105th Running

Rob Day

Rob Day

Madison Watson

Madison Watson

Petronio Bendito

Petronio Bendito

Randi Frye

Randi Frye

Sasan Kayyod

Sasan Kayyod

  • Rob Day
  • Madison Watson
  • Petronio Bendito
  • Randi Frye
  • Sasan Kayyod
  • Rob Day

    Rob Day

    Artist Bio:

    Rob Day's illustrations have appeared in publications including Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Wired, Fast Company, Esquire and more. His work has been commissioned by institutes of higher education, corporations, private collectors, and others and consists of illustrations, portraiture, landscapes, video, and photography. He has worked with many nonprofit organizations in the local community including the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum. More about Rob's work is available at robday.com.

    Artwork Title:

    Welcome Race Fans

    Artwork Statement:

    The phrase, “Welcome Race Fans,” ignites energy and emotion within the hearts of every race goer. The words are powerful and can stand on their own, without the use of additional imagery. My design utilizes typography to spotlight the international appeal of the Indianapolis 500 and conveys the coming together of race fans from all walks of life.

    The design emphasizes the word, “Welcome” in the languages representing the home countries of the drivers participating in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series. The spirited colors represent equality, gender identity, and unity while providing a positive, colorful, and welcoming tone. The black, brown, and white checkerboard pattern reflects the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s “Race for Equality & Change” initiative to support diversity and inclusivity across the INDYCAR industry.

    Social Handles:

    Instagram: @_robday

  • Madison Watson

    Madison Watson

    Artist Bio:

    Hi everyone, I am a recent college graduate from IUPUI. I have resided in Long Beach, CA, Pasadena, CA but I currently reside on the east side of Indianapolis! I am a digital artist with a background in painting as well. I have been drawing since a young child but started doing art digitally about a year ago. I was unsure about my abilities to actually create pieces that people would like so I took a very long hiatus and realized, I AM GOOD & ENOUGH!! I shared my first piece with the world January 2020 and turned my hobby into a business.

    The idea of color has always fascinated me so I try my best to make all my pieces very vibrant and alive. It is not so easy trying to capture a moment in time with just my iPad and pen but I do so by whether that be with drawing someone’s face or creating figures. I am best known for the bright colors and my shading work. I am excited to grow and widen my realm and share this experience with others along the way!

    Artwork Title:

    Marathons & Milk

    Artwork Statement:

    This piece captures the essence of winning Indy 500, from the wreath, to the crowd, to the drinking/pouring of the milk. Let’s soak in this win together!

    Social Handles:

    @_madialexis & @_gardenofmadi
  • Petronio Bendito

    Petronio Bendito Day

    Artist Bio:

    Petronio Bendito is a Brazilian-American media artist and designer, color researcher, and digital culturalist. He teaches in the Department of Art and Design at Purdue University. Originally from Brazil, his primary research interests are in computational color design methods and digital esthetics. He collaborates with musicians, dancers, choreographers, math and computer scientists, and has exhibited internationally.

    Artwork Title:

    “Crossing the Line: Welcome 2021 Indy 500 Race Fans”

    Artwork Statement:

    Computer technology introduces new ways for artists and designers to choose and generate color palettes. My work for the “Welcome Race Fans" competition is based on my Color Code series, for which I generate algorithmic color palettes based on geometry and computational processes. The work emerges on the intersection of art and science in a fundamental way. I generated algorithmic color palettes and examined how they relate to culture, history, emotions, and artistic expressions. For me, the vibrancy and diversity of hues in the color palette for my "Welcome Race Fans" artwork exudes a sense of technology, optimism, speed, and globalization—which is also the message of INDY 500: a world-class celebration of human and technological potential in motion.

    Social Handles:

    Instagram: @petronio.bendito.colors

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/petronio-bendito/

    Google Panel: https://g.co/kgs/UUdq5i

  • Randi Frye

    Randi Frye

    Artist Bio:

    Randi Frye creates illustrative designs and 2D animations and is a full-time educator. Professional recognition includes a prestigious Print Magazine Regional Design Award. As an Assistant Professor of Art at Franklin College, Randi leads the Graphic Design program. When she’s not creating art, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching old movies, traveling (especially if it involves a trip to the ocean), and being outdoors—hiking, kayaking, bike riding, playing badminton, and gardening.

    Artwork Title:

    Indy Car Evolution

    Artwork Statement:

    The animation, Indy Car Evolution, incorporates themes of transformation and diversity while highlighting the exciting IMS traditions, the city, and the town of Speedway. The reengineering of the cars through the decades is an obvious metamorphosis. The more subtle transformation depicted is in the inclusion of diverse drivers and fans, who are at the heart of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Race for Equality and Change Initiative.

    Social Handles:

    Website: https://fryerstudio.com/

    Instagram: @fryerstudio

  • Sasan Kayyod

    Sasan Kayyod

    Artist Bio:

    Sasan Kayyod is a multimedia artist based in Indianapolis. His current artwork is focused on the use of virtual reality to create digital sculptures, performances, & interactive spaces. Some of the topics explored through his work include nationality, pop culture, & video games.

    Artwork Title:

    Serpent Circuit

    Artwork Statement:

    Serpent Circuit is an abstract animation based on themes of racing culture at the Indy 500.

  • Rob Day
  • Madison Watson
  • Petronio Bendito
  • Randi Frye
  • Sasan Kayyod

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