2013 Stutz Arts Residency Winners Announced
Artists Lukas Schooler and David Hicks have been selected as the 2013-2014 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.
Lukas Schooler attended DePauw University receiving a BA with a concentraion in studio art and sculpture.
Schooler's artist statement on his website reads:
"Historical context often breathes life into contemporary movements. By tracing factors like patterns of displacement, distributions of wealth, and growths of industry, we may come to a better understanding of our current conditions. My most recent work borrows Indianapolis’ historical narrative for subject matter. As a transplant to Indianapolis, I offer a unique perspective on the current state of wellness in the city. Like many young newcomers, my initial assessment of place is very superficial. Soon, my perception of that location becomes clouted with political and socio-economic issues like public transportation, environmental reform, and labor divisions. These issues are what spark my initial interest. As I begin researching these neighborhoods and factions, my naïve knowledge of past and present narratives begin to blur. The impetus of a contemporary issue begins to bleed into the historical narrative, while that same narrative seems to play on loop within our contemporary issues. The results are installations that place the viewer in such a position that he or she can see a cross-section of time. It is in this position that the viewer can begin drawing connections to their personal narrative in Indianapolis. By obsessing over specific facts, neglecting others, and presenting half-truths, I focus the new lens in which the city perceives itself.”
Visit his website at www.lukasschooler.com.
David Hicks has an MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington. David views his work as an expression of his faith.
His artist statement on the Herron School of Art Faculty Directy website reads:
"My current body of work centers on the theme of personal wholeness and identity. I am interested in issues which I view to be spiritual: ideas of masculinity and femininity, generational inheritance, self-image, and disassociation—to name a few. I use the human figure alongside the still life to create a symbolic picture. These 'pictures' are an attempt to give form to the complexity of the human soul, to inner pain, and ultimately—to inner healing."
About the Stutz Residency Program
Funding for the residency program comes from proceeds from the association’s annual open house, which is April 26-27, 2013. In addition to the open house, the Stutz Arts hosts monthly First Friday events, including open studios from noon to 5 p.m. and Stutz Art Space exhibition openings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Since its inaugural year in 1996, the residency program has provided in-kind contributions of more than $120,000 to 22 local artists. Previous residents include Heather Stamenov, Lauren Kussro, 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 and Greg Hull.
About Stutz Arts
Stutz Arts 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.