Staff

Big Car Collaborative Staff members who focus on Tube Factory, Listen Hear and Guichelaar Gallery

 
 Shauta Marsh/Co-founder/Director of Programming and Exhibitions  Shauta Marsh is a co-founder of Big Car Collaborative and works as its curator and program director. From 2009-2011 she was assistant director at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). In 2012 she was promoted to executive director and chief curator. During that time, Big Car Collaborative and iMOCA frequently collaborated on projects and exhibitions. At iMOCA, Marsh curated and/or organized more than 35 exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier and Tony Buba: Inheritance, Toyin Odutola, Tabitha Soren, Trenton Doyle Hancock: Mound At Large, Richard Mosse: Fermata, and more.  Marsh returned full-time to Big Car Collaborative in March of 2015 when the organization purchased a vacant former manufacturing building, Tube Factory.  Tube Factory artspace is a 12,000-square-foot museum, social practice art, and Big Car Collaborative studio space. Exhibitions there are curated based on the themes of community, place, memory and mythology.   Since opening Tube Factory artspace May of 2016, Marsh has commissioned Indianapolis-based, regional and national contemporary visual and musical artists — working with artists such as Carlos Rolón, Calvin Johnson, Jesse Sugarmann, Larissa Hammond, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Mari Evans, Pablo Helguera, Juan Willam Chávez, Prince Rama, Scott Hocking, and more.  She also leads and coordinates public art projects and events via Big Car's placemaking program, Spark Placemaking. In addition, Marsh is a writer for the publication Pattern Magazine. Also a co-author with Jim Walker a chapter in the book, "Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice" edited by Cara Courage and Anita McKeown and published by Routledge.

Shauta Marsh/Co-founder/Director of Programming and Exhibitions

Shauta Marsh is a co-founder of Big Car Collaborative and works as its curator and program director. From 2009-2011 she was assistant director at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). In 2012 she was promoted to executive director and chief curator. During that time, Big Car Collaborative and iMOCA frequently collaborated on projects and exhibitions. At iMOCA, Marsh curated and/or organized more than 35 exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier and Tony Buba: Inheritance, Toyin Odutola, Tabitha Soren, Trenton Doyle Hancock: Mound At Large, Richard Mosse: Fermata, and more.

Marsh returned full-time to Big Car Collaborative in March of 2015 when the organization purchased a vacant former manufacturing building, Tube Factory.

Tube Factory artspace is a 12,000-square-foot museum, social practice art, and Big Car Collaborative studio space. Exhibitions there are curated based on the themes of community, place, memory and mythology. 

Since opening Tube Factory artspace May of 2016, Marsh has commissioned Indianapolis-based, regional and national contemporary visual and musical artists — working with artists such as Carlos Rolón, Calvin Johnson, Jesse Sugarmann, Larissa Hammond, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Mari Evans, Pablo Helguera, Juan Willam Chávez, Prince Rama, Scott Hocking, and more.

She also leads and coordinates public art projects and events via Big Car's placemaking program, Spark Placemaking. In addition, Marsh is a writer for the publication Pattern Magazine. Also a co-author with Jim Walker a chapter in the book, "Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice" edited by Cara Courage and Anita McKeown and published by Routledge.

 Sean Smith "Oreo Jones"/Staff Artist  Oreo Jones (Sean Smith) is that pair of Air Jordans too scuffed up to wear in public, but you do it anyway because they still feel right. Hailing from Warsaw, Indiana, Jones has made Indianapolis his creative mecca. A multi-talented artist who delves into sound, music, and visual experimentation, Jones shares and expand the minds of people in surrounding neighborhoods, while helping the city grow. He helps program the Listen Hear space.

Sean Smith "Oreo Jones"/Staff Artist

Oreo Jones (Sean Smith) is that pair of Air Jordans too scuffed up to wear in public, but you do it anyway because they still feel right. Hailing from Warsaw, Indiana, Jones has made Indianapolis his creative mecca. A multi-talented artist who delves into sound, music, and visual experimentation, Jones shares and expand the minds of people in surrounding neighborhoods, while helping the city grow. He helps program the Listen Hear space.

 Elliot Thornton/Lead Builder  As lead builder, Elliot focuses on developing community spaces and programming with a constant mantra of openly sharing skills, tools, and ideas.  Elliot is an artist, designer, builder, and technologist with experience working with community focused projects involving farms, orchards, education, social justice, and Native American languages.  Always looking to expand his own skills, he spends as much time as possible woodturning, playing cello, gardening, 3D modelling, and making bigger and BIGGER mechanical animals.

Elliot Thornton/Lead Builder

As lead builder, Elliot focuses on developing community spaces and programming with a constant mantra of openly sharing skills, tools, and ideas.  Elliot is an artist, designer, builder, and technologist with experience working with community focused projects involving farms, orchards, education, social justice, and Native American languages.  Always looking to expand his own skills, he spends as much time as possible woodturning, playing cello, gardening, 3D modelling, and making bigger and BIGGER mechanical animals.

 Andy Fry/Co-founder/Creative Director  Andy is an artist, designer and musician. He specializes in collaborative design, frequently synthesizing diverse opinions from numerous stakeholders into singular, coherent outcomes. In addition to his work as creative director at Big Car, he has maintained his own design practice for over 15 years. He has a BFA in painting and a BA in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Andy Fry/Co-founder/Creative Director

Andy is an artist, designer and musician. He specializes in collaborative design, frequently synthesizing diverse opinions from numerous stakeholders into singular, coherent outcomes. In addition to his work as creative director at Big Car, he has maintained his own design practice for over 15 years. He has a BFA in painting and a BA in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

 Carlie Foreman/Staff Artist/  Foreman assists with programming at Listen Hear and Tube Factory. Foreman hosts “Good Vibrations”, an electronica show, on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-6 PM. As a native of Indianapolis, Carlie is driven to foster growth and culture in her community through public programming. She is expecting a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in December of 2018.

Carlie Foreman/Staff Artist/

Foreman assists with programming at Listen Hear and Tube Factory. Foreman hosts “Good Vibrations”, an electronica show, on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-6 PM. As a native of Indianapolis, Carlie is driven to foster growth and culture in her community through public programming. She is expecting a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in December of 2018.

 Julissa Olivares/Intern  Julissa Olivares is our 2018 summer intern through the Indiana Latino Institute for Big Car Collaborative. A proud graduate of Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts & Humanities, she is currently an undergraduate junior at IUPUI majoring in Forensic Science Investigation and minoring in Public Safety Management. Julissa hopes to incorporate and build relationships throughout the community by collaborating on projects, data tracking, and facilitating audio and media.

Julissa Olivares/Intern

Julissa Olivares is our 2018 summer intern through the Indiana Latino Institute for Big Car Collaborative. A proud graduate of Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts & Humanities, she is currently an undergraduate junior at IUPUI majoring in Forensic Science Investigation and minoring in Public Safety Management. Julissa hopes to incorporate and build relationships throughout the community by collaborating on projects, data tracking, and facilitating audio and media.

 Jim Walker, CEO of Big Car   Jim Walker  works as a public and social practice artist, placemaker, photographer, video and sound artist, teacher, designer, and writer. He’s a co-founder and CEO of  Big Car , a nonprofit arts organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He makes all our programming possible! Walker began working as a journalist at age 16, writing and taking photos for his hometown paper in Warsaw, Ind. He enjoyed 20 more years in newspapers as a reporter, editor and photographer, finishing as an arts reporter for The Indianapolis Star in 2007. Along the way, Walker completed an MFA at Warren Wilson College and began showing photos, video, installation, and performance work in various galleries and art spaces. He’s influenced by  Surrealism ,  Fluxus ,  Magical Realism ,  Futurism  — people and ideas pushing boundaries of time, space, and perception.

Jim Walker, CEO of Big Car

Jim Walker works as a public and social practice artist, placemaker, photographer, video and sound artist, teacher, designer, and writer. He’s a co-founder and CEO of Big Car, a nonprofit arts organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He makes all our programming possible! Walker began working as a journalist at age 16, writing and taking photos for his hometown paper in Warsaw, Ind. He enjoyed 20 more years in newspapers as a reporter, editor and photographer, finishing as an arts reporter for The Indianapolis Star in 2007. Along the way, Walker completed an MFA at Warren Wilson College and began showing photos, video, installation, and performance work in various galleries and art spaces. He’s influenced by SurrealismFluxusMagical RealismFuturism — people and ideas pushing boundaries of time, space, and perception.