October 2013   


 Arts Weekly Community Arts Academy 

In this Issue  


The Newest Ceramic Techniques


Meet Dan Butler, Cast and Crew


New Host for Arts Weekly


Study Abroad - The Art of Italy


Art Educator of the Year


Ushenko in Making Faces


How Do You Celebrate IPFW?




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Hamilton Tescarollo, associate professor and director of keyboard studies, performed a solo recital at the Wednesdays on Wayne Street concert series, at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church on October 16. He performed a piano transcription of J.S. Bach's Chaconne for violin by Ferrucio Busoni as well as works by Mozart and Villa-Lobos.


The IPFW Ceramics Club made and donated more than 20 bowls to the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) for the third consecutive year. The IHN held several fundraisers, inviting the surrounding community to enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, and purchase a beautifully crafted ceramic bowl made by IPFW students and artists from the community. The proceeds will be used to aid families in crisis from the greater Fort Wayne area.


IPFW Community Arts Academy (CAA) student Caleb Stuckey was selected to perform with guest artist, pianist and educator Gilbert Kalish at the Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference on November 2 at Butler University in Indianapolis Ind., Kalish, professor of piano and director of performance activities at the State University of New York Stony Brook is considered one of the most distinguished artists of his generation. Students from across Indiana competed for the honor of becoming one of three students chosen to perform with Kalish.
Stucky studies piano with associate Professor Hamilton Tescarollo.


VCD graphic design senior Dane Curtis has taken a full-time position as a graphic designer with 80/20, an aluminum parts manufacturing company located in Columbia City, Ind. Curtis's duties for 80/20 include graphic design work for both internal and distributed materials and the creation of catalogues.  "My projects so far have been redesigning the company's business card, creating HTML emails that are sent to distributors/clients and creating flipbooks that are mini 48-page catalogs" explained Curtis. "It has been a great experience and a great way to put what I have learned at IPFW into real life projects."


Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Linda Wright-Bower presented a paper at the national conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies on September 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis titled: High Impact Practice or Creative Curriculum? A Selective Review of Creative and Expressive Art Content in General Education Courses. The session included an overview of creative art content in 25 general education programs at mid-sized universities from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.


VCD photography graduate Lucas Carter ('13) has accept a full time position at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind., as the university photographer and videographer for university events. Carter also will be responsible for editing and cataloging, as well as managing student assistants and content creators.


Molly Bock  ('12, vocal performance) will make her main stage professional debut with the Toledo Opera, April 25-27, 2014, as Siebel in Gounod's Faust. Established in 1959, the Toledo Opera House has been working to culturally enhance the region through music and the voice. 



Jim Gabbard, continuing lecturer of photography has received Honorable Mention for Portraiture in the Wassenberg Art Center's 36th Annual Photography Exhibit. The photograph titled All Those Years was taken during Gabbard's recent research trip to the Dominican Republic. 


Indiana Tech Law School recently commissioned a painting by VCD Visiting Instructor Allen Etter to hang at Barrister Commons on the main campus. The painting was commissioned to anchor the school's 250-piece collection which focuses on the law, patriotic themes and Indiana. 


VCD associate faculty member of Imaging and Photography Karrine Williams ('11) recently photographed critically acclaimed singer, songwriter/folk music duo Jan Krist and Jim Bizer for the cover of their new CD release, Too. The project by Krist, a Department of Fine Arts senior and Jim Bizer was released in September and is receiving airplay on NPR stations around the Midwest.


Fine Arts associate faculty member Derek Decker ('06) has been chosen to be part of the FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art at Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., from November 1-29, 2013. Decker's piece, titled Air Quality #2 was selected to be part of this exhibit at the University's Tipton Gallery. The exhibition features 50 works by 50 artists from different parts of the country. Each of the works was chosen for its significance and expression of passion regarding social and political issues and injustices. 





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The Newest Ceramic Techniques

The two, tall white vessels are examples of digital transfer image work.
Clay artist Charlie Cummings conducted an eye-opening, hands-on workshop entitled Digital Clay: Printed Images on Ceramics on Friday, October 18, in the Department of Fine Arts hosted by the Ceramics Club. Cummings, who earned his M.F.A. at the University of Florida, introduced two methods of transfering digital images to clay through the creation of slip decals and...Read more.


Meet Dan Butler, Cast and Crew


Theatre patrons are invited to meet Dan Butler, Richard Waterhouse and the entire cast and crew of Our Town for a special opening night reception at the IPFW Alumni Center immediately following the Friday, Dec. 6, performance. Tickets for the reception are $15 and include a selection of hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary drink and a wine and beer cash bar, as well as the opportunity to meet one of our most ardent supporters of the Department of Theatre. Not only has Butler created an endowed scholarship for the department, but he returns on a regular basis to conduct a...Read more.  

New Host for Arts Weekly


John O'Connell, the new dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts is excited to be showcasing artists and performers from around the region as the new regular host of Arts Weekly every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. on WFW39. The program, now in its fifth year, has featured other talented hosts and he is ready to take his place among them. "Former VPA Dean Chuck O'Connor started the program," explained O'Connell, "And Melinda Haines, assistant to the dean for community outreach, has done a great job maintaining the quality of this cultural icon that now has become a part of people's regular television line-up."


The weekly half hour program features regional artists, musicians, dancers, directors and actors discussing their work and how people in the community can enjoy it, making the arts part of their lives. Repeat performances of the broadcasts are listed on the Arts Weekly website along with links to previous interviews on their YouTube channel.

Study Abroad - The Art of Italy 2014


The IPFW Department of Fine Arts has scheduled its 2014 Study Abroad Program, The Art of Italy, for June 7-25. This year's trip will include the cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, Ravenna, Pisa and Lucca. The trip will be led by IPFW Department of Fine Arts professors Dana Goodman, head of sculpture, and Chris Ganz, head of printmaking. This study abroad program is open to everyone; however, those under 18...Read more.

Campbell-Art Educator of the Year

Laurel Campbell, assistant professor and director of art education at IPFW, received the Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award by the Art Education Association of Indiana (AEAI).The AEAI is a professional education organization dedicated to promotion, advancement and improvement of art education at all levels in the state of Indiana. Award recipients are nominated by their peers and are teachers who show outstanding artistic achievement and service in education. Campbell received her award at the AEAI's annual convention, which took place October 18- 20 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Ushenko Featured in Making Faces

Professor of Fine Arts Audrey Ushenko's self-portrait was featured in Making Faces, an exhibition at Long Island University's Salena Gallery from October 1-31, 2014. Artist and art historian Robert Bunkin curated the exhibition, bringing together both portraits and self-portraits by artists who make portraiture part of their regular practice. Making Faces presented viewers with a unique opportunity to view the work of thirteen contemporary "visual biographers and memoirists" together.


Ushenko's self-portrait is on the bottom row, third from the left.

Along with Ushenko, the exhibition featured the work of Philip Ayers, Robert Bunkin, David Campbell, Susanna Coffey, William H. Crist, Jenny Dubnau, Diane Edison, Donna Festa, Sedrick Huckaby, Karen Kaapck, Jenny Tango and Costa Vavagiakis.