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Justin Vining is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing and landscapes and cityscapes. Justin studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended Valparaiso Law school, where he rekindled his love for creating between classes and clerking. Shortly after graduating and passing the bar in 2010, Justin decided to pursue art full time and hasn’t looked back since.

Originally from a small farm town in Indiana, Justin finds inspiration from American regionalist painters and WPA-era public works. In his progress as a full-time artist, his artwork has evolved from bright, whimsical watercolors and acrylics to more classical oil scenes. In his exploration of oils, he’s begun working en plein air and exploring more muted, natural tones. In 2017, Justin plans on continuing his exploration in oils, balancing this new found love of plain air painting with his studio work.

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2007-2010 Juris Doctor, Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, IN
1999-2004 Bachelor of Arts, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Professional Experience

2008-Present Owner, Justin Vining LLC, Indianapolis, IN
2008-2010 Law Clerk, Douglas, Koeppen & Hurly, Valparaiso, IN
2004-2007 K-6 Art Teacher, Maple Ridge Elementary, Pendleton, IN

Volunteer Experience

2018-Present Board of Trustees, Richmond Art Museum
2017-Present Board of Directors, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association
2013, 2014, 2018 - Art Director, ORANJE

Brand Ambassador

2012-Present Twinrocker Handmade Paper
2014-Present Royal Talens North America
2016-Present Royal & Langnickel

Solo Exhibits

“Against the Grain” - March 2019 - Harrison Center, Indianapolis
"In the Moment" - March 2018 - Harrison Center, Indianapolis
"The Story of Speedway" - May 2017 - Speedway Centre for the Arts, Speedway
"Outside" - March 2017 - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis
"Recent Work" - November 2016 - Butler University, Clowes Hall, Indianapolis
"Coming Home" - March 2016 - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis
"Recent Work" - May 2015 - Sigman's Gallery, Indianapolis
"Vanishing Points" - January 2015 - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis
"A Collection of Contemporary Landscapes" - August 2014 - Madron Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Exploring Our City" - August 2014, New Day, Fountain Square, Indianapolis
"Chapter XVI, Becoming a City" - January 2014, City Gallery, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis
“Contingent Remainders” June 2013, Hank & Dolly’s Gallery, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis
“100 Houses” January 2013, Upland Propaganda Room, Murphy Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
“Arbitrary & Capricious” June 2012, Earth House Collective, Indianapolis, IN
“Urbanscapes” February 2012, Upland Propaganda Room, Murphy Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
“Pursuit of Visual Complexity” November 2011, Cedar Lake Art Center, Cedar Lake, IN
“Regionalism Reborn” September 2010, Lala Gallery, Lafayette, IN
“Worlds Apart” July 10-August 15, 2009, Lala Gallery, Lafayette, IN

Selected Exhibits & Shows

IPAPA Member Show - Hoosier Salon, Carmel, Indiana, Merit Award
"In Open Air" - Invitational Group Exhibit, Butler University Sept & October 2018
ORANJE - Art Director and Participating Artist, September 22, Indianapolis
"MonoChroma" Artprize 10 - Curated by Shawn Krueger - Grand Rapids, MI"This is May" Group Exhibit, Speck Gallery, Indianapolis
Zhou B Art Center, Studio 308, Group Exhibit of Harrison Center Artists, Chicago, IL - June 15
Zhou B Art Center, Studio 308, Group Exhibit of Harrison Center Artists, Chicago, IL - July 20
"Winter in Indy" Group Exhibit Curated by Justin Vining, City Gallery, Indianapolis
Penrod Arts Fair - September 8, 2018
Broad Ripple Art Fair - May 19 & 20


2017 IPAPA Member Show - Art Association of Henry County, New Castle, Indiana - Merit Award
3 Person Exhibit, Hoosier Salon, Carmel, Indiana, October, Kyle Ragsdale & Benny Sanders
Drawing Conclusions III - Group Exhibit, Ashland Gallery, Broad Ripple Indiana, October
93rd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibit, Juried Exhibit - August/September 2017 - Indiana State Museum
Penrod Arts Fair - September 9, 2017
Art at the Concord - Group Exhibit - Maple Crossing, Indianapolis, July 29, 2017
"Painting in the Parks" - Group Exhibit, Garfield Park Art Center, Indy Parks, Indianapolis
Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 2017
"Chasing Daylight" - New Work by Indiana Plein Air Painters, Hoosier Salon, Carmel
"Tuning Inception" – January First Friday, Group Exhibit, Main Gallery, Harrison Center for the Arts – Curated by Nathan Foxton


Featured Artist, December 2016, Patachou, Carmel Indiana
12×12 Holiday Group Show – French Bleu Gallery – Carmel, Indiana
The Annual Harrison Center Holiday Color Group Exhibit, December First Friday
2016 IPAPA Member Show - Brown County Art Gallery, Nashville, IN
Hoosier Salon - My Indiana Home: Selected Work from Artist Members Carmel, Indiana
Soldier's and Sailor's, Group Exhibit, October 2016, City Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
Penrod Art Fair, September 10, 2016, Indianapolis, IN
Featured Artist, Patachou Downtown, September 2016, Indianapolis, IN
August & September, Featured Artist, Frost Brown Todd, Law Firm, Indianapolis, IN
92nd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition, Juried Exhibit – July 28 - Sept 24 - Outstanding Non Traditional Landscape
2 Person Exhibit w/ Kyle Ragsdale, Central Library, July 2016, Indianapolis
Summer Landscape's, Group Exhibit, July 2016, Gallery #2, Indianapolis, IN
Porch Party Group Exhibit, July 2016, City Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
June First Friday 2016 - New Day Meadery, Indianapolis, IN
"Herron, Sewall, and Steele" Bicentennial Group Exhibit – City Gallery, June 3, Indianapolis, IN
Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 21 & 22, Indianapolis, IN -- 2016 Award Winner - Juror's Choice
3 Person Show with Kyle Ragsdale & Kristen Divers at Sotheby’s International Realty April 28, 2016

Black Tie Group Exhibit, Harrison Center for the Arts, December 2015
"Zionsville Places" October & November 2015, Robert Goodman Jewelers, Zionsville, IN
Drawing Conclusions I, October 2015, Ashland Gallery, Broad Ripple, IN
Penrod Art Fair, September 12, Indianapolis, IN
Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 16 & 17, Indianapolis, IN

Magnificent Amber, Group Show, December 2014, Harrison Center for the Arts
ORANJE, September 13, Art Director & Exhibiting Artist, Indianapolis, IN
Penrod Art Fair, September 6, Indianapolis, IN
Arts Fair on the Square, June 21, Bloomington, IN
Independent Music & Art Festival, June 14, Indianapolis, IN
Winona Lake Art Fair, June 7 & 8, Warsaw, IN
Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 17 & 18, Indianapolis, IN

"When Two Worlds Collide" - 2 Person show w/ Jon Smith, December, New Day Meadery, Fountain Square
"Watercolor & Water Monsters" - 2 Person show w/ Mile 44, November, Upland Propaganda Room
Selected Artst & Art Director - Oranje 2014, October 12, Indianapolis, IN
Fall Broad Ripple Gallery Walk with Just Pop In!, October 2014
Penrod, September 7, 2013
"Revision" - August 14 – September 28, Invitation Group Exhibit, Athens Art Gallery, Crawfordsville, IN
Broad Ripple Art Fair
Group Show, March 2013, Upland Propaganda Room, Murphy Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
Spring Broad Ripple Gallery Walk with Just Pop In!, March 2013

Fall Broad Ripple Gallery Walk with Just Pop In!, October 2012
Oranje, September 2012
Penrod, September 2012
Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 2012

100 Years of Indy Parks, Group Exhibit, Garfield Parks Art Center, December 2011
Selected Artist, IRC Annual Banquet, Irsay Pavillion, November, 2011
Oranje, One of 45 Visual Artists selected to exhibit in this one night show

Art Murmur, Group Show, Warsaw, IN November 2010
Art Murmur, Group Show, Winona Lake, IN, May 2010

10 Years, Influence and Development, Invitational Group Show –
Greater Lafayette Art Museum, October 23, 2009 – January 9, 2010.
Featured Artist, West Lafayette Public Library, December 2009
Friends of the Frankfort Library Annual Christmas Art Exhibition, Group Show, November 2009
Featured Artist, Lafayette’s City Hall, November 2009
Envision/Revisit, Group Show, East Rueff Gallery, Purdue University October 2009.
Featured Artist, The Greater Lafayette’s Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
Art to Gogh, Annual Benefit Presented by the Ft. Wayne Mental Health Association October 17, 2009.
Mass Ave’s Fall Gallery Walk, Featured Artist, Franklin Barry Gallery, October 2009.
Art at Isabella Bean, Group Show, August 20 – September 20.
First Friday’s Featured Artist, Franklin Barry Gallery, March 2009.

Press (TV/Radio)

Wish TV 8 - Created a Painting Live on Indy Style, Tracy Forner, February 28

WishTV 8 - Indy Style - Segment promoting "ORANJE", Tracy Forner, August 21
WishTV 8 - Indy Style - Segment promoting "In Open Air", Tracy Forner, August 21
Fox 59 - Live with Sherman Burdette - May 17, Promoting Broad Ripple Art Fair
WishTV 8 - Created a Painting Live on Indy Style, Tracy Forner, February 28

13 WTHR - Interview with Anne Marie Tiernon, Promoting Penrod, September 8
WFYI 90.1 - Art of the Matter - "Favorite Interviews", September 9
HGTV Good Bones - Artwork Featured on Season 2, Episodes 7, 8, 12, & 13
Fox 59 - Live with Sherman Burdette - Created a painting over 3 segments, May 24
WishTV Channel 8 - Interview on Indy Style, Tracy Forner, May 19
WFYI 90.1 - Art of the Matter - Ben Shine interview with Benny & I, May 13
RTV6 - Quick Interview with Rafael Sanchez while I was out painting, April 4,
WishTV Channel 8 - Created a Painting Live on Indy Style, Tracy Forner, February 2

WTHR 13 - Picture Perfect Weather Brings Banner Year for the Broad Ripple Art Fair - May 21, 2016 - http://www.wthr.com/clip/12455242/picture-perfect-weather-brings-banner-year-for-broad-ripple-art-fair-sunday-6pm-report
FOX 59 - Live TV with Sherman Burdette, Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 20, 2016
TV Interview & Created a Painting on Indy Style, Tracy Forner, WISHTV Channel 8, February 28, Artrageous with Nate, Vining: Redefining Landscape Painting, PBS Digital Studios, January 7, 2016

The Art of the Matter, Sharon Gamble, WFYI Public Radio, FM 90.1, May 17, 2014

TV Interview on Indy Style promoting Oranje, Andi Hauser, WISHTV Channel 8, September 19, 2012
TV Interview & Demonstration Live at Penrod, Eric DeWitt, WTHR Channel 13, September 7, 2012
Art of the Red River, Wade Zahares, Blog Talk Radio, March 26, 20112
The Art of the Matter, Travis DiNicola, WFYI Public Radio, FM 90.1, January 27, 2012

A Case for Creativity: Lindsay Grome, Lakeshore PBS News, Channel 56, January 15, 2010.

Local artist reconnects with past, inspires students, Alyssa Rossomme, WSBT News,
South Bend’s Channel 22, December 6, 2009.
TV Interview and Press Release with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, August, 2009.
Live TV interview with Alyssa Rossomme - WFLI TV 18 Lafayette, July 17, 2009.
Live radio interview with Mike Loizzo – WBAA Public Radio – FM 101.3, July 10, 2009.

Press (Print)

Playgrounds: Spotlight on our galleries, Urban Times, Page 26, March 2019
NUVO, Dan Grossman, A Guide to March First Friday, Page 12-13

NUVO - February 28 - March 7 - Pages 8 & 9, March First Friday, New Shows, Dan Grossman
Life's Journey takes Artist back to his Roots, Electric Consumer Magazine, Emily Schilling, Page 34

"Random Ripplings", The Broad Ripple Gazette, Vol. 14 No. 20, Page 2, Sept 29 - Oct 12, 2017
Painting His Future, Indiana Lawyer Newspaper, Olivia Covington, Vol. 28 No 13, Aug. 23,- Sept. 5, Page 3
The Weekly View, "Justin Vining on Display at the Harrison Center" March 3, Page A3
NUVO, Emily Taylor, Changing Settings, March 1, 2017, Page 12
NUVO, Dan Grossman & Emily Taylor, Indy’s Plein Air Pair, January 24, 2017, Pages 8-14

NUVO, Dan Grossman, Review: "My Indiana, A Hoosier Salon Bicentennial Celebration"
IndyStar, Photo Feature, Plein Painting at the Indiana State Fair, August 10
NUVO, Dan Grossman, Indiana Bicentennial Shows - June 8, 2016
SchoolArts Magazine, Marcia Beckett, "Whimsical Landsapes" - Pages 17-19 - Summer 2016
Plein Air Painting at Adams Mill, Front Page, Carroll County Comet - May 18, 2016

My Music My Story, Note Magazine, Dusty Howe, Page 42, Spring 2015
Meet the Artist: Justin Vining, Daily Journal, Ryan Trares, January 14, 2015
Review: First Friday January 2015, Vanishing Points, Dan Grossman, NUVO, January 7

Trojan Pride, Bourbon News-Mirror, Ed Scherer-Berry, Vol. 143 No. 39, September 28
Banner Artist of the Issue, Broad Ripple Gazette, Vol. 11 No. 19, September 19 - October 2
70 Booths at the Art Fair, Warsaw Times Union, David Slone, Featured in a photo on the front page & in article
Featured Artist in Product Advertisement, Watercolor Magazine, April & June Issues, Van Gogh Brand Paints
The Art of Upcycling, Professional Artist Magazine, Annie Strack, April/May 2014 Issue
Review: First Friday Reviews, January 2014, Chapter XVI, Becoming a City, Dan Grossman, NUVO, January 6

Review: First Friday Reviews, December 2013, When Two Worlds Collide, Dan Grossman, NUVO, December 9

His Landscapes Throw a Curve, David Lindquist, Indy Star, September 20, 2012
Justin Vining Betwixt Farm and Metropolis, Dan Grossman, NUVO, September 19, 2012
Review: Justin Vining at Earth House, Dan Grossman, NUVO, June 13, 2012

Art Show Tonight Celebrates 100 Years of Indy Parks, T.J. Barnes, IndyStar, December 3, 2011
Indiana Artist Sets Sights on ‘Complexity’, Tim Shellberg, NWI Times, D3, November 4, 2011

Hear the Murmur at Mad Anothony’s, David Sloan, Warsaw Times Union, C1, October 13, 2010
Vining Grows Into the Art and Law, David Sloan, Warsaw Times Union, C1, June 9, 2010
Valparaiso artist taps into creativity to benefit Haiti relief, Annette Arnold, Northwest Indiana Times A4, January 24, 2010.

Local artist, law student inspires students, Phoebe Muthart, The Mail Journal 9, December 9, 2009.
Through the eyes of an artist: VU student shares love of art with Texas Elementary School, Annette Arnold, Northwest Indiana Times A3, October 26, 2009.
Law Student Teaches Art to Texas Students, Todd Fleischhauer, The Forum 1, November 2009.
Art teachers influence on display, Tim Brouk, Lafayette Journal & Courier LIFE, November 1, 2009.
Law Student Makes Art, Zach Nelson, The Torch B3, November 6, 2009.
Art project to brighten City Hall, Amanda Hamon, Lafayette Journal & Courier NEWS October 8, 2009.
Artist’s Paintings are World’s Apart, Tom Shafer, Lafayette Journal & Courier D6, July 23, 2009.
Lala goes against the grain, Lafayette Journal & Courier D10, July 17, 2009.

Press (Web)

WFYI - Curious Mix with Jill Ditmire - Plein Air Exhibit Debuts at Clowes
NUVO - Justin Vining Curates "In Open Air" - Dan Grossman - August 7, 2018
The Butler Collegian - Plein Air Exhibit Debuts at Clowes, Cassandra Stec - September 7, 2018
OutdoorPainter.com - A Shot in the Dark that Became a Group Exhibit
NUVO - Review: March First Friday: Where are the Woman? Jennifer Delgadillo

NUVO - "Unveiling Justin Vining's "The Journey from the Outside In" Dan Grossman, September 7
Royal Talens North America - Featured Artist, April 5, 2017
NUVO - March First Friday Review in a Divided America, Dan Grossman, March 15, 2017
"Justin Vining's Surreal Job and the Library" - The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation"
"Plein Air Passion" - Harrison Center for the Arts - Pam Allee - February 27, 2017

Working it Out: Justin Vining in Transition, Brie Stolzfus, Harrison Center, March 1
Time-Lapse Fearlessness, Sky Blue Window, February 18
The Art of Making a Living, Joe Dudeck, Keyhole Marketing, January 26

The Evolution of an Artist, Joseph Pete, Sky Blue Window, December 8
Broad Ripple Art Fair this Weekend, Seth Johnson, Sky Blue Window, May 14
Northern Indiana Company Enlists Hoosier Painter to Illustrate its History, Matt Ottinger, Indiana Chamber, May 4
Art Adds to Atmosphere in Valparaiso University Law Library, Debra Denslaw & Sally Holterhoff, CALL Bulletin, Spring 2015

Fair-Raising Fun Guide, Kirsten Shine, Sky Blue Window, May

Oranje: The Ultimate Mash-Up, Emily Taylor, Sky Blue Window, http://www.skybluewindow.org/ October

“Law as Our Calling”, Ann Brandt, Valparaiso Law School, www.valpo.edu/law May, 2010
Interview: Justin Vining, Atom Groom, Northwest Indiana Creative, www.nwicreative.org, January 31, 2010.
An Environment of Support, Todd Fleischhauer, Valparaiso University www.valpo.edu, January 9, 2010.

Vining’s art wows visitors at gallery reception, Clyde Hughes, July 19, 2009 www.ourtown.com/lafayettewestlafayettein/
Utrecht Art’s Featured Artist of the Month, www.utrechtart.com/facebook/ December 2009.

Special Projects

Live Painting During the Indianapolis 500, May 27, 2018
Artwork Featured on HGTV's Good Bones, Multiple Episodes in Season 2 & 3
Organized the First IPAPA Paint-In at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, February 17, 2018
Butler University Mural - Monumental Wall, 40x20', 2017
Live Painting During Tamika Catchings Retirement Ceremony, June 24, 2017
Urschel Laboratories Mural - 14x40' Historical Timeline of their Company, 2015
Herron High School - 26x58" Commission for a Billboard, 2017
Riverside High School - 26x58" Commission for a Billboard, 2018

Public Collections

Indiana Governor’s Residence
Urschel Laboratories Inc.
Indianapolis Public Library
Valparaiso University
City of Valparaiso
The Valparaiso International Center
Maple Ridge Elementary School
Napannee Elementary School
The Purdue University Student Collection
KLF Legal
Mercho Caughey & DeLay
Employ Indy
Attorney's Title Agency of Indiana
Insight Development Corp.
Douglas Koeppen & Hurley
Eskew Law
Protis Executive Innovations, Miami, FL
World Group, Omaha, NE
Kolman Dental
Hoosier Heights
Triton Elementary School
Paganelli Law Group
JP Roman Law
Trendy Minds
Herron High School
Newmar Corporation
Riverside High School
Reynolds John Deere


Indianapolis Museum of Art
Hoosier Salon
Indiana Plein Air Painters Association
Portfolio Club
Richmond Art Museum

Visiting Artist Lectures/Talks/Demonstrations

Royal Talens North America Demonstration, Illinois State High School Art Exhibition, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, February 24
Portfolio Club, Indiana Artist Family Tree Presentation, February 19
Royal Talens North America Demonstrations, Blick Evanston Grand Re-Opening, Evanston, Illinois, February 15 & 16
ArtSpeaker Podcast, Interview with Trevor Staubin, February 17
Woman’s Department Club, Indiana Artist Family Tree Presentation, February 13
ArtSpeak Presents, live moderated conversation, Speck Gallery, February 7

Business of Art - Presentation on behalf of the Richmond Art Museum, Brookville, IN
Organized a Workshop with Visiting Artist, Caleb Stolzfus, Butler University
Organized a Workshop with Visiting Artist, Tad Retz, Butler University
2 Day of teaching Workshops, University of Louisville & Bellarmine University, With Pretson Arts Center and Royal Talens North America, September 3 & 4, Louisville, KY
Panelist - Hoosier Woman at Work, Indiana Historical Bureau April 6, 2018
Speaker - Indiana Plein Air Painters Association Annual Meeting, March 17, 2018
Artist Demonstartion: Illinois High School Art Exhibit - Royal Talens North America, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
Podcast: Real Artists Don't Starve, Jeff Goins, Using Data & Metrics to Build a Painting Career

October 24 - Artist Talk - Hoosier Salon, Tri Kappa Event, Carmel, IN
September 17-18 - Teacher - Plein Air Painting Workshop at the Indianapolis Art Center
September 16 - Speaker - "The Power of Art" - Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Art Center
artNXTlevel Podcast, Sergio Gomez - Interview: "Justin Vining on Building a Sustainable Art Career from the Ground Up"
May 15-17 - Artist in Residence - Milford Elementary & Middle School, Milfrod Indiana

October 25 - Artist Talk - Butler University
September 17 - Artist Demonstration - Cottage Home Neighborhood Party, Indianapolis
July 9 - Artist Demonstration w/Kyle Ragsdale - Central Library, Indianapolis, IN
May 9-13 – Artist in Residence - Carroll County Elementary School, Flora, IN

Panelist - Legal Rebels Panel - Valparaiso University School of Law

CreativeMornings Talk - Indianapolis, IN
Guest of Honor - Trojan Pride Day - Triton Elementary School, Bourbon, IN
Career Day Visit - Shamrock Springs Elementary, Indianapolis, IN

Art Law Guest Lecturer, IU Indianapolis School of Law, Indianapolis, IN

Art Law Guest Lecturer, IU Indianapolis School of Law, Indianapolis, IN

Guest Lecturer, White Pigeon High School and Elementary, White Pigeon, MI
Art Law Guest Lecturer, IU Indianapolis School of Law, Indianapolis, IN

Artist Lecture, Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso Indiana
Guest Lecturer, Lead a 6 hour workshop for Ector County Art Teachers, Odessa, TX
Guest Artist, 6 Lectures to each Grade Level, Nappanee Elementary, Nappanee, IN
Guest Artist/Instructor, Grand Re-opening, Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, March 27, 2010.

Guest Lecturer, A&D 20100, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Artist Talk, PSNAEA Monthly Meeting, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Live Video Conference, Dodd Elementary, Wylie TX
Guest Lecturer, Plymouth High School, Plymouth, IN
Guest Lecturer, Triton High School, Bourbon, IN

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