Local Black artist receives Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, aims to expand outside Indy


Israel Solomon; Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship; Indianapolis


Indianapolis-based visual artist Israel Solomon is one of 40 local creatives to receive the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship through the Indy Arts Council.

The grant, funded by Lilly Endowment, is awarded to artists across various creative mediums who have been working in the industry for at least five years. The grant is meant to help them refresh and build on their careers, and Solomon said he intends to use it to expand his presence as an artist beyond Indianapolis.

“I know that in order to be able to grow as an artist, I can’t be stagnant,” said Solomon, who is a resident artist at the Harrison Center. “I want to make sure that when I’m going to these places, I’m going there in a way that’s going to be beneficial to me as well and not just say, ‘OK, well here’s something in New York City, let me see if I can get into that.’”

Otherwise, Solomon can almost always be found in his studio, located in the basement of the Harrison Center, working on several different portraits. His chosen medium is acrylic paint on large canvas because he said it allows him to incorporate more details into his work.








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