Dave Thomas is longtime vice president and director of programs projects for the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple. The IAC is currently hosting Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett as visiting artists until the end of July. They are working on a 100 ton stone sculpture called “Confluence,” and also working on the start of ARTSPARK. To contact Dave about IAC programs, call 317-255-2464, ext. 230, fax 317-254-0486 or e-mail to dthomas@indplsartcenter.org. Q: What are you reading now?

A: I am finishing a book called The Invention of Art, A Cultural History and I look forward to reading the new Bill Clinton book.

Q: What do you like best about the Indianapolis arts scene?

A: It’s a very exciting time for the arts currently. Many things are happening and are on the move and I’m very excited to be a part of it all.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: I find it frustrating when people expect new developments in the arts community to be perfect from the very beginning and don’t give things a chance to grow. The development of a cultural community is itself like a work of art and demands the creative process of evaluation and revision.

Q: What inspires you?

A: Getting to work with other artists on various projects and seeing our students engaged in trying something new. When I leave the building at night and the studios are full and humming it’s a real rush.

Q: Drug of choice?

A: Horse tranquilizers and a bag of glue ... only kidding. A good bottle of red wine does the trick.

Q: Who’s your favorite politician?

A: That’s like asking who is your favorite dentist. If I had to choose I’d have to say Nelson Mandela.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?

A: I’d have to say the long hours and intensity that leaves me very little if any time and energy to work on my own art.

Q: Favorite TV commercial at the moment?

A: Again, this is much like asking what is your favorite part of a colonoscopy. The spot that makes the analogy between children having to choose how long they will play with a ball to having to choose how many cell phone minutes you’ll use each month is quite clever.

Q: Three people (living or dead) you’d invite to dinner?

A: John Lennon, Tom Robbins and Man Ray.

Q: Can love be pornographic?

A: As sexual arousal and desire are aspects of love I would say that it can be. But I doubt that the inverse is true.


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