Summer Youth Program Fund feeds thinking and making at Herron Creativity Camps

At Herron School of Art and Design, if you can think it, you can make it. That holds true for herron_posterthe 147 youths who attended this year’s Summer Creativity Camps.

Camp Cartoon, Camp Tomorrow, Camp Noise and Camp Kinetics each ran for a week in Eskenazi Hall. Students explored, discovered and made things—often with digital technology in the school’s newly established Think It Make It Lab.

“These new camps are what the students are looking for,” said instructor Lauren Saunders (B.A.E., 2015). “Bringing together traditional studio art practices and digital technologies opens up a whole new set of skills for the students. It also takes them out of their comfort zone and results in great brainstorming and exploration.”

Hannah, a 13-year-old camper, tried all of the creativity camps. “I came to camp to learn how to do animation and broaden my experiences,” she said. She described the unfamiliar hand-to-computer processes in Camp Cartoon as really tough at first, but “the more I did it, the easier it got. I feel like I really pushed myself.”

A scholarship made it possible for Hannah to attend. “Scholarships are good,” she said, “because there are a lot of kids who want to come to camp but can’t. That’s too bad because they may not be able to become what they want to be. I feel lucky.”

Thanks to donors including the Summer Youth Program Fund—a collaborative coordinated by the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Lilly Endowment, Inc.—many Marion County youths had something fun to do this summer.

Sisters Nyela, 12, and Mesgana, 13, said their mother was looking for educational camps online when she found Herron. The pair said she was happy to learn that scholarships were available. The girls attended camp for two weeks. They both wanted to thank whoever made the scholarships possible. “It’s neat that two people from the same family got to come to camp,” Nyela said.

This year’s Summer Youth Program Fund partners included Lilly Endowment, Inc., Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

The Lacy Foundation also supported Herron Creativity Camps through its support to Herron’s Community Learning Programs.

Herron’s Community Learning Programs have undoubtedly made a positive mark on the lives of aspiring artists. To learn more about these programs, visit www.HerronCommunity.org

Goodine and Richardson say farewell to Herron after 59 combined years of teaching

There are a lot of meet-cute stories at Herron School of Art and Design. One belongs to goodine_richardson_mainthe departing duo of Linda Adele Goodine, former Chancellor’s Professor of Photography and Intermedia and Mark Richardson, former associate professor of Ceramics. A school secretary introduced them to each other a quarter of a century ago. “She said to Mark, ‘Look at that skinny photo instructor. She looks like she needs to be fed,’” recalled Goodine. They went to Some Guys, a popular place for pizza.

Their apartments were within walking distance of the school. Later, said Richardson, “We could have bought a small house, but we bought this crazy, empty church,” just a few degrees north on the same street in the historic neighborhood. The vast space, fronted by a lush garden today, became a hub for creative activity and socializing.

Richardson earned his M.F.A. degree from IU Bloomington in 1980. He started at Herron the same year as a visiting lecturer and stayed for 34 years. He retired in December 2014.

Goodine, who holds master’s degrees from Ithaca College (1981) and Florida State University (1983), was recruited in 1989 as a visiting artist. “I came with an established career and had 20 museum shows under my belt,” she said. Her 26-year career at Herron ended on May 31.

Both Richardson and Goodine have family on the east coast. His family is in Massachusetts. Although she was born in New York, Goodine said, “I came of age in the South as an artist and I go back down to the Gulf or the Everglades to do my work.” With their daughter, Ella Richardson Goodine, out of the nest and studying French theory and gendered sound art at Smith College, it was natural for the couple to look beyond the Midwest.

“I am well into my 50s, and I wanted to start spending more time in my studio,” said Goodine. “I probably would have stayed at Herron just a year or so longer.” However, a position in Greenville, North Carolina, caught her eye.

“It was as if the job description had been written for her,” Richardson said. So she has accepted the appointment as Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor in the School of Art and Design at Eastern Carolina University, beginning this August.

Goodine said she will be teaching three classes per year and have more time for research, including several book projects she has had in mind. “There’s a real connection fit-wise between there and Herron,” she said. “It has a very familiar feel.”

Richardson and Goodine said what they loved most about their time at Herron was their students.

“When you have a big group of curious people—for example, last semester’s junior class—I was so lucky to have them. They were ready to think differently at any moment,” said Goodine.

“You look at the art you make and the kids you teach as your children,” Richardson said.

Both professors empathize with parents’ varied reactions when students announce their plans to go to art school.

Richardson said his own parents were a little nervous but supportive.

“My dad wanted me to go to law school with my sister and start a family business,” said Goodine. “‘Why would you take a vow of poverty?’ he said. That worry for parents never changes—that connectedness to security and what that means for livelihood.”

“I try to teach my students to be full-brained, to reign in their intuition through technique and go past their craft,” she said. “If they never make another piece of art after they leave here is doesn’t matter. They have adaptability tenacity, and the ability to think critically.”

Richardson and Goodine still remember their early artistic influencers reverently. For Richardson, they were the international ceramicist Gregor Giesmann and folk potter Shoji Hamada. For Goodine, they were her grandfather, Arthur H. Richards, a photojournalist for Reuters and Gannett, and Roger Mertin, “a photographer’s photographer,” she said.

From Adele, I learned that good art starts from a place of questioning rather than knowing. Her great gift as an educator was to create a space where I could challenge what I thought I knew, about the world and myself, and use that inquiry as a basis for making better images.

She inspired this quest to really examine where the images come from inside yourself, and also to think more about how your art lives outside the classroom. A regular part of Adele’s curriculum was a public-service component; I loved finding out that art-making can go out of the studio and be a part of the community. It’s a wonderful way to keep your practice alive and fresh. In Adele’s classroom, we got this sense that what we do as artists is powerful and important. I’ve kept that feeling throughout my career.

“We will miss our colleagues. We’ve said goodbye to many people and been happy because they are going on to more adventures,” said Richardson.

A title from one of the airport commissions sums it up best for Richardson and Goodine: Bon Voyage, Fly, Perfect.

Herron book arts exhibit on IU Bloomington campus has been extended through Aug. 14

INDIANAPOLIS — Art lovers still have time to catch the 15th annual exhibit of artist’s books photo courtesy of herron.iupui.edumade by students in the book arts program at Herron School of Art and Design, part of the Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis campus.

The free exhibit has been extended through Aug. 14 in the foyer of the Fine Arts Library at IU-Bloomington, 1133 East Seventh St., Bloomington. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Herron offers a minor in book arts within its printmaking department. Herron’s book arts curriculum emphasizes combining solid craftsmanship skills such as drawing, printmaking, letterpress and sculpture with an understanding of the expressive potential of the book as a medium. Students are encouraged to push the definition of the book and engage with the melding of narrative and structure, or narrative and functionality. The end result is that many of the works on display are “unbooks” bearing little resemblance to books as we know them.

The Fine Arts Library exhibit includes a bracelet-like structure that opens into two halves out of which comes an accordion-style tiny book that can be read only when the accordion is pulled out. The display also includes books created by sculptor Shana Reis, who uses the books to explore her combat experiences as a gunner on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. The books include paper pages created by running military uniforms through a paper pulp beater.

In an interview with WFIU Public Radio, Herron book arts adjunct instructor Karen Baldner talks about the excitement of being on the leading edge of the “re-appropriation” of the physical book as a “medium of enormous potential” in our digital age. “Students who are engaging in this know that they are re-inventing the wheel,” Baldner said.

Listen to Baldner’s interview here.

Popular artists with diverse backgrounds featured in July Herron Exhibits

photo courtesy of herron.iupui.eduWhat do a philanthropist looking for a winter hobby, a prosthodontist who loves to travel, a dioramist hot off a sold-out show and a philosophical photographer all have in common?

Each has an exhibit running July 10 to July 31 at the Herron School of Art and Design, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

“These exhibitions showcase a variety of art forms and the creative explorations of artists at different stages in their careers,” said Herron Dean Valerie Eickmeier. “I think it’s going to be a perfect summer show that will offer something of interest for everyone.”

A fifth Herron exhibit running throughout July features works by Eickmeier. An opening reception for all five exhibitions takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10 at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.

Dean Eickmeier’s show, “Water Musings” will be on exhibit in the Dorit and Gerald Paul Gallery. It features selected works created during her recent sabbatical.

Photographer Michelle Given opens her artist statement with several philosophical questions, including: What is the distance between desire and fulfillment when the thing that you want is within reach, but unobtainable? How does one map the width and breadth between psychological and physiological experience?

Given’s exhibit, “The Closet Distance,” features photographs of interior spaces, cityscapes and some video. It will be on display in the Eleanor Prest Reese Gallery.

Stacey M. Holloway’s entire cache of poignant yet whimsical dioramas sold out at a recent gallery show in New York. So she has had to make an entire new collection of works for her exhibit “Rough Draft,” opening in the Robert B. Berkshire gallery.

“Rough Draft” explores the uncertainty of a future and how quickly one small decision can unintentionally alter an intended plan. Holloway uses her studies of animal behavior, the landscape and architectural drafting as mechanisms for metaphors of uncertainty and longing, to build the narratives presented in her dioramas.

Civic leader and philanthropist Marianne Glick took up painting in 2004 in search of a creative outlet in the winter to replace gardening. Her exhibit of watercolor and acrylic paintings, entitled “Recent Works” will be on display in the Marsh Gallery. “Most of the works in the exhibit will have been painted since the death of my parents, which has been a time of great reflection for me,” Glick said. “A Time of Reflection” is the name of her show.

“Reflections and Shadows of the World,” featuring photography by R. Stephen Lehman, an alumnus of the IU School of Dentistry, will be on exhibit in the Basile Gallery. Lehman’s love of photography began while he was a college student.

“I am thrilled to display 12 of my favorite prints!” said Lehman, who gleaned his exhibition pieces from photographs taken during extensive travel across all six continents. “Polar Bears Plus” is a tender snapshot of an adult bear and a cub, walking across a snow-covered landscape.

“This series of summer exhibitions provides an interesting cross-section of the artistic community,” said gallery director Colin Nesbit. “The high caliber of work being created by Ms. Glick and Dr. Lehman might make some wonder why they didn’t just become professional artists.”

All five exhibits are open to the public free of charge. Visitors can park courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis in the visitor section of the Sports Complex Garage (west of Herron’s Eskenazi Hall), or park on the upper floors of the Riverwalk Garage (south of the Sports Complex Garage) until 6 p.m. on any floor. After 6 p.m., visitors should bring their parking tickets to Herron Galleries for validation.

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.”

The Genetic Portrait Project: Herron Professor documents people’s perceptions of genetic research through photographs

Stefan Petranek

Stefan Petranek

Stefan Petranek, assistant professor of photography and intermedia at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design, has taken an unusual approach to collecting people’s thoughts on science. With a marker and poster board in hand, Petranek asks individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to consider “how the future will be affected by genetic research.” He then photographs his volunteers holding their message. In the last four years, Petranek has photographed over 400 individuals creating a noteworthy catalogue of responses that reflect the diversity of ethical concerns and technological promise this expansive field of science offers society.

As researchers’ ability to manipulate DNA for a wide array of biological issues, from human health to agricultural production advance, the influence of DNA-based technologies on our daily lives has grown exponentially. Yet there is little research which tracks Americans’ perceptions of these technologies. The Genetic Portrait Project grew out of Petranek’s ongoing artwork about the pyscho-social implications of a genetically advanced world and his interest in how others were grappling with the same issues. The project represents the first-ever visual documentary of individuals’ perceptions on science.

Petranek has photographed several high profile individuals for the project including Dr. Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genomic Research Institute at NIH, and internationally known artist, Mark Dion. He has also photographed individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including soliciting people off the streets from cities like Indianapolis, Boston, and Portland, OR to participate. Recently, Petranek has focused on creating interactive initiatives at genetic and bioethics conferences. In 2014, he photographed attendees at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting, the world’s largest genetics conference. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and were recently published in Frontline Genomic Magazine’s March issue. To see more portraits you can visit Petranek’s website and the Project’s Facebook page.

In the near future, Petranek plans to create a website that will allow people to participate autonomously, creating an international repository of photographic portraits dedicated to documenting thoughts on genetics at this moment in history.

Herron’s summer exhibitions range from photography to painting to sculpture and video

Herron School of Art and Design’s 2015 summer exhibitions will feature works by five herron_posterartists in a range of media from photography to painting to sculpture and video.

A reception in Eskenazi Hall on July 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. will open the galleries, which are free and open to the public. The exhibitions continue through Jul 31.

Michelle Given lives and works in Indianapolis and has taught at Murray State University as well as Indiana University. Her work in this show includes interior spaces, landscapes and cityscapes, and video.

Stacey M. Holloway, Herron alumna (B.F.A. 2006) and former faculty member,is an assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Her cache of poignant yet whimsical dioramas sold out at a recent gallery show in New York, so she has promised to make new works for this exhibition.

Valerie Eickmeier, dean of Herron, will exhibit selected works created during her recent sabbatical that meld real experiences and observations with imagined and reinterpreted images.

These paintings are based on changing sequences in nature as well as contemplation of the underlying forces that create change. In the Marsh Gallery, recent works by Marianne Glick will be on display. The civic leader and philanthropist began painting in 2004 as she searched for a creative outlet to replace gardening during the winter. She describes herself as an abstract expressionist who works mostly in watercolor and acrylic. The Basile Gallery will feature works by R. Stephen Lehman. A prosthodontist by
profession, Lehman began his love of photography in college shooting campus parties. He likens his seriousness about the medium to that of legendary cellist Pablo Casals,
who was once asked why, at 93, he continued to practice three hours a day. Casals replied, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.”

Parking Information
Park courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis in the visitor section of the Sports Complex Garage (west of Herron’s Eskenazi Hall), or park on the upper floors of the
Riverwalk Garage (south of the Sports Complex Garage) until 6:00 p.m. Park on any floor after 6:00 p.m. Bring your parking ticket to the Herron Galleries for validation.

Herron grad’s personal blog of ‘Things Organized Neatly’ takes international award

INDIANAPOLIS — “Let me organize your things,” said Austin Radcliffe, and with those five 476770_w296words the Herron School of Art and Design graduate accepted the 2015 People’s Voice Webby Award for Personal Blog/Website during the 19th Annual Webby Awards on May 18.

Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards honors excellence on the Internet, in the categories of websites, advertising and media, online film and video, mobile sites and apps, and social. This year’s 344 winners were chosen from nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

Radcliffe’s award-winning website, “Things Organized Neatly,” includes images of just that — things organized neatly — created and curated by him.

His latest creation, “Springs Organized Neatly,” was created specifically in celebration of his Webby award; the award logo and trophy are springs. The photo was shot in collaboration with Brooke Shanesy.

“Images on my blog come from artists, mainly photographers, all over the world,” Radcliffe said. “I have featured approximately one photo every day for the last five years, so I couldn’t have done it all myself. The site has become a documentation of the trend/style of organizing things neatly.”

Other posts include:

A child’s make-believe super hero costume
Nicholas Jacobsen’s objects left behind in an old plumbing company.
Robert Wilson’s neatly organized cup and saucers for the launch of a new line of ceramics.
Jim Golden’s hair barrettes.
Renee Altov’s disassembled 1980s Mitsubishi Colt.

During the star-studded awards ceremony in New York, Radcliffe and other Webby winners received their Webby statues, a silver spring, and acknowledged their wins in five-word acceptance speeches, a Webby tradition.

“It is very exciting to be recognized by such a prestigious Internet award, for a blog project I started while at Herron,” Radcliffe said. “The awards ceremony was surreal and definitely memorable. I don’t know exactly what it will lead to, though I have already gotten a few new emails from creative agencies who want to work together.”

A resident of Cincinnati, Radcliffe graduated from Herron, on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, in 2012 with a major in fine art and art history. His organized things have earned him an invitation to work with Tate Galleries in London, a book deal and more than 350,000 Tumblr followers.

Herron student creates Scout the raccoon as mascot for School of Medicine safety program

INDIANAPOLIS — The pediatrics unit at Indiana University School of Medicine has a new safety “hero.”475795_w296

Dressed in red high-top tennis shoes, and a red shirt emblazoned with a golden capital “S,” Safety Scout – a blue raccoon – is the newly commissioned mascot for the Division of Safety Education and Outreach, part of the IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The adorable raccoon beat out cats, dogs, squirrels, rabbits and even a skunk vying for the role of safety mascot.

Scout is the creation of Herron School of Art and Design junior Trisha Mason, one of 10 illustration and drawing students who presented preliminary concepts for potential mascots at the urging of foundation studies professor Vance Farrow. All 10 had previously tackled some character design as students in Herron associate professor Kathleen O’Connell’s Illustration II course.

Safety Education and Outreach Director Susan Stanley said her division has wanted a mascot for a number of years. She turned to Herron, also part of the IUPUI campus, for help after designs submitted from professional illustrators didn’t capture the essence needed.

The mascot character needed to be gender neutral, expressive, cute and cuddly. It needed a wardrobe, too, including de rigueur items like a bike helmet and life jacket. It also needed to appeal to parents, but especially to children in a broad age range — because accidents are the leading cause of death in children ages one to 14.

Mason’s choice of a raccoon as a mascot sprang from personal experience. “We had a little raccoon family living under our porch in Mooresville,” Mason said.

As for Scout’s blue fur and red clothing, “I was drawing from different superheroes,” Mason said. “I got the color scheme from Superman.”

Developing the mascot is Mason’s first paid art job. Images of Scout will appear on the safety brochures, flyers and other resources the division distributes by mass mailings and during community events throughout Indiana with the focus on preventing accidental injuries to children and seniors.

The safety education and outreach unit annually distributes 30,000 pieces of literature on various topics, including bike, outdoor, water and fire safety. Scout will appear on Riley Red Wagon series material which is available in English and Spanish.

Users can also download copies of safety literature from the IU School of Medicine Safety Store website .

Scout is scheduled to make his first appearance on safety literature in early 2016, and could later make the transition to a costumed character.

Arbor Day Foundation honors IUPUI as a Tree Campus USA

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was honored with a 2014 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The award marks the third time IUPUI has received the Tree Campus USA recog476311_w296nition.

Leading up to the award May 5, the campus participated in the 2015 Arbor Day tree planting program. Twenty Honors College students, with the support of Campus Facility Services, planted 16 trees May 1.

IUPUI also participated in an NCAA tree-planting event during the Final Four in Indianapolis last month. Four trees were planted in an area designated Celebration Plaza, between one of the NCAA’s buildings and the Herron School of Art and Design.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

According to the foundation, IUPUI achieved the title of Tree Campus USA by meeting five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

About the Arbor Day Foundation:

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.