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Papermaking workshop with Drew Cameron

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September 26, 2013
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1401 Indianapolis Avenue, Indianapolis, IN

The papermaker, artist, and veteran Drew Cameron will lead a papermaking workshop free and open to members of the community. Lunch provided from noon to 1:30 p.m.

“Coming home from war is a difficult thing,” writes Cameron, founder of the Combat Paper Project. “There is often much to account for as a survivor.” In his own search for meaning, Cameron discovered that papermaking can be a transformative process that broadens “the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare.”

Since 2007, the Combat Paper Project, which Cameron co-founded, has grown from its San Francisco base and travelled to Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Kosovo providing workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists’ talks.

An exhibition of works from Combat Paper will open in Herron School of Art and Design’s Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries in Eskenazi Hall on September 25, running through November 16.

Persons interested in attending the workshops can RSVP to Paula Katz at katzp@iupui.edu to reserve a seat and lunch. Participants may bring a piece of clothing that they would like to incorporate into the batch of paper that will be made during the workshop.

Exhibition: 10,800 Minutes: Not Enough

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August 30 – September 19, 2013
Marsh Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Eskenazi Hall

10,800 Minutes: Not Enough will feature works by seniors and graduate students in Herron’s printmaking program. These new works will have been created either individually or by teams of students.

Student participants include: Senior printmakers: Talia Ariens, Anna Clinch, Nick Goldy, Brittanie Mathis, Rachel Moore, Colton Pedro, Ashley Tesmer, and Ben Walter. Graduate student printmakers: Stephanie Beisel, Ellie Ingram, Eric Johnson, Katherine Johnson, and Liz Wierzbicki.

Artists Reception on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Marsh Gallery

Artists’ Lecture: Paul DeMuro and Betsy Odom

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September 11, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Basile Auditorium, Herron School of Art and Design, Eskenazi Hall

Paul DeMuro and Betsy Odom, participating artists in the Shape Shifters exhibition, will discuss their work and process in this public lecture.

Shape Shifters is a unique “sculpture” and “painting” show that looks at contemporary works pushing the boundaries of these two most traditional media. Artists include: Mike Andrews, Kevin Baker, Paul Demuro, Tracy Featherstone, Dil Hildebrand, Betsy Odom, Melissa Pokorny and Leslie Wayne.

The exhibition is curated by Paula Katz and Robert Horvath.

Flowered Over, paintings and installations by Anna Kell

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August 30 – September 19, 2013
Frank & Katrina Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Eskenazi Hall

Anna Kell is a former student of Assistant Professor Robert Horvath. Originally from Columbus, Indiana, she has shown throughout the country and now teaches painting and drawing at Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania. This exhibition features some of Kell’s paintings made on full and queen sized mattresses in which she incorporates floral patterning, stains, and other features found on discarded mattresses into her compositions.

Anna Kell’s work is an investigation into the way nature is represented in our cultural commodities. She builds paintings and installations out of images of idealized nature: Victorian wallpapers, found paintings and prints, needlework, puzzles, posters, labels, patterned textiles from clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets, floral mattresses and even lampshades. These domestic ephemera become a visual vocabulary revealing the discrepancy between our cultural reality and an illusion of “the natural”.

Beyond the depiction of nature, Kell is interested in the way cultural possessions reveal the desires and values of their owners as they relate to sex, class, and aesthetics. Though the objects are collected in specific locales, they extend beyond the local to demonstrate the influence that mass-production has with the unique culture of any particular place.

Warriors-turned-artists facilitate healing with paper handmade from their own uniforms

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Combat Paper
September 25 – November 16
Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.
Combat Paper Project co-founder Drew Cameron
Opening Reception: immediately following Artist’s Talk, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Herron School of Art and Design, Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall

Veterans achieve a form of catharsis through the transformative art of papermaking, pressing their own uniforms into service as the raw material in works of art. Papermaker, book artist and veteran Drew Cameron, who co-founded the Combat Paper workshops where the art is made, will speak on opening night and will be on hand for several additional public events between September 23-27.

“Coming home from war is a difficult thing,” writes artist and veteran Drew Cameron, founder of the Combat Paper Project. “There is often much to account for as a survivor.” In his own search for meaning, Cameron discovered that papermaking can be a transformative process that broadens “the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare.”

Since 2007, the Combat Paper Project, which Cameron co-founded, has grown from its San Francisco base and travelled to Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Kosovo providing workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists’ talks.

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Drew Cameron, Breaking Rank

An exhibition of works from Combat Paper will open in Herron School of Art and Design’s Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries in Eskenazi Hall on September 25, running through November 16. Cameron will give an artist’s talk on opening night at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Surrounding Cameron’s visit, there is a full slate of activities at Herron and in the broader community. At Herron, he will work with students and the public in a variety of ways, dovetailing with the school’s Book Arts and Art Therapy programs. In addition to the exhibition opening activities, Cameron’s visit is scheduled to include:

Tuesday September 24: A papermaking workshop open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1401 Indiana Avenue. Lunch provided from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday September 25: Classroom visit at Eskenazi Hall with Art Therapy graduate students from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Book Arts students in the afternoon.

Thursday September 26: A papermaking workshop open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1401 Indiana Avenue. Lunch provided from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Friday September 27: Classroom visit with Book Arts students from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Persons interested in attending the workshops can RSVP to Paula Katz at katzp@iupui.edu to reserve a seat and lunch. Participants may bring a piece of clothing that they would like to incorporate into the batch of paper that will be made during the workshop.

November 1-16, in the Marsh Gallery: Combat Paper companion show of veteran-made art.

November 9, 2:00 p.m. in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall: “Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day”. National Book Award for Fiction winner Tim O’Brien leads a panel discussing literary expression as a means of coping with PTSD. A project of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

November 13, 7:00 p.m., in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall: Screening of The Ghost Army

Two Herron faculty members selected for national posts

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Associate Professor of Foundation Studies William Potter and Associate Professor of Furniture Design Cory Robinson and have been selected as vice presidents in their respective, national organizations.

The members of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), a national organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in introductory, college-level studio and art history courses, have selected Potter to serve on their Board of Officers.

Potter, who has been Herron’s faculty president since 2009, takes on the role of vice president for FATE’s next biennial conference, which will take place at Herron School of Art and Design in 2015. “We are very excited to be hosting the 2015 Conference and to continue FATE’s positive momentum,” said Potter. “The most recent FATE Conference—“postHaus” in Savannah—set a high bar with 546 conference attendees and over 85 sessions.

“The reason that this organization continues to grow is that the issues and topics addressed are relevant and immediately applicable to teaching practices at the foundation level. As the title of the 2015 conference, ‘Tectonic Shifts,’ suggests, we will be examining how the forces of change are shaping the foundation landscape. We will be interested in hearing from foundation faculty and programs that are breaking new ground in teaching practices.”

Potter earned a B.F.A. degree in Painting and Sculpture from the Columbus College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. degree in Painting from the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning.

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Associate Professor Cory Robinson

The Board of Trustees of the Furniture Society, an international, nonprofit, educational organization, has selected Robinson as vice president for the 2013-2014 term. Founded in 1996, The Furniture Society’s mission is “to advance the art of furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence and fostering an understanding of this art and its place in society.” The Society sponsors a variety of programs that contribute to the education and enrichment of members and the public.

The society says it “represents a broad cross-section of furniture makers, museum and gallery professionals, scholars, journalists and others involved with the field of furniture in many different ways.” Robinson, who is an alumnus of Herron (B.F.A. in Furniture Design, 1999), completed an M.F.A. at San Diego State University with an emphasis on furniture.

Herron Art Library to showcase its collection of artists’ books in First Friday event

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Work from the Herron Art Library’s museum-caliber collection of artists’ books will be on view at the opening of a new exhibit this week.

Herron Art Library is part of the IUPUI University Library, which is partnering with the Harrison Center for the Arts to sponsor an exhibit titled “Spineless,” an Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association First Friday event. The exhibit opening reception starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.2, at the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St. in Indianapolis. The artwork will be on view until Aug. 30.  Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

“Spineless” builds on four years of successful collaboration between the library and the Harrison Center to promote local and regional book artists in the field of fine arts. Work from 16 artists was chosen for this juried show to take place in the Harrison Gallery. As in the past, the University Library will award a $400 prize to the best in show. Opening night will feature a selection of books from the Herron Art Library’s permanent collection as well.

Also returning this year to give a hands-on talk about artists’ books is nationally recognized book arts dealer Bill Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers.

The Herron Art Library’s collection of artists’ books contains many forms of the book arts, including fine press books illustrated by artists such as Mark Rothko and miniature books, some conveying powerful messages addressing social and family issues of personal significance to the respective book artist. Artists’ books often become a personal extension and means of expression of a significant event or issue in an artist’s life.

Significant book artists represented in the Herron Art Library collection include Julie Chen, Ron King and Rebecca Goodale, plus local book artists, Bonnie Stahlnacker and Karen Baldner. New additions to the collection can be seen in the newly redesigned artists’ book alcove at the Herron Art Library on the IUPUI campus, 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis.

Any resident of Indiana is eligible for an IUPUI University Library card. Our resources and librarians are also available on the University Library website. Browse the online collections to learn more about the road to Indiana statehood, the history of the National FFA Organization, writer James Whitcomb Riley and much more, or contact a librarian specialist for help with professional and school-related research.

Herron’s free exhibitions and artist’s talks kick off the fall 2013 season with an eclectic mix of stimulating works and people

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The Herron Galleries will come alive beginning in early August with a group show that reveals the blurring boundaries between mediums, the latest in contemporary works by select alumni, and nationally-acclaimed graphic designs by the sibling duo known as Commercial Artisan. The reception for all three shows will be on Friday, August 23, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Shape Shifters
August 9—September 12, 2013
Robert B. Berkshire, Eleanor Prest Reese and Dorit and Gerald Paul Galleries

Shape Shifters will be a group exhibition “rich in the uncanny,” according to Herron’s Gallery Director Paula Katz.  The exhibition features contemporary art by Mike Andrews, Kevin Baker, Paul DeMuro, Tracy Featherstone, Dil Hildebrand, Betsy Odom, Melissa Pokorny and Leslie Wayne. Choosing works from “edible, cake-like forms” to “video that dares to ask if something on a screen can still be sculpture”, co-curators Katz and Assistant Professor of Painting Robert Horvath have carefully thought about pushing the viewers’ notions of two traditional media—painting and sculpture. Paul DeMuro and Betsy Odom will give an artists’ talk on September 11 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Herron Alumni Show 2013: Life After Herron
August 2—August 23
Marsh Gallery

This year’s biennial Herron Alumni Show is co-curated by Katz and alumnus Phil O’Malley (B.F.A. ’07, Fine Arts) rather than juried. The net result promises to quite literally hang together well. The exhibition will feature works completed in the last two years by Stephanie Barlow (B.F.A. ’13, Printmaking), Jessica Bowman (B.F.A. ’11, Photography), Jeff Geesa (B.F.A. ’07, Painting), Stacey Holloway (B.F.A. ’06, Sculpture), Carla Knopp (B.F.A. ’84, Painting), Lauren Kussro (B.F.A. ’03, Painting/Printmaking), Desiree Moore (B.F.A. ’09, Photography), NERS Neonlumberjak (B.F.A. ’09, Painting/Sculpture), Tré Reising (B.F.A. ’09, Sculpture), Jared Smith (B.F.A. ’11, Painting), Distinguished Alumna Lois Main Templeton (B.F.A. ’81, Painting), and Ruby Troup (B.F.A. ’08, Furniture Design). “It is a delight to get to look at fewer artists in more depth,” said Katz, commenting on the change in format.

 

Commercial Artisan: ink / paper / staples / glue
August 2—August 23
Basile Gallery

Brothers James (B.F.A. ’87) and Jon (B.F.A. ’03) Sholly, who both graduated from Herron with degrees in Visual Communication, went on to form Commercial Artisan, a graphic design studio that develops award-winning concepts for clients from local non-profits to the Fortune 500. Their credo is deceptively simple: There is no excuse for bad design. Their work proves this is no empty conceit, but a way of life.

Recognized in major forums and publications including Design Observer, Print, Eye, Emigré and Communication Arts, the Shollys also have claimed honors in the design competitions of the American Center for Design, the professional designer’s organization AIGA, and the popular aficionado’s blog “For Print Only”. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has featured Commercial Artisan’s work in the exhibitions “Mixing Messages” and “Graphic Design: Now In Production”.  Ink / paper / staples / glue captures in one venue for the first time highlights from 20 years of Commercial Artisan’s work.

National audiences eager to hear about Herron School of Art and Design’s unique approach to Art Therapy

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This summer and fall, professionals at national conferences from Seattle to Chicago and Louisville to New York will listen to Juliet King, Herron School of Art and Design’s director of art therapy, share tales from the frontier.

She’ll be speaking about art therapists’ pioneering work in developing sound clinical interventions that help people get better. She ought to know. She’s doing some pioneering of her own; for starters, by building an art therapy program housed in an art school.

Her speaking engagements include a June American Art Therapy Association Conference in Seattle; October presentations at the Illinois Art Therapy Association Conference in Chicago, and the Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities in Louisville; and a November appearance at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York.

Creative arts therapies are hot—whether visual, kinetic or musical—like a rock band laboring in obscurity, honing its chops for years before bursting onto the scene “overnight”. After decades of research, scientific evidence is forming a critical mass pointing toward art therapy’s efficacy. Continuing and deepening this research is important in a world where only outcomes-based evidence will do for healthcare and insurance providers.

Public awareness has preceded some of the science, but governments have not caught up with the public. “We as professionals are facing a practical and existential crisis regarding employment and authenticity of professional identity,” said King. “In some states, anyone still can hang up a shingle and call themselves an art therapist, even though Art Therapy is a master’s-level medical and healthcare profession.” She continued, “We are eligible to be licensed as professional counselors and are actively advocating for independent licensure. We have a lot more work to do in educating the public on what to look for in their practitioner.”

Despite a lag in ideal licensure requirements, strides on the clinical side continue. Wounded warriors are seeing the benefits of art therapy applied to their own struggles with sense of self and re-entry into civilian life. King’s presentations will include discussion of her work with combat veterans at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

“Veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom volunteered to be part of a mindfulness-based art therapy group,” King said. “Originally developed as a pilot project to provide a service that does not yet exist at the VA, indicators are encouraging that from this group our participants felt ‘some’ or ‘great’ positive change in hopefulness, and also in the belief that they could improve their own emotional health.”

King also will be sharing highlights from her graduate students’ experiences working alongside clinical staff, developing and providing art therapy in Indianapolis-area settings from prisons to hospice programs.

“With the technological resources and expertise Herron has available by being part of a large, urban, life sciences campus, we are poised to make significant research contributions to the study of Art Therapy as it relates to Neuroscience,” said King. “Intervening with Art Therapy and being able to assess its impact—especially on post-traumatic stress in veterans and children who are victims of abuse and neglect—is an exciting prospect for our graduate students and clinicians alike. There is so much promise for helping people in this field.”

For more information about Herron’s Art Therapy graduate program, visit www.herron.iupui.edu/art-therapy.

Herron’s community-focused summer exhibitions to feature Fine Art Furniture and Painting

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This year, Herron School of Art and Design’s popular, community-focused, summer exhibitions will feature Fine Art Furniture and Painting.

A June 14 reception in Eskenazi Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. will open Experimental: The work of Phil Tennant with selected Herron alumni in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries. In the Marsh Gallery will be Surprising Successes, a selection of paintings and playful works byLois Eskenazi.

A one-night-only sale in the Basile Gallery of 16 works ranging in price from $150 to $3000 will provide an opportunity for attendees to add to or begin their own collections. The sale of prints, sculpture, photography and ceramics by artists including Barb BondyRobert Horvath,Bob ShayPaul Weir and Kevin Wolfe will benefit Herron programs.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibitions continue through July 25.

In substance, Experimental offers a glimpse at the legacy of Professor Phillip Tennant, not only through his own, sought-after creations, but through work by some of his former students. Tennant will retire from Herron in May after 38 years. He founded Herron’s Furniture Design Program and helped place Herron among the very top programs in the country.

Experimental includes works by Furniture Design alumni Nick Allman, Erin Behling, Chris Bowman, Ray Duffey, Nicholas Hollibaugh, Matt Hutton, David Lee, Jason Ramey, Cory Robinson, Ted Ross, Tom Tedrow and Ruby Troup.

Collectors who loaned work by Tennant include Vaughn and Melissa HickmanMark andCarmen HolemanJune McCormackDorit and Gerald PaulOra PescovitzDr. James and Nancy Chesterton SmithJoyce Sommers, Dr. Christopher and Ann Stack and Donnie and Judy Walsh.

“These eagerly-anticipated exhibits highlight the talent within our own community and feature works of art either created or collected by Hoosiers who have made art central to their lives, some through formal, scholarly training and some by other paths,” said Herron’s Dean Valerie Eickmeier.

“Professor Tennant’s work has been exhibited galleries, universities and museums nationally and featured in Fine WoodworkingAmerican Craft Magazine and Furniture Studio.  Over the span of his career, he has developed a rich vocabulary of forms and techniques that beautifully unite balance, structure and expression.

“Lois Eskenazi deferred her pursuit until her family was raised and then traveled far and wide to study and hone her technique. Her award-winning works show a mastery of oil painting and great sensitivity to subject matter,” Eickmeier continued. “Among the variety of works in these exhibitions, any art lover will be able to find something inspiring.”