A roundup of Herron highlights from the fall 2017 semester

It’s about to get quiet around here for a few weeks as students and faculty “settle down for a long winter’s nap.” However, the fall has been anything but quiet among the Herron community.

Following are some highlights involving Herron students, alumni, and faculty that you may have missed over the past four months.

  • Amory Abbott (B.F.A. General Fine Arts ’04) joined Emily Carr University of Art and Design’s faculty of visual art and material practice as an assistant professor.
  • Associate Professor Anila Quayyum Agha, $300,000 Public Vote and Juried Award winner at ArtPrize 2014, served as a category juror of installations for the 2017 ArtPrize competition. Agha selected a shortlist of five entries and revealed the finalists during a live broadcast on NBC affiliate, WOOD TV8 on September 25.
  • As a member of Indiana Historical Society’s exhibit design team, Sarah Anderson (B.F.A. Photography ’08) worked on the “Made in Indiana” exhibition celebrating Hoosier innovations and inventions, which debuted during this year’s Indiana State Fair. In November, Anderson accepted a position with Luci Creative in Chicago as a senior graphic designer after working with the Indiana Historical Society since 2011.
  • An alumnus from 1999, David Bowen’s work “flyAI” was exhibited in a group exhibition during the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria on September 7-11. Additionally, Bowen’s “Infrared Drawing Device” is featured in the exhibition “Drawn From A Score” at the Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine, Calif. The exhibition runs through February 3, 2018, and showcases artists whose work emanates directly from a written, visual, or code-based score.
  • Herron graduate students Emily Casella, Timothy Faris, Andrea Jandernoa, Elizabeth Jorgensen, Michael Osheroff, Tiffany Pierce, Leslie Sorenson, and Kylee Williams were among the finalists participating in a highly acclaimed competition during the Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design Fair (SOFA CHICAGO) on November 2-5.
  • Rob Day (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design ’84), Kaitlyn DeSpain (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration ’17), and Michael Runge (B.A.E. Art Education ’10) participated in the 2017 Monster Project, which invites a select group of artists to reimagine monsters drawn by elementary school students from around the globe. Their monsters were unveiled online on October 31.
  • In October, Herron Dean Valerie Eickmeierannounced that she will step down June 30, 2018, before returning as a faculty member in 2019.
  • In honor of Veterans Day, photography students Shelby Flora and Zach Carrico unveiled a series of portraits focusing on the tattoos of past and present U.S. service members at IUPUI. The project was a collaboration with IUPUI’s Office for Veterans and Military Personnel, occurring between the spring and fall semesters.
  • Assistant Professor Aaron Ganci led a panel discussion about AIGA’s new ‘Designer 2025’ trends at the organization’s annual design conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More than 300 individuals attended Ganci’s session.
  • Visiting Lecturer Lowell Isaac Hildebrandt (B.F.A. General Fine Arts ’09) and Ryan Richmond (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration ’16) were published in Spectrum 24, an annual publication showcasing the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe.
  • Cindy Hinant (B.F.A. Sculpture ’08) and Derek Larson (B.F.A. Painting + Sculpture ’05) exhibited collaborative works with Marc Mitchell, assistant professor of art and director of exhibitions at the University of Arkansas, in “ADD TO BAG” at the Todd Art Gallery in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • On November 10, Director of Visual Communication Design Graduate Programs and Associate Professor Youngbok Hong led a workshop at Herron on design ethnography during Indiana Design and Innovation Week – a series of events focused broadly on how design can impact the present and future in Indiana.
  • Early this fall, Samuel Levi Jones (B.F.A. Photography ’09) had a solo exhibition, “Remedial Suffering,” in the Basile Gallery at Herron exploring concepts of social injustice, human rights, and healthcare.
  • Director of Art Therapy and Assistant Professor Juliet King moderated a panel during a conference in Valencia, Spain on mobile brain-body imaging and the neuroscience of art, innovation, and creativity. King published a conference report in the online journal Art Therapy Today. In October, King along with Greg Hull and Kaitlin Knapp (M.A. Art Therapy ’17) presented a poster on their Transformational Impact Fellowship project during the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium.
  • In the October issue of American Art Collector, Rachel Linnemeier (B.F.A. Painting ’13) was featured in an article highlighting artists participating in the 5th Annual Women Painting Women exhibition, a group show at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The exhibition ran through October 30.
  • During IUPUI’s annual Spirit and Place festival, Associate Professor Stefan Petranek exhibited his latest video portraits at Marian University’s Hall Gallery highlighting brain tumor patients and their strength and humanity as they deal with treatment.
  • Indy Urban Hardwood, a company founded by Brian Presnell (B.F.A. Furniture Design + Sculpture ’96), was featured in the December issue of Popular Mechanics in the article “Maker City Indianapolis.”
  • Austin Radcliffe (B.F.A. General Fine Arts ’12), the creator of the Webby-winning blog Things Organized Neatly, traveled to Japan to work on a commercial celebrating the 100th anniversary of Panasonic. 
  • Under the direction of Production Designer Stephen Lineweaver, Ryan Richmond (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration ’16), created concept art for The Orville, a new Seth MacFarlane TV show on FOX that premiered Sunday, September 10.
  • In her New York City solo debut, Associate Professor Danielle Riede exhibited new abstract oil paintings in “Wingspan” at Garvey|Simon in Chelsea.
  • Senior Megan Smith, a ceramics major, completed her fourth study abroad trip to Jingdezhen, China where she learned techniques from some of the country’s most prominent Chinese artisans and ceramic artists.
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art acquired for permanent collection “Glitch 1” by Christopher Stuart (B.F.A. Furniture Design ’12), founder of the transdisciplinary design studio Luur. “Glitch 1” is a sculptural furniture form derived from a CAD software malfunction. It debuted at New York Design Week in 2016.
  • Samuel E. Vazquez (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design ’10), a 2017 Scholar in Residence with the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, exhibited his work alongside pioneering graffiti artists from the 1970s and 1980s in “City as Canvas” at Newfields in the galleries of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Vazquez also spoke on a panel discussion with graffiti writers Zephyr, Cey, Daze, and Lady Pink as well as Sean Corcoran, curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York.