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Sam Savage, assistant professor and coordinator of studio voice, performed the leading role of Ciano in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci in June at the Western Plains Opera in Minot, North Dakota. In June, Savage taught and performed at The Art Song Festival in Toledo, Ohio, and served on the faculty for the Operafestival di Roma and covered all of the tenor rolls in The Magic Flute in July.    


The work of Sayaka Ganz has been featured in High Touch: Tactile Design and Visual Explorations, a new 224-page book released in August 2012. High Touch is a powerful tactile design collection that examines the three-dimensional look of today's visual culture being shaped by techniques and styles from fine art and handicraft. High Touch documents an inspiring range of material objects and spatial orchestrations that meld craft and fine art with techniques of more traditional art forms such as installation, sculpture, collage, photography and illustration. The examples featured in the book prove that the scope for this trailblazing work is enormous. An associate faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts, Ganz is currently on hiatus from teaching to more fully explore her work as an independent artist and complete a number of upcoming commissions.


Music therapist Allison Hamman (B.S.M.T. '12) is now both the proprietor of and a music therapist at Mainstay Music Therapy. Mainstay provides music therapy services under Indiana's Medicaid Waiver Program to those with intellectual and physical disabilities in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. They also provide music therapy services to businesses and individuals not part of the Medicaid program. Kim Yoder (B.S.M.T.'12) also works as an independent contractor for Mainstay Music Therapy.  


The Women's Bureau is on a mission to educate the public on issues regarding sexual assault. They have asked students in the Department of Visual Communication and Design (VCD) to help them accomplish that goal. Students from the Photography V Special Projects course, taught by continuing lecturer Jim Gabbard and students from Graphic Design III Publication Design, taught by continuing lecturer John Motz, have teamed up to create an educational brochure. Photographs generated by the students were given to student designers to create a brochure designed to educate the public about sexual assault and the effect it has on individuals. Staff members from the Women's Bureau attended a critique on October 12 to evaluate the samples created by the students.


Theatre major Amber Klinker spent her summer working as a costume stitcher for the Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth, Maine. Her job included patterning, hat construction, cutting and alterations among other duties. Their summer productions included Moliere's Tartuffe, Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 1, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Visit theateratmonmouth.org for more information.


The following alumni have been hired for music teaching positions: Stephanie Reimer (B.M.E. '12) at Cedar Canyon Elementary School, Laura Tomlinson (B.M.E. '12) at Central Noble High School, Emily Franz (B.M.E. '12) at Lane Middle School and Brandon Eiler (B.M.E. '10) at Concordia High School.

Rachael Parker (B.S.M.T. '12) is currently employed by Meaningful Day Services.  


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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Oct. 2011
Theatre Gains National Accreditation

The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) has granted accreditation and membership to the Department of Theatre at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and its Bachelor of Arts: Theatre (acting, design/ technology, directing). This is the first time the department has received NAST accreditation. Read More.  

Campbell Recently Published
Assistant Professor of Art Education and Director of Art Education Laurel H. Campbell has published a book along with Seymour Simmons III, associate professor of art and design at Winthrop University in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Heart of Art Education: Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Integration and Transformation has been published by the National Art Education Association.

Godescalc Gospel Lectionary, commissioned by Charlemagne. (Paris, BN NA.lat.1203)
Magnificent Medieval Encounters
In recent years, medieval times have been digitized into video games, spun into action figures and referenced in cheap restaurant fašades. The ghosts of the medieval crusades could even be traced stretching into the 20th century where Indiana Jones met a knight standing guard over the Holy Grail.

New Neighbors
The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce that the Mikautadze Dance Theatre (MDT) is the newest company-in-residence on the IPFW campus. MDT strives to bring the art of professional modern and contemporary dance to Fort Wayne and surrounding communities through dance performance and the advancement of creative movement and dance education.


Cast members of Singing the King in 2011.

New Huntington Theatre Accolades  

Associate Faculty of Theatre Joel Froomkin and his partner Rich Najuch, owners of The New Huntington Theatre were honored by Indiana Main Street with the 2012 Business of the Year Award. Indiana Main Street, a program operated by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, presented the award on Oct. 11, 2012 during the statewide Indiana Main Street Conference in Kokomo.  Read More.

Trip to Italy

The IPFW Department of Fine Arts is excited to announce its 2013 Study Abroad travel program, The Art of Italy, from June 9 - 26, 2013. On this art-centric trip, that also can be taken for credit, travelers will visit Rome, Venice, Padua and Florence, Italy. The extensive itinerary will be led by IPFW Department of Fine Arts professors Dana Goodman, head of sculpture, and Chris Ganz, head of printmaking, both experienced in coordinating our Study Abroad program. For complete cost and itinerary visit ipfw.edu/fine-arts and select the Study Abroad button on the right.

Students Repair Emmy Awards
Jeremy Stroup works with master metalsmith Eleanor Moty.
Metalsmithing students and their faculty in the Department of Fine Arts traveled to participate in Repair Days, hosted by the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The interactive, hands-on workshop intensive was held October 4 - 7, 2012, and provided more than 200 students and faculty from 12 major universities access to some of the most prominent experts in the metalsmithing field.  

As she has done in the past, Nancy McCroskey, associate professor of ceramics and advisor to the IPFW Ceramics Club conducted an impromptu Bowl-a-thon in her class to benefit the Interfaith Network of Fort Wayne (INFW). On Friday, September 14, each student created several bowls for donation to the INFW's annual fundraiser,
Empty Bowls.
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