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.
Placemaker/Planner in Residence
Amber serves as the placemaker/planner for Big Car Collaborative. She is extremely passionate about the well being of cities, especially Indianapolis. Amber received her masters in urban and regional planning at Ball State University where she also studied anthropology and sustainability as an undergraduate. She incorporates her understanding of social justice, culture and sustainability into her thinking as a placemaker.
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 multi-talented 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.
Derek is an Indianapolis native who is currently in school for accounting and business administration. When he does find time to spare Derek enjoys listening to any podcast that he comes across as well as working toward his goal of petting every dog in town.
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 a video and audio producer and designer. He holds a BFA in Photography from the Herron School of Art and Design. He currently works with us remotely from Portland, Oregon. Check out some of his videos here.
Holly Sommers serves as a collaborative designer for Big Car, and makes sure everybody plays nice at our radio station, 99.1 WQRT. She has worked in corporate, private and non-profit art direction for over 20 years and enjoys fostering 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.
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.
Artist in Residence
Nick Witten is a multimedia artist from Indianapolis. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design and an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He enjoys teaching at Herron and doing stand up poorly.
Alexis graduated from Shortridge IB High School, and is eager to learn anything and everything possible about art and the community. He is serving at Big Car Collaborative as an AmeriCorps member, focusing on building and sustaining relationships for the better of not only the community, but for immigrants and refugees as well. When not at The Tube Factory, you’ll probably find Alexis at Super Tortas, making fresh Mexican food as he’s been doing since ’08.