2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards goes to Herron’s Yasmine K. Kasem

Image courtesy of the artist, Yasmine K. KasemThe International Sculpture Center has announced that Yasmine K. Kasem (B.F.A. in Sculpture, ’15) is a recipient of the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015 for her work El Qamesha El Wahida (The Lonely Cloth).

In a letter notifying associate professors of sculpture Eric Nordgulenand Greg Hull, Kasem’s faculty nominators, a center representative said there were “an exceptional number of nominees this year; 423 students … .” The nominees came from more than 158 college and university sculpture programs in North America and abroad.

The judges, all from New York, included sculptor Chakaia Booker, Dia Art Foundation assistant curator Kelly Kivland, and professor of fine arts, CUNY, Maki Hajikano. They selected Kasem’s sculpture after deliberating over 952 images of sculptural works, the letter said.

The award includes an exhibition with catalog at Grounds for Sculpture—a sculpture garden on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Trenton. The exhibition will take place October 2015 through March 2016 with an opening reception for honorees and their faculty sponsors on October 24. Sculpture magazine will also feature the awards in its October issue. Kasem’s work will be added to an archive of winners on the International Sculpture Center’s website.

“It’s very good for an undergraduate student to get this award,” said Nordgulen. Although Kasem joins recipients from Herron including alumni Emily Stergar (B.F.A. in Sculpture, ‘04) and James Darr(B.F.A. in Sculpture, ‘03), they had already graduated from Herron and were nominated by the graduate schools they were attending at the universities of Arizona and Delaware, respectively.

Kasem said her experiences at Herron have been among the best of her life. “The faculty and facilities gave me the guidance and resources I needed to explore and develop. But not only that, I saw that Herron genuinely cares about its students and their ability to succeed. I owe so much of my success to Herron, my professors and peers. I’ve gotten the wonderful opportunity to work alongside so many talented artists and grow with them in the studio as well.”

“I’m truly grateful for being selected for this award,” she said. “If you would have told me four years ago that I would’ve accomplished what I have, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was so insecure about what I was making and how it held up in comparison to my peers. But all of the positive support, honest critiques and conversations I’ve had with friends, faculty and staff at Herron is what motivated me to keep working hard through any obstacle I encountered.”

As she got closer to applying for college, Kasem said, “I realized that I felt much stronger about visual art and that it would be a better fit for me than studying jazz,” as had been her initial intent.

Once she decided on Herron, there was no question she wanted to study sculpture. “Growing up I always looked for ways to keep myself occupied,” she said, “which usually led me to building something in the back yard, or playing with the leftover clay my mom had from making beads for her jewelry.” Kasem loved making something beautiful out of nothing, but “wanted to work with even more materials, so sculpture was the logical choice.”

Kasem has applied for residencies in Egypt and Switzerland and sees her future at an as yet undetermined graduate school. She’s making new work for a group show in the fall.

“Now that I’ve graduated, I haven’t slowed down at all,” Kasem said. “After that, just continuing my process and hoping I can get my message across to as many people as I can” is the plan.

“Career wise, I’d love to teach, and that’s something I’ve discovered more recently. On the other hand, working at the Herron Galleries has really instilled a deep interest in what goes into running a gallery. But beyond all of that, I want to be a successful artist. That’s what I’m working towards and that’s what gets me up in the morning.”

Look/See showcases M.F.A. Exhibition and more during Herron’s biggest events of the year

Look/See 2015 Logo Courtesy of Herron StaffThis year at Herron School of Art and Design, there’s even more to May, with two Visual Communication Design events kicking off our celebration of the academic year end leading up to Look/See on Thursday, May 7, which includes a full slate of events at both Herron buildings.

Design Day at Herron—May 4
2015 marks the first-ever Design Day at Herron: Design Thinking for People Centered Innovation from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 143 of Eskenazi Hall. This introductory Design Thinking workshop will bring together visual communication design practitioners and community members to explore a particular challenge affecting Indianapolis. This workshop is open to anybody who is curious about Design Thinking. For more information, contact Youngbok Hong, coordinator, Design Thinking and Design Leadership Graduate Program, at youhong@iupui.edu. To register on a first-come, first-served basis,
RSVP to herron4u@iupui.edu. Use subject line “Herron Design Day” and include your name and phone number.

Momentum: Design in Action—May 6
Momentum is an exhibit of senior Visual Communication Design portfolios and capstone projects that will demonstrate the 37 students’ various interests, creative problem-solving processes and plans for the future, revealing the connections that they have made through the course of their time at Herron.

The May 6 opening is by invitation only for members of the local design community. The public opening will be on May 7 from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. in room 122 of Eskenazi Hall. Visit vcd.iupui.edu for more information.

Look/See—May 7

Honors and Awards
To start the party, join us for the Honors and Awards ceremony in the IUPUI Campus Center, room CE450, at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer the accomplishments of students and faculty alike.

M.F.A. Exhibition
Then it’s on to the 2015 M.F.A. Exhibition beginning at 5:00 p.m., which showcases pinnacle works by master’s degree candidates Brent Aldrich, Stephanie J. Beisel, Carly Connelly, Di Sun, Matthew Eickhoff, Jonathan Love, Andrés Marcial, Kristen Jane Morsches, Katie R. Smith, Stephen Smolinski, Shelley Spicuzza and Jac Tardie.

This culminating exhibition takes up all the available gallery space in both Eskenazi Hall and Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. Colin Nesbit, Herron’s gallery director, describes Look/See as “the crescendo of the academic year at Herron. For the students whose works comprise the 2015 MFA Exhibition, the last two years have build up to this single event. These students’ works represent the array of fine arts programs available at Herron performing at their highest level.”

Art Therapy
Nesbit continued, “and this year for the first time, Herron master’s degree candidates in Art Therapy Bonnie Burke, Chelsea Leeds, Elisa Pamelia, Meghan Sullivan, Mu-Chien Tsai, and Kaycee Wilson are going to have a display that explains their discipline and includes versions of their theses for people to look at.

Visual Communication Design
Master’s degree candidates in Visual Communication Design Kaelyn Donnelly, Jennifer Smerdel and Nicholas Walters also will have an interactive exhibition including panels describing their research processes, outcomes and contexts.”

Think It Make It Lab
The public will also get its first chance to see Herron’s new Think It Make It Lab in Eskenazi Hall, which is chock-full of the latest in 3-D and other digital technologies. Live demonstrations of 3-D printing and laser cutting will be included, with a memento for visitors to take home.

The festivities include tours, open studios and a print and ceramics sale, along with refreshments.

Complimentary parking courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis will be available. Shuttle service between buildings will be available throughout the evening.

2014 M.F.A Exhibition

Herron MFA pic

L to R: detail, Lauren Davis (Photography and Intermedia), Musgave; Steve Baker (Furniture Design), Unity; Michael Helsley (Sculpture) untitled; Stephanie Kristen Erin Wichmann (Ceramics), Business As Usual.

The Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony for undergraduate students and their families kicks off the day’s celebration at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., beginning at 4:00 p.m on May 1. All are welcome. The exhibits will be available for viewing until May 22.

Herron School of Art and Design is recognizing the achievements of Herron’s graduating master’s degree candidates with the M.F.A. Exhibition. Graduates work will be displayed in all the galleries in Eskenazi Hall and the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. The candidates represent Ceramics, Furniture Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Exhibiting at the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center will be Steven Baker, Michael Helsley, Christopher Martin, John Collins McCormick, Colin Tury and Stephanie Kristen Erin Wichmann.

In the Basile Gallery in Eskenazi Hall will be Samuel R. Ladwig.

In the Marsh Gallery in Eskenai Hall will be Melissa Michelle Hopson and Southard Freeland.

In the Berkshire, Paul and Reese galleries in Eskenazi Hall will be Denise Conrady, Lauren Davis, Margaret Elizabeth Ingram, Sarah Kasch, Hillary Russell, Marna Lee Shopoff, Bridgit Stoffer, Elizabeth Wierzbicki and David Woolf.

When: May 1-22, 2014
Where:
Indianapolis, IN

For more information visit the event site.

Herron School of Art and Design announces Abbey Chambers as Basile Center Director

Herron School of Art and Design announced today that Abbey Chambers has been appointed as the new director of the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life.

Chambers joined Herron in January 2008 as an administrative support specialist for the Herron Galleries and the Basile Center. She was promoted to the role of academic advisor and recruiter in February 2011. She is also an associate faculty member in Art History.

Her role as the director of the Basile Center will draw on this experience while allowing her to continue teaching her popular courses on Art Appreciation, American Art and the History of Fashion. Chambers also Colonial period through the first half of the 20th century.

She is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) and remains deeply involved in the local arts community.

Chambers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art History from Kendall College of Art and Design, where she was valedictorian. Her master’s degree is in Art History from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Following her graduate studies, Chambers worked for the Community Programs Center at the University of Indianapolis, where she matched students with appropriate service learning opportunities. She also has worked at the Wheeler Arts Community, coordinating public arts events and programs with the resident artists.

Chambers said, “I am honored to have been selected as the Director of the Basile Center. The Basile Center already is a great asset to Herron, its students and to the community. It holds a lot of potential for developing new and innovative partnerships that can enrich our students’ learning and enhance our communities even more.”

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 pre-pares 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.