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Hear local creatives tell their stories.
Small Talk/s is a speaker series featuring local creatives telling their stories. Through this program CAAC aims to highlight the varied and circuitous paths our local creatives take in their careers.
The format for Small Talk/s is casual, fun and flexible. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and interject throughout your talk. Humor and irreverence is welcome and encouraged.
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Past Small Talk/s
Ana C. Meza
Ana C. Meza is a sculpture artist from Colombia based in Columbus, IN. In 2008 she immigrated from Colombia to the United States. She received an MFA from Georgia State University in 2019, where she received a full-tuition scholarship. Her artwork’s common themes include Immigration, The in-between, Social identity, and Political and personal power structures.
She is currently an instructional Shop Manager at Indiana University in Columbus. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Some of her most notable exhibition venues include Atlanta Contemporary, Aqua Art Miami, and Kyoto International Community House in Japan.
Archivist for the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives
Tricia Gilson (she/her) is the archivist for the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives at the Bartholomew County Public Library. For more than 15 years she has been working in museums and archives that specialize in art and design. Tricia uses her training as a cultural anthropologist to curate exhibits that explore our relationship with art, place, and belonging.
Actress, Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, Performer
Musician, Songwriter, Author, Creative Solutionist
May 4, 2023
Powerhouse Creative Married Couple, Alisha Gaddis & Lucky Diaz, together (and separately) have eight Grammy Awards and nominations, five television Emmy wins and nominations, 12 published books, hundreds of commercials/films/tv shows/songs and one intense passionate drive towards making beautiful, meaningful art.
Musician & Art Administrator
April 19, 2023
Samantha Johnson-Helms is a sought-after collaborative musician and arts administrator known for her "great dynamic sensitivity and exquisite phrasing." She holds multiple positions as an accomplished clarinetist, serving as Executive Director and Principal Clarinet of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Principal Clarinet of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Second Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sammy has been featured as a soloist with several ensembles, including the Butler University Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Indiana. In addition to her orchestral work, she is an in-demand substitute for ensembles throughout the Midwest, and her performances can be heard on recordings for Naxos and Hal Leonard. As a founding member of the award-winning clarinet quartet, the Novacane Quartet, Sammy has demonstrated her passion for chamber music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University and a Master's degree from Indiana University, and she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University with plans to graduate in May 2023.
Executive Director, CAAC & Graphic Designer
March 15, 2023
Brooke is a Columbus native and Executive Director of the Columbus Area Arts Council. With nearly 25 years of experience working in a multitude of design disciplines, her practice evolved to focus primarily on strategies to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations achieve their goals.
Brooke sits on the board of Columbus Museum of Art & Design and is an active volunteer and thought-leader in Columbus’ creative community.
February 8, 2023
Glenda Winders is the author of two novels, “The Nine Assignments” and “Sainted in Error,” and she has a long background of teaching and writing short stories, newspaper articles, book reviews and poetry. For 10 years she was author of the syndicated column “Letters From Home.” Before coming to Columbus she was the vice-president and editor of Copley News Service in San Diego, which won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006. She remains the travel editor for Los Angeles-based Creators Syndicate, which purchased CNS, working remotely from Columbus. She writes for Columbus, Indy South and Travel Indiana magazines and does freelance editing. She is currently at work on her next novel, tentatively titled “Peculiar.”
Muralist / Artist
September 14, 2022
Nick Abstract is a color-blind contemporary artist/muralist, specializing in geometric abstraction. His works are inspired by architecture with stylistic nods to graphic design and graffiti writing. Nick currently resides in Indianapolis, IN (USA) and travels to produce work worldwide.
Daren P. Redman
Textile Artist and Bown County Indiana Artisan
November 9, 2022
Daren’s art quilts are made from her own hand-dyed fabrics, representing abstract landscapes in textiles. The endless colors in the leaves, grasses, tree trunks, moss in the Indiana landscape is a constant inspiration. Other inspirations are from abstract American artists like Stuart Davis and Lee Krasner.
Daren is an Indiana Artisan, a member of the Studio Art Quilts Association and is helping curate the art displays at the Columbus Learning Center.
Her artist residencies have been at various out of door locations, where she sets up a dye studio to dye silk and cotton to match the leaves, trees, grass, tree trunks and geological formations. She spent three weeks at the Grand Canyon as an artist in residency and a week at the Mill Race Center and the Brown County State Park.
Peter Gethin Thomas
Artist and Educator
January 11, 2023
Peter Gethin Thomas is an artist and educator. He served as the art director of a federal agency in Washington, D.C., the Dean of the Corcoran School of Art, and chairman of the painting departments at state universities in New York and Tennessee, where he also taught. Peter holds a BFA and MA in fine arts from the University of Alabama and a Certificate of Art from the University of Mexico City. He has also lived and studied in Europe.
Peter has held one-person shows in a dozen states and has participated in numerous group shows nationally. His paintings, drawings and watercolors are in hundreds of collections. His art appears in the public collections of MIT, the Louisiana Arts and Science Center, American University, the former Corcoran Gallery of Art, the State University of New York – Potsdam, and the Federal Reserve Board. His work in included in the holdings of multiple corporate collections, such as, Columbia Pictures, IBM, The Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae), Embassy Suites, American Public Power Association, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Deloitte and Touche and the law firms of Arnold & Porter, Fulbright & Jaworski, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
August 10, 2022
Yoonji’s early career aspirations, in chronological order: graphic designer, market researcher, and English teacher. She gets to use most of the foundational skills of the aforementioned jobs in her current role as the founder/designer of Good Creatives. She puts on different hats from designing visual identity, designing editorial designs such as annual reports, print/digital magazines to project management for nonprofit organizations around the world. Yoonji has called Indiana home since 2015, where her home has also been in South Korea and Turkey. Yoonji is also a mother of a 1-year old girl, Reyhan Demir. Before Reyhan’s arrival, she used to enjoy her weekends hosting friends and playing board games.
June 8, 2022
Louis Joyner is an architect who has been practicing in Columbus for over 30 years. He is a member of the AIA, a registered interior designer, and historic preservation specialist. In addition to his practice, Louis teaches in the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program of Indiana University.
Louis has done significant advocacy work on behalf of Columbus’ buildings, having co-authored seven National Historic Landmark applications. He has extensively advised facilities teams at the Crump Theater, North Christian Church, and First Christian Church to recommend best practices for responsible stewardship.
Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough
Architect, Graphic Designer, Writer
May 11, 2022
Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough (b. 1990, she/her) is an eccentric, multi-scale designer with history and skill in coupling messaging and the built environment. She is interdisciplinarily trained in graphic design, architecture, writing, and research. Jamie is currently the Creative Director at Landmark Columbus Foundation.
Actor and Author
April 13, 2022
Jan Lucas is an actor working extensively in the Indianapolis area. She began her career working in Chicago at the Goodman and Steppenwolf theaters, among many others.
In Los Angeles, she worked for a number of years doing commercials, movies, and had a featured role on the series “The Human Factor”. After returning to the midwest, she has worked at the Phoenix Theater, Summit Performance, Jewish Theater of Bloomington and the Indiana Repertory Theater. She was most recently seen as Bib the goat in Alabaster at the Phoenix. Some of her favorite roles include Helen in The House That Jack Built and Dr. Livingston in Agnes of God at IRT, and Miriam in the one-woman show Apples In Winter.
She has written plays for young audiences and a memoir entitled My Beautiful Leukemia.
Designer, Fabricator and Musician
March 9, 2022
Loran is a Columbus native and a fourth generation woodworker. He is committed to beautiful designs that keep alive and celebrate true craftsmanship.
Loran founded Bohall Design and Fabrication in 2016 leads a team of seven people. When he’s not in the studio he is a member of Bigfoot Yancey an Indianapolis-based band.