The content of my work deals with the systems that we use to attempt to find order in the world. The stories we construct to explain the phenomena of the natural environment form a narration of our relationship to larger ideas. I try to depict the abstract ideas that are associated with concepts of time, natural events and how we visualized our relative physical position in our world. I like to play with visual illusions that mimic the tricks we use to tell ourselves that we know what is going on.


  • Master of Fine Arts, Indiana State University, 1995
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Herron School of Art, IUPUI, 1983


  • Inspiration: Foundations, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, 2016
  • Guilt by Association, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, 2015
  • IMOCA vs Hoosier Salon, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. Indianapolis IN, 2015
  • 431 Gallery, Art and Impact, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
  • Tiny II, 924 Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, 2013
  • Solo Exhibit, Free Fall, Indiana University East Gallery, Richmond, IN, 2012
  • Solo Exhibit, Night Driving, Dewclaw Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, 2012
  • Herron Draws, Marsh Project Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, 2007
  • Group Invitational, 60th Anniversary of IU Kokomo Gallery, Kokomo, IN, 2005
  • Timepiece, Invitational Exhibition, Herron School of Art, IUPUI. 2004-5
  • Two Person Exhibit, Conduit, Greg Hull and Anita Giddings, Indiana University, Kokomo Gallery, Kokomo, Indiana, 2004
  • Solo Exhibition, Inland Sea, Four Star Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2001
  • Featured Artist, In Indiana Exhibit, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Indiana, 2000
  • Invitational Exhibition, American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC, 2000


  • Chi Sherman, 15 Vonneguts, Blue Sky Window, July 7, 2014,
  • Dan Grossman, Review: Paintings by Anita Giddings, Nuvo Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN, April 9, 2012
  • Julianna Thibodeaux, Polished Expressions, Nuvo Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN, January 19, 2005, p.23
  • Julianna Thibodeaux, Herron Gallery’s Curtain Call, Nuvo Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN, November 3, 2004, p.22
  • S.L Berry, Herron has influenced the art world, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, October 24, 2004
  • Matt Arant, Next in the Gallery: Eye Bending Art, Sagamore, Indianapolis, IN, October 20, 2004, p.11
  • Julie Pratt McQuiston, ‘Sea to Sky to Earth ‘ Nuvo Newsweekly, Indianapolis, Indiana, January 2-9, 2002, p.20


  • Baugh, Stephanie and Baugh, Brian, editors. “Inspiration Foundations”, Proceedings and Exhibition Catalogue, FATE Regional Conference, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL
  • Stone, Sherry and Giddings, Anita. Pastels for Dummies, Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Publishing, 2010
  • Oil Painting for Dummies, Indianapolis, Indiana, Wiley Publishing, 2008
  • Path to Content and Identity, Art and Story: 18th Annual Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York. 2004