Herron School of Art
||Herron Fester Hall (HF) 201
1701 North Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
(317) 920-2416 / (317) 920-2418
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Herron School of Art
The Herron School of Art boasts a rich tradition. The roots of the school
were planted in 1877, when the first school in Indiana dedicated to the teaching
of art on a professional level was established. After several years of
intermittent instruction, the school resumed on a permanent basis in 1902. The
Herron School of Art has completed almost 100 years of uninterrupted education
in art. Through the years, the school has become a nationally recognized
In 1967 the Herron School of Art became a school of Indiana University. Two
years later, with the creation of the Indiana University–Purdue University
Indianapolis (IUPUI), Herron became part of this innovative approach to higher
education. As a professional art school within a university, Herron offers
students a full range of university resources. Yet Herron retains the
comfortable, efficient size and friendly spirit of an independent college of
The primary mission of the Herron School of Art is to provide quality
education for students committed to careers in the visual arts, including
ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, visual
communication, furniture design, art education, and art history. Herron also
offers courses to provide visual literacy and an understanding of the visual
arts for students who are not majoring in art, and for other interested members
of the community, including precollege students. The school’s size,
numerous programs, and location in downtown Indianapolis create multiple
opportunities for students to grow in their own disciplines. For more
information about Herron School of Art, visit our World Wide Web page at http://www.herron.iupui.edu.
Herron School of Art welcomes students from all backgrounds. We give students
a good foundation to build upon before they chose the majors they pursue. We
have talented faculty who encourage student growth and creativity. We evaluate
students’ skills throughout the program but extensively in their sophomore
year to make sure they will be able to succeed in a competitive market. We are
excited about the opportunities in which students are participating. They take
advantage of traveling abroad, gallery exhibits, internships, and learning about
the rapidly changing computer technology that is going to give art a new look
into the twenty-first century. Degrees from Herron enable students to be
creative problem solvers who will make a difference in our society.
The Herron School of Art educates students seeking professional careers in
the fine arts, visual communication, art history, and art education. Degrees
currently offered are the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), the Bachelor of Arts
(B.A.) in art history, the Bachelor of Art Education (B.A.E.), and the Master of
Art Education (M.A.E.).
The Herron School of Art is an accredited institutional member of the
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Herron is also
accredited as a school of Indiana University by the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools and by the Teacher Training Licensing Commission of the
Indiana State Board of Education.
The Herron School of Art faculty is made up of artists, designers, art
historians, art educators, and scholars engaged in the integrated activities of
teaching and research. Faculty in the school believe a high level of
professional activity not only enhances teaching but also provides students with
models upon which to pattern their own careers. The faculty is consistently
recognized with awards, commissions, exhibitions, and publications both
regionally and nationally. The expertise of the Herron faculty is further
extended by a program of visiting artists and lecturers from the Indianapolis
community and throughout the nation.
Herron Gallery: The Indianapolis Center for Contemporary
The Herron Gallery is a nonprofit visual art gallery that provides the
community, local high school students, and IUPUI students, faculty, and staff
with daily, firsthand exposure to contemporary works of art created by regional,
national, and international artists.
The gallery is committed to a program of seven exhibits each year that
explore all areas of visual artistic expression. The gallery holds annual
student and senior exhibitions, and it facilitates an ongoing series of faculty
exhibitions in its 1,800 square feet.
Each year’s exhibit schedule is coordinated with the school’s lecture
series to provide a broader understanding of the works presented at any given
time. In addition, workshops are conducted by visiting/exhibiting artists to
give students the opportunity to work directly with recognized professionals.
The gallery is intended as an educational resource for students as well as
the community. Each exhibit is accompanied by an announcement and a public
opening. A mailing list exists for anyone interested in receiving gallery
information. Informal talks are available, and group visits are encouraged.
The gallery is staffed by a full time director/curator and hourly student
employees placed through the university’s work-study program. The gallery is
open to the public, free of charge, during the academic year, with additional
exhibitions and hours that vary. Interested persons may visit the gallery,
located in the Museum Building at Herron School of Art. Call for current gallery
hours and an exhibition schedule at (317) 920-2420.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is housed in a spectacular facility on the
former Eli Lilly estate at Oldfields. This fine museum features a notable
permanent collection and a lively program of changing exhibitions.
Several art galleries are in the Indianapolis area, including one operated by
the Herron School of Art. The Herron Gallery maintains an exciting program of
changing exhibitions, serves as Indianapolis’ center for contemporary art, and
annually focuses on works by Herron students and faculty.
Guest Artists and Lecturers
Ursela Von Rypingsvard