India Cruse Griffin ( American Painter b. 1958) An accomplished Mid-Western artist educator earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Ball State University Muncie, Indiana.
The way her artistic life began
Her love of Art, her family, and her community came to her at an early age when her Parents concentrated on the family being close with strong beliefs.Her mother an artist herself passed on her artistic ability and curiosity for art to her children. At the very early age of three, India created art far above her years, as her parents encouraged her to experiment with art; working with a variety of materials including watercolor and oil paints. Although in their early adult years she was far more of a perfectionist.
The imperfect edges of the tapestry of torn papers were not yet a part of her works, but a smooth and more sophisticated style dominated her work till her early twenties. Marriage and starting a family, India still needed Art, and her unique style started to emerge with limited time to paint.
Becomes a professional artist.
In 1993 she decided to exhibit her art publicly and pursue a career as a professional artist. India’s art is exhibited throughout the Midwest including several Indiana and Illinois venues. Museums, Hospitals, Art Galleries, Universities, Public and Private, across the country.
The places where she has worked.
India has served as an Indiana Arts Commissioner, Legislative Arts Advocacy Council committee member, Humanities and Racial equality Committee member, Art Museum Trustee, Art Teacher, and several state and local committees, for many years.
What she wants to capture through the image.
Her works are brilliant with color, and it is from her childhood memories growing up in Indiana, she began to paint and create multi-layered, multi-textured representations of the people in her life. Her work demonstrates everyday challenges relating to the many roles women encompass. Her goal is to express the feeling of all and show the underlying meanings behind the everyday task of family.
Permanent and Public Collections:
Indiana State Museum
Indiana Governors Residence
3 Rivers Federal Credit Union Indiana
Indiana University, Bloomington
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Eskenazi Hospital Indianapolis, Indiana
Fountaindale Public Library Chicago, Illinois
Reid Memorial Hospital
Richmond Art Museum
Richmond Community Schools
“BUTTER” Fine Arts Fair Artist September 2023
Newfields Museum “Truth and Freedom & The language of race” Exhibition June 2023
Harrison Center for the Arts Solo Exhibition “The Love we Breathe February 2023
Richmond Art Museum Palette to Palate Featured Artist February 2023
Indiana State Museum Christmas Tree ornament Design December 2022
Gainbridge Fieldhouse “The Art of the Game” October 2022
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art September 24-25, 2022
Harrison Center for the Arts Solo Exhibition “Before my Eyes” April 2022
Hoosier Women Artist Indiana State House 2022
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art September 25-26, 2021
Harrison Center for the Arts “Among the Folds” September 2021
Richmond Art Museum Collects “Women Artist 1950-Present, May 2020
Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020 2021, &2022,
Harrison Art Center Solo Exhibition March 2014
Indiana University East Solo Exhibition 2013
Indiana State Museum “Represent” January 2012
Fountaindale Library Annual Exhibition 2011
Art Jaz Gallery Philadelphia Pa. Solo Exhibition2010
Indiana State Museum ” Those who chose to stay” 2009
Governor’s Arts Award Designer 2009
Signature Art Gallery Tallahassee Fla. “group Artist” 2009
National Black Fine Arts Exhibition 2007,2008,& 2009
Indiana Governors Residence Artist 2007
Northern Indiana Arts Association Solo Exhibition 2006
Kellie Rae Theiss Art Gallery Solo Exhibition 2003