Hispanic Heritage Month

September 23rd, 2013

The Indiana University East Hispanicampus Virtual Gallery highlights World Language & Culture’s student work and projects during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Field trips for service learning, guest speakers, Day of the Dead altars, student projects and more will fill this album.

Kara Beatty, a social work major, Hispanic Studies certificate candidate, and current student of SPA 200, designed a water project over issues of water in the U.S. as they relate to Hispanics.

Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition accepting entries Sept. 23-27

September 16th, 2013

Indiana University East is accepting art entries September 23-27 for the 2013 Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition (WVAAC). The competition will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, in Whitewater Hall. Prior to the judging, there will be a juror presentation at 11:30 a.m. in Tom Raper Hall, room 124.

The top ten entries will receive a monetary award. Artists with accepted entries will be notified by Monday, October 14.This year’s competition will be juried by Buzz Spector, an artist whose artwork has been shown in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Spector has received several awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded the NBuzz Spectorational Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1982, 1985 and 1991. Spector received his B.A. in Art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his M.F.A. with the Committee on Art and Design at the University of Chicago.Spector is currently the dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University.The WVAAC receives 300 to 400 pieces of art for the competition each year. Previous entries have included works from high schools and universities, art organizations and centers and independent artists. The competition is open to all artists, age 17 and older, who live within a 300-mile radius of Richmond, Indiana.Entries for the competition may include drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, computer graphics, relief sculpture and relief. Entries must be hand-delivered to The Gallery, Whitewater Hall, on the IU East campus between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, September 23, through Friday, September 27. Entries will not be accepted after September 27.Each artist may submit up to three entries. Fees are $20 for one entry, $30 for two entries, and $40 for three entries.Accepted entries will be on exhibit in The Gallery from October 16 to December 6. The artist opening reception and awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, in Whitewater Hall.Entry forms, information on eligibility and a calendar are available at iue.edu/gallery or by calling Ed Thornburg, The Gallery curator, at IU East at (765) 973-8605.

IU East announces Wine to Water as this year’s book for “One Book, Many Voices” project

July 25th, 2013

Indiana University East will celebrate the second year of the “One Book, Many Voices” project when classes begin in August 2013. The project mission is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement.DocHendley

The featured book is Wine to Water, by Doc Hendley. Just as the subtitle indicates, the book is about “how one man saved himself while trying to save the world.” A bartender from North Carolina, Hendley became aware of the global water crisis and decided that he needed to and could do something about it.

Hendley mobilized his network of colleagues, family, and friends and began fundraising in order to contribute aid towards this cause, travelled to Darfur, entered some of the most dangerous areas in the region with little training or support, and started the work that led to the emergence of his non-profit organization, “Wine to Water.”WinetoWaterBookJacket The book tells the story of this journey and emphasizes how one individual, who possesses the willingness to act, can have a profound impact on the world.

According to Katherine Frank, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and organizer of the project, this book was selected because of its important themes and strong call to action.

Frank said when IU East decided to launch this project last year, the university was inspired by the community conversation being motivated by such initiatives as Positive Place.

“Since last year, we have seen these conversations turn to action through the help of the January BOOST/Positive Place event featuring Jim Walker, founder and president of Big Car in Indianapolis. Walker emphasized the importance of seizing the opportunity for ‘quick wins’ to help the community, and we have seen such ‘quick wins’ in the form of new community organizations like Sprout of Control, community events like City Life, and community spaces like IU East’s new downtown gallery and art studios,” Frank said.

We have also witnessed Richmond’s ‘Stellar’designation and are excited about the opportunities for positive change that this will bring. We feel that Doc Hendley’s story and message are timely and will allow us to think more about how each of us can act in order to produce positive change in our lives, community, region, and the world.”

The project will take place from August through December 2013. Hendley will visit Richmond and speak at an event open to the public on November 13 at IU East as well as at the university’s annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon on November 14. Free tickets for the event on November 13 are now available at the Office of the Bursar, located in Whitewater Hall, at IU East.

Community partners have already started thinking about possible intersections with existing and new events. Helping Young Professionals Engage Richmond (HYPE) has agreed to donate a portion of its proceeds from its annual winetasting event, “For the Love of Grapes,” to Wine to Water, book clubs are reviewing the book, and other events are being planned that will be included on the project website and community calendar. Books are available for purchase at the IU East bookstore as well as available for borrowing at the Morrisson-Reeves Library.

“The ‘One Book, Many Voices’ project was a tremendous success last year,” Frank said. “We had more than 20 community partners involved and 50 events on the project calendar. We hope to exceed these impressive numbers this year and are confident that the themes in this book and its author will resonate with the campus and the community. Wine to Water is an inspiring read.”

For more information about Doc Hendley, founder of Wine to Water, visit dochendley.com and winetowater.org. For more information about the project, please contact Katherine Frank at kpfrank@iue.edu.

IU East to establish downtown Richmond art gallery

June 26th, 2013

Indiana University East will take possession of 912 E. Main, located in downtown Richmond, on July 1, 2013. The space will house an art gallery, individual studios for faculty and students, and a classroom. It is slated to open to the public late fall semester 2013.

Planning for this space has been underway for more than a year under the direction of Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Katherine Frank.

Part of the mission of IU East as a regional, public institution is to contribute to the cultural and economic development of the communities it serves. The downtown location was selected in order to create more of a direct community presence, to make resources more accessible to the community, and to help improve the quality of life in the area.

Immediate plans focus on making the gallery and studio space operational and exploring possibilities for use of the classroom for IU East students as well as community art partners. Long term plans include to further develop community partnerships and to launch community-based initiatives that focus on the arts.

“Every event we have and partnership we develop should help to increase accessibility, educate the public about the importance of the arts, and improve the quality of life in the area,” Frank said. “Having students and faculty contribute to and experience this process will strengthen teaching and learning, and we hope lead to longstanding civic engagement and lasting philanthropic action and outlook. We are very excited about what this project means for our campus and the community.”

IU East students enrolled in a summer Art Installation course with Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts, are currently working on plans for overall configuration of the space.

“It is essential that students and faculty are directly involved with this project,” Frank said. “Their ideas, energy, vision, creativity, and belief in the arts will help vitalize this space, and at the same time help to revitalize the downtown area. It is truly an exciting time to be involved in the Fine Arts program at Indiana University East!”

“WOMEN IN ART” at the Richmond Art Museum Two Art Talks by Indiana University East Fine Arts Students

June 12th, 2013

Session #1 – Representation of Women in Western Art:

The tradition of the “female nude,” specifically “Venus paintings,” for the “malegaze;” artists that challenge this archetype, including the Guerilla Girls; women ascreators vs. women as subject matter; the representation of women
in contemporary media.
When: Wednesday, June 12, 2013: 12:45-1:45 pm
Location: McGuire Memorial Hall Auditorium, Richmond Art Museum

Session #2 – Suzanne Valadon:
19th Century artist; worked first as a nude model for artists such as Degasbefore she became a notable artist in her own right; one of the first femaleartists to actually work with the artistic convention of the female nude,deflecting and ultimately rejecting “the male gaze;” how her low-classbackground actually ended up helping her artistic production by liberating herfrom the responsibility of keeping up with “bourgeois femininity.”
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2013: 12:45-1:45 pm
Location: McGuire Memorial Hall Auditorium, Richmond Art Museum