IU Herron School of Art and Design
If art truly is in the eye of the beholder, then many of central Indiana’s art patrons are beholden to the eyes of David Russick, the curator and director of the Herron Galleries in Eskenazi Hall, the home of the renowned IU Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.
As curator, Russick supervises the exhibits that feature contemporary works from many of the world’s top artistic talents. Under his direction, Herron’s galleries have offered a wide range of artistic visions, from the paintings of rock-and-role legend John Mellencamp to the sculptures of former Herron student Don Gummer to the paintings and prints of famed artist Robert Rauschenberg.
Russick, who has headed the Herron Galleries for more than a decade, has helped establish the school and its galleries at the heart of the arts and cultural corridor in Indianapolis, even earning recognition as the “best gallery in the city.”
That position and the new building on the IUPUI campus helped the school generate private support for its galleries — once known as simply the Herron Gallery — and establish unique identities for four of the spaces set aside for exhibits. The Herron Galleries now include the Eleanor Prest Reese Gallery, the Robert B. Berkshire Gallery, plus one more as-yet-unnamed gallery space. Russick, a 2004 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellow, also supervises the Frank & Katrina Basile Gallery and the Marsh Gallery in other portions of Eskenazi Hall.
Russick also has a well-deserved artistic reputation of his own as a painter, whose work can be seen at the Byron Roche Gallery in Chicago. His work as curator also earned recent coverage by The Chicago Tribune for his supervision this fall of exhibits of two of Chicago’s best-known artists: Robert Lostutter at the Chicago Cultural Center and Ed Paschke at the Chicago History Museum.
On campus, Russick is a vital part of the artistic energy of Indianapolis as he blends Herron’s offerings with exhibits of White River State Park neighbors such as the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Indiana State Museum and the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions.