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Artists affiliated with the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) were some of the individuals recognized for their contributions to art and culture during the Artie Awards presentation at the recent Bravo Celebration held at the Arts United Center on Nov. 6, 2013. Arts United annually celebrates the outstanding people and organizations who make significant contributions in northeast Indiana through arts and culture with the Artie Award. In 2013, Arts United received thirty-three nominations for awards in five categories. During the Bravo Celebration, all nominees were recognized and winners were announced. This year, the beautiful awards were made for the event by printmaker and Department of Fine Arts alumna Julie Wall Toles, (’09) owner of Hedgehog Press.
Dean John O’Connell received the Margaret Ann Keegan Arts Educator of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering arts education in northeast Indiana. Recently appointed VPA dean, O’Connell is well known for his contributions to the field of arts education as a professor, mentor and chair of the IPFW Department of Theatre. Dean O’Connell’s work has connected IPFW students and faculty to the
community through partnerships with nonprofit arts organizations and area school systems.
Fine Arts alumna Catherine Nagy Mowry (’79, painting) received the Outstanding Artist of the Year award, which recognizes living artists active in any major discipline who have made significant artistic contributions. Nominated by Miami Indian Alliance for Miami Indians, Ms. Nagy Mowry is an accomplished visual artist who has dedicated her life to supporting cultural and fine arts including work with the Miami Indian Alliance, Artlink, Forks of the Wabash, Whitley County Historical Museum, the History Center, the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow, FAME, and ARCH among many.
Department of Music performance major Hope Arthur received the Outstanding Arts Collaboration Award for her work with the Fort Wayne Ballet. “Fort Wayne Ballet, Too” presented a balance of classical ballet masterworks and contemporary premiers that challenged the audiences’ traditional understanding of dance. In 2013, “Fort Wayne Ballet, Too” featured the musicians of the Hope Arthur Orchestra and was performed at the History Center’s Barr Street Market. More than 600 people came to this innovative, free outdoor performance.
Filming is complete and editing continues at IPFW on the new Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness video that is being sponsored by a $5,000 grant from the AVON Foundation. Julie Creek, coordinator for the Center for Women and Returning Adults, submitted the grant application to fund this project that will help educate students during IPFW’s sexual assault awareness sessions on campus.
The script, written by Assistant Professor of Theatre Victoria Zischke and senior theatre major Carly Thompson, was approved by the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Zischke is also directing the video while Thompson wrote the sections of the script on consent and positive by-standers. Scott Magers, a production supervisor for College Access Television is in charge of filming. The video also involves other theatre majors as actors and CATV work study students as production assistants.
Department of Fine Arts metalsmithing students were once again able to forge new friendships and life-long collegial relationships during the annual Repair Days at the National Ornamental Metal Museum from Oct 2 - 6, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. Six students attended the event, along with their instructor, associate faculty member Robert Schroeder, for a weekend of applying their classroom knowledge to the reclamation and repair of damaged metal items.
Repair Days is an annual workshop that benefits the metal museum and brings together metalsmiths from across the country to work and learn. Individuals, groups and university programs are represented by instructors accompanied by students. Each year about 200 people register to bring objects to the event to have them fixed. These customers from the general public receive an estimate for their repair. Upon completion of the repair, they pay the “bill” to the museum and receive back their fixed object. The sky is the limit in what might show up to be fixed! Objects arrive from dented teaspoons and metal bowls to bird cages and fire place poker sets, all the way to full size copper clad bottom sail boats!
The museum compound is an older southern estate on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Two buildings comprise the museum galleries, with a third house used as housing for the blacksmithing students participating in year-long residencies, along with artists-in-residence working with master smiths who are also a part of the museum’s mission. A major exhibition of a master metalsmith’s work was organized and presented in the galleries along with lectures and demonstrations for students and the public throughout the event.