July 2016 Issue 


Community Arts Academy


Rachel Von
(B.F.A.'15, imaging and photography) has had a very busy and productive year. In 2016 she was a featured panelist for a photo discussion for the closing photography show "Exposure" at Jennifer Ford Art on January 10. She was featured in a solo photography/art show entitled "Movement" at the Garrett Museum of Art in February, along with a solo photography show at Wunderkammer Gallery which ran May 11-June 12. During the month of September her photography/art can be seen at Pint & Slice with an opening night reception on September 2, 2016.

Composer Kenneth Johnson's work is being featured by ensembles across the country, including a New England premiere in New Hampshire. The Keene State College Concert Band and Guitar Orchestra performed his composition entitled Chamber Concerto for Classical Guitar Quartet, Winds and Percussion (2009) in the Redfern Arts Center on Thursday April 7, 2016. This very contemporary, 10-minute work uses percussive effects for the guitars in a Neo-Baroque style. It clearly emulates the energy and motoric rhythms of the 18th century in a 21st-century setting. Johnson is a continuing lecturer in music theory and composition in the IPFW Department of Music.

Melinda Haines, assistant to the dean, reported the IPFW/Shruti Indian Performance Series has received a 2016-17 IAC grant in the amount of $4,445 for the upcoming Anoushka Shankar concert in March 2017.

"The maximum grant amount is $5,000 dollars," explained Haines who submitted the application. "There were many more applicants than last year, so I'm very pleased that they chose to be so generous with us again."

Paintings by Janak Narayan (B.F.A.'15, painting) are currently featured at the Garrett Museum of Art through August 14, 2016. The museum, located at 100 S Randolph St, Garrett, Ind., is open Fridays 5-8:00 p.m.; Saturdays 4-7:00 p.m. and Sundays 1-4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Jane Frazier (B.A.'00, acting) will start her new position this fall as the Discipline Coordinator of Theatre and Speech at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland. She most recently served as the Theatre Program Chair at Vincennes University.

Karla Yauchler (B.F.A.'16, ceramics) had her work accepted for exhibition in the show entitled Cheers: Medalta International Exhibition of Celebratory Drinking Vessels. Tea for Two, a miniature teapot with two tea cups on a stand, will be on display at Medalta's Yuill Family Gallery, in Alberta, Canada, from Sept. 1 - Nov. 30.

Since graduation Yauchler has been entering professional shows and working with her husband on renovating a beautiful old barn that will house her studio in the future.
At the University of South Carolina, Associate Professor of Voice/Speech and Acting, Erica Tobolski (B.A.'86, theatre) collaborated with fellow professors to give voices to original manga animation created by UofSC Media Arts students. Tobolski's THEA 440 Voice Acting class provided the voice work. "Spending so much time in the studio brought a new level of real-world experience to the class," said Tobolski.
Allie Leonard
(B.M.E.'16, music education) accepted the position choral director at Lane Middle School for the 2016-17 academic year.

In March 2016, a logo created by graphic design major Stephen Danielian was chosen as the winner for the Northeast Indiana Water Trails logo contest. Twenty-six students entered from Huntington University, IVY Tech and the Department of VCD at IPFW. The winning logo will be used on items related to NEIWT, including shirts and social media.

Gregor Roth (B.F.A.'11, graphic design) is the new assistant professor of graphic design at Huntington University and will begin teaching in August. He will teach illustration and traditional and computer design, along with senior project.   

Kevin Sanders
(B.F.A.'14, modeling and animation) graduated from The DAVE School in Orlando, Florida, in 2015 and is currently working as an artist compositor at Stereo D, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He recently finalized 14 shots for the upcoming movie Star Trek and Beyond. 

Michael Rhoades (B.F.A.'15, modeling and animation) who is currently a graduate student at Virginia Tech, presented the piece "Reflections and Refractions" at
the international New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. His work showcases a mix of sound composition, modeling, rendering and abstract animation.
"Reflections and Refractions" will be presented Saturday, June 18, in the Playhouse at the Abrons Art Center, which is located on the lower east side of Manhattan, in New York City 

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Drayer Learns Gyotaku in Florida 

Fine Arts major Brenda Drayer received a student grant from VPA Dean John O'Connell to travel to Florida to learn the art of Gyotaku, which means "fish rubbing." Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own. Gyotaku has gained in popularity in the past 10 years.
Gyotaku, Japanese for fish rubbing, is done by taking a real fish and
it after the catch. Print by Brenda Drayer. 
Drayer's fascination with and love for fish drew her to this form of printmaking and is inspiring many sculptures for her B.F.A. senior thesis. In researching a master printer to learn from, she chose
Kim Workman, an artist in the Florida Keys who has done some beautiful, colorful work including public installations. Workman has traveled to South East Asia and studied with master printer Mineo Yamamota in Japan. 
Workman encouraged Drayer to better understand the color palette from an up-close perspective. She arranged for her to go snorkeling on Looe Key, which is a protected reef, where the colors were vibrant and simply amazing. Workman uses a conservation printing technique where all edible fish are eaten and bait becomes bait again. Using black ink or acrylic paint which is brushed on to an actual fish, Workman then prints the fish onto handmade paper or canvas, and employs her own technique in coloring the fish rubbing.
"I am truly grateful to Dean O'Connell and IPFW for this opportunity," Drayer reflected. "I hope other students will have an interest in expanding their educational opportunities by applying for this opportunity." Dean's Student Grant Application

Meet Christina Egbert, Business Mgr.    

The College of Visual and Performing Arts would like to welcome our new business manager Christina Egbert to our art-centric world at IPFW. Christina has been with the university since 2004, having worn many hats on campus, including that of student, earning her Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting degree in December 2014. Her previous positions on campus included University Police dispatcher and records clerk and accounting clerk for Physical Plant.

"Having been an employee of IPFW for nearly 12 years, I have obtained a great working knowledge of our campus structure, policies and procedures," said Egbert. "Being an alumni, I've established a great loyalty towards this wonderful university. My new role as business manager is an exciting step forward in my career and I look forward to meeting all of the talented individuals in VPA."

Christina has a great deal of experience with utilizing access databases, spreadsheets, SAP, COGNOS, Concur and Ariba systems. When she is not busy keeping our financial concerns in order, she enjoys home improvement projects, gardening and spending time with her family; husband Eric, daughters Ava and Vivian and their dog Niko, a Belgian Mallinois.

Graduate School - Here We Come  
The Evan Gidley Quartet performed at the 2016 IPFW Graduation reception at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum. From left to right: Casey Weaver, bass; Ryan Springer, drums; Evan Gidley, saxophone; and Andrew Nesler, piano.

Josh Pyburn
(B.F.A.,'16, sculpture) will attend Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore to work towards his M.F.A. MICA offers 19 graduate programs where artists and designers create their best work by a process of exploration and investigative method. 
Evan Gidley (B.M.'16, music performance) will attend graduate school at the University of Cincinnati.
Jarod Bendele (B.M.'16, percussion performance) will be working this fall to earn his advance degree at the University of Minnesota.
In the fall, Chad Kennerk (B.A.'09, acting) will attend The Actors Studio Drama School in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University in New York City. Click here to learn more about their M.F.A. program. Kennerk has been working as the Annual Fund Officer in Truman State University's non-profit foundation, raising funds for academic departments and student scholarships.
This fall, Barbara Nohinek (B.F.A.'14, printmaking) will be attending Lesley University, Cambridge University for her M.F.A. in printmaking.
This fall, Shad Igney (B.F.A.'15, painting) will be attending Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI in Indianapolis for his M.F.A. in painting.

Graduate School Accomplishments

Kearstyn Marie Keller
(B.A.'13,acting) earned her M.F.A. in Acting at Northern Illinois University in May 2016. She is pictured here in her senior thesis production of Anton Chekov's The Three Sisters. 
Jessie Vachon (B.F.A.'10, computer art) earned her M.F.A. in Web Design and New Media at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in May 2016. Her thesis, entitled CodeCraft: HTML and CSS Learning for Designers, features CodeCraft, a website and mobile application that will teach HTML and CSS, the fundamental building blocks of any website. With CodeCraft, designers learn HTML and CSS in more friendly terms, with visual instruction that does not require any previous knowledge of coding or coding culture. CodeCraft also includes the ability for instructors to connect and monitor student users. Click here to learn more about AAU.

Successful April Arts in South Whitley 

April Arts in South Whitley, an outreach of the IPFW Community Arts Academy, was a huge success according to Lori Starkey, One Community Board member and volunteer. This collaborative effort initiated by Dean John O'Connell and the One Community Board of Whitley County was created to provide children in South Whitley from the ages of kindergarten through grade 12 an opportunity to engage in the arts during five consecutive Saturdays in April. Instructors Morgan McClarnon, Haley Richman, Allen Etter and Jan Krist-Finkbeiner taught a total of 59 students while sharing their passion for art. The program was so well received, five more Saturday art sessions are being scheduled for October 2016. For information on this program contact Melinda Haines at 260-481-6059 or hainesmd@ipfw.edu 

Shakespearemachine Meets Ft. Wayne 

This summer, a group of IPFW Theatre alumni organized Shakespearemachine and presented their inaugural production of The Comedy of Errors from May 20 - 28, 2016, at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab.Mistaken identity, infidelity, and a possible case of demonic possession rounded out this hilarious farce.

Shakespearemachine, a new classical theatre collective in the Fort Wayne area, works to enrich, support, and enliven the community. It has been 400 years since Shakespeare's death, but this new local theater troupe is still finding ways to breathe new life into the bard's work. They are dedicated to exploring the complete works of William Shakespeare through the use of masks and unusual audience-performer relationships.

A Final Note... 
Norman W. Bradley, 80, Associate Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, died Saturday, July 23. Bradley began teaching at IPFW in 1976 and retired in 1999. He received degrees from Mexico City College (B.F.A., 1959) and University of the Americas in Mexico (M.F.A.,1964). He is survived by his wife Dixie (Landis) Bradley, their daughter and numerous relatives. "Norm was a wonderful and dependable colleague teaching painting and art history," explained John Hrehov, chair of the IPFW Department of Fine Arts. "He will always be remembered for his love of Mexico and Pre-Columbian art, which he taught for us over many years. As a painter, he was superb. I always considered Norm one of the best painters in Fort Wayne." Read full obituary.

Self Portrait, Norman W. Bradley