Doris J. Brinkman

Herron alumna was painter, printmaker and teacher

The giving spirit of Herron alumna Doris J. Brinkman (1928-2011) will continue to benefit others through a gift made possible through her estate plans. Her gift to Herron, which provided a specific percentage of her estate to Herron, will provide scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students.

Students were an important part of Doris’s life. After graduating from the John Herron School of Art in the 1950s, she taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools and Broad Ripple High School. She touched many lives through her career as a teacher and an artist.

Doris’s evocative work often merges landscape with the human form, drawing the viewer into its mystery. Doris shared, “I work with a variety of media and subject matter utilizing the one which enables me to express an idea most effectively. The majesty of nature often provides inspiration.”

You can see Doris’s Moment by Moment exhibition held at Second Presbyterian Church each year during the Lenten Season.

Herron is grateful for Doris’s giving spirit and is proud to provide the Doris J. Brinkman Memorial Scholarships to future students.

Kim Hodges, director of development at Herron added, “Bequest gifts are extremely important to the school. In the case of Doris’s gift, her forethought to remember Herron in her plans will have an immediate impact on our students by helping attract and retain the best student artists from around the world.”

Whether you think of yourself as rich or poor, or somewhere in between, your gift can make a difference. Even a small amount can have a big impact over time. If you love Herron, there are ways for you to leave a legacy that will forever support what’s important to you.

“Most people are comfortable with putting a bequest in their wills,” shared Hodges. “The challenge is encouraging people to actually write a will.” Naming Herron as a beneficiary is as simple as sharing the proper bequest language with your professional advisor.

For bequest gifts to Herron, the following should be used:
“We/I give, devise and bequeath the (sum of/percentage/residue of my estate) to Indiana University Foundation to benefit Herron School of Art and Design located on the campus of IUPUI, Indianapolis.”

A legacy gift is an important decision and is cause for celebration. Herron’s staff and faculty look forward to learning about your philanthropic plans today so that your generosity can be recognized during your life time. As always, you may give anonymously if you prefer.

For more information about remembering Herron in your estate plans or other ways of giving, contact Kim Hodges, Office of Development, at 317-278-9472 or