Along with the opportunity to eat your way to the Midway, do some superb people watching and check out the barnyard blue ribbons at this year’s Indiana State Fair, you can experience the new outdoor sculpture by Herron junior Jamie Dickerson.
Celebrating the Hoosier Spirit, a work named for the Fair’s 2012 theme, was dedicated August 3. It’s a site-specific, semi-permanent sculpture that will be on display for up to five years in Dow Agro Sciences Celebration Park, in the northeast quadrant of the Fairgrounds by the 4H buildings and free stage.
Meet Austin Radcliffe, the incoming president of Herron’s Active Student Artists organization. He’s a senior better known for his other organizing, a blog called Things Organized Neatlyhttp://thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com.
The carefully-curated catalog of orderly images—replete with Radcliffe’s own work and brief, often-wry comments—has been touted from the New York Times Magazine to the Sydney Morning Herald.
For the eighth year in a row, works by Herron School of Art and Design students and alumni were on display at the Indiana Black Expo Cultural Connection: Arts in Action exhibition. The exhibit was a part of the 42nd IBE Summer Celebration, which ran from July 12-22 in the Indiana Convention Center and other venues.
Dean Valerie Eickmeier shared great news about Herron School of Art and Design’s accomplishments with faculty and staff, students, community partners and donors, in a letter that capped the academic year. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2012-2013 than to celebrate this creative productivity, while at the same time setting the bar for even higher achievement,” she said.
Fair warning: you’d better be wearing trainers if you want to catch up with alumnus Rogelio Gutierrez (M.F.A. degree in visual art, printmaking ’11) and his new bride, alumna Jill Marie Mason ( M.F.A degree in visual art, printmaking ’10).
In late May, he was finishing up an appointment at California State University-Chico as a visiting instructor in printmaking while she was finishing up a year-long faculty appointment as the Stephen L. Barstow artist-in-residence at Central Michigan University.
The biennial Faculty Show, which opened August 10 in the Reese, Berkshire and Paul Galleries, is kicking off Herron’s fall gallery season. This year’s exhibition is eclectic, with 35 faculty members exhibiting from departments including art history, ceramics, furniture design, painting and drawing, photography and intermedia, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication design.
The free public reception is on August 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sonja Staum, Herron’s art librarian for 16 years and counting, practically levitates with delight while describing her upcoming scholarly trip to Scandinavia. Thanks to a Herbert S. and Virginia White Award for professional development from the IU Library, and an IU Librarian’s Association incentive award, “I will be representing Herron Library with an aim of building collaboration and exchange,” she said. “I’ll be learning about Scandinavian art and designers and seeing their art in person for the first time.”
When Jane Roberson (nee Hildebrandt) graduated from Herron in 1987 with a B.F.A. degree in visual communication, she scarcely could have imagined that 25 years later she’d become the owner of Kaleidoscope of Art Studio, catering to Fishers-area kids and young adults who want art classes.
Her story is but one example of arts graduates’ consistent ability to adapt, create their own jobs and strike a satisfying balance between work and home. Herron graduates—being creative by definition—possess the abilities to:
• Approach problems in non-routine ways
• Ask "what if" questions to reframe problems
• Detect new and unexpected patterns
• Risk failure
• Heed critiques to improve ideas
• Bring resources together to launch novel ideas
• Use visual, oral, written and media-related tools to communicate ideas.
These skills are applicable not only for art and design, art education, art history and art therapy, but for solving problems in a broader variety of disciplines. A Herron education can take a student places, as Roberson illustrates.
In addition to attending meetings throughout the year, board members are expected to attend events, introduce new individuals to the school and support the John Herron Society—the school’s leadership giving group which provides for new initiatives and the school’s greatest needs.
Tillman added, “This year we are extremely pleased to recognize participants from outside Indiana on the board. This is important as Herron works to raise its national reputation.”