listed alphabetically by last name
Andy is an artist, designer and musician. He specializes in collaborative design, frequently synthesizing diverse opinions from numerous stakeholders into singular, coherent outcomes. In addition to his work as creative director at Big Car, he has maintained his own design practice for over 15 years. He has a BFA in painting and a BA in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Melanie is a recent MBA graduate who splits her time between Big Car and White River Management Corp. Melanie handles the back office duties for Big Car, such as grant budgeting, invoicing partners, paying sub-contractors, writing agreements and contracts, and time tracking the staff and volunteers. Melanie has previously worked for various organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Helping Hands Food Pantry.
Staff Artist/Listen Hear
Oreo Jones (Sean Smith) is that pair of Air Jordans too scuffed up to wear in public, but you do it anyway because they still feel right. Hailing from Warsaw, Indiana, Jones has made Indianapolis his creative mecca. A diverse artist who delves into sound, music, and visual experimentation, Jones shares and expand the minds of people in surrounding neighborhoods, while helping the city grow.
Brent is an artist, maker and designer. He holds a BFA from Herron School of Art. Brent works in multiple mediums, but when asked he will say he “builds things.” When Brent says “builds things,” he means the objects he builds with his hands along with the relationships he builds in his world. He has a passion for studio furniture and sculptural 3D objects.
Eduardo S. Luna
Born in Mexico, raised in the Midwest, Eduardo is passionate about bringing the two cultures together. He is a founding member of NOPAL Cultural Center, a Latino-American arts organization, and host of Espanglish Night and Radio Calaca bimonthly music events. He also manages events and appearances of his friend El Camaron Electronico, a luchador whose mission is to bring culture to the community.
Chief Curator/ Co-Founder
Shauta Marsh is a co-founder of Big Car. From 2011-2015 she was executive director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). There she curated and/or organized more than 40 exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier and Tony Buba:Inheritance, Trenton Doyle Hancock: Mound At Large, Richard Mosse:Fermata, etc. She returned in March 2015 as a commissioning curator and program director for The Tube Factory exhibition space.
Kurt is the videographer. He holds a BFA in Photography from the Herron School of Art and Design. Check out some of his videos here.
Holly Sommers serves as a creative thinker and doer for Big Car, with a concentration in design. She has worked in corporate, private and non-profit art direction for 20 years and feels a calling and responsibility to help create good visual communication in our community. Holly is also an artist, small business owner and mother—roles which help shape her daily appreciation and practice of order, patience, versatility and empathy. Her favorite word is YES.
Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps Staff Artist
Jordan is an artist and yoga teacher native to Indianapolis. She holds a B.A. in Art History with a concentration in Visual Culture from Ball State University. Also having studied theatre and Spanish, she is an incurable culture junkie who loves to engage with humans of all backgrounds. In life she aspires to order her usual carne asada tacos in perfect Spanish, travel as much as possible, and encourage people to love themselves and others better.
CEO, Co-founder, & Lead Artist
Jim Walker leads Big Car’s work as a social practice artist, placemaker, community builder, designer, teacher, and writer who believes everyone deserves open access to the joys of art, creativity, and great public places. Jim — who worked previously as a journalist (writer, photographer, editor, and designer) for 20 years — is a student of cities and enjoys walking, biking, travel, and baseball. He lives with his family in the Garfield Park neighborhood. More here.