One of the founders of iMOCA — the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art — Stephen Schaf is also a creative director with Hotbed Creative ( In the past year, iMOCA has been involved with presenting a number of contemporary artworks to local audiences in a variety of venues. For more information visit Q: What are you reading now?

A: Who the heck has time to read right now?

Q: What do you like about the Indianapolis art scene?

A: There are finally some interesting, fresh and innovative things happening in our city that keep me from trekking to Chicago every time I need my inspiration juiced. It’s encouraging to see businesses getting in on it, too!

Q: What don’t you like?

A: That we can’t all just get along within the arts community … and make the art scene here better with collaboration.

Q: What inspires you?

A: More than anything else? Human nature. Truly.

Q: Drug of choice?

A: PMS 612.

Q: Who’s your favorite politician?

A: Nelson Mandela.

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

A: Not taking my work too seriously. Letting go has always been my biggest struggle.

Q: What’s your favorite TV commercial at the moment?

A: Not sure right now I have a favorite. The ad campaign that has made an indelible impression, however, is the identity theft campaign by Citibank. Love the “there’s plenty of Larry to go around.”

Q: Three people you’d invite to dinner?

A: Betty, Steve and Todd.

Q: Can love be pornographic?

A: Maybe not every time … but discipline can certainly be amusing. Hmmm … can it not be?


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