Herron School Of Art

IU Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI
Established 1902
Type Public, Coed
Dean Valerie Eickmeier
Academic staff 60
Students 900
Location Indianapolis, IN, USA
Website www.herron.iupui.edu

Herron School of Art and Design, a school of Indiana University, was ranked 45th overall by U.S. News and World Report among graduate schools of fine arts in 2008.[1]

Located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Herron enrolls nearly 900 students in bachelor and master degree programs including fine arts, visual communication design, visual art, art education and art history. Herron is also home to the Herron Galleries, which exhibit contemporary works of art by regional and national artists, and the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, which enriches educational and interdisciplinary activities through civic engagement and community partnerships.

Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts

  • Art history

Bachelor of Art Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Ceramics
  • Furniture design
  • General fine arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Visual communication

Master of Art Education
Master of Art Therapy
Master of Fine Arts

  • Visual communication
  • Visual art and public life
    • Ceramics
    • Furniture design
    • Painting and drawing
    • Photography and intermedia
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture

Notable alumni

Historical Timeline

The Art Association of Indianapolis, formerly the Indiana School of Art, was established in 1883. In 1895, John Herron left most of his fortune to the Association, which was headed by suffragette May Wright Sewell.

Due to Herron's donation, the John Herron Art Institute was formed in 1902. It served as both a museum and art school. Herron's Italian Renaissance style Museum building, previously located at 1701 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, was designed by Vonnegut and Bohn architects. Herron's Main Building was designed by Paul Philippe Cret in 1929 and was the second facility in the nation designed specifically for art education. Herron's first core faculty included painters T.C. Steele, influential in Brown County, J. Ottis Adams, William Forsyth, Richard Gruelle, sculptor Rudolph Schwarz, and Otto Stark.

In 1967, the Herron School of Art became a school of Indiana University. Two years later, it became part of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, located near downtown Indianapolis. In 1970, the Indianapolis Museum of Art separated from the school, taking with it a majority of Herron's art collection.

In 1999, Herron launched a capital campaign to raise funds for new buildings, and in 2000, a ceramics facility was opened. In 2005, Eskenazi Hall, the current home of the school, was finished.[2] This 169,000-square-foot (15,700 m2) facility tripled the amount of space available to Herron students and includes a 5,500-square-foot (510 m2) library, a 240-seat auditorium, 4,200 square feet (390 m2) of gallery space, and several computer labs.

Notable Benefactors

Caroline Marmon Fesler: The daughter of local industrialist and automobile manufacturer Daniel Marmon (Ray Harroun drove a Marmon car to victory in the first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911), she studied painting in Europe. Later, she became a well-known art collector, especially of 20th-century modernist works, many of which she later gave to the Herron Museum—including Grey Hills by her friend, Georgia O'Keeffe. Along with Sullivan, Fesler propelled the Herron Museum into the era of modern art.

Herman C. Krannert: Founder and president of Inland Container Corporation, Krannert agreed to take charge of the Art Association in 1960, at a point when the organization was struggling to stay afloat. Krannert insisted the group reorganize its board and its way of doing business, including creating the position of board chairman—he became the first person to have that title and he held it for 12 years. His tenure culminated in the relocation of the Museum from the Herron campus at 16th and Pennsylvania streets to its current 38th St. and Michigan Road site, and the Art Association’s name change to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


External links

  • Official website for IUPUI
  • Official website for Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI
  • http://www.imamuseum.org/blog/2008/09/08/power-to-the-people/#more-589
  • http://www.nps.gov/history/NR/travel/indianapolis/herronmorton.html


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