By Marcia Ellett
Each year, in support of local artists and to expand cultural awareness in the Fishers community, the nonprofit Fishers Arts Council features exhibits by jury-selected artists at Fishers’ City Hall. The next exhibit, running from Mar. 2 through Apr. 10, is painter Warren Miller’s “Reflections.”
“The jury selected Warren for two main reasons,” said Lisa Sirkin Vielee, president of the Fishers Arts Council. The first was his Pop Art-inspired images, which use bright, uncluttered colors in a way that they appear to be created digitally but are actually acrylic paintings, “which shows strong technique.”
“Even more compelling,” Vielee said, “was Warren’s perspective as a deaf artist. His work makes honest statements about being deaf in a hearing world.”
Miller specifically requested to exhibit his works during March, which is Disability Awareness Month in Indiana, and each of his paintings reflects in some way the experience of being deaf.
“We were more than happy to oblige in order to raise awareness of the large deaf community in our city and build more understanding about the challenges . . . of those who are deaf,” said Vielee.
She added that many of his pieces also reflect the “love, joy and bonding that is common to every human being.”
“My artwork illustrates my views of deaf culture and the deaf experience,” said Miller. “I want my art to serve as a bridge between the deaf and hearing world.
“I also want to challenge myself by continuing to use my art to make unexpected yet honest statements about my deafness,” he added.
“Reflections” at City Hall, 1 Municipal Drive, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through April 10. The Fishers Arts Council is also hosting a free reception for the exhibition on Friday, Mar. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Warren Miller himself will be on hand to share the personal stories behind his paintings.