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April 12, 2013

Local artist shines brightly at IMA

Brownsburg woman earns entrance into prestigious show

INDIANAPOLIS — Anna Roberts says that when she was a young girl growing up on the west side of Indianapolis, she’d be drawing pictures at recess while the other girls were playing kickball.

Well, she got pretty good at it. Starting yesterday and running through June 9, Roberts, a resident of Brownsburg for nearly three decades, will have a watercolor piece shown at the Indiana Artists Club’s 81st annual exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The IAC is the oldest juried artists’ organization in the state. Only 57 pieces, which span a range of mediums, were chosen to be in the show. A $3,000 award for best of show will be given to one winner.

For acceptance into the club, it is necessary to apply and to have been born in Indiana or to have lived in the state for two years, as well as been accepted into three differently sponsored exhibitions with out-of-state judges with three separate works of art.

“I was excited,” says Roberts, who teaches art at Cardinal Ritter High School on the west side as well as St. Roch Catholic School, “because that’s the cream of the crop that go in there. Hundreds enter, and you send in a CD of your image to a national judge (Chicago-based artist J. Beck III) who’s not from Indiana, and he picks which paintings he wants to see closer.”

Roberts, who has a permanent piece at a museum in Lafayette and has been in several other museums across the nation, had a painted picture of a sailboat chosen as part the collection. Her most famous photo is that of an old-fashioned fire engine she was inspired by years ago at St. Roch.

“The fire truck has been my most successful and hardest one. At St. Roch, we have a 9-11 remembrance ceremony, and this fire engine pulled up because the speakers were firefighters that had actually been to Ground Zero. I just wanted to give them reverence,” she explained.

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