College of Visual and Performing Arts


Narayan Paints a Multi-Cultural Story

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, during IPFW’s largest-ever Diversity Showcase in the Walb Classic Ballroom, the painting Harmony in Diversity by Janak Narayan was unveiled. Narayan is a returning student from India and a senior majoring in Fine Arts. The painting was commissioned by John O’Connell, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The painting is a rich representation of the myriad diversity we have here on campus. Six hundred and seventy people from both the campus and the community attended the event, exploring displays from 48 departments and student organizations.

The following Art Education graduates have been hired for the 2014-15 school year.  They include:
Kenny Butler, Huntington North High School
Morgan McClarnon, North Side Elementary and Wayne Center Elementary, East Noble Community Schools, Kendallville, IN
Pamele Oberlin, Milford School (K-8), Wawasee Community Schools
Nalani Keeslar, Wayne High School, FWCS
Stefanie Colone, Paul Harding Jr. High, New Haven, EACS
Jeffrey Weimer, Eastside Jr/Sr High School, DeKalb Eastern School District
(Jeffrey was the only student teacher in the graduating senior class from all disciplines [data from the College of Education] who was hired while still in his student teaching placement.)
Jessica McNulty, DeKalb High School, Waterloo, IN

Fine Arts B.F.A. graduate Kari Larsen recently showcased her work from her April senior exhibition at a charity event on August 15, 2014. Starstruck Summer Gala featured local talent, including the fashion show by Larsen, while raising money for Crossroads.

Multi-Talented Student Named as Finalist

Fine arts major and ceramist Jan Krist-Finkbeiner, renowned as a professional folk musician, along with her songwriting partner Jim Bizer, recently were named as finalists in the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriters Competition held annually in Kerrville, Texas. Thirty-two finalists were selected from a field of 800 entries to share two of their original songs in an afternoon appearance on the stage of the Threadgill Theater. From these 32 finalists, six winners are selected by a small group of well-established performing songwriters.

A win at Kerrville carries considerable prestige in the singer-songwriter community, in part due to the peer-professional judging and the festival’s long history of recognizing emerging artists who have later gone on to wider success. Although Krist and Bizer were not among the final winners, there are examples of notable performers who have appeared as finalists in the competition without ever earning a win such as Nanci Griffith (1978) and Lyle Lovett (1980, 1982). Visit the 2014 Winner’s Page for a complete rundown of the finalists.

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has hired Karla Youchler to manage the outdoor recreation program. Yauchler, who was a supervisor at Salomon Farm’s Day Camp for three years, is also a student in the Department of Fine Arts studying for her B.F.A in ceramics

Ceramics Club Attends Convention 

The IPFW Ceramics Club traveled to Milwaukee, Wis., March 19-22, for the 48th Annual conference of the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). The theme of the conference, Material World, sought to explore the way ceramic art is viewed against the backdrop of the world and the experience of seeing and understanding ceramic art in new ways. “This conference is like the Super Bowl of clay,” said Nancy McCroskey, IPFW associate professor of fine arts in ceramics.

Guest artists included keynote speaker Theaster Gates, a Chicago-based artist whose installations reference American social practices. Ceramic students also attended demonstrations by well-known ceramic artists Ayumi Horie, Mischelle Erickson, Ching Yuan Chang, and Kelly and Kyle Phelps.  

The sculptural work of associate faculty member Gregor Roth and fine arts major Andrew Dubach were recently included in an exhibition entitled ALT at Wunderkammer Company in Fort Wayne from Feb. 8 - March 9, 2014. ALT was an invitational group survey of experimental and unconventional sculptural practices in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. 


VCD associate aculty member of Imaging and Photography Karrine Williams (’10) recently photographed critically acclaimed singer songwriters/folk music duo Jan Krist and Jim Bizer for the cover of their new CD release, Too. The project by Krist, a Department of Fine Arts senior and Jim Bizer was released in September and is already receiving airplay on National Public Radio stations around the Midwest.

The IPFW Ceramics Club made and donated more than 20 bowls to the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) for the third consecutive year. The IHN held several fundraisers, inviting the surrounding community to enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, and purchase one or more of the beautifully crafted ceramic bowls made by IPFW students and artists from the community. The proceeds will be used to aid families in crisis from the greater Fort Wayne area.


Art education major Nicole Metzger is on a mission. Each year since 2009, she has donated a portion of her work to raise money for charities and benefits. In 2009, Metzger painted a bust for the first Fort Wayne Bust-a-Move project with the Derby Girls. In 2010, she donated work to Promise Ministries which raised money for Fort Wayne's homeless and donated work to Old Crown Coffee Roaster’s Haitian benefit. Metzger recently contributed work to protect the island of Jeju in South Korea, as part of a Peace Camp project.