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 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 art work is exhibited at the Art Lab gallery and Editions Limited in Broad Ripple IN. Maren’s paintings are layered botanical and natural arrangements. The proximity of flora, rocks, branches and animals tell a story about our environment. Maren uses color and shape to create a poetry between abstraction and representation.
Teaching Artist – Jeremy South
Jeremy is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Art Studio. My development in clay has led me to give presentations, classes and workshops. I have been working in the field of clay for the past 15 years. My commitment to personal attention and simplified instruction has made the classes enjoyable for all ages. 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.
Sofiya Inger – Teaching Artist
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 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.
Reagan recently graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in art therapy with concentrations in painting and ceramics. She is currently enrolled as an art master’s student at the university and her painting and pottery are just beautiful.