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.

Dr. Stephen Selka presents “Mapping the Moral in African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil”

Photo courtesy of Dr. Stephen Selka At 12:00pm on April, 30th the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute will host Dr. Stephen Selka.  His lecture will explore African diaspora tourism in Bahia, Brazil, particularly African American “pilgrimages” to the Afro-Catholic festival of Our Lady of the Good Death (or simply Boa Morte) celebrated every August by women of African descent involved with the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé. Although recognized as part of the official heritage of Bahia, Boa Morte occupies a complicated position on the Afro-Brazilian moral landscape. To evangelical Christians, for example, Boa Morte and Candomblé are diabolical; from this perspective, Afro-Brazilian religion is something to leave behind. By contrast, to the extent that the festival of Boa Morte is understood as a celebration honoring the ancestors, it is particularly appealing to African Americans seeking to “recover” their ancestral past. Nevertheless, ancestors are understood to be dangerous and morally unpredictable in Candomblé; therefore Boa Morte is something morally ambiguous for many Candomblé practitioners, contrary to what most African American visitors might expect. Accordingly, this talk focuses on the contested links between heritage, personhood, and morality that are enacted at the festival of Boa Morte.

Stephen Selka is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. A cultural anthropologist, he researches religion, politics, and cultural heritage tourism in Afro-Brazilian communities in northeastern Brazil, where he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork since 1999. His first book, Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil (University Press of Florida, 2007), explores the various ways that Afro-Brazilians in both Christian and African-derived religious communities construct their ethnic identities and struggle against racism.

This public program is part of the Religion and Ethics Roundtables series of the IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society. Religion and Ethics Roundtables highlight the work of scholars at IUB, IUPUI, and beyond, with the goal of engaging the IU community and the public in dialogue about important issues at the intersection of religion, ethics, and society.

Upcoming Lectures at IU Bloomington

April 5 to 19, 2013

Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality symposium
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 5
WHERE: Law School Room 335 Faculty Conference Room, Bloomington
WHAT: Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality Annual Symposium: “Social Equality: Looking Forward and Looking Back”
COST: Free and open to the public

From Philosophy to Paleography, or The Annoying Duty to Share History With the Past
WHEN: Noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 5
WHERE: 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Ballantine Hall, Room 004, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Bob Eno, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at IU Bloomington
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-3765 or

The Chairs of Chester Cornett
WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6
WHERE: Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington
WHAT: As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures will present a series of conversations with curators, researchers, students and scholars from a variety of disciplines who study and explore the museum’s rich collections.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-6873 or

A Life in the Law: From Military Commissions to the Indiana Supreme Court
WHEN: Noon Monday, April 8
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 123, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-4044 or

I manoscritti provenzali in Italia
WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday, April 8
WHERE: Slocum Room, Lilly Library, 1200 E. Seventh St., Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker Carlo Pulsoni, professor of romance philology at the University of Perugia, will discuss the Italian manuscripts containing works in Old Occitan.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-7035 or

Innovations in Law School Pedagogy
WHEN: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Provost Lauren Robel
COST: Free and open to the public; Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., in the Law School Atrium

LL.M. 10th Anniversary Celebration: International Legal Education in the 21st Century: Preparing Lawyers to Meet Global Challenges
WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Honorable Judge Patricia Riley, Indiana Court of Appeals
COST: Free and open to the public

Louise Melling, ACLU: “The New Age of Abortion Restrictions: Listen Up! It’s About You”
WHEN: Noon Wednesday, April 10
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 123, Bloomington
WHAT: Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union deputy legal director and director of the ACLU Center for Liberty, will discuss the status of abortion restrictions and how they compromise our rights and well-being today, 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade — as well as what is to come.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-4044 or

Principles in Drug Discovery
WHEN: 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
WHERE: Indiana University MSBII Building 702 N. Walnut Grove Ave., Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Dr. Betty Bei Yao, associate director at Abbvie (formerly Abbott Laboratories), where she has more than 15 years of experience in developing neuroscience-related therapeutic targets.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-1930 or

Three Remarkable Women
WHEN: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Room 102, Indiana University 1201 E. Seventh St. Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Mary D. Sheriff
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-2597 or

Human Rights and Authorship Norms: Comparative Traditions
WHEN: 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom 100, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the co-director of DePaul University College of Law Center for Jewish Law and Judiac Studies
COST: Free and open to the public

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: University Library Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Donald Ray Pollockauhor of the story collection Knockemstiff
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 317-274-8929 or

Law & Society Center Workshop
WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 335, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Kathie Hendley, University of Wisconsin
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-856-0434 or

Business and Human Rights: What’s the Board Got to Do With It?
WHEN: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 12
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Professor Jena martin, West Virginia University college of Law
COST: Free and open to the public

Memories & Reminiscences
WHEN: 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12
WHERE: Fine Arts 015, Indiana University, Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Judy Dater, recipient of numerous photography awards, has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally, and her photographs are widely published.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-7686 or

Bizarre Foods Fair
WHEN: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13
WHERE: Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington
WHAT: Presentations and demonstrations highlighting the students’ research will be complemented by a variety of food.
COST: Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and must be picked up at the museum by April 12.
INFORMATION: 812-855-1696 or

Fuchs Lecture Series Speaker: Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard
WHEN: Noon Monday, April 15
WHERE: IU Maurer School of Law Room 335, Bloomington
WHAT: Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will deliver the Ralph F. Fuchs Lecture, “Does the Country Have Too Many Lawyers, or Not Enough?” Shepard was recently named chair of the American Bar Association’s new Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, so his remarks will be especially timely and useful.
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-2075 or
Engaging North Korea and Iran: A public forum exploring what a strategy of engagement looks like
WHEN: 5 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 18
WHERE: Wynne Courtroom 100, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis
WHAT: The IU McKinney School of Law, IUPUI Office of International Affairs, Indiana University Pan-Asia Institute and Portland State University welcome a panel of experts from the US, Europe, Asia & Australia to explore what a strategy of engagement looks like.
COST: Free and open to the public; pending approval CLE: 1.75 hours

Toxic Symbiosis: Achieving Structural Justice in the Healthcare System
WHEN: 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18
WHERE: The Poynter Center, 618 E. Third St., Bloomington
WHAT: Keynote speaker: Milton Fisk, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
COST: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 812-855-0261 or