The Art Lab – Teaching Artists

The Art Lab is home to teaching artists who share teaching, working and gallery space. Each have their own unique skills and interests. All of us are excited to share in our love for the arts.

Director and Teaching Artist

Maren Bell



Maren Bell is an artist and teacher at a parochial school in Indianapolis and founded The Art Lab in March of 2012.Maren received her BFA from Miami University of Ohio and MFA from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Teaching Art in the community has been a long time passion and pleasure.

Maren’s recent artwork combines her love of travel and the outdoors and captures solitary views of nature. Follow Maren’s current work at Outdoor Studio.

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Teaching Artists

Sofiya Inger

Sofiya Inger was born in Northern Russian city of Kirov, a place steeped in ancient history, traditions, folk art, and surrounded by magnificent pine forests.

Engaged at early age in visual arts, Sofiya continued her education at Children’s Art School, then at Kirov Art College.

In 1991, after leaving her home country, Sofiya immigrated to United States, first to New York, where she attended Fashion Institute of Technology, then to Indiana, where she taught art at Indianapolis Art Center, Indiana School for the Blind, and Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Sofiya is on the roster of Arts for Learning, with programs for schools, and art camps; she is working with senior citizens at various locations.

Inspired by colors and textures of cloth, and by the beauty of Nature, her work is emotional, inventive, and woven with personal stories.

She exhibits locally and in surrounding states, has paintings in corporate and private collections, including Kinsey Institute of Indiana University, Cummins Engine, and Fairbanks Hospital.

Following ideas of healing, and transformative power of art, Mrs. Inger can successfully work with any group, and help to overcome their challenges, fears, and doubts.

In 2011, Sofiya Inger received first faculty of the year “Skip McKinney award” at Indianapolis Art Center, followed by an immersive installation “Story Dome”.


Rebecca Hundley

Rebecca attended Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and received a degree in art education. Mrs. Hundley has taught in Beech Grove schools and now teaches Jewelry and Intro to Art at Ben Davis High School. In her spare time she enjoys making jewelry, drawing, painting, going to the gym, hiking and working in the community.


Jeremy South

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Jeremy is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Art Studio.  Jeremy teaches and gives presentations in clay throughout Indiana and runs Ripple Mobile Arts in Broad Ripple, IN.  He has been working in the field of clay for the past 20 years and recently ventured into glass and other mediums.  Jeremy says, “my mission statement is summed up into two words,  encourage creativity.  I truly believe that many of us learn more directly through our hands.  Our hands shape the world around us.  We can either build or destroy.  My hope is for all of us to find a constructive way to use our hands.”

Kat Smith

Kathryn (Kat) Smith is an artist who resides in Hamilton County, Indiana.  She has a Bachelor’s in Education from Indiana University Kokomo and will graduate in December 2021 with a Master’s in Art from University of Indianapolis.  Kat worked as an art teacher in secondary education for six years before deciding to stay home with her two young daughters.  Kat has been painting since 2007 and enjoys working with oils and acrylics.  To view her work, please visit her website at and/or follow her on Facebook @katbsmithartist.


 Michelle Sweers

Michelle has an art degree in fine art and illustration from Grace College. Michelle says “my favorite art form is painting, especially watercolor. My subjects usually include animals. Growing up, my family had many fun pets, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, and even a green spotted puffer fish! When I am not painting or drawing, I am constantly crafting. I really like sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and wood burning. To see more of Michelle’s beautiful artwork:


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