With the support of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund, The Children's Museum is able to continue programming for the Visiting Artist Program.
Each year, the museum recruits one or two exceptional artists with Indiana ties to publicly present and teach their work. The artist(s) will interact and inspire children and families with art exhibitions, displays, and artist-student interactions. Visiting Artists have worked in a variety of spaces around the museum including the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS), Sunburst Atrium, Playscape® Art Studio, the Mann Properties Gallery of Paleo Art, and more.
2021–2022 Visiting Artists
Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis-based artist and the owner of Art by Deonna. After 15 years in corporate America, Deonna's creativity and love of adventure led her to pursue art full-time. As an entrepreneur, she pursues her passions of community-building, teaching, public speaking, and visual art. She is also a mentor, a dance instructor, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
“I love that art provides opportunities for expression at all ages! Sometimes, it is what we do not communicate verbally that best expresses who we are and what our true selves are like. It is extremely rewarding to guide families through that creative discovery together and an honor to help make creative memories as a Visiting Artist!”
As owner of Hue Murals LLC, Koda Witsken's goal is to create projects that help us all rise "a shade above"—a little brighter and a lot more united. She studied art at Duke and Purdue universities, but it was not until she scrapped working on canvas in favor of public buildings and large-scale walls that she found her artistic purpose: to beautify spaces in an eco-friendly, culturally inclusive, economically impactful, and off-the-wall ways to bring more color to this world.
"I'm excited to be a Visiting Artist at the Children's Museum this year. Getting the chance to teach kids about nature, color theory, and art in (without exaggeration) the world's coolest children's museum isn't just a treat...it's an honor! I grew up coming to this museum with my family to learn about the world and community around me. I hope kids and families can do the same when they attend my workshops!"
The Visiting Artist Program is a project of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund with support provided by The White Oak Foundation, Sarah and John Lechleiter.