Chicqiela Elbert-Velazco

Chicqiela Elbert-Velazco is a retired teacher who taught art at Anderson Community School Corporation from 1976 to 2006. She also worked as a substitute art teacher for 10 years and two years as an adjunct art professor at Anderson University. She continues to teach art classes for nonprofit organizations on occasion. She is currently devoting more time to creating her own art in her home studio located in Alexandria, IN. She is influenced by her rural surroundings and animals and prefers drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and lampwork glass beads to create her images.


Chicqiela graduated from Wes-Del High School in Gaston, IN in 1969. She went to Ball State University in 1969 to study art and earned her BS degree in Art Education in 1973 and her MS degree in 1977. She has shown her art in numerous shows and galleries in Indiana and received awards. She received two Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Grants to study how cultures influence arts in 1995 and for purchasing printmaking supplies and an etching press in 2005.

“Art should be unique and reflect an artist’s personal eccentricities and cultural influences.”


“Show Whites”

Pencil drawing of Saneen dairy goats in a showmanship class at the Indiana State Fair. Within 2 years it was accepted in several Indiana shows and won cash awards for drawing in the Hoosier Salon and at the State Fair.

2021 MAG Annual Show Award Recipient


Zzzzz, Photography

1st Place 

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Frottage Collage of Masks, Drawing

3rd Place - Photo Pending

Canoeing on the White River, Photography

Honorable mention 

2020 MAG Annual Show Award Recipient

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Rough Around- Acrylics

Honorable Mention

Out of Control - Mixed Media

1st Place and Merchant Award