Susan Domer, Marketing
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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
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The College of Visual and Performing Arts has reached a milestone moment, having received notification in November of their first ever associate level membership accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Now all of the departments in the College of Visual and Performing Arts are fully accredited by their respective national organizations, continuing to offer students the same academic rigor and artistic opportunities available at more than 300 accredited colleges and universities across the nation.
The IPFW NASAD steering committee was responsible for preparing a 300-page self-study and hundreds of examples of student work for review. The self-study and site visit resulted in full accreditation through 2020.
The driving forces behind this effort are VPA Dean John O’Connell; John Hrehov, chair of Fine Arts; Haig David-West, chair of Visual Communication and Design (VCD); Suining Ding, associate professor of interior design and coordinator of the Interior Design Program, and the faculty and staff in the Departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design.
The following programs have been accredited by NASAD:
Bachelor of Arts – 4 years: Fine Art, Art Education
Bachelor of Science – 4 years: Interior Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts – 4 years: Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture);
Visual Communication and Design (Graphic Design, Imaging and Photography, Modeling and Animation)
The Interior Design program at IPFW has found a new home and has enhanced resources for students studying in this exciting area of design. During the recent NASAD accreditation process administrators learned that Interior Design would need to be accredited in the process along with Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design. “At that point we realized that the most appropriate college for the Interior Design program to be affiliated with was the College of Visual and Performing Art,” said Dean John O’Connell.
VPA administrators, along with Manufacturing and Construction Engineering Technology and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, worked to make the transition possible in July 2014. The program is now part of the Department of Visual Communication and Design (VCD), chaired by Professor Haig David-West.
“I’ve always held the position that Interior Design is a cognate discipline to VCD,” said David-West. “I consider the migration of Interior Design into VCD a logical one. In addition to increasing our student enrollment, the Interior Design program brings with it faculty with impressive academic and professional credentials to improve VCD’s intellectual diversity.”
The program has new office and classroom space beginning spring 2015 dedicated to Interior Design in the Modular Classroom Building on the north end of main campus that will house 25 new computers in the computer lab as well as the materials library.
“We are thrilled to be part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts,” said Suining Ding, associate professor of interior design and coordinator of the Interior Design program. “With the new computer lab, we will be in close proximity to the other college departments where students will have access to required drawing and design classes, making their educational experience more enriched by connecting them with more student artists.”
More than 140 theatre alumni and friends gathered on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, prior to the opening night of The Imaginary Invalid to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Department of Theatre. During remarks by College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean John O’Connell, forefathers of the Department of Theatre were honored during the event for their contributions to a department that has grown significantly over the years. Robert Tolan claimed basement space in the new Kettler Hall in 1964 for the fledgling program, which now includes Williams Theatre on the north end of main campus, with 11 faculty and staff serving more than 45 students. Other leaders in the Department of Theatre who were honored included Daniel Cashman, O. Franklin Kenworthy, Larry L. Life, Steven T. Sarratore and Craig A. Humphrey. A commemorative book also was produced and shared with alumni that evening. Anyone who would like to have a free copy of this book mailed to their home, please contact Susan Domer at 260-481-6025 or email@example.com.
The Visual Arts Building was teeming with talented high school student artists and their families on Nov. 20 as they celebrated having their work included in the recent IPFW High School Art and Design Competition and Exhibition. Seven cash awards and six honorable mentions were presented in Auer Performance Hall at 6 p.m., including Best in Show, chosen by Sachi Yanari-Rizzo, Fort Wayne Museum of Art curator of prints and drawings. The awards were followed by an open house featuring studio and lab demonstrations, along with viewing the artwork.
Designed as a recruiting initiative to identify promising high school art students and connect them with IPFW, 1,700 high schools and individual art teachers in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan were invited to compete. One hundred forty-three students entered for Fine Arts and 102 students for Visual Communication and Design, with more than 700 individual pieces of art submitted. Selected works will be exhibited through Dec. 14, 2014, in the Visual Arts Gallery.
First Place - $200
Renee Malomboza, Jefferson High School
Blue Daisies, oil on canvas
Second Place - $150
Aaliyah Miller, Carroll High School
Forbidden, wood sculpture
Third Place - $100
Savannah Swan, Mississinewa High School
Vagabond, oil on canvas
Rebecca Clay, Northrop High School
Music of the Heart, jewelry making
Lauren Haag, William Henry Harrison High School
Home of the Brave, soft pastel
Lillian Sprinkle, Huntington North High School
Love Affair, altered book/mixed media
VCD First Place - $200
Taylor Terrell, Carroll High School
VCD Second Place - $150
Miranda Reagan, Jefferson High School
Convinced I’m Coming Clean, digital photography
VCD Third Place - $100
Erin Zehr, Carroll High School
Alzheimer’s: A Timeline, darkroom photography
VCD Honorable Mention
Madeline Barry, Bishop Dwenger High School
VCD Honorable Mention
Joseph David Horn, Chesterton High School
Hagia Sophia-Church of Holy Wisdom, drawn on Autocad-3D Print
VCD Honorable Mention
Audrey Ottenweller, Carroll High School
Best in Show - $500
Emily Vandervate, Jefferson High School
Saving Grace, inkjet print
Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Sachi Yanari-Rizzo had the following remarks regarding the exhibition and the quality of work presented by the students, “I am always impressed with the technical skill and craftsmanship as well as the diverse ideas that high school students dare to create these days. It was a challenge to single out an overall award winner because the quality of the work was so high. I responded to pieces that possessed technical skillfulness, strong composition and compelling content and imagery.”
“However, the work that kept drawing me back was Emily Vandervate’s inkjet print entitled Saving Grace which seemed to possess a spiritual quality. Intimate in scale, the subject is of a young woman—ironically a child herself—cradling a young child. Wax on the surface created a more diffused effect, but reminded me of old Christian cathedrals. In this pose, particularly with the tender reaching gesture of the young child, it called to my mind a reference to Madonna and Child paintings.”
The event committee included Mikhael Antone, assistant professor of imaging and photography; Suining Ding, associate professor of interior design; Susan Domer, marketing and public relations specialist; James Gabbard, continuing lecturer in photography; Christopher Ganz, associate professor of drawing and printmaking; and Dana Goodman, professor of sculpture.
On Oct. 7, 2014, as part of IPFW’s 50th Celebration, the Department of Fine Arts revealed seven sculptures in the Auer Lobby of the Rhinehart Music Center. These sculptures were created by Associate Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts Hector Garcia. Professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts John Hrehov and Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts John O'Connell, worked with the Allen County Public Library to acquire and display this series of historic sculptural busts begun in 1968. The artworks are on loan from the Allen County Public Library and the collaborative installation was made possible through a generous donation from Herbert and Lorraine Weier.
William Shakespeare, the first in the series, was commissioned by Allen County Public Librarian Emeritus Rex M. Potterf. Over the next two decades, 20 historic figures were completed. The busts are surprisingly lightweight, made of plastic, and weigh only two pounds each. At the time they were created the polyester resin fiber and fiberglass he chose for his work was relatively modern.
The sculptures will rotate through the display, giving patrons the opportunity to view all of the busts over time. The first seven sculptures on display are Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, George Washington Carver, Edith Hamilton, and Albert Einstein. The Rhinehart Music Center is open to visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and attendance at a concert is not required to enjoy these wonderfully reclaimed works of art.
Garcia and his wife, Carol, also donated a bronze sculpture titled The Good Shepherd to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. The sculpture, which depicts Jesus Christ as The Good Shepherd, was placed in the Rescue Mission's main entrance so clients and visitors will pass it as they enter and leave the building. The mission held a dedication and unveiling Tuesday, August 26, 2014. “We are beyond honored that Mr. Garcia has chosen our ministry to receive this beautiful, one of a kind piece,” said Mission Chief Development Officer Richard Cummins.
Garcia has completed hundreds of sculptures and commissioned works during his prolific career. He has produced medals and medallions for award ceremonies in Helsinki, Finland; Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plosk, Poland; and London, England. Collections of his work are owned by notable individuals throughout the country including Ted Turner, Ray Bradbury, Herbie Hancock, Chris Schenkel, Bob Knight, Gene Keady, Richard Lugar, and Lance Armstrong.
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, during IPFW’s largest-ever Diversity Showcase in the Walb Classic Ballroom, the painting Harmony in Diversity by Janak Narayan was unveiled. Narayan is a returning student from India and a senior majoring in Fine Arts. The painting was commissioned by John O’Connell, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The painting is a rich representation of the myriad diversity we have here on campus. Six hundred and seventy people from both the campus and the community attended the event, exploring displays from 48 departments and student organizations.
Nothing gets the buzz going like an interactive public project by Professor Audrey Ushenko. Her most recent project, which has taken nearly two years to complete, has been received with open arms by the city of Chicago. She finally added the finishing touches to her painting in the atrium of the State of Illinois James R. Thompson Center from Nov. 3 – 7, 2014 during the third phase of the project.
Over the past two years, Ushenko has been sketching the building and documenting the people who go through the building each day. During the week-long interactive project the first week of November, she engaged the public in the creative process with her painting and public discussion.
In an article in artdaily.org Ushenko was quoted as saying, “I love working in public venues, where I can be inspired by the stream of life surrounding me,” said Ushenko. “I am fascinated by the web of relationships I see, and capturing the diversity of people coexisting in the same space, each bringing a sense of individual history and cultural identity. Juxtaposing the geometry of the Thompson Center’s post-modern architecture against this microcosm of individuals has been fascinating and inspiring.”
The James R. Thompson Center project was sponsored by the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery and featured on-line in Hyperallergenic and Half Stack Magazine. In addition to the support of the Illinois State Museum, Ushenko received an Individual Artist Development Grant from the Illinois Arts Council and materials and logistics support from Dean O’Connell.
Ushenko also participated in the Fourth Annual Art for Heart Exhibition that ran Oct. 4 – 11, 014
The juried exhibition features 15 artists selected through a competition and is presented by the Polish Museum of America, Chicago, in their Great Hall to benefit the Gift of Heart Foundation.