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Black artists showcased in IMA/Newfields exhibit

Kevin West's work features brightly colored, oversized portraits of influential Black celebrities, athletes, and entertainers.

Press release from The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields is presenting We. The Culture: Works by The Eighteen Art Collective presented by Aaron Wealth Advisors, Gary & Hannah Hirschberg. The exhibit continues through Sept. 24, 2023.

The Eighteen Art Collective was formed in the summer of 2020 after 18 Indianapolis-based Black artists were commissioned to paint a 30-foot tall Black Lives Matter street mural on historic Indiana Avenue. The Collective’s launch was supported by GANGGANG, an Indianapolis-based cultural development firm that works to bring more beauty, equity, and culture to cities.

Ashley Nora captures real moments of human interaction through portraiture using multiple mediums.

The Eighteen were brought together by a shared moment of activism, but their artistic practices are diverse in concept, intent, and medium. Artworks in the exhibition address subjects as varied as religion and spirituality, queer identity, joy, hip-hop culture, materiality, art history, nature, and social justice. While the exhibition showcases the collective, its goal is to introduce the artists as individuals and creative professionals beyond their roles in the street mural, and to highlight the immense pool of artistic talent active in Indianapolis.

The Eighteen Art Collective artists are: 

Amiah "Mimsy" Mims

 Israel Solomon 

Ashley Nora

 Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch 

Pope Gaskine

John G. Moore, Jr.  

Wavy Blayne McCrary

Kenneth Hordge

Deonna Craig

 Kevin West

ess mckee

 Kyng Rhodes 


 Rae Parker 

Gary Gee

Rebecca Robinson 

Harriet Watson

Shamira Wilson 

The exhibition is included with general admission and free for members. Advance tickets are required for members and the public. Visit

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