Archive for Exhibition

Herron Professor Anila Agha presents new exhibition: Intersections

anila agha intersections installation

Assistant Professor of Foundations Anila Quayyum Agha will present an exhibition of works created as part of her 2012-13 New Frontiers Research Grant from Indiana University. The exhibition entitled Intersections will be on view in the Frank and Katrina Basile Gallery from Sept. 25 – Oct.17, 2013.

Agha writes in the artist statement for Intersections:

I used a 2012-13 New Frontier’s Research Grant from Indiana University for a large-scale installation project composed of patterned wood. With this project I explored intersections of culture and religion, the dynamics and interpretation of space and sight as it threaded through cultures and emerged as varied expressions that redefine themselves with the passage of time. In this piece, a motif that is believed to represent certitude is explored to reveal its fluidity i.e. the geometrical patterning in Islamic sacred spaces. This project is meant to uncover the contradictory nature of all intersections; which are simultaneously boundaries and also points of meeting.

The Intersections project takes the seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from a space of community and creativity such as a Mosque and translates the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up in Pakistan. The wooden frieze emulates a pattern from the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference. I have given substance to this mutualism with the installation project exploring the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence with in a public space.

The object in the Basile Gallery is a smaller version of the larger design.

Fall events include receptions with two powerhouse Herron alumni

photo Lois Main Templeton

The public is invited to receptions with two renowned Herron School of Art and Design alumni—Distinguished Alumnus Garo Antreasian (‘48 and honorary doctorate from Indiana University in ‘72) and Distinguished Alumna Lois Main Templeton (B.F.A. in Painting with High Distinction, ’81)—who will be visiting their alma mater.

A public exhibition of Antreasian’s paintings and lithographs will open in the Marsh Gallery of Eskenazi Hall on September 25 and run through October 24. There is a public reception in honor of his visit on Oct. 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8: 00 p.m. outside the gallery.

Templeton will present an artist’s talk in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall on October 9 at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:00 p.m. During that event, she will accept the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award from the Herron Alumni Association.

photo of Garo Antreasian

Garo Antreasian,
photo courtesy David Antreasian

Antreasian, an Indianapolis native who attended Herron as a scholarship student, was hired by the school on the day of his graduation in 1948 to teach still life painting and composition. He convinced the dean to add printmaking to the curriculum and became its first instructor.

He was a founding member of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, opened in Los Angeles in 1960, where he served as technical director. He co-authored The Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art and Techniques. Originally published in 1971, the work has been continuously updated and is still considered the seminal text on the subject.

The Tamarind Institute, now at the University of New Mexico where Antreasian was a faculty member, is also viewed by many as the most important school dedicated to lithography in the world.

Templeton returns to Indianapolis from Maine as Artist in Residence at the Conrad Indianapolis from October 6-10. On October 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the public can mingle with Templeton at a “Sunday Art Matinee” on the Conrad’s second floor. Light fare, drinks and music are included. The Matinee marks the unveiling of Templeton’s newest works in an exhibition called “Lois Main Templeton: The Maine Event”.

Templeton, a protégé of Robert Berkshire, garnered a NUVO Cultural Vision Award in 2011. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Indiana State Museum and The Midwest Museum of American Art, and has twice been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has published The Studio Book: Finding Your Way and the children’s book Who Makes the Sun Rise.

Exhibition: 10,800 Minutes: Not Enough

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

Flowered Over, paintings and installations by Anna Kell

anna kell mattress
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.

breaking rank by drew cameron

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 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

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

Artists Books

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.

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

Spatial Table

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.”

New exhibit at IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery highlights long and contested history of Guantánamo

Nicknamed GTMO, the United States naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has a history that is infamous and yet unknown to most Americans. A new traveling exhibit running April 10 through May 12 at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Cultural Arts Gallery reveals that history.

Developed by more than 100 students from IUPUI and 11 other universities, the exhibition, Why Guantánamo?,  explores GTMO’s history from the US occupation of Guantánamo Bay in 1898 to today’s debates about its future.

This traveling exhibition is a program of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project which seeks to build public awareness of the century-long history of the naval station.

An opening day reception takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, located on the second floor of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

In 2012, 21 IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI graduate students in the museum studies and public history programs created two panels for Why Guantánamo?  Students were responsible for researching, writing, and selecting the photographs for the panels.  Those in the Introduction to Museum Studies class produced the panel “Arts of Detention,” and students in the Guantánamo Project class produced the panel “Guantánamo Hits Home.” Students who helped develop these panels in the traveling exhibit will be on hand to talk to guests at the reception on April 10.

Following the reception, a lecture featuring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David and Indianapolis attorney Richard Kammen as speakers takes places place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 450A of the Campus Center. David and Kammen will discuss their experiences with post-9/11 Guantanamo detainees.

David was the chief defense counsel to the Office of Military Commissions from 2007-2010.  He oversaw the defense team for post-9/11 detainees in Guantánamo. Kammen is the civilian learned counsel responsible for defending Abd al-Rahim Hussein Mohammed Al-Nashiri. Al-Nashiri is accused of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.

IU McKinney School of Law professor George Edwards will moderate the lecture.

Edwards, director of the law school’s program in international human rights law, was an expert witness in the Guantánamo Bay U.S. Military Commission case against Australian David Hicks. Edwards and his students also provided research assistance for the defense of Hicks and for Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was 15 years old when taken to Guantanamo Bay.

Sponsors of the exhibit’s appearance at IUPUI include: the museum studies program, the public history program, the history department, and the international studies program, all units of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 7 p.m.

Paid parking is available in the Vermont Street parking garage, which is connected to the IUPUI Campus Center.


For additional information, contact:

Liz Kryder-Reid, Director, Museum Studies Program, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies, IUPUI

317- 274-1406

Modupe Labode, Assistant Professor History and Museum Studies, IUPUI,



Anila Agha selected for installation at Indianapolis International Airport

Anila Agha, Rights of Passage

Assistant professor Anila Agha was recently selected to install a piece of her art, Rights of Passage, at the Indianapolis International Airport. Her work will be on display through the end of April 2013. The work, funded by a grant from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, is at the entrance to the departure area, behind the ticketing section on the right side in a large glass case.

For more on Anila Agha’s work, see her website.