Department Chair and Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Office: Visual Arts Building
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
The Department of Fine Arts has graduated over 200 alumni who live in dozens of states across the country and are creating and teaching in their areas of art expertise. Many of our graduates have remained in the region and continue to be the energy of the arts in northeast Indiana.
We highlight alumni accomplishments and successes throughout the year in our electronic newsletter and printed publications. Alumni are encouraged to keep the Dean’s office informed of recent accomplishments and to update your contact information. If you have student success information to share, contact Susan Domer at email@example.com or call 260-481-6025.
Angela Sands Ellsworth (’13, printmaking) will have her work Cataclysm featured in the Mid America Print Council (MPA) members exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art, March 22-May 25.The opening will take place April 4, 2014. “The MPA council is full of some amazing printmakers, many of whom I look up to and I am honored and humbled to be among them,” said Ellsworth. For more information on this exhibit visit www.southbendart.org/see/mapc. Ellsworth also will have a solo exhibit at the Betty Fishman Gallery at Artlink in Fort Wayne in 2016.
Alumna Julie Wall Toles (’10, printmaking) is opening an independent printmaking studio called Hedgehog Press. Located at 1136 Columbia Avenue in Fort Wayne, Hedgehog Press is an independent fine art print shop offering multiple services for artists seeking the tools to work in the field of printmaking and for potential students. For a weekly, monthly or yearly fee artists are given the opportunity to create their own prints with the equipment housed in the shop. Workshops and classes also will be given to children and adults. Hedgehog Press will hold an open house on Saturday, March 30, from 5-8:00 p.m. Visit www.hedgehogpressfw.com
Fine Arts associate faculty member Derek Decker (’06) has been chosen to be part of the FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art at Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., from November 1-29, 2013. Decker’s piece, titled Air Quality #2 was selected to be part of this exhibit at the University’s Tipton Gallery. The exhibition features 50 works by 50 artists from different parts of the country. Each of the works was chosen for its significance and expression of passion regarding social and political issues and injustices.
Arts Education alumni Karrie Detwiler (’06 B.F.A. Metals) was named Sandhills South/Central Regional Teacher of the Year in North Carolina on December 12, 2011. Detwiler teaches art at J.W. Turlington Alternative School. This prestigious honor positions her to compete for North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
Art education graduate Erin McKeever ('12) now teaches art at Lafayette Meadows Schools for the Southwest Allen County School Corporation. Erin is replacing Sachiko Janek ('09 art education) who is moving out of state.
Kendallville Mayor Suzanne Handshoe and members of the Chamber of Commerce joined artist, owner and IPFW Fine Arts alumni Peggy Tassler ('05) on Nov. 18, 2011 for a grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new SOZO Art Studio & Gallery. Located in the heart of Kendallville’s beautiful historic downtown district at 102 S. Main Street, SOZO originally opened in 2008. SOZO expanded into its new home due to their popularity and the loyal support of their patrons. SOZO offers art openings, art-for-sale and a variety of art classes for all ages.