First Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art an unqualified success

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(r to l) IUPUI alumnus Carlos Knox, player development with the Indiana Fever; Herron Dean’s Advisory Board member Conrad Piccirillo; his daughter, Caitlyn Piccirillo; and Indiana Fever star forward Tamika Catchings enjoying the Herron Open. Image John R. Gentry Jr.

The first Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art, which took place in early June, was an unqualified success. Nearly 200 attendees were on hand to play the nine-hole miniature golf course inside Eskenazi Hall, created by teams of Herron students and faculty. The Herron Alumni Association designed a hole, too. It won the People’s Choice Award. The Sculpture Department’s hole, which came complete with students dressed as moles, won the Chairs’ Choice Award.

The event netted more than $30,000 in new scholarship support for Herron students.

Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art was selected as a NUVO Top Pick of the Week and featured in the Indianapolis Star’s 10 Things To Do. It was also covered by the Indianapolis Recorder, WTHR’s sports reporter Rich Nye, and mentioned on WFYI’s The Art of the Matter.

One thing is for sure (although at press time we don’t know exactly when) the event will return!

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.

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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.