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The Herron School of Art Centennial: Students and Teachers, 19021950
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is exhibiting The Herron School of Art Centennial: Students and Teachers, 19021950.
According to a capsule history in the Herron School of Art website "The Herron School of Art boasts a rich tradition. The roots of the school were planted in 1877, when the Indiana School of Art was established as the first school in Indiana dedicated to the teaching of art on a professional level. In 1883, the school became the Art Association of Indianapolis. In 1895, John Herron, a frugal farmer and land speculator, bequeathed most of his fortune to the association, which was headed by suffragette and educator May Wright Sewell. As a result of John Herron's gift, Herron School of Art sprang to life in 1902. Its buildings were officially dedicated in 1906. Herron's museum building was the second facility in the nation built expressly for art education. Herron's first wave of faculty included T.C. Steele, Rudolf Schwartz, J. Ottis Adams, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, and Richard Gruelle, who were influential in the Brown County and Dune schools of painting." (right: Henrik Martin Mayer (American, 1908-1972), Halloween Carnival, 1938, oil on masonite, Gift of Mrs. Henrik Mayer)
As Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' Herron School of Art celebrated its centennial anniversary, the Indianapolis community was invited to attend a variety of exhibits, lectures and workshops that showcased the work of prominent visiting artists - some notable Herron alumni.
This exhibition, organized in celebration of Herron's 100th anniversary, features 26 works created by 23 Herron students and teachers during the Indianapolis arts school's first 50 years. Drawn from the IMA''s permanent collection, the paintings, sculpture and works on paper represent the range and talent of artists who worked and studied at Herron during those early years. The Herron School of Art Centennial: Students and Teachers, 19021950 is continuing through December 31, 2003. (left: Robert E. Weaver (American, 1914-1991), Circus Poster, oil on canvas, Daniel P. Erwin Fund; right below: Wayman Adams (American, 1883-1959), The Art Jury, 1921, oil on canvas, Gift of the Art Association through Popular Subscription)
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RLM note: Please also see A Walk in the Woods: The Art of John Elwood Bundy (1853-1933), essay by William H. Gerdts (10/30/02) which references the Herron School of Art
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