19 Jun Eric O’Dell
Eric moved back to Central Indiana from Washington, DC with his wife to be an American Sign Language interpreter. The couple had plans to buy a tiny house to help pay down debt and have settled into the renovated garage behind his father Leroy’s home. The space is about 400 square feet.
Eric studied printmaking for three years at Herron School of Art and Design. He enjoys making books by hand and describes his style as modern, conceptual and abstract.
Eric initially shared a studio in the Stephenson House with his father, Leroy O’Dell, and has since moved into his own studio space right next door where he makes hand-bound journals with hand-marbled papers in his free time. He is employed full-time as a certified ASL interpreter with the Indiana School for the Deaf.
“When you look at great artwork, you can see the artist’s hand in the work,” he says. “At first glance, you can identify a Van Gogh, Hopper or Matisse. I’m trying to develop my own hand that’s uniquely mine.”
Updates on Eric:
Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Eric O’Dell has been awarded an On-Ramp 2018 Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. The grant is a continuation of their new On-Ramp accelerator, a program designed to boost the entrepreneurial skills of Hoosier artists through a three-day intensive training course, certification, and one-on-one coaching. Click here to read more.
Ben Jennings and Eric O’Dell, two of Nickel Plate Arts’ resident Studio Artists, have been accepted to the Indiana Art’s Commission’s On-Ramp program. A creative accelerator designed to help artists expand their art careers and entrepreneurial skills, this program features a three-day intensive training course, a certification, and one-on-one coaching. Over 100 Hoosier artists applied for this new opportunity; the 36 chosen participants come from areas all over the state and will take advantage of the program’s benefits for free, thanks to special funding available through the IAC. Click here to read more.