College of Visual and Performing Arts


Ron Lewis, associate faculty member in VCD, has been appointed Digital Media Assistant in IPFW’s Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). This new opportunity gives Lewis an opportunity to use his numerous talents in design and computer graphics and technology to help instructors across campus create a more contemporary learning environment for their students.

Andres Montenegro, assistant professor of computer animation, was a selected artist in the IDEAS 2014 Digital Art Exhibition, and International Digital Media Arts Association Conference, on November 5-7, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. His piece, The Phenomenological Targets, is an installation based on interactive animations developed through augmented reality and mobile technology. He also presented an artist talk about his work in animation and interactive immersive environment based on his awarded-winning animation The Little Quest of Petrovsky as the creative focus. He also participated in the International Digital Media Arts Association Conference at Utah Valley University with a research paper titled “Two Phenomenological Notions Expressed in the Interactive Art of Jeffrey Shaw and Myron Krueger,” to be published in the International Digital Media Art Journal

Allen Etter served as a judge for the Garrett Indiana Chalk Walk show and the Garrett Museum "Art of the 60s" show.  Etter also published on-line the graphic novel “Darkness Aftermath” completing 84 illustrations

The post-production of Andres Montenegro’s animated piece "The Little Quest Of Petrovsky" was completed in July 2014, after a year of production that included on site shooting in Paris during March 2014, and many hours of video editing and compositing. The animation, a combination of CGI (3D rendering), and puppet animation is being distributed for broadcasting and screening by Doublemetre Animation in France and Europe. This short film got a registration in the French media through a Visa D' exploitation, and will participate in several animation events in the future.

Mikhael Antone, assistant professor of imaging and photography, was featured in a one-woman exhibit titled Sense of Place at Camera Work Gallery located at the Laundry Building at 513 Center Street in Scranton, Penn. The exhibition ran April 4 through April 29. She has also self-published a catalogue of her work from the exhibition with an introduction by Sarah Pollman.

Sarah Pollman holds a BFA (2007) and MFA (2014) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Pollman is a 2013 recipient of the Art Writing Workshop from the AICA-USA and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program and a 2014 Curatorial Opportunity Program curator at the New Art Center in Newton.

VCD associate faculty Gregor Roth and his work were featured in the May 15, 2014, issue of Whatz Up. “Walk into a gallery housing his work and you literally walk into Roth’s sculpture. With yarn lines that stretch from wall to wall, his sculptures envelop you physically, challenging you to simply reconsider a space that has possibly become ordinary,” explains writer Michele DeVinney. To find out more about his work visit

David-West Presents Research in Spain

Professor Haig David-West was invited to present a paper on his field research in Cuba at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (ICNDH) at San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain from June 11 – 13, 2014. David-West is the chair of the Department of Visual Communication and Design and his research paper is entitled Ancestral, African Cultural Signifiers in Afro-Cuban Visual Art: An Analysis of the Presence of Ekpe and Abakuá Iconography.

The international conference draws researchers, practitioners, and scholars from a wide range of cultures and disciplines who have a shared interest in themes and concerns regarding the humanities. Delegates from more than 50 countries and all continents were in attendance.

The work of Allen Etter, visiting instructor in video and intermedia, recently was featured at Northwest Indiana Comic-con (NWI) on February, 23, 2014, in Schererville, Ind. While there, Etter’s work became part of an official NWI Comic-con video now featured on YouTube.

Mikhael Antone, associate professor of imaging and photography, was featured in a one-woman exhibit titled Sense of Place at Camera Work Gallery located at the Laundry Building at 513 Center Street in Scranton, Penn. The exhibition runs April 4 through April 29.
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The sculptural work of VCD 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. 

Andres Montenegro, VCD assistant professor and coordinator of modeling and animation, was recently on location at the Double Metre Animation Studios in Paris, France. He was working with a French animation crew to develop the cinematic story of his award-winning work, “The Little Quest of Petrovsky.” Montenegro's two-week residency in the French capital is a sequel to the animation prize he won last summer at the prestigious International Animation Festival of Annecy.

Jim Gabbard, continuing lecturer in Visual Communication and Design (VCD), has been appointed director of the Garrett Museum of Art. This part-time position will include organizing 10 to 12 exhibitions a year, overseeing the expansion of the museum's permanent art collection, and coordinating membership efforts.

VCD visiting instructor in graphic design Kryste Wallen has been chosen as one of the 2014 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly 40 Under 40 award winners. The 40 young professionals, all under the age of 40 were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges for their achievements in the workplace and volunteer involvement in their communities. The winners were honored at an awards dinner on Wednesday, March 19 at Ceruti’s Banquet and Event Center in Fort Wayne. For more information, visit