Herron professor receives $100,000 fellowship for art-based community health project

  • Sept. 4, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Herron School of Art and Design associate professor Greg Hull is the recipient of one of the first two Transformational Impact Fellowships awarded by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Under the Transformational Impact Fellowship Pilot Program, launched this year, Hull and fellow recipient Bryan Fonseca, producing director and founder of the Phoenix Theater, each will receive $100,000, two-year fellowships to work in creative, artistic community partnerships that will have a positive impact on Marion County.

Artists were invited to submit proposals for fellowship projects in March for the new program funded by Lily Endowment Inc. Winners were announced today during the Arts Council's annual Start With Art luncheon.

Hull teaches sculpture at Herron, on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. His fellowship proposal involves a collaboration with the art therapy program at Herron and the work of Dr. Robert Pascuzzi of the IU School of Medicine's Department of Neurology, also at IUPUI. The plan is to create an interactive art project that will help patients with neurological disorders that limit mobility, such as ALS and Parkinson's, "to create and connect outside themselves," Hull said.

The new Arts Council fellowship program is part of an effort to more effectively engage professional artists in civic and community development projects to benefit citizens.

Often, with community development and city and civic projects, artists are brought in toward the end of the project and asked to do something "really amazing and creative to this project that we have already done," said Shannon Linker of the Arts Council.

"Ideally they would be at the table from the beginning. What we are doing is we are giving them the opportunity through this fellowship to create the idea and bring together a team ... to really create something that can transform a neighborhood, a place, a group of people, a street in Marion County," Linker said in a February WISH-TV interview announcing the program.

Hull is known for his creation of public art, including the kinetic sculpture installed in the atrium of the Indianapolis International Airport. That work, titled "Breathe," consists of 11 red, hollow forms suspended at various levels. When operating, the forms seem to inflate and deflate, changing shape from long to elliptical to round and back again, each set on a different timing mechanism. The effect is that of a set of organic, “breathing” sculptures.

Hull came to Herron as a visiting assistant professor in 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and a master's degree from the University of Delaware.

Transformational Impact Fellow and Herron Associate Professor Greg Hull at work during IUPUI student art installation

Transformational Impact Fellow and Herron Associate Professor Greg Hull at work during IUPUI student art installation

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Herron Dean Valerie Eickmeier (left) and Transformational Impact Fellow Greg Hull

Herron Dean Valerie Eickmeier (left) and Transformational Impact Fellow Greg Hull

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Diane Brown