Ari Kelman Speaks at Herron School of Art and Design on “Battle Lines”

Cover art for "Battle Lines" taken from Amazon.comA collaboration between the award-winning historian Ari Kelman and the acclaimed graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines is a completely original graphic history of the Civil War. The novel traces an ambitious narrative that extends from the early rumblings of secession to the dark years of Reconstruction, employing bold graphic forms to illuminate the complex history of this period. Richly detailed and wildly inventive, its stories propel the reader to all manner of unlikely vantages as only the graphic form can: from the malaria-filled gut of a mosquito to the faded ink of a soldier’s pen, and from the barren farms of the home front to the front lines of an infantry charge.

Join us as at Herron School of Art and Design as Professor Ari Kelman shares the experiences of creating Battle Lines, and learn about how writers and artists/illustrators can form exciting collaborations, transforming the written word into unique and compelling visuals.

About the artist:
Ari Kelman is the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the politics of memory, environmental history, Native American history, and America in the 1960s. He is the author, most recently, of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015), as well as A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013), recipient of the Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award, the Avery O. Craven Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Tom Watson Brown Book Award, and the Robert M. Utley Prize, and A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (University of California Press, 2003), which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize.

Kelman’s essays and articles have appeared in Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of Urban History, The Journal of American History, and many others. Kelman has also contributed to outreach endeavors aimed at K-12 educators, and to a variety of public history projects, including documentary films for the History Channel and PBS’s American Experience series. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, most notably from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library.

Herron School of Art and Design’s spring events promise a visual and intellectual feast of ideas

Free Public art exhibitions, film screenings and artists talks abound at Herron School of Art and Design, with new opportunities from January through the end of the school year in May to visit and make your own observations of and about contemporary art.

January 10–February 15


Laurie Beth Clark invited hundreds of artists to create an artwork that is inspired by, uses, or plays with the idea of bones. The works are in many media and two, three, or four dimensions. The contributions range from political statements to personal elegies, memorials to individuals or broader statements about mortality. Some connect ancestors to descendants. Some are serious and some use bones in a completely playful manner.

January 10–January 29

Making Memory

This exhibition explores the relationships among objects, memory and the experience of both the artist and the viewer. Curator Laura Holzman, assistant professor and public scholar of curatorial practices and visual art at IUPUI, developed this exhibition with selected artists from Herron’s M.F.A. program.


The work of Benjamin Martinkus, photography technician and adjunct faculty member, is a skeptical yet loving response to the implicit politics, subversive power relations and intoxicating pleasures inherent in an image-based culture. In this exhibition, Martinkus shows a new suite of work comprised of video, imagery and objects both appropriated and fabricated. Together, these works recast the experience of contemporary life as one defined by viewership and imageness.

January 29

6:00 p.m.: ARTIST TALK with Laurie Beth Clark

7:00 p.m.–9:00p.m.: RECEPTION for Ossuary

February 5–22

Hope Seekers

This multi-partner exhibition features photographs of child-led households in Swaziland, where AIDS infects more than one in four people, making it the country with the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. The result is an exploding number of households headed by children, some as young as eight or nine years old.

Brent Aldrich

New installations by Brent Aldrich, MFA candidate in photography and intermedia and community art activist, draw on geology, participation and neighborhood organizing.

February 5

6:00 p.m.: DISCUSSION on child-led households in Southern Africa

February 19

7:00p.m.: FILM SCREENING, Searching for Sugar Man

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez (IMDb).

February 25

6:00 p.m.: CHRISTEL DEHAAN FAMILY FOUNDATION VISITING ARTIST LECTURE with Frances Whitehead, who will discuss her contemporary art practice as it relates to the process of shaping the future city.

March 5–April 17

Richard Ross: Juvenile in Justice

Exhibited worldwide, Juvenile In Justice is Ross’ photographic documentation of the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.

Intake at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Downey, California, photo by Richard Ross

Intake at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Downey, California, photo by Richard Ross

March 5

6:00 p.m.: ARTIST’S TALK with Richard Ross

7:00-9:00 p.m.: OPENING RECEPTION for Richard Ross: Juvenile in Justice

March 5–20


A multi-disciplinary exhibition of work by Herron studio technicians that meditates on the themes of attack, defense and security.

Rachel Bleil

This exhibition will feature new works by ceramic artist Rachel Bleil, an instructor at Herron who earned her M.F.A. degree in ceramics from Indiana University-Bloomington.

March 26

7:00p.m.: FILM SCREENING, Art & Copy

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 (IMDb).

March 28–April 17

High School Art Invitational

This exhibition will feature top works by high school juniors from across Indiana.

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in·ter·sect / explores parallel processes present in the electronic and physical nature of modern interpersonal relationships. The work develops on themes of shared intimacy and emotional memory. Working in tandem with students enrolled in Stefan Petranek’s advanced digital course, Daniel Cosentino will construct a Pre-, Live- and Post-opening exhibition experience via mediums of video, performance and sculpture.

April 16

6:00 p.m.: ARTIST’S TALK with Wendy White

Presented by Herron’s Active Student Artists student group, this artist’s talk features Wendy White, who is recognized internationally for her merger of painting, sculpture and architecture into large-scale works.

May 1–22

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition 
This exhibition will feature work by Herron’s graduating class of M.F.A. students. Departments represented will include ceramics, furniture design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

 Crowd in Grand Hall at 2012 M.F.A. Exhibition, photo by Michelle Pemberton

Crowd in Grand Hall at 2012 M.F.A. Exhibition, photo by Michelle Pemberton

May 1

5:00 p.m.–9:00p.m.: OPENING RECEPTION for M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition

Limited parking is available in the Sports Complex Garage just west of Herron. Park in the visitor side of the garage and bring your ticket to the Herron Galleries for validation. Complimentary parking courtesy of The Great Frame Up.

Parking in the surface lot next to Herron School of Art and Design requires a valid IUPUI parking permit at all times.

Cuba’s 2013 Venice Biennale representative to speak at Herron School of Art and Design

Artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons will appear at Herron School of Art and Design as the 2013 Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecturer.

Her artist’s talk, titled “Global Journey,” is scheduled to take place on December 4 in the Basile Auditorium at 6:00 p.m., the same night the Undergraduate Student Exhibition opens in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries. Both events are free and open to the public.

Inclusion in the juried undergraduate show is an honor for the students whose work is chosen. In a typical year, the jury must select from more than 300 very strong submissions. The exhibition usually contains 60 works across a wide variety of media.

Also opening in the Basile and Marsh Galleries will be two exhibitions from the graduate Collaborative Practices course taught by Professor Andrew Winship and Basile Center Director Kathryn Armstrong.

The three exhibitions continue through December 19.

photo campos-pons

Photo of artist by Ricardo Gay Luger Courtesy of Maria Magdalena studio and Galleries.

Campos-Pons was born in Cuba in 1959. She is a faculty member at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. According to its website, “Her work of the last 20 years covers an extended range of visual language investigations…from the early 1980s focus on painting and the discussion of sexuality in the crossroads of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to incisive questioning, critique and insertion of the black body in the contemporary narratives of the present.” She represented Cuba in the 2013 Venice Biennale.

“Campos-Pons’s work is largely autobiographical but speaks to a much-needed dialogue about history, place and identity. She does this through a contemporary language that also provides universal access to discussing our current socio-political landscape,” said Herron’s Gallery Director Paula Katz.

It is the generosity of Jane Fortune—author, cultural editor, art historian, art collector and philanthropist—that brings Campos-Pons to Herron. “I want to make an impact on the community that surrounds me and help make the arts accessible to our residents,” she said. This is the sixth Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture, which has welcomed artists including Judy Chicago, Polly Apfelbaum and Judith Shea to Herron.