2014 Stutz Arts Residency Winners Announced

Cheryl Anne Lorance and Marna Shopoff have been selected as the 2014-2015 Stutz Arts Residents, which entitles them to free studio space and utilities in the Stutz Building for one year. Valued at $6,000 per artist, the residency is one of the largest grants to an individual artist in the state.

Image by Marna Shopoff

"Internal Constructs" by Marna Shopoff

Marna Shopoff

Marna Shopoff is a contemporary fine artist living and working in Indianapolis, IN. She received both her Bachelors in Fine Arts (2012) and Masters in Fine Arts (2014) from Herron School of Art and Design, where she currently is employed as an adjunct Professor in the Foundations department. Marna has been a recipient of various awards and scholarships including the Mildred Darby Menz Award, International Experience Award, and Paul Zimmerman Memorial Endowment Scholarship. She has also been invited to attend various artist residencies, most recently at the Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (WI) and the Vermont Studio Center (VT).

Marna is an active member of both Indianapolis based and national arts programs including: IDADA, Arts Council of Indianapolis, College Art Association and FATE. Her work has been published in Studio Visit Magazine, Manifest and Blue Canvas, while also exhibiting work locally, nationally, and internationally.

Using paint as her medium, Marna captures experiential, personal and compositional relationships, while blending representation with abstraction, intuition with intimacy and using architecture as a visual passageway of self-reflection.

Visit the artist's website here.

Suspense - bronze, bronze cable, steel - 21" x 24" x 15" by Cheryl Anne Lorance
Suspense - bronze, bronze cable, steel - 21" x 24" x 15"
by Cheryl Anne Lorance

Cheryl Anne Lorance

Cheryl Anne Lorance was born in 1969 in Muncie, Indiana where she spent most of her childhood and earned an undergraduate Fine Arts degree from Ball State University, majoring in painting and sculpture.  Awarded a graduate assistantship at BSU, she completed a Master of Arts degree in sculpture with an emphasis on bronze casting.  A Creative Arts Grant funded her Master’s thesis on the subject of bronze patination. 

In 1996, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to continue her artistic pursuits.  There she evolved into an accomplished goldsmith and jewelry designer:  a skill she pursued professionally for six years.  She has also worked at two bronze art foundries, and has gone back to her alma mater to teach workshops in bronze casting and patination.  

She has exhibited her work in numerous art shows including the American Craft Council Show, Buyers Market of American Craft, Paradise City Arts Festival, Cherry Creek Art Festival, Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale, Tempe Arts Festival, and the Scottsdale Art Festival, where in 2008, she was awarded the honor of first place in sculpture.  Her work has been represented in galleries in Santa Fe, Sedona, Charleston, and Calgary among others.

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About the Stutz Residency Program

Funding for the residency program comes from proceeds from the association’s annual open house. In addition to the open house, the Stutz Artists Association hosts monthly First Friday events, including open studios and monthly exhibition openings in the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery.

Since its inaugural year in 1996, the residency program has provided in-kind contributions of more than $135,000 to 27 local artists. Previous residents include Mallory Marty, Brian Myers, Emily Budd, Lydia Burris, Joseph Crone, Patrick Flaherty, Mark Pack, William Denton Ray, Jay Parnell, Kate Oberreich, Kevin Smola, Stephanie Robertson, Larry Endicott, Ginny Taylor Rosner, David Kleeman, Kyle Ragsdale, Susan Watt Grade, Emily Kennerk, Heather Stamenov, Lauren Kussro, Lukas Schooler, David Hicks, and Greg Hull.

About the Stutz Artists Association

The Stutz Artists Association is one of the largest associations of working artists in Indiana. It exists to encourage its member artists and to promote their work.

About the Stutz Business Center

The historic Stutz Business Center is at 212 West 10th Street on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis. The 400,000-square-foot former car factory was renovated in the early 1990s and its studios and office space are now home to more 80 artists, sculptors, photographers, designers, architects and craftsmen.

Artists interested in applying for a residency can click here to access the Stutz Artists Association Residency information page.

More information on the residency program can be obtained by contacting Stutz Artists Association.