Located in the heart of the culturally vibrant city of Indianapolis, IUPUI embraces its identity as an urban public research university, with a student body of approximately 30,000 students and a growing residential campus. Herron, one of 18 schools on campus, is fully invested in IUPUI’s research, creative activity, teaching, and civic engagement missions. IUPUI will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2018-2019 academic year, while Herron marks its 117th year. Founded in 1902 as a private art school first affiliated with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Herron joined Indiana University in 1967 and IUPUI upon formation in 1969. The school has a rich legacy, with the footprints of faculty, alumni, and students all over Indiana, the nation, and world.
Founded on the principle that creative research and teaching are indispensable to one another, Herron is committed to hiring faculty who are both professionally active and dedicated to building a tightknit learning environment that celebrates diversity, creativity, individuality, and collaboration. With 14 major, four minor, and two certificate options, Herron’s programs focus on intensive experiential learning. While retaining the individuality of an independent, urban art school, Herron collaborates with literally every school on the IUPUI campus to pursue research and innovations such as art therapy services, mobile apps, service design interventions, and public art. Because integrative, experiential learning is built into the curriculum, students and faculty alike collaborate with organizations and businesses throughout Indianapolis and beyond. Herron’s robust study abroad programs to multiple international destinations complement the rich campus experience.
Herron enrolls more than 800 undergraduate and graduate students in studio art, visual communication design, art history, art education, and art therapy, and employs more than 50 full-time faculty and more than 20 full-time staff. The school’s operating budget is approximately $13 million. Herron spans two state-of-the-art buildings on the IUPUI campus, designed to meet the needs of an art and design school in the twenty-first century, comprising more than 200,000-square-feet of studios, galleries, and other inspirational spaces. The main building is adjacent to the museums of White River State Park and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The school has over 70 studio spaces and more than 10,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition space. Other facilities include the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, serving as a hub for professional practice opportunities, career development, and connecting Herron talent with community partners, as well as the Think It Make It Lab, enabling the creative use of new technologies and providing a collaborative environment for research, experimentation, and innovation.
Herron’s position of dean provides a transformational opportunity for growth and innovation for the right candidate. With Herron’s expanding facilities, programs, and galleries, the dean will be joining a team of faculty and staff poised to assert Herron as a leader and innovator in the arts and design for the state and region. In addition, Herron's Dean will mentor faculty hired to begin in Fall 2018 as new endowed chairs and professors in art history/international studies, art therapy, painting, and furniture design. Moreover, the dean will oversee the future hiring of a faculty member for an endowed chair in printmaking.
Collaborations and civic and corporate partnerships are sought, fostered, and supported throughout the school, campus, and community, positioning Herron at the forefront of providing career paths for our students that allow for real world experience while broadening faculty research. For example, significant multidisciplinary collaborations are currently underway with the Indiana University School of Medicine on the Indianapolis campus, recognized as a national leader in health care and research. The dean will have the opportunity to extend campus and community collaborations even further.
IUPUI’s Arts and Humanities Institute, along with Indianapolis’ many cultural and funding opportunities and agencies, and growing metropolitan area extend the dean’s ability to steer profound growth in the school well into the future. Our future graduates will join the ranks of our existing alumni making their mark at tech giants, start-ups, global retailers, media and publishing companies, health care institutions, museums, non-profits, and universities, as well as working independently and in collaboration with distinguished artists and designers.