Herron Welcomes master printmaker Kenneth Tyler, showcasing his collaborations with iconic artists

INDIANAPOLIS — This fall, the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI presents a survey of collaborations between Herron alumnus Kenneth Tyler and 11 of the 20th century’s most iconic artists in the Galleries at Herron Sept. 19-Nov. 10 in conjunction with IUPUI’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.

Kenneth Tyler, left, and Terence La Noue examining proofs from the “Ritual Series,” Tyler Graphics Ltd. artist studio, Mount Kisco, New York, 1987. Photo by Marabeth Cohen-Tyler

With a “no rules” mantra, master printer Kenneth Tyler worked with dozens of artists from 1966 through 2001 to create prints that redefined the medium of fine art printmaking. “Kenneth Tyler: The Art of Collaboration” offers an intimate view into Tyler’s visionary partnerships with Joseph Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Terence La Noue, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, John Newman, Steven Sorman, Frank Stella and John Walker.

In addition, the exhibition brings together artwork on loan from the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, including the printing matrix for Frank Stella’s “Juam”; archival photographs taken in the Tyler Graphics Ltd. workshops during the time of the partnerships; and eight documentary films by Frank Cantor.

“Tyler is a distinguished alumnus of Herron School of Art and Design who graduated with a Master of Art Education in 1963 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Indiana University in 2005,” said professor and former Dean Valerie Eickmeier, who was integral to bringing the Tyler exhibition to Herron. “I am honored to welcome Ken back to the school and highlight works of art from his extraordinary personal collection in the Galleries at Herron.”

“Kenneth Tyler: The Art of Collaboration” is made possible by the generous support of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation and the Sam Francis Foundation. In-kind support for the opening reception is provided by Sun King Brewery. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 44-page booklet containing Tyler’s personal reflections and an essay by Jane Kinsman, head of international art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Also on view in the Galleries at Herron Sept. 19-Dec. 12:

  • In the Marsh Gallery: MacArthur Award “Genius Grant” recipient Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s “The Minotaur Trilogy,” a trio of videos that bring a feminist perspective to the Greek myth of the minotaur, using punning wordplay, handmade costumes and sets, and bawdy humor to riff on classical mythology and pop culture.
  • In the Basile Gallery: “Stuff(ed),” an exhibition featuring the work of five contemporary artists who explore the playful, subversive power of sculpted fabric to transform and reimagine mass-market commodities and bric-a-brac from everyday life. Participating artists are Jessica Dance, Gil Yefman, Andrea Pritschow, David Gabbard and Natalie Baxter.

A public talk with Tyler will occur during the opening reception for all three exhibitions from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St. The Galleries at Herron, located in Eskenazi Hall on the IUPUI campus, are free and open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Parking is free, courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis with validation from the Herron galleries. Visitors may park in the Sports Complex Garage adjacent to Eskenazi Hall or on levels 5-6 of the Riverwalk Garage. Visit HerronGalleries.org for more information.

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IU’s Hilltop Garden and Nature Center Celebrates Shakespeare

When Indiana University Hilltop Garden and Nature Center volunteer LindHeath first learned about the Shakespeare gardens being grown across America a few years ago, she sprang into action.

The Shakespeare Garden at Hilltop. Photo by James Brother, IU Communications

With the help of Hilltop Garden coordinator Lea Woodard, IU landscape architect Mia Williams and Monroe County master gardeners Charlotte Griffin and Bob Baird, Heath began a journey to create IU’s own garden full of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s literature and grown during the era in which he lived and wrote.

The team created a master list of plants from the Shakespeare Gardens at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Northwestern University. Then they chose which of the plants would adapt and flourish in Bloomington’s climate. When deciding the garden’s layout, they referred to the book “Plant-Lore and Garden-Craft of Shakespeare”by Henry Ellacombe.

They broke ground on the garden in 2014. Since then, Heath has worked constantly to maintain the space with new plants every season.

As she walked around the garden recently, she explained each plant’s significance and its suitability to Indiana’s climate.

Hilltop Garden volunteer Linda Heath. Photo by Eric Rudd, IU Communications

Each plant bears a label indicating the scientific name, size and blooming period, its sun, shade, soil and water requirements, and quotes about the plants from Shakespeare’s literature. Some examples of the wide range of plants being grown are sweet peas and carnations, which were popular in Shakespeare’s time and are mentioned in his work, “The Winter’s Tale.”

“Creating this garden became a wonderful learning experience,” Heath said. “We wanted to make it extremely educational, so we created these labels so that when people come, they have the ability and knowledge to grow these plants in their own garden.”

Heath said her dream of creating the garden wasn’t necessarily from an interest in Shakespeare himself or his literature but stems from a love of the plants that grew during the time period. She gained a deeper knowledge of his literature through growing the garden and believes that others can as well.

Heath enjoys hearing what her visitors, including preschool classes, have to say about the garden.

A radiant pasque flower that’s featured in the garden. Photo by James Brosher, IU Communications

“I once had visitor who was so excited to find out that Hilltop had a Shakespeare Garden,” she said. “He had just visited New York and told me his father went to the Central Park Shakespeare Garden every single day.”

The garden at Hilltop is still expanding today. The Bloomington Garden Club recently awarded a grant to purchase a wooden archway that will be placed at the entrance of the garden. It is surrounded by numerous other visitor-friendly gardens, such as the Shade Garden and the Edible Campus Garden.

“It’s like an oasis in the middle of a busy campus,” Heath said.

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The Veterans’ Storyteller

Thirty-three years after he returned from service in Vietnam, Media School professor emeritus Ron Osgood felt proud to be a veteran for the first time.

Professor emeritus Ron Osgood has directed two documentaries on Vietnam veterans and is producing an oral history website that tells their stories. (Courtesy photo)

It was 2005, and he had returned to his hometown of Chicago for the dedication of a Vietnam veterans memorial.

“There were hundreds of people, many of which were Vietnam veterans wearing a cap that said, ‘Vietnam veteran’ or a shirt that said ‘First Cavalry,’ or something to represent themselves as a veteran,” Osgood said. “There were so many veterans, and I saw how proud they were.”

Simultaneously, decades-old anti-war group Vietnam Veterans Against the War was supporting an Iraq War protest. The juxtaposition of the two events piqued Osgood’s interest.

At the protest, he heard impassioned speeches by two young men, both still on active duty. Afterward, he approached one of them and acknowledged his “courageous” speech. The man told him his father, a Vietnam-era veteran who supported the Iraq War, had all but disowned him for his opposition.

“I left and drove back to Bloomington with this emotion of feeling proud to be a veteran and sad that this young man who would soon be a veteran spoke out with his beliefs, and his father would not accept him,” Osgood said.

That, to Osgood, emphasized the generational aspect of the Vietnam and Iraq wars and inspired his first war documentary, My Vietnam, Your Iraq.

“That became the catalyst for my next 13 years of work with veterans’ projects,” he said.

Osgood is a veteran and a veterans’ storyteller, though the stories he tells are rarely his own. Rather, they’re the experiences and memories of countless other veterans he’s spoken with throughout the production of two documentaries: My Vietnam, Your Iraq and Just Like Me: The Vietnam War — Stories from All Sides, and a sprawling online multimedia project he’s developing called Vietnam War Stories.

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Art students commissioned to create downtown mural

KOKOMO, Ind. — On the side of a downtown business, a vision of Kokomo 1,000 years into the future is taking shape, under the hands of talented Indiana University Kokomo artists.

IU Kokomo Students courtesy of IU Kokomo

On summer evenings, the five students in Minda Douglas’s community arts projects class bring their mural to life, showing a futuristic view of the City of Firsts, after an alien invasion. While there are familiar sights, such as the Kokomantis, the Kokomo Municipal Stadium, churches, and other current buildings, there are also brightly-colored aliens scattered throughout the 120-foot-long and 20-foot high painting, designed by student Janet Meeks.

The whimsical design fits the parameters set out by representatives of Bucheri McCarty & Metz for their new downtown office, when they commissioned the project.

“They wanted something fun, something colorful and interactive,” said Douglas, associate professor of fine arts. “Janet did a great job with all of those things. They didn’t want something that already exists in Kokomo. They wanted something different, something new, and she met that criteria well.”

The interactive portion of the mural is a seek-and-find game, with a drawing near Main Street showing aliens seekers can look for along the wall, Meeks said.

The Logansport resident enjoys seeing the design she sketched on paper take shape on the wall. She’s dreamed of being a professional muralist since painting one with a friend at Columbia Middle School while she was a student there.

“This project has given me confidence that I can make a living as an artist,” she said. “There are always a lot of calls for mural artists, and now I have experience creating one as a professional.”

The class is a way to fulfill community requests, while allowing students to earn credit for completing the work, Douglas said.

Each student drew a proposal and presented it to the clients, who selected their favorite. They all agreed to paint whichever design was selected, putting in 120 hours each, and will work beyond the end of the summer session as needed to finish it.

Painting began in the dark, with students projecting the image onto the side of the building, and sketching it with a wax writing tool. Then, they started painting, using high-quality exterior paint meant to last, doing the work in the evening to avoid the July daytime heat.

Fine arts major Alissa Krieg said it was her first time painting a mural, and she looks forward to seeing it completed.

“I feel like with this project, I’ve done something to benefit Kokomo on a local level,” said Krieg, from Michigantown. “I think it’s important for artists to participate in beautifying their community. It’s been a good experience working with actual clients, and seeing how much this type of art costs.”

Douglas called it a valuable real-world experience, going through the submission process, buying supplies, and seeing how much time it takes to complete a large-scale project.

“They’ve learned how they could possibly go ahead and do something like this on their own, and how to market themselves and price that work,” she said.

It’s also a confidence boost, Douglas said.

“This is something they’ve done for their community that will be here for a long time, something they can be proud of,” she said.

Jon Hendricks, manager at Bucheri McCarty & Metz, appreciated being able to partner with IU Kokomo in their vision to contribute to downtown.

“Our firm’s hope is to contribute to the ongoing revitalization,” he said, which is why they opened a second office on North Main Street. “Murals are a great way to improve urban space, and we were really excited they wanted to work with us. The class has been incredibly professional and impressive.”

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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Pirates and spiders inspire Herron furniture designer

One of Katie Hudnall’s two pieces in the current Herron School of Art and Design Biennial Faculty Exhibition had nightmarish inspiration.

“I moved into a place that was infested with brown recluses, which are poisonous spiders as it turns out,” said Hudnall, an assistant professor in furniture design at the Herron School. “In an effort to make friends with the population, I built them a table.”

Katie Hudnall, an assistant professor in furniture design at the Herron School of Art and Design, manipulates her new creation, “The Seeing Machine.” Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

After calling the exterminator, Hudnall sketched out “Spider Leg Lamp,” which stands on eight spindly legs. The thin pieces of reclaimed wood for the lamp were extracted from a mahogany pallet. The base was from an old, destroyed piano.

“Spider Leg Lamp” and many more pieces can be viewed in the faculty exhibition through Aug. 29 in the main gallery of Eskenazi Hall. A public closing reception will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

Hudnall’s drawing talents were cultivated before her first time at a table saw. But once she tried to build the whimsical creations from her sketchbook, she was hooked.

“When I realized that I could literally build the way I was drawing things, everything made sense,” she said. “My drawing practice and my building practice came together for the first time.”

In most of Hudnall’s work — including her second piece in the exhibition “Side Table, Red” — she prefers to show the fasteners, screws, nails and hinges. The articulation adds to the overall texture and mood of the work.

Many of her furniture creations also feature glass “portholes.”

“I like making them in cabinets in particular because there is the public exterior and the private interior,” she said. “I like to give people a surprise, and I like to hint at that surprise.

“It makes you want to know what’s going on inside. It’s like an invitation to go into the piece. So that’s where that comes from. That and a love for pirates.”

Hudnall’s art is in galleries or collections across the nation. The latest, “The Seeing Machine,” was shipped to the Contemporary Craft gallery in Pittsburgh this summer. She has been featured in magazines and conferences, but participating in the Biennial Faculty Exhibition proves to her students that she can practice what she teaches.

“We show the students that we’re working artists,” Hudnall said. “We go home at night and work just as hard as they do to get our work made and to get it shown.”

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Indiana University and Uffizi Gallery unveil website featuring first set of 3D, digitized artifacts

FLORENCE, Italy — As a result of a collaboration between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, it’s now possible to view some of the world’s most admired ancient artifacts and sculptures in 3D without traveling overseas. A newly launched website, www.digitalsculpture-uffizi.org, was unveiled Tuesday  in a ceremony at the historic Uffizi Gallery attended by IU Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate, as well as other IU faculty. The site currently contains over 300 digitized sculptures and fragments from the collection.

A sculpture at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, is scanned as part of the process to digitize the art in 3D. Photo by Indiana University

The project was announced in 2016 at the Uffizi Gallery in a joint presentation by IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Uffizi Gallery Director Eike Schmidt.

“As we accomplish the goals set forth in this unprecedented and enormously ambitious project, the unveiling of this new website marks a first major milestone in a collaboration that will generate unparalleled opportunity for scholarly engagement with materials housed in one of the world’s oldest and very finest galleries,” McRobbie said. “By leveraging IU’s scholarly expertise in ancient art and culture, as well as our extensive technological capabilities, this collection of magnificent, inspiring and irreplaceable classical antiquities can now be viewed and studied in an entirely new and fascinating way by scholars, museum professionals, students and the general public.”

In summer 2018, the IU team digitized 61 statues in the Uffizi and in the Villa Corsini, the complex where the Uffizi stores works of ancient art not on display in the galleries. The team is led by Bernard Frischer, IU professor of informatics, director of the university’s Virtual World Heritage Laboratory and one of the world’s leading virtual archaeologists. A key partner on the project has been the Politecnico di Milano, under the direction of professor Gabriele Guidi.

“I am very pleased by the progress of our work on this five-year project both in terms of quantity and quality,” Frischer said. “We’re about halfway through the project and are on target to finish the job, as foreseen, in 2020.

“We have already digitized more works of classical sculpture than has ever been done in a single museum. Even more impressive than the quantity of my students’ work is its quality. I have shown the models they have made to many museum professionals in the United States and abroad. They have been uniformly impressed, and this has led to invitations to undertake new projects of digitization at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Palazzo Altemps in Rome and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.”

The digitization project includes training IU informatics and art history students in the techniques of 3D data capture, digital modeling and interactive online publication; creating a limited number of 3D restoration models of works of interest to individual project participants; and publishing the 3D models on several online sites, including the Italian Ministry of Culture’s internal conservation database, the Uffizi’s public website and the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory’s publicly available Digital Sculpture Project.

IU’s part of the digitization project is funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research as part of its New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities seed funding program, which supports faculty members in path-breaking programs of scholarly investigation or creative activity. The project is receiving technological support from University Information Technology Services.

“It’s exciting to see the progress of this ambitious project,” Cate said. “Not only does the website offer first-of-its-kind opportunities to a broad audience, ranging from scholars and museum professionals to students and the general public, but we’re creating a replicable model for other museums and institutions to use in digitizing their own collections.”

The Uffizi Gallery, adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in central Florence, houses some of the world’s finest masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. It is among the most visited museums in Italy, with more than 1.5 million visitors each year.

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IUPUI News: Archives’ crazy caption of the month


“Hold still, dummy!” Photo courtesy of University Archives

Congratulations to Matt Hinsman for winning last month’s contest with his caption: “Coach recruited you from the soccer team, didn’t he?” He obviously spent his July watching World Cup matches. He wins the Fabulous Prize!

Congratulations to Matt Hinsman for winning last month’s contest with his caption: “Coach recruited you from the soccer team, didn’t he?” He obviously spent his July watching World Cup matches. He wins the Fabulous Prize!…

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‘We’re Open, Come In’

With the hit Fred Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” still at theaters, a new art exhibition asks the question: “What does it mean to be a good neighbor?”

Shown from left: Museum studies graduate student Abi Lindstedt, art history associate professor Laura Holzman and DePauw University art professor Meredith Brickell are just a few collaborators with the House Life Project and its subsequent exhibition, “We’re Open, Come In: The House Life Project,” which runs through Aug. 30 at Gallery 924 in downtown Indianapolis. Photo by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

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“We’re Open, Come In: The House Life Project” pays tribute to the three-year House Life Project, which breathed colorful life into abandoned houses on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis from 2015 through 2017. In collaboration with neighborhood residents and artists from across the city, Herron School of Art and Design faculty members, students and alumni helped transform boarded-up homes into neighborhood art centers featuring installations, performances, murals and hands-on activities. There were also porch parties, lively meals and mobile gardens that could be biked around the streets.

“We’re Open, Come In: The House Life Project” opened Thursday, Aug. 2, and will run through Aug. 30 at Gallery 924. The show is a collaboration between House Life Project community members and IUPUI’s Museum Studies Program, with additional support from Herron and DePauw University.

In terms of House Life Project retrospection, the top goals for the organizers were to bring the vibe from the colorfully transformed houses into the gallery. Keeping the free, open and casual atmosphere was a must. No stuffy wine-and-cheese art exhibition opening, please.

“We have a mini-fridge stocked with juice boxes — have a drink, have a snack and hang out,” said Laura Holzman, associate professor of art history and museum studies at IUPUI. “Yes, we’re showing some wonderful objects, but it’s also about creating an environment out of the things that people connected with at the actual houses.”

The most recent House Life Project house was located at 605 N. Tacoma Ave. That small home and the previous two houses were all recently sold through Renew Indianapolis, and renovations have begun on the first two. Selling the houses, however, wasn’t a goal for the projects. Instead, the House Life Project was about finding value in the abandoned houses without renovating or rebuilding. The houses became spaces where community members gathered to explore difficult questions related to the rapidly changing neighborhood. The main goal for the exhibition is to invite new audiences to join that ongoing conversation.

“Some people who should be part of these discussions might never come down to an abandoned house on the Near Eastside,” Holzman explained. “How do you translate a deeply site-specific project into a gallery space with white walls in a totally different neighborhood? We want this to be a continuation.”

“We’re Open, Come In” recreates the do-it-yourself, hands-on attitude from the houses. Activity tables are set up. Well, the tables are actually old doors on sawhorses. Another table in the gallery represents a large community meal that House Life Project artists organized in 2017, complete with a 100-foot-long tablecloth crafted by Brittany Pendleton, a 2017 Herron MFA graduate, and Bailey Shannon. Some of the fabric came from Pendleton’s ancestors. Several video pieces documenting the projects will be screened during the exhibit as well.

At the entrance of the gallery, the pertinent question of “What does it mean to be a good neighbor?” is explored. Ideas gathered from House Life Project community members appear on one wall in bold green, yellow, orange and blue. Another wall asks viewers to write their own thoughts and post them. Another interactive station encourages viewers to “draw their neighbor.”

“We’ve made this space a House Life Project of its own,” said Abi Lindstedt, a museum studies graduate student. “I’m excited to be a part of the new guard to make changes like this to exhibitions that leave out so many voices. We want to advocate for the people.”

Another piece by Chris Hill, a Herron alumnus and current adjunct instructor, comments on real estate agents’ responsibilities in neighborhoods like St. Clair Place. He repurposed building materials such as particle board and pink insulation to frame tense language from the history of race-based housing discrimination.

Holzman said the 2018-19 academic year will be used to reflect on the three years of House Life Project, which will include “We’re Open, Come In” showing at DePauw University in the spring.

“It’s really important to us to create a space where our community feels comfortable,” Holzman said. “I’m really looking forward to people from different parts of town and different parts of the region coming together to talk about what it means to be a good neighbor.”

That is something Mr. Rogers would find quite neighborly.

New Exhibit from IAHI Scholar-in-Residence Samuel E. Vázquez

IMMERSED is a group exhibition featuring works by contemporary visual artists whose creative processes reveal deeply rooted meanings through symbolism and narrative. The exhibition is organized and curated by Samuel E. Vázquez in collaboration with InCultur. Participating artists include Samuel E. Vázquez, Danicia Monét, Atsu Kpotufe, Elizabeth Bilbrey, Gary Gee, Shamira Wilson, Hector Del Campo, Maria Zepeda, Stephen Heathcock, and Heather Ward Miles.

According to Vázquez, “The main idea of IMMERSED is to share diverse expressions by featuring the works of artists whose focused studio practices are unique to each artist.” The title of the exhibition, which includes paintings, photographs, illustrations, and sculptures, “alludes to the immersive and continuous process of developing one’s voice.”

“This exhibition can speak to anyone interested in exploring, engaging, and interacting with the art and artists. It can also speak via the diverse global backgrounds of the featured artists. Through direct dialogue with the artists or the works, we can meaningfully engage in conversation while learning from one another. That’s the beauty of art – it speaks of and about life, making our collective human experience richer,” Vázquez said.

The exhibition, held at Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall, will open with a reception from 6:00-9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 20, and will close on April 23. This exhibition is presented by Butler’s Jordan College of the Arts Signature Series, which features internationally acclaimed guest artists brought to Butler University’s campus. For more details, including gallery hours and parking information, click here.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1970, Samuel E Vázquez is a visual artist working primarily in mixed media. His inspiration is rooted in the New York City subway style writings of the 1970s and 80s, along with the works of Ed Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Vázquez’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and cultural institutions. He has lectured on the history of style writing in venues such as the Arts Council of Indianapolis, New York City College of Technology-CUNY, Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch, Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center, and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Vázquez is a 2017 Scholar In Residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and a 2017-18 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

New Residency Program Helps Create a More Welcoming Campus at IUPUI

Indianapolis SkylineThe IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) is pleased to announce the IAHI Welcoming Campus Artist Residency. Artists and designers are invited to apply for two residencies that will take place during 2018.

In consultation with the IAHI director and advisory team, residents will develop a public artwork for the IUPUI campus. They will also participate in studio visits and public programs.

The IAHI Welcoming Campus Artist Residency is part of the IUPUI Welcoming Campus Initiative, a program designed to transform IUPUI into a more inspiring destination for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

The IAHI Welcoming Campus Residencies are funded by the IUPUI Welcoming Campus Fund, the School of Engineering and Technology, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. They are offered in collaboration with the City State residency program. City State is a collaboration of Central State Mansion, the IAHI, Ignition Arts, iMOCA, People for Urban Progress, and PRINTtEXT.

For more details about the IAHI Welcoming Campus Artist Residency and the application form, click here.