Students release journal of creative works, writing

May 5th, 2014

The Tributaries Release Party was held May 1 at the Whitewater Art Gallery in Whitewater Hall. Students read selections from their published works and gave away copies of the books to attendants. Tributaries is the annual student-produced journal of creative works, featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art by IU East students.

Student Showcase in Meijer Artway

May 5th, 2014

Indiana University East and Purdue University College of Technology in Richmond students now have their work on display in the Meijer Artway through Friday, May 2. Students exhibiting work were in fine arts classes at IU East during the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.

Instructors selected pieces for monetary awards during the artists’ reception March 26. Stagg Safety of Richmond sponsored the awards.

Two-Dimensional Art
First Place – Niko Natali, Somerville, Ohio
Second Place – Kelsey Rubright, Campbellstown, Ohio
Third Place – Patrick O’Neal, Richmond, Ind.
Honorable Mentions –Patrick Allred, Modoc, Ind.; Sheyenne Adams, Winchester, Ind.; and Davis Himes, Connersville, Ind.

Three-Dimensional Art
First Place – Richard Spence, Eaton, Ohio, and Megan Templeton, Richmond, Ind.
Second Place – Amber Brown, Oxford, Ohio
Third Place – Sarah Miller, Connersville, Ind.
Honorable Mention – Arianna Cook, Richmond, Ind.

For more information, call Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at (765) 973-8605 or visit

Senior Capstone Art Exhibition open at Room 912

May 5th, 2014

The Senior Capstone Art Exhibition, which includes works by nine Indiana University East seniors, is on display in the Room 912 Gallery, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond.

The exhibition is on display May 2-May 30. It is free and open to the public.

IU East’s Fine Arts Program requires students to complete a Senior Capstone Project to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts. Each student must create an original body of work in their area of concentration during their senior year and display their creations in a final exhibition.

Students exhibiting their artwork include Joe Clapp from Eaton, Ohio; Arianna Cook from Cambridge City, Ind.; Jami Dingess from Lynn, Ind.; Kaylyn Flora from Eldorado, Ohio; Kelsey Rubright from Cambellstown, Ohio; and Melissa Whicker, Christin Hampton, Kaly Reichter, and Brittany Williams, all from Richmond, Ind.

Williams said she never thought that she would be in a position where she could make her thoughts and opinions about the world visible to the people around her. She added that the capstone project has opened her eyes to the limitless materials and subjects that the art world encompasses.

“My view on what art is and what it can be has totally changed. When I first started my capstone I had such a closed mind as to what would be considered art and this really hindered my artistic ability for the body of work I was creating,” Williams said. “I have learned through my capstone process that art is what you make it, and when you create art it is bound to go through changes and evolutions. As an artist it is the changes and evolutions that I have come to cherish because they have made me a better artist. Before capstone, I never referred to myself as an artist, but capstone is definitely letting me accept the title. I have a long way to go but I am ready for the ride.”

Room 912 gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Senior Art Exhibition

Student Art Sale is going on now at IU East’s Room 912

April 8th, 2014

The Art Club at Indiana University East is holding its first Student Art Sale now through April 24. The sale includes paintings of various media and scale, drawings, and glazed functional ceramic ware.

All current students at IU East were eligible to bring in art work to sell. The student sale is unique in that unlike other art shows and exhibitions on campus, the students are in charge of making the sale happen from recruiting, pricing, installing and displaying the work. IU East Art Club co-presidents, Eric Hall and Sarah Miller, organized the Student Art Sale.

“A student run art sale can be very beneficial to students who are interested in how to sell their art work. It helps people on how to price their work. As for the Art Club, it really helps us bring in some extra funding for future events, and we get to experience how to set up a sale by ourselves,” Miller said.

Hall said, “The student art sale also gives the community a sense of what art is being created locally. Richmond is known for its roots in music, so bringing the arts into the community is exciting.”

The public is welcome to visit the Student Art Sale at IU East Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, in Richmond, Ind., from 9 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 1 p.m. on Saturday. Payments are by arrangement with the student-artist.

Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts, said the inaugural Student Art Sale is a great opportunity for the community to see what the students are making and creating on and off campus.

“We have some incredibly talented students, and there is bound to be something for everyone at the sale. It is also an invaluable experience for the students as they are learning entrepreneurial skills through organizing and promoting the sale, skills that are essential to be successful in any creative field,” Kim said.

IU East, RAM to host first Cork and Canvas April 18

March 25th, 2014

Richmond, Ind. – Indiana University East and the Richmond Art Museum invites the community to participate in “Cork and Canvas” from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014. The inaugural “Cork and Canvas” will be held at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, Richmond, Ind.

The cost is $35 and includes art supplies. Wine may be purchased at the event. Participants must be age 21 and over.

Dean of the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences Katherine Frank said, “Programming at IU East’s Room 912 continues to grow, and we are excited to expand our partnership with the Richmond Art Museum as we bring a series to Richmond that has long been suggested by the community. There is much excitement about the Cork and Canvas series, and we are delighted to be able to help the community enjoy this opportunity led by exceptional artists.”

Well-known Indiana artists, Mary Ann Davis and Carol Strock Wasson, will provide step-by-step instruction to create your own masterpiece while sipping a favorite drink! Gather your friends for a colorful group experience. All painting supplies are provided including an apron to keep you looking your best.

“Unlike similar events in surrounding communities, Cork and Canvas at IU East’s Room 912, will feature two exceptional Indiana artisans who will conduct the class. RAM’s relationship with professional Indiana artists, will enhance the students understanding of the painting process. The event will foster an atmosphere of enjoyment, learning and creativity,” said Shaun Dingwerth, executive director of the Richmond Art Museum.

Mary Ann Davis enjoys the challenge of painting on location and has a reputation as one of Indiana’s premier outdoor painters. Her paintings celebrate nature, emphasizing color and atmosphere. Her works have been included in American Art Review, Pastel Journal and Southwest Art and two Painting Indiana books. She exhibits widely, winning top awards. Her willingness to share her knowledge has earned her a reputation as an outstanding artist and instructor. She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and the Chicago Pastel.

Carol Strock Wasson is devoted to plein air painting and is always venturing forth into new areas with pastel or oil. She is focused on painting with spontaneity and freshness. Her dedication is evident in awards and entry into prestigious shows across the country. Most recently she received the Silver Medal Award at Indiana Heritage Arts in 2007. Other shows include Hoosier Salon, Arts for Parks, Pastel Society of America, and Pastels USA. Wasson was one on 10 artists to participate in Painting Indiana II, the second in a series of books produced by Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA). She is a supporting member of numerous organizations locally and nationally. She is represented by Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, and Editions Limited, Indianapolis.

Spots may be reserved by contacting by contacting the Richmond Art Museum via email at or by calling (765) 966-0256.Room912Image