College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual Communication and Design

Haig David-West,
Department Chair and Professor

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707
Email: warfield@ipfw.edu


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Visual Communication and Design students are among the most active students on the IPFW campus. In addition, all B.F.A. candidates are required to participate in a senior gallery exhibition.

We never run out of exciting things to report on regarding our Visual Communication and Design students students. If you have student success information to share, contact Susan Domer at domers@ipfw.edu or call 260-481-6025.

Academics: Each year, approximately 24% of VPA students make the dean’s list (3.5 GPA or higher), and six attained a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in 2005-06. 

Student Successes: VPA students prove their talent through their successes in academics, performance and research.

2013

Twelve IPFW photography students will be showcased in the Garrett Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Beauty: Expressions in Photography. The exhibition will run from November 15 until December 22, 2013. For more information go to the museum’s website, www.garrettmuseumofart.org.

VCD students Zach Craft, Tia Harper and Jonathan Joseph Marony each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Fort Wayne chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AdFed) in May. University students who participated in the scholarship competition each submitted a portfolio of their work along with a statement of intent, which was then reviewed by panel of judges comprised of AdFed board members. Academic merit of the winners also was taken into consideration.

Photographer’s Forum magazine has selected six IPFW Visual Communication and Design photography majors as finalists for their 32nd Annual College and High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon, USA. VCD photographers include Daniel Dyar, Katrina McKay, Randy Jackson, Rachel Stauss, Keven Oswalt, and Lucas Carter. Their photographs will be featured in the hardcover publication Best of College and High School Photography 2012. Over 17,700 photographs were received from students in the U.S., Canada and around the world. This year’s judges were Dr. Janet Bonsall, University of Central Missouri; Christopher Broughton, Brooks Institute of Photography; and Mark Takeuchi, Art Center College of Design. College and high school entries were judged separately, and finalists will be featured in two sections of the book.

Department of Visual Communication and Design
Spring 2013 B.F.A. Exhibition Awards, April 19, 2013

1st Place Graphic Design: Simone Mullin-LeClear
2nd Place Graphic Design: Simon Fisher
3rd Place Graphic Design: John Ilang-Ilang
1st Place Imaging and Photography: Lucas Carter
2nd Place Imaging and Photography: Barbara Mendez
3rd Place Imaging and Photography: Ryan Hake
1st Place Modeling and Animation: Tony Gerardot
2nd Place Modeling and Animation: David Perry
Best-in-Show: Simone Mullin-LeClear
Viewers’ Choice: Barbara Mendez
Outstanding Senior: Simon Fisher
Excellence in Graphic Design: John Ilang-Ilang
Distinguished Service in VCD: Simon Fisher

2012

VCD graphic design student Nathan Runda is an award finalist in the illustration category of the 2012 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Awards. ACP is the oldest and largest national organization for college and university student journalists.  Rundas’ winning work was used in November of 2011 as a cover illustration for The Communicator, IPFWs’ student newspaper.

The 2012 American Advertising Federation Student Addy Awards Competition, awarded John Ilang-Ilang with Best of Show.  The award recognized his work in the “Mixed Media Campaign” category with a radio station marketing campaign, and a Gold Addy in the “Stationery Package” category. Also winner Emma McCarron received a Silver Addy in the “Poster Campaign” category and an additional Silver Addy in the “Direct Marketing” category with a radio station marketing campaign.

IPFW’s Department of Visual Communication and Design presented its senior exhibit in the Spectator Lounge at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center, November 2012. The exhibit entitled Legacy was adjudicated by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Art, History and Design Andre Murniek. The exhibit winners on opening night were:

  • Best in Show: Kristen Householder
  • First Place Modeling and Animation: Christopher Aschliman
  • First Pace Imaging and Photography: Amanda Taylor
  • First Place Graphic Design: Emma McCarron
  • Second Place Graphic Design: Alysha Scheidt
  • Third Place Graphic Design: Kezia D’Souza
  • Excellence in Visual Communication and Design: Emma McCarron and Swikar Patel
  • Second Place Imaging and Photography: Swikar Patel
  • Third Place Imaging and Photography: Kat McKay

The New York Times (NYT) has published a photograph by VCD imaging and photography student Swikar Patel.  An employee of the The Journal Gazette, Patel was covering the recent win by Richard Mourdock in defeating incumbent Indiana Republican U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in the recent primary election. The photograph was accessed by NYT via the Associated Press (AP).  The photograph can be seen at online.

Photographer’s Forum magazine has selected six IPFW Visual Communication and Design photography majors as finalists for their 32nd Annual College and High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon, USA. VCD photographers include Daniel Dyar, Katrina McKay, Randy Jackson, Rachel Stauss, Keven Oswalt, and Lucas Carter. Their photographs will be featured in the hardcover publication Best of College and High School Photography 2012. Over 17,700 photographs were received from students in the U.S., Canada and around the world. This year’s judges were Dr. Janet Bonsall, University of Central Missouri; Christopher Broughton, Brooks Institute of Photography; and Mark Takeuchi, Art Center College of Design. College and high school entries were judged separately, and finalists will be featured in two sections of the book.

VCD photography majors again are participating in Using Photography as Language, a gerontology practicum for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD).  CSD students, through practical experience, learn to help geriatric clients with compromised communication to more effectively communicate using photographs that are meaningful to the client.  VCD students Brittany Wilcoxson and Sarah Slatton, along with continuing lecturer Jim Gabbard, will work directly with the CSD students to increase their skills in photography as an effective way to communicate. 

2011

Graduating B.F.A. candidates from the Department of Visual Communication and Design had the distinct privilege of having their work judged by award-winning photographer, designer and printmaker Katarzyna Gruda, associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design. Ten seniors, led by instructor Matt Georgi, vice-president of Asher Agency in Fort Wayne, displayed their senior projects in “Experience Shared” during November 2011. The seniors showcased their accomplishments in graphic design, photography, illustration and video production at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Lucas Carter, photography major, had a one-night-only exhibition on Nov. 25, 2011, featuring his images in the series entitled Beyond the Cage, showcasing images shot over a four-month period of time with Hollywood MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The series was done as a special project for the Portrait Photography class taught by VCD continuing lecturer Jim Gabbard. Images are viewable at Beyond the Cage.

Freshman photography major Ajna Wagenfeld captured first place in the annual Fall Student Art in the Library Competition with her photograph titled IPFW Reflections. Wagenfeld received a $125 award from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs George S. McClellan. Judges for the competition were Christopher Ganz, Department of Fine Arts; Jim Gabbard, Department of Visual Communication and Design; and Denise Buhr, Helmke Library.

IPFW student winners in the Third Annual Roanoke Arts Council College Art Competition included Nicholas Klein, first place, and Ajna Lorae Wegenfeld, people's choice. Winners were announced during A Renaissance in Roanoke October 8. Photographs by 10 IPFW students were accepted into the competition. Wegenfeld also won first and third place in the recent Grabill Gallery Black and White Photography Exhibit.

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