Herron’s biggest night of the academic year. Look/See recognizes the achievements of Herron’s graduating master’s degree candidates with the M.F.A. Exhibition, which will fill all the galleries in Eskenazi Hall and the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. Come and celebrate with students, friends and family, faculty and guests.
Honors and Awards
To start the party, join us for the Honors and Awards ceremony in the IUPUI Campus Center at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer the accomplishments of students and faculty alike.
Then it’s on to the 2016 M.F.A. Exhibition beginning at 5:00 p.m., which showcases pinnacle works by master’s degree candidates Greg Boll, Stephanie Cochran, Adam Dick, Emma Fiandt, Brandon Eugene Fields, Courtney Hacker, Chris Hill, Andrew Jacob, Jody Kinnermon, Shuyu Li, Kimberly Sue McNeelan, Mona Patel, Jennifer Qian, Ginny Taylor Rosner, Suzy Slater, Miranda Taylor, Ting Huang Waddles, Justin T. Walsh and Priya Ann Wittman.
Herron master’s degree candidates in Art Therapy Shelbi Goble, Mohammad Kwesi Hammond, Elizabeth Jarrett and Courtney Williamson will display their theses for people to explore.
Visual Communication Design
Master’s degree candidates in Visual Communication Design Adrienne Brown, Galo Carrion and Rob Wessel, collectively known as Voltron, will have a poster display that highlights their thesis project contexts, processes, and outcomes.
This culminating exhibition uses all the available gallery space in both Eskenazi Hall and Eskenazi Fine Arts Center.
Think It Make It Lab
The public will also get a chance to see Herron’s Think It Make It Lab in Eskenazi Hall, which is chock-full of the latest in digital technology, from laser engravers and CNC routers to 3-D printers.
The festivities include:
Beginning to End, a Visual Communication Design senior show
“Discovering Japanese Bamboo Art: The Rusty and Ann Harrison Collection,” an exhibition of 45 sculptural bamboo forms and baskets, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Eleanor Prest Reese, Robert B. Berkshire, and Dorit and Gerald Paul galleries of Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St. The exhibition runs through April 16.
The exhibit artifacts belong to longtime Indiana art aficionados Rusty and Ann Harrison, who began their collection decades ago when Rusty’s business travels took him to Japan.
Plans for the exhibition began taking shape two years ago, when Herron’s dean, Valerie Eickmeier, was meeting with Ann Harrison at the Harrisons’ home in Attica, Ind. “The more that I learned about the Harrisons’ collection of bamboo art, the more intrigued I became,” Eickmeier said. “It will be an amazing exhibition for others — especially our students — to see and learn from.”
“Bamboo is as deeply intertwined as rice in Japanese history and culture. The most talented artisans made bamboo baskets for tea ceremony flower arrangements,” said Robert T. Coffland, an expert in Japanese bamboo art. “In the mid-19th century, a master maker and former samurai, Hayakawa Shokosai I, declared himself an artist. This break with tradition encouraged other artisans to begin individualistic experiments that drew upon Chinese and Japanese aesthetics.”
Four artists represented in this exhibit are among the few Japanese officially designated as “Holders of Important Intangible Resources,” commonly known as “Living Tresures of Japan,” in recognition of their mastery of the unique skills necessary to preserve an art form that would have otherwise been extinct.
As there are very few contemporary collectors of the art form, according to Coffland, the Herron exhibit will introduce mostly undiscovered works spanning more than a century.
Other exhibits to open at Herron are “Tales to Tell,” an illustration exhibition by Herron alumni, Feb. 24 to March 9 in the Basile Gallery; and “It’s Lonely Out Here,” an installation that features an idiosyncratic re-creation of Sputnik by Cody Arnall, Feb. 24 to March 16 in the Marsh Gallery.
Herron School of Art and Design’s exhibitions and artists’ talks are free and open to the public. Eskenazi Hall gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS — Just in time to help shake off the winter doldrums comes “FABRICation,” an exhibition co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University-Richmond, and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
“FABRICation” opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries in Herron School of Art and Design’s Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.
The exhibition is making its way around the country, coming to IUPUI by way of Morehead State University in Kentucky. It will continue on to Midland College in Texas.
In addition to works by the co-curators, “FABRICation” features works by five artists: Erin Castellan, Virginia Derryberry, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith. Each incorporates a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication.
Gower said, “Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles, from drapery to quilt, these complex, multipart works contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand.”
“Individual works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions,” she continued, “created from a variety of materials, including oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects and found fabrics. These works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.”
Aficionados of Herron galleries may recall Gower’s name from “Papercuts,” another show she curated, which visited Herron School of Art and Design in 2012. Gower expressed her delight at working with Herron again and looks forward to sharing “FABRICation” with students, faculty and the public. “FABRICation” continues through Feb. 12.
Also opening on Jan. 13 in the Marsh Gallery is an exhibition of works by first-year photography and intermedia graduate students and in the Basile Gallery, a solo exhibition of works by Indianapolis-based artist Michael Milano. Both shows continued through Jan. 27.
Funding for “FABRICation” was made possible in part by the Virginia Commonwealth University VCUarts Painting and Printmaking Department.
At Herron School of Art and Design, if you can think it, you can make it. That holds true for the 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
Herron School of Art and Design’s 2015 summer exhibitions will feature works by five artists 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.”
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.
IUPUI provides many pathways for students who want to learn more about the art and science of entrepreneurship. Herron School of Art and Design is one of the places on campus where entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged and supported. Here are a few examples:
Herron’s Visual Communication Design graduate curriculum focuses on design thinking and leadership. It engages students with diverse community members and organizations through projects where students use design thinking processes to lead stakeholders to solutions that address a diverse range of real concerns. A recent meeting about “Developing an Entrepreneurship Culture at IUPUI” provided an opportunity to illustrate the application of these processes. According to Youngbok Hong, associate professor and coordinator of the Design Thinking and Leadership Graduate Program at Herron, “idea generation during this meeting was enhanced through the use of visual modeling, which captured both the breakout session and large group discussions in real time. Students and faculty from Herron served as the visual modelers.”
The latest modification to Herron’s physical space will be the new Think It Make It Lab in Eskenazi Hall. With an anticipated opening this spring, the Lab will give students access to even more digital technologies, building on Herron’s existing equipment and curriculum. Other faculty and students from across campus will also use the equipment, which will create synergy across disciplines. Students will explore the broad applications of design, production and fabrication that are in demand in a variety of fields. The Lab will expand Herron’s capability to educate its students about rapid prototyping and cross-disciplinary investigations with schools and departments including Engineering and Technology, Interior Design, Informatics and Computing, Motorsports and Medicine.
The Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life at Herron offers students professional practice experiences integrated into the academic curriculum. Students have opportunities to collaborate on projects with businesses, not-for-profit organizations, communities and government agencies that provide professional-level engagement and enhanced experiential learning. There are a wide range of projects—from designing an award in bronze to creating a painting for a magazine cover to developing large-scale installations. Students develop and present their concepts based on the needs of clients. Since the Basile Center was established in 2006, more than 900 students have participated in projects serving approximately 105 community partners.
Herron graduate students may also opt into experiences such as a new, interprofessional class that spans visual communication design, informatics and computing, nursing and more. With a working title of “Healthcare Revolution Challenge 2015,” the course is designed to offer one credit for each of three semesters. Students will go through the course as cohorts, collaborating on cases for actual healthcare clients and presenting their proposed solutions in a “Shark Tank” style setting. Eva Roberts, Visual Communication Design department chair, said “Herron faculty members are among the developers and presenters of this distinctively formatted course, the aim of which is a working endeavor to humanize healthcare and increase access by disrupting the current system.”
With the aim of merging technology with traditional creative processes, Herron School of Art and Design announces The Think It Make It Lab, a new physical space that will help art and design students, and others on the IUPUI campus, become better informed about the broad applications of design, production and fabrication in a variety of fields.
“We are so excited at the prospect of providing a collaborative environment for research and experimentation at the intersection of art, design, technology and culture,” said Herron’s dean, Valerie Eickmeier. “Centers like this are common in Silicon Valley, but there are few housed in schools of art and design and they are scarce in the Midwest.”
“The Think It Make It Lab promotes the creative use of new technologies in a collaborative environment for research and experimentation. The Lab expands Herron’s capability to educate students to work on concept design and prototyping using a variety of digital fabrication methods. Students and faculty working in this lab engage in research, design, digital fabrication and production methodologies that will be invaluable to their own creative and professional development and to 21st century industry,” she said. “It will also be interesting to see how the center helps to foster collaborations between programs on the IUPUI campus.
“Herron already has formed solid partnerships on campus with the IU School of Medicine, the Fairbanks School of Public Health, the School of Informatics and Computing and departments such as motorsports engineering. We look forward to seeing how this lab accelerates exploration and furthers the appreciation of art and design expertise across many types of applications.
“The resources and practices of the Think It Make It Lab will enhance the fundamentals Herron already teaches in its studio concentrations. The Lab will also equip Herron students with the knowledge to design and make, guided by an informed literacy about technology and a skill set that is in very high demand in the job market.”
Eickmeier said that associate vice president for learning technologies at IUPUI, Anastasia (Stacy) Morrone, Ph.D., was instrumental in bringing Herron’s vision for the Think It Make It Lab to life. “She grasped how our vision meshed with her mission of transformative teaching through the innovative use of technology. She advocated for the commitment of important startup funding.”
Morrone said, “This lab will be a new kind of learning space for students, and the first of its kind at Indiana University. A huge part of IU’s mission, and the mission of University Information Technology Services (UITS), is to provide the technology that our faculty and students need to learn, innovate and discover—key tenets of the maker culture. We are pleased to have played a part in ensuring that IUPUI students and faculty will have access to these exciting technologies.”
Recent additions to Herron’s equipment—a 3-D scanner, 3-D printers and a CNC (computer numeric control) router—started the ball rolling, quickly making a significant impact on the curriculum and training of Herron students.
The Lab will add a new design studio with the newest computers, cameras, scanners and printers—adjacent to a digital fabrication lab containing equipment including large-format CNC routers and laser cutters, plasma cutters and milling machines.
This combination, housed in Herron’s Eskenazi Hall in close proximity to the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, will accelerate exploration of digital production techniques, rapid prototyping and people-centered design research for undergraduates and graduates alike. The faculty and students currently using digital design and fabrication processes understand that the possibilities and applications in industry are boundless.
The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology on the IUPUI campus already has identified several courses that will benefit from the Lab. The School’s dean, David Russomanno said, “It will give students the ability to design for manufacturability, test their prototypes and become familiar with this equipment much earlier in their college careers. The faculty are seeking closer collaboration between research in engineering design and art. Aesthetics play an important role in mechanical design.”
The Think It Make It Lab also is expected to serve as a catalyst for visiting artist workshops, regional symposia and community based lectures and demonstrations, all of which will help establish connections that may spark exciting new partnerships with industries. Visiting speakers will be chosen from a diverse range of fields including art, architecture, engineering and manufacturing. These industry experts and scholars will expand the dialogue surrounding contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, culture and emerging technologies.
Herron’s Community Learning Programs, which offer educational experiences to the general public, will also use the Think It Make It Lab to provide opportunities for teens to have project-based learning experiences in art and technology—experiences that help make connections to post high school careers and education.
“The space is under construction now. Faculty are very excited and they are developing curricula for fall,” said Peggy Frey, Herron’s assistant dean for fiscal and administrative affairs. “Some of the courses will be cross-listed with other schools. Additional equipment will begin arriving in January. We anticipate completion of the Think It Make It Lab by the end of the spring semester.”
The initial costs of the Think It Make It Lab are estimated $1.3 million and the project is Herron’s highest fundraising priority in 2015.
The first Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art, which took place in early June, was an unqualified success. Nearly 200 attendees were on hand to play the nine-hole miniature golf course inside Eskenazi Hall, created by teams of Herron students and faculty. The Herron Alumni Association designed a hole, too. It won the People’s Choice Award. The Sculpture Department’s hole, which came complete with students dressed as moles, won the Chairs’ Choice Award.
The event netted more than $30,000 in new scholarship support for Herron students.
Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art was selected as a NUVO Top Pick of the Week and featured in the Indianapolis Star’s 10 Things To Do. It was also covered by the Indianapolis Recorder, WTHR’s sports reporter Rich Nye, and mentioned on WFYI’s The Art of the Matter.
One thing is for sure (although at press time we don’t know exactly when) the event will return!