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Herron, Indianapolis City Ballet to collaborate on photo retrospective

Acclaimed fashion, film and dance photographer Roy Round will visit IUPUI's Herron School of Art and Design June 12 for a private opening of "Captured: Expression," a retrospective of his ballet photographs from the 1950s to today.

captured: expression

Photo by Roy Round, 1993

The opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Marsh and Basile Galleries at the Herron School. Tickets are $50 and include a complimentary exhibition catalog. The exhibition will open free of charge to the public June 14 and run through July 17 in the Marsh and Basile Galleries.

A native of London, Round has photographed for magazines, major fashion houses and British subjects that include Queen Elizabeth II and actress Joanna Lumley (best known to American audiences for her role as Pasty Stone in the BBC comedy "Absolutely Fabulous").

Round has been equally celebrated for, and most passionate about, his dance photography. His images capture stars from the pantheon of ballet including Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Dame Margo Fonteyn.

Herron has partnered with the Indianapolis City Ballet to present the "Captured: Expression" exhibition.

Indianapolis City Ballet board members and Herron supporters Robert Hesse and Jane Fortune were the driving force behind bringing Herron and the ballet together.

"This seems a perfect partnership to better link the arts and bring programs of international import to Indianapolis," said Hesse.

Indianapolis City Ballet Executive Director Kevin Hesse, who produced the exhibition, praised the resources that Herron was able to provide, including gallery space, curatorial assistance and exhibition production. "Combined with the creativity of the students and the energy of the campus, the Herron Galleries are an ideal environment," he said. "There is already interest in the exhibit traveling to London and North Carolina."

Herron students were also drawn into helping develop the exhibition. The opening invitation and catalog were designed by seniors Alice Reiter and Shea Strauss, respectively.

"Round's photography ranges from the journalistic to the artistic," said Herron visual communications Professor Paula Differding. "So the challenge was to create materials that express the character and importance of his work across these styles and still be designerly."

"Our immediate goal is to expand the audience. For too long ballet has been seen as an elitist art form, and we're here to change that," says the ballet's Director of Marketing Elli Baker. "The development of a company, the presentation of guest artists and more will follow."

Jane Fortune, whom Herron and Indiana University recently recognized with an honorary doctorate, said, "I am passionate about the fine arts and an advocate for Herron's programs, so to bring this collection to Herron, IUPUI and the wider community gives me great pleasure."

For more information about the event or to attend, contact Elli Baker at 317-339-1413. Tickets may also be purchased online at