Ars Administration students take their show on the stage . . . and in the gallery
The Arts Administration students took to stage and gallery with their second annual showcase of talent at the Waldron Arts Center earlier this spring. With students who are talented both academically and artistically, the Arts Administration program has been called one of IU’s most distinctive programs.
The entertainment began with an art gallery opening, presenting works by graduate students Pamela Bliss and Stephanie Dowdy-Nava. Their pieces featured an assortment of oil paints and mixed media. Both graduate students displayed seven selections of their own artwork.
“This is really a chance for artists in the administration program to show their work to the community,” said graduate student Kayla Lanham, the co-chair of the event.
Viewers were able to walk through the gallery on the lower level of the Waldron Arts Center during the informal art exhibit and talk one-on-one with the artists, Lanham said. Bliss was able to borrow three commissioned pieces she made for IUPUI for the weekend exhibit.
The second segment of the program was highlighted with performances from 11 IU graduate students and artists with degrees in arts and administration, who provided live music, dance, and entertainment in the Waldron Auditorium.
Even though most Arts Administration students may not go on to a professional career as an artist or entertainer, the opportunity to show their work is an invaluable way to gain perspective of management issues for art organizations and venues.
At right: “Papel Picado,” by Stephanie Dowdy-Nava, MA in Arts Administration, ’07; Acrylic, Mixed Media on Panel, 6" x 8 ".