Artists & Sponsors

Click on a Sponsors below to find out about them. Or click on the links to their Web sites to find out even more. For the Artists, roll over the colored squares below in order to see the bios & statements of the Artists, but click on the squares to see some of the photos of the brains while the artists were working on them. Move your cursor on the image to see the text when it comes up. There is also an advance arrow to allow you to move through all of the images.



#1: Indiana University Health Bloomington

Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital has provided leading care to south central Indiana for more than 105 years. As a not-for-profit organization, IU Health Bloomington serves a patient base of more than 415,000 people in 10 south central Indiana counties. It holds Magnet designation as well as Primary Stroke Center certification, is an accredited Chest Pain Center, and received approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer.

As the only nationally recognized healthcare system in Indiana, IU Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – and the depth of experience from the most complete network of highly skilled specialty and primary care physicians, gives IU Health unparalleled strength in delivering assurance to patients.

#1: Indiana University
Health Bloomington

Carol Hedin


#2: Centerstone

Centerstone is a not-for-profit organization, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and related educational programs to individuals of all ages and their families. With a history that spans more than five decades and an operating budget of $48,435,463, the Centerstone network includes more than 60 facilities across 17 Indiana counties throughout south and central Indiana and operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. Centerstone serves more than 24,000 people each year.

Our service goes beyond diagnosis and treatment. Centerstone programs also help individuals rebound from adversity, build on their strengths and achieve their life goals. We seek to identify new treatments with the hope of eliminating mental illness by participating in groundbreaking research studies with leading universities across the nation. The CARF International Accreditation underscores our commitment to providing unmatched quality of care and a diverse continuum of services. For those who need us most, we are dedicated to providing for unmet mental healthcare needs within the communities we serve.

#2: Centerstone

Amy Brier & Ivy Tech Arts 211-212 Students


#3: Southern Indiana Radiological Associates

Southern Indiana Radiological Associates, Inc. (SIRA) is proud to have served Bloomington and the surrounding communities with excellent x-ray and interventional services for over fifty years. All of our radiologists are board certified and many have subspecialty training, such as Neuroradiology, enabling them to provide comprehensive and timely reports to the ordering provider. We also have the ability to share images with any location by access through our Indiana PACS. At SIRA Imaging Center, LLC, we offer convenient appointments for all modalities and walk-in service for general x-ray with minimal waiting time. The imaging center has attained accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) in CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, PET CT, and Ultrasound. In addition, SIRA has fulfilled requirements for National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and has also been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence by the ACR. More information can be obtained by calling (812) 333-7676.

#3: Southern Indiana 
Radiological Associates

Gabrièle Abowd Damico & Lara Lynn Weaver


#4: Bloomingfoods Market & Deli

Bloomingfoods Market and Deli is a natural foods grocery cooperative operating three retail outlets and a commissary kitchen in Bloomington, Indiana. Now in our 36th year, we are owned and democratically governed by the members of almost 10,000 households in the Bloomington area (and even a few from around the world). Our co-op prides itself on being southern Indiana’s preeminent retail provider of nutritious and high quality foods. Bloomingfoods is particularly distinguished by its commitment to seven internationally recognized co-op principles:

• Voluntary and Open Membership
• Democratic Member Control
• Member Economic Participation
• Autonomy and Independence
• Education, Information, and Training
• Cooperation Among Our Fellow Cooperatives
• Concern for Community

Guided by these principles, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli is a local leader not only in grocery sales, but also in sustainable agriculture, consumer education regarding nutrition and health, assistance to local food pantries and community kitchens, and support for the local arts community. With approximately 250 employees, we are also one of Monroe County’s leading employers.

#4: Bloomingfoods Market & Deli

Bonnie Gordon-Lucas


#5: Lotus World Music Festival (in memory of Kat Domingo)

Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital has provided leading care to south central Indiana for more than 105 years. As a not-for-profit organization, IU Health Bloomington serves a patient base of more than 415,000 people in 10 south central Indiana counties. It holds Magnet designation as well as Primary Stroke Center certification, is an accredited Chest Pain Center, and received approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer.

As the only nationally recognized healthcare system in Indiana, IU Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – and the depth of experience from the most complete network of highly skilled specialty and primary care physicians, gives IU Health unparalleled strength in delivering assurance to patients.

#5: Lotus World Music Festival
(in memory of Kat Domingo)

Merridee LaMantia & Jill Bolte Taylor


#6: Home Instead Senior Care Bloomington
(sponsored by Janet Barrows)

To you, it’s about finding trustworthy care for your aging loved one. To us, it’s about providing the highest-quality home care services to fit you and your family’s needs.

The 85-and-older population is expected to more than triple between 2008 and 2050 in the United States alone. This staggering statistic not only proves the growing need for elderly home care, but also the fact that thousands of families are facing the same critical decisions.

The Bloomington, Indiana independently owned franchise office has been serving the local community since 2002. We are devoted to providing the highest-quality senior home care. Our compassionate Home Instead Caregivers are an invaluable resource in helping families eliminate worry, reduce stress, and reestablish personal freedom. From Alzheimer’s and dementia support to respite care and companionship, we are ready to help you through this difficult time. To us, your families’ care is personal.

#6: Home Instead
Senior Care Bloomington
(sponsored by Janet Barrows)

Gail Gayer Hale


#7: Cook Group, Inc.

As global pioneers in developing medical devices included many breakthrough technologies, Cook Group medical companies are committed to creating innovative medical solutions that benefit millions of patients worldwide. Building upon deep experience in development and manufacturing, the organization utilizes multiple technology platforms including pharmaceuticals and biomaterials to expand its product offering with combination products to create novel solutions through their convergence. Cook offers more than 16,000 products to serve more than 40 different specialties of medicine. Cook Group is privately held with more than 10,000 employees around the world. For more information, visit

#7: Cook Group, Inc.

Yara Clüver & Althea Crome


#8: WFHB (sponsored by Dr. Becky Allmon)

WFHB (Bloomington Community Radio) is a 501(c)3 non-profit operating as a low-barrier community media center, with a mission to celebrate and increase the local cultural diversity and provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas and issues. Broadcasting from a historic firehouse in downtown Bloomington, Indiana, WFHB is listener-supported and volunteer-powered, run by nearly 200 volunteers working on the air and behind the scenes. The station accomplishes its mission through an eclectic music mix of free-form DJ programming, live music, and audio theater events, award-winning news and public affairs programming, involvement of youth and senior citizens in programming and operations, involvement of ethnically and socially diverse populations in news and information programming unique in the region, and media support of social service agencies. WFHB will celebrate its 20th birthday in 2013, broadcasting on four FM signals to a six-county listening area and streaming around the world.

#8: WFHB
(sponsored by Dr. Becky Allmon)

Melissa Johnson


#9: Dr. Lisa Baker & Dr. Barb Siwy

Dr. Lisa Baker graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1989 and has been serving patients in Bloomington, Indiana since that time. Her dental practice extends into many aspects of Dentistry, including but not limited to endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and cosmetic dental procedures. As a lifelong resident of Bloomington, Dr. Baker feels a strong tie to the Bloomington community. She enjoys giving back through support of many non-profit organizations, such as Girls, Inc., Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Lotus. Dr. Baker has maintained general dental practice because she enjoys the variety and the opportunity to impact the lives of entire families as she helps them to better dental health. We are committed to providing our patients with the most knowledgeable family dental care using the latest technology available. If you are looking for a progressive dentist with traditional values, you’ve come to the right place!

Dr. Barbara K. Siwy is a native Hoosier, graduated from Indiana University (B.A. 1975, M.D. 1980). She has never left the ethics of the heartland behind and feels that each patient deserves to be treated kindly, honestly. and with respect. She recognizes the natural beauty within all of us. Promoting that unique, natural beauty is the goal of her practice. In a comfortable office setting, Dr. Siwy takes her time evaluating each patient, helping them choose procedures specific to their needs. She feels that excellent results should be obtained with minimal risk and discomfort. Dr. Siwy is surrounded by a warm, caring staff that is available for you and respects your confidentiality at all times. Dr. Siwy specializes in Plastic Surgery using her skills to artfully reshape the soft tissues of the breast, face, and body. She has offices located in Carmel and Bloomington. (317) 876-7777

#9: Dr. Lisa Baker & Dr. Barb Siwy

Amy Brier


#10: Rev. Dr. Hal Taylor on behalf of Trinity Episcopal Church

Hal Taylor is an ordained Episcopalian minister who tends regularly to the mentally ill and incarcerated populations in Bloomington, Indiana. He has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and has an existentialistic view of life whereby he believes we are each solely responsible for understanding that our lives have real meaning and it is important to live passionately and sincerely regardless of perceived obstacles and distractions including despair, angst, absurdity, alienation, and boredom.

Hal cares deeply about the understanding that life is a sheer gift and that it deserves to be celebrated. We are each worthy of being loved and when we project our own love out into the world we are united in brotherhood. Hal has sponsored this “Religion” brain for the Brain Extravaganza!, in the name of Trinity Episcopal Church, to bring awareness to the understanding that the ultimate goal of any religion should be our LOVE for one another.

#10: Rev. Dr. Hal Taylor on behalf
of Trinity Episcopal Church

Michele Gingras


#11: Mectra Labs

Mectra Laboratories Inc. was first established in May of 1988. Mectra manufactures a wide variety of laparoscopic disposable surgical instruments both as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and direct to hospitals. Our OEM department has been manufacturing, molding, packaging, and assembling devices for Richard Wolf Medical, WISAP Medical, Instrumed, Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health, and a wide number of distributors worldwide. We currently have 31 U.S. medical patents. Mectra manufactures both plastic/metal goods and liquid dispensing goods for a wide number of clients. The majority of our products are in the Laparoscopic Field. However, we also have been involved in devices in Cardiovascular, Brain Surgery, MRI, ENT, and any other field requested of us.

#11: Mectra Labs

Jill Bolte Taylor


#12: Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center

The IU Health Proton Therapy Center is a state-of-the-art center offering proton therapy: a highly precise treatment option for treating benign and cancerous tumors. It is one of only nine proton centers in the U.S., and treats patients with conditions of the head, neck, spine, and prostate. Children are at the heart of the practice and accounted for 30 percent of the patient population in 2011. The Proton Center is owned by IU Research and Technology Corporation and IU Health.

The mission of the IU Health Proton Therapy Center is to leverage our unique technology to improve our patients’ health, and promote innovation in education and research. Our highly skilled team members live this mission by delivering extraordinary care in a collaborative and compassionate environment. Our board-certified and experienced radiation oncologists are affiliated with the IU School of Medicine and are involved in leading-edge research. Because the IU Health Proton Therapy Center is part of Indiana’s largest healthcare network, and is aligned with the IU School of Medicine, patients benefit from the expertise of nationally ranked physicians, advanced technology, and a broad range of programs and services.

#12: Indiana University Health
Proton Therapy Center

Robin Ripley


#13: Indiana University Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

The mission of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is to lead scientific advances through state-of-the-art experimentation and theory with the goal of understanding how the entire brain-behavior system works, from molecular neuroscience to cognition to the social behavior of groups. Through the application of cutting-edge discoveries to real world problems, through the training of the next generation of scientists, and through training citizens who will apply their knowledge in many fields from medicine to industry to public service, the department accepts the responsibility to translate scientific knowledge into practical solutions for problems that impact human lives.

#13: Indiana University Department
of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Barb Bonchek & Harmony School Students


#14: Dr. Terri Brown

Dr. Terri Brown has sponsored this brain with the desire that people look at the brain and say “WOW.” Dr. Terri Brown is a Board Certified Family Physician currently serving as Medical Director of the Cook Family Health Center. She moved to Bloomington from Indianapolis in April 1999 to work at the Cook Clinic. She is originally from Evansville, Indiana and attended Purdue University for undergraduate study in Biology. Upon graduation from Purdue, she attended Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her Medical Degree in 1984. Residency training in Family Practice was completed in 1987 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana.

#14: Dr. Terri Brown 

Kurt Larsen


#15: Stone Age Institute

The Stone Age Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose missions are 1) to study the co-evolution of technology and the human species, including our bodies, brains, and cognition, and 2) to educate the public about their evolutionary origins.

The Stone Age Institute accomplishes these through:

• Archaeological fieldwork related to human origins around the world;
• Experimental studies of stone tool-making and tool-using, as well as tool-making by our closest living relatives, the apes;
• Studies of modern traditional societies (hunter-gatherers and horticulturalists), their tool use and adaptation;
• Studies of brain activity during tool-related activities;
• A series of books by the Stone Age Institute Press;
• A science education web site “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web” (, exploring the origins and evolution of our world over the past 13.7 billion years;
• Organizing public lectures, conferences, workshops, and symposia;
• Support of undergraduate and graduate students, research scientists, and educators;
• Outreach to schools, museums, companies, and other institutions.

#15: Stone Age Institute

Jon & Patricia Hecker


#16: WTIU (for Stone Belt)

WTIU is the PBS television station licensed to Indiana University. WTIU provides free content on four digital TV channels and on its Web site 24 hours a day, and produces local, regional and national programs.

From Sesame Street to The Friday Zone, we are America’s largest classroom. From The Weekly Special to Great Performances, we are the nation’s largest stage. And from IN Focus to Frontline and from local news to The PBS NewsHour, we are a trusted window to the world.

WTIU is much more than a TV station. We are a museum, a theatre, a concert hall, and a library rolled into one. No tickets are necessary, no one is charged. We challenge your mind, educating and informing you. We inspire, enlighten, and entertain you. We encourage everyone to Know More. Do More. Be More.

#16: WTIU (for Stone Belt)

Joe LaMantia


#17: Indiana University Departments of Kinesiology and Speech & Hearing

Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University: Our mission is to study human movement with the objectives of developing the body of knowledge, preparing scholars in this discipline, preparing professionals for their respective roles in society, and providing public service.

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University: Our mission is to serve the community by advancing innovative basic and applied research in communication sciences.

#17: Indiana University
Departments of Kinesiology
and Speech & Hearing

Joe LaMantia


#18: Dr. David E. Lawler

Dr. David Lawler sees patients from all over Indiana and surrounding states for the management of sleep apnea and snoring, as well as the management of chronic head, neck and TMJ pain. He helps patients with the following common symptoms:

• Poor sleep
• Snoring
• Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
• Headaches
• Migraines
• Temperomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
• Neck pain
• Swallowing and/or choking problems

Dr. Lawler is the only dentist in southern Indiana board certified in dental sleep medicine by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is the only certified Oral Systemic Balance (OSB) practitioner. This exclusive focus provides a unique set of services to effectively treat common, but often overlooked, symptoms that diminish both the quality and longevity of people’s lives. We help you feel better!

#18: Dr. David E. Lawler

David Ebbinghouse & Connor Ebbinghouse


#19: Pinnacle School

Pinnacle School and Learning Services helps struggling students become confident learners. Every child is different, and for many, a more traditional approach to learning is not the best fit. Teachers and tutors at Pinnacle individualize learning to help bright children who are not finding success. Pinnacle specializes in teaching students with information processing differences like dyslexia and dysgraphia, and students who benefit from more active, visual, hands-on learning.

Pinnacle is a non-profit, independent organization. The full-time accredited Pinnacle School serves students in grades K – 12, with exceptional teachers, strong academics, small classes, technology tools, and a brain-based curriculum. Pinnacle Learning Services offers after-school tutoring, summer programs, homeschool support, and workshops. Pinnacle’s Testing Center offers expert diagnostic assessments for learning difficulties for individuals ages 5 – 24 in pleasant, comfortable surroundings.

#19: Pinnacle School

Roger Meridith & Pinnacle School Students


#20: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
(sponsored by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor)

NAMI is the largest grassroots organization in the country, made up of over 220,000 families with a loved one who has a severe mental illness. There are over 1,100 local and state affiliates. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is the president of our local NAMI Greater Bloomington Area (GBA) affiliate.

The mission of NAMI GBA is to improve the quality of life for families of persons with severe mental illness and their ill family members through support, education, advocacy, research, and improved community services.

NAMI GBA accomplishes its mission through:
• Providing opportunities for educating the public and educating families
• Providing outreach and support to families in crisis
• Providing education for Crisis Intervention Training for the police
• Advocacy for better public policy
• Advocacy for improved community services
• Providing opportunities for restoring self-esteem
• Providing opportunities to participate in research

#20: NAMI, the National
Alliance on Mental Illness
(sponsored by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor)

Martina Celerin


#21: Dr. Norman J. Houze for Bloomington
Chiropractic Center

Dr. Norm Houze, and all the practitioners at the Bloomington Chiropractic Center, are the local brain-gang! For 35-years we have evaluated and treated brain and nervous system disorders with tremendous success on a daily basis. We utilize an array of innovative drugless and non-surgical methods including chiropractic medicine, alternative functional medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy, physical therapy and reflexology.

A healthy brain and spinal cord are highly dependent on their surrounding structure and internal biochemistry. When the bones of the spine, pelvis, and skull are mobilized and released from their distortions, the function of the brain and entire nervous system can be greatly improved. Also, when dietary excesses and environmental toxins are discovered and resolved, neurological symptoms often disappear and your health becomes more vibrant. Chiropractic is functional neurology. Nutrition is natural medicine. Both can make a healthier brain and a healthier YOU!

#21: Dr. Norman J. Houze
for Bloomington Chiropractic Center

Peter N. Gray


#22: Middle Way House
(sponsored by Carol Nicholas)

Sponsored by Carol Nicholas on behalf of Middle Way House. Middle Way House strives to end violence, both interpersonal and structural, in the lives of women and children by providing crisis intervention and emergency shelter, legal and personal advocacy, skill-building workshops, childcare and youth development programs, and affordable housing and employment opportunities to survivors of abuse; presenting violence prevention programs; networking with and training other first interveners; and contributing to civic discourse and participating in relevant study groups, task forces, and oversight committees to assure that survivors of abuse have a voice when policy is being formulated and practices reviewed.

#22: Middle Way House
(sponsored by Carol Nicholas)

Merridee LaMantia