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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.


Benton Project — A World Affair: Regionalism after Globalization

through the Sycamores by Caleb Weintraub


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At the center of Regionalist ideology is the search for truth through painting. Thomas Hart Benton sought to create a window into society, revealing both the unflattering and the taboo, while some of his contemporaries chose to depict bucolic images of the American landscape. Rather than shy from political and controversial subject matter, Benton faced these themes head on, forcing his audience to address the unsettling reality of an industrialized America.

Inspired by the social and public aspects of Thomas Hart Benton’s work, Your Art Here will launch a contemporary work by an Indiana-based painter, Caleb Weintraub, who shares Benton’s large-scale, head-on approach. YAH will bring Caleb’s work to the public sphere through a public display and performance, in collaboration with events related to the Benton symposium, “Thomas Hart Benton’s Indiana Murals at 75: Public Art and Public University,” sponsored by the Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington.

Your Art Here has commissioned Caleb Weintraub, Assistant Professor of Painting at Indiana University, to create a new work vested with Benton’s confrontational spirit. This painting will be converted into a billboard and displayed in several locations throughout the state of Indiana. Additionally, suitable public architecture will be identified for a temporary public display of the original painting. Finally a third public component along the lines of a pageant-performance art piece related to Weintraub’s painting will take place.

  • July 2008: Artwork on display on Billboard 101, 101 East 6th Street (Walnut/6th Street), downtown Bloomington
  • August 2008: Artwork on display on Massachusetts Ave Billboard Project, 922 Massachusetts Avenue, downtown Indianapolis
  • September/October 2008: Painting storefront display at Michael Lindsay Photography & Video Studio as part of the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, 110 East 6th Street (Walnut/6th Street), downtown Bloomington
  • Fall 2008: Painting Performance TBA

The Your Art Here Benton Project, “A World Affair: Regionalism after Globalization,” is supported by the Efroymson Family Fund, a Central Indiana Community Foundation Fund and by partners such as the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival and Michael Lindsay Photography & Video Studio.