The youngest 90 year old you know may very well be Saturday School. Alive and full of creative energy since 1922, Herron School of Art and Design’s venerable program now provides quality art instruction for elementary through high school students, and adults, from all walks of life.
If you know a kid who loves the Scholastic “Black Lagoon” book series, then you’ve likely seen an illustration by Herron alumnus Jared Lee (B.F.A. in visual communication, ’66). For Lee, Herron was the only place to be after high school. HerrOnline visited his Lebanon, Ohio studio. Forty-six years and 27 million books after graduation, he reflected on life as an illustrator, and how Herron’s fine art and design discipline prepared him to draw the endearing and comical figures millions of children (and their adults) have come to love.
Herron has honored Randy Deer and Wayne Zink with an IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award. The annual luncheon and ceremony took place on April 10. Hosted by Chancellor Charles R. Bantz at the IUPUI Campus Center, the event was attended by more than 300 people including IUPUI students, administrators, faculty, staff and community members and honorees. Angela Cain, Community Affairs Director at WTHR Channel 13, served as the emcee.
The exhibition Book Arts at Herron School of Art & Design is on display in the foyer of the Fine Arts Library on the Bloomington campus through June 12. Karen Baldner, Herron's books arts faculty member, has been staging the annual exhibit for a number of years.
A short walk from the IUPUI campus is 1201 Indiana, a community of 253 new apartments that opend last fall, especially designed for the needs of students. Built by Trinitas, this development is directly across Indiana Ave. from Herron School of Art and Design’s sculpture and ceramics facility, which will soon be rededicated as the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Fine Arts Center.
Herron celebrated the end of the school year with the undergraduate Honors and Awards ceremony in early May. “Herron’s faculty, staff and I are extremely proud our students,” said Dean Valerie Eickmeier. “It’s always an honor to publicly recognize their talents and perseverance, and their contributions to campus and the larger community.” This year, Herron set a record, awarding more $250,000 in scholarship support to graduates and undergraduates.
Dean Eickmeier also thanked “the people who made the record-setting number of awards possible. Scholarships are an investment in someone’s life,” she said. “There are as many reasons for giving as there are people who give.” Herron’s faculty selects the recipients, who included:
Herron School of Art and Design will host Indy Collects in the Robert B. Berkshire, Eleanor Prest Reese and Dorit and Gerald Paul Galleries beginning with an opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 15 and continuing through July 26.
Session One is now full. A few slots are still open for Session Two.
Designed for high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates who have a serious interest in art and design, the summer Honors Art & Design program offers an intensive two-week course of study developed to strengthen studio art and design skills and build a portfolio of artwork.
At a time when the cost of everything is going up, Indiana University is bringing down the cost of tuition for summer courses. Yes, we all like our summer break, but don't pass up the opportunity to get some of your required credits, save some money and graduate that much soon.