Spring 2019 Herron Highlights

Summer has arrived in Indianapolis!

Here at Eskenazi Hall, after a brief moment of pause, staff are preparing to kick off another academic year while most of our students and professors are away soaking up sunshine, sipping lemonade, and enjoying the relaxation perks of IUPUI's summer break.

Looking back at all that occurred between April and June, we've compiled a list highlighting many ways in which Herron artists and designers have recently informed and engaged with the world around us.

  • Amory Abbott (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '04) was one of three artists-in-residence this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana. During his month-long residency in June, Abbott presented an artist talk and two public workshops in addition to creating new landscape drawings.
  • This spring, Associate Professor Anila Agha exhibited in three shows: "Tradition Interrupted" from April 11 to June 23 at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California; "She Persists" from May 11 to June 11 at Heist Gallery's satellite pavilion during the 58th Venice Biennale; and "Wheriko – Brilliant!," which opened May 17 at Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand and continues through Feb. 16, 2020. During the Venice Biennale, Agha spoke about contemporary Middle Eastern art on a panel discussion at the Navy Officer's Club, organized by United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development. Additionally, Agha's sculpture "This is Not a Refuge" was among 50 outstanding public art projects to be recognized through the Public Art Network 2019 Year in Review. The roster of selected projects was announced at the Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention held on June 14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Herron students Gabriel Akre, Aliyah Alvarez, Madison Anderson, Kionna Chase, Jennifer Hurley, Andrea Jandernoa, April Knauber, Madysen Koontz, Abigail Mendoza, Maria Meschi, Clare Sheehan, Joelle Stille, Paul Williams, Stephanie Williams, and Samantha Wright participated in Student Research and Engagement Day, held on April 12 at the IUPUI Campus Center. Hurley received an award for her art history research on "The Hunt of the Unicorns" tapestries.
  • Isaac Arthur (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '09) spoke as a panelist on the topic of branding during California Craft Brewers Association's Spring Conference, held on May 5-7 at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.
  • As part of the 2019 Indy Film Fest, twenty alumni created mash-up style movie posters for the annual Bigger Picture Show silent auction at Circle City Industrial Complex on April 12. Participating Herron artists were visual communication design alumnae Isaac Arthur (B.F.A. '09), Kelly Bohnenkamp (B.F.A. '17), Derek Dalton (B.F.A. '16), Eugene Ernsberger (B.F.A. '05), Eric Gray (B.F.A. '12), Andrea Haydon (B.F.A. '11), Holly Kanning (B.F.A. '14), Brian Kumle (B.F.A. '13), Christopher Keller (B.F.A. '04), Peter Lockhart (B.F.A. '10), Dustin Lynch (B.F.A. '10), Parker McCullough (B.F.A. '10), Eric Nolan (B.F.A. '08), Lisa Sangiorgio (B.F.A. '13), Ross Shafer (B.F.A. '12), James Sholly (B.F.A. '87), Jon Sholly (B.F.A. '03), Jenny Tod (B.F.A. '12), Krista Ward (B.F.A. '11), and Nathan Zarse (B.F.A. '05) and photography alumnus Christopher Walsh aka OhBeOne (B.F.A. '01).
  • Audrey Barcio (B.A.E. Art Education '07) was among 111 artists to receive the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for the 2018–19 period. The Foundation's mission is to foster the work of national and international visual artists with established studio practices.
  • Associate Professor Cindy Borgmann co-authored the article "Artful Spaces/Safe Places: A Gallery Provokes Voices that Interrogate Common Narratives of Latino Immigrant Children" in the inaugural issue of ENGAGE!, IUPUI's first journal dedicated to community-engaged and community-based participatory research.
  • Zach Carrico (B.F.A. Photography '19), Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs Shannon McCullough, and Jordan Nelsen (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration '18) were among 50 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to recently be featured in the university's "Faces of IUPUI" campaign. Read Carrico's, McCullough's, and Nelsen's stories.
  • "Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory," the first North American retrospective of internationally renowned artist and Herron alumna Vija Celmins (B.F.A. '62), traveled from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto. The exhibition opened May 4 at AGO and will remain on view through Aug. 5. Celmins' work was also exhibited in "America Will Be!: Surveying the Contemporary Art Landscape" at Dallas Museum of Art, which opened April 6 and continues through Oct. 6.
  • Aaron S. Coleman (B.F.A. Printmaking '09), an assistant professor of art at the University of Arizona, exhibited in "True and Livin'" at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. The exhibition opened on April 26 and will remain on view through Aug. 4.
  • Senior Lecturer Stephanie Doty exhibited in the juried group show "Dear Earth" at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition opened June 29 and continues through July 20.
  • Erin K. Drew (B.F.A. Sculpture '14), Samuel Levi Jones (B.F.A. Photography '09), and Meredith Setser (B.F.A. Printmaking '98) exhibited in "Soft Power," a group show highlighting the strategic power of art and its unique ability to persuade and inspire. "Soft Power" was on view from April 18 through June 15 at the Columbus Area Arts Council's 411 Gallery in Columbus, Indiana.
  • Assistant Professor Chad Eby, Associate Professor Vance Farrow, Senior Lecturer Anita Giddings, Associate Professor William Potter, and Senior Lecturer Sherry Stone chaired sessions during the 17th Biennial Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) Conference, hosted April 4-6 at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Samuel Ladwig (M.F.A. Visual Art '14) and Herb Peterson (B.F.A. Photography '06) also participated as panelists in the conference.
  • Five faculty members received research and professional development grants for the 2019–20 academic year. Associate professor Reagan Furqueron, Associate Professor Laura Holzman, and Chancellor's Professor Jean Robertson received the Alice and Robert Schloss Faculty Support Fund Award. Aaron Ganci received the R.B. Annis Faculty Innovation and Development Fund Award. Associate Professor Cory Robinson received the Frank C. Springer Innovative Faculty Research Award. A special thank you to the individual donors who help make this support possible.
  • As part of the Arts Council of Indianapolis's Public Art for Neighborhoods program, Associate Professor Reagan Furqueron installed a new sculpture, "Bounce," in the ground floor lobby of Hyatt Place + Hyatt House, a contemporary hotel located across from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • Indianapolis Monthly profiled the sign-and-mural work of Emily Gable (B.F.A. Painting '11), who founded Bootleg Signs Co. in 2017.
  • Associate Professor Aaron Ganci hosted the "Aspiring Educators" roundtable discussion during this year's AIGA Design Conference, held April 4-6 in Pasadena, California.
  • Senior Lecturer Anita Giddings, Assistant Professor Katie Hudnall, and Associate Professor Jennifer Lee co-led twenty students on a three-week study abroad program in Italy to explore the arts and culture of Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, San Gimignano, and Venice. Associate Professors Robert Horvath and Andrew Winship departed Indianapolis with 10 students to study architecture, art, and culture in Thailand and Cambodia. Explore both trips through the lenses of Katie Bundren, Elizabeth Clark, Hannah Golding, Robert Horvath, Katie Hudnall, Savannah Jacob, Andre Rivera, and Ryan Ross.
  • Danielle Joy Graves (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration '16) and Nick Witten (B.F.A. Sculpture '15) exhibited a collaborative artwork in Wassaic Project's annual summer show, "Ad Astra Per Aspera." The group show opened May 18 and continues through Sept. 21 at the upstate New York art gallery.
  • Andrea Haydon (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '11) spoke on the topic of service design in architecture as part of Indy Design Week, a weeklong series of events held May 13-19 at various locations around the city. Jordan Ryan (B.A. Art History '10), an architectural archivist at the Indiana Historical Society, spoke on the topic of Indianapolis's architecture and led a pedal pub tour supported by the Pickled Pedaler and Sun King Brewery.
  • Cindy Hinant (B.F.A. Sculpture '08) spoke as a panelist during P·P·O·W Gallery's June 27 discussion on the past, present, and future of feminism and art in conjunction with the release of Kathy Battista's newest book, "New York New Wave: The Lagacy of Feminist Art."
  • "Curiouser and Curiouser," a solo exhibition of sculptures and ceramic works by Stacey Holloway (B.F.A. Sculpture '06), opened June 14 at Edington Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana. The exhibition continues through July 13.
  • In April, Temple University Press published Associate Professor and Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art Laura Holzman's first book, "Contested Image: Defining Philadelphia for the Twenty-First Century." Read a Q&A with her about the origins of her research for the book. She also contributed an essay on the value of permanent exhibition space for Indianapolis Contemporary's (formerly iMOCA) new Abstract! online dialogue series.
  • Melissa Hopson (M.F.A. Visual Art '15) exhibited April 25–May 26 in "Sie Machen Was Sie Wollen (They Do What They Want)," a group show at Varna City Art Gallery in Bulgaria.
  • Dean Goggin awarded Professors Greg Hull the 2019 Herron Service Award and Eric Nordgulen the 2019 Herron Community Engagement Award.
  • Recent graduate Andrea Jandernoa (M.F.A. Visual Art '19) was one of 22 graduate students to receive the 2019 William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion. Awarded by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, the Plater Medallion honors graduating IUPUI students who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to Indianapolis communities and who have developed an ethic of civic mindedness.
  • In May, Galerie Lelong & Co. announced new representation of Samuel Levi Jones (B.F.A. Photography '09) with his first solo exhibition in Paris, "Let Us Grow." The exhibition opened May 18 and continues through July 13.
  • Yasmine Kasem (B.F.A. Sculpture '15) exhibited April 26–May 3 in "Jihad of Bitter Petals," a sculpture installation exploring her Islamic faith and queer identity, at the University of California San Diego.
  • A painting by Jeffrey Klinefelter was selected to adorn the 2020 Delaware Trout Stamp. Established in 1979 by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Fish and Wildlife, the annual stamp art competition supports Delaware's Freshwater Trout Program.
  • Paintings by Jonathan McAfee (B.F.A. Painting '06) were featured in Issue 2 of Emergo Art Magazine, which can be purchased online.
  • Professor Craig McDaniel exhibited several paintings at the Southern Ohio Museum in "Moonlighting: Making Museums by Day, Art by Night," featuring the artwork of seven current and former employees in conjunction with the museum's 40th anniversary. McDaniel was founding co-director from 1978 to 1984. The exhibition opened June 29 and continues through Aug. 15.
  • "Absencexpresence," a short film by Assistant Professor Gurhan Mihçi and Visiting Lecturer Asli Narin, was exhibited May 2–June 1 in "Light vs. Dark" at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The group exhibition was juried by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
  • Ben Murray (B.F.A. Painting '11) exhibited a series of new paintings and works on paper May 10–June 8 at Christopher West Presents in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Assistant Professor Pamela Napier presented on the topic of a people-centered approach to community design during the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Education Summit on May 20-21 in Johnson City, Tennessee.
  • Visiting Lecturer Asli Narin was among 21 artists to create artwork in the form of a zine for "Project F," which questions the concept of reproduction. Narin's work was exhibited May 4–June 1 at Hayy Open Space in Izmir, Turkey.
  • Mejo Okon (B.F.A. Visual Communication '75) exhibited in Desert Caballeros Western Museum's 14th annual "Cowgirl Up!" group show and art sale, featuring more than 50 female American Western artists. The exhibition ran from March 29 through May 12 at the museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.
  • While on sabbatical, Associate Professor Stefan Petranek continued work on a new series exploring climate change impacts on American landscapes during a May 6-24 residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon. Petranek also exhibited in "Collective Voices," a group show emphasizing the power of art to give voice to commonalities, traumas, and triumphs of the human experience. "Collective Voices" was on view from April 18 through May 25 at Modella Gallery in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • Associate Professor William Potter, associate dean of faculty affairs, received a 2019 Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award. These awards honor faculty members demonstrating excellence in teaching, research, and service to the university.
  • In June, Bryan Richards, an adjunct instructor in visual communication design, co-taught a weeklong workshop in Bamako, Mali, on the topics of community development and nonprofit management skills using various design thinking and visual storytelling techniques. The cultural exchange resulted from a Mandela Washington Fellowship grant.
  • Associate Professor Danielle Riede exhibited April 1 at the IUPUI Campus Center in "BIG TENT," a unique portable multimedia venue designed by Robin Cox and Benjamin Smith, music and arts technology professors in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Riede also exhibited May 20-25 in the solo show "Body Electric" at TAKT in Berlin, Germany.
  • Marna Shopoff (M.F.A. Visual Art '14) exhibited April 25-28 at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery's booth during Art Market San Francisco. Her work was also published in Issue 11 of ArtMaze Mag.
  • Johnson Simon (M.F.A. Visual Art '18) exhibited his paintings during the Stutz Artists Association's open house on April 26-27 at the Stutz Business and Arts Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indianapolis Star featured Simon in a moving story ahead of annual event.
  • Susan Tennant (M.F.A. Visual Art '10) installed a new sculpture, "Visual Melody," in the front entrance lobby of Zionsville Town Hall. Tennant's sculpture is the first piece of public art to be installed in the building as part of a call for proposals by the Town Hall Art Task Force in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
  • In June, Colin Tury (M.F.A. Visual Art '14) co-founded Midwest Common, a Detroit-based independent design firm focused on creating products, packaging, identities, environments, and experiences for global and boutique brands. Plus, one of his chairs was featured in ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine's Spring 2019 issue.
  • On April 12, Visiting Assistant Professor Megan Van Meter presented her paper "Creativity as an Agent of Neural Integration: The Expressive Continuum" during Mount Mary University's Art Therapy Symposium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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