Nancy McCroskey-Hrehov has been an associate professor of Ceramics at IPFW since 1981 and received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Art Institute and M..F.A. from Indiana University . She has been working in the tile genre for the last eight years, creating both public commissions and tile works for gallery installations.
"Between 1989 and 1991, I created two public tile commissions inspired by local typography as seen through aerial photographs and maps. The murals are: Aerial Rhythm, commissioned as the result of a national competition for a mural for Whetstone Elementary School in Gaithersburg , Maryland ; and Riverun, commissioned by the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne , Indiana , as the result of a regional competition. Maps and aerial photographs are beautiful to me and particularly interesting because of relationships between political and physical geography. In these relationships one sees an interplay and overlap between organic and rational orders, which is a fundamental theme in all of my work."
"As a designer working in tile, I am challenged both aesthetically and technically by making whole images out of ceramic units. In the case of Aerial Rhythm, the mosaic structure-that is, the irregular shaped tiles-contribute to the vitality of the work, capturing the energy of this region. In Riverun, the square or standard tile is more appropriate to represent the typography of northeast Indiana , with the miles of gridded farmland, traversed by rivers, dotted with lakes and located in proximity to urban centers."
"In more recent works, I have continued to work with square tile because of the ease of transport and installation available with standard square units. Suite in Black, White and Grey, and Tempo in Line are 5' x 8' installations using square tile. In Suite in Black, White and Grey the grid structure is dominant, while in Tempo in Line I sought to transcend the structure with linear connections between tile units."