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Artlink Highlights Regional Artists in New Exhibition

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Written by: Communicator StaffDecember 14, 2017

By: Mikaela Conley

Midwestern artists will be the focus of Artlink’s upcoming regional exhibition opening reception 5 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Artlink Contemporary Gallery. The juried exhibition will feature artists from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky, “working in a variety of artistic mediums,” according to the event’s Facebook page.

“(The Regional Exhibition) offers a wide variety of work and showcases artists from around the region, so there’s really something for everyone,” said Maddie Miller, gallery coordinator. “It really speaks to the different voices you can find here in the region.”

The exhibition will feature photography, paintings, sculptural work and other types of art, Miller said.

“I loved the idea of having people submit images and any kind of work, but that was also one of the challenges,” said juror Danielle Riede. “An exciting part of that is having myriad voices from all different backgrounds.”

Riede said she tried to represent the diversity of the art works submitted but also took into account how well she could group different pieces together and what the dialogue between the works would be.

Riede, an associate professor of art at Herron School of Art and Design – IUPUI, has exhibited her own work nationwide, curated exhibits and won many awards for her work: but she said this was her first time blind jurying for such a large show and her first time working with Artlink.

“I checked out Artlink online and I really liked the programming and I liked what I saw and what they were doing,” she said.

It took Riede a week to come to a decision about the submissions because of the quality and diversity of the pieces.

“I was just thinking about what is current in the art world and what’s in and what’s out and what it means to be the person selecting and what it means to be the maker,” she said, “and I just feel like there wasn’t one submission that didn’t have value.”


Riede said she focused a lot on themes such as bridging cultural gaps, shared human emotions and glimpses of the natural world.

Artlink will also feature “the best in contemporary craft” from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Winter Art Market. 22 artists and makers will sell their items to the public from the Artlink Contemporary Gallery