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“Naturally” opens at the STUTZARTSPACE Gallery on September 5, 2008. The exhibit features new work by Jacobina Trump and Susan Mauck .

This September, Stutz Art Space Gallery brings together two oil painters from two different worlds. Jacobina Trump hails from a small island in the Netherlands and Susan Mauck was raised in small-town Indiana, yet their artwork comes together quite "Naturally." In their exhibition titled "Naturally," the two artists will showcase their personal approaches to painting. Trump and Mauck work in separate studios within the Stutz Business Center, but often come together to sketch and paint from the same live models.

"Naturally" runs Sept. 5 through Sept. 26. The opening reception is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 5, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association's (IDADA) monthly First Friday gallery tour.


Jacobina Trump

Trump's giant, evocative canvases blend her old-world training in Holland with a tropical flair drawn from years of living in the West Indies and Miami. "I have seen a lot of the world and yet I see a whole new world unraveling itself in my studio," says Trump. "Everything I have experienced, felt, seen, dreamt and sensed will eventually become visible in the paintings. Sooner or later, it all materializes itself onto my canvas."

Born on the island Zuid-Beveland in the Netherlands, Jacobina Trump now calls Indianapolis home after living in Miami and the West Indies.

Trump earned a bachelor's degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Holland, where she later taught. She also has worked as stage set designer, photographer, art director and decorative painter.

In Miami, her murals fill corporate offices, restaurants, medical offices and private homes. Locally, Trump's murals grace the walls at Ambrosia Restaurant. Her paintings are on display at Sigman's Gallery in Broad Ripple and Robert Goodman's Jewelers in Zionsville.

The artist recently traveled to the Netherlands to participate in "Schildersweek," a 10-day event and exhibition honoring Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Trump was one of only 30 artists selected from an international field of 300 applicants.

Trump has served on the boards of IDADA and the Stutz Artists Association and continues to teach in her Stutz studio.


Susan Mauck

Mauck approaches her human and scenic subjects on a more intimate scale, combining passionate Impressionistic brushstrokes with a quiet sensitivity. Mauck finds drawing a natural interaction between subject and artist. "I try to capture the moment and catch the essence of motion, she says. "I believe art is more than a final product. It is about feelings and emotions and it should touch the soul."

Born in Washington, Indiana, Susan Mauck now lives in Westfield and maintains a studio in the historic Stutz Business Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Mauck earned a degree in art education from Indiana University. Over the years, she has taught for the Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Art Center and Park Tudor.

Mauck also has sharpened her skills through workshops with well-known artists including William Ashby, C.W. Mundy, Alex Powers, Carolyn Anderson, and Richard Schmid.

An award-winning artist, Mauck is a member of the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage, Indiana Artists Club and IPAPA.

Mauck also serves on the governing board of the Stutz Artists Association and teaches oil painting and figure drawing at Stutz Art Space.

Two of Mauck's paintings appear in the 2008 Hoosier Salon, and her entry "Jewelry Box" was selected by the Indiana State Museum as a part of its permanent collection. Her work is part of corporate collections, including Cummins Inc., and private collections in Indiana, Chicago, North Carolina and Perth, Australia.

Stutz Art Space, a nonprofit visual art center, opened in January on the first floor of the Stutz Business Center. Its mission is to connect artists, audiences and resources through exhibitions, classes and workshops. A schedule of classes is available by clicking here.

WHAT: "Naturally" featuring new work by Jacobina Trump and Susan Mauck
WHERE: Stutz Art Space Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110 (Enter from 10th Street via alley)
WHEN: Opening reception on Friday, Sept. 5, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibition open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, or by appointment through September 26.
INFO: or (317) 503-6420
MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Schmits Thomas, Jen Thomas PR, Inc., (317) 441-2487

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