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
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 public 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.
Fred 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.
Professor 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).
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.