Explore IUPUI’s public art collection

sculpture5_iIUPUI’s public art collection is high in quality and vast in subject matter. It includes sculptures from world-renowned artists such as Dale Chihuly and John Torreano, but is also privileged to feature artwork by IUPUI alumni.

As home to the only professional, accredited school of art in Indiana, the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI has access to a large community of creative and talented students. Their work can be seen throughout IUPUI’s public art collection. In the cooperative nature of public art, IUPUI has enabled students past and present to take part in the development of the campus’s public identity through these outdoor sculptures.

IUPUI’s public art collection functions not only to create points of interest, but also to provide students and the public with spaces to come together, have meaningful conversations and take part in campus life.

A fun way to start exploring public art at IUPUI is by visiting the Indianapolis Public Art website, which allows users to plan a public art walking tour through campus and the greater Indianapolis area.

This photo gallery is a small sample of a larger collection consisting of more than 30 works of sculpture located throughout the IUPUI campus. For more information, visit Wikipedia’s IUPUI Public Art Collection page, a project by an IUPUI Museum Studies class to promote research and conservation of the outdoor sculptures on campus.

by Emma Hernandez

Indiana history journal examines public art and controversy


Art, race and space fill the most recent issue of the Indiana Magazine of History. In an issue guest-edited by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis public historian Modupe Labode, leading scholars of public art and urban life show how art can reveal fault lines in modern society.

The March 2014 issue features four articles reflecting on the artwork that prompted IUPUI’s recent symposium, “Art, Race and Space”: artist Fred Wilson’s proposed “E Pluribus Unum” sculpture, which re-imagined a new identity for the freed slave portrayed on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis. Wilson’s work, commissioned for the city’s Cultural Trail, was ultimately canceled after long and intense public controversy.

In her introduction to this special issue, Labode, who helped organize the original symposium, revisits the contentious history of Wilson’s proposal. She reviews the public struggles over the freedman image and its placement in the city center, and the tensions of race, class and public space discussed by symposium members. Wilson himself follows with a discussion of monuments and memorials that have inspired his work and comments on some of his installations for museums in New York City and Savannah, Ga.

Art historian Bridget Cooks looks at Wilson’s work in light of the conflicting ideals of preservation and activism. Geographers Owen Dwyer and Matthew McCourt examine the history of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and consider the relationship of the public spaces and public art along its eight miles.

Two articles examine other public artworks that have spoken to and created public controversy outside Indiana. Art historian Renée Ater studies the public outcry that followed the commissioning by Rocky Mount, N.C., of a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Historian Erika Doss discusses a Duluth, Minn., public memorial to three young black men who were lynched in that city in 1920, arguing that such public art can “generate profound responses of renewal and reconciliation.”

The Indiana Magazine of History is published quarterly by the history department of Indiana University Bloomington. For general information on the articles or to order a copy of the issue, contact the editorial office at 812-855-4139.

Glick Eye Institute public art project completes second call for art with new pieces selected


INDIANAPOLIS — Art created by 23 artists with Indiana ties is now on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute as part of the second phase of a public art project created to showcase the visual arts in a building dedicated to vision care and research.

The new pieces have been added to the original 17 pieces of art that were donated or purchased during the public art project’s initial round in 2011, held to coincide with the opening and dedication of the Glick Eye Institute.

“We were overwhelmed with the response we received to both phases of the art project, and with the second call for art, our collection has expanded to include more photography, glass and ceramic pieces,” said Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., M.S., chair of the public art project’s committee.

A glass artist, Dr. Rothenberg contributed blown glass globes that hang in the building’s foyer. For this phase of the art project, he designed glass pieces that become an outline of the eye when installed on a wall. Each circular piece of glass, ranging in size from a half inch to 3 inches, is of varying shades of blue and green.

“Our patients enjoy the art and appreciate the pieces that have been selected for the Glick Eye Institute,” said Louis Cantor, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Glick Eye Institute. “We believe it is important to include art in a building dedicated to vision and vision research. The art project has allowed us to do that as our department funds are dedicated to patient care, research and education for the next generation of ophthalmologists.”

Two of the larger pieces of art, magnified photographs printed on 3-foot circles, hang in a large hallway of the first-floor clinic. Created by Indianapolis artist David Woolf, a Master of Fine Arts student at Herron School of Art on the IUPUI campus, the images have been enlarged to bring new detail to the viewer. His two works, “Crux” and “Suburbia,” are images of organic materials that when enlarged are reminiscent of microscopic details.

Blown glass by Indianapolis glass artist Yuri Okamoto also is included in the exhibit. She created vessels adorned with delicate flowers. Okamoto has a bachelor’s degree in glass from Meisei University in Japan. She returned to her artistic roots when she moved here in 2002.

“I could not speak English at all when I moved here,” she said. “The first six months were very difficult.” Eventually she learned of classes at the Indianapolis Art Center, where she said she became reacquainted with her art and learned to speak English.

“I met great friends,” she said. “Since then, I regularly teach glass classes and am fortunate enough to be a part of the glass community in Indiana.”

Several photographs also were selected for the new exhibition, including “Mapping Mendenhall Glacier by Kayak” by Flounder Lee. This image was taken on a research trip to document the retreat of the Alaskan glaciers.

Art for the exhibit was selected by the Glick Eye Institute’s Public Art Project Committee, composed of Dr. Rothenberg, Linda Cantor, Stephanie Brater, Marianne Glick, Kim Harper and Rich Thompson. The selections were installed under the guidance of Sherry Rouse, curator of the IU Museum of Art in Bloomington, and assistant curator Katie Chattin.

The pieces will remain on display through February. The committee will determine which pieces, if any, can be purchased for permanent installation. The Glick Art Fund has been established for donations to be used exclusively to purchase art for the Glick Eye Institute. Donations can be made at glick.iu.edu

The artists and their works selected for this exhibit include:

–       Philip M. Blomgren, “Rosetta,” oil on canvas
–       Cynthia Booth, “The world beyond the window,” photography
–       Chris Bowman, “Diversity,” salvaged wood
–       Peggy Breidenbach, “Reflections on the Iris,” ceramic
–       Benaiah Cusack, “The Wild Place” and “Beginning,” acrylic on canvas
–       Heidi Garriott, “There Is Joy in Laughter,” photography; and “Reflected Vision,” glass and wood
–       Margaret Gohn, “Magenta (Petunioideae)” oil, sand and wax on canvas
–       Tom Hubbard, “Untitled Wassenaar, The Netherlands,” archival pigment print
–       Jeff Kisling, “Tulips,” photography
–       Lee Layman, “Emergence” and “Reflection,” paintings
–       Flounder Lee, “Mapping Mendenhall Glacier by Kayak 1,” photography
–       David Lesh, “Take another look,” mixed media
–       G. Alexandre Lewis, “Ball and glove,” pencil on paper
–       Robyn Loughran, “Ferns and Flowers,” photography
–       Jeff Mason, “Rays of Sun” and “Emerging From the Rain,” photography
–       Carole Mitchell, “Color Avalanche,” textile
–       Yuri Okamoto, “Dogwood” and “Sakura,” glass
–       Nikki Pritchett, “The Neighborhood,” acrylic on canvas
–       Daren Pitts Redman, “walking, looking down,” textile
–       Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., “teichopsia,” glass
–       Tal Rothenberg, “Zebra and Bluebird,” photography
–       Doug Sauter, “Canoes,” photography
–       David Woolf, “Crux” and “Suburbia,” photography

A brochure with information about the artists is available here.