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Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2007

Celebrating IU with art

Sept. 27, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Exhibits of art, sculpture and photography will be featured on Indiana University's campuses throughout Celebrate IU week, which will take place Oct. 13-21.

Marjorie Schick

Marjorie Schick, In Henri's Garden, 2003 Marjorie Schick, Photograph Gary Pollmiller

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The exhibits, which are all free and open to the public, emphasize one of IU's most important missions, according to President Michael McRobbie.

"At one point in his career, Herman Wells vowed that he would not be satisfied until there were singing societies and art classes for all who wanted them in every county," McRobbie said. "Thanks to his vision, all of IU's eight campuses are centers of art and culture for the regions they serve. In assembling this exhibit, our goals have been to highlight the creative work of the faculty on all of our campuses and demonstrate the impact they have on our students and the larger community."

Art works by faculty from IU's campuses will be displayed in a special exhibit entitled "Celebrating Creative IU Faculty" at the School of Fine Arts Gallery on the Bloomington campus. The exhibit was organized by Adelheid M. Gealt, director of the IU Art Museum.

"The Museum of Art and the School of Fine Arts are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate the work from our sister campuses," Gealt said. "Being surrounded by talented people and the objects that they have created is one of the most pleasurable aspects of living and working on all IU campuses."

The gallery is open seven days a week.

Natori Shunsen

Natori Shunsen, Japanese, 1886-1960, Sawada Shojiro as Hayashi Buhei, 1927, From the series, Collection of Shunsen Portraits, Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Shin Hanga, published by Watanabe

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Celebrate IU week will also feature two other special exhibits on the Bloomington campus. The first, "Images of Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies," will include rare photos, images and documents dated from 1884. Organized by IU archivist Phil Bantin, it will be on display Oct. 12-20 in the Lilly Library.

The second exhibit is a multimedia video collage of IU's regional campuses. It will feature archival and present-day images and include fast facts, prominent graduates and a quiz about each campus. The video runs on a 20-minute loop and will be played in various public areas on the Bloomington campus.

The IU Art Museum will have several special exhibits open during Celebrate IU week, two of which focus on metalsmith art, specifically jewelry. "Sculpture Transformed: The Work of Marjorie Schick" will be at the museum Oct. 6-Dec. 16. Schick, who received a Master of Fine Arts degree from IU, is an internationally recognized sculptor and jewelry designer.

A related exhibit, "Field of Vision: Contemporary Jewelry and Hollowware," will be on display at the School of Fine Arts Gallery and will feature the work of 17 internationally recognized contemporary metalsmiths Oct. 12-Nov. 17.

A third show, "The Second Wave: Modern Japanese Prints from Bloomington Collections," featuring 40 prints from the early 20th Century will run Oct. 6-Dec. 16.

The visual arts play an important role throughout IU and all of the campuses have galleries or display space. Art exhibits are being held on all campuses throughout the fall and are being featured during Celebrate IU week. They include:

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
"Expressive Bodies: Contemporary Art Photography From the Kinsey Institute," on display at the Herron School of Art and Design Gallery Oct. 19-Nov. 18. The exhibit features original prints from the Kinsey Institute's permanent collection. Photographs are by contemporary artists and address ideas about sexuality and gender, while exploring the visual impact of the human figure. This exhibit is suitable for adults.

"Dreamscapes," on display in the Marsh Gallery at Herron Oct. 5-21, will feature work by Herron students Greg Ajamie and Cindy Hinant.

IU East
Intricate weavings and mixed media arts are part of Armen Babayev's exhibit, "From Russia With Art," at IU East's Meijer Artway until Oct. 19. The exhibit also features batik on silk and water color paintings. Babayev, who teaches art in Tver, Russia, studied interior design and decoration with a specialization in tapestry and upholstery at Strogarnovskoye Art College in Moscow. Babayev was a visiting artist to IU East eight years ago and is back to display some of his newer art pieces.

IU Kokomo
Deborah Boardman explores Kokomo's past and native people, including the Miami Indians, in her exhibit, "Flux of the Matter," Oct. 19-Nov. 18. She explores space, time and the power within using a variety of formats that include instillation, objects making and painting, while borrowing images from Miami Indians and French history.

IU Northwest
Experience life as a soldier during World War II through Phil Drell's photographic journal, "Through My Eyes: Views of Life from Home Front to the Battle Front," Oct. 1-26, at IU Northwest Art Gallery. Drell documented his life in photographs, beginning at Camp Henry Hormer and ending at the Dachau Concentration Camp. Gallery director Ann Fritz said the exhibit will be of particular interest to those interested in history, journalism and sociology.

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
Take a photographic journey through human rhythms of life and death through Benita Brewer's exhibit, "Time: Body, Soul, and Spirit," through Oct. 19 in the Visual Arts Gallery. This exhibit encourages participation as it explores the stages of life and life after. Brewer is an assistant professor who teaches visual design and history at IPFW.

IU South Bend
The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery at IU South Bend is featuring a "Faculty Exhibition" through Oct. 19. "The Vision for Space Exploration Experience," a NASA exhibit, will also take place on Oct. 15 and 16 in the Adams parking lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

IU Southeast
"Faces in the Crowd: A Portrait Invitational" through Nov. 1 at the Ronald L. Barr Gallery, focuses on the human face. It features the work of IU Southeast faculty and local artists. The exhibit showcases prints and digital images by faculty members Brian Jones and Marilyn Whitesell. There are also several ceramic masks by John Guenther, oil paintings by Debra Clem and drawings by Susan Moffett.