M.F.A., Washington University/B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute

Valerie Eickmeier is dean of the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She became dean of Herron in 1999, after a series of steady promotions through the academic ranks, including positions as acting dean, associate dean, division coordinator of 3-D fine arts, and two terms as faculty president. Dean Eickmeier’s career encompasses more than 25 years of visiting artist lectures, private and corporate commissions, and more than 50 local, regional, national, and international museum and gallery exhibitions. She is the recipient of awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Special Project Grants and the Individual Artist Fellowship and a Creative Renewal Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2005 Dean Eickmeier was identified by Dialogue Magazine as one of the Midwest’s “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Arts.”