Meet Asa Gauen


The Harrison Center is pleased to announce a new addition to our community of Indy artists. Asa Gauen, a videographer and the mastermind behind our HCA Studio Visits series, has decided to plant his artistic roots in Studio #75, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him!  As an Indianapolis native, Gauen recently made his way back to the Hoosier state after an 11-year hiatus from his work in the Heartland. It seems Indiana was calling him back home. (It also helps that his girlfriend was calling him home, too!)


Gauen received a degree in photography from IU (coincidentally graduating the year the digital camera came out). He then made his way east to the Big Apple where he pursued a career in commercial photography. “I photographed for ad campaigns with companies like Neutrogena, and L’Oreal, but I was drawn to the idea of working with a narrative structure. I eventually got bored and decided it was time for grad school,” he said. “I attended the School of Visual Arts and got my MFA in computer art, which opened up doors to animation, video, and 3D animation…things like that.”   In his pursuit of working with a narrative structure, Gauen and his cousin founded the multimedia storytelling series Start the Car. The Start the Car event brings storytellers together with their audience, and with the help of animation and other visual aids it creates an intimate, unparalleled narrative experience (think The Moth podcast meets PowerPoint). Be on the lookout for one of these bad boys coming your way in the near future.   Gauen is still figuring out how to set up his studio space, but he’s glad to be back in Indiana, and we’re thankful to have him!