Who We Are
IX Arts is the organization behind a range of projects designed to enhance popular and critical appreciation of contemporary imaginative realism. Initially founded as the home of the annual IX show, since 2008 IX Arts has branched out into other areas, including museum and gallery exhibitions, books, and the virtual IX Gallery – the world’s only gallery exclusively dedicated to imaginative realism.
Under the watchful guidance of co-founders Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, IX Arts has grown into an organization recognized internationally as a leader in the contemporary imaginative realist movement, and within the broader contemporary realism art world, partnering with organizations such as the Art Renewal Center, Abend Gallery, and the Delaware Art Museum to help bring recognition to imaginative realism as the cutting edge of contemporary realist art.
IX Arts Staff
Jeannie Wilshire is the beautiful co-founder of IX Arts and is responsible for all activities requiring charm, grace, good sense, empathy, and creativity.
Patrick Wilshire is a co-founder of IX Arts and is responsible for writing Jeannie’s blurb. He enjoys listening to music, playing video games, and sleeping indoors.
IX, Head Minion
Brian Frank brings his extensive knowledge of framing, joinery, and being really, really strong to bear on challenges large and small as IX’s on-site manager.
Brian Walters is totally not afraid of high ladders and shares the same first name as our Head Minion, allowing our artists to only have to remember one name to yell for during setup.
IX, Head of IT
Mike heads up Metropolis Creative, teaches, paints, and brews beer. It’s like the gods decided to create IX in human form.
IX, VP of Security & Leftover Management
Kerberos Wilshire is the head of the Security Division as well as Vice-President of Leftover Management. In his previous life he ate sticks.
IX, VP of Donor Relations
Ruishi Wilshire is in charge of Donor Relations and Gifting. She trains daily by convincing Kerberos to donate his antler and horn chews to her. She also has lovely eyelashes and tiny teeth that can cut diamonds.
IX, Shenanigans Coordinator
Achsa, an ER nurse, is the perfect Shenanigans Coordinator; she can get you dancing on the tables AND stabilize any broken limbs that result.
Seth Polansky, Esq.
IX, Legal Council
We know a lot of lawyers, but Seth is the only one who will work for Magic cards. Any lawyer who can be retained with a foil Goyf is OK in our book.
IX, Head of Video Production
Brian Stillman brings a lifetime of video production experience to his role at IX, plus an encyclopedic knowledge of DUNE memorabilia. Seriously. You can’t put a price on that.
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main show Artists
Artists are selected from submissions each year by a rotating panel of judges. This is a traditional media exhibition, featuring over 90 artists showing their work across 18,000 square feet and three floors of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.