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DelReverda-Jennings, D.
Interdisciplinary ~ Multidisciplinary Artist: (View Portfolio)
Indianapolis, IN 46205
317-000-0000 (fax)
ARTIST STATEMENT: D. DELREVERDA-JENNINGS: Interdisciplinary Artist: Influenced by the kaleidoscope of cultural nuances, personal experiences, connection, memory and observation...Art has always been a constant passion and drive throughout my life. It is compulsory and I must admit that I create the majority of what I do for purely selfish reasons. To please myself and my inner child, bringing my spirit great joy and amazement, then on to share with others, where I acquire yet another marvelous blessing whenever a piece touches someone. I fluidly free-lance in a number of arts disciplines throughout the Midwest as a visual artist, an arts administrator, facilitator, regional arts editor/journalist, poet, and author. As a journalist and editor, I write for a number of publications and newspapers. My passion has been to seek out, engage, research, and cultivate little known or newly discovered artists and artisans, the photograph, write about and document the artists and their work. I have written countless articles, columns and editorials in regard to artist opportunities, art/artist dialogue, community culture, arts & cultural news and information, and have been doing so for well over seventeen years. As an author and poet, I have written several chapbooks of original poetry including "BABYLON ROOT," and recently published Volume 1 of, "HORIZON: Contemporary Indiana Artists' Of Color," an ongoing series of collective biographies under this title and am currently working on the second volume. My visual art works have been exhibited internationally including in Canada and the Caribbean and are held in a number of private and corporate collections. These signature figurative sculptural works are organic, extremely detailed and texturally complex, resulting in ethereal pieces evocative of ancestral entities with some of the techniques relating to ethnic craft archetypal of ancient West Africa. I create welded works, wall relief's, original cast work, printmaking, fetishes, totems, collage, carvings, assemblage and constructions, functional-utilitarian objects d'art, installations, public art works, mixed-media, illustration, photographic works, textiles & fiber, textural abstract compositional works. I make compelling 2-dimensional narrative paintings as well as the sculptural figurative pieces which address my lineal connection to and illuminate the importance of African American, Afro-Caribbean, Caribbean Latina/o and Afro-Latin's in the context of the African-Diasporaic culture and the divine feminine/Women's art of the Diaspora. My work celebrates women, depicting females who are in a state of self-discovery, empowerment, insight and affirmation, while exploring the complexities of bi-racial/multi ethnic/multiracial-cultural identity and referencing from the spiritual and religious histories that have aesthetic traditions based in the African Diaspora. I use identity, women's issues, stereotypical assumptions, indigenous wisdom's-folklore, ancestral memory and nature as material in the construct of my work as well as traditional and original personal symbolism, aesthetic references and reflective imagery pervasive of African, American, Native Alaskan and Taino cultures. In fashioning my work I utilize a wide spectrum of media and materials integrating vibrant hues, organic patinas, complex surfaces and incised relief's, hand wrought metal treatments and emphasized textures. I have also brought facets of my complex textural work to my exclusive artisan "Statement" design jewelry line "SEVENTH GODDESS JEWELRY DESIGN," (begun in 2010), which feature hand-hammered precious and semi-precious metals, semi-precious stones and mixed-media..that speak in bold character and substantial elements, capturing the spirit of the contemporary woman seeking unique pieces of distinction in wearable artistry that communicate luxury, style and elegance. The functional-utilitarian work that I create utilize metals and mixed-media, producing 3-dimensional pieces inclusive of highly charged, incised, hand wrought, worked and reworked (chased and repousse`) surfaces or deep variant tactile compositions, which mediate between functionality and existence as objects of beauty. I have entitled these large decorative~functional artpieces, "FrameMirror Work" (my original concept and design).
Selected HONORS, PUBLICATIONS and AWARDS: Honored with the esteemed Center For Leadership Development Minority Achievers Award for "Achievement In Arts/Music/Theatre" in 2014. Showcased in August 2014 with a solo exhibition "Caught Between The Sun And Heaven" at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Featured as an Artist Participant in the Harlem Fine Arts Show Chicago in 2014. In 2013, my artworks and arts practice was highlighted in an IVY Tech College Interview. In 2013, I had the distinction of being selected as one of the prestigious "125 Indianapolis Neighborhood Leaders." Featured in an Indiana Arts Commission Interview, "The IAP Grant From a Recipient's Point of View_2012. / Selected to exhibit_"Visions of Our 44Th President", the Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit, Michigan_2012. / Featured in the Examiner Newspaper and Online publication_Columbus, OH., "SPEAK! Women Sharing Voices Through Art_2012. / Indianapolis Star Newspaper_"Indiana Avenue" public art project_2012. / Hecho En Indiana ~ Latino Art in Indiana exhibition_2012. / Featured in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper_2012, 2011, 2010. / Feature_Indiana Herald Newspaper_1998 - present. / Featured Artist, Black Art In America_front page_2012, 2011. / Featured, INTake Magazine_2010. / Featured in "Black Creativity" Catalogue, Museum of Science and Industry_'2009, '08, '07. / Artwork Featured, Spirit and Place MAgazine_2007. / Inducted into the biennial Who's Who in Black Indiana 2010, 2012. / Women's History Month Commemoration-Federal Women's Program, DFAS Award. / Central, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, " Meet The Artists', " Annual Exhibition and Gala Celebration -- Have been Featured as a Sculptor, Artisan Jeweler, Author and Painter__2002, '03. '04, '06, '07, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '15. / Commissioned by Buckingham Development to create a public art piece for the "Indiana Avenue" Project_2012. / My book of collective artist biographies, "HORIZON: Contemporary Indiana Artists Of Color" was selected by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL) and placed in the prestigious Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room at the Central Library, and circulated throughout the library catalogue system_2012. / Participant author of the 2012 Indy Author Fair, Central IMCPLibrary. / Commissioned by the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, Michigan to create an art piece of President Barack Obama_2011. / Interview _ Art With A Heart Program Catalogue_2011. / Sculpture Design Award_J. Solotken and Co. Inc._2010. / Dreamtime: Universal Archetypes, Movie for WFYI - TV 20, PBS, Indianapolis_2009. / Urban Interpretations: Picture Windows - Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis_2008. / Chairwoman-Independent Curator_'04-'08 Indiana Black Expo Inc Summer Celebration Cultural Arts Pavilion, Artists' Market. / Curator~Chairwoman_IBE Classic Saturday Art Fair '05-'07 for the two year run of the event. / FLAVA FRESH II! '04 Exhibit-Lamp: Fine Arts Gallery in conjunction with the IBE '04 Summer Celebration. / FLAVA FRESH ! Annual Juried, multiple art exhibition presentation series of contemporary art. As of 2013, the event is in its thirteenth year. / Indianapolis Star Newspaper,Front Page_2008. / Indianapolis Star Newspaper_A & E Magazine_2008. / Indianapolis Star, INDY Sunday Magazine_2008. / NUVO Magazine_2003, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10. '11, '12, '13, '14, 2015. / Featured episode of HGTV, Home and Garden syndicated Television presentation of "That's Clever!"_ 2005. / DIY Network syndicated TV_Featured_2005, 2006. / 2003 Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. / Am a recipient of a number of Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project Award Grants_Visual and Literary Awards. / '03 Marguerite Press Literary Award. / The Illinois IC Artists - Master Artist Fellow Award '02. / 2000 United Way LTD Alumni. / Creator-Founding Artist~Independent Curator, FLAVA FRESH ! an award winning, Annual Juried Multi Art Exhibition Presentation Series which will celebrate its seventeenth anniversary in 2015. / Selected to create an Angel for the West Baden Springs Hotel collection by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana./ Leadership Academy Award 1999. / Created an Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center ‘Leadership Academy’ Commemorative Plaque in '99 and artwork in 2000 which has been on continual display during televised broadcasts. / Works and image featured as part of national P.R. project. /
Services Offered
  • Commission Works
  • Doing demonstrations
  • Education presentations to schools, community organizations
  • Exhibitions/Demonstrations
  • Offer Works for Sale
  • Performances
  • Speaking About My Work Before a Group
  • Teach Art Form
  • Other
    Visual Artist -- Sculptor -- Mixed-Media / Journalist-Writer / Poet / Author / Regional Arts Editor / Arts advocate-activist / Independent Curator, Arts Coordinator / Spokesperson / Teaching Artist / Performance Poet /Artist: / Founder~CEO of URBANE D’ART and URBANE D’ART KIDS Inc., 1985 to present: / Facilitator of Arts Services K - 6: Youth Workshops , Classes , Presentations , After School Programs , Performances , Booksignings , Readings , Art Tours. / Business of Art & Craft Workshops and Classes. / Founder~Independent Curator of "FLAVA FRESH !," an annual juried, multiple art exhibition presentation series. Founder~CEO of URBANE D’ART and URBANE D’ART KIDS Inc., 1985 to present: / Facilitator of Arts Services K - 6: Youth Workshops , Classes , Presentations , After School Programs , Performances , Booksignings , Readings , Art Tours. / Business of Art & Craft Workshops and Classes. / Creator/Founder~Independent Curator of "FLAVA FRESH !," an annual juried, multiple art exhibition presentation series. As of 2015, the event will be in it's seventeenth year. Publications Include: The Indiana Herald Newspaper., Community InSight., ArtsForum., Community ArtsSight., Community View., Cultural Community,. Community InSight ~ Featured Artist., ARTS Dialogue., Artists' Guide., Featured Artist., Artists' Initiative., Recent ART Events., Recent Art SNAPSHOTS. / South East Square News. / INDYTOPSHOPS. / MyAccess E-. / Regional Arts Editor, Journalist for IN./OH./IL./KY. / Online & Print Publications. /
Educational facilities, organizations, administrators, etc., must contact my representative or myself directly. All arrangements for workshops, classes, exhibitions, performances, visiting artists engagements, residencies, arts venue coordination, curating and speaking engagements, booksignings and/or readings must be made at least two months in advance. Please contact directly for the most up to date availability: >>
* Workshops, Classes > 1 Hour Workshop Fees begin at: $300. Youth or Adult - 10 Student Max. Fee includes Set-Up/Clean-Up time. Please Contact for Timeline and Detailed Information. * Commissioned Artwork provided by Contract -Please Contact for Detailed Info: * Exhibitions: Will provide coordinated exhibitions of my own artwork in 2 -Dimensional, 3 -D or both genres. Independent Curator: Will provide juried/non-juried coordinated group exhibitions which offer a broad range of artist's, media, style, content and perspectives. Please Contact for Timeline and Detailed Info. * Appearances / Speaking Engagements, Performances - Fees begin at: $600. Please Contact for Timeline and Detailed Info: * Visiting Artist engagements/Residencies, Booksignings > Please Contact for Fee and Detailed Info: * INDY ART TOURS > Please Contact for Detailed Info: CONTACT: Trish Sullivan/Artist Rep; / D. Del Reverda-Jennings/Artist; .
MUJER DE AGUA DE LA MAR: Sculpture / Metal / Mixed-Media / 46" x 36" x 9"
MUSE ~ INNER VISIONARY: Original Montage Painting / Acrylic / 48" x 24" x 3"
HYPNOTIQ: Acrylic / on Board / 36" x 36" x 3"
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