophia. We are honored to present this billboard to honor Sophia’s memory and her steadfast support of Your Art Here and the arts in Bloomington.

Portrait (DNA) by Christopher Serra

Your Art Here is pleased to announce the hanging of a new artist billboard located at N. 6th St and Walnut Avenue in Bloomington, IN. The billboard will be on display for the fall semester.

The billboard, designed by Boston-based illustrator Christopher Serra, pictures a map of the United States sectioned into a series of numbered columns and bands of color–representing a stylized version of a DNA autoradiograph. Presented in a public space usually reserved for advertising, this image will undoubtedly stir up questions in the viewer, but not ones that are easily resolved: What does it mean for the US to be represented as a DNA map? What constitutes the DNA–the cultural, ethnic, political make-up–of the US? For viewers who are unfamiliar with visual representations of DNA analysis, it may lead to other questions: Why would the US be divided into neat numbered rows? What could the colors signify? During the upcoming fall election season, these questions could potentially become more loaded, and viewers might respond to the image differently according to their political orientation. It is not the intent of this billboard to provide answers, solutions or clear-cut messages, but rather to provoke–via an ambiguous incorporation of geography and genome–questions and introspections.

Christopher Serra grew up in the Boston area. He is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art. Some of his clients include: The New York Times, Harper’s, The L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Progressive and The Nation. His work was included in The Society of Illustrators 48th Annual Show.

Your Art Here is an Indiana-based non-profit public art organization created to provide local communities with an opportunity to engage in visual, public dialogue through the use of billboards and other public spaces. Our mission is to extend visual expression beyond traditional museum and gallery spaces in order to create a public venue where art and ideas can be expressed freely.

Bienvenidos a Bloomington

Artist Rogelio Gutierrez, May 2011 Herron School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art and Public life candidate, presents a series of public works throughout the cities of Indianapolis and Bloomington. These works include six billboards (five in Indianapolis and one in Bloomington, made available by Clear Channel and and a mural in the Near West neighborhood of Indianapolis. Each work reads the Spanish phrase Bienvenidos a Indianapolis (Bloomington), which translates to welcome to Indianapolis (Bloomington) in English. The imagery, reminiscent of a nostalgic post card, consists of a sprawling cactus (or nopal), an iconic symbol of Mexico and its culture.

Rogelio, a first generation Mexican-American, hails from California. These public works are meant not only to act as a metaphor for his parents’ struggles to establish a life in the United States, as well as his own transition from life in California to life in the Midwest; but also as a welcoming beacon to the ever increasing Latino/a population in the city Indianapolis and the state of Indiana in general. It is the artist’s intention to attempt to bridge the gap between this population and the general population.

These public works coincide with Rogelio’s MFA thesis exhibition that will take place throughout the month of May in Herron School of Art and Design’s main gallery

Billboard Locations 1) Indianapolis Cultural Trail, 888 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 2) Indianapolis Cultural Trail, 922 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 3) Near 1685 W. Washington St., between Reichwein and Richland Streets heading West (exiting downtown). 4) Near 1685 W. Washington St., between Reichwein and Richland Streets heading West (entering downtown). 5) Near 1185 E. Michigan St., on the corner of E. Michigan and E. Dorman St. (entering downtown). 6) At the corner of E. 6th and N. Walnut, on the square in downtown Bloomington, IN

Mural Location

La Frontera (one of the first Mexican tiendas in Indianapolis) 2401 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

Bienvenidos A Indianpolis MFA Thesis Exhibition

Opening Reception: May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), 5PM-9PM Eleanor Prest Reese and Robert B. Berkshire Galleries, Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN

Exhibition continues through May 26th. Gallery hours are: Monday 10AM-5PM, Tuesday 10AM-5PM, Wednesday 10AM-8PM, Thursday 10AM-5PM, Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM, and Sunday CLOSED


Billboard 101: Michael Stamper

Use It Up! by Michael Stamper


November 2008 through February 2009
Your Art Here presents Use It Up! by artist Michael Stamper for the Billboard 101 project located in downtown Bloomington, 101 East 6th Street, Walnut/6th. The billboard will be mounted thru February 2009.

Artwork Statement

Use It Up! is about using up all of our non-renewable natural resources! Once all of our natural resources have been used up, the faster we can move on to new and better technology to produce the energy currently generated by burning oil, coal, and natural gas.

Artwork Bio

Michael Stamper has lived all over the state of Indiana. He received his undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design and Art History from Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB) in 2001. Afterwards he went off into the “real” world and worked for IUB as a designer for five years. During this period he also applied and got accepted in the Graphic Design MFA program at IUB. He graduated (again) in Spring 2008 and now works for Hirons & Company as an Art Director/Designer in Indianapolis.

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Billboard 101: Amy Noblitt

Billboard 101: Amy Noblitt
Cactus Birds by Amy Noblitt


Your Art Here presents Cactus Birds by artist Amy Noblitt for the Billboard 101 project located in downtown Bloomington, 101 East 6th Street, Walnut/6th. The billboard will be mounted thru February 2008.

Artwork Statement

Cactus Birds was created in the wee hours one morning in the fall in a small double wide trailer in Bloomington, Indiana. The work was created on the floor of the living room and its subject matter and composition conceived spontaneously.

An urge to travel and a desire for exotic environs are shown through patterns and prevalent usage of color commonly used in paintings of the southwestern United States. This symbol is once again echoed in the images of many birds leaving their homes.

Artist Bio

Amy Noblitt was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1983. She grew up in Zionsville, Indiana. She is currently pursuing a Studio Art Degree at Indiana University as well as spending the spring and summer months traveling the earth by car, bike, and foot.