Winter 2021 Herron Highlights

Every three months, we share a roundup of the most recent Herron community updates. We've compiled a list of student, alumni, and faculty highlights that took place from January to March 2021, including exhibitions, publications, career moves, accomplishments, and accolades.

  • Linda Adeniyi (M.A. Art Therapy '14), who served in the military in the Middle East and has helped people heal from traumatic experiences, was featured in an IU Health story introducing her as their newest art therapist.
  • Associate Professor Anila Agha discussed her artistic practice during a virtual artist's talk hosted by the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU Bloomington on March 6. Agha was also one of 30 artists featured in "Light Upon Light: Light Art Since 1960" during Noor Riyadh, a citywide annual festival in Saudi Arabia that began on March 18 and will run until June 12. She also exhibited in a three-person exhibition at the Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington from Feb. 15 to April 3.
  • Emily Archer, a graduate student in Herron's visual arts program, exhibited in the Bloomington chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters' 2021 Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition. Her piece "Playful Toxicity" received with the Jane Otten Merit Award.
  • Karen Baldner, adjunct instructor of printmaking, exhibited her work in the 2021 National Juried Exhibition at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. The exhibition opened on April 9 and will remain on view until May 22. In addition, on April 10, Baldner co-presented a talk titled "Re-imagining the Local" during the Indiana Studies Style of the State symposium.
  • Tasha Beckwith (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '06) was interviewed by the Indianapolis Star about her mural, "Entrepreneurs Awakening: The Making of a Legacy," at Indianapolis International Airport, which features Madam Walker. The mural is on currently display in Civic Plaza inside the airport terminal and is expected to be on display well into 2022. In addition, Beckwith debuted "Seasons Nouveau," an eight-part banner series, on the Edge Parking Garage in downtown Fishers. On the City of Fishers' YouTube channel, you can watch a video about the project.
  • Amelia Briggs (B.F.A. Painting '09) exhibited her work in "Exclamation Point," a group show at Union Hall in Denver, Colorado, from Jan. 21 to Feb. 13.
  • Rafael Caro (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration '20), Erica Parker (B.F.A. Integrative Studio Practice '16), and Hailee Smith (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration '20) spoke with Broad Ripple Random Ripplings about cofounding Chromatic Collective, a gallery space at 6216 Carrollton Avenue that will open to the public on April 2.
  • Aaron S. Coleman (B.F.A. Printmaking '09), an associate professor at the University of Arizona, used his art to continue the conversation beyond Black History Month, according to KOLD News 13. In addition, Komechak Art Gallery at Benedictine University presented "Monumental Shadows," a virtual exhibition of Coleman's work.
  • Research by DeeDee Davis, Herron Art Library's digital scholarship services specialist, was featured in an Indianapolis Star story about the Indiana Historical Society exhibit "Lost Landmarks of Indianapolis," which is on display until April 17.
  • Jingo M. de la Rosa, an adjunct instructor of drawing and illustration, exhibited his sketches at 8th Day Distillery in downtown Indianapolis throughout the month of March. In addition, "ABCs in Indianapolis," a children's book illustrated by de la Rosa, was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and the funds will be used to cover printing costs. 
  • The Quintana Behringer Spring Collection, curated by the Indianapolis-based arts marketing and management duo Tony Quintana and Maria Behringer, featured works by Professor Valerie Eickmeier, Associate Professor Stefan Petranek, and Adjunct Instructor Melissa Parrott Quimby.
  • Along with several staff members, Associate Professor and Fine Arts Department Chair Vance Farrow, Lecturer Lowell Isaac, and adjunct instructors Kyle Latino and Jingo de la Rosa worked with 43 juniors and senior Connor Stump of Herron's drawing and illustration program to produce "Color Your Campus – IUPUI," an 88-page coloring book. It was published by IU Press in early February and is available for purchase for $14 wherever books are sold.
  • Andrea Haydon (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '11) spoke with the Indianapolis Business Journal in March about starting her own business after losing her job unexpectedly. Read the story and listen her speak on an episode of the IBJ podcast. 
  • Associate Professor Robert Horvath exhibited new ceramic works at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas. His exhibition, "A Veritable Minefield of Useless Information," opened on Feb. 27 and will remain on view until April 3.
  • As part of an IUPUI Faculty Crossing lecture series, Lowell Isaac, lecturer of drawing and illustration, presented on the topic of teaching virtually in the pandemic era. He shared a few useful pedagogical techniques in the hopes that other instructors will find them useful.
  • Yasmine Kasem (B.F.A. Sculpture '15) was featured in an article in The San Diego Union-Tribune about the merger of Lux Art Institute and San Diego Art Institute to form the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego.
  • Jennifer Lee, associate professor of art history, took part in a European Encounters virtual meetup on Jan. 20 with Hanna Wimmer from Universität Hamburg, who discussed art and artistic exchanges in Medieval Hanseatic cities. View the recording via IU Europe Gateway's Facebook page.
  • "Captivated: The Art of Ikki Matsumoto," a 156-page book containing the whimsically stylized animals and landscapes of Ikki Matsumoto, an acclaimed artist and Herron alumnus, was published in January. Learn more about the book that brings together a lifetime of the beloved Southwest Florida artist's work.
  • Ben Murray (B.F.A. Painting '11) exhibited works in a solo exhibition, "If I Needed You," from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Melissa Parrott Quimby, adjunct instructor of art therapy, foundation studies, and elective arts, displayed her work in one of 50 outdoor sidewalk art galleries as part of "Swish," an arts and cultural festival in put on by the Arts Council of Indianapolis during the NCAA March Madness tournament. Parrott Quimby also exhibited a collaged protest sign in "The Sum of Unity" at the Herron Galleries. 
  • Madison Stevens (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '17), market requirements manager at Cummins, joined the Board of Directors of AIGA Indianapolis as the new programming chair.
  • Colin Tury's (M.F.A. Visual Art '14) design for the Brunswick Billiards Gold Crown VI pool table was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as part of an industry-sponsored collaboration between the company and Herron's Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life.
  • Traditional Arts Indiana announced its 2021 Apprenticeship Teams, with Beatriz Vásquez (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '06) as one of seven participating artists. Throughout the year, Vásquez will pass on her knowledge and adaptations of traditional Mexican papel picado technique to her daughter, Isabel Schlebeck.
  • Samuel E. Vasquez (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '10) exhibited his work alongside Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Sam Francis in "Driven to Abstraction," a virtual group show presented by Long-Sharp Gallery in Indianapolis. The exhibition opened on Feb. 25 and will remain on view until July 1.

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