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Governor Chooses Herron Art as Gifts for Asian Trip

Shaker-style box by Herron furniture design graduate Derrick Method
Shaker-style box by Herron furniture design graduate Derrick Method View print-quality image

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November 15, 2010

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Gift-giving is an important ritual in Japanese and Chinese business protocol.

As Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels practiced the ritual during his jobs mission through China and Japan, he gave East Asian company executives and government officials the work of students from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.

Earlier this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation worked with administrators from Herron’s Basile Center of Art, Design and Public Life to offer students and faculty an opportunity to submit works of art representing Indiana that could be replicated as gifts for the governor to exchange during his jobs trip. Thirteen students and faculty members presented pieces and Governor Daniels selected three for this year’s mission gifts.

Daniels’ final selections included a handcrafted ceramic vase by pottery student David Nagy; a wooden Shaker-style box by Herron furniture design graduate Derrick Method; and a handmade silk scarf by printmaking Assistant Professor Meredith Setser.

"We’re always telling the story of Indiana’s business climate to our friends in China and Japan, and there’s no better way to share a small glimpse of the talent and ingenuity of Hoosiers than through these works, crafted by such talented Indiana artists,” said Daniels.

The IEDC purchased the gifts using private contributions from the IEDC Foundation. No state funds are used to pay for the state’s overseas jobs missions.

“Working with Governor Daniels’ team to design and craft original gifts for this year’s jobs mission has been an enriching, educational and cultural experience for our students, in addition to providing a powerful addition to their portfolios,” said Kathy Pataluch, director of the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life. “No other art and design school in the country offers these types of opportunities, and we were thrilled to partner with the governor’s team on this one-of-a-kind project.”

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Photo of Nagy’s pottery presented as gifts during the mission:
www.in.gov/gov/files/Photos_2010/gift3.jpg

Photo of Method’s boxes presented as gifts during the mission:
www.in.gov/gov/files/Photos_2010/gift2.jpg

Photo of Setser’s scarves presented as gifts during the mission:
www.in.gov/gov/files/Photos_2010/gift1.jpg