‘Heritage Spectrum 10 Years Later’ exhibition continues Herron’s diversity legacy

INDIANAPOLIS — An upcoming exhibition of work by 14 students at Herron School of Art Fallen Shells- Asia Atkinson Imageand Design continues a tradition that dates back to a 1996 Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibition recognizing four outstanding African-American artists who attended Herron.

“Heritage Spectrum 10 Years Later” runs March 18 through May 29 at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, 650 W. Washington St., in White River State Park. The art includes charcoal, oil, pencil and pastel drawings; digital prints; ceramic and video items; and furniture.

Vance Farrow, an associate professor at Herron, worked with ISM fine arts curator Mark Ruschman and Kisha Tandy, assistant curator for history and culture at the museum, to coordinate the exhibition, which represents diversity among Herron’s student body.

The museum is presenting this exhibition in conjunction with its Indiana bicentennial celebration, “200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy.”

“The exhibition covers artwork from the freshman to the graduate level and represents every studio major that Herron offers,” Farrow said. “That these students have an opportunity to exhibit in such an important venue significantly contributes to their development and speaks to the caliber of their work. It is wonderful to see them celebrated in such a forum.”

“Heritage Spectrum Ten Years Later” honors Herron’s past while celebrating its present.

In 1996, an IMA exhibit titled “A Shared Heritage: Art by Four African Americans” spotlighted the work of African-American Herron alumni John Wesley Hardrick, William Majors, William Edouard Scott and Hale Aspacio Woodruff, all of whom looked to their culture and experiences for inspiration. “A Shared Heritage” led to the creation of the ongoing Shared Heritage Scholarship Fund at Herron, which supports minority students and diversity in art education.

In 2006, the Indiana State Museum invited Herron students to follow in the footsteps of Hardrick, Majors, Scott and Woodruff and create art based on their life experiences for an exhibit titled “Heritage Spectrum.”

As the name implies, “Heritage Spectrum 10 Years Later” celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 2006 exhibit, and it features students who are following the path blazed by the students in that exhibit, Farrow said.

The “200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy” exhibition, a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, runs March 19 through Oct. 2 at the Indiana State Museum. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50 to $13. Admission is free for museum members. Call 317-232-1637 for more information.

Reiberg Reading Series | Featuring Poet Diane Seuss

Date: April 7, 2016Diane Seuss Image
Time: 7:30-9:00 pm
Location: Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI Library, IUPUI, 755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Click here to get your free tickets.

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Department of English present the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series featuring Diane Seuss.

Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956 and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Seuss is the author of three books of poetry: Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press, 2015); Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010); and It Blows You Hollow (New Issues Press, 1998). She received the Juniper Prize for Poetry for Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open. Seuss served as the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the English department at Colorado College in 2012 and is currently writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, where she has been on the faculty since 1988.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series comes from the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Entanglement Series | How Do We (re)Make Our Planet?

Date: April 12, 2016Professor James Syvitski Image
Time: 7:30PM-9:00PM
Location: Indianapolis Central Library, Clowes Auditorium

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute presents The Entanglements Series:

How have humans reshaped our planet?  Professor Stephanie Kane Image
How do we address the social and environmental consequences of our carbon economy?
What will the future of planet earth look like?

James Syvitski and Stephanie Kane visit Indianapolis on April 12 for the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute’s Entanglements Series. Entanglements brings together scientists, humanists, and artists to discuss “big questions” that affect all of us.

James Syvitski , Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System and the former Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, will join Stephanie Kane, ethnographer and ecologist of the IU School of Global and International Studies, in a conversation that will take us on a journey to answer one of humanity’s most pressing questions: “how do we (re)make our planet?”

Over the course of this evening, Syvitski and Kane will discuss climate change, environmental justice, and how the relationship between biology, society, culture, and technology determines the future of humanity. This will be an event that changes the way you think about your place in the world.

James Syvitski

Professor James (Jai) Syvitski received doctorate degrees (Oceanography & Geological Science) from the University of British Columbia in 1978. James held various appointments within Canadian universities (1978-95) and while working as a Senior Research Scientist within the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1981-95). James was Director of INSTAAR – a University of Colorado Institute from 1995-2007, and presently holds CU faculty appointments in Geological Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Atmosphere & Ocean Sciences, Hydrological Sciences, and Geophysics. Professor Syvitski is presently Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, an international effort in 68 countries to develop, support, and disseminate integrated computer models to the broader Geoscience community.  Jai chaired ICSU’s International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (2011-16) which provided essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change. Professor Syvitski received the Royal Society of Canada 2009 Huntsman Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Marine Science, is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and will accept the SEPM Francis Shepard Medal and an Honorary Doctor of Science in Sustainability from Newcastle University in 2016.

Stephanie Kane

Professor Stephanie Kane received her doctorate degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Previously an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Gender Studies at IU Bloomington, Professor Kane is currently a Professor in the Department of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies. Stephanie is a cultural anthropologist and ecologist whose ethnographic work brings social science and humanities perspectives into the domains of science and technology. She researches, writes, and teaches about environmental and social justice with a focus on urban water issues. Her current work in the Port City Water Project focuses on urban water ecology, infrastructure, and culture in Latin America and Asia. Her recent scholarly writing has been published by Temple University Press (Where Rivers Meet the Sea: A Political Ecology of Water, 2012), as journal articles (in Human Organization, PoLAR: Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology, Crime Media Culture, Journal of Folklore Research) and as chapters in edited volumes (Comparative Decision Making, Oxford; Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology). Kane also experiments with modes of visual representation that combine text with photography and drawing.

This event is a collaboration between the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI School of Science, Indiana Humanities, and the Indianapolis Public Library.

Film Screening | Horizons about Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir with Filmmaker Frank Cantor

Date: March 30, 2016Frank Cantor Image
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall

Documentary filmmaker Frank Cantor will screen his film Horizons, about world-renowned Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Basile Auditorium.

The visit and talk coincide with the installation of Thórarinsdóttir’s work by the same title on the IUPUI Campus at the northwest corner of New York and Blackford streets.

Cantor is a documentary filmmaker who specializes in stories about artistic collaboration. His current project for The National Gallery of Australia is The Art of Collaboration, a series of ten behind-the-scenes portraits of artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler and Jim Rosenquist.

Cantor’s films have garnered nation al and international awards including seven CINE Golden Eagles, a Peabody Award, The Grand Prize from the Berlin International Film Festival, the Edward R. Murrow Award for distinguished journalism, and a Masters Award from the International CINE Festival.

IUPUI to host program of digital tech courses geared for humanities scholars

INDIANAPOLIS — Undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty, and staff Logo courtesy of http://www.dhtraining.org/hilt/looking to expand their use of digital skills or to develop new tools for humanities research are invited to enroll in the 2016 Humanities Intensive Learning & Training Institute.

Registration is now open for the institute, which will take place on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus June 13-16.

The Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching Institute, or HILT, offers participants the opportunity to enroll in one of 11 four-day digital technology courses geared for humanities projects and research.

“The goal of the HILT program is to educate participants in the possible technologies, methods, best practices and the like,” said Jennifer Guiliano, institute co-director and assistant professor of history in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. “HILT offers focused attention that allows participants to finish the institute with concrete steps to take to move one’s research forward.”

Five of the 11 four-day courses offered are:

In addition to the four-day courses, this year’s HILT will present mini-courses and Indianapolis excursions on Friday, June 17. Topics for the mini-courses and excursions, open to all HILT attendees, will be announced in April.

Registration fees are $550 for students, $775 for early-career scholars and cultural heritage professionals, and $975 for others.

Discounts for groups of five or more are also available. IUPUI campus housing, located in University Hall, is available for an additional fee.

HILT 2016 is sponsored by the Center for Digital Scholarship at the IUPUI University Library, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, and MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University.

See the website for registration and additional information, including a complete listing of courses and a day-by-day schedule.

Anila Agha’s ArtPrize winner ‘Intersections’ to go on display locally

INDIANAPOLIS — Immaculate beauty.Anila Agha Intersections Image Courtesy of ArtPrize

That’s how Anila Quayyum Agha describes magnificent works of art that have the power to “bring you to tears and laughter at the same time,” such as a glorious sunset or the Grand Canyon at sunrise.

Those words also describe “Intersections,” the 2014 ArtPrize-winning sculpture created by Agha, an associate professor of drawing in the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The sculpture goes on public display Saturday at the Indiana State Museum.

Imagine a single lightbulb inside a cube made of six 6.5 ft.-square panels of wood with intricate laser cutouts and hung from a ceiling. When the light is on, the sculpture floods the room with lace-like shadows resembling architectural motifs found in mosques. That is “Intersections.”

“Intersections” cast its spell over visitors at the 2014 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, winning both the public and jury awards. The piece has taken the art-and-museum world by storm since earning Agha, who was born in Pakistan, an unprecedented $300,000 in that international competition:

  • The Indiana State Museum is exhibiting the original sculpture March 19 through May 8 as part of the museum’s celebration of the Indiana bicentennial.
    This is the first time the artwork has been displayed publicly in Indiana.
  • National Geographic posted online a video documentary filmed when the original sculpture was exhibited in Houston’s Rice University Art Gallery.
  • A steel replica, “Edition No. 1,” is on display through July 10 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. The exhibit opened Feb. 6. “Inspired by
    traditional Islamic architectural motifs, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s laser-cut steel lantern conjures the design of the Alhambra
    Palace in Granada, Spain, a historic site of cross-cultural intersection where a thousand years ago Islamic and Western cultures thrived in
    coexistence,” reads the museum abstract.
  • A second steel version was displayed in Valladolid, Spain, as part of “Fear Nothing, She Says: When Art Reveals Mystic Truths,” a group show of
    contemporary artists at the Museo Nacional de San Gregorio (National Museum of Sculpture) Nov. 18 to Feb. 28.

It is an artist’s dream to create a work that stands out in its space. Agha’s “Intersections” transforms an entire room.

Her intent was to create a place where everyone was welcome, “a place to pray, a place to laugh, a place to dance, stand, and talk for everyone — gay, Muslim, Christian, Jewish,” the professor said.

“I knew I had built something sound, elegant, meaningful and with a lot of potential,” said Agha, an associate professor of drawing at Herron. “But I had no idea it would garner the kind of following it has over time.”

In fact, recognition of the genius of her creation was slow. She first entered the piece in an online art contest. Although the image went viral, it didn’t even make it into the contest’s top three.

A small sculpture — which served as the model as Agha figured out the dimensions for the prizewinner — hangs from the ceiling of her living room, which has walls clad with the original art of friends.

In her self-standing studio at her near-downtown Indianapolis home, a “remix” of the artistic concept, titled “All the Flowers Are for Me,” is under fabrication.

Other works in progress in the studio include intricate drawings made with tiny beads sewn onto paper using metallic thread.

Agha was a fifth-grader when she first thought of being an artist. She had completed a watercolor painting of a sunset as a classroom assignment.

“My teacher looked at it and said, ‘Wow, this is beautiful,'” Agha said. “That stayed with me.”

“Intersections” will be on display March 19 through May 8 in the East Wing Gallery on the first floor of the museum. The sculpture is among the “200 Years” public art installations, all of which will be on view free to the public.

The “200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy” exhibit, a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, runs March 19 through Oct. 2 at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8.50 to $13. For more information, call 317-232-1637.

An opening reception for “200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy,” takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 18. Limited tickets, $45 each, will be available for purchase at the door.

For interviews with Agha, contact Diane Brown at habrown@iu.edu or 317-274-2195.

Deadline Extended | Application Process Open for 2016-2017 Charles R. Bantz Fellowship

Deadline: April 1, 2016; 3:00 PMCharles Bantz Image
Application here.

In recognition of the leadership and contributions of Charles R. Bantz to the IUPUI campus and Indianapolis community, in 2015 IUPUI established the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship. This fellowship reflects Charles Bantz’s dedication to research that creates university-community partnerships and results in community impact. The Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship aligns with IUPUI’s strategic goals to deepen IUPUI’s commitment to community engagement (see strategic plan). The Bantz Community Fellowship is funded through charitable gifts and campus support and is jointly supported by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Office of Community Engagement.

The goal of the Bantz Community Fellowship is to support community-engaged research and scholarly activities that:

  • reinforce and deepen campus-community engagement and research partnerships;
  • leverage the knowledge, skills, and innovative talents of IUPUI faculty, students, and community partner(s) in a year-long scope of work that is of mutual value and interest;
  • result in meaningful community impact.

Proposals may be submitted by IUPUI Lecturer, Tenured, Tenure-Track, and Clinical Faculty. Selection Guidelines and a downloadable application for the 2016-2017 Charles R. Bantz Fellowship are now available at: Charles R. Bantz Fellowship Application Link.

Applications are due by 3:00 pm, Friday April 1, 2016. Please submit a PDF of all materials to Teresa A. Bennett, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, tkbennet@iupui.edu.

For further information about the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship please contact Dr. Julie Hatcher, Executive Director, Center for Service and Learning; jhatcher@iupui.edu, or Teresa A. Bennett, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, tkbennet@iupui.edu, 317-278-9173.

New Joint NEH and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship Opportunity Encourages Digital Research In the Humanities

WASHINGTON (February 29, 2016) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) NEH Logoand the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the two largest funders of humanities research in the United States, today announced a new joint fellowship opportunity to support high-quality “born digital” research in the humanities.

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication seek to encourage scholars engaged in humanities research that requires digital formats and digital publication. Eligible projects must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. For example, for scholarship in fields like art history, musicology, or media studies, an interactive digital publication may allow the author to use multimedia to make arguments or illustrate critical points that would be otherwise difficult or impossible in traditional print formats.

“Over the past five decades NEH and the Mellon Foundation have supported some of the most important books in the humanities through our respective fellowship programs,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “Today we are pleased to join together to help foster new forms of scholarship that take advantage of the unique possibilities afforded by digital tools, formats, and methods. Our hope is to spur innovation and experimentation that will take humanities research beyond the printed page.”

“Research in the humanities is increasingly exploring the richness of human expression in digital form and in audio and visual materials, which can be represented digitally but not so easily in print,” said Earl Lewis, Mellon Foundation president. “Scholars are also recognizing the need to reach audiences using new digital media. These digital publication fellowships are designed to help scholars in the humanities both convey the results of their research on new media and reach new audiences.”

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are designed for individual researchers and scholars and support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $4,200 per month, with a maximum stipend of $50,400 for a twelve-month period.

Application guidelines for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are available at neh.gov. The application deadline for the initial cycle of NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication is April 28.

The NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication special opportunity is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Founded in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Additional information is available at mellon.org


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: neh.gov.

Symposium | E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching

Date: Friday, March 25, 2016Randy Bass Image
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: IUPUI Campus Center
Register here.

Join faculty from across the state of Indiana in a discussion of teaching and learning at the 2016 E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching in the IUPUI Campus Center. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Stephen Fox ImageEducation and Professor of English at Georgetown University. His talk is entitled “Liberal Education Re-Bound: Designing Learning in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem.” This year’s plenary speaker is Dr. Stephen Fox, Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing at IUPUI. His talk is entitled “Audiences, Purposes, and Projects: Making Writing Assignments Matter.”

For full session and schedule information as it becomes available, please visit website and click the appropriate tab.

Faculty-Led Workshops:

  • Teaching with Student Texts: Employing Digital Technologies and Learning Outcomes – Andre Buchenot, IU School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis
  • The Privileged Status of Story: Using Story Structure in Course and Lesson Design For Engagement – Ryan Erbe, Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis
  • Multicultural Competence 101 – Paul Porter, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Reading Compliance without Quizzes: A Discussion Strategy for Engaging Students— Linda Wright-Bower, IU Department of Music, Fort Wayne

Keynote: Liberal Education Re-Bound: Designing Learning in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem by Dr. Randy Bass

How might the new digital context—the whole of the emerging learning ecosystem—help us make higher education widely available to and meaningful for an expanded population of college students? Designing for that question compels us to look beyond the impulse to scale or automate current practices to a broader paradigm for learning, one that is native to this moment and is focused on the kind of graduates we are trying to produce for the year 2025 or 2030 or beyond. This keynote presentation will explore concrete approaches to this challenge through the lens of educating the whole person, where the role of digitally-enhanced learning is much broader than teaching targeted knowledge and skills. Approaches to educating the whole person ask that we join the best of what we know about deep and durable learning with the capacities that are intrinsic to the emerging digital ecosystem.

Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), and he also served as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. He is currently a Senior Scholar with the American Association for Colleges and Universities.

When registering for the symposium, participants can opt to attend one of the faculty-led workshops listed above. The workshops will run from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. (You can change your workshop selection at a later date by cancelling your original event registration, re-registering, and selecting another workshop to attend.)