030 Artist Tom Torluemke speaks about his work and how to push the boundaries


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Tom Torluemke (born, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Indiana based, contemporary American artist. His practice spans 30 years and includes works in painting, drawing, sculpture and installations in a variety of mediums. He is known for his powerful, no holds barred approach to subject matter relating to socio-political, ethical and humanistic themes.

Solo and group exhibition highlights include: “Fearsome Fable – Tolerable Truth” at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; “After Glow” at The Chicago Cultural Center; “The Inland See: Contemporary Art Around Lake Michigan”, curated by James Yood; “Critic’s Choice” at Jan Cicero Gallery in Chicago; “Present” at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; “In the Company of Strangers” at the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, Indiana; “Bounce” at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana; “Peace in the Arts” Baíhai International Peace Conference in San Francisco; “The Alabama Watercolor Society Exhibition” at the Birmingham Museum of Art; and the “In Indiana” series at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

In 2013, he was a featured speaker at TEDx PurdueU at Purdue University. In 2008, he was a winner of the Great Ideas Competition of the Arts Council of Indianapolis with his project “Light The Way” completed in December 2008 and named a recipient of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (Central Indiana Community Foundation) for the period of April 2007 – April 2008.

With over 20 public art commissions throughout the Midwest, they serve as a testament to the relevance and scope of his ideas, and his ability to present them in a meaningful context within their communities.

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Photo: Opera Scenery – Tosca, Lincoln Opera, circa 1989 – 90
Indianapolis Central Library, Special Collections Room.

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2 Replies to “030 Artist Tom Torluemke speaks about his work and how to push the boundaries”

  1. I listened to both Linda and Tom’s Podcasts here on the Art Nxt Level and I thoroughly enjoy them. When I heard how Tom works and he’s thought process I had an overwhelming feeling of not being alone in how I response to life with my own collage work. So Grateful to hear about other artists. I listen to the Podcasts while I work on my own artwork in the studio…for sure it keeps me inspired. Looking forward to see Tom’s work in person soon.

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