College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Art and Design

Fall 2021 Gallery Schedule

Who Will Speak for the Trees?
Ashley Beatty, photography
August 23–September 26, 2021

“2020 brought fire, industry deforestation, and careless destruction echoed by the unconcerned human hand to forests worldwide. This body of work propels a discussion about and around trees, aiming to highlight the state of urgency worldwide.”  ~ Ashley Beatty

Ashley Beatty is a photographer from Fort Wayne, Indiana, working in a transdisciplinary method. She received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an M.F.A. in 2019 from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Visual Arts Gallery
Artist Reception: Thursday, Aug. 26  5–7 p.m.

Ashley Beatty

Shane Christensen, Steven Heywood, Brian Jensen, Michael Schmidt, and Seth Green
Wood and Soda-fired Ceramics
October 4–21, 2021
Work included in this exhibition is a collection of pottery forms made by five potters who are also university ceramics educators. The diversity of work represented displays an array of techniques and influences with the commonality of being fired in an atmospheric kiln to completion. The firing process and the atmospheric effects of flame, vapor, sodium, and melting ash are recorded on these pieces in distinctly different ways, making them unique from one another.
Visual Arts Gallery
Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 21  5­–7 p.m.


Wood-firing Workshop
October 20–21
Visiting artists Shane Christensen, Stephen Heywood, Brian Jensen, and Michael T. Schmidt make up the collective called The FIRM. They will be demonstrating pottery making techniques, presenting artist lectures, and participating in a wood firing here in the Department of Art and Design at Purdue Fort Wayne.
Visual Arts Building
Workshop Schedule:

9 a.m. – noon  Pottery making demonstrations (VA 112)
1:30–4 p.m.     Pottery making demonstrations (VA 112)
9 a.m. – noon  Glazing/wood kiln prep demonstration and pottery assembly demonstrations
1:30 – 4 p.m.   Pottery assembly demonstrations continue. (VA 112)
Artist Lectures     4 p.m. - Location TBD 
Artist Reception   5-7 p.m.          


High School Art and Design Juried Exhibition
November 1 – 12, 2021
The PFW Department of Art and Design is pleased to host an exhibition of works of art and design by regional high school artists.  This exhibition provides a valuable opportunity for young artists to submit their work and be juried by faculty of the PFW Department of Art and Design. Accepted works will be eligible for a variety of awards and will be presented at the conclusion of our annual PFW Art and Design High School Workshop Day.
Visual Arts Gallery


PFW Art and Design High School Workshop Day
November 12     9–2 p.m.
The faculty of the Department of Art and Design at Purdue University Fort Wayne will host high school teachers and students for High School Art and Design Day for several hands-on workshops.
Visual Arts Building
Awards Reception: Friday, Nov. 12   1:15 p.m.


Fall 2021 BFA Exhibition
November 22 – December 12, 2021
B.F.A. candidates graduating from the Department of Art and Design will display senior thesis projects in the Visual Arts Gallery.
Visual Arts Gallery
Artist Reception: Thursday, Dec. 2, 5–7 p.m.

Visual Arts Gallery on the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus
Mon. – Fri.      8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat. – Sun.     10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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