Throughout the year, we showcase emerging and established artists in solo, group, and juried exhibitions.
August 10 - September 14, 2018
Encores: 40 Years of Artlink
In August of 1978, Artlink Alternative Artspace was founded in an apartment on Broadway in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. A community of artists from all backgrounds gathered together around the mission to showcase new and emerging artists and art forms. Forty years later, Artlink continues to uphold the spirit of that original mission. Encores: 40 Years of Artlink will take viewers through Artlink's long and important history in the arts community.
In 1979, Artlink debuted Encores, a special exhibition of works by eleven practicing Fort Wayne artists that had previously exhibited that year. Encores: 40 Years of Artlink will feature forty influential artists on Artlink's history. These artists have served as founders of the organization, staff and directors, curators, teachers, and much more. Each participating artist has worked to keep Artlink's mission alive through their support and dedication to art in this community. Alongside these artists, a timeline of Artlink's history will emerge through historical documents, postcards, photographs, and newspaper articles from Artlink's archives.
As our arts community and city are in a state of change and immense growth, we hope this history will excite and inspire new generations to continue carrying the creative energy set in motion 40 years ago and further support the arts community in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
August 25, 2018
The Art Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Art Market at Taste of the Arts, Saturday, August 25th from 11am to 7pm will feature 36 artisans with beautiful, well-designed goods for everyday life.
September 21 - October 26, 2018
Natural State: Adam Beltz
Adam Beltz is a self-taught artist born in Indiana. Growing up, he expressed himself through skateboarding, drawing, and painting. After high school he was invited to California by a skateboard brand as a sponsored rider. In his twenties Adam took an interest in the spiritual books of India and considered a life as a Sannyasi, a type of Hindu monk. He visited with Sannyasis and adopted a monastic existence of his own, living in an artist community where his time was dedicated to meditation and painting. His work at the time was highly influenced by the colors and imagery of India. He spent the next few years between India and London living either in or near an ashram. Adam currently works out of a studio in Indiana, where he makes stark pieces of mixed media that distill the ever changing characteristic of his surrounding environment with the monastic minimalism of his past.
Tiny Gratitudes: Brooke Rothshank
Brooke Rothshank is a Studio Artist from Goshen, Indiana. She and her husband Justin Rothshank, a potter, share a workspace in their their rural home studio. Brooke began painting dollhouse miniatures in 2007 using oil, acrylic and egg tempera after a scholarship to attend the International Guild of Miniature Artisans introduced her to 1/12 scale painting. Today, she is the parent of three kids under 10. Her current miniature work is primarily watercolor making it easy to start, stop and clean up during her morning studio hours. She enjoys quirky miniature commissions and collaborative projects. Her current collaboration with Justin is about abundance and invloves detailed paintings with underglaze on platters that Justin has made.
Brooke’s work has been featured in both Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines. She has exhibited work at the The Andy Warhol Museum, the Chicago International Miniature Show, the Penland Gallery and the Midwest Museum of American Art. Brooke is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artists where she has taught miniature painting and was awarded Fellow status as well as an independent study grant. She has been an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and looks forward to teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts this summer. She has illustrated three children’s book for Herald Press.
Zack Kittaka and Jason Swisher
Zack Kittaka is a photographer and graphic designer based out of Fort Wayne, IN. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saint Francis. His work focuses on slice of life documentary photography with the hopes of transporting the viewer to the moment captured in the photo.
Jason Swisher is a multidisciplinary graphic artist and photographer, born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, He currently operates his own commercial arts business by day, and enjoys building elaborate Hot Wheels tracks in the evenings with is son, while watching his daughter tear them down and eat them like Godzilla. He draws artistic inspiration from art history, outdoor adventures (nature or concrete based), sociology, street and documentary photography, sports and childhood nostalgia, rhythm and beats, and conversations with fellow artists.
November 2 - December 7, 2018
Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. He was born on March 26, 1989, in Bataan, Philippines. As a child growing up in a Filipino culture, Burzon’s initial ambition was to become a Catholic Priest. “I have always been interested in the religion’s role in culture and familial relationships and have been drawn to the religion’s traditions, imagery, theatricality, and its psychological vestige.” His work is inspired by cerebral influences growing up in and around the church. “My cultural and familial identity, my memories as a child, can not be separated from the church. It was an integral part of what it means to be Filipino.”
Burzon recently received MFA degree from Indiana University's School of Art + Design where he developed his most recent bodies of work. There, he is a performing member of the African American Dance Company where he flourishes in a collaborative performance outlet. This outlet blossomed interests in critical race theory, photography’s role in people’s social identities, story telling, archival gaps and performance. He received his Bachelor's from Wabash College where he studied studio art and music. There, he became versed in painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography. He studied music history, violin and piano performance, vocal performance, as well as years of ethnomusicology. He studied abroad in Florence Italy where he was exposed to a variety of religious works by Renaissance masters as well as studying oil painting techniques. His immediate family migrated to Fort Wayne, IN where we graduated from North Side High School. He is currently an instructor of photography at the University of Cincinnati.
Kelvin Burzon continues to push his work with inspirations from the past, recontextualized naratives and imagery of religion, paired with the never-ending stimulation and inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community. Burzon seeks to push the limits of his work by visually redefining and creating a new narrative for himself and those like him.
Sarah Holden is a studio artist and educator living in Chicago, IL. Sarah received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Material Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and taught as a Metals Instructor at Penland School of Crafts. Sarah exhibits her work nationally as in her recent inclusions in Betwixt & Between at Ball State University, Intersecting Boundaries at Clamplight Gallery in San Antonio, TX and WEAR/WARE at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC. Sarah's work has also been exhibited internationally in WINDOW at the Mother Makers Gallery in Munich Germany and online in Appropriated Adornment, the most recent SNAG online juried exhibition.
Sarah's work is held in several public and private collections including the collection of the Racine Art Museum and the Porter Price and Grubow Private Collections. Sarah currently teaches steel fabrication and metal forming at The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center in Chicago, IL and creates one of a kind work and limited production studio jewelry in her Chicago studio. Sarah's sculpture and limited production jewelry can be found at galleries across the US.
December 15, 2018
The Art Market: Winter Edition
The Art Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Art Market: Winter Edition, Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 6pm will feature 18 artisans with beautiful, well-designed goods for everyday life.
January 4 - February 8, 2019
Artlink Regional Exhibition
Artlink is pleased to present the return of Artlink's Regional Exhibition. The Regional features artists from around the Midwest states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky, showcasing the rich artistic talent found in the region. Artists of all mediums, backgrounds, and concepts are joined together for a rich exhibition of compelling works of art.