Herron’s Ninth Annual ‘Look/See’ Event Celebrates Indianapolis’s Emerging Artists, Art Therapists And Design Strategists

Big Tent @ the IUPUI

The IUPUI premiere event of a one-of-a-kind portable multimedia venue designed by Music and Arts Technology faculty Robin Cox and Ben Smith. Events will include live performances and installation work by MAT faculty and students, Herron faculty Danielle Riede, and 2018 commissioned works by IU Bloomington faculty and students. Support for this event has been provided by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, The IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology,  and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington.  http://www.thebigtent.org

Monday April 1st 5:30pm-9:30pm
Campus Center Ballroom 450


#MyIUPUI memories with Michael Barclay

Chris Sickels aka Red Nose Studio

Chris Sickels, Hero of Five Points (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist

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.


Christine Sciulli

Christine Sciulli, “Roil,” 2018. EIght-channel video projection into fabric, 35 by 55 by 28 feet. Photo by Etienne Frossard

INDIANAPOLIS — Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI will present the 2019 Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture with Ann Hamilton on Wednesday, March 6, kicking off a spring exhibition season headlined by New York-based artist Christine Sciulli.

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.

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Ann Hamilton + Opening Reception

Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Installation at Municipal Pier 9, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thibault Jeanson

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.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 | 5:30 – 8 P.M.

Taylor Symposium to Highlight Health Disparities and Explore Path to Achieve Health Equity

INDIANAPOLIS — The state of affairs of health care as it relates to vulnerable populations is tenuous, with challenges abounding when it comes to communication in addressing health disparities and working to achieve health equity among all citizens.

The annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium highlights topics of interest to urban communities, particularly communities of color. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

The 2019 Joseph T. Taylor Symposium at IUPUI, titled “Communicating for Health Equity at the Crossroads of America,” explores these challenges as they relate to populations in the city and the role that communication does — or could — play within the various channels, organizations, agencies and more.

Free presentations and workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. A luncheon will follow the sessions; there is a fee for that portion of the event.

A luncheon keynote address titled “The Importance of Communication in Achieving Health Equity” will be presented at noon by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders. The luncheon will also include the presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards by IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar.

Community participants include:

  • Antoniette M. Holt, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Indiana State Department of Health.
  • Darrin K. Johnson, executive director of Brothers United Inc.

IUPUI faculty in the program include:

  • Carrie Foote, associate professor of sociology at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, assistant professor of communication studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • Kim White-Mills, associate professor of communication studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • Helen Sanematsu, associate professor of visual communication design at the Herron School of Art and Design.
  • Katharine Head, assistant professor of communication studies at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The annual event honors the late Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, for his many contributions to the university and to the greater Indianapolis community. It highlights topics of interest to urban communities, particularly communities of color.

Morning symposium sessions, held in the theater on the lower level of the Campus Center, are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by emailing .

The noon luncheon will take place in Room 450 of the Campus Center. For additional information, visit the Taylor Symposium website.

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5 Tips For Getting Into Grad School

For some of us, graduation means no more grades or homework. For those who can’t get enough of the college experience, it means the cycle is about to start all over again with graduate school.

If you’re going to graduate school and you know it, clap your hands — and give these tips a try.

Students who have questions about graduate school are encouraged to reach out to others for guidance. Indiana University

Research the program
Whether or not you know what you want to study in graduate school, it’s always a good idea to research any program you’re interested in. Find out what the program offers and what’s required to get in. You should also look up the faculty and their interests and strengths. This will help you create your personal statement and cater it specifically to the program you want to enter.

Take the GRE early
Similarly to taking the SAT when you were looking past high school, it’s a good idea to take the GRE your sophomore or junior year in college. That way, if your score is lower than you want, you have time to retake the test. Also, some of your general education classes, such as math and English, help prepare you for the GRE questions, so it’s good to take it when the information is still fresh in your mind. If you missed this mark and are taking the test later, it’s not the end of the world. It only means you have a little less time than people who started earlier.

Write, revise and tailor your personal statement
Your personal statement is not something you should write overnight. You might have several drafts throughout the process, and that’s OK. The more revisiting and revising you do, the more satisfied with the final product you’ll be. This is your chance to showcase your accomplishments and goals and explain why you’re a perfect fit for the program.

Ask for strong letters of recommendation
Making sure to ask the right people for “strong” letters of recommendation is key. Ask people who will promote you and your abilities in an effective way. It’s important to choose people who know how you work, what your accomplishments are and what your future goals are. Specifically requesting a “strong” recommendation letter shows that you’re serious about this program, and it encourages the recommender to put real thought and effort into what they write for you.

Ask for help and pay attention to deadlines
Getting all your materials turned in on time is extremely important. Make sure you know when the deadline is and have everything done a little early. That way, if you have questions about the application process, you’ll have time to ask people who know. Reach out to the admissions staff in your program, and they’ll help you create a successful application. The IUPUI Graduate Office offers workshops on getting into graduate school; see the website for details.

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Papermaking 101 with Sarah Strong

Sarah Strong, a Herron School of Art and Design graduate student, displays some of her recent paper works in her studio. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

In the digital age, making paper from scratch is becoming a nearly lost art.

For Sarah Strong, it’s a passion she is passing on to her daughters. The Herron School of Art and Design graduate student has more than a decade of experience with hand papermaking. She incorporates her handmade papers into her installations, book arts, printmaking and more. The unique qualities of different fibers and their results keep her fascinated.

“It’s a little lonely. There aren’t a lot of papermakers in 2019,” said Strong, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Herron in 2008. “I do it because I love working with natural materials and I love to share it through teaching because of the involvement of nature and the history of paper as a means of sharing stories and knowledge.”

Sarah Strong, a Herron graduate student, defies the digital age by making her own paper for print and sculpture. Video by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

Creating even one sheet is an involved process where creativity is heavily utilized: Color, consistency, texture and which fibers to use must all be considered before the first batch of paper pulp is pulverized.

In her Herron studio, Strong has shelves of her recent work, as well as the paper works of colleagues, for inspiration. The freshest pieces are tacked to walls for drying as Strong is working feverishly to create about 30 small candlelit luminary sculptures in time for “Meld,” an exhibition running Feb. 11-16 in the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1410 Indiana Ave. The show will feature the work of fellow first-year grad students Denise Troyer, Hailey Potts, Adam Rathbun, Frank Mullen and Kennedy Conner. The opening reception is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 12.

This plant material will become paper in Sarah Strong’s studio. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Found fibers

Many of the fibers Strong utilizes are harvested from her own and friends’ gardens. She keeps a handful of bins full of iris, daylily and lavender stalks and leaves. Strong said she particularly enjoys culling invasive species and using the unwanted plants in her paper.

“I love working in the gardens and then upcycling the fibers to become something of use,” she continued. “When the season is dying out, I like to go to people’s gardens and clean them out for them. I take a little bit from each plant and dry them until I’m ready to use them in my own process.”

For those without a handy source, pulp can also be purchased from paper mills like Indiana’s own TwinRocker Handmade Paper.

This bucket of paper pulp was extracted from Sarah Strong’s hydro pulper machine. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Cook first

The cellulose from the plant material is what’s needed to make paper. In order to extract the cellulose, a cooking process is required. Strong’s paper is created with the water and cellulose through hydrogen bonding.

“When I’m cooking them in a caustic solution, I’m cooking out everything that’s not cellulose,” Strong explained. “It breaks down the cellulose molecule structure a little bit, too.”

Beat it

The biggest — and loudest — piece of equipment in Strong’s studio is a hydro pulper. The artist can manipulate pulp thicknesses by changing run times and the positioning of the pulper’s beating drum and plate. When working with translucency, the pulp needs to be beaten between eight and 10 hours.

“The longer it’s beaten, the smaller the fibers become,” Strong said, “thus offering themselves to different processes in papermaking. The fibers are being broken down more and more. As you beat it further and further, the fibers turn to fibrils, which give you a stronger paper.”

Several buckets of paper pulp have been dyed. The pulp is then combined to create unique paper. By Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Add some color

While most of the paper has a light tone to it, Strong experiments with color by utilizing the dozens of colorants she has at the ready. The pulp is dyed in buckets and set on a work table like a painter’s palette. In the vat where the different pulps are combined, Strong can experiment with color like a painter.


Water comes out of a screen as a sheet of paper gets its first pressing. More water will be extracted by mallet, machine or feet. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Once the pulp mix is satisfactory, Strong gathers the material with a screen and deckle. Excess water drips out before the pulp is carefully laid onto thin fabric sheeting. It’s then pressed and dried in various ways, depending on what the paper will be used for.

Paper for printmaking would be put under a hydraulic press. While creating paper for “Meld,” Strong’s daughter Jane Sparks simply placed the paper and fabric on some towels and then underneath a plane of Plexiglas, which Sparks then stood on for several minutes. The last of the water is squeezed out; the fibers join tighter; and the wet, new paper is ready to dry.

“Relationship with paper is very much a dance: You learn the fibers, and the fibers learn you,” Strong said. “You build this relationship, getting to know each other, and then eventually you can work together to create your art.”

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk 

#MyIUPUI memories with Catherine L. Cunningham

Catherine L. Cunningham.

Catherine L. Cunningham (B.A.E. Art Education ’84), a member of the Herron Alumni Association Board of Directors, looks back on her experience as a student and giving back to her alma mater in our next#MyIUPUI story reflecting on the 50th anniversary of IUPUI’s founding in 1969.

I started my art career, like most small children, with crayons and coloring books and then moved onto paint by number kits. Do you remember those? They have made a comeback after 50+ years.

Anyway, my parents encouraged my artistic talents hoping I would be one of those “normal” children who followed the rules and colored inside the lines. Not me. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to experiment to see what would happen if I colored outside the lines and mixed my own color schemes for the paintings. Green cats, purple cows. You get the picture. I thought outside the box before it was an idea or even a popular phrase, and I liked the challenge of different ideas. I was never the normal child, but then what artist is?

I began my undergraduate degree at Purdue University–North Central Campus, majoring in art education and minoring in mathematics. You can imagine the strange looks from people and my counselors. Math and art? Right brain, left brain. Those just don’t seem logical together, unless you use that math to create sculptures, which I do a lot of with mixed media using mostly recycled materials.

I married my husband in 1967 and for the next 13 years picked up classes around the states and overseas. (His Military duty took us everywhere). We landed in Indianapolis in 1980 and I found my home at Herron in the old location at 16th and Pennsylvania streets.

I never imagined that there would be such a place where thinking outside the box was encouraged, pushing the envelope was expected, and thinking beyond “what if” was the norm. Not only did the staff help enhance my natural abilities, but I was given the tools to realize my potential. Our teachers were our guides, helping us on a journey to reach our final destination, challenging us to see within ourselves, to realize our inner strengths and weaknesses, and to grow from our successes and failures. That is not always an easy task because without failure, you cannot truly appreciate success.

I became active with the Herron Alumni Association a year before the school moved to the IUPUI campus and have been a member of the board ever since. I have held every office including President, participated in more activities and events than I can name, and especially supported Herron’s Youth Programs extended to our youth and teens to help shape their imaginations and develop their skills. I cherish my time as a Herron School of Art and Design student and alumni supporter. Herron’s high standards of education and opportunities for students of all ages have not changed throughout the years, and my loyalty to those ideals and practices has kept me active.

I started at Purdue University and finished with a degree through Indiana University. With IUPUI, you can say I have had the best of both schools, IU and Purdue, and plan to continue my support. There are unlimited resources and opportunities at IUPUI and I foresee more for the future. There are no boundaries for growth and there is no greater place to be. It’s easy to be supportive when you work with such outstanding individuals as my fellow Herron alumni, faculty, staff, and the numerous academic leaders.

My enthusiasm for continuing to support Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI can be summed up as: “Without art and artists, our society would be without imagination, color and form.” I could never image I would fit in that form of society.

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