Engage in dialogue with art and culture

Through talks, symposia, performances and other events, Herron's public programming offers encounters with world-renowned artists while serving as a catalyst for discussions about timely issues related to contemporary art and culture. All talks are free and open to the public.

See our past talks

Carrie Mae Weems

The Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Basile Auditorium

One of the most important and influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has for over thirty years investigated issues of race, gender, and class, and her artwork continues to raise important questions about identity and subjectivity and the politics of representation. Weems is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” grant as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Prix de Rome.

Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture

The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture brings prominent contemporary artists to come to Herron to present their work and ideas.

The Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture

“I want to make an impact on the community that surrounds me and help make the arts accessible to our residents,” said Jane Fortune when she established this series to bring internationally acclaimed female artists to Herron.

The Annual Jordan H. and Joan R. Leibman Forum on the Legal and Business Environment of Art

The Leibman Lecture is a joint program of Herron School of Art and Design, Kelley School of Business, and Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI. Blend the visual arts, business, and law, past Leibman forum topics have ranged from the documentary The Art of The Steal to a presentation by the U.S. Department of Treasury on engraving practices.

Phillip Tennant Furniture Artisan Lecture

Established in honor of the founding instructor of Herron’s Furniture Design Program, Professor Phillip Tennant and through the generosity of James W. and Nancy C. Smith, this lecture series supports a visiting artist or scholar from the fields of furniture design, fabrication, or a closely related field.

Past guest speakers

  • Tom Sachs
  • María Magdalena Campos-Pons
  • Eleanor Antin
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Judy Chicago
  • Jon Kolko
  • Diane Simpson
  • Bastian Muhr
  • Cynthia Daignault
  • Wayne White
  • Deborah Butterfield
  • Chip Kidd