A blessing to the scene 

Visual Arts

Watching the quality of work coming out of the University of Indianapolis. Where Herron has tradition and fund-raising campaigns, U of I has talent. The opening of three new great galleries was a high: Fred Cooney’s Park Ave. Gallery, Keith Hampton’s it’sALLart Gallery and the Bodner Studio Gallery.
David Kadlec
Art highs:
Watching the quality of work coming out of the University of Indianapolis. Where Herron has tradition and fund-raising campaigns, U of I has talent. The opening of three new great galleries was a high: Fred Cooney’s Park Ave. Gallery, Keith Hampton’s it’sALLart Gallery and the Bodner Studio Gallery. Editions Limited moving from the bustle of 86th Street to the still quaint 65th Street in Broad Ripple is a convenience high. A blessing to the visual arts scene high: IDADA. The fact that the Indianapolis public is buying art is an absolute high, too.
Art lows:
The death of painter Harry Blomme was a sad yet beautiful low this year. An underestimated fine artist, he was unshakably cheerful and had an indescribably radiant spirit. He will be missed. Art in Motion was a bungled, mismanaged low from the squatty car pedestals all the way to the administrative top. Something that potentially could have been very cool, went south. Big time low was EyeBlink Gallery closing. Losing owner David Kadlec’s romantic and lyrical sensibility has left a wee aesthetic black hole in the local art market.
Other ’03 highlights:
• Bart Pietrzak, The Photography Gallery. A photography show with supreme artistry of technique, history, politics, meaning and personal and artistic evolution. • The Nature Conservancy’s In Response to Nature, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Pretty darned perfect. • All That Glitters, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Old couturiers turn me on. A little fashion story was told in the perfectly lit, little purple exhibition room full of supreme super shine clothes.

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