May 2013


 Arts Weekly 

Community Arts Academy  

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Recent graduate Amy Schwarz ('13), having earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at IPFW, has been accepted into Indiana University's Master's in Public Affairs and Arts Administration program in Bloomington.


Shannon Schoville ('11, music) earned her Master's of Music with a concentration in opera in May from Converse College in Asheville, North Carolina.


Adam Hamilton ('11, theatre) currently is an M.F.A. candidate at Regent University in Virginia Beach and will be the head intern for the inaugural season of Tidewater Stage, Regent's new professional theatre company in residence, beginning July 2013. The summer 2013 season includes Forever Plaid July 5-14 and Barefoot in the Park Aug. 2-11. Hamilton currently is playing the role of Lord Biron in Love's Labours Lost at the Tidewater Shakespeare Theatre in Virginia Beach through June 1, then will begin work on his M.F.A. thesis role playing Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors in October. 

Jeff Casazza, associate professor of theatre, will be training in the Linklater technique and rehearsing and performing The Proserpina Variations: The Wrath of Mother Nature in Italy in July. He will be presenting three workshops for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Theatre Conference in Orlando, Florida, from August 1 - 4, 2013.


Recent graduate Kearstyn Keller ('13, theatre) was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. During the academic year, the School of Theatre and Dance mounts approximately15 productions of varying scope and complexity on three separate stages. A select group of students each year is selected to study for a month at the famed Moscow Art Theatre School.


Mezzo-sopranoand adjunct music facultymember Ashlee Beth Bickley will be singing the title role in Rossini's Cenerentola at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's Realizing Rossini Festival on July 6.


Ashlee Beth Bickley's student Okara Imani, a double major in music performance, with a concentration in voice and music therapy, is the new Miss IPFW for 2013 and will be representing IPFW in the Miss Indiana pageant in June. "I believe a large part of her success in pageants has to do with the talent portion," explained Bickley. Imani sang "At Last" for the Miss IPFW talent portion and will be singing another jazz standard for the Miss Indiana pageant. Imani's platform is entitled "We Can Do More to Treat Veterans, and Music Can Help."


Associate Professor of Music Melanie Bookout is on the board of directors of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and will be travelling to Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., for the 51st annual VdGSA Conclave in July. Bookout will have a series of articles published in their future VdGSA newsletters and she has been appointed co-chapter liaison for this society.


2012-2013 Outstanding Seniors, Elected by the Department of  Music Faculty:

  • Outstanding Senior in Music Technology: Adam Robison
  • Outstanding Senior in Music Performance: Dalen Wuest, saxophone
  • Outstanding Senior in Music Education: Kavin Ley
  • Outstanding Senior in Music Therapy: Cassandra Haines
  • Outstanding Senior in Music and an Outside Field: Hope Arthur

Department of Visual Communication and Design

Spring 2013 B.F.A. Exhibition Awards, April 19, 2013


1st Place Graphic Design

Simone Mullin-LeClear


2nd Place Graphic Design

Simon Fisher


3rd Place Graphic Design

John Ilang-Ilang


1st Place Imaging and Photography

Lucas Carter


2nd Place Imaging and Photography

Barbara Mendez


3rd Place Imaging and Photography

Ryan Hake


1st Place Modeling and Animation

Tony Gerardot


2nd Place Modeling and Animation

David Perry



Simone Mullin-LeClear


Viewers' Choice

Barbara Mendez


Outstanding Senior

Simon Fisher


Excellence in Graphic Design

John Ilang-Ilang


Distinguished Service in VCD

Simon Fisher


Expressions Staff  

Susan Domer: Editor, Writer

Jan Krist-Finkbeiner: Arts Writer  

Teena Butler: Designer


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Welcome  Dean John O'Connell

Following a nationwide search, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven T. Sarratore announced the appointment of John O'Connell as the new dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), effective July 1, 2013. "The quality of the candidates who visited campus was high and I commend the search committee for their outstanding work. Please join me in welcoming John in his new (non-interim) role," said Sarratore. Read more.  

Dr. Robert Bean, chair of the Department of Music (foreground), is surrounded by enthusiastic graduates from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 
Top-Ranking Visual and Performing Arts Graduates   

Highest Distinction - Heather M. Moser, B.A. in Theatre,

3.99 G.P.A.

Distinction - Tylar M. Allison, B.F.A. in Visual Communication and Design, 3.96 G.P.A.

Distinction - Kearstyn M. Keller, B.A. in Theatre, 3.95 G.P.A.

Distinction - Amy E. Schwarz, B.M.E. in Music Education,

3.94 G.P.A.

Distinction - Nicole M. Metzger, B.A. in Art Education,

3.93 G.P.A.


Spring 2013 Dean's List

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to report that 23.7% of our students or 150 out of 633, made the Dean's List for spring 2013. The Dean's List is reserved for  Read more.

VPA Hits a Home Run

In April, students from IPFW Visual Communication and Design (VCD) won $1,000 for their department by designing and presenting their campaign for a new logo and promotional materials for the Three Rivers Festival (TRF) at the downtown Allen County Library. Faculty advisor and continuing lecturer John Motz helped the VCD students prepare for the design competition that included teams from the University of Saint Francis, Indiana Tech and Ivy Tech. "Through strong research, excellent design and a professional-quality presentation by the students we won the competition and secured the $1,000 prize," explained Motz.

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Dean John O'Connell, left, and Laurel Campbell
Excellence in Research Award

The College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Affairs committee has awarded Assistant Professor of Art Education Laurel Campbell the VPA Excellence in Research/Creative Endeavor Award for 2013. Campbell's recent project...

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(l. to r.) Assistant Director of Career Development Karen Campbell, host of Arts Weekly Melinda Haines, Sasha Allgayer, Dean John O'Connell and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs George McCullough.

Student Employee of the Year

IPFW's Career Services (CS) and Financial Aid Office (FAO) awarded Sasha Allgayer the Graduate Student Employee of the Year award in April. Allgayer works for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) as the producer of the weekly television series Arts Weekly and was recognized for his commitment to IPFW and the arts.
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O'Connell, left, Jeff Casazza and Gail Rathbun, director of CELT

Casazza Wins Leepoxy Award

Jeff Casazza, associate professor of theatre, has won the Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for his innovative approach to the teaching of Theatrical Composition. The award was established in 2003 by area businessman Lawrence Lee to recognize... Read more.

Jazz Combo Invited to Play in NYC

The jazz combo Postmodern Prohibition was invited to perform at the New York City Jazz Festival held April 18-21. Sponsored by Sweetwater Sound, which helped finance the trip, the group (also known as the Sweetwater Jazz Project) includes two IPFW music majors, sophomores Evan Gidley on sax...Read more.

 A Visceral Interpretation of Space

In May, Visual Communication and Design (VCD) alum Gregor Roth ('11) received his M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland, Maine. The 2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition of the graduates' work is on display at... Read more. 

Plication, Weavings by Sara Nordling

The solo exhibition Plication, Weavings by Sara Nordling currently is being shown at The Arts Place in Portland, Ind., from May 17 - June 28, 2013. Her weavings celebrate the process of producing textiles that stand on their own; works that are simple yet very complex. Nordling, adjunct faculty in the Department of Fine Arts, teaches design and painting for non-majors. Visit The Arts Place online for more information.