Summer 2020 Herron Highlights

Every three months, we share a roundup of the latest updates from the Herron community. Here, we've captured student, alumni, and faculty highlights that took place between July and September 2020, including exhibitions, publications, career moves, accomplishments, and accolades.

  • Associate Professor Anila Agha and Ash Robinson (B.F.A. Furniture Design '10) presented their work in the exhibition "Cause & Æffect: Art that Speaks Out" at the Indiana State Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. The exhibition opened on March 28 and closed on July 6. In addition, as part of the WICR radio show "The daVinci Pursuit," Agha and Interim Dean Greg Hull spoke to Jill Ditmire and Mark Kesling about teaching art at the college level.
  • Evangeline Amellal (B.A. Art History '12), an international higher education professional, started a new role with the University Counseling Team of the International School of Paris, France, in September.
  • A copy of Adjunct Instructor Karen Baldner's 2017 limited edition book "In War 1940-," a collaboration with Drew Cameron, the founder of the Combat Paper Project, was recently acquired by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress. Copies were also acquired for the artists' book collections of the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany; Tufts University in Medford, Mass.; and Columbia University in New York, N.Y.
  • In July, Philip Campbell (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '89) installed a simple "Free P.P.E." stand at a corner in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis to give people free access to face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read a Q-and-A story to learn more about his socially engaged art project.
  • In September, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) and the Arts Council of Indianapolis launched Indy Art & Seek, an interactive, self-guided public art tour. Among the more than 100 artworks throughout the city are pieces created by Herron artists Philip Campbell (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '89), Rafael Caro (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration '20), Christopher Dance (B.A.E. Art Education '07), Senior Lecturer Corey Jefferson, Christina Hollering (B.F.A. Painting '12), C. T. Hankins (B.F.A. Sculpture '14), Jennifer Delgadillo Hutchinson (B.F.A. Painting '10), Maria Iqbal (B.F.A. Drawing & Illustration '16), Kimberly McNeelan (M.F.A. Visual Art '16), Jamie Pawlus (B.F.A. Photography '96), Associate Professor Stefan Petranek, Professor Cory Robinson (B.F.A. Woodworking '96), Robin Tolouse (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '96), and Beatriz Vasquez (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '06). Read an Inside IUPUI story to learn more about exploring Indy Art & Seek.
  • In July, Jenness Cortez (B.F.A. Painting '68), an internationally acclaimed painter of contemporary realism, launched a YouTube channel that explores the motives and techniques of well-known artists, as well as the times and places that inspired their work. Learn more about her video series, "Demystifying the Masters."
  • Lauren Daugherty (M.A. Art Therapy '18), arts-based wellness experiences manager at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, talked about her experiences as a visual artist during a virtual lecture on Sept. 14, organized by the University of Indianapolis.
  • Hector Del Campo (B.F.A. Painting '99), Gary Gee (B.F.A. Integrative Studio Practice '16), and Samuel E. Vázquez (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '10) exhibited their work in "Hip Hop Anthology, Vol. 1." The group exhibition opened on July 31 and ran through Aug. 31 at the Central Library branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. In addition, on Aug. 5 and 19, Vázquez spoke about the origins and evolution of hip-hop music as a guest cultural historian on WQRT's Good Vibrations radio show, hosted by Carlie Foreman (B.F.A. Sculpture '18). Listen to part one and part two.
  • At the intersection of Shelby and East Raymond Streets in the historic Garfield Park neighborhood, Carlie Foreman (B.F.A. Sculpture '19) designed and coordinated the creation of a 60-foot mural titled "You, Me, We." The project involved almost 150 volunteers and was made possible by SoIndy, Buckingham Companies, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, and Big Car Collaborative.
  • Kim Fuelling (B.F.A. Painting '99) and Paul Fuelling (B.F.A. Painting '97), collaborators and co-owners of Mabel Studios, exhibited their work in "Branching Out: Works in Wood from North Carolina," a group exhibition at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. "Branching Out" continues until Oct. 24, 2020.
  • Emily Gable (B.F.A. Painting '11) painted two new murals at Milktooth, the acclaimed diner-style café in Indianapolis.
  • Luis Garcia, a graduate student of visual communication design, presented his work "Re-Imagining the Canal Walk Experience," which was the product of his first-year graduate studies, during a poster session of the Walk/Bike/Places 2020 conference held online from Aug. 3 to 7. At the DRS2020 virtual conference held from Aug. 11 to 14, Garcia also took part in a discussion on design in the public sector and policy-making.
  • Herron alums Gary Gee (B.F.A. General Fine Arts '16), John G. Moore, Kevin Nance-West, and Shamira Wilson contributed to the creation of a #BlackLivesMatter mural in downtown Indianapolis. Learn more about the project organized by Indy10 Black Lives Matter and other community groups in an Indianapolis Star article.
  • "A Private Collection of Printed Matters" re-created the living room of printmaker Brian Gonzales (M.F.A. Visual Art '12) and his personal collection of prints. The exhibition opened Sept. 24 and will remain on view until Nov. 28 at the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • Associate Professor Laura Holzman, a public scholar of curatorial practices and visual art, curated with support of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute a groundbreaking exhibition titled "Creativity vs. COVID: Ending the Pandemic for Good," in order to share the creative work of the campaign Free the Vaccine for COVID-19. The interactive virtual exhibit launched in August and will soon be shown at various host universities.
  • In September, Governor Eric Holcomb re-appointed Interim Dean Greg Hull, the Valerie Eickmeier Professor in Sculpture, to the Indiana Arts Commission. Hull will serve as a commissioner until June 30, 2024.
  • Julian J. Jones (B.F.A. Photography '20) and his photographs were featured in a Q-and-A for VZN Los Angeles, a multimedia news source for fashion, art, music and more.
  • Samuel Levi Jones (B.F.A. Photography '09) exhibited a piece in "A Summer Like No Other," an online group exhibition presented by Galerie Lelong & Co.
  • "Whelm," a 2019 Depression-era thriller written and directed by Skyler Lawson (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '12), won Best Drama Feature Film at the 2020 Burbank International Film Festival.
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor Jennifer Lee published an article in the Journal of the British Archaeological Association dedicated to the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the translation of Thomas Becket.
  • "Bodies and Buildings: The Dellings of Dance," which took place virtually between Aug. 12 and Sept. 12, featured works by Professor Emeritus David Morrison and Associate Professor Danielle Riede in an Artsy.net exclusive exhibition curated by Louisa Pancoast and presented by their gallery, Garvey | Simon.
  • Katrina Murray (B.F.A. Painting '12) spoke of the impact of the pandemic on her studio practice and livelihood as a guest on WFYI's All In radio show hosted and produced by Matt Pelsor.
  • Associate Professor Pamela Napier and Starla Hart, Director of Community Initiatives of the 16 Tech Community Corporation, co-published a chapter in the book "Collaboration in Design Education," a comprehensive guide for students and professionals. The book chapter highlights the work of Napier's visual communication design students who collaborated with residents of Indianapolis's Near Westside community to create four urban community gardens, each customized to four different neighborhoods.
  • Photographs taken by Christopher Newell (B.F.A. Photography '20) were chosen by Vogue Italia photo editors and published on their PhotoVogue website.
  • Associate Professor Stefan Petranek exhibited new experimental work in "We Like Small Things v.3," a juried group show at Filter Photo in Chicago. The exhibition opened Aug. 28 and continues through Oct. 3.
  • Jason Ramey (B.F.A. Furniture Design '08) exhibited his work in DeVos Art Museum at North Michigan University's annual juried exhibition "North of the 45th," showcasing artists living in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The exhibition ran from Aug. 14 to Sept. 30.
  • Book artist and printmaker Benjamin D. Rinehart (B.F.A. Printmaking '94) led a bookbinding session during a five-part online writing workshop hosted by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center with Milwaukee Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton.
  • The work of Cory Robinson (B.F.A. Woodworking '96), a professor of furniture design, was featured in the September 2020 issue of Indianapolis Monthly.
  • Joshua Ross (B.F.A. Photography '15) contributed artwork to the book "This Is Not A Gun," a compilation of works by 40 artists, writers and activists in response to objects that police officers have mistaken for guns.
  • In September, James Sholly (B.F.A. Visual Communication '87) and Jon Sholly (B.F.A. Visual Communication '03) published Commercial Article 13, the latest issue in their series of forgotten histories of Indiana's homegrown design. This issue, entitled "Lost and Found," highlights the work of Jan Ruhtenberg, architect and design pioneer. The Sholly brothers also designed and unveiled the new branding of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic's on Instagram.
  • Sam Toland (M.F.A. Visual Art '17) exhibited a 3-D printed ceramic vessel from Sept. 1 to 29 in the exhibition "UNFINISHED/ACCIDENTS: Art About Serendipity" at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Assistant Professor Uranchimeg Tsultem, the Edgar and Dorothy Fehnel Chair in International Studies, received a grant from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute for her project "Meditation and Visualization in Mongolian Buddhist Art."
  • Chad Wysong (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '20) joined the team of Well Done Marketing, an Indianapolis-based advertising agency, as a production designer.

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