Westfield to introduce Herron student Katey Bonar’s new sculpture with a meet the artist event on July 27

A new sculpture titled Passaggio graces the entrance to Asa Bales Park in downtown Westfield. The City’s Grand Junction Task Group commissioned the work through Herron School of Art and Design’s Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life.  Senior sculpture major Katey Bonar is the artist.
The public is invited to a Meet the Artist Event on Friday, July 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the sculpture in the park, which is located at 205 W. Hoover Street.

Three, 13-foot columns comprise the main sculpture. The columns are fabricated from steel tubing covered by polyurethane foam with a fiberglass skin and joined by concentric rings of steel tubing suspended inside the columns at the top. Near the columns are two ring groupings made of thermoplastic, flanking a sidewalk.

Katey Bonar Passaggio 2012

Katey Bonar. Passaggio. 2012

The name Passaggio references a passageway or turning point in a journey, which brings together the emphasis of history, present, and future.   Passaggio, functions as an entry way, but also a space for visitors to explore and experience as part of the park itself.
“I feel like opening an art piece like this in Westfield gives an opportunity for residents to reflect on the past, as well as to examine where they are now and where they want to be in the future, both collectively and personally,” said Bonar.
All of the visual cues in Passaggio relate to natural visual patterns that reflect time passing. The concentric ring patterns mirror the growth rings in trees. The columns’ ridges and grooves echo eroded landmasses or stratified geologic forms.  According to Bonar, the pavilion rings overhead are a way to examine the potential of looking up to the sky as an intangible place and as a possible map of the yet to come.  In the two thermoplastic ring groupings, viewers have the opportunity to trace history.

Bonar will be available to discuss the sculpture and the details behind the meaning during the Meet the Artist Event. The City is encouraging residents to make an evening of it by stopping at the weekly Farmers Market on their way to the park across the street.

About the Basile Center
The Frank and Katrina Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life is Herron’s laboratory for applying the talents and skills of Herron students and faculty to the needs of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. It connects artists in all media with community partners who are interested in providing real-world and professional practice experiences through public art commissions, art and design competitions and civic engagement opportunities. The skill and knowledge students gain from
conceptualizing and competing for community-based commissions better prepares them for the world outside college. Students often work with architects, engineers, electricians, fabrication design houses, printer companies and landscape architects to get the job done, resulting in an extraordinarily well-rounded practical experience. For more information, visit http://www.herron.iupui.edu/basile-center.

A Visit to the Herron School of Art and Design Sculpture Studios

Herron School of Art and Design faculty and students were busy this afternoon when we took a visit to the sculpture studios on Indiana Avenue. For those of you who are familiar only with the Eskanazi Hall building, Herron has a 30,000 square foot facility on Indiana Avenue. In fact, it’s currently undergoing an expansion and will be rededicated as the Sydney and Lois Eskenazi Fine Art Center.

Robert Horvath-Braincandy

Robert Horvath. Braincandy. 2010

One of the faculty we met with is Robert Horvath, Assistant Professor at the Herron School of Art and Design. Horvath explores the world behind the glamour-obsessed contemporary world. What initially appears beautiful has a menace and decay to it. In his words, his imagery “forces a visual duality: the escapist pop culture youth can no longer hide from the horrors of reality.”

Today, Robert was busy working on his IAHI funded project, a new series of ceramics which pursue some of the themes that he has developed in his paintings.

 

Benjamin Horvath

Robert Horvath

For more about Robert Horvath and his work, see http://www.herron.iupui.edu/faculty/robert-horvath.

 

 

Benjamin Sunderlin

Benjamin Sunderlin

 

We also bumped in to Benjamin Sunderlin, a student of the Herron School of Art and Design. Sunderlin showed us the casts that he was making for the IAHI and Herron. The casts show reduced size sections of the Parthenon frieze, which were molded from casts purchased for the Herron School in the 1920s and 1930s. We’ll have more to say about his project in upcoming posts.

 

Fifth Annual Book Arts Exhibit Sponsored by IUPUI University Library

IUPUI University Library’s Herron Art Library has partnered with the Harrison Center for the Arts to sponsor Bookmark, an IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association) First Friday event. The exhibit opening reception is Friday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Harrison Center for the Arts located at 1505 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis. The artwork will be on view until August 29th.  Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Bookmark 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. Featured artists include Sara Brooks of Asheville, North Carolina (www.sarabrooksphoto.com), Joy M. Campbell from Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.joymcampbellbookartist.com), David Johnson of Muncie, Indiana (www.vampandtramp.com/finepress/a/amelia-press.html) and Indianapolis’ own Elyce Elder (http://www.discoverfountainsquare.com/merchant.cfm?id=136 ).  As in the past, the University Library will award a $400 prize to the best in show.

Also returning this year to give a hands-on talk about Artists’ Books are nationally recognized book arts dealers, Bill and Vicki Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers LLC.

The Herron Art Library will also have on exhibit recently acquired artist books from its Special Collection of Artists’ books and fine press books. These works will be on display at the opening night reception. The Herron Art Library, part of the IUPUI University Library, is located inside the Herron School of Art and Design and is home to a museum-caliber collection of artists’ books.

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

Significant book artists represented in our collection include Julie Chen, Ron King, Emily Artinian, Lois Morrison, and local book artists, Bonnie Stahlnacker, Paul Brown, Karen Baldner among many others. New additions to the collection can be seen in the Artist book Alcove by visiting the Herron Art Library on the IUPUI campus at 735 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Any resident of Indiana is eligible for an IUPUI University Library card.  Our resources and librarians are also available on-line at http://www.ulib.iupui.edu. Browse our on-line collections to learn more about the road to Indiana Statehood, the history of the National FFA Organization, the writer James Whitcomb Riley and much more, or contact a librarian specialist for help with professional and school-related research.

Bliss’s homage to Indiana Avenue musicians makes national news

Wes Montgomery and other jazz greats of Indiana are getting some larger-than-life recognition, thanks to a recent work by Pamela Bliss, a Herron adjunct faculty member known for her murals.

“I had wanted to paint a mural of Wes Montgomery somewhere in Indy for years,” said Bliss. When Indianapolis conceived the “46 for XLVI” project, to create memorable public art as a welcome for Super Bowl visitors, Bliss was one of the many artists commissioned to provide the 46 murals.

Indiana Avenue Jazz Masters was the second of two murals Bliss created for the project, the other being a 38-foot-tall likeness of Kurt Vonnegut. Jazz Masters is visible from its namesake street, appropriately ensconced on the south exterior wall of the Musicians’ Repair and Sales building on Capitol Ave. The mural is also visible from New York Street a few blocks east of Herron.

Although Montgomery died in the 1960s, a few weeks after the big game it so happened that the Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple was holding a record release party for him. The celebration launched a CD of newly-discovered Indianapolis recordings by Montgomery from the late 1950s.

Mark Sheldon, a local contributor to DownBeat, arranged for Bliss to sit with the editor of the magazine for the event. The editor visited the mural, and news of Bliss’s work went national in Bobby Reed’s “First Take” column in the April issue.

Chicago-based DownBeat has been covering the jazz scene since 1934 and is arguably the last word on Jazz and related musical genres.

Montgomery is in good company on the wall of Musicans’ Repair. J.J. Johnson, Freddie Hubbard and IU’s own David Baker are in the mural as well. Bliss is in the process of adding more figures to the work, which will be dedicated in mid-July.

“I have done several jazz-themed murals in Richmond, Indiana, documenting the legacy of the Starr Piano Company and Gennett Records,” Bliss said.

“Whenever I do a mural,” she continued, “especially one that honors or memorializes, I want to be as historically correct and appropriate as possible. Public murals are a very powerful way to communicate. The public is imprinted with an image directly and subliminally and it becomes truth to them after they live with it for awhile.”

Now the truth is there for all to see. Indiana Avenue has a jazz heritage worthy of continued celebration.

Bliss said, “I feel very small—no pun intended—in the wake of what these great people have accomplished. I feel very privileged to help recognize them.”

IUPUI Hosts International Research Conference For Linguists

(INDIANAPOLIS)—International researchers in the field of linguistics and second language acquisition will be in Indianapolis August 9-11 for a conference sponsored by the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC), a language and cultural training center that is part of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The 7th Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse Conference will feature speakers from China, Egypt, Mexico, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Turkey, Spain and Russia, noted Ulla Connor, Ph.D., ICIC Director.

Connor is considered one of the leading researchers in the field of contrastive rhetoric, which examines how first language and culture affect writing in English as a second language and applies research findings to language teaching and workplace management. She has published more than 80 articles, book chapters and books published on the subject. Her book, Contrastive Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press, 1996), is now considered a classic in the field.

Under Connor’s direction, ICIC helped to establish the first week-long Institute on Contrastive Rhetoric and Written Discourse Analysis in 2004, followed by the First Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Written Discourse Analysis in 2005 on the IUPUI campus.

“The conferences were created to further research in contrastive/intercultural rhetoric and intercultural discourse, and to create collaborations among leading research universities and organizations,” Connor said. “The conferences typically attract more than 100 participants from the U.S and abroad.”

Noted linguist Diane Belcher, from Georgia State University, will deliver the opening plenary address on entitled, “What We Need and Don’t Need Intercultural Rhetoric for: A Retrospective and Prospective Look at an Evolving Research Area.”

IUPUI professors Marta Antón, André Buchenot, Thomas Upton and Estela Ene and ICIC Visiting Scholars Xiaojun Zhang and Zhiqing Hu are also scheduled to give presentations during the conference. Additional information is available at:http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/icic/conference/.

Jason Kelly to lead IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

Jason Kelly, associate professor of British history in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been appointed the inaugural director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. His appointment is effective July 1.

Established in 2011, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute supports campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in arts and humanities. Its mission includes showcasing and promoting the major intellectual and scholarly contributions that IUPUI faculty members from across disciplines are making in the arts and humanities.

In addition to supporting faculty members through grant programs, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute will serve as a liaison between IUPUI and the community, fostering ongoing partnerships and ventures that advance arts and humanities endeavors.

“I am thrilled to be the first director of the IAHI,” Kelly said. “IUPUI has a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of scholars who specialize in the arts and humanities. Their work has regional, national and international impact, and the IAHI will be a resource to help them thrive. IUPUI is more than a life sciences campus; it is a university with a dynamic arts and humanities faculty as well. The mission of the IAHI is to support their scholarship and to help them enrich the cultural landscape of Indianapolis.

“The IAHI’s mission goes beyond campus. It will play an important role in the city as Indianapolis continues to develop and grow. It will work to extend IUPUI’s relationships with community partners. Through sponsoring lectures, performances and exhibitions, the IAHI will benefit the city and help strengthen its cultural reputation,” Kelly said.

In the next year, the IAHI will expand its grant program and develop IUPUI’s arts and humanities programming — on campus, downtown and online.

“I am happy that we have a person of the caliber of Dr. Jason Kelly as the inaugural director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute,” said Kody Varahramyan, IUPUI vice chancellor for research. “I expect that his many talents and enthusiasm will enable the institute to reach its vision of being recognized nationally and internationally as an innovative leader in research and scholarship in the arts and humanities.”

Before Kelly’s appointment, IAHI was guided by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Council, which reports to Varahramyan. The council is composed of faculty members from the Schools of Liberal Arts, Engineering and Technology, Informatics, and Medicine; Herron School of Art and Design; and University Library. The council will continue to help shape the future direction of IAHI and assist in the establishment and implementation of initiatives, programs, strategies and resources.

Kelly was recently elected a Society of Antiquities of London fellow, a prestigious honor that will give him the opportunity to contribute the society’s efforts to advance and further the study and knowledge of the antiquities in London and other countries.

Kelly’s academic interests are varied and include the history of European art and architecture, the history of civil rights, and the digital humanities. He teaches courses on the history of science, gender and historiography. Kelly’s most recent book was “The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment” (Yale University Press, 2010).
About Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Known as Indiana’s premier urban research and health sciences campus, IUPUI is dedicated to advancing the intellectual growth of the state of Indiana and its residents through research and creative activity, teaching, learning and civic engagement. Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and other notable publications, IUPUI has more than 30,000 students enrolled in 21 schools, which offer more than 250 degrees. IUPUI awards degrees from both Indiana and Purdue Universities. For more information, visit iupui.edu.