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Pep Band Ambassadors   


Carly Thompson Wins 


Wearing Larsen's Art 


Ceramics Club Hits Milwaukee


Decker Exhibits Work 

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Mikhael Antone, associate professor of imaging and photography, was featured in a one-woman exhibit titled Sense of Place at Camera Work Gallery located at the Laundry Building at 513 Center Street in Scranton, Penn. The exhibition runs April 4 through April 29.For more information visit Ceramic Work Gallery. 


Erin Schwartz, adjunct faculty in art history in the Department of Fine Arts, successfully defended her dissertation in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, on April 21, 2014. Her primary area of research is visual arts (African Contemporary Art, Post-Colonial Identity, European Modernism) and secondary area is aesthetics. Schwartz earned her master of arts in art history at Kent State University.


Melanie Bookout, associate professor of music history and literature presented her paper at the Association for Core Texts and Courses Twentieth Annual Conference in Los Angeles from April 13 -16, 2014. The paper's topic was on the use of a medieval Japanese text, Essays in Idleness, as a way of opening the topic of traditional Japanese notions of beauty and time for general education students.  


The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has hired Karla Youchler to manage the outdoor recreation program. Yauchler, who was a supervisor at Salomon Farm's Day Camp for three years, is also a student in the Department of Fine Arts studying for her B.F.A in ceramics.


Amanda McConnell ('13, graphic design) is now marketing and communications specialist for the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne in  the corporate offices located on Berry Street in downtown Fort Wayne.  The YMCA is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, regardless of a person's ability to pay.  


The work of Allen Etter, visiting instructor in video and intermedia, recently was featured at Northwest Indiana Comic-con (NWI) on February, 23, 2014, in Schererville, Ind. While there, Etter's work became part of an official NWI Comic-con video now featured on YouTube.


Tylar Allison ('13, graphic design) is now a frame fitter at Frame Art and Design located on East Dupont Road in Fort Wayne.


Kayla Crance  ('11, theatre) most recently had a co-starring role in an episode of Criminal Minds which aired on March 5, 2014. For more information visit Kayla's web site. 


Haley Albersmeyer ('13, imaging and photography) is currently doing product photography, video, and web design for Richard J. Bagan, Inc. and their partner MonTech, for whom she is creating a global web site.


Angela Harris ('03 )is now the graphics/social media manager at J.W. Specialties, Ltd.  


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The Pep Band Ambassadors
 The IPFW Pep Band plays during the IPFW -v- IUPUI basketball game.

The IPFW Pep Band traveled along with the men's basketball team to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the Summit League Basketball Championships March 8-11. The IPFW men's basketball team made their first appearance in the championship game. Though the team was unable to bring home a win, the Pep Band delivered.


Throughout the tournament, the Pep Band represented IPFW in a very positive way, receiving numerous compliments from fans and supporters of IPFW's opponents on Twitter.  Comments about the Pep Band began trending on Twitter (@IPFWPepBand) during the game. The talents of the IPFW Pep Band also were recognized by the Summit League Commissioner who commented on the fine musicianship and the spirit of the band. 


While in Sioux Falls the IPFW Pep Band also performed at R.F. Pettigrew Elementary School, presenting a program to the students about making good choices. Click here to see the IPFW Pep Band in action. 

Student Employee of the Year 


National Student Employment Week culminated last week and Carly Thompson, lead peer educator in the Center for Healthy Living, was the recipient of the Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award. Thompson will graduate with a B.A. in theatre in May and also has worked for the Department of Theatre and the Office of the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts. Carly was most recently seen this year on the Williams Theatre stage in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.

Wearing Larsen's Works of Art

Students modeled some of Kari Larsen's artwork in the form of dresses that corresponded with her paintings as part of her senior project. Larsen will graduate with a B.F.A. in fine arts in May. Shown left to right: Chelsea Baumgartner, Kati Larsen, Chancellor Vicky Carwein, artist Kari Larsen and Heidi Christenson.

Ceramics Club Attends NCECA
Keynote speaker Theaster Gates working on the wheel. 

The IPFW Ceramics Club traveled to Milwaukee, Wis., March 19-22, for the 48th Annual conference of the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). The theme of the conference, Material World, sought to explore the way ceramic art is viewed against the backdrop of the world and the experience of seeing and understanding ceramic art in new ways. "This conference is like the Super Bowl of clay," said Nancy McCroskey, IPFW associate professor of fine arts in ceramics.

Guest artists included keynote speaker Theaster Gates, a Chicago-based artist whose installations reference American social practices. Ceramic students also attended demonstrations by well-known ceramic artists Ayumi Horie, Mischelle Erickson, Ching Yuan Chang, and Kelly and Kyle Phelps. 

Decker Shows Work in San Angelo

Technological Dependence, a ceramic work by Derek Decker, was accepted into the Twentieth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition. The exhibition is in the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in Texas and runs from  April 11 through June 29, 2014. The juror, Leopold Foulem, selected 123 pieces by 123 artists from a total of 764 pieces submitted.

Technological Dependence by Derek Decker