'Heritage Spectrum 10 Years Later' exhibition continues Herron's diversity legacy

  • March 14, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- An upcoming exhibition of work by 14 students at Herron School of Art and Design continues a tradition that dates back to a 1996 Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibition recognizing four outstanding African-American artists who attended Herron.

"Heritage Spectrum 10 Years Later" runs March 18 through May 29 at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, 650 W. Washington St., in White River State Park. The art includes charcoal, oil, pencil and pastel drawings; digital prints; ceramic and video items; and furniture.

Vance Farrow, an associate professor at Herron, worked with ISM fine arts curator Mark Ruschman and Kisha Tandy, assistant curator for history and culture at the museum, to coordinate the exhibition, which represents diversity among Herron's student body.

The museum is presenting this exhibition in conjunction with its Indiana bicentennial celebration, "200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy."

"The exhibition covers artwork from the freshman to the graduate level and represents every studio major that Herron offers," Farrow said. "That these students have an opportunity to exhibit in such an important venue significantly contributes to their development and speaks to the caliber of their work. It is wonderful to see them celebrated in such a forum."

"Heritage Spectrum Ten Years Later" honors Herron's past while celebrating its present.

In 1996, an IMA exhibit titled "A Shared Heritage: Art by Four African Americans" spotlighted the work of African-American Herron alumni John Wesley Hardrick, William Majors, William Edouard Scott and Hale Aspacio Woodruff, all of whom looked to their culture and experiences for inspiration. "A Shared Heritage" led to the creation of the ongoing Shared Heritage Scholarship Fund at Herron, which supports minority students and diversity in art education.

In 2006, the Indiana State Museum invited Herron students to follow in the footsteps of Hardrick, Majors, Scott and Woodruff and create art based on their life experiences for an exhibit titled "Heritage Spectrum."

As the name implies, "Heritage Spectrum 10 Years Later" celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 2006 exhibit, and it features students who are following the path blazed by the students in that exhibit, Farrow said.

The "200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy" exhibition, a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, runs March 19 through Oct. 2 at the Indiana State Museum. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50 to $13. Admission is free for museum members. Call 317-232-1637 for more information.


"Fallen Shells," artist: Asia Atkinson. Photo courtesy Herron School of Art and Design

"Fallen Shells," artist: Asia Atkinson. Photo courtesy Herron School of Art and Design

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