Fall 2018 Herron Highlights

As spring semester begins, we're looking back at all that happened with the Herron community last fall. Needless to say, our students, alumni, and faculty have made great creative strides – from commissioned projects to local and national exhibitions.

Following is a recap of highlights that you may have missed over the past four months.

  • Associate Professor Anila Agha exhibited laser-cut encaustic works at Sundaram Tagore Chelsea Nov. 15–Dec. 15, 2018, in "The Art of Paper," a group show featuring nine international artists.
  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis named five recipients of the 2018 DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, including associate professors Anila Agha, Stefan Petranek, and Cory Robinson. Each recipient was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund new and dynamic creative projects.
  • TIME Magazine featured CODO Design's packaging in the special issue "Beer: The Story of the World's Most Celebrated Drink." CODO Design is the brainchild of Isaac Arthur (B.F.A. Visual Communication '09) and Cody Fague (B.F.A. Visual Communication '09), who began business planning for the Indianapolis-based branding firm during their senior year and cofounded it the Monday after graduating.
  • Audrey Barcio (B.A.E. Art Education '07) exhibited Aug. 27–Sept. 14, 2018, alongside American sculptor Lynda Benglis and 10 other contemporary artists in "ART IN CONTEXT" at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.
  • Emily Bennett (M.F.A. Visual Art '17) exhibited Nov. 17–Dec. 15, 2018, in "Multiplied Motions," a solo show at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill.
  • As part of a commissioned project through Herron's Basile Center, students McKayla Bensheimer, Aaron Dodd, Elizabeth Jorgenson, April Knauber, and Elizabeth Jorgenson, along with alumnus Jared Cru Smith (B.F.A. Furniture Design '11), created and installed sculptures, mosaics, and benches in the Elmira Annis Civic Plaza at the new Irvington branch of Indianapolis Public Library.
  • Amelia Briggs (B.F.A. Painting '09) was featured in the Oct. 2018 issue of Maake Magazine, an artist-run online gallery and limited-edition print publication showcasing the work of emerging contemporary artists.
  • Internationally renowned artist and Herron alumna Vija Celmins (B.F.A. '62) exhibited nearly 150 drawings, sculptures, paintings, and prints at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in her first North American retrospective in 25 years. "Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory" opened Dec. 15, 2018 and is on view through March 31.
  • Paula Differding, a beloved visual communication design professor, retired in December after 33 years of teaching. Differding will stay connected with the Herron community as a distinguished professor emerita.
  • Lorrie Fredette (B.F.A. Sculpture '90) exhibited in "Tender Exchanges," a solo show at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibition opened Nov. 18, 2018, and is on view through Feb. 10.
  • Evan Hauser (B.F.A. Ceramics '14) exhibited in "Canary Syndrome," a group show featuring the ceramics and glass works of nine contemporary artists, at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, Mass., Sept. 27–Nov. 4, 2018.
  • In October, Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, honored Associate Professor Robert Horvath as a 2018 Outstanding Alumnus from the university's Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts.
  • Assistant Professor Katie Hudnall, Associate Professor Meredith Setser, and Adjunct Instructor Liz Wierzbicki (M.F.A. Visual Art '14) each received grants as part of the Indiana Arts Commission's 2019 Individual Artist Program for creative research, travel, or new studio equipment.
  • Under the direction of Professor Craig McDaniel and photography technician Benjamin Martinkus, Herron M.F.A. students Kennedy Conner, Frank Mullen, Hailey Potts, Adam Rathbun, Sarah Strong, and Denise Troyer collaborated with IUPUI music technology students on an interdisciplinary project exploring the elements of sound and movement in both visual art and music. "HEARING THINGS" involved an exhibition of sonic and kinetic artworks on Nov. 15 in Eskenazi Fine Arts Center and a live multimedia performance on Nov. 30 at the IUPUI Informatics and Communications Technology Complex building.
  • On Nov. 30, 2018, IDEA Fellow Maria Meschi and her visual communication design graduate peers hosted IUPUI's first Open Innovation Sprint at Herron. The four-hour event involved 54 IUPUI students brainstorming solutions for the various problems surrounding scooters in Indianapolis and resulted in 861 ideas. The problem will be further explored in one of Associate Professor Youngbok Hong's graduate classes this spring.
  • Professor David Morrison exhibited Nov. 15–Dec. 22, 2018, in a solo show, "Nature's Ephemera," at Garvey|Simon in New York, N.Y. Craig McDaniel wrote a short piece about Morrison's artistic practice to accompany the exhibition. Additionally, a selection of Morrison's works were featured in the Nov. 2018 issue of American Art Collector.
  • Michael Nannery (B.F.A. Printmaking '11) exhibited Dec. 1-15, 2018, in a five-person group exhibition, "Permutations," at Torrance Art Museum, Calif.
  • Asli Narin exhibited solo in "Carpe Noctum" at Millî Reasürans Art Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 28–Dec. 29, 2018. Click here to view installation images of the exhibition.
  • Michael Osheroff (M.F.A. Visual Art '18) spoke as a panelist for Design Arts Society's "LOVE/HATE" discussion on Nov. 10, 2018, in the newly reinstalled Design Gallery of the IMA Galleries at Newfields.
  • Yasha Persson (B.F.A. Photography '92) exhibited mixed media works Nov. 2-30, 2018, in a solo show at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
  • Brian Presnell (B.F.A. Furniture Design '96) of Indy Urban Hardwood created tables using milled wood from over 40 on-site trees for the new Michigan Road branch of Indianapolis Public Library, in partnership with krM Architecture.
  • Jason Ramey (B.F.A. Furniture Design '08) exhibited large-scale sculptures in a two-person show at Hutchinson Center for the Arts in Hutchinson, Minn. The show opened Dec. 10, 2018, and continues through Jan. 11.
  • Herron alumnus Casey Roberts (B.F.A. Photography) exhibited new cyanotype works at the Indianapolis-based Edington Gallery in the solo show "A Bird I Knew, Dreamt a Dream, of Valley View," Dec. 7-22, 2018.
  • Cat Head Press received a $4.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Arts and Culture Initiative in partnership with the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, as well as other Near Eastside neighborhood collaborators, to bring to life the 10 East Art + Design District. The Indianapolis-based printshop and artist cooperative was established in 2016 by Dominic Senibaldi (M.F.A. Visual Art '13), Michael Hoefle (M.F.A. Visual Art '13), and Liz Wierzbicki (M.F.A. Visual Art '14). On Jan. 4, Senibaldi left Herron to fulfill his executive director role in a full-time capacity.
  • Marna Shopoff (M.F.A. Visual Art '14) exhibited new paintings Oct. 3-26, 2018, in "Première Couche," a solo show at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, La.
  • On Dec. 7, 2018, Johnson Simon (M.F.A. Visual Art '18) participated in the Stutz Artist Association's annual holiday open house as one of two recipients of the association's 2018 Artist Residency program.
  • Visiting Lecturer Jake Sneath (M.F.A. Visual Art '17) presented his work during the Society for Photography Education's Midwest Chapter Conference on Nov. 1-4, 2018, at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
  • Stuart Snoddy (B.F.A. Painting '09) was featured in ArtMaze Magazine's Anniversary Edition 10, curated by founder and Editor-in-Chief Maria Zemtsova and released on Nov. 27, 2018.
  • Emily Stergar (B.F.A. Sculpture '14) exhibited Nov. 29–Dec. 15, 2018, in Arizona State University's Faculty Mentor/Alumni Exhibition. Stergar's work was also included in "Onyx," a group exhibition featuring 46 contemporary artists, presented online by Alfa Gallery.
  • In November, the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) installed small-scale sculptures created by Phillip Tennant, professor emeritus of furniture design. Tennant's work remains on display through March 10 in the ticketing hall.
  • Colin Tury (M.F.A. Visual Art '14) was featured in Architectural Digest's article "The Highlights from Detroit's First Month of Design." Detroit Month of Design occurred Sept. 1-30, 2018, during which Tury's Fairfax Lounge Chair was included in the exhibition "Shape: Defining Furniture in Michigan's Design Legacy" at Shinola's flagship store.
  • The Herron galleries presented "Kenneth Tyler: The Art of Collaboration," a survey of collaborations between master printer Kenneth Tyler (M.A.E. Art Education '63) and some of the 20th century's most iconic artists. Tyler visited the school during opening week of the exhibition to work with printmaking students and discuss his life's work via an unforgettable artist talk. The exhibition closed on Nov. 10, 2018.
  • During IUPUI's 2018 Spirit & Place Festival, Beatriz Vasquez (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '06) participated in a collaborative public project showcasing the stories of historically marginalized communities in America.

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