Herron’s first Indiana High School Art Invitational

Juniors from Carmel, Lafayette Jefferson and Lawrence Central high schools produced the top works in Herron’s first annual Indiana High School Art Invitational Exhibition. The prizewinners were announced during the opening reception on March 29. The works were on exhibit through April 17.

Art teachers of high school juniors throughout Indiana were invited to send the best examples of their students’ works for this first-ever, juried exhibition. Herron scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 went to the first, second and third place students, respectively. The top seven students also earned a scholarship to Honors Art and Design, taught at Herron over the summer. Teachers of the students each received a $200 scholarship toward a teacher’s workshop at Herron. Reception attendees had the opportunity to tour Eskenazi Hall and learn more about Herron’s nationally accredited, top-ranked programs and IUPUI campus life.

“Herron wants high school students to know that there are numerous opportunities for creative individuals pursuing education in art and design that lead to very successful careers,” said Herron’s Dean Valerie Eickmeier. “This invitational is one way to thank teachers and support students who want to follow their passion for art. The three judges, all Herron faculty members, were impressed by the overall quality of the work submitted. I am sure this annual exhibition will grow over time and help many students achieve their college goals.”

2014 Herron Open: Mini Golf, Mega Art fundraiser

Benefiting Herron art students.

Bringing together miniature golf and the visual arts, the HERRON OPEN: Mini Golf, Mega Art 
is Herron School of Art and Design’s signature fundraising event taking place the 
evening of June 7, 2014 from 6–9 p.m.

Pete and Alice Dye will serve as honorary co-chairs of the event. Pete, a legend in the field of golf course design and construction throughout the expanding world of golf, has been hailed as the father of modern golf course architecture. Alice, involved in the game of golf most of her life, is best known as a leader, a champion and an architect. Meet the couple who call Indianapolis their home at the VIP Reception from 5–6 p.m.

alice pete dye

Alice and Pete Dye.

Under the leadership of the HERRON OPEN chairs the Honorable Ezra “Zeke” and Linda Friedlander and co-chairs Cathy Springer Brown and Joyce Sommers, dozens of community volunteers will transform Eskenazi Hall into one of the most creative miniature golf courses you will ever play. The venue, complete with its multi-hole course will highlight Herron’s academic programs as the expected 300 guests “putt” through the one-of-a-kind holes, each uniquely created by Herron students and alumni.

Food, beverages, music and an innovation “art-meets-golf” silent auction will add to the festive atmosphere as miniature golfers and art connoisseurs travel throughout Indiana’s only professional school of art and design. The evening will culminate with the awarding of prizes. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarship support.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the HERRON OPEN event website.

Look/See 2014 at Herron

Look/See 2014
May 1, 2014
4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Look/See 2014, Herron’s biggest night of the academic year, recognizes the achievements of Herron’s graduating master’s degree candidates with the M.F.A. Exhibition, which will fill all the galleries in Eskenazi Hall and the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. Come celebrate with students, friends and family, faculty and guests.

The candidates, who come from nine states and represent Ceramics, Furniture Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture are: Steven S. Baker, Denise Conrady, Lauren Anne Davis, Michael Helsley, Melissa Michelle Hopson, Margaret Elizabeth Ingram, Sarah Kasch, Samuel R. Ladwig, C.J. Martin, John Collins McCormick, Hillary Russell, Marna Lee Shopoff, Freeland Southard, Bridgit Stoffer, Colin Tury, Stephanie Kristen Erin Wichman, Elizabeth Wierzbicki and David Woolf.

The Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony for undergraduate students and their families kicks off the celebration at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., beginning at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome.

May 1, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:

  • School-wide open houses at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., and Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1410 Indiana Ave.
  • The 2014 M.F.A. Exhibition
  • Chelsea Stillwell: Celebrating Her Artistic Life Memorial Exhibition, in the Photography Department
  • Tours of open studios
  • Food and entertainment

See the full program here.

‘Art & Copy’ film screening

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Basile Auditorium
Eskenazi Hall
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Art & Copy is a film about advertising and inspiration that reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time—people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry.

The film received an Emmy on PBS Independent Lens for Outstanding Arts and Cultural Programming and was a selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, 2009 Toronto Film Festival and its’ director, Doug Pray, won the Best Director of a Documentary at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Herron exhibition in•ter•sect /ˌintƏrˈsekt/ combines arts of performance, video, sound, sculpture

Herron Galleries offer a breath of fresh air at the intersection of live performance, video, sound and sculpture

The end of March at Herron will offer a breath of fresh air in the Basile Gallery through in•ter•sect /ˌintƏrˈsekt/, an exhibition opening March 28 that encompasses live performance, video, sound and sculpture.

Visiting artist Daniel Cosentino, who is currently exhibits internationally from his homes in Kosovo and New York, draws upon philosophy to make artworks that accentuate the double meanings introduced by these media. His work includes references to antiquity and historic iconography. He’ll be joined by special guests from Herron’s Advanced Digital photography class, under the direction of Herron Professor Stefan Petranek.

in•ter•sect /ˌintƏrˈsekt/ will include pre-, live and post-opening components that explore intimacy and emotional memory expressed through electronic and physical aspects of modern interpersonal relationships. The exhibition runs through April 17.

IUPUI student designs safe house for children in Swaziland

An interior design student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has designed a “safe house” that will be built to protect child-led families in the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa who desperately need safe places to live.

A full-sized section of the safe house, built by the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on February 18, at an exhibit of photographs that explores the lives of these children, “Hope Seekers: Survival of Southern African Child-Led Households in the Shadow of HIV.” The section of the safe house will be displayed in the main lobby at Hine Hall from February 19 – 25.

“The exhibit tells the stories of these children and really allows people to enter into an experience of gaining more of an intimate look at the child-led households in South Africa,” said Cynthia Prime, CEO of Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach. SOHO is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization taking a leading role in efforts to help educate, nurture and feed the child-led families.

The number of households in Swaziland led by children, some as young as 8, is mushrooming, resulting from an HIV/AIDS pandemic that is creating a new orphan every 14 seconds.

The 800-square-foot sustainable safe house will be constructed of local materials and feature a single sloping roof and a rainwater collection and filtration system. Safety features include windows placed high on the walls and an outdoor courtyard surrounded by high walls. Six orphan girls will live in the safe house that provides communal sleeping and living spaces.

In a written presentation of her design, Earley wrote that the children of Swaziland have very few adults to cherish and protect them from the dangers of their world. “This is why the sustainable housing units are such an important endeavor to start to build the nourishing community these children so desperately need. Building this groundwork to create a safe haven and a means to a more thriving reality is hopefully just the beginning for these six girls that will occupy this homestead.

“As AIDS cheats these kids of parents, it is common that the surviving family also will cheat them out of anything moveable or of value from their remaining homes,” Earley said. “Everything the children knew to be theirs is ripped away from them along with their parents. For this reason, it’s essential that furniture be built into the walls of the home or fixed together resulting in immobility. It is my goal that the young girls of the homestead will feel safe, secure and confident in their permanent dwelling.”

Herron exhibit provides intimate look at child-led households created by AIDS pandemic

“Hope Seekers: Survival of Southern African Child-Led Households in the Shadow of HIV”
February 5 – February 22, 2014
Marsh Gallery, Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. Michigan St.

The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Swaziland is creating an epidemic of its own — an exploding number of households in the South African kingdom that are headed by children, some as young as eight or nine.

Swaziland has the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS cases, with one in four people infected by the virus. The adult AIDS death rate results in a new orphan every 14 seconds – creating the phenomenon of child-led families.

Herron School of Art and Design on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus this month is hosting an exhibit of photographs exploring the lives of children in these families.

“It tells the stories of these children and really allows people to enter into an experience of gaining more of an intimate look at the child-led households in South Africa,” said Cynthia Prime, CEO of Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach (SOHO), the Indianapolis-based non-profit organization taking a leading role in efforts to help educate, nurture and feed the child-led families.

Special activities associated with the exhibit include:

  • A panel discussion, followed by a book signing and reception at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 in Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall.
  • An unveiling of a life-size prototype of sustainable, safe and secure housing designed by IUPUI engineering and technology students for orphans in Swaziland, followed by presentations by students from Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, 6 p.m., Feb. 18, Eskenazi Hall.

“This exhibition represents great collaboration across IUPUI’s many schools and programs. We are excited about the momentum we’ve built working in partnership with SOHO, as we increase IUPUI’s connections with Indianapolis, Swaziland, and the world,” said Jane Luzar, dean of the IUPUI Honors College.

In addition to photographs taken by Josef Kissinger, the exhibit includes artifacts created by Swaziland children.

The artifacts include a large toy vehicle, called a Kombi, built out of wire, soft drink cans, and bottle caps; and a floor mat made from garbage bags and candy wrappers. “These articles show that these children have promise and creativity,” Prime said. “They are called hope seekers because if they had options, they could change the world they live in.”

Gary L. Freeman in memoriam

Gary L. Freeman (1937-2014)

Professor Emeritus of Sculpture Gary L. Freeman died on January 6, 2014 in hospice care. According to the Herron Chronicle, he came to Herron in the fall of the 1968-69 academic year to teach sculpture and establish the school’s foundry, which he did in a former radiator shop on 16th Street a block or so from the school. “With our casting system,” he said at the time, “students will learn how to control production of a piece of metal sculpture through the finishing process.” That meld of thinking and making is still a hallmark of Herron School of Art and Design today.

During demonstrations in the new facility, he told attendees, “Sculpture is a life of exploration, whether it be figurative or nonrepresentational. Only by exploring the many facets can a trained artist find his aspirations.” Freeman headed the Sculpture Department for 33 years, retiring in 2001.

Freeman was born in Wellington, Kansas. He earned a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. degree from Tulane University. He studied stainless steel production methods in Mexico and throughout Europe.

During his academic career, he maintained an active studio life including numerous public and private sculptural commissions. Dislike of the limelight notwithstanding, he was widely regarded as a preeminent sculptor in Indianapolis. His work is in 23 public and private collections, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Newcomb Art School, Tulane University.

Perhaps his most beloved work on display in Indianapolis is For Endless Trees, in front of WFYI’s studios at 1630 N. Meridian St.

“I am sad for Gary’s passing,” said Herron’s Dean Valerie Eickmeier. “He was a longtime friend and colleague who made a difference in my life and countless others. Gary shaped the careers of many young sculptors who continue to be grateful for his mentorship. Characteristically, Gary did not want a funeral service. But there will be a remembrance celebration at Herron for him this spring.” Details will be announced later.

Freeman is survived by his loving wife and partner of more than 30 years, Sally Rice Freeman.

Those wishing to make a contribution to the Gary L. Freeman Scholarship can send them to:

Kim Hodges, Director of Development Herron School of Art and Design 735 W. New York Street Indianapolis, IN 46202

Checks should be made payable to Herron/IUF. For questions, Kim Hodges can be reached at kshodges@iupui.edu or 317-278-9472.

For a beautiful, long-form remembrance of Gary L. Freeman written by his colleague Steve Mannheimer, click here.

Professor Juliet King receives first Frank C. Springer Family Innovative Faculty Award

Juliet King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC and director of Herron School of Art and Design’s Art Therapy Program, is the first to receive the Frank C. Springer Family Innovative Faculty Award. The newly-created award is the school’s most prestigious and largest faculty research prize.

King will conduct a meta-analysis of art therapy and neuroscience studies to search for patterns and gaps in art therapy research. She expects to present her findings at the American Art Therapy Association national conference in 2014 and for her work to be published. Her research will also benefit Herron art therapy graduate students as she weaves it into the curriculum.

The Springer Family, including Cathy Springer Brown and Rick Brown of Indianapolis and Mary Ann and Scott Hillstrom of the Chicago area, devised the award to inspire Herron faculty members to expand their artistic, creative and scholarly work in innovative directions to yield new insights into the human condition.

The award honors the spirit of Frank C. Springer Jr., a beloved Indianapolis philanthropist and art connoisseur who was a great friend to Herron and many other organizations.

Cathy Springer Brown said “Uncle Frank would be pleased knowing the award will help support important research in the field of art therapy.” She encourages others to think about what their passions might be and explore ways to support Herron. “It’s powerful when you think about the impact your support will have on countless students and faculty,” she said. “Making a gift in honor of someone special makes the experience even more rewarding.”

Herron faculty will competitively submit research proposals for the Springer Award each fall. Herron’s Faculty Affairs Committee, this year led by Professor Eric Nordgulen, will select one proposal for the award annually.

Glick Fund Gift to Herron School of Art and Design will provide up to 70 need-based scholarships for Saturday School

Glick Fund Gift to Herron School of Art and Design will provide up to 70 need-based scholarships for Saturday School The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has made a $17,850 gift to Herron School of Art and Design’s Saturday School Program. One of the Glick Fund’s target areas is the arts and creative expression. Herron was one of 49 local organizations in the Fund’s latest round of grants, announced in mid-November, which totaled more than $4 million.

Last spring, 43 students requested tuition aid to attend Herron’s Saturday School. Only two scholarships were available. “This gift will help us better serve students in grades six through 12 from IPS and Wayne and Warren township schools,” said Jodie Hardy, director of community learning programs at Herron. The Glick Fund gift will provide scholarships for up to 70 students. Registration is already underway for spring 2014 Saturday School, which runs January 25 through March 15. Each class session is three hours. Tuition is $255 per student per eight-week session.

“We hope our grants will help address the immediate needs of the community while also building the long-term capacity of the organizations delivering services,” said Marianne Glick, director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation and The Glick Fund.

About Saturday School
Saturday School student from 2012

Saturday School student from 2012.

Established in 1922, Herron School of Art and Design’s Saturday School program provides quality art instruction for youth and adults for eight Saturdays each fall and spring.

Classes offer a variety of media—painting, ceramics, drawing, photography and more. Students’ ages range from second graders to high school seniors. Classes are also open to adults, allowing families to enjoy creating together. The average student is a creative junior high or high school student interested in discovering more about art and design while learning within a fun, safe and professional environment. Classes are taught by Herron’s degree-seeking students and take place in excellent studio facilities, giving many younger students their first exposure to a university environment.

Each semester concludes with an open house exhibition, reception and awards ceremony.

About the Glick Fund:

The Glick Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. It was established by Eugene and Marilyn Glick in 1998 to support a variety of causes. Grants are awarded by invitation only, with no unsolicited grant applications accepted.

The Glick Fund also strives to align with the Central Indiana Community Foundation’s three broader community leadership initiatives of: Family Success & Making Connections; Inspiring Places; and College Readiness & Success – initiatives aimed at making central Indiana one of the best places in the nation to live, work and raise a family. To date, The Glick Fund has awarded over $49 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations. For more information, please visit the Central Indiana Community Foundation website.