Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Stutz Open House This Weekend

The Stutz Artists Association is throwing a big party in a big space – in fact, it’s a full city block of creative expression! More than 60 artists will open their doors to partygoers, art lovers and families during the two-day event this weekend. Here are 10 reasons to come to the Stutz this weekend for the Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House (in no particular order):

1. You’ll see a variety of mediums all under one roof: The best place to begin is the FIRST STOP exhibit in the Stutz Art Gallery on the first floor. Sample art from the Open House artists, find your favorites and then head upstairs to their studios. Paintings, drawings, jewelry, sculptures, photography, furniture, and more are created in Stutz studios.

2. You’ll enjoy tasty treats and drinks: Bearcats, the in-house restaurant on the first floor, will be open as well as their beverage stations throughout the building. You’ll find food trucks outside the 10th Street entrance and additional food and sweets on the upper floors featuring CK Cuisine, Chocolate for the Spirit, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Litterally Divine Chocolate, as well as in many artists’ studios.

3. The event is kid-friendly: Kids 12 and under get in free! Saturday features an art-inspired scavenger hunt (ages 5-12), hands-on painting activity, artists’ demonstrations, free cookies from Raymond James, and more.

4. It’s affordable: Purchase advance, discounted tickets at by 5 pm on Friday or at the Stutz Business and Arts Center office (1060 N. Capitol Ave. C200) for just $12. Tickets are good for both days.

5. You’re supporting a great cause: The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House serves as the sole fund raiser for the Stutz Residency Program. Since 1996, the Stutz Artists Association has provided 31 individuals with studio space valued at more than $135,000.

6. Take a tour of Artisan Autos: During the Open House, you have the opportunity to see and learn about the vintage and collectible cars which are on display in this former Stutz Motor Car factory.

7. You can paint your own masterpiece: Visit the 4th floor near elevator D to paint your own complimentary masterpiece with Wine & Canvas.

8. You’ll be entertained: In addition to great artists, the Open House will feature the sounds of musicians such as Cathy Morris, Hex Mundi, Travers Mark, Dave Petty, Joe Hart, Jazz Duo Steve & John, Charlie Ballantine and Soul Palace.

9. Artists will demonstrate their work on Saturday: Every half hour, from 2:30-6:30 pm, you can watch several artists at work: painting, drawing, jewelry making and more.

10. It’s going to rain; stay inside: Weather forecasts indicate Friday PM showers and thunderstorms Saturday. You can spend hours inside exploring the Stutz Business and Arts Center. Parking is free! Click here for our parking map.

Stutz Artists Open House is Next Weekend!

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House is next weekend and we cannot wait! The event showcases 60+ artists across all mediums – and showcases the vibrant art culture and diversity of our artists.

Friday night offers a festive atmosphere perfect for adults, while families with children are encouraged to attend on Saturday. Saturday includes hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, and more. Buy your tickets online and save!

There are so many artists to highlight, but here are just a few artists/art you can look forward to:

  • Rita Spalding has been painting pet portraits from life (as featured on WISH TV Pet Pals) and will display them at the Open House.
  • Terri McClatchie will release her long awaited sculpted tree in her “Trees of Life Collection” – featuring the use of crystals, stones and metals in her “healing art” along with the use of tinctures, essential oils and Reiki.  24 Karat Gold Leaf highlights.
  • John Ross will display interactive plywood robots.
  • Grace Marshall will be using a Stereolithography 3D printer to print wax models that she casts in her studio. She also is enameling on copper and hand fabricating many of her jewelry designs.
  • Bonnie Fillenwarth created a series of artwork inspired by quotes from women throughout history. The series is titled: “That’s What She Said”.
  • And so much more!

The Stutz Open House will also feature live music, food and beverages, classic cars, artist demonstrations on Saturday every half hour, opportunities to meet the artists and buy their art.

WHAT:             Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

WHEN:             Friday, April 28, 5:30-10:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, 2-7 p.m.

WHERE:           Stutz Business and Arts Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis (enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th St.). Free parking in specially marked lots.

COST:              $12 advance online tickets at; $16 at the gate; children 12 and under free. Tickets are valid for both days.

INFO:               Cathi Wineland, | | (317) 503-6420.

Proceeds from the event support the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship that provides free studio space and utilities for emerging local artists for one year. It is one of the largest grants to individual artists in the state.

Behind the Scenes with Stutz Resident Sean W.J. Hurley

The Stutz Artists Association Residency Program has been tremendously valuable to me so far. My studio provides me with a home base from which to work, and a refuge from the daily grind of home and office. Without the residency I could not afford the space, and would otherwise be working out of my already cluttered sunroom, a space that is less than inspirational, to say the least.

I have been using my studio at the Stutz to produce a series of drawings of the interior of the Stutz building itself. I’ve long been interested in utilitarian and industrial spaces and architecture, and I’ve been setting up around the building and drawing “en plein air” in the hallways, rendering the pipes, compressors, and architecture of the building and focusing on areas where the structural elements juxtapose with each other to form interesting patterns and forms. I’m working in charcoal and in graphite, and I finish the drawings in my studio after several days or weeks of nightly work from observation in the hallways. As it gets warmer I’ll also be venturing outside of the building to draw the architecture and infrastructure of the surrounding area.

I also teach two courses a semester at Butler University in the Art+Design program. This semester I teach Depiction (a printmaking and illustration course,) as well Perspectives in Creative Arts, a survey course for non-majors.

In my spare time – if I am not teaching or in the studio, I’m generally riding my bike. During the warmer months I often ride 200-300 miles a week and I race in both road and cyclocross events. A critic once pointed out that both my art and my cycling involve linear movement through space, which I thought was a pretty interesting observation. I find that the mental and physical rigors of each activity allows me to excel at the other, although I’m naturally a lot better at drawing than I am at riding a bike. 

My favorite things about being a Stutz artist are certainly the facilities that the building has to offer as someone who works large and draws industrial architecture. In that respect my situation is perfect. I also love the sense of community, and I am certainly not complaining about Bea rcats being right downstairs for the occasional beer or sandwich.

Thank you to all who make the residency possible! I’m grateful every day I’m in my studio for this opportunity. Check out my website if interested in my work,, and follow me on instagram @seanwjhurley for a mix of art, bikes and other miscellany.

Meet “Pastiche” Artist James Hubbard

hubbard_golden-hour-on-jack-rabbit-lane_linocut_300“My art is both idealistic and romantic, traveling the trajectory of my personal experience and perspective. My prints are conceived as a soul sanctuary where viewers can quietly contemplate the pulse and poetry of nature~ transformational patterns within land, water, and sky. A colorful story unfolds within the wake of relief and etched lines that move in an arc of rhythmic energy.” – James Hubbard, Indiana print artist

hubbard_red-feather-lakes-at-dusk_linocut_300James is one of the 67th St. Printmakers participating in November’s exhibit at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, “Pastiche, a Melody of Printmakers”. He is a printmaking instructor and exhibition gallerist at Sugar Creek Art Center in Thorntown, Indiana, and an artist-in-residence at Robin Run Village, Indianapolis where he works with a group of talented senior residents. He participates in many local, regional and national juried exhibitions and works as a freelance curator.

hubbard_sangre-de-cristo_linocut_300His art education has been a life-long passion. As a child, he was always experimenting with unconventional materials. Today his playfulness is a bit more focused and refined. Since retiring as an elementary art teacher in June 2008, James has concentrated on creating a portfolio of original intaglio and relief limited edition art prints. Some of his work will be on display during “Pastiche”, opening Friday, Nov. 4.


“Secret Doors” Exhibit Brings Fine Art to Children’s Eye Level

jmh_logo_tm_cmyk_72dpi The Stutz Artists Association and the Miami-based organization Just My Height Art Shows® are bringing professional-quality fine art to young children in a unique exhibit to be displayed at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery in October. “Secret Doors” is an exhibit created especially with young children in mind. The textural, sculptural, and interactive art invite children of all ages to touch, taste, open, close, and view the artwork on display. Just My Height Art Shows are like other art exhibits, only the art is hung at a “new low” – hung at a child’s eye level (36 inches high). 

jmh_showphoto_general_stutz_6 “Children rarely get to see art at a comfortable level for them, so this is truly an extraordinary opportunity,” said Leigh Dunnington-Jones, curator of “Secret Doors,” October’s exhibit at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery. “The experience of this exhibit offers children and adults the opportunity to really look at art in more than a casual way, and to explore the art together. We will have interactive pieces, an installation built from actual vintage doors donated by local businesses, a video piece, sculptures and so much more.”

jmh_showphoto_general_stutz_9The kid-friendly opening reception is Friday, Oct. 7, 5-9 pm, at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery during a kid-friendly, family fun opening reception of “Secret Doors.”  The free event features art, games, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt through the Gallery, kid snacks and live music.

jmh_showphoto_scavengerhunt_stutz_2This opening event is a part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. The exhibit is in partnership with Just My Height Art Shows and made possible, in part, with support from the Penrod Society.

From Trapeze Artist to Award-Winning Stutz Artist

Image result for beth clary schwier, imageBefore becoming an award-winning artist and a member of the Stutz Artist Association, Beth Schwier was a different type of artist – a trapeze artist. Beth spent 10 years in the ‘70s tumbling, performing acrobatics, and balancing the bicycle (among many other circus tricks) during the city of Peru’s annual youth circus.
“To me, being in the circus was like being home,” explained Beth. “I spent most of my summer days at the circus building and making wonderful friendships.” During one of her last performances she injured herself doing a double somersault off the teeterboard and tore her ACL. While that injury may have ended her circus career, it didn’t end her career as a performer. After majoring in theatre at Ball State University, she moved to New York City where she worked behind the scenes on Broadway. She then moved back home to Indiana where she pursued a career as a professional actress and singer. After getting married and raising a family – a family that includes six children, Beth looked for other creative outlets.
image2 She taught herself to paint with a kit she bought on QVC, and later studied under artists like C.W. Mundy and Diane Lyon (Stutz artists). In February of 2015 she moved into a studio at the Stutz Building and has since perfected her craft as a fine art oil painter impressionist/expressionist.
When she began painting, she knew painting the circus was at the top of her list because it was such an important part of who she has become as an artist. “I am so grateful for that experience and the people in Peru who gave so much of their time and energy to those of us who grew up in the circus. I only hope did it justice through my work.”
Beth recently completed a series of paintings dedicated to the Peru Circus. Currently, one of her works ‘Arial Ballet’, a tribute to the Peru Circus, is on display at the Honeywell Center through July 25. Beth’s paintings are also on display in Peru at the Circus Building gift shop, where she is selling prints and cards to benefit the circus and the Circus City Festival. The Peru Circus City Festival is July 16-23. There are around 10 performances, a carnival through downtown with rides, games and food and the 2nd largest parade in the state.
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Artist Creates a Robotic Deer with ‘Obsolete Artifacts’

Greg Potter is a veteran artist based in Franklin, Indiana – one of the several artists participating in “Obsolete ARTifacts: Recycled Parts,” opening Friday, July 8. He often employs bold colors to paint animals in a surrealist manner. His animals are always going somewhere, ready to begin a new journey, or to disrupt the established order of what people perceive an animal should do. Some animals are tourists, others are explorers, and sometimes they just try to raise awareness about some natural facts.

Finished DeerThe inspiration for his piece in “Obsolete ARTifacts” came from a hunting occurrence. Several years ago, after his fourth tour in Iraq, he went hunting with his brother. Greg crawled under a bush as he had done many times in the infantry, while his brother climbed up into his tree stand. The wind was blowing, the squirrels were barking and the birds were chipping; it felt so peaceful that Greg fell asleep. When he woke up he saw a mama deer with a baby deer that came sniffling at him. After they left, his brother approached him and asked “Did you feel that rush?” Greg said, “If it had been a robotic deer carrying a ray gun, I would.” This experience inspired him to make a robotic deer – and has since made several robotic sculptures. But he has not hunted again since that odd forest encounter.

Deer Making 1For his piece in the show, Greg was given a small phone and some cables. See how he used the artifacts to blend into his robotic-looking piece during July’s exhibition.

WHAT: “Obsolete ARTifacts: Recycled Parts,” co-presented by Sun King Brewery
WHERE: Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110 (Enter from 10th Street via Bearcat alley)
WHEN: Artists’ Reception on July 8, 5-9 pm, Following the opening reception, the art will be on display during Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm, July 11-29

Event Celebrates Indianapolis 500 Art, Artifacts and Photographs

photo1We are celebrating the 100th Running of the 500 with an exhibit that showcases the Past, Present, and Future of the Sport of Racing through Art. The work of eight budding photographers from IPS #114 will be displayed on Friday, May 27, along with 16 Indy artists producing contemporary work featuring the sport of racing. Also included in the exhibit are historic art and artifacts from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, rarely seen in public. Past, Present, and Future come together in this unique arts perspective of our Indiana Heritage around Motor Sports and Racing.

photo3“Picture Perfect Opportunities for Young Photographers” was made possible through a grant from the 500 Gives Back program. The grant allowed us to sponsor photo workshops for 10 students from IPS #114. Selected IPS students traveled to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in limousines, with cameras, equipment and instructors who taught them how to photograph speeding racecars! Photos produced by the IPS students will be on display at the closing reception on Friday, May 27, 5-9 pm, in the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery.

photo2WHAT:  Fast Forward, Look Back” Closing Reception and Young Artists Celebration

WHEN:  Friday, May 27, 5-9 pm

WHERE:  The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110

COST:  Free and open to the public

CONTACT: Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Gallery Director,, or (317) 292-3200

Artists Demonstrations, Scavenger Hunt and a Special Presentation

Front Scavenger Hunt BookletSaturday at the Raymond James Stutz Artist Open House features demonstrations, kids activities and a special presentation by Sarah Urist Green. There’s something for everyone! See, shop and support local artists! #stutz16


On Saturday, kids ages 5-12 should pick up the Art Scavenger Hunt form at the Open House entrances. Kids can complete the Hunt and return the form on their way out to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates from Prizm Art Stores.


Come meet Sarah Urist Green, creator and curator of The Art Assignment video series, as she explains “How to Read Art.” Sarah’s presentation will take place at 4 pm in the Car Room.


2:30 pm, B350, DEBBIE BREDEMUS — Debbie will demonstrate painting with epoxy resin and how to create colorful abstract pieces with tinted resin and heat.

3:00 pm, A340, BETH SCHWIER — Beth will be doing a still life palette knife demonstration in oil paints on canvas.

3:00 pm, B320, ANDREA JACKSON — Andrea will be demonstrating the soldering of an Etruscan chain and a final piece of jewelry.

3:30 pm, A245, SUSAN HAZER — Come see how it is possible to start with a flat sheet of metal and end up with a leaf-like art piece! Susan will demonstrate how to work metal by folding and hammering to create lovely, organic shapes.

4:00 pm, A250, LYDIA BURRIS — Lydia is providing a demonstration of how she uses mixed media, automatism and abstraction to begin her imaginative fantasy paintings.

4:00 pm, B320, ANDREA JACKSON — Andrea will be demonstrating the soldering of an Etruscan chain and a final piece of jewelry.

Residency2015Springman4:30 pm, B255a, JESSICA SPRINGMAN — Jessica will be demonstrating her geometric paper-cutting technique. Visitors will see how she lays out foundational line art and cuts the image with an X-acto knife fitted with a standard #11 blade.

4:30 pm, A455, JIM GERARD — Jim will demonstrate short gesture drawing from the live model, in charcoal and pastel.

5:00 pm, C340, LINETTE BLEDSOE — Linette will demonstrate her plaster painting process, which will show how she “paints” first with plaster to get thick texture in her work and then, once dry, how painting and glazing brings the work to life.

5:00 pm, B320, ANDREA JACKSON — Andrea will be demonstrating the soldering of an Etruscan chain and a final piece of jewelry.

5:30 pm, C 310, JANETTMARIE — JanettMarie will paint with a big, 6-inch brush on a small, 12-inch canvas to produce an exciting still life painting; size does matter!

5:30 pm, A455, JIM GERARD — Jim will demonstrate short gesture drawing from the live model, in charcoal and pastel.

Ritch demo 46:00 pm, C380, RITCH HANNA — Ritch will demonstrate fusing and scraping with encaustic, or hot wax – one of the oldest forms of painting.

6:30 pm, A455, JIM GERARD — Jim will demonstrate short gesture drawing from the live model, in charcoal and pastel.

For tickets and more information about the Stutz Open House visit:

Excitement Builds Around the 23rd Annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

Every year we get excited about the Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House – and this year is no different. With 65+ artists under one roof opening their studios and sharing their work it’s a great opportunity to see, shop and support Indiana artists. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. We’ll have live music, food and beverages, and artists demonstrations. While Friday tends to be a high-energy party, Saturday is a little more laid back and a great day for families.

We’re extremely excited about two new events happening this year, including a special presentation by Sarah Urist Green and a grand tour of artisan cars. Join us Friday, April 29, 5:30-10:30 pm & Saturday, April 30, 2-7 pm. Discount tickets are available at Eventbrite. Children 12 and under are free. Friday attendees may attend again on Saturday for free, with ticket.

New This Year

sarah urist greenHow to Read Art – Saturday @ 4 pm: Come meet Sarah Urist Green, the creator and curator of the PBS program The Art Assignment as she explains How to Read Art on Saturday at 4 pm in the Car Room on the 2nd floor. The Art Assignment introduces you to alternative approaches to art-making and the most innovative minds in art today. Sarah is the former curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

stutz carGrand Tour of Artisan Autos: Here is your opportunity to see and learn about the vintage and collectible cars, which are on display in this former Stutz Motor Car factory during the Open House. Locations and descriptions of the cars, including the 1914 Stutz Bearcat, will be available at the event entrances.

Get your tickets today at Eventbrite.