The Department of Visual Communication and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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
VCD Professor of Graphic Design, Dr. Haig David-West, has presented his Cuba research at the Academic Conference of Social Science and Humanities in Barcelona, Spain. His paper, entitled “Indigenous African Cultural Signifiers in Afro-Cuban Visual Art: An Analysis of the Work of Three Contemporary Cuban Artists,” derives from his ongoing field research in Cuba which began 10 years ago. Dr. David-West also chaired panel discussion sessions on the humanities at Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (UAB) during the weeklong conference (June 22 – 26, 2015).
Dr. Haig David-West discussing Cuban graphic artist Belkis Ayón’s work in Barcelona, Spain.
Forty-seven VCD students were conferred with degrees at IPFW’s 48th commencement on May 13, 2015. The following individuals constituted VCD’s Class of 2015, the largest contingent of graduating students in the department’s history: Christopher Steven Barber, Joshua David Baths, Alyson Rose Bender, Jose Angel Castro, Susan M. Chisholm, Sabra J. Combs, Cody A. Coke, Zachary Aaron Craft, Jennifer Nicole Crothers, Alexandra Marie Crowl, Christopher M. Dagle, Bryce Edward Wayne Douglas, Megan Caresse Edwards, Nathan William Fackler, Lindsey Marie Frederick, Donald L. Gephart, Erica Jo Gomes, Khin Khim Gyi, Tia N. Hapner, Patrick John Heinze, Nicholas A. Karn, Amanda Kay Knowles, Susan Michelle Lussier, Melinda Michelle McDonald, Francisca Andres Montenegro Torres, Michael David Moses, Logan Murray, Aimee Domnique Parker, Rory Elizabeth Pate, Betsy Marie Perry, Jamie Leigh Rinkenberger, Alisa Darlene Roberts, Kevin Jonathan Sanders, Ashley Nicole Schaeffer, Ryan M. Shaffer, Terrence Lamont Shivers, Kendell Rae Suever, Olivia Ann Trimble, Michael Andrew Vosmeier, Yahutsadak Wahli, Alexa Brook Weaver, Nicole Renae Welsh, Taylor Alexis Wong, Erika M. Wyss, Rakesh D. Younger, and Tyler James Zent.
The VCD contingent getting ready for commencement processional on May 13, 2015.
Michael Moses (right) explains his work at the Allen County
Public Library to Chancellor Vickie Carwein.
Chancellor Carwein plays an animated game designed by
Rakesh Younger (left) while CVPA Dean John O’Connell looks on.
Ethan Davis (left) explains his Mythical Kingdom of Amalar
to Carwein, O’Connell and VCD Chair Dr. Haig David-West.
Carwein admires Lindsey Frederick’s yoga and active wear
collection, while O’Connell (left) and VCD Exhibitions Coordinator
Jim Gabbard (center) look on.
Tyler Zent discusses his work with Chancellor Carwein.
Erica Gomes explains her work to Chancellor Carwein.
VCD Exhibitions Coordinator Jim Gabbard (left) explains the
exhibition process to Chancellor Carwein and Dean O’Connell.
VCD faculty acknowledged Amanda Knowles’ SMART as the
Best Thesis Project in Spring 2015. Here, Amanda poses with
(from left to right) David-West, O’Connell, and Carwein.
Chancellor Vickie Carwein signs the VCD Gallery Guest Book
in the Krull Gallery at the conclusion of her visit.
VCD alumna Brooke Francesi (Class of 2009) has published Temporal Typography, a book on her MFA thesis completed at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Brooke describes temporal typography as the category of typography that escapes purely static or purely kinetic formal content. She states, “Unlike static typography, these forms are not bound by one iteration within a singular viewing experience. Similar to kinetic type, temporal typography carries the stamp of time but is not relegated movement or time-based media. Temporal letterforms have the ability to manifest themselves in both static and kinetic ways, as well as physical and digital ways, and therefore cannot be evaluated by the same functional factors of traditional typography: legibility and readability. Viewership and perception are elevated, and formal and experiential conditions are re-prioritized as the forms transition from one state to the next.”
Commenting on Brooke’s success, VCD Chair Dr. Haig David-West, who mentored her on her best-in-show BFA thesis project at IPFW, says, “Brooke’s exploration of temporality is a logical progression of ‘letterforms as physical structures in dynamic interrelationships’ she investigated under my tutelage. Her nimble disposition, intellectual curiosity, and capacity for sophisticated design thinking were sure to locate her on the frontlines of new directions in design studies.” Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi is available at Amazon.com.
Brooke Francesi discussing her work at CCA in San Francisco.
Page spreads from Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi
Dr. Frederic Parke, who pioneered the creation of CG (computer generated) images and facial expression in computer animation in the early 1970s, discussed his work with VCD students on April 23, 2015. Professor Ron Lewis facilitated the Skype discussion for his History of Animation class. Dr. Parke is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Visualization Lab in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He has interests in many aspects of computer based systems, computer graphics, and visualization. Recently his research has been in the area of conversational interfaces which combines facial animation with the use of speech recognition and speech synthesis to support multi-modal user interfaces and low bandwidth virtual video conferencing.
Students in Ron Lewis’ History of Animation class discussing
with Dr. Frederic Parke via Skype.
Alec Johnson, Fort Wayne City Landscape Architect, has described VCD professors and curriculum as world-class and innovative. He made the remark during the opening ceremony of the Spring 2015 BFA Exhibition in Allen County Public Library on April 10, 2015. Commenting on the work on display in the library’s Krull Gallery, Mr. Johnson said, “From a graphic novel that illuminates the human condition, to discovering the essence of a business and communicating that through branding, it is all about ideas. I was impressed by the weight of the ideas presented by these exceptional students.” Alec Johnson was the guest of honor at the ceremony. In addition to his work with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department where he designs new parks, park improvements, and does long-term master planning, he is also a practicing musician and a multi-media installation artist.
Alec Johnson presenting his remarks at Allen County Public Library.
A cross-section of dignitaries and guests at the opening ceremony.
Guests at the reception in Krull Gallery, Allen County Public Library.
Fred Bower, a Ball State University professor widely known as an idiosyncratic graphic designer in the postmodernist vein, discussed his work at VCD’s Concept and Literacy Seminar on Friday, March 27, 2015. Educated at The Herron School of Art and Cranbrook Academy of Art, he has a presence in corporate America and has worked for and with high profile clients such as Yoko Ono. At the end of his presentation, Professor Bower led students to explore illustrative typography in a hands-on exercise.
Bower explaining his “The First Law of Planetary Motions” design project.
Seminar participants engage in hands-on exercise on illustrative typography. Clockwise from right: Michael Deaton, Kenna Digitz, Elizabeth Masson, and Kaylie Dunn.
For more than 35 years, Shirley Henderson has been hired to cover major Federal criminal and political trials in South Florida as the courtroom artist for local, cable, network, and international news programs and print media. Some of the high-profile cases she recorded in rich pastels include the Presidential election challenge involving George W. Bush vs. Voter Plaintiffs; Elian Gonzalez, the six-year old Cuban refugee found at sea with a dead mother; The Gambino Crime Family trial; and the sensational saga of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Ms. Henderson discussed her work and remarkable career at VCD’s Concept and Literacy Seminar on Friday, March 20, 2015. At the end of her two hours presentation, Ms. Henderson engaged students in a thrilling portrait drawing exercise.
Shirley Henderson discussing her courtroom drawing of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega during his sensational trial in Miami, Florida.
Seminar participant Rachel Aschliman shows off her sketch
during the portrait drawing exercise.
Taylor Terrell (right) at work in VCD Secretariat with Department
Secretary Jacqueline Warfield.
Taylor Terrell, a senior at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, is currently serving as an intern in the VCD Secretariat. This internship is a new experience for Taylor and a stepping-stone for her future in the world of art and design, as she plans to pursue a degree in photography and photojournalism in the fall. Taylor’s first encounter with IPFW occurred last year, when she was awarded first place in photography in the IPFW High School Art and Design Competition and Exhibition. She has also been recognized at the national level for her portfolio and received ten gold keys in the most recent Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Jay Dee Downam (center) explaining a point to his Ivy Tech
photo students in VCD’s photo processing room.
Ivy Tech instructor and VCD alumnus, Jay Dee Downam, has undertaken a tour of VCD’s darkroom facilities with his students. A 2013 VCD graduate in Imaging and Photography, Jay Dee is known to venture into uncharted territories in photo-imaging research and practice, a quality that energizes his teaching.
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.”
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).
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.