Cynthia Daignault's 360-part painting 'Light Atlas' headlines Herron's fall exhibitions

Artist talk and opening reception on September 13

INDIANAPOLIS – The Galleries at Herron School of Art and Design are pleased to announce the school's early fall exhibitions at Eskenazi Hall, opening on September 13. Headlining the three contemporary exhibitions is Cynthia Daignault's monumental "Light Atlas," which documents the artist's 10,000-mile journey across America.

In 2014, Daignault embarked on a yearlong exploration of the United States. Traveling around the perimeter of the country, she stopped every 25 miles to paint what she saw. The resulting work, "Light Atlas," is the New York-based artist's most ambitious work to date. Consisting of 360 canvases – one for each degree of the circle she traveled – the paintings form a grand portrait of America.

"Light Atlas" developed from Daignault's realization that she could name 100 men who roamed the country to create canonical works that are used to define America, yet struggled to name one such work by a woman. Asserting her own voice with a journey across America, the resulting canvases compose a temporal account of a vast and diverse nation.

This exhibition marks the first time that "Light Atlas" will be shown in its entirety. Daignault's work will be on view in the Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Galleries. She will speak about her work on Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with an opening reception for all exhibitions.

Also on view in the Herron galleries:

  • In the Marsh Gallery: Prints by the founders of Cat Head Press and Herron alumni Dominic Senibaldi, Michael Hoefle, and Liz Wierzbicki as well as other members of the cooperative. Located in Englewood on Indianapolis's Near Eastside, Cat Head Press is a not-for-profit community center and fine art printmaking studio.
  • In the Basile Gallery: "A Shade Away," featuring new work by Denver-based artist Derrick Velasquez, who uses common construction materials to explore and critique the broader politics of design and urban development.

All three exhibitions run from September 13 through November 11. Herron's galleries are located on the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and open Wednesdays until 8:00 p.m.

Parking is available courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis in the visitor section of the Sports Complex Garage (west of Herron's Eskenazi Hall), or on the upper floors of the Riverwalk Garage (south of the Sports Complex Garage) until 6 p.m. Park on any floor after 6 p.m. Bring your parking ticket to the Herron galleries for validation.

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