listed alphabetically by last name
Josh Betsey is an Artist, Designer and creative spirit with a BFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia. A transplant from the Washington D.C. area, he has lived in Indianapolis since 2002. With experience in a variety of artistic disciplines, he draws inspiration from American subculture, employing digital design as the primary method of output. With a current focus on placemaking and collaborative design, he hopes to expand the general consensus of artists as decorators to include the roles of problem solver, community builder, and social connector.
Staff Artist/Development & Grants
Daniel is an artist, yoga teacher, writer, and the host of Inter-Dimensional Music on Big Car’s community radio station, 99.1FM WQRT. A native Hoosier, Daniel joined Big Car after returning from 20 years in Southern California and Far West Texas. He brings experience from the world of publishing, tech start-ups, and arts nonprofits to bear on sustaining and expanding Big Car’s many projects. He is also a resident of the Indianapolis Zen Center.
Lauren is an artist, teacher, mother, and student. Her photo-based mixed media pieces reflect on her life and experience as an Indy native. Lauren is a graduate student at UIndy in the Social Practice Art Program, where she is developing her process for creative expression in collaboration with neighbors.
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.
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. 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.
Michelle Strahl Salinas
Director, South Indy Quality of Life Plan
As a lifelong South Indy resident, Michelle is proud to advocate for her community as Director of the South Indy Quality of Life Plan and Manager of the Garfield Park Farmer’s Market. She has lived in Garfield Park since 2006 with her husband and 4 children. Building a sense of community through neighborhood and youth serving nonprofit organizations is her passion. She has had a diverse background which includes degrees and work in Environmental Design of Urban Planning, Nonprofit Management and Elementary Education
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.