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


Career Pathways

February 3rd, 2014

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The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) produces a program for Whitewater Community Television (WCTV) titled “Career Pathways.” The show, which airs at 9pm on WETV Channel 20, is an introduction to professionals in the Wayne County area and the paths they took from their degrees in the liberal arts and social sciences to their current careers. Hosts for the show are Dr. Katherine Frank – Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Katie Chaney – Lead Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Dean of HSS, and Chris Rogan – Part-time Music Instructor, HSS. Past guests include Bill Engle, Becky Jewison, Jodie Scheiben, Alison Zajdel, Abby Clapp, Terry Wiesehan, Brian and Ashley Derrer, Rachel Hughes, Avis Stewart, Bridget Hazelbaker, Jason Troutwine, Pat Heiny, Mary Jo Clark, Molly Vanderpool, Amy Noe, Mandy Ford and Rodrick Landess.


The upcoming schedule is as follows:


Month             Air Date          Host                            Guests

January           1/13/2013        Chris Rogan                Cheryl Gibbs and Mickey White

February         2/10/2014        Katherine Frank          Lance Crow and Olivia Miller

March              3/10/2014        Katie Chaney              Sarah Soper and Liz Ferris

April                 4/14/2014        Katie Chaney              Katie Strohm, Amy Shrock

IU East to celebrate opening of Room 912 in Downtown Richmond

January 17th, 2014

Indiana University East’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences is excited to announce the public opening of Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, in Richmond, Ind. on January 31, 2014.
The public is invited to join the celebration that begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. The 900 block of East Main Street will be closed to traffic and guests may enjoy the first exhibition on display in the Room 912 Art Gallery, “Regional Impact:  Faculty Work from the IU Regional Campuses,” tour the facility, listen to live music performed by IU East faculty and students, and visit our neighbor Ply Fiber Arts at 921 East Main Street, which will remain open and participate in the festivities. Visitors will also be able to watch the live carving of an ice-wolf sculpture outside of Room 912 at 6:30 p.m. that will help launch the Meltdown Ice Festival that will take place January 31 through February 1.

Room 912 is comprised of an art gallery, classroom, and studio space. IU East classes began in Room 912 on January 13, 2014 and the Richmond Art Museum will begin offering a few classes later this month.

RAM Room912Image“Room 912 was created in order to provide additional space for gallery exhibitions and our growing fine arts program,” said Katherine Frank, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at IU East. “We chose downtown Richmond due to its rich history, expanding business community, and future potential. As a regional institution with a mission focused on contributing to the cultural and economic development of the communities we serve, this was the perfect opportunity to position IU East as a true steward of place and to promote the partnerships so important to strengthening our community.”

One such partnership is with the Richmond Art Museum that has been in need of space for daytime art classes.

“The opportunity for RAM to offer daytime programming at Room 912 is significant in that it gives us the ability to do something we have not yet done,” said Lance Crowe, education director at RAM. “Currently classes at RAM are offered in the evenings. This new partnership with IU East offers a new flexibility to our art education programs that will allow a wider audience of individuals to experience the enrichment that comes from engaging creatively in artistic endeavor.”

Kaylyn Flora, of Richmond, Ind., is a Fine Arts major at IU East. She said the expansion of IU East’s Fine Arts department into downtown Richmond is as significant to students as it is for the community.

“The studio offers a space dedicated solely to the creation of artwork while teaching us the importance of working in a studio environment both now and after graduation. My peers and I will have the space we need to explore new mediums and techniques for art making. Sharing a space with other talented capstone students will foster a potent creative energy that will inspire each of us to create our best work yet,” Flora said. “Just as important, we are at the heart of the city, and therefore, at the heart of the community. In our downtime, we have the opportunity to explore local shops and meet local business owners. Thus, we are provided with a sense of local history that will influence and will be translated in our artwork. In doing so, we can take part in the culture that has become integral to Richmond, Ind.”

RAM classes begin on January 23 with an Adult Art Education class taught by Tom Butters. People may read more about this class as well of Taste of the Arts Tuesdays and Mommy or Daddy and Me: Child and Parent Art Classes at or by calling RAM at (765) 966-0256.

“We urge businesses and organizations to think about interesting possibilities for collaboration involving Room 912 and to consider the many ways that art can inform, enhance, and guide our personal and professional endeavors,” Frank said.  “We welcome new ideas and new partnerships and look forward to the ways that we can all work together in the downtown area and throughout our community to feature and leverage the positive points of potential throughout Richmond and Wayne County.”