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Year-End Celebration Offers Look at Top-Ranked Herron Program

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April 9, 2012

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Revelers who join Herron School of Art and Design’s year-end celebration will get a good sense of all that Herron has to offer, including evidence why U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Graduate Schools ranks The Master of Fine Arts program at Herron 20th among public universities and 45th overall.

The festivities take place from 5 to 9 p.m., May 3, 2012, and include:

• the annual announcement of honors and awards at the IUPUI Campus Center;
• the opening of the 2012 M.F.A. Exhibition and other exhibits in the Herron Galleries; and
• an Eskenazi Hall-wide open house.

“It’s remarkable that Herron has reached this rank when our M.F.A. programs have had only three graduating classes,” said Dean Valerie Eickmeier. “Next academic year, we’re launching programs in three additional studio disciplines plus Art Therapy. I expect that as our graduates fan out across the globe, our reputation will only grow.

“This recognition is a testament to the quality of our faculty, the students’ work, Herron’s unique approach to learning and our commitment to providing ample professional practice experiences for students who desire them.

The Robert B. Berkshire, Eleanor Prest Reese and Dorit and Gerald Paul Galleries will feature five Visual Communication graduates and all fine art graduates with the exception of Rob Wolley, who will build out a special installation using the architecture of the Basile Gallery for his work.

Gallery Director Paula Katz said, “The M.F.A. show is one of my absolute favorite shows of the year because you truly get to see the accomplishments of the students over the last 20 months. It is amazing to see how they expand their practice, develop their theories and put new techniques into play.

A new feature of the annual celebration will be a show of works by Mildred Darby Menz Award nominees in the Marsh Gallery. “Craig McDaniel ([associate dean and professor) suggested the Menz exhibition,” said Katz. “It will highlight some of the exceptionally talented seniors graduating from Herron this May.”

Established in 1978, the Menz Award recognizes a graduating senior who demonstrates promise of substantial achievement and plans to continue his or her studies in the U.S. or abroad.


This year there are nine Menz Award nominees: Renee Farina, McKenzie Hogan and Ruth Melin, all art history students; Laura Hergenroether, photography; Bootsarin Kumthip, general fine arts (sculpture and furniture design); Jennifer Padgett, printmaking; Marna Shopoff and Joanna Tanaskovich, painting; and Benjamin Sunderlin, sculpture. The winner will be honored during the announcement of honors and awards.