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In This Issue
John Hrehov Exhibition
Junior Achievement Film
New Music Faculty
Visions 2012 Exhibition
Students Create Costumes
Chalk Walk Winner
Featured Article
Students Perform in Rome
Faculty Shine at Convocation

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VCD alumna Monica Gerdeman (ʼ11, photography) has accepted a position as a staff writer for the Putnam County Sentinel in Ottawa, Ohio. Gerdeman's position includes photography, writing, graphic design and layout. The Putnam County Sentinel is a weekly award-winning newspaper recognized by the Ohio Newspaper Association as one of the best weekly publications in Ohio.


Department of Theatre alumnus Brent Bruin (ʼ09) is now the workroom supervisor for the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, California. Brent is in charge of managing the costume shop for three theater spaces including The Kirk Douglas Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theater. Bruin's current shows include Red, Elephant Room and November. You can catch up on the shows Bruin is working on by visiting Center Theatre Group. 


Art education graduate Erin McKeever (ʼ12) now is teaching art at Lafayette Meadows Schools for the Southwest Allen County School Corporation. Erin is replacing Sachiko Janek (ʼ09 art education) who is moving out of state.


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. Rundasʼ winning work was used in November 2011 as a cover illustration for The Communicator, IPFWsʼ student newspaper.


The cover of the new VCD student handbook features a photographic floral image by Jacqueline Warfield. Warfield is the VCD secretary and IPFW student.


Alma Hoffman, assistant professor of graphic design, participated in an online design discussion hosted by Diane Gibbs, assistant professor of graphic design at the University of South Alabama on June 6, 2012. The focus of the webcast was the importance of doodling and sketching. You can see and hear the discussion online.


Audrey Ushenko, professor of fine arts, has been commissioned by the state of Illinois to create a painting at the Illinois State Museum (ISM)Chicago Gallery. The ISM Chicago Gallery exhibits and promotes the work of contemporary and historical Illinois artists. You can find out more about the ISM.


Ushenko also completed her fourth year as a teacher and featured speaker at the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. Located on Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution is in southwestern New York state. It is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through programs that explore the important religious, social and political issues of our times. More than 700,000 people visit Chautauqua Institution each summer. For more on Ushenko's lecture [pdf].   


Mikhael Antone, VCD assistant professor in imaging and photography, had her photographic work Train Yard published by 3200K, which produces both a weekly online magazine and quarterly printed journal. 3200K seeks to create exhibition opportunities for emerging artists and features works made with light-based media employing traditional analog photographic methods. You can view the full story.


VCD alumna Karrine Williams (ʼ11) recently published four photos with credits in the July 2012 issue of Fort Wayne Glo magazine. Glo is a free womanʼs lifestyle magazine for the greater Fort Wayne area whose mission is to provide women fresh, local perspectives on health, family, beauty and living trends.  

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Jan Krist-Finkbeiner: Arts Writer  

Teena Butler: Designer


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John Hrehov, Lesser John Hrehov Opening in Chelsea  
Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to announce John Hrehov, Shades from Black to White, on view from October 11 through November 10, 2012. This is his sixth solo show at Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea. His works evoke his continued interest in the theme of man living with nature. Read More.  

Junior Achievement Films Feature Brandt and Warner 
Over the summer  theatre students Halee Bandt and Brian Warner had a fabulous opportunity to be featured in a series of 14 mini films produced by Fort Wayneʼs Bokeh Films to promote Junior Achievementʼs innovative classroom known as Biztown. Biztownʼs programs are designed to demystify economic concepts and make commerce accessible to students in grades K-12 by offering them hands-on experience in the business worldRead More.

VPA Welcomes New Music Faculty  

Daniel Tembras Jennifer Regan Volk

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to welcome Daniel Tembras, D.M.A., instrumental studies and Philharmonic Mentor Jennifer Regan Volk, M.M., to IPFW.    

Photo by Mary Cartwright
See the Future 
at Visions 2012
The Garrett Museum of Art will feature Visions 2012, a major exhibition of student work from the IPFW Department of Visual Communication and Design (VCD). The exhibition, which will run from September 21 through November 4, 2012, will feature 2D and 3D work from all three concentrations offered through VCD, including animation and modeling, graphic design and imaging and photography. All of the student work was completed during the 2011-2012 academic year. An artistsʼ reception will be held September 21 from 6-8 p.m. Read More.

Students Create Costumes
When The Miser opens September 28 in Williams Theatre, the comic farce by Molière will feature four very unique costumes created from start to finish by equally unique and talented students. All four costumes, designed by Craig A. Humphrey, associate professor of costume design, have been assigned to individual students. They will draft original patterns to recreate the costume renderings they have been given. Read More.

Allen Etter Etter Takes People's Choice Award 
Allen Etter, VCD visiting instructor of video and media, won the first prize Peopleʼs Choice Award at this year's Fort Wayne Museum of Art Chalk Walk for his recreation of Norman Rockwell's illustration, The Homecoming.

Jan Krist Paste Magazine Features Paintings by Jan Krist
Fine arts major Jan Krist-Finkbeiner, better known to the music world as Jan Krist, was featured in the August 23, 2012, issue of Paste Magazine published an article on songwriters who paint, sharing the work of 23 songwriters, including three paintings by Krist. Paste Magazine is a music industry weekly publication offering reviews and articles on musicians whose work is considered noteworthy. You can read the article and view the paintings at Paste Magazine 

Music Students Perform in RomeBrianna GambleAndrew Low
In July vocal performance majors Brianna Gamble and Drew Low were chosen to participate in Operafestival di Roma, a summer opera workshop in Rome, Italy. Low played Monostatos in Mozart's The Magic Flute and Gamble was in the chorus of The Magic Flute and played Conversa in Pucciniʼs Suor Angelica. Operafestival di Roma is a non-profit educational institution that offers opportunities for musicians from all nations to study and perform opera in Italy in the summer. Read More.

VPA Faculty Shine  

During 2012 Convocation

The 2012 Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Fall Convocation was held Monday, August 20, at noon in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center. Senior IPFW administrators announced promoted and tenured faculty and recipients of several significant awards. Seven members of the College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty were congratulated during the ceremony. Read More.