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Ushenko Soars
VCD Seniors Win Awards
"Hometown Hero"

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Assistant Professor Andres Montenegro with the Department of Visual Communication and Design has been selected to receive a New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploration Traveling Fellowship in the amount of $2,500. The funds, awarded by Indiana University Vice President Jorge José, will assist in his continued research of the practical exploration of the synergetic effort of animators. The project will involve animators in two locations, significantly distant from each other, as they explore and create an animated narrative. The animation techniques, developed by using 2D and 3D digital graphics, will be based on two stories that will bridge oral traditions and legends related to Valparaiso, Chile, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.  


Dr. Robert Bean, chair of the IPFW Department of Music, was honored by the Mississippi State University Department of Music as one of their two alumni of the year (2011). During a recent visit to the MSU campus he led master classes for piano students, coached various ensembles, and spoke to MSU music majors about career paths in the field of music. Dr. Michael Patilla, who studied with Dr. Bean at the University of Montevallo, nominated him for this award and was selected by a committee of MSU faculty members.


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, Ind. 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.


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Ushenko Soars with
Solo Exhibition in NYC

Audrey   Ushenko's painting
"Stargazers," 2011
oil on linen 36 x 24 inches

IPFW Fine Arts Professor Audrey Ushenko's paintings were recently showcased in a solo exhibition, Fête Champêtre, at Denise Bibro Fine Art Inc. in New York City, October 13 through November 12, 2011. According to the gallery, "...her uniquely rendered canvases of luxuriously composed still life and social gatherings have the airs of an extravagant garden party or celebration."  

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Brandon Deel,Fall 2011 VCD Best of Show
VCD Seniors Win Awards

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. Gruda is director of of the Graphic Design Program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology. Read More 

Barbara Resch Heralded as "Hometown Hero"

The Board of Directors for Visit Fort Wayne, the official convention and visitor's bureau for Fort Wayne and Allen County, recently recognized IPFW Associate Professor Barbara Resch as one of their "Hometown Heroes." The board extended their appreciation toAssociate Professor


Resch, director of music education and associate dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, for her leadership in bringing the Indiana Music Educators Association's (IMEA) annual conference and over 3,000 attendees to Fort Wayne for three consecutive years spanning 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Read more 

Bringing Shakespeare to High Schools 
Having a hard time getting your Brush Up Your Shakespeare Tourstudents interested in Shakespeare? Need to pump some energy into your English curriculum? Let the IPFW Department of Theatre bring an absolutely free performance of Brush Up Your Shakespeare to your school.  IPFW is currently scheduling high school performances in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio for Spring 2012. Read more

Dennis Chang's artwork
Academy Award Winner Comes to College
Academy award-winning artist, production designer, and author Doug Chiang gave a presentation on December 8 in the Visual Arts Building, followed by a question and answer session and a book signing. Hosted by the IPFW Department of Continuing Studies and the Department of Visual Communications and Design, Chiang talked about his experiences in the film industry and presented work from his career, including some that was shown for the first time in this exclusive presentation.   Read more