The Prints of Collaboration: Kenneth Tyler Returns to Herron


Kenneth Tyler, a 1963 Herron alumnus, reflects on his time at the school of art and a near 40-year career in printmaking. Video by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

It only took one month into her graduate studies for Sarah Strong to meet one of her heroes roaming the halls of Herron School of Art and Design.

Herron distinguished alumnus Kenneth Tyler has been giving talks, overseeing the installation of an exhibit of his work and meeting students like Strong one-on-one all week. A printmaking and installation student, Strong was thrilled to ask the 86-year-old master of printmaking about his career and advice on process.

“He’s a wealth of information, of experience,” said Strong after Tyler’s visit to her print- and papermaking studio. “It is such a treasure to have him here.”

Master printmaker Kenneth Tyler, left, talks technique with Sarah Strong, a graduate student in printmaking and installation. Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

Throughout a career that spanned almost 40 years, Tyler pushed the boundaries of printmaking. He was among the first to work massive — creating mural-sized paper prints. He collaborated with some of the 20th century’s greatest: Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler and Jasper Johns, just to name a few. Tyler was one of the first printmakers to embrace computer technology to assist his printmaking techniques.

A collection of Tyler’s work with 20th-century greats is currently showing in Herron’s main galleries located within Eskenazi Hall at 735 W. New York St. “Kenneth Tyler: The Art of Collaboration” runs through Nov. 10.

Tyler received his master’s degree in 1963 from Herron when it was known as the John Herron Art Institute, years before it joined IUPUI. Among other techniques, he studied lithography under Garo Antreasian, an influential Indianapolis artist and instructor.

“I think without Herron, I probably would not have crossed the bridge and gotten to the other side,” said Tyler, who earned a Ford Foundation grant from his Herron work to help launch his early career. “It was a great experience.”

In the 1960s, Tyler quickly thrived at the Tamarind Institue, a lithography studio and workshop in Los Angeles. It was where his first breaks and collaborations with the world’s best artists came. Within 10 years after receiving his Herron degree, Tyler created his own studio, Gemini G.E.L., while gaining international acclaim.

As Tyler met with students this week, he observed their latest work while offering suggestions on technique and materials. Strong asked him about papermaking, a shared passion between the legendary artist and the graduate student.

“Most printmakers I know don’t make their own paper, and most papermakers I know aren’t printmakers,” Strong explained. “For Ken Tyler to come and be a master of both is very exciting for me. I can barely contain myself.”

Faculty members also absorbed Tyler’s expertise.

“He is one of the persons who is a true master in the field of printmaking,” said David Morrison, a professor of printmaking. “The innovation in the field is due to Ken. He’s always been one of my heroes in the print field.”

With a career that took him across the country and around the world, Tyler has rarely had time to revisit Herron. Currently living in Lakeville, Connecticut, Tyler was astounded at the growth of his alma mater and how much Indianapolis has grown.

“Everything has changed, and now we have one of the most outstanding art schools in America,” Tyler said. “It’s designed to give a broadside view of all of the possibilities in printmaking, which weren’t available when I was in school.

“This is like a citadel. This is like a golden paradise.”

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk

Peer-Led Team Learning International Society: 8th Annual Conference

Hosted by the Stem Education Innovation and Research Institute at IUPUI; this event will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8 of 2019.

The title of this event will be ” Weaving Together Best Practices,” and they’re looking for presentations, workshops and posters! The deadline to submit in order to receive feedback is Friday, February 15, 2019. Submit here!

There are many threads of the program to be explored such as sustainability of PLTL campus programs, critical thinking, meta-cognition, and PLTL – discourse analysis including cyberPLTL, PLTL and the sense of belonging, workplace skills development and PLTL, and implementations in non-STEM disciplines.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr.Ne’Shaun Jones, Conference Chair!

Message from the Vice Chancellor for research

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Research Fellowships 2019-2020

The Huntington Library awards over 150 research fellowships annually. The application deadline for fellowships in the 2019-2020 academic year is November 15, 2019. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make contributions to its intellectual life.

Traditional Japanese gardens and red moon-shaped bridge Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens San Marino California

The Huntington is an independent research library with significant holdings in British and American history; British and American literature; art history; the history of science and medicine; and the history of the book. The Library collections range chronologically from the eleventh century to the present. 

Long-Term fellowships are for nine to twelve months in residence with a stipend of $50,000. Three long-term fellowships are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities ($4,200/ month from the NEH; the balance of the stipend from the Huntington funds).

Short term fellowships are for one to five months in residence and carry stipends of $3,500.

The Dibner Program in the History of Science offers historians of science and technology the opportunity to study in the Burndy Library, a remarkable collection in the history of science and technology. Both long and short term fellowships are available.

Travel grants and exchange fellowships for study in the United Kingdom and Ireland are for study in any of the fields in which The Huntington’s own collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in the libraries or archives in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We also offer exchange fellowships with Corpus Christi, Linacre, Lincoln, and New Colleges, Oxford; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Durham University; and Trinity College Dublin.

To learn more about these opportunities and applications, click here  to visit the Huntington Library website!

What’s In Your Bag? Art Student Katie Becker

A first-year student in the Herron School of Art and Design, Katie Becker hopes to break through in digital animation, but a mastery of pen, pencil and paper came first. Video by Tim Brouk, Indiana University.

Drawing in a digital world is easy for Katie Becker, a first-year student in the Herron School of Art and Design.

In order to start strong in the drawing and illustration program, the Indianapolis native invested in Procreate software to go along with her Photoshop prowess. And she’s well-versed in several programs that allow drawing on-screen and 3D rendering.

Becker’s career goal is to become a storyboard digital animator for TV shows, Pixar, Disney or any other animation studio. Her Instagram portfolio portrays a strong style and execution.

But Becker wouldn’t be a digital artist without paper, pencils and pens, too. Her expressive creations wouldn’t be as fine without the foundational work, she said.

“You always need to understand the basics of traditional drawing so you can apply it to digital,” Becker explained. “I don’t think you can learn one without the other at this point in time.”

Becker shared her tools of the trade for when she works analog.

Katie Becker uses a handful of critical pieces for her manual artwork. Photo by Ashlynn Neumeyer, Indiana University

From top left:

  • 18-inch ruler for preciseness
  • Double-sided pencil and pen case
  • Drawing pencils, which range in hardness of lead for a variety of values
  • Pens — Becker explained that the inking process is essential for illustrators. The different pens create dimension with different line weights. “Lately, I’ve been using a lot of brown inks because they’re softer, and I like the effect that it gives,” she said.
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • MacBook Air
  • Mixed-media sketchbook, which allows the artist to use pencil, pen, charcoal and even watercolor pieces in the same place without paper deterioration.

Read the original article by IUPUI NewsTim Brouk

2018 Symposium Poetry Contest

Frederick Douglass at 200: His Living Words
Deadline: October 15, 2018.

IUPUI’s Frederick Douglass Papers will be hosting a poetry contest for this year’s Frederick Douglass Symposium celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of noted abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Poetry submissions are open to all high school and college level students.

Submissions will be carefully read and evaluated by the staff members of the Frederick Douglass Papers Edition, and the winners will be selected by Dr. John Kaufman-McKivigan and Dr. Jeffery Duvall. The winner of the contest will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card, while the runner ups will receive copies of books on Frederick Douglass.

The top contestants will have the opportunity to read their work aloud at the Frederick Douglass at 200: His Living Words Symposium at the Hine Hall Auditorium in IUPUI’s University Tower Building on Friday, October 26, 2018, between 10:30 and 11:30AM.

Due to the time restrictions of the event, we request that all poems, when read aloud, fall between three and five minutes each. While there are no style or formatting restrictions, all poems must be about Frederick Douglass and his world.

Electronic submissions are encouraged and may be sent to:

With permission, selected poems may also be presented online at the Frederick Douglass Papers website. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Internal Grants for Faculty From Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA)

OVPIA supports a variety of competitive funding opportunities that help IU faculty members advance their research and teaching through international engagement. These include a number of exchange programs as well as internal grant programs!

  •   Short-Term Exchange Program for the 2019-2020 academic year (deadline: October 12, 2018); exchange positions will be offered in Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Thailand.
  • Freie Universität Berlin- IU Joint Research Workshops and Short-Term Research Grants (deadline September 28th)
  • Global Gateway Seed Grants for China, Europe, India, Mexico, and ASEAN (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to event)
  • International Short-Term Visitors Grans (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to event)
  • Language Learning Grants (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to start of program)
  • Overseas Conference Grant (deadlines: October 1, 2018; January 15, April 1, and July 1, 2019)
  • Overseas Study Program Development Grants (deadlines: November 1, 2018; February 2, 2019)
  • President’s International Research Awards (PIRA) (deadline TBD)
  • Renmin University of China- IU joint research grants (deadline: November 1, 2018; April 1, 2019)

As you plan international activities, check out these opportunities! Follow this link for guidelines and on-line application forms! If you have any questions, email!

Reiberg Reading Series: Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon’s most recent book is Ill Will, a national bestseller, named one of the ten best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly. His other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story Prize; the national bestseller Await Your Reply and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He is the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series is provided by the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI Department of English and the IUPUI Arts and Humanties Institute.

Thu, October 25, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Get your tickets here!

Tube Factory’s Chicken Chapel of Love

If you pay a visit to Tube Factory artspace on Indy’s southeast side, you’ll see that it’s buzzing with activity, thanks in part to two active bee hives now on the premises. But the nonprofit arts organization under the Big Car umbrella is also trying to raise money for a community kitchen and Vegas style chapel complete with chickens.

The Chicken Chapel

If Big Car Collaborative, which runs Tube Factory, is successful in raising $50,000 by Oct. 19, you’ll be able to come to the Tube to have a meal and, if you like, get married.

“We’re going to have the chicken chapel of love,” says Big Car’s director of programming and exhibitions Shauta Marsh. “It’s going to be a Vegas-style wedding chapel and meditation space,” she says. “I’m going to get ordained and I will perform ceremonies if people want to get married. Or they will just be free to meditate.”

And yes, just as Marsh will perform double duty for Big Car, so will the chickens. That is, they will lay eggs for the community kitchen while doing something a little bit more unusual.

“These chickens will be part of people’s wedding ceremonies if they so desire,” says Marsh.  “And I’ve raised them since they were two days old. We have several different breeds.”

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Two IUPUI Students Heading to Spain to Cover FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

IUPUI Sports Capital Journalism Program students Frank Bonner and Ryan Gregory, from left, are covering the 16-nation FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

The lineup of major sporting events covered by IUPUI students in the Sports Capital Journalism Program reads like a sports journalist’s bucket list: Olympic Games, Final Fours, Indianapolis 500s and the College Football Playoff.

It’s a list no other college program can match, and another spotlight event will be added this week as two journalism students fly to Tenerife, Spain, for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Teams from 16 nations, including the two-time defending champion U.S. team, will compete Sept. 22-30 to determine the world’s best.

Ryan Gregory, a junior from Fort Wayne majoring in sports journalism, and Frank Bonner, a graduate student from Indianapolis studying sports journalism, are making the trip along with Malcolm Moran, director of the Sports Capital Journalism Program. They’ll be writing stories primarily for, USA Basketball’s official website, working from press row and interviewing players and coaches at arguably the biggest event in the sport.

“A lot of countries focus on this tournament more than the Olympics, because basketball can get overshadowed there. For this event, the whole focus is pure basketball,” Moran said.

“We’ve had students who have covered women’s basketball games in the Olympics, but this is the first time we’ve done the World Cup.”

The Sports Capital Journalism Program is part of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students who take part in the program’s remarkable range of top-shelf sports opportunities have their expenses completely covered, which also differentiates IUPUI’s offering from many other schools.

The students will arrive in Spain with plenty of experience covering events. Gregory has covered the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever and Indy Fuel, as well as the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships last year at the IU Natatorium. Bonner, before entering the sports journalism graduate school program, was a sports reporter at the Columbus Republic for two years.

“We have two seasoned veterans, and that’s important because there are going to be logistical challenges, your patience is tested, you’re dealing with all that — and you’re dealing with it somewhere else in the world,” Moran said.

The event can be a challenge for students, with the time commitment of nearly two weeks, including games and travel, in the heart of the semester. But the students’ professors are supportive of the trip, and there is time for classwork between games.

There’s plenty of studying to go around, as FIBA rules are different from what American fans and journalists are used to. The court is slightly smaller, timeouts can only be called by coaches and teams may inbound the ball without an official first touching it, similar to throw-ins in soccer.

“I want to be familiar with the tournament itself before learning the players,” Gregory said. “I feel like those details will come.”

Moran, who will travel with the students as an advisor and editor, covered the creation of USA Basketball nearly three decades ago while writing for The New York Times. He also wrote extensively about U.S. women’s team coach Dawn Staley and assistant coach Jennifer Rizzotti when they played in college.

The U.S. women’s team is vying for its third consecutive gold medal, a feat it has never achieved in the Women’s World Cup.