Creative HUB Gallery and Artists Entrepreneurship Program
The HDC created an entrepreneurship program for area artists, as we believe that the arts are a vital part of every community. Since artists often need business entrepreneurial assistance, we opened the Creative HUB Gallery in the HUB, our building at 5233 Hohman Avenue.
This space offers artists business programming to strengthen and develop their business acumen along with a free gallery to exhibit and sell their works. The HDC has four exhibits per year – each lasting 3 months. We host two events per exhibit – usually an opening party and then another event during the exhibit. We invite people from the business community, our NxLevel students and tenants, as well as the public to promote the works of these entrepreneurs. We have each exhibit professionally curated by Felix Maldonado.
The Creative HUB’s permanent exhibit is Seeing Hammond through Community Art. This exhibit is about celebrating the past, present and future of Hammond, Indiana through the eyes of area artists. Each work depicts something iconic or inspiring in our community. Ten area artists have chosen their subjects matter based on a place in the city that speaks to them. The City of Hammond has a great history and a bright future, and this exhibit celebrates the strength, uniqueness, and diversity not only of a place but of the people who inhabit it.
The artists and their subjects include:
Mark Anderson – The iconic corner of Hohman Avenue and Fayette Street in downtown Hammond
Dana Moore – The Hammond Marina
Joey Lax-Salinas – The rotunda fountain on Hohman Avenue in downtown Hammond
Sophia Rapata – Paul Henry’s Art Gallery
Joey Lax-Salinas – Festival at the corner of Hohman Avenue and Fayette Street in downtown Hammond
Lisa Jones – Hammond Nature Walk
Uriel Rivera – St Joseph’s Church in downtown Hammond
Kerri Mommer – Gibson Woods
Casey King – Area Career Center
Castulo Perez – Purdue Northwest Logo
Luis “Ocho” Sandoval – Hammond Water Works building and tower
This exhibit is always on display at the Creative HUB gallery at 5233 Hohman unless there is a special exhibit showing. Stop by and see these beautiful works of art celebrating Hammond.
Thank you to Felix Maldonado “FLEX”, Gallery Curator
Felix Maldonado is a proud native of East Chicago, Indiana. Felix is a self-taught artist with over 25 years of experience in painting, drawing, and graffiti art. In 1995, he received his BFA in Advertising with a minor in Graphic Design from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Since then Felix has become a celebrated muralist in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas.
Felix has been instrumental in the creation of the Creative HUB Gallery and continues to curate all of our shows. The Creative HUB Gallery is 1 1/2 years old and Framers of the Lost Art is our fifth exhibit. The Creative HUB Gallery is a program of the Hammond Development Corporation and began as a way to promote economic development in downtown Hammond through the promotion of the visual and creative arts.
The HDC thanks Felix and all of the artists who have made the Creative HUB Gallery a success.