March 2013


 Arts Weekly 

Community Arts Academy  

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More than 3,900 people filled the Arts United Center to enjoy seven performances of the recent production of Oliver! This highly successful collaboration between the IPFW Department of Theatre and Fort Wayne Youtheatre provided exceptional experiences for the younger Youtheatre students, some considering studying theatre in college, and for the IPFW theatre majors who took on mentoring roles and worked in a theatrical load-in, load-out environment many will experience in regional theatre. According to Susan Burns, theatrical reviewer for Whatz Up, "The honor [of driving this production] goes to the ensemble of youngsters and energetic actors who carry every moment...not because there are so many of them - it's a cast of 50 - but because they are so well rehearsed, so in tune with each other, so ready to connect with the audience."


Laurel Campbell, assistant professor and director of art education at IPFW will be a featured speaker at the Foundation for Art and Education (FAME) Multicultural Teachers Workshop on March 13, 2013, at Sweetwater Sound. Campbell will be speaking on "Cultural Sensitivity in Art Education," which will address curricular decisions based on cultural awareness in the art classroom. Other visiting artists presenting at the FAME workshop will include Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese gamelan ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and paper cutting artist and fine arts instructor Janice Furtner. To register for this workshop visit


Emma McCarron ('12, graphic design) has been hired as a graphic designer at LaBov & Beyond Advertising, Marketing and Training. McCarron won first place in graphic design and excellence during the Visual Communication and Design B.F.A. Exhibition in Fall 2012.


Freshman vocal performance

major Jonathan Casey was a featured soloist with the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne during their Baroque Festival on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Casey sang the role of Judas and Aria Soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) under the artistic direction of Dr. Daniel Reuning. Casey is a student of Mark Stachofsky, assistant faculty member with the Department of Music.


Alumna Julie Wall Toles ('09, printmaking) is opening an independent printmaking studio called Hedgehog Press. Located at 1136 Columbia Avenue in Fort Wayne, Hedgehog Press is an independent fine art print shop offering multiple services for artists seeking the tools to work in the field of printmaking and for potential students. For a weekly, monthly or yearly fee artists are given the opportunity to create their own prints with the equipment housed in the shop. Workshops and classes also will be given to children and adults. Hedgehog Press will hold an open house on Saturday, March 30, from 5-8:00 p.m. Visit

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Internship Creates Momentum 

After completing two curatorial internships, IPFW Fine Arts senior Shelby Akers now is working for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA). Akers' history with the FWMoA began in the spring of 2012 when she applied for and received the first of two consecutive curatorial internships at the museum. "It was a great experience," said Akers. "I did a little of everything from black tie events to packing and unpacking of art work. I learned about lighting, hanging art and did some matting." Read More.  

VCD Receives Silver and Gold  
John Ilang-Ilang's "This Finger" Campaign - Judge's Choice and
Gold ADDY Award winner.

Eight students from the IPFW Department of Visual Communication and Design (VCD) received ADDY Awards during the annual American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne's 2013 recognition gala titled, "You're My Type." This year's event was held in the Auer Performance Hall in the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW on Saturday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m. The American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and improving the advertising industry. Each year scores of outstanding designers, agencies and student designers are recognized with ADDY Awards, acknowledging those whose skills and talents help cultivate a better understanding of the economic and social values of advertising for all people.   Read More.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Bechtol, Huntington Herald Press
Collage Brings Community Together 
Fine arts senior Angela Ellsworth has been guiding 199 students and staff at the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington as they make a positive impact on their community by sharing their positive thoughts with each other. A unique collage-building project, supported by the LaFontaine Arts Council's Art in Education Outreach program, involved students painting layers of positive messages in watercolor that were torn into pieces and used to create the accordion-shape design. Read More.

A view of the model of Müstair amongst rays of simulated light that correspond to the precise angles of the historical sunlight.
Forging New Frontiers 
Fine Arts assistant professor and art historian Kirsten Ataoguz's research project Light, Liturgy and Art in the Church of the Monastery of Saint John, Müstair (CH) was awarded $44,166 in the 2012-2013 Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities competition. Collaborating on the project is Professor Beomjin Kim, director of the Information Analytics and Visualization Center at IPFW in the Department of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. Read More.

Sayaka Ganz, Dances of Nature

The work of Sayaka Ganz, who previously taught in the IPFW Department of Fine Arts, will be featured in her first Italian solo exhibition Sayaka Ganz, Dances of Nature from March 30-May 26, 2013. The exhibition is organized by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation, Cecina, Livorno, Italy and curated by the art director of the foundation, Alessandro Schiavetti. Read More.

SmartARTS ~ Take Five

What do you think of when you hear the words "take five?" Do you think of a candy bar? Or maybe a well-deserved break? For millions of people these words are forever linked to a jaunty syncopated tune written by Paul Desmond, alto saxophonist for the David Brubeck Quartet. The group recorded the tune on what would become a landmark recording, Time Out, in 1959.  Read More.