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March 2014 Expressions

Zischke Featured at St. Louis Rep

Assistant Professor Victoria Adams-Zischke currently is featured in the role of Belinda Blair in Noises Off! on stage at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre through April 13, 2014. 

“Everybody contributes a bright character and goofy physical comedy to this group effort…. Singly, each one is a treat; together, they’re a comedic juggernaut.” Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Noises Off! is the story of a traveling actors’ troupe putting on a prop-heavy sex-farce (Nothing On), with seven doors slamming left and right, and little or no time to get it right. And then, of course, all the usual things that typically would go wrong in the privacy of a normal rehearsal schedule must transpire on the road, during the tour, and in the midst of various performances. Reviews for the comedy that concludes the season for the St. Louis Rep have been superb.

Noises Off! returns to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis after the initial production 25 years ago and this time it’s just as hilarious and just as finely tuned.” Stage Door St. Louis

“It’s a remarkable, breathless, end-of-the-world experience, in the best possible way. It’s like electro-shock therapy, I imagine: everything else just sizzles into non-existence, in the face of sheer comic terror and abandon. Miraculous.” Richard Green, Talking Broadway

A Sense of Disquietude

The work of Christopher Ganz, associate professor of printmaking and drawing at IPFW, will be featured in an exhibition titled Shades: Contemporary Drawing, March 4-April 1 at the University Art Galleries (UAG) at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D.  The UAG exhibit hopes to raise the profile of drawing by presenting it as an autonomous discipline within fine art.  

“The purpose of the show is to display a cross section of approaches to contemporary drawing, with artists of different styles and technique,” said Ganz. “I will be exhibiting in a large space with artists Alison Denyer, Shelby Shadwell, and Michael Sleadd and will have 55 feet of wall space to fill.”

In speaking of his work Ganz said, “I use charcoal and printmaking media as their tenebrous values add a fitting metaphor. The nuances of light and shadow seduce viewers into a world their better judgment would have them avoid. This provokes a sense of disquietude that causes viewers to assess our world through the austerity of a colorless, yet not humorless, light.”

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Sounding Better Than Ever

The IPFW Department of Music now has the instruments it needs to sound better than ever. They have received funding from the Office of the Chancellor for new instruments; among them an alto flute, a four-octave xylophone, and a new set of timpani, all instrument models that are appropriate for college-level musicians and necessary to perform the complex music literature that trains college musicians to work professionally.

College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean John O’Connell sought $110,000 in funding from available funds from the chancellor on behalf of the Department of Music in August 2013. “Many of the instruments in use had been purchased in 1964, when the university opened and some were literally being held together with duct tape,” said O’Connell, “Although most students have their own personal instruments, the department owns some that are shared by many students such as large percussion. Also, some instruments are not practical for individual purchase, for instance the contrabass clarinet or the bass saxophone.”

Dr. Barbara Resch, Department of Music chair, and Dr. Dan Tembras, director of instrumental studies, prepared the request for new musical instruments. After assessing the department’s needs, Resch and Tembras compiled a list of instruments that the department lacked or needed to replace. Tembras solicited bids from respected vendors including payment options over several years and the cost for a one-time purchase. The request was approved for the entire amount.

The instruments will be used by our curricular instrumental ensembles, including several chamber music ensembles. Two marimbas made their debut in a recent concert by the Percussion Ensemble, and percussion instructor Eric Schweikert pointed out that some of the works performed would have been impossible before the acquisition of the new instruments.  “The instruments are just beginning to arrive,” said O’Connell, who recently inspected several of the new instruments. “They are very impressive and I was very excited to see them.”

Instruments in the purchase include a Di Zhao alto flute, a Buffet bass clarinet, a Selmer Paris contrabass clarinet, an International Winds bass saxophone, a set of four Adams Philharmonic timpani, two Adams five-octave marimbas, a Yamaha vibraphone, chimes and a glockenspiel by Adams, a Pearl Philharmonic field drum and bass drum stand, and several sets of Zildjian cymbals.

Faculty Having Regional Impact

The IPFW Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design faculty were featured in an exhibition at Indiana University East’s new fine arts gallery, Room 912, located in downtown Richmond, Ind. The exhibition, Regional Impact: Faculty Work from the IU Regional Campuses ran from January 31 – March 7, 2014, and also included faculty members from IU East in Richmond, IU Kokomo, IUN in Gary, IUSB in South Bend, and IUSE in New Albany.

IPFW faculty featured in this exhibition included John Hrehov, Nancy McCroskey-Hrehov, Derek Decker, Brandon Furness, Robert F. Schroeder, Audrey Ushenko, Jim Gabbard, Christopher Ganz, Dana Goodman, Sara Nordling, James Jur, Gretchen Kunberger, Mikhael Antone and Andres Montenegro.

Robert F. Schroeder, professional curator and associate faculty in metalsmithing, traveled to Richmond to see the gallery and exhibition, which includes his work. “The gallery is in a double wide former retail store front on Main Street in downtown Richmond, and community outreach is the main focus of the gallery’s use of this space. They are teaching several extension adult art classes in the space, collaborating with the Richmond Art Museum and other local arts organizations,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder went on to say, “The University has prepared the walls of the gallery to support framed art works and be repaired easily for rotating exhibitions and changing the art works displayed. They installed track lighting and have movable walls to change the configuration of the floor plan, giving them flexibility for hosting smaller as well as a bit larger exhibitions.”

This event is the first event at IU East’s new downtown gallery and it is hoped the exhibit will help increase accessibility to the arts and help educate the public about the importance of the arts, while improving the quality of life in the area. In speaking of the gallery, Katherine Frank, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at IU East, believes that having students and faculty contribute to and experience this process will strengthen teaching and learning in Richmond and help rejuvenate the city.

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Alumni Successes

VCD visiting instructor in graphic design Kryste Wallen has been chosen as one of the 2014 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly 40 Under 40 award winners. The 40 young professionals, all under the age of 40 were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges for their achievements in the workplace and volunteer involvement in their communities. The winners were honored at an awards dinner on Wednesday, March 19 at Ceruti’s Banquet and Event Center in Fort Wayne. For more information, visit

Farrell Vernon’s second solo sopranino CD release in 2011 entitled High Notes: More New Music for the Sopranino Saxophone was chosen as the featured CD of the month in the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue 4, 2014. The CD also featured other IPFW faculty members including Laura Lydy, Melanie Bookout, composer Ken Johnson, Hamilton Tescarollo, Derek Reeves, Eric Schweikert, and Brad Crossland (’10, percussion).  The cover of the CD features the work of John Hrehov, professor of painting and chair of the Department of Fine Arts. 

Danielle Cook (’13, graphic design) has accepted the position of apprentice prepress technician with New Image Printing and Design Services, a commercial printing service located in Fort Wayne. Prepress is the step prior to production in which files are collected, checked and refined, and proofs are created to the clients’ specifications. In this role she will be given the opportunity to learn the printing process from inception to completion while honing the graphic skills she learned at IPFW. To learn more about New Image Printing visit

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 Ellsworth also will have a solo exhibit at the Betty Fishman Gallery at Artlink in Fort Wayne in 2016. 

Vocal performance major Sara Mowrey has been accepted into the graduate program in voice performance at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Farrell Vernon was chosen to perform a piece is entitled Perpetual Travelers for E Sopranino Saxophone, Accordion, and Vibraphone at the North American Saxophone Alliance's national conference at the University of Illinois-Champaign. The conference was March 20-23, and the piece by Dr. Tim Reed, was performed Friday, March 21, with Ann Donner on accordion, Brandon Ford (’06) on vibraphone, and the composer Tim Reed who also is an associate professor of music at Manchester University.

Rachel Von, a VCD imaging and photography major, has received a part-time staff position as a photographer for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

The works of John Hrehov and Audrey Ushenko recently were featured in a group exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Arts from Feb. 13-March 29, 2014.  Solos Revisited II featured artists who have previously shown their work in solo exhibitions at the Chelsea gallery in Manhattan. The exhibition was presented in the Platform Project Space at Denise Bibro Fine Art.

Chris Rutkowski, clinical assistant professor of music composition and technology, presented “One Music, One Computer: Music Technology and Trained Musician, Unprecedented New Professional Opportunities” at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, on Feb. 27, 2014. The talk featured Rutkowski's Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (commissioned by the Jacobs School and three other universities) and his advanced computer editing of the recording, as well as his film score for assistant professor Andres Montengro's computer animation The Secret of the Lost Station.

The sculptural work of associate faculty member Gregor Roth and fine arts major Andrew Dubach were recently included in an exhibition entitled ALT at Wunderkammer Company in Fort Wayne from Feb. 8 - March 9, 2014. ALT was an invitational group survey of experimental and unconventional sculptural practices in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. 

Lucas Carter (’13, imaging and photography) has accepted a new position as the visual media specialist at the national headquarters of the American Legion based in Indianapolis. He will be shooting for their various publications, which include American Legion Magazine, the nation’s largest veterans’ magazine that reaches 2.3 million people monthly. Carter will be performing duties as both a still photographer and a videographer for the magazine.

Jim Gabbard, continuing lecturer in Visual Communication and Design (VCD), has been appointed director of the Garrett Museum of Art. This part-time position will include organizing 10 to 12 exhibitions a year, overseeing the expansion of the museum's permanent art collection, and coordinating membership efforts.

Andres Montenegro, VCD assistant professor and coordinator of modeling and animation, was recently on location at the Double Metre Animation Studios in Paris, France. He was working with a French animation crew to develop the cinematic story of his award-winning work, “The Little Quest of Petrovsky.” Montenegro's two-week residency in the French capital is a sequel to the animation prize he won last summer at the prestigious International Animation Festival of Annecy.

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