Meet the Artists: Deonna Craig

Her unique work has been featured in various galleries and trade shows over the past 8 years! Annessa has more with Artist Deonna Craig from Library Meet the Artists, as she shares her passion for art, children and more!

About “Meet the Artists:”

View the works of talented local African American artists during one of Indianapolis’ premier cultural events, Meet the Artists XXXIII. Several virtual events will take place January 28 – March 27 including the annually anticipated fashion show, art workshops (Supply kits will be made available for registrants for pick up from a desired branch.), a documentary screening and discussion, virtual concerts, and more.

Art will be on display at Central Library and other branch libraries through March 27, 2021. Currently, all IndyPL locations are open only for curbside pickup and computer use.

Meet the Artists XXXIII: An All-Star Virtual Event
Celebrate local Black artists during Meet the Artists XXXIII, from January 28 – March 27 at Central Library and other branch Libraries. This year’s showcase will promote the theme “All-Star” and highlight the works of artists, sculptors, authors, filmmakers, and musicians. The “All- Star” theme plays tribute to the NBA All-Star game that was scheduled to take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Feb 2021, but was rescheduled to 2024 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The events will be virtual, and the artwork will be displayed at Central and various branches, with hopes that libraries will reopen for public browsing in the near future.

On January 28 at 7 p.m. Jackie Nytes, the Library’s Chief Executive Officer, will offer an opening statement and Amoahs Drum Troupe will kick off the event with African drumming. Other highlights include virtual painting and drawing classes for adults and children, a screening of the film Black Men in White Coats about disparities in the medical field, and several music acts ranging from a reggae violin duo, Sons of Mystro, to gospel, The Williams Singers, to jazz by Goldie Ingram featuring saxophonist Rob Dixon. Programming will conclude with the popular All-Star Fashion Show coordinated by local stylist Nicole Rene. Patrons can attend events by visiting and clicking “online programs.”

Meet the Artists XXXIII is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. It is presented by the Library’s African American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. Full details can be found at

Meet the Artists XXXIII Programs:
Youth/Family Activities: VIRTUAL
Quick Draw Characters Art – Virtual Workshop with Artist Gary Gee,
February 23, 2021@7pm
Face Anatomy Painting – Virtual Workshop with Artist Terry Wilson, February 23, 2021@7pm
Featured Film: VIRTUAL
Black Men in White Coats – Documentary Film, February 18, 2021 – February 20, 2021
Salute to our Black American Heroes: Black Men in White Coats Documentary discussion –February 20, 2021 @1pm -2pm
Panelist will discuss the Black Men in white coats documentary and how the film relates to the Indianapolis community. The panelist will also give their insight on the topic of the lack of Black representation in the medical field.
Featured Performing Artists: VIRTUAL
African dance and drumming – Amoahs Drum Troupe, January 28, 2021@7pm
Jazz/R&B Concert – Goldie Ingram & Friends, February 5, 2021@7pm
“All-Star” Fashion Show – Coordinated by Nicole Rene,February 26, 2021@7pm
Gospel Concert – Williams Singers, February 8, 2021@7pm
Reggae/Pop Violinist Duo – Sons of Mystro, February 15, 2021@7pm

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