Bulletin 2000-2002

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 institution.

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 art.


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.

Statement from the Dean

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 Art

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.

Indianapolis Museums and Galleries

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

Terry Allen
Garo Antreasian
Richard Anuskiewicz
Christopher Brown
Roger Brown
John Buck
Deborah Butterfield
Wendall Castle
Robert Colescott
Barry Deck
Patrick Dougherty
Rackstraw Downes
Jeanne Dunning
Judith Goldman
Laurie Haycock-Makela
Kathryn Hixson
Brad Holland
Allen Hori
Robert Indiana
Alfredo Jaar
Mitchell Kane
Joyce Kozloff
Alfred Leslie
Donald Lipski
Tom Loeser
Truman Lowe
Phyllis McGibbon
Duane Michals
Barry Moser
Jim Nutt
Gladys Nilsson
Dennis Oppenheim
George Rickey
Alison Saae
Italo Scanga
Buzz Spector
William Struve
James Suris
Gail Swanlund
Jack Tworkov
Jerry Uelsmann
Ursela Von Rypingsvard
Margaret Whartton
Frances Whitehead

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