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Artlink Gallery

  • Address: 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Phone: (260) 424-7195
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Artlink was founded in 1978 by a group of young artists to promote awareness of emerging artists and art forms. 

OUR MISSION

Artlink is a creative arts center that invests in opportunities for diverse visual artists and engages the regional community.

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

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  • 39th National Print Exhibition

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    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until May 3, 2019

    2019-03-29 2019-05-03 39th National Print Exhibition <p>For 39 years, Artlink has showcased the best in contemporary printmedia from around the nation. Although printing for most of us is often as immediate as Ctrl+P, the tradition of hand-pulled prints continues on today. This exhibition seeks to highlight this traditional, laborious, and oftentimes tedious, art form. Please join us at the opening reception Friday, March 29th from 5-8pm. As printmedia moves into a new era, we look forward to highlighting future generations of printmakers using the medium to share their voice.<br /><br />This juried exhibition features contemporary printmakers across the nation working in all printmaking mediums, including intaglio, lithographs, relief, screenprints, monoprints, letterpress, artist books, digital prints and print installations. This exhibition will be on view until May 3, 2019.</p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • Creating Your Perfect Life Meditation Series

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    February 16, 2019 - June 15, 2019 (Select Dates)

    2019-02-16 11:00:00 2019-06-15 13:00:00 Creating Your Perfect Life Meditation Series <p>Join Resident Teacher and American Buddhist monk from Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis, Gen Kelsang Dorje, as he covers the following topics during this five-month "Creating Your Perfect Life" series:<br /><br />-Finding Peace in Uncertain Times<br /><br />-Overcoming Negativity<br /><br />-Embracing Loving - Overcoming Blame<br /><br />-The Power to Change<br /><br />-Creating the Perfect Future</p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-05-01 19:00:00 2019-05-01 21:00:00 Artlink's Drawn Together <p>Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination! <br /><br />Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Co. (1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN.) from 7-9pm. <br /><br /></p> 1515 N. Harrison St Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-05-05 12:00:00 2019-05-05 14:00:00 Artlink's Volunteer Day <p>Have you been looking for a way to impact your community? Do you have an interest in the arts? We would love to have you on our volunteer team! You can be as involved as you’d like to be&#8211;from once a year to once a month. Projects will range from gallery cleaning, painting, filing, and easy administrative tasks. Together, we make art possible!</p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-05-12 11:00:00 2019-05-12 17:00:00 The Art Market: Spring Edition <p><span>*SPRING 2019*</span><br /><br /><span>Join us for The Art Market: Spring Edition on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 11am - 5pm at Artlink Contemporary Gallery! </span><br /><br /><span>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.</span><br /><br /><span>On this Mother's Day, celebrate your mom with a day of shopping small and local. Spruce up your home for spring with one of a kind items from 18 regional artisans!</span></p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-05-15 18:00:00 2019-05-15 20:00:00 Collaboratorium: Mixed Media Jewelry <p>Collaboratorium brings artists together to create together. Join us this month to make mixed-media jewelry (including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more) using techniques such as collage and found object sculpture. This Collaboratorium will provide a good introduction to basic jewelry-making techniques, as well as a chance for more experienced makers to experiment with unconventional materials. <br /><br />Collaboratorium is held at Artlink on the third Wednesday of each month and is an 18+ event.<br /><br />About Collaboratorium<br />Collaboratorium is an artmaking session run by Italian Friend ArtRuckus which brings together artists, musicians, performers, and writers to create collaborative, improvised works in a wide range of mediums, including visual art, music, video, and performance art. Collaboratorium sessions take place in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages participants to focus on the processes of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation. In 2018, Artlink began working with Collaboratorium to hold a collaborative event the third Wednesday of each month.</p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-05-17 17:00:00 2019-05-17 20:00:00 Opening Reception: The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed, Emily Sullivan Smith <p><span>You're invited to the opening reception of The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed curated by Steve Shelby and a solo exhibition by Emily Sullivan Smith on Friday, May 17 from 5-8pm. These exhibitions will be on view from May 17 - June 21, 2019. </span><br /><br /><span>The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed curated by Steve Shelby </span><br /><span>The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed will highlight the best of contemporary three-dimensional metal art from around the world. This exhibition features a diverse group of artists, ranging from emerging or self-taught to college professors and silversmithing professionals. Many of the artists teach their craft as freelancer, around the country and parts of the world, in their own facilities, or in colleges or universities. Some primarily design and make jewelry while some come from blacksmithing, welding, or auto body backgrounds. Two of the artists featured, Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid, have written the definitive book on contemporary metalsmithing, Creative Metal Forming. </span><br /><br /><span>This exhibition explores metalsmithing in the cold forming of metal from flat sheet (or ingot) into three dimensional form, using hammer and various other tools (not to be confused with blacksmithing, which is the hot forming of iron and steel). The functional objects that used to be handmade by metalsmiths are now mass-produced, evolving the craft over time into a vehicle for artistic expression. </span></p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed, Emily Sullivan Smith

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    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until June 21, 2019

    2019-05-17 2019-06-21 The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed, Emily Sullivan Smith <p><span>The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed curated by Steve Shelby </span></p> <p><br /><span>The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed will highlight the best of contemporary three-dimensional metal art from around the world. This exhibition features a diverse group of artists, ranging from emerging or self-taught to college professors and silversmithing professionals. Many of the artists teach their craft as freelancer, around the country and parts of the world, in their own facilities, or in colleges or universities. Some primarily design and make jewelry while some come from blacksmithing, welding, or auto body backgrounds. Two of the artists featured, Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid, have written the definitive book on contemporary metalsmithing, Creative Metal Forming. </span><br /><br /><span>This exhibition explores metalsmithing in the cold forming of metal from flat sheet (or ingot) into three dimensional form, using hammer and various other tools (not to be confused with blacksmithing, which is the hot forming of iron and steel). The functional objects that used to be handmade by metalsmiths are now mass-produced, evolving the craft over time into a vehicle for artistic expression. </span></p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 41st Annual Members’ Showcase

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    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until August 2, 2019

    2019-06-28 2019-08-02 41st Annual Members’ Showcase <p><span>Artlink is pleased to present the 41st Annual Members’ Showcase, celebrating the individual artists that help make Artlink possible through their continual member support of the organization for over forty years. This exhibition features artists working in all mediums at all stages of their artistic careers. The Members’ Showcase provides immediate access to a gallery exhibition for our artist members.</span></p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-06-28 17:00:00 2019-06-28 20:00:00 Opening Reception: 41st Annual Members’ Showcase <p><span>You're invited to the opening reception of our 41st National Members' Showcase on Friday, June 28 from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be on view June 28 - August 2, 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Artlink is pleased to present the 41st Annual Members’ Showcase, celebrating the individual artists that help make Artlink possible through their continual member support of the organization for over forty years. This exhibition features artists working in all mediums at all stages of their artistic careers. The Members’ Showcase provides immediate access to a gallery exhibition for our artist members.</span></p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • ON BEING: REALISM AND THE BGSU SCHOOL OF ART PAINTING AND DRAWING PROGRAM

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    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until September 13, 2019

    2019-08-09 2019-09-13 ON BEING: REALISM AND THE BGSU SCHOOL OF ART PAINTING AND DRAWING PROGRAM <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1551298060652_600">Realism, like nature, persists. All visual art is based in the observed. Nature and perception are the minimally required precepts if one is to “make art”. On a grander scale, realism is fugitive, with the maker towing an ever confusing line between control and chaos not dissimilar from the lines walked by the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century or even that of contemporary painters of all “isms” attempting to organize the natural world into a cohesive statement on a surface.</p> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1551298060652_604">With realism the natural world is directly coded into the dramatic narrative of the work, and in nuanced ways abstraction is coded into the unfolding of the painted image. Each of the artists are keenly aware of both their surroundings as subject as well as the nuanced efforts that make for interesting marriages of form and content contained naturally in the painted or drawn surfaces as an expression of both intention and improvisation. Formulas, in other words, will never do. Each of these artists is attempting to make realism new, a way to discover the purposes of the image. What is the place in our mechanized, mass-produced, digital world for such hand-crafted, one of a kind, fiercely analog work. Unlike televisual media (film, television, and social media/net-channel) realism has remained relatively quiet. All of the artists represented seek to find balance inside of the quiet place that realism occupies while acknowledging its historical, social, political, and cultural contexts.</p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • 2019-08-24 11:00:00 2019-08-24 19:00:00 The Art Market at Taste of the Arts <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Art Market at Taste of the Arts</strong></span></p> <p>August 24 from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM</p> <p><span>You're invited to The Art Market at Taste of the Arts 2019 on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11am-7pm.</span><br /><br /><span>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. </span><br /><br /><span>Taste of the Arts Festival celebrates and supports the rich diversity of arts and cultural experiences in our vibrant community. The festival is open to all, providing access to art without cost.</span></p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • HUMANIMALS IN PRECARIOUS POSITIONS: MELANIE COOPER PENNINGTON

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    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until October 25, 2019

    2019-09-20 2019-10-25 HUMANIMALS IN PRECARIOUS POSITIONS: MELANIE COOPER PENNINGTON <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1551298060652_609"><a href="https://www.melaniepennington.com/" target="_blank">Melanie Cooper Pennington</a> has been sculpting for 20 years. It wasn’t until after marriage, two children and 12 years as an interior designer in Chicago that Melanie received an opportunity to pursue her dream of working as a full time artist. Prior to her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at Indiana University, Pennington began studying the figure at Wheaton College where she received her Bachelor of Arts (BA). She continued figurative anatomy studies at workshops in New York and Colorado, and has since participated in multiple artist residencies and curated exhibitions. She has recently shown with Sculpture in the Parks in Chicago, The Indianapolis Art Center and at The Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University where Melanie has worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture for the past 3 years.</p> <p>By embodying forms in the likeness of whales, bison and elephants (animals that we keep our distance from because of their physical power and intimidating size), Cooper Pennington’s large-scale sculptures immediately trigger curiosity and wariness. Her ‘Beasts’ are, however, frequently soft and touchable, placed in precarious positions or engaged in a struggle with an opposing force, consequently probing the viewer’s capacity for empathy. The visceral materials by which Cooper Pennington constructs her work range from ceramic and steel to fur and wood. She uses her knowledge of human anatomy to anthropomorphize the beast - incorporating human signifiers that make the imagined creatures feel knowable.</p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • TRANSPARENCY & TOXICITY: MEGANNE ROSEN

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    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until December 6, 2019

    2019-11-08 2019-12-06 TRANSPARENCY & TOXICITY: MEGANNE ROSEN <p><span>Meganne Rosen graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors (BAH) in Art History with minors in Fine Art and English in 2006. She completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Studio Art and Theory at Drury University in 2011. She currently resides in Oakland, California, where she recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. During her first year at CCA, she was the co-director of the Graduate Student Alliance, a graduate teaching assistant for three art history courses, and a gallery assistant for the exhibitions department. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>Using found matter, fiber works, oil and acrylic painting, remnant fabrics, and photography, Rosen composes mixed media pieces which are layered in visual dialogues. The work evokes an intimate recollection of garments worn, skins shed, and packaging discarded. Each assemblage or installation is a partnership between the materials she works with and the sociopolitical, cultural context of our times. </span></p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • UNREAL EMPIRE: ROBERT MCCANN

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    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until December 6, 2019

    2019-11-08 2019-12-06 UNREAL EMPIRE: ROBERT MCCANN <p><span>Robert A. McCann is a Midwest-based artist and educator.  Born and raised in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri, he developed as a studio artist through his studies at Missouri State University, Indiana University, and as a Fulbright scholar based in Berlin, Germany.  In the fifteen years since that time, McCann’s paintings have frequently dealt with the potential for metaphors in our byzantine mass media culture, and the overwriting of epic and intimate events in the particular artifice of painting.</span></p> <p><span><span>McCann describes his paintings as “elaborate fictional spaces”. He utilizes characters from pop cultures and subcultures to stage human drama. These visual threads spiral outward into the shared universe logic of Marvel blockbusters and Pinterest pin boards, and inward to personal mythologies and autobiographical fragments. The paintings use larger-than-life-characters from the world of wrestling, rock &amp; roll history, or educational film reels to evoke a fuzzy boundary between fantasy and reality. His works incorporate staging of affiliated subjects in fragmented narratives plays on a viewer’s incomplete grasp of sublime subjects like memory, future-forecasting, or knowledge of society at large. The subsequent paintings bring together elements of landscape, portraiture, history painting, and improvisational abstraction. </span></span></p> <p> </p> 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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