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
Rachel Von with her award-winning work.
Rachel Von (right) discussing her work with Professor Sharon Oiga of the University of Illinois at Chicago (left), Chair of the Fall 2014 BFA Exhibition Panel of Judges.
Fall 2014 BFA Exhibition award winners pose with members of the Panel of Judges.
From left to right: Chris Barber (Third Place, Graphic Design and Dean’s Choice), Tia Hapner (Second Place, Graphic Design and Outstanding Senior), Ken Furniss (Member, Panel of Judges), Megan Edwards (First Place, Graphic Design), Rachel Von (Best in Show), Debra Crouch (Member, Panel of Judges), Dominique Parker (First Place, Imaging and Photography), and Professor Sharon Oiga (Chair, Panel of Judges).
IPFW Chancellor Dr. Vicky Carwein speaking at the Fall 2014 BFA Exhibition awards ceremony.
Allen Etter, Visiting Instructor of Video/Intermedia in the Department of Visual Communication and Design, participated in the Storyboarding Workshop at the London Film School in London, England from October 4 though 7, 2014. Designed around the concept of visual imagination for film directors and storyboard artists, the workshop was aimed at refining storytelling techniques.
Allen Etter (top right in red shirt) participating in a brainstorming session at the storyboarding workshop in England. Others in the photo are from left: Yun Su (Switzerland), Sidharth Sharman (India), Dionne Edwards (England), Ashtar Alkhirsan (England), Dylan Stone (England), and Sondos Shabayek (England).
Allen Etter creating a storyboard at the workshop.
Exhibition poster designed by Lauren Peacock
VCD14, an exhibition of new creative work by the faculty of the Department of Visual Communication and Design, has opened in IPFW’s Visual Arts Gallery. Work by the following fifteen faculty members are on display: Mikhael Antone (Assistant Professor), Ann Beeching (Associate Faculty), Peter Bella (Assistant Professor), Chris Campbell (Continuing Lecturer), Haig David-West (Professor), Suining Ding (Associate Professor), Allen Etter (Visiting Instructor), James Gabbard (Continuing Lecturer), Andres Montenegro (Assistant Professor), John Motz (Continuing Lecturer), William Nichols (Associate Faculty), Lucyna Nicklin (Associate Faculty), Gregor Roth (Associate Faculty), James Williams (Continuing Lecturer), and Karrine Williams (Associate faculty). An artists’ reception is scheduled for November 6. The exhibition will close on November 9, 2014.
Visual Arts Gallery entrance
Beatrix Reinhardt, Associate Professor of Photography at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY), presented her photography to VCD students on September 26, 2014. The presentation was under the auspices of Concept and Literacy Seminar, a course where VCD students explore design concept and articulation. Visiting designers, artists, and guest speakers with extraordinary vision are featured in the course and conversations on significant faculty research and exemplary student projects are included in the course goals.
Professor Reinhardt discussing one of her photographs at the presentation.
Haig David-West, Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Communication and Design was invited to present a paper on his field research in Cuba at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (ICNDH) at San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain from June 11 – 13, 2014. Dr. David-West’s research paper is entitled Ancestral, African Cultural Signifiers in Afro-Cuban Visual Art: An Analysis of the Presence of Ekpe and Abakuá Iconography. Delegates from more than 50 countries and all continents were in attendance.
Dr. David-West discussing Cuban artist Juan Antonio Picasso’s work in Spain
The freshman World Studies class at Wayne New Tech Academy (housed in Wayne High School) spent three weeks studying conflicts from around the world. From the genocide in Darfur to wars and uprisings, students were required to research the conflicts and create a visual interpretation. The students studied the origins and outcomes, wrote descriptions in both English and Spanish, and then submitted their work to be curated for this exhibition.The drawings, paintings and three-dimensional works in the gallery represent a small selection of more than 100 pieces created by this group of teenagers.
Wayne New Tech Academy students speaking at a symposium that accompanied the exhibition.
Left to right: Tanya Martin, Roberto Medina, VCD student Maggie Dye (moderator), Daymon Marlow, and Cinnamon Yates.
Left to right: Dawn Turner, Mary Cartwright, Amaya Ayers, Samantha Haas, Alisa Roberts, Morgan Smith, Sabra Combs, Evonda Woodard, Jonathan Maroney, Khin Khin Gyi, Paul Merz, IPFW Chancellor Dr. Vickie Carwein, Matthew Hakey, William Swygart, College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean John O’Connell, Department of Visual Communication and Design Chair Dr. Haig David-West, Steven Coy, Raul Perez, Department of Visual Communication and Design Continuing Lecturer James Gabbard, Brock Miller, Christopher Strong, and Justin Lose.
IPFW Chancellor Dr. Vickie Carwein signing the VCD Gallery Guest Book at the Spring 2014 BFA Exhibition at Krull Gallery, Allen County Public Library
Tiffany Cox (Graphic Design Concentration), won the Best-in-Show award at the Spring 2014 BFA Exhibition, held in Krull Gallery, Allen County Public Library.
Tiffany Cox (left) receiving her Best-In-Show award certificate from Paul VanCamp (right), Chair of the Spring 2014 Exhibition Panel of Judges, while VCD Chair Dr. Haig David-West (center) looks on.
Tiffany Cox (right) poses with members of the Spring 2014 Exhibition Panel of Judges. From left: Patrick Roberts, Paul VanCamp (Chair), and Meg Tiffany.
Tiffany Cox (second from left) poses with gallery visitors in front of her winning work at the Spring 2014 BFA Exhibition in Krull Gallery, Allen County Public Library.
The Department of Visual Communication and design has honored its star athletes with a VCD Students in Sports Action poster. Featured in the poster are Amaya Ayers (track and field), Stephen Danielian (soccer), Katelynn Hagerman (Basketball), Emma Manchess (track and field), and Kyley Marano (track and field).
The poster hangs in the VCD hallway gallery and a copy was presented to the IPFW Athletics Department.
VCD Secretary Jacqueline Warfield (right) presenting the VCD Students in Sports Action poster to IPFW Associate Athletics Director Christine Kuznar (left) at Gates Center.