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Expressions Archive: September 2012

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John Hrehov Opening in Chelsea

John Hrehov drawing

Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to announce John Hrehov, Shades from Black to White, on view from October 11 through November 10, 2012, his sixth solo show at Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea. Hrehov works evoke his continued interest in the theme of man living with nature. Utilizing the artist’s signature labor-intensive pointillist technique, he uses shades of white, black and gray, focusing specifically on urban settings  juxtaposing patterns onto the surface to represent elements of wind, rhythm and sound. The Bibro exhibition will include many works from Hrehov’s exhibition shown at the  IPFW Visual Arts Gallery in 2011.  Hrehov is professor of fine arts and chair of the IPFW Department of Fine Arts.

These drawings – most created within the past four years – explore the development of his signature allegorical realist mode, a meditation on the natural and spiritual world, infused with surrealism and mystery.  The technique is slow and deliberate, working to create an optical mixing of values using charcoal on paper.

The latest phase is unsurprisingly heralded by a series of charcoal drawings, masterly in Hrehov’s handling of the medium, and richer than any that went before. Gone is any suggestion of photo-realism. Equally, any tinge of the abrasively schematic is likewise absent. These drawings are notable for the full development of a code of patternistic detail that contains and organizes the impacted imagery as easily and compellingly as the music contains the narrative of a folk song”               ~ Audrey Ushenko, Professor IPFW Department of Fine Arts

John Hrehov has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and is represented exclusively by Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, New York.  He has taught drawing and painting at IPFW since 1989. You can view this collection at Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4W, Chelsea, New York City, N.Y., Oct. 11 – Nov. 10, 2012. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 a.m.

Student Actors Featured in Mini-FilmsStudent Actors Featured in Mini-Films

Student Actors Featured in Mini-Films

Over the summer, IPFW theater students Halee Bandt and Brian Warner had a fabulous opportunity to be featured in a series of 14 mini-films produced by Fort Wayne’s Bokeh Films to promote Junior Achievement’s innovative classroom known as Biztown. Biztown’s programs are designed to demystify economic concepts and make commerce accessible to students in grades K-12 by offering them hands-on experience in the business world.

In the films Halee and Brian, both sophomore theatre majors, present relevant information in a newsy, interactive style, informing and inviting kids visiting Biztown to take on a variety of roles related to business. It gives the students visiting Biztown for the day an idea of what to expect.

Lena Yarian, president of Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, was extremely happy with both the final product and the experience of working with Halee and Brian. “The students are extremely talented and had really high energy. I think their work will be perfect for motivating our visitors to Biztown.” When asked if she would work with IPFW students again her reply was immediate, “Absolutely! I would absolutely work with IPFW students again in the future.”

Both students will be featured in the Department of Theatre’s upcoming production of The Miser by Molière that runs in Williams Theatre from Sept. 28 – Oct. 7, 2012. Bandt will take on the role of Marianne and Warner will play the Sargent. Molière’s 17th-century comic masterpiece is set against the backdrop of the chic, carefree, romantic Paris of the 1920s.  Harpagon, a wealthy, money-grubbing, old widower is in love with his money! When he decides to marry off his two children for profit against their wishes, and chooses for his new bride the object of his son’s desires, there is a mad dash to unite the children with their rightful partners and to separate the old man from his beloved fortune. Tickets are $14 and under.  Visit The Miser for more information or call the IPFW Box Office at 260-481-6555.

VPA Welcomes New Music Faculty

Daniel Tembras, Visiting Instructor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies

  • Degree: D.M.A. in wind conducting, University of Texas at Austin, B.M., Michigan State University.
  • Previously: Assistant to the director of bands, director of the Longhorn Jazz Band and Combo, and assistant director of the Longhorn basketball and volleyball bands, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Other Experience: Transcribed Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land Suite for wind ensemble and voices. World premiere with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, 2011. Served as guest conductor of the East Lansing Kiwanis Band and Michigan State University Community Music School.
  • Duties: Conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Campus Symphonic Band, teaches conducting and music education courses, and coordinates the woodwind, brass, percussion and string areas. 
  • Associations: Member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association, the Texas Music Educators Association and the International Trumpet Guild and is a frequent clinician in the state of Michigan. 

Jennifer Regan Volk, continuing lecturer/Philharmonic mentor of flute; principal flute Fort Wayne Philharmonic

  • Degree: M.M. Northern Arizona University, B.M. Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Previously: Fort Wayne Philharmonic member since 2001. Faculty member, Northern Arizona University and Maryville College; member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra,  Flagstaff Symphony and the Fontana Festival of Music and Art in Michigan. 
  • Recent appearances: St. Barthélemy Island 2012 Music Festival; Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), including the CSO 2008 New York tour and 2008 and 2012 European tours; guest artist Arizona Flute Society, Tucson Flute Club and Sedona Chamber Music Festival.
  • Awards: First Prize, 2003 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition; Janet Latz Professional Development Scholarship.

See the Future of VCD at Visions 2012

VCD photography student Mary CartwrightThe Garrett Museum of Art will feature Visions 2012, a major exhibition of student work from the IPFW Department of Visual Communication and Design (VCD). The exhibition, which will run from September 21 through November 4, 2012, will feature 2D and 3D work from all three concentrations offered through VCD, including animation and modeling, graphic design and imaging and photography.  All of the student work was completed during the 2011-2012 academic year. An artists’ reception will be held September 21 from 6-8 p.m.        

The Garrett Museum of Art is located at 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett, Indiana The museum is open Fridays 5-8 p.m., Saturdays 4-7 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. Visions 2012 will be on display from Sept. 21 through Nov. 4, 2012.  For more information call 260-357-4917 or visit the Garrett Museum of Art.

Students Create Costumes for The Miser

Students Create Costumes for The Miser

When The Miser opens September 28 in Williams Theatre, the comic farce by Molière will feature four very unique costumes created from start to finish by equally unique and talented students. All four costumes, designed by Craig A. Humphrey, associate professor of costume design, have been assigned to individual students. They will draft original patterns to recreate the costume renderings they have been given.  Known as cutter/drapers in the costume shop for this project, they are also responsible for seeing the costumes through to completion. They include the following:

  • Stevie Lockridge: Halee Bandt’s costume for the role of Marianne
  • Heidi Christensen: Amanda Simpkin’s costume for the role of Frosine
  • Amber Klinker: Carly Thompson’s costume for the role of Mademoiselle Simone
  • Jessica Sokolowski: Kearstyn Keller’s costume for the role of Élise

“It’s so exciting to see each of these students doing graduate level work during their senior year, said Jeanne Pendleton, costume shop supervisor. “It is very rare for our department to have four costume assistants at the same time who are this talented.  We usually only have one student each year in the costume shop rise to this level of accomplishment.”

For more information on seeing these fabulous garments live and in person be sure to attend The Miser.

Etter Takes People’s Choice Award

Allen Etter, VCD visiting instructor of video and media, won the first prize People’s Choice Award at this year’s Fort Wayne Museum of Art Chalk Walk for his recreation of Norman Rockwell’s illustration, “The Homecoming.” Held each year in conjunction with the Three Rivers Festival, it’s estimated that as many as 22,000 people viewed Chalk Walk on July 14 and 15, 2012. The event is the largest community art project in the region.

Paste Magazine Features Paintings by Jan Krist

Fine arts major Jan Krist-Finkbeiner, better known to the music world as Jan Krist, was featured in the August 23, 2012, issue of Paste Magazine published an article on songwriters who paint, sharing the work of 23 songwriters, including three paintings by Krist. Paste Magazine is a music industry weekly publication offering reviews and articles on musicians whose work is considered noteworthy. You can read the article and view the paintings at Paste Magazine 

Music Students Perform in Rome

In July vocal performance majors Brianna Gamble and  Drew Low were chosen to participate in Operafestival di Roma, a summer opera workshop in Rome, Italy. Low played Monostatos in Mozart’s The Magic Flute  and Gamble was in the chorus of The Magic Flute and played Conversa in Puccini’s Suor AngelicaOperafestival di Roma is a non-profit educational institution that offers opportunities for musicians from all nations to study and perform opera in Italy in the summer. Performances are staged in a variety of venues in central Rome. They are fully staged with period costumes, props and lighting. Students receive four weeks of master classes in voice and conversational Italian culminating in a series of opera performances and recitals. University credit is available to all participants at no additional cost.

VPA Faculty Shine During 2012 Convocation

The 2012 Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Fall Convocation was held Monday, August 20, at noon in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center. Senior IPFW administrators announced promoted and tenured faculty and recipients of several significant awards. Seven members of the College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty were congratulated during the ceremony. 

  • James Gabbard, VCD continuing lecturer of imaging and photography, was the recipient of the 2012 IPFW Community Advisory Council's Service to Students Award. The award is given in recognition for outstanding contributions to students through academic advising, personal counseling and mentoring programs. Gabbard was nominated because his counseling has allowed his students to look beyond immediate issues “to broader vistas of the creative experience.”
  • Nancy Jackson, associate professor and director of music therapy received the IPFW Faculty/Staff Community Engagement Award.  Jackson developed research studies in collaboration with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on the effect of listening to live music and how that impacted the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  This effort has provided new information that could be significant in understanding the disease.
  • Linda M. Wright Bower, assistant professor of music therapy, received the 2012 Friends of the University Outstanding Teacher Award.
  • Kenneth Johnson, continuing lecturer in music, received the DECCO Award for Innovative Online Teaching
  • Dana Goodman, associate professor of fine arts was promoted to full professor.
  • John Hrehov is the new chair for the Department of Fine Arts.
  • Daniel Tembras has joined the Department of Music as visiting instructor and interim director of instrumental studies.

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VCD alumna Monica Gerdeman ('11, photography) has accepted a position as a staff writer for the Putnam County Sentinel in Ottawa, Ohio. Gerdeman’s position includes photography, writing, graphic design and layout. The Putnam County Sentinel is a weekly award-winning newspaper recognized by the Ohio Newspaper Association as one of the best weekly publications in Ohio.

Department of Theatre alumnus Brent Bruin ('09) is now the workroom supervisor for the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, California. Brent is in charge of managing the costume shop for three theatre spaces including The Kirk Douglas Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theater. Bruin’s current shows include Red, Elephant Room and November. You can catch up on the shows Bruin is working on by visiting Center Theatre Group.

Art education graduate Erin McKeever ('12) now is teaching art at Lafayette Meadows Schools for the  Southwest Allen County School Corporation.  Erin is replacing Sachiko Janek ('09 art education) who is moving out of state.

VCD graphic design student Nathan Runda is an award finalist in the illustration category of the 2012 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Awards. ACP is the oldest and largest national organization for college and university student journalists.  Runda's winning work was used in November 2011 as a cover illustration for The Communicator, IPFW's student newspaper. 

The cover of the new VCD student handbook features a photographic floral image by Jacqueline Warfield. Warfield is the VCD secretary and IPFW student.

Alma Hoffman, assistant professor of graphic design, participated in an online design discussion hosted by Diane Gibbs, assistant professor of graphic design at the University of South Alabama on June 6, 2012. The focus of the webcast was “the importance of doodling and sketching.” You can see and hear the discussion online.

Professor of fine arts Audrey Ushenko has been commissioned by the state of Illinois to create a painting at the Illinois State Museum (ISM) Chicago Gallery. The ISM Chicago Gallery exhibits and promotes the work of contemporary and historical Illinois artists. You can find out more about the ISM.

Ushenko also completed her fourth year as a teacher and featured speaker at the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. Located on Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution is in southwestern New York state. It is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through programs that explore the important religious, social and political issues of our times. More than 700,000 people visit Chautauqu a Institution each summer. For more on Ushenko's lecture pdf.

Mikhael Antone, VCD assistant professor in imaging and photography, has had her photographic work Train Yard published by 3200K, producing both a weekly online magazine and quarterly printed journal. 3200K seeks to create exhibition opportunities for emerging artists and features works made with light-based media employing traditional analog photographic methods. You can view the full story.

VCD alumna Karrine Williams ('11) recently published four photos with credits in the July 2012 issue of Fort Wayne Glo magazine. Glo is a free woman's lifestyle magazine for the greater Fort Wayne area whose mission is to provide women fresh, local perspectives on health, family, beauty and living trends.