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As part of its proposed Cultural Trail, the city of Indianapolis recently announced Emily Kennerk, Trinity’s assistant professor of art, as the first artist commissioned to create a public art installation for one leg of the project. The 7.5 mile bike and pedestrian path connects neighborhoods, entertainment venues and the city’s six cultural districts.

Kennerk’s major installation is titled “Play,” as the enormous structure will comprise 4-foot, 7-foot and 11-foot “marbles” placed near a main downtown intersection. The circle is the symbol of Indianapolis with the I-465 beltway, the Monument Circle roundabout, and now the Cultural Trail forming concentric circles around the city. The circle and Indy’s penchant for monuments inspired the artist.

Kennerk. “Think of a giant game of marbles being played across a city landscape.”

Coordinator of the Cultural Trail’s public art programming, Mindy Taylor Ross, was quoted in Inside Indiana Business, as saying, “We kick off the first leg of the Cultural Trail and its public art programming with a proposal from a smart and resourceful artist who hails from our city. Emily’s proposed sculpture installation will serve as a new landmark and a monument to the fun and eclectic nature of the growing Mass Ave cultural district.”

Kennerk, a sculptor and installation artist, began teaching at Trinity in 2006.

“Maturing as an artist and as an individual, I came to the realization that I will always be a student—learning, exploring and engaging,” she said. “I still find the process exciting, and I hope to help my students become students for life.”

The Indianapolis native divides her time between a studio in Chicago and a studio in Broad Ripple, one of Indy’s cultural districts. Kennerk earned her Masters of Fine Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan. She was a recipient of a 2006 Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship, which funded her work Suburban Nation, a major exhibit opening in July at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Suburban Nation will feature four installations made from mass-produced materials and influenced by the American suburban landscape. Check the museum’s Web site at for more information.

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