About Herron Galleries

Herron School of Art and Design’s numerous gallery spaces span two buildings and are among the finest university galleries in the United States, and any gallery space public or commercial in Indianapolis. These galleries assure that our students gain inspiration from contemporary works by peers, faculty and regional, national and international artists and designers. They also facilitate understanding of gallery installation and presentation protocols.

Another important function of the galleries is to bring the public closer to visual art. Herron exhibitions and artists talks are always free and open to the public. Everyone is welcomed. Please join us!

Philanthropy has made the Herron Galleries and visiting artists’ talks possible. The school is grateful for the vision of its generous donors, who have helped to assure through their investments that gallery programming can remain robust. Their names are associated with the spaces and the visiting artists’ events they have supported in recognition of their devotion to visual art.


Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Closed

Eleanor Prest Reese, Robert B. Berkshire
and Dorit & Gerald Paul Galleries

The Eleanor Prest Reese, Robert B. Berkshire and Dorit & Gerald Paul galleries primarily exhibit works by nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists and designers.

Exhibitions have included works by Karl Wirsum, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Paschke, Darryl Pottorf, Cynthia Pachikara, Bill Peet, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Diane Simpson, Don Gummer, Robert Lostutter and John Mellencamp.

These galleries are located on the main floor of Eskenazi Hall at the west end of the building across from the Basile Auditorium.

Frank & Katrina Basile Gallery

The Frank and Katrina Basile Gallery introduces the professional work of faculty members, distinguished alumni and graduate students to the broader public.

The Basile Gallery is located in the center of the main floor of Eskenazi Hall, south of the Herron Art Library.

Marsh Gallery

The Marsh Gallery showcases work by undergraduate students, alumni, and occasionally, members of the broader community.

The Marsh Gallery is located at the east end of Eskenazi Hall, next door to the Student Services Office.


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed
Saturday-Sunday, 2 .m. - 6 p.m.

The Eskenazi Fine Arts Center gallery and critique spaces support department specific, short-duration exhibitions. These spaces also accommodate works during the all-gallery Undergraduate Exhibition in the fall and the MFA Exhibition in the spring.

These descriptions are general. Some exhibitions may appear in different gallery spaces to accommodate scheduling or the particular needs of an exhibition.


Supported by a lively calendar of visiting artists’ talks and special events, gallery programming also serves as a community and regional forum for the ongoing discussion of contemporary art and culture. Herron has four named and numerous ad hoc talks annually:

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

The Leibman Lecture is a joint project of Herron School of Art and Design, the IU Kelley School of Business and the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law—all on the IUPUI campus. Past Leibman forum topics, which blend the visual arts, business, law, have ranged from the documentary The Art of The Steal to a presentation by the U.S. Department of Treasury on engraving practices.

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, L.H.D., when she established this series to bring a prominent female artist to Herron each year. Judy Chicago, Polly Apfelbaum, Judith Shea and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons are among the internationally know artists who have presented the Jane Fortune Lecture.

Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture

The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecturer brings up to the minute contemporary artists Such as Francis Whitehead and Wayne White to Herron.

Phillip Tennant Furniture Artisan Lecture

This artist’s talk is named in honor of the founding instructor of Herron’s Furniture Design Program, Professor Phillip Tennant. Through the generosity of James W. and Nancy C. Smith, a visiting artist or scholar from the fields of furniture design, fabrication or a closely related field comes to Herron each year. A public artist’s talk is a part of that visit.

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