Billy Hedel, a Chicago native, moved from New Orleans to Evansville in September 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. His first solo show, “Six Days in New Orleans and the Faces of Katrina” toured the Tri-State region the following year and garnered critical and popular acclaim. In the decade since Billy has established himself as one of Evansville’s most popular artists, especially as a documentarian of the city’s iconic architectural heritage and natural environment. His architectural portraits and story paintings are popular commissions and can be seen in several public spaces, including the Tropicana Hotel, HOPE of Evansville and the executive offices of the Old National Bank and Evansville Otters.Evansville Art Studio
Billy works in multiple media. His most enduring popular works are his acrylic paintings, pen and ink drawings, and wire sculptures. These are created in the second-floor studio of the historic Louise Kramer House in Blackford’s Grove where Billy lives and operates the first in-home gallery in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District. Billy and studio manager Tom Loesch, Jr. received the Preservation Alliance Award in 2007 for being ‘urban art pioneers’ and their
restoration/adaptive re-use of the city’s most historic Queen Anne Cottage (built in 1890). Visitors and clients peruse art and architecture in an intimate space that let’s them better imagine how Billy’s art will look in their own home or office.Evansville Art Studio
Billy’s Hedel’s Studio has been a focal point and champion of the Haynie’s Corner Arts District since its creation in 2006. Whether it is hosting community meetings, exhibiting the work of emerging artists, sponsoring artist work groups, or creating art experiences for children, public service is an important component of BHS&G. For this work Billy has been nominated for the Mayor’s Art Award (2009) and received the Celebration of Leadership Award (2011). Billy is the vice-chair of the Blackford’s Grove Neighborhood Association and vice-president of the Haynie’s Corner Arts District Association. The Peace Garden on the BHS&G property is open to the public and is home to an urban wildlife habitat, community outdoor bread oven, sculpture and garden art nestled among a variety of wildflowers and old perennials.Evansville Art Studio
Billy Hedel is also represented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.
916 SE Sixth Street
Evansville, Indiana 47713
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