Listed alphabetically by first name
Co-founder & Creative Director
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.
Staff Artist, Business Manager
Carlie Foreman serves Big Car as the Business Manager. Foreman hosts “Good Vibrations”, an electronica show on WQRT that airs the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5pm. Carlie Foreman received her BFA in Sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design in December of 2018. As a native of Indianapolis, Carlie is driven to foster growth and culture in her community through public art and programming.
Conner Green is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Indianapolis. He studied art and literature at Indiana University and received his MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work—which explores elements of desire, myth, and the built environment—has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has worked with several art-related organizations including the IMA, the International Center of Photography, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art where he has operated in a variety of roles as an educator, furniture maker, graphic designer, and museum preparator. As a Resident Artist at Big Car, he is excited to engage with local communities through art and creative placemaking. Currently, he is trying to locate his car keys.
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.
Lover of Indianapolis neighborhoods and community history, Elizabeth is a visual artist turned perpetual student of public history and community memory. She is a proud Near Eastside resident with a dual bachelor’s degree in art history and gender studies and a master’s degree in museum studies. As part of her focus on community development, Elizabeth most recently worked to stabilize families and individuals in the Brookside neighborhood through youth, reentry, and low-income housing programs. She is most interested in public programs that reflect the often overlooked stories of life in Indianapolis.
Gray spent the Sunday mornings of his childhood sitting in church, pretending to pay attention, but more likely thinking about Godzilla than God. The ritual and symbolism still sunk in. His most recent body of work — a collection of monster reliquaries — explores the relationship between a vessel’s appearance and the sacred object it houses. Gray received his BFA in Furniture Design at Herron School of Art in 2011 and his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. He currently lives and works in Indianapolis.
Design Intern and Artist
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Jess shines on for her city just as equally as her identity encompasses being her mother’s daughter: an immigrant from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. In her time as a young adult rebelling from educational institutions, Jess went to many music & art shows, played in bands, DJ’d, bicycled, and travelled. Today she has stepped back in the system as a Visual Communications Designer and is inspired by her studies with IUPUI’s Herron School of Art + Design. Jess balances Design with being DJ Little Town. She believes these two worlds intersect. As David Bowie puts it, “The best DJs in the world know how to pull in music from all over the place and make it work as a cohesive whole.”
Co-founder & Executive Director
Jim Walker is 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) — is a student of cities and enjoys walking, biking, travel, and baseball. He lives with his family in the Garfield Park neighborhood.
Promotion, Project & Underwriting Coordinator
For the past three years Jordin has been working in property management for various communities throughout downtown Indianapolis.Jordin is an established tastemaker, life enthusiast, practitioner in the art of living, vibe choreographer, sushi rejector, thrill seeker, and self-love activator. Finding joy in creating relationships and connecting with others and passion to further engage with the community, Ennen aims to bring awareness of local organizations and businesses through radio. Ennen also expresses the importance in the growth and development of art, music and culture that’s happening all around Indianapolis.
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.
Staff Artist/Listen Hear/WQRT Station Manager
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.
Co-founder & Director of Programming
A social practice artist, curator, writer, author and researcher, Marsh’s work centers around artist-run culture, race and urban renewal through the lens of the arts, censorship in red states, popular culture’s influence on the pursuit of utopia, urban/rural relationships and artists’ social roles. She writes and produces the Social Alchemy radio programs on 99.1 WQRT LP-Indianapolis, creates public art projects and events via Big Car’s placemaking program, Spark and leads the APLR program. Working with artists who explore identity to bring about social change, she specializes in rapid response exhibitions. She has curated over 50 exhibits with artists including Carlos Rolón, Saya Woolfalk, LaToya Ruby Frazier, etc.
Community Engagement and Gallery Intern
An enthusiast for art, philosophy, and nature, Alaniz is a firm believer in the soft power of arts & cultural organizations. She obtained a degree in Philosophy with a concentration in epistemology (theory of knowledge). With art and philosophy core to her essence, Alaniz now employs these fundamentals to her work as a graduate student in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management at IUPUI. Intrigued with the link between the nature of knowledge and the soft power of arts & cultural organizations, she hopes to utilize this soft power as she begins her professional journey to encourage curiosity, innovation, and creativity within the community.
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Listed alphabetically by first name
Inspired by artists like Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding, “the Everyday Soul Singer” Bashiri Asad has come to define his sound as “Indy-Soul.” Asad honed his style through classical vocal training as well as singing in shoo-wop style groups. These experiences, coupled with his own strength and passion, have united to manifest his own version of true indie soul.
Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch
Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch is a Professor of Communication at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, Indiana. He also serves as the owner and operator of Solful Gardens, a local urban agriculture startup specializing in bringing Fresh.Urban.Natural produce to clients’ properties and working with community gardens. He has been affiliated with Big Car as a Community Artist and as Community Gardener at the Tube Factory artspace. He is currently working with Listen Hear and WQRT 99.1 FM. He enjoys bringing together art, education, and gardening to help to enrich the experiences of communities and their denizens.
Justin Cooper is primarily a self-taught, Indianapolis-based visual artist. Over 20 years of independently developing his artistic voice as well as relationships formed with fellow artists he connected with through artist communities such as the Murphy Art Center, Wheeler arts Community and Big Car Collaborative’s artist in residency program have been central to his evolution as an artist. Cooper employs a variety of mediums to his pieces such as graphite illustration, oil painting, digital design, pyrography, and gilding. His main inspirations stem from observations of nature, art history and architecture. Cooper is fascinated by the geometric formations, patterns, and the underlying structural arrangements found within nature.
As a composer, performer, and instrument maker, Funkhouser channels the wonders of the world through his inquisitive and revelatory works. Originally from Richmond, Indiana, Funkhouser is obsessed with the concept of timelessness within his musical practices. His work is a unique extension of classical and electronic music. Exploring the world of recursion, manipulation, and translation, he draws inspiration from nature, design, and systems of thought. He also builds instruments as a creative act itself. Formally trained on percussion with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Composition, he makes music not only for himself, but also approaches it on a macro level by thinking about the spaces, audiences, and community he’s situated in and attracted to.
A jack of all trades, Sharon Rickson has been involved in Indianapolis’ art community as a teacher, musician, and community organizer. Early exposure to Chicago’s music scene inspired her to start playing music. Eventually she started writing her own songs and gathering with other musically inclined individuals. She emerged into Indy’s art scene in her early twenties. After graduating from Herron School of Art with a degree in Art Education, she began her work as a teaching artist with the Indianapolis Art Center. From teaching underserved youth in the summer and after school programs to playing in various Indianapolis bands, her immersion in music inspired her to gather local musicians to help launch a music teaching non-profit, Girls Rock!
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Uzuri Asad now lives and works in the Garfield Park neighborhood of Indianapolis as part of Big Car Collaborative’s Artist in Public Life Residency program. She’s a singer, dancer, choreographer, and jewelry-maker. Formally trained in West African dance and contemporary movement, her art is guided by lived experiences and her cultural upbringing. Her style is a unique blend of fluid, free flowing, yet intentional movements. For Asad, dance is a sacred means of individual expression that lives and breathes through her.