In the Basile Gallery is an exhibition featuring the characters and imagery of Greenfield-based illustrator and stop-motion animator Chris Sickels aka Red Nose Studio. The exhibition explores Sickel’s process of creating, photographing and animating intricate dioramas and offers an in-depth look at the artist’s creative approaches to illustration.
BASILE GALLERY, ESKENAZI HALL MARCH 6, 2019 – MAY 18, 2019
A recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Hamilton has created large-scale multimedia installations, public projects and performances in numerous spaces around the world for more than 30 years. Most recently, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority commissioned her to create a marble mosaic for the World Trade Center Cortlandt Street subway station, which reopened Sept. 8, 2018 — 17 years after it was destroyed on 9/11. The project, “CHORUS,” fills the station’s walls with woven phrases of text from nationally and internationally authored declarations of human rights and independence.
During the lecture at Herron, Hamilton will discuss her wide-ranging processes and use of materials along with the themes she has drawn upon throughout her artistic career.
The headlining exhibition opening in the Galleries at Herron this spring features a site-specific installation by Sciulli. Known for her use of projected light to activate and shape space, Sciulli takes over Herron’s 3,000-square-foot Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries to create an immersive experience. Her exhibition opens March 6 and runs through April 20.
The lecture and the opening reception for the exhibition are free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.
In-kind support for the opening reception is provided by Sun King Brewing. Parking is free in the Sports Complex Garage adjacent to Eskenazi Hall or on levels 5 and 6 of the Riverwalk Garage, courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis, with validation from the Herron galleries.
Visit HerronGalleries.org for more information on current and upcoming exhibitions, talks and more.
The Galleries at Herron, located in Eskenazi Hall on the IUPUI campus, are free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
Herron School of Art and Design will present the 2019 Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture with Ann Hamilton, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”
Hamilton has created large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performances in numerous spaces around the world for more than 30 years. During the lecture, Hamilton will discuss her wide-ranging processes and use of materials along with the themes she has drawn upon throughout her artistic career. Following the lecture is an opening reception for three exhibitions, presenting new and recent works by Christine Sciulli, Gillian Wearing and Chris Sickels aka Red Nose Studios.
The Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture brings internationally acclaimed female artists to Indianapolis. The lecture series is made possible by a gift from Indiana philanthropist Jane Fortune – author, art historian, and founder of Advancing Women Artists.
THE JANE FORTUNE OUTSTANDING WOMEN VISITING ARTIST LECTURE BASILE AUDITORIUM, ESKENAZI HALL WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 | 5:30 – 8 P.M.
As spring semester begins, we’re looking back at all that happened with the Herron community last fall. Needless to say, our students, alumni, and faculty have made great creative strides – from commissioned projects to local and national exhibitions.
Following is a recap of highlights that you may have missed over the past four months.
Associate Professor Anila Aghaexhibited laser-cut encaustic works at Sundaram Tagore Chelsea Nov. 15–Dec. 15, 2018, in “The Art of Paper,” a group show featuring nine international artists.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis named five recipients of the 2018 DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, including associate professors Anila Agha, Stefan Petranek, and Cory Robinson. Each recipient was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund new and dynamic creative projects.
TIME Magazine featured CODO Design’s packaging in the special issue “Beer: The Story of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink.” CODO Design is the brainchild of Isaac Arthur (B.F.A. Visual Communication ’09) and Cody Fague (B.F.A. Visual Communication ’09), who began business planning for the Indianapolis-based branding firm during their senior year and cofounded it the Monday after graduating.
Audrey Barcio (B.A.E. Art Education ’07) exhibited Aug. 27–Sept. 14, 2018, alongside American sculptor Lynda Benglis and 10 other contemporary artists in “ART IN CONTEXT” at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.
Emily Bennett (M.F.A. Visual Art ’17) exhibited Nov. 17–Dec. 15, 2018, in “Multiplied Motions,” a solo show at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill.
As part of a commissioned project through Herron’s Basile Center, students McKayla Bensheimer, Aaron Dodd, Elizabeth Jorgenson, April Knauber, and Elizabeth Jorgenson, along with alumnus Jared Cru Smith (B.F.A. Furniture Design ’11), created and installed sculptures, mosaics, and benches in the Elmira Annis Civic Plaza at the new Irvington branch of Indianapolis Public Library.
Amelia Briggs (B.F.A. Painting ’09) was featured in the Oct. 2018 issue of Maake Magazine, an artist-run online gallery and limited-edition print publication showcasing the work of emerging contemporary artists.
Internationally renowned artist and Herron alumna Vija Celmins (B.F.A. ’62) exhibited nearly 150 drawings, sculptures, paintings, and prints at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in her first North American retrospective in 25 years. “Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory” opened Dec. 15, 2018 and is on view through March 31.
Paula Differding, a beloved visual communication design professor, retired in December after 33 years of teaching. Differding will stay connected with the Herron community as a distinguished professor emerita.
Lorrie Fredette (B.F.A. Sculpture ’90) exhibited in “Tender Exchanges,” a solo show at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibition opened Nov. 18, 2018, and is on view through Feb. 10.
Evan Hauser (B.F.A. Ceramics ’14) exhibited in “Canary Syndrome,” a group show featuring the ceramics and glass works of nine contemporary artists, at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, Mass., Sept. 27–Nov. 4, 2018.
In October, Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, honoredAssociate Professor Robert Horvath as a 2018 Outstanding Alumnus from the university’s Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts.
Assistant Professor Katie Hudnall, Associate Professor Meredith Setser, and Adjunct Instructor Liz Wierzbicki (M.F.A. Visual Art ’14) each receivedgrants as part of the Indiana Arts Commission’s 2019 Individual Artist Program for creative research, travel, or new studio equipment.
Under the direction of Professor Craig McDaniel and photography technician Benjamin Martinkus, Herron M.F.A. students Kennedy Conner, Frank Mullen, Hailey Potts, Adam Rathbun, Sarah Strong, and Denise Troyercollaborated with IUPUI music technology students on an interdisciplinary project exploring the elements of sound and movement in both visual art and music. “HEARING THINGS” involved an exhibition of sonic and kinetic artworks on Nov. 15 in Eskenazi Fine Arts Center and a live multimedia performance on Nov. 30 at the IUPUI Informatics and Communications Technology Complex building.
On Nov. 30, 2018, IDEA FellowMaria Meschi and her visual communication design graduate peers hosted IUPUI’s first Open Innovation Sprint at Herron. The four-hour event involved 54 IUPUI students brainstorming solutions for the various problems surrounding scooters in Indianapolis and resulted in 861 ideas. The problem will be further explored in one of Associate Professor Youngbok Hong’s graduate classes this spring.
Professor David Morrisonexhibited Nov. 15–Dec. 22, 2018, in a solo show, “Nature’s Ephemera,” at Garvey|Simon in New York, N.Y. Craig McDanielwrote a short piece about Morrison’s artistic practice to accompany the exhibition. Additionally, a selection of Morrison’s works were featured in the Nov. 2018 issue of American Art Collector.
Michael Nannery (B.F.A. Printmaking ’11) exhibited Dec. 1-15, 2018, in a five-person group exhibition, “Permutations,” at Torrance Art Museum, Calif.
Asli Narinexhibited solo in “Carpe Noctum” at Millî Reasürans Art Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 28–Dec. 29, 2018. Click here to view installation images of the exhibition.
Michael Osheroff (M.F.A. Visual Art ’18) spoke as a panelist for Design Arts Society’s “LOVE/HATE” discussion on Nov. 10, 2018, in the newly reinstalled Design Gallery of the IMA Galleries at Newfields.
Yasha Persson (B.F.A. Photography ’92) exhibited mixed media works Nov. 2-30, 2018, in a solo show at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
Brian Presnell (B.F.A. Furniture Design ’96) of Indy Urban Hardwood created tables using milled wood from over 40 on-site trees for the new Michigan Road branch of Indianapolis Public Library, in partnership with krM Architecture.
Jason Ramey (B.F.A. Furniture Design ’08) exhibited large-scale sculptures in a two-person show at Hutchinson Center for the Arts in Hutchinson, Minn. The show opened Dec. 10, 2018, and continues through Jan. 11.
Herron alumnus Casey Roberts (B.F.A. Photography) exhibited new cyanotype works at the Indianapolis-based Edington Gallery in the solo show “A Bird I Knew, Dreamt a Dream, of Valley View,” Dec. 7-22, 2018.
Cat Head Press received a $4.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Arts and Culture Initiative in partnership with the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, as well as other Near Eastside neighborhood collaborators, to bring to life the 10 East Art + Design District. The Indianapolis-based printshop and artist cooperative was established in 2016 by Dominic Senibaldi (M.F.A. Visual Art ’13), Michael Hoefle (M.F.A. Visual Art ’13), and Liz Wierzbicki(M.F.A. Visual Art ’14). On Jan. 4, Senibaldi left Herron to fulfill his executive director role in a full-time capacity.
Marna Shopoff (M.F.A. Visual Art ’14) exhibited new paintings Oct. 3-26, 2018, in “Première Couche,” a solo show at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, La.
On Dec. 7, 2018, Johnson Simon (M.F.A. Visual Art ’18) participated in the Stutz Artist Association’s annual holiday open house as one of two recipients of the association’s 2018 Artist Residency program.
Visiting Lecturer Jake Sneath (M.F.A. Visual Art ’17) presented his work during the Society for Photography Education’s Midwest Chapter Conference on Nov. 1-4, 2018, at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
Stuart Snoddy (B.F.A. Painting ’09) was featured in ArtMaze Magazine’s Anniversary Edition 10, curated by founder and Editor-in-Chief Maria Zemtsova and released on Nov. 27, 2018.
Emily Stergar (B.F.A. Sculpture ’14) exhibited Nov. 29–Dec. 15, 2018, in Arizona State University’s Faculty Mentor/Alumni Exhibition. Stergar’s work was also included in “Onyx,” a group exhibition featuring 46 contemporary artists, presented online by Alfa Gallery.
In November, the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) installed small-scale sculptures created by Phillip Tennant, professor emeritus of furniture design. Tennant’s work remains on display through March 10 in the ticketing hall.
Colin Tury (M.F.A. Visual Art ’14) was featured in Architectural Digest’s article “The Highlights from Detroit’s First Month of Design.” Detroit Month of Design occurred Sept. 1-30, 2018, during which Tury’s Fairfax Lounge Chair was included in the exhibition “Shape: Defining Furniture in Michigan’s Design Legacy” at Shinola’s flagship store.
The Herron galleries presented “Kenneth Tyler: The Art of Collaboration,” a survey of collaborations between master printer Kenneth Tyler (M.A.E. Art Education ’63) and some of the 20th century’s most iconic artists. Tyler visited the school during opening week of the exhibition to work with printmaking students and discuss his life’s work via an unforgettable artist talk. The exhibition closed on Nov. 10, 2018.
During IUPUI’s 2018 Spirit & Place Festival, Beatriz Vasquez (B.F.A. General Fine Arts ’06) participated in a collaborative public project showcasing the stories of historically marginalized communities in America.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 7, 4–9 p.m. Look/See, Herron School of Art and Design’s celebration of the academic year end, kicks off on Thursday, May 7 with a full slate of events at both Herron buildings.
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 2015 M.F.A. Exhibition beginning at 5:00 p.m., which showcases pinnacle works by master’s degree candidates Brent Aldrich,Stephanie J. Beisel, Carly Connelly, Di Sun, Matthew Eickhoff, JonathanLove, Andrés Marcial, Kristen Jane Morsches, Katie R. Smith, Stephen Smolinski, Shelley Spicuzza and Jac Tardie.
For the first time, Herron master’s degree candidates in Art Therapy Bonnie Burke, Chelsea Leeds, Elisa Pamelia, Meghan Sullivan, Mu-Chien Tsai, and Kaycee Wilson will have a display that explains their discipline and includes versions of their theses for people to look at.
Visual Communication Design
Master’s degree candidates in Visual Communication Design Kaelyn Donnelly, Jennifer Smerdel and Nicholas Walters also will have an interactive exhibition including panels that describe their research processes, outcomes and contexts.
This culminating exhibition takes up all the available gallery space in both Eskenazi Hall and Eskenazi Fine Arts Center.
Think It Make It Lab
The public will also get its first chance to see Herron’s new Think It Make It Lab in Eskenazi Hall, which is chock-full of the latest in 3-D and other digital technologies. Live demonstrations of 3-D printing and laser cutting will be included, with a memento for visitors to take home.
The festivities include:
Momentum: Design in Action, a Visual Communication Design senior show
print and ceramics sale
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 floors 4–6 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.
Continuous shuttle service available throughout the evening.
An upcoming solo exhibit at Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI includes a multimedia chronicle of the making of the “jaw-dropping” monumental painting going on display at Clowes Memorial Hall.
The Herron show, “The Moment of Conception?” features the work of Herron alumnus and Clowes artist-in-residence Phil O’Malley and runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 19 in the Marsh Gallery of Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.
The Herron show is a companion exhibit to O’Malley’s “Finding Your Way: From Wander to Wonder,”the 40-foot-tall by 20-foot-wide wall art that will hang in the front lobby of Clowes Memorial Hall, on the Butler University campus. The painting is available for public viewing during regular business hours for two years, beginning today.
“‘Finding Your Way: From Wander to Wonder,’ is the apex to my series of paintings known as ‘Deep Down,'” O’Malley said. “This series consists of paintings that are individual abstract visual representations of that amazing personal journey one experiences by going deep down inside to find the strength or the courage that it takes to accomplish something, get through something, or grow beyond something.
“Going deep down into all that muck, chaos and confusion can be an intimidating endeavor, but when we do, that journey can be beautifully awakening to yield incredible growth,” O’Malley said of personal experiences captured in “Finding Your Way” and other “Deep Down” pieces.
O’Malley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Herron. He also studied interior design in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.
His “Deep Down” series was spurred by selections of popular music from his formative years, translated via paint into vivid visual representations, the artist said.
Three videos chronicling the making of the Clowes painting will play continuously as part of the Herron show. The Clowes wall project is also being documented by local PBS station WFYI.
The Herron show also includes a sculpture, timeline sketches and drawings of parts of the painting. Herron alumni artists C. J. Martin, Naylor Musko and Steve Smolinski assisted with professional art production for the exhibit co-curated by O’Malley and Martin.
O’Malley created “Finding Your Way: From Wander to Wonder” on the stage at Clowes Hall with the support of the Clowes staff. Martin and Musko also were assistants on the Clowes project.
“We used 800 square feet of canvas, 20 gallons of acrylic primer and one dozen gallons of oil paints,” O’Malley said.
“The process included poured paint, sprayed paint, squirted paint, drawn paint, mopped paint and even some brushed paint. At times the canvas was tied on a batten and flown in (onto the stage) and flown back out (off stage) to assist with the application and flow of the paint.”
The result is “jaw dropping” both in terms of the sheer scale of the canvas and O’Malley’s “inventiveness to start with small sketches and synthesize and scale up and adapt to the viewer’s experience of the work from different angles and levels,” said Glennda McGann, Herron’s assistant dean of development and external affairs.
“This is a prime example of an artist’s ability to problem solve,” McGann said. “He even had to collaborate with crew members and invent a way to hang this huge painting.”
O’Malley estimates he has spent about 500 hours making both the Clowes piece and the art for the Herron exhibit.
This year, Herron School of Art and Design’s popular, community-focused, summer exhibitions will feature Fine Art Furniture and Painting.
A June 14 reception in Eskenazi Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. will open Experimental: The work of Phil Tennant with selected Herron alumni in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries. In the Marsh Gallery will be Surprising Successes, a selection of paintings and playful works byLois Eskenazi.
A one-night-only sale in the Basile Gallery of 16 works ranging in price from $150 to $3000 will provide an opportunity for attendees to add to or begin their own collections. The sale of prints, sculpture, photography and ceramics by artists including Barb Bondy, Robert Horvath,Bob Shay, Paul Weir and Kevin Wolfe will benefit Herron programs.
The event is free and open to the public. The exhibitions continue through July 25.
In substance, Experimental offers a glimpse at the legacy of Professor Phillip Tennant, not only through his own, sought-after creations, but through work by some of his former students. Tennant will retire from Herron in May after 38 years. He founded Herron’s Furniture Design Program and helped place Herron among the very top programs in the country.
Experimental includes works by Furniture Design alumni Nick Allman, Erin Behling, Chris Bowman, Ray Duffey, Nicholas Hollibaugh, Matt Hutton, David Lee, Jason Ramey, Cory Robinson, Ted Ross, Tom Tedrow and Ruby Troup.
Collectors who loaned work by Tennant include Vaughn and Melissa Hickman, Mark andCarmen Holeman, June McCormack, Dorit and Gerald Paul, Ora Pescovitz, Dr. James and Nancy Chesterton Smith, Joyce Sommers,Dr. Christopher and Ann Stack and Donnie and Judy Walsh.
“These eagerly-anticipated exhibits highlight the talent within our own community and feature works of art either created or collected by Hoosiers who have made art central to their lives, some through formal, scholarly training and some by other paths,” said Herron’s Dean Valerie Eickmeier.
“Professor Tennant’s work has been exhibited galleries, universities and museums nationally and featured in Fine Woodworking, American Craft Magazine and Furniture Studio. Over the span of his career, he has developed a rich vocabulary of forms and techniques that beautifully unite balance, structure and expression.
“Lois Eskenazi deferred her pursuit until her family was raised and then traveled far and wide to study and hone her technique. Her award-winning works show a mastery of oil painting and great sensitivity to subject matter,” Eickmeier continued. “Among the variety of works in these exhibitions, any art lover will be able to find something inspiring.”