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

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.

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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!

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!

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.

Reiberg Reading Series: Michael Martone

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Readings Series present writer Michael Martone and special guests R. Craig Sautter, Karen Kovacik, and Terry Kirts to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Reiberg Reading Series.

Michael Martone’s recent books are The Moon Over Wapakoneta, Brooding, Winesburg, Indiana, and Four for a Quarter. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, North American Review, Iowa Review, and other magazines. Martone has won two Fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies. In 2013 he received the national Indiana Authors Award, and in 2016, the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contribution to Midwestern Literature. Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds the MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988.

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.

Wed, October 3, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

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Herron Design Student Goes New School

Aleicha Ostler used 17 years of experience working in Indianapolis Public Schools as well as three IUPUI programs to gain approval to start her own charter school for the fall of 2019.

An IUPUI alumna in both education and educational leadership, Ostler is also using her current graduate-level studies in design thinking to put the finishing touches on the Invent Learning Hub, a charter school for kindergartners to fourth-graders, which will open in August 2019 on the southeast side of Indianapolis. The school, which will be supported by The Mind Trust its first two years, will extend to eighth grade as the first students move up grade levels. Between 200 to 300 children will be the first Invent Learning Hub pupils.

Aleicha Ostler’s Invent Learning Hub charter school will benefit from the design thinking classes she took at IUPUI. Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

Mathematics, reading and design thinking will make up the three foundations of the Invent Learning Hub.

“My goal when I designed this school was to perform very well academically but also produce students who could think critically and solve problems on their own,” said Ostler, a former principal at Frederick Douglass School 19.

Ostler is finishing up her third stint at IUPUI; this time she’s studying design thinking under visual communication design associate professor Youngbok Hong. Her current project focuses on the Invent Learning Hub’s use of design thinking. She wants to enrich how students think when tackling a project.

Ostler is finishing up her third stint at IUPUI; this time she’s studying design thinking under visual communication design associate professor Youngbok Hong. Her current project focuses on the Invent Learning Hub’s use of design thinking. She wants to enrich how students think when tackling a project.

“They’re working more on thematic projects,” Ostler explained, “that are taking the science and social studies standards infused together into projects. They are then taking in a community aspect to solve a community-based problem.”

For example, Ostler recently worked with middle-school students to help solve Indianapolis’ hunger crisis. She and the students studied Second Helpings, a local culinary job-training and hunger-relief organization, and Super Micro Greens, a local urban farm, to help understand the problem.

“Design thinking starts with empathy,” Ostler said. “The first stage of solving problems is to understand other people’s perspectives, which to me adds a whole new element to problem-solving.”

Invent Learning Hub’s school day will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., about an hour longer than most school days. The extra time is to make sure that the part of the day focused on design thinking does not take away from math and reading. Each subject is given equal blocks of time.

“We are making sure the students get that intentional, critical thinking piece of their education,” Ostler said.

Hong is thrilled by Ostler’s new use of design thinking in education. Though the professor has taught many future and current educators in the last 10 years, Ostler is the first to take the concepts and apply them to schooling for kindergarten through eighth grade.

“She’s forced me to think of breadth and depth in this way of thinking — to expand the practice enough to include these age levels,” Hong said. “It helps for research, curriculum development and teachers. I’m really, really excited to see how she will change her local community and students by introducing these concepts.”

Getting started

Before her time as a principal, Ostler was an elementary school teacher at Otis E. Brown School 20 and Eleanor Skillen School 34. She credits IUPUI for exposing her to — and getting her hooked on — molding young minds at city schools. A connection was made, and she hopes to grow that connection in a new way.

“I essentially grew up in a small town,” said Ostler, a first-generation high school and college graduate in her family. “By the end of my student teaching, I had been exposed to inner-city schools and developed a heart for them. I saw a greater need here, and I felt like I could have more of an impact staying in the city.”

As the Invent Learning Hub students advance, Ostler will prepare them for high school and beyond. Sixth- and seventh-graders will be introduced to career paths, and eighth-graders will have opportunities to job shadow. The goal is to help the students choose the right classes to take in high school and to get them thinking about higher education.

“We will then follow them through high school to make sure the family’s following along with the plan,” Ostler said. “This isn’t just a plan for the student, but the whole family.”


Ostler wants her students to gain ACCESS — agency, creativity, communication, empathy, stamina and self-efficacy. This will come from Invent Learning Hub’s personalized learning style of classes: Blended learning will utilize technology suited for the children’s education level, while small-group instruction will ensure attention is given to each student.

Read the original article by IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk

Medical Humanities and Health Studies Presents: Medicine and the Liberal Arts: Essentials for the Health Professions

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Doughnuts & Coffee begin at 10:15 a.m. Panel Starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi & Pizza at Noon

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    Director & Asst. Professor, MHHS, IUSLA;
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    BA, MHHS, 2015
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Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
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Fantasy coffin designer Paa Joe bringing his brand of underground art to IUPUI, IU Bloomington

Revised: All events with Paa Joe have been cancelled as of 9-13-18

Many artists put their heart, soul and passion into their work for the world to see. For Ghanaian artist Joseph “Paa Joe” Ashong, however, his art is dedicated to the individual passion of his client and is typically seen by the world for only a short time.

Paa Joe stands with a fantasy coffin shaped like a lion. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Wigley, director of “Paa Joe and the Lion”

Paa Joe is a master craftsman who creates fantasy coffins, part of Ghana’s tradition of abebuu adekai, which started in the 1950s with artists creating custom coffins for priests and chiefs. These functional coffins are most often in the shape of animals but can be nearly anything the client dreams. Paa Joe and his team have made coffins as varied as lions, shoes and a baby grand piano. As one of the most well-known fantasy coffin makers, Paa Joe has had his work displayed in and commissioned from locations around the world.

Next week, Paa Joe, his son and a former apprentice will bring their expertise and the intricacies of this Ghanaian tradition to the campuses of IUPUI and Indiana University Bloomington. Paa Joe will work with students and faculty at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI during a nine-day workshop that will highlight Ghana’s traditions and the artistry involved in the making of fantasy coffins. In Bloomington, Paa Joe will be honored at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, which currently has an exhibit of fantasy coffins, and participate in a discussion and screening of a film documenting his work at IU Cinema.

“Paa Joe is an internationally respected artist and recognized leader in his field within Ghana,” said Greg Hull, professor and interim chair of fine arts at the Herron School of Art and Design. “It’s an honor to be able to host him on our campus thanks to a grant from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. It is our hope that through his visit and workshops, everyone will gain insight into a uniquely different creative process and world culture.”

In addition to this work with students at Herron, Paa Joe will host several fantasy coffin work sessions that are open to the public at the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center as well as a public talk at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 in Eskenazi Hall’s Basile Auditorium. Before leaving IUPUI, Paa Joe will lead and orchestrate a live performance demonstrating the Ghanaian funeral ceremony and celebration of life from 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14. The performance is open to the public, and attendees are invited to participate in the event.

Following his time at IUPUI, Paa Joe and his team will travel to IU Bloomington to view and discuss an exhibit on the Ghanaian tradition of fantasy coffins at IU’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

The exhibit, “Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins,” is part of the Bloomington campus’s Themester and was curated by Kristin Otto, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology.

Otto, who studies African art, was a research associate at the Mathers Museum in August 2017 when the museum received a one-of-a-kind donation of an airplane-shaped fantasy coffin. Given her background and research interests, Otto was asked to research and curate an exhibit on this unique Ghanaian tradition. She spent two weeks in Ghana visiting Paa Joe’s workshop, learning about the process and interviewing the people who work there.

“I was really, really lucky to be able to do this research,” Otto said. “I was able to get a sense of the artists, their technical skills and artistry. I got to see them work on a series of ocean-themed coffins as well as an ear-of-corn-shaped coffin that was to be used for a funeral.”

The exhibit features four full-size coffins: the airplane, a pink fish on loan from IU’s Eskenazi Museum of Art, a hen on loan from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and a Nike shoe also on loan from the Children’s Museum. In addition, visitors can view five mini/collectible coffins: a rooster, lion, eagle, beer bottle and Coca-Cola bottle.

The exhibit also focuses on Otto’s research in Ghana, including how the fantasy coffins are made, the process and the people behind the work. Visitors to the exhibit will also find information on the cultural uses of these coffins both within Ghana and around the world.

“These craftsmen just have an intuitive sense of the material and shape; they don’t draw or sketch anything,” Otto said. “They’re really skilled at this, and it’s an incredible honor for Paa Joe to come here.”

Otto’s exhibit is on display at the Mathers Museum through Dec. 16, and a reception honoring Paa Joe will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the museum. Otto will also moderate a discussion with Paa Joe following the screening of the film “Paa Joe and the Lion” at IU Cinema. The documentary follows Paa Joe and his son, Jacob, on their journey to re-establish their workshop. Tickets to the 4 p.m. screening Sept. 16 are free and available through IU Cinema.

“This project is an intentional effort to broaden international programming on our campuses and continue strengthening Herron’s connection with the larger university,” Hull said. “For our students, having access to engage and work with professional artists provides insight that can’t be simulated in the classroom and shows them that there are many diverse paths that can be taken in pursuit of their own professional practice.”

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Meet first-year student Carly Butz

Carly Butz will continue her family’s teaching tradition during her IUPUI career.

Carly Butz, a first-year Herron School of Art and Design student in the Honors College, looks to be a third-generation teacher while enhancing her art skills. Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

As an art education major within the Herron School of Art and Design, she will follow in the footsteps of grandfather Bruce Butz and mother, Heather Butz, as educators. But first-year student Carly Butz will combine her passion for working with kids with her art prowess.

An impressive portfolio of paintings, drawings and ceramic pieces has her locked into studio classes, starting with two- and three-dimensional design this semester. The talent will help in the classroom, which will be greatly enhanced thanks to Herron’s many resources.

“They have an awesome woodworking area,” said Butz, a Fishers native. “The Think It Make It Lab: I’ve never been able to work with 3D printers at all, so it will be really cool to learn how to use those.”

Butz is a new member of the Honors College after receiving the Bepko Scholarship along with a Herron scholarship and a Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, which goes to students who will their teaching careers in Indiana.

“I love working with kids,” said Butz, who worked as a camp counselor at Conner Prairie this summer. “I’ve had teachers inspire me, and I’ve seen how much teachers can make a difference in students’ lives.”

Butz sees high school or junior high school as her destination to teach art. After absorbing the love of education from her family and the expertise from Herron faculty, she will be ready to mold the next generation of young artists.

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk

Center for Ray Bradbury Studies Receives NEH Grant

Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI, one of the most extensive single-author archives housed at a university, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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On April 9, the NEH announced $18.6 million in grants for 199 humanities projects across the country, including a number of humanities collections and reference resources grants.

The grant will allow the center to prepare a preservation plan and operational procedures that will help it to eventually expand into a museum and archive with gallery space, all open to the public.

“Ray Bradbury’s archives are a treasure not only for this campus but for all scholars and fans of Mr. Bradbury and his work everywhere,” said Thomas J. Davis, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, which hosts the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. “This generous grant will eventually allow more people to study and enjoy his life’s work and personal items.”

The center was founded in 2007, and the collection, housed in Room 121 of Cavanaugh Hall in the heart of the IUPUI campus, spans the lifetime of the science fiction master (1920-2012). His literary works, art, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual materials, and more are all preserved — nearly 15 tons of materials in all. His home office has also been meticulously recreated with its original contents.

“He kept everything — everything was a memento to life for him,” said Jonathan R. Eller, director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Chancellor’s Professor of English. “All his life, he was learning and observing. When he was beginning to dream about human beings going to outer space, the moon, and Mars, that was his dream before it was popular. His dreams became our dreams through books like ‘The Martian Chronicles.'”

Bradbury’s work continues to inspire millions today, from astronauts to statesmen to children. Literary and Hollywood legends such as Herman Wouk, Steven Spielberg, Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, and Walt Disney, among many others, wrote letters to Bradbury during his lifetime — those are also housed in the collection.

The NEH grant will allow for the hiring of two graduate interns — at least one from the School of Liberal Arts’ Museum Studies program — devoted to coordinating all the work required to expand into a museum and gallery.

“We will be learning best practices for preservation and for inventory and accessioning, as well as the kind of activities that a gallery or archive or museum does to make sure the public has access to these items,” Eller said. “Once we’ve benefited from this grant, a lot of doors will open.”