August 2015 Issue

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In Memorium

Joseph "Joey" Roscoe Adams, 37, of Fort Wayne and formally of Warsaw, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Fort Wayne. He earned his B.F.A. in painting at IPFW in 2010, and is shown with one of his senior thesis projects. He enjoyed painting and making jewelry. He was a great addition to the program during his studies at IPFW and will be missed. Read his obituary here.

Student Travelers

In June, Professor Dana Goodman led the 13th Annual Department of Fine Arts Study Abroad trip, The Art of Italy. Eight travelers studied art history and drawing while enjoying the art of Rome, Orvieto, Venice, Padua, Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Lucca. An exhibition of the work produced as part of the drawing class conducted during the trip is currently on display in the Visual Arts Gallery.

In July, vocal performance majors (from left) Olivia Oetting, Josiah Hawkins, Alana Miller, and De'Andre Martin were chosen to perform and participate in Operafestival di Roma, a summer opera workshop in Rome and Orvieto, Italy. They traveled with associate professor Sam Savage, who also taught at the festival, where he covered the role of Don Curzio. Operafestival di Roma is a non-profit educational institution that offers opportunities to musicians from all nations to study and perform opera in Italy in the summer. 

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All four May 2015 art education graduates have been successfully placed in full-time positions. 
Elizabeth Pawsen: Prince Chapman Intermediate Academy
Jori Leman Williams: Norwell Middle School, Ossian, Ind.
Julia Hardin: Caston Jr./Sr. High School, Fulton, Ind.
Marissa Nelson Bishop: Forest Park Elementary

Over the summer, Melinda Haines, director of the Community Arts Academy, reported they served 708 students in the past year; offering 43 classes plus private music instruction in 13 instruments and voice by more than 30 art, dance, theatre and music educators. Haines also wrote and received a $4,925 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission in support of the IPFW/Shruti Indian Performance Series.

Associate Professor Jeff Casazza spent a week in Boulder, Colorado exploring Developmental Movement, Body Mind Centering and the Viewpoints as created by Mary Overlie. Casazza then attended and presented at the national colloquium on Devising Theatre. In the colloquium he presented "Devising with Words and Story: Adventures in Contemporary Shakespeare," a practical workshop session exploring ways to apply devising techniques to create contemporary productions of Shakespeare's plays.

Assistant professor of animation Andres Montenegro presented a paper, "The Implementation of an Interactive Phenomenological Narrative Through Real Time 3D Animations, 2D Animations, 3D Models, Images, and Virtual Environments Using Augmented Reality," and participated in a panel at Beyond the Frame 2015, the 27th International Society for Animation Studies annual conference. Scholars and artists convened from July 14-15, 2015 at Canterbury Church Christ University in England, to showcase studies about animation and the latest trends in the industry.

Andrew Dubach ('15, B.F.A., sculpture) was in a two-person show with Kurt Roembke ('14, B.M. guitar performance). The exhibition titled Copula ran from April 18-May 17, 2015, at Wunderkammer Company. The exhibition featured Roembke's musical interpretations of each of Dubach's sculptures.

Melanie Bookout was invited to speak at the Glessner House Museum in Chicago this coming year as a result of her recent research there during her 2014-15 academic year sabbatical. Bookout also began and continues work on an M.F.A. in poetry at Bennington College in Vermont, one of the elite M.F.A. writing programs in the country. This work will support not only her teaching, but her interest in musico-poetics.

Robert Schroeder, associate faculty in metalsmithing, completed a 12-week training at Fox Products to become skilled at creating keys for oboes and bassoons. Fox Products is the largest bassoon and oboe musical instrument manufacturer in the world. Founded in 1946, and located in South Whitley, Ind., Fox Products is very interested in identifying skilled metalsmiths in the area, so Schroeder worked as an intern over the summer to learn the different techniques he can teach in the classroom similar to those used at Fox Products.

Two colleagues and one alumnae from the College of Visual and Performing Arts were winners at the 63rd Annual Anthony Awards ceremony at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre in June. Associate faculty in voice, Julie Donnell won Outstanding Leading Female Performance in a Play for her role as Dr. Katherine Brandt in 33 Variations. VPA marketing and public relations specialist Susan Domer won Outstanding Supporting Female Performance in a Play for her role as Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger in 33 Variations. Theatre alumnae Stephanie Vanderwall won Outstanding Female Dancer for her work in Cabaret.

Benjamin Lawrence ('10, B.F.A., sculpture) has been accepted at Academy of Art University in Atlanta, Georgia for M.F.A. studies in Industrial Design.

In May, Dr. John Egger. director of music education, attended and presented "Applications of Cooperative Learning in Music Method Courses Designed for Preservice Elementary Teachers" at the Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods in Pembroke, Virginia. Egger also co-authored a paper with Dr. Kelly Bradley from the University of Kentucky, titled "Development of a project-based learning course evaluation tool using item response theory." Bradley presented the paper in August at the American Psychological Association's 2015 Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. 
Julie Donnell spent six weeks studying French in the Middlebury Language Schools French immersion program. An M.A. candidate in French, Donnell played the role of Joséphine in French in the play Littoral by De Wajdi Mouawad, a Francophone author.
Assistant Professor Linda Wright-Bower presented "Promoting Student Participation: In Class Strategies to Engage the Introverts and Reluctant Learners," at the 8th Annual Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning, from May 13-15, 2015. The annual teaching conference is sponsored by Central Michigan University.
Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, Ind., featured Prints and More through August 8, 2015, and the work of Fine Arts alumni Barbara Nohinek and Julie Wall Toles was showcased along with other artists. Every type of printmaking was represented, as well as a lino-type workshop presented by Toles.
Continuing lecturer in Music Technology John Fishell produced and engineered the CD R.S.V.P. on Summit Records by Cross Currents featuring Gunnar Mossblad. He also produced and engineered Take it with a Shaker on Shine Indy Records. The live, full-production recording featured singer/songwriter Ryan M. Brewer and Fishell on bass, piano, and vocals on the recording.
Dr. Farrell Vernon played tenor saxophone with the national touring group The Hit Men in Fort Wayne's Foellinger Theater on Friday, August 7. He also represented IPFW in the pit orchestra for the Civic Theatre's production of Mary Poppins, which took place July 25-August 9.
The National Art Education Association NAEA News interviewed director of art education Dr. Laurel H. Campbell and her co-author, Seymour Simmons III, in the Summer 2015 edition. The book interview included a series of questions about their recent publication, "The Heart of Art Education: Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Integration, and Transformation" in 2012 and featured a short biography of Dr. Campbell's career in higher education.
VCD Professor of Graphic Design Dr. Haig David-West presented his Cuba research at the Academic Conference of Social Science and Humanities in Barcelona, Spain. His paper, entitled "Indigenous African Cultural Signifiers in Afro-Cuban Visual Art: An Analysis of the Work of Three Contemporary Cuban Artists," derives from his ongoing field research in Cuba which began 10 years ago. Dr. David-West also chaired panel discussion sessions on the humanities at Universitat Autonoma Barcelona during the weeklong conference from June 22-26, 2015.
Professor Audrey Ushenko has been commissioned to do artwork and the cover for a special edition of Bridges, the IPFW nursing journal.

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What We Did Over Summer Break!

During July, continuing lecturer John Motz organized, designed, and constructed the "Mastodon Ice Lounge" for the Baals Music Festival. IPFW was the title sponsor for the electric dance music festival. More than 5000 high school and college age people dance the day and night away at Headwaters Park on Aug. 1, 2015.

For the first time since Whatz Up, the local entertainment newspaper, began awarding Whammy Awards, the Department of Theatre has won their first Whammy. In June, readers of the weekly event publication chose the IPFW musical Into the Woods, directed by Craig A. Humphrey, as the Best Theatrical Performance in 2014. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew!

Professor Audrey Ushenko's paintings will be featured in a solo exhibition at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.The exhibition will run from September 24 - Oct. 24, 2015, in the Bart Luedeke Center. Her work in this important east coast gallery will be curated by the renowned art critic Harry Naar. A color catalog of her work will be published.

Associate Professors Dr. Farrell Vernon, saxophone, and Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo, piano, along with continuing lecturer in guitar, Laura Lydy (middle) were invited to perform a tSaxOpen, the 17th Annual World Saxophone Congress and Festival from July 9-14, 2015, in Strasbourg, France. Their project, "Introducing the Eb Sopranino Saxophone Music: Old and New!" was chosen from among 630 proposals for less than 300 performance and conference openings. Vernon and Lydy performed the world premier of a musical work composed by continuing lecturer Ken Johnson entitled "Intrigues for Sopranino Sax and Guitar." The performance took place on Friday, July 10 at the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse in Strasbourg and was very well received by the audience, which included saxophonists from the U.S., England,Australia, and France. 

Assistant Professor Andres Montenegro presented a commissioned painting entitled "The Chagall's Kaleidoskope" to Monsieur Bernardo Aliaga and Madame Sonia Rojas on July 18, 2015 in Paris, France. Monsieur Aliaga is a specialist programs official of UNESCO in Paris. The painting was in gratitude for sponsoring Montenegro's ongoing research and will be added to their permanent collection.

Associate Professor Christopher Ganz was the recipient of a 2015 Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Grant in the amount of $8,000 for his continued printmaking research work in Italy. During the summer he participated in an eight-week stay at the Scuola Internazionale di Graficia Venezia. There, he created intaglio prints, exploring the theme of Venice from the inside and the outside. This included examining how the architecture and the artwork that decorates so many of the buildings in Venice often fuses together in his mind.

Associate faculty Gregor Roth collaborated with Mikautadze Dance Theatre in May, creating a 3D art installation entitled "Oracle" which was an integral part of their spring concert, Abstractions in Motion. Roth also has written a paper, "Slippage: Presentness and Location in an Art Situational Context Between the I and Me Natures of the Self," which was accepted to the 4th annual World Conference for Art and Design in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Conductors of WYWOP (from left): Dr. Douglas Henderson, associate director of bands, Oklahoma State University; Isabelle Ruf-Weber, Switzerland; Dr. Johann Mösenbichler, Austria; Dr. Verena Bryant, Duke University, and Dr. Daniel Tembras, director of bands and Instrumental studies at IPFW.

Assistant Professor Daniel Tembras traveled to Europe to guest conduct the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP) as well adjudicating music ensembles during the Mid-Europe festival. He also traveled to Italy to visit the Basilica di San Marco to meet with the archivist regarding the life and music of Giovanni Gabrieli and other Renaissance composers. Gabrieli is largely considered the originator of wind groups.

In June, professor Dana Goodman's work "Ground Beetle Ground" was one of 26 works out of 500 entries accepted into the 58th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Juror Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn based Art Blog Hyperallergic, also chose the work as Best of Show. In July, Goodman's work "Woodworker's Stigmata" was given the awards of Best 3D work and Best of Show at the LaFontaine Arts Council 2015 Regional Art Exhibition displayed at the Robert E. Wilson Gallery in Merrilat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University.

Associate Professor Hamilton Tescarollo directed the 4th annual IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp & Festival from June 14-19, which attracted 12 accomplished young pianists from Indiana and Ohio to campus. The week of intensive piano study included individual lessons, master classes, Alexander Technique training, ensemble, and various group sessions related to piano playing. Evening activities included solo piano recitals by Tescarollo, IPFW alumni Evan Keenan and Jason Simon, and current piano performance major Andrew Nesler. Camp faculty included former Director of Keyboard Studies Masson Robertson, associate piano faculty Christine Freeman and Deborah Ryan, and Tescarollo.

Derek Decker, associate faculty in ceramics, won an award at Southworks
20th National Exhibition. Juried by Will South, curator of the Columbia Museum of Art and Dayton Institute of Art, the exhibition was held at the Ocanee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, Georgia, from April 10-May 8, 2015. Out of 425 entries, Mr. South selected 87 pieces of art to be exhibited.  Decker's work "Fossil Fuel" won a Merit Award in the 3-D category. 

Blue Tie 50th Gala Celebration

The 50th anniversary project by Fine Arts Professor Audrey Ushenko titled "Processional," a tribute to IPFW commissioned in honor of the school, was unveiled at the IPFW 50th Celebration Blue Tie Gala on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. The 7x5 foot painting (oil on linen) depicts a procession of IPFW people, past and present, who have made an impact on the academic success of the University. Other VPA artists performing that evening included Hamilton Tescarollo, piano, and student cast members performing selections from Merrily We Roll Along, under the direction of Craig A. Humphrey

50th Gala Gifts Created in Fine Arts

IPFW fine arts graduate Matthew S. Schroeder ('15, B.F.A., ceramics) designed a ceramic three-footed vessel as a memento for the individuals attending the 50th Celebration. Each of the 4-inch tall ceramic jars were modeled with three feet representing the three rivers which Fort Wayne was built upon and are reflected in the IPFW logo. The IPFW imprint was formed on each jar, along with the dates 1964-2014, using a plaster mold to carve the relief. The jars, each with a fitted lid, are glazed with Chessman Blue and the IPFW symbol is stained with Brown Albany.
Several artists contributed to the final production of 381 small versions of the jar and 5 larger versions. These include community artist Maddie Miller; IPFW elementary education student Loretta Deininger; Andrew Dubach ('15, B.F.A., sculpture); adjunct faculty Brandon Furniss ('06, B.F.A., ceramics); associate faculty Louise Haynes ('13, M.A. liberal arts), Kim Helman ('15 B.F.A., ceramics); IPFW anthropology student Levi Huffman; Mary Griebel ('14, education) Jan Krist-Finkbeiner ('15, B.F.A., ceramics); associate professor Nancy McCroskey, ceramics and adjunct faculty Robert Schroeder, metalsmithing.