College of Visual and Performing Arts

The Department of Visual Communication and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Department of Visual Communication and Design

John Motz, B.F.A.
Interim Director

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707


Fine Arts | Music
Theatre | VCD

Art Educator’s Exhibition

Oct. 23–Dec. 8, 2017
IPFW Visual Arts Gallery                                                                 


Join IPFW as we celebrate our regional secondary school art educators and showcase these amazingly talented artists. A variety of mediums will be shown from the teachers who train young art students from around the region.

Artists’ Reception and Open House
Friday, Oct. 27     6-8:00 p.m.
Awards Presentation    7:30 p.m.

Featuring the work of:
Trevor Campbell                            Concordia Lutheran High School
Nathan Fry                                       Center Grove High School
Teri Fuller-O’Brien                         Huntington North High School
Scott Kilmer                                    Carroll High School
Bobbi Miller                                     Montpelier Exempted Village
Joy Noriega                                      Jennings Local Schools
Don Swartzentruber                       Warsaw High School
Andrew Tomasik                              Warsaw High School
Tara Turner
                                     Carroll High School
Tania Wineglass-Graham               Charles Tindley Accelerated School
Lloyd Woodard                                 Mississinewa High School
Elisa Yonge                                      Bishop Dwenger High School


Art of Italy 2017

Monday, Aug. 21 – Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Artists’ Reception – Wednesday, Aug. 23    5 - 7:00 p.m.
IPFW Visual Arts Gallery


Art of Italy 2017
The Art of Italy 2017 exhibition is a result of the Departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design commitment to international learning. The Art of Italy 2017 features drawings, photos, prints, and sculptures created by professors, teachers and students during their travels to Rome, Venice, and Florence. The work in the exhibition was inspired by their immersion into the art, culture, and history of Italy. The exhibition also will feature prints and drawings created by Associate Professor Christopher Ganz during his stay as a visiting artist at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia over his recent sabbatical.

Featured faculty artists:
James Gabbard, continuing lecturer, photography
Christopher Ganz, associate professor, drawing and printmaking
Dana Goodman, professor, sculpture, drawings
Teri Fuller-O’Brien, Collegiate Connection faculty member, drawings, photographs
Featured student artists:
Robin DeLaughter, photography
Elizabeth Masson, photography
Alison Resac, photography
Eddie Rentschler, drawings

Students exhibiting various media:
Hailey Cook
Katherine Gaff
Miranda Hall
Emily Puckett
Elyina Spicer
Sydnee Strang

Monday, Aug. 21 – Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Artists’ Reception – Wednesday, Aug. 23    5 - 7:00 p.m.
IPFW Visual Arts Gallery

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends. For information call the Department of Fine Arts, 260-481-6705 or visit our Web site at

Spring 2017 Exhibition - Allen Co. Library
BFA Visual Communication and Design
BS Interior Design      
Artists' Reception - April 21


Fall 2016 BFA Students Exhibit at WunderKammer Gallery

Crop It Like Its Hot Fall 2016
For information call the Department of Visual Communication and Design at 260-481-6709 or visit


VCD Alumna Brooke Francesi Explores Temporal Typography in Published MFA Book

VCD alumna Brooke Francesi (Class of 2009) has published Temporal Typography, a book on her MFA thesis completed at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Brooke describes temporal typography as the category of typography that escapes purely static or purely kinetic formal content. She states, “Unlike static typography, these forms are not bound by one iteration within a singular viewing experience. Similar to kinetic type, temporal typography carries the stamp of time but is not relegated movement or time-based media. Temporal letterforms have the ability to manifest themselves in both static and kinetic ways, as well as physical and digital ways, and therefore cannot be evaluated by the same functional factors of traditional typography: legibility and readability. Viewership and perception are elevated, and formal and experiential conditions are re-prioritized as the forms transition from one state to the next.”
Commenting on Brooke’s success, VCD Chair Dr. Haig David-West, who mentored her on her best-in-show BFA thesis project at IPFW, says, “Brooke’s exploration of temporality is a logical progression of ‘letterforms as physical structures in dynamic interrelationships’ she investigated under my tutelage. Her nimble disposition, intellectual curiosity, and capacity for sophisticated design thinking were sure to locate her on the frontlines of new directions in design studies.” Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi is available at

Brooke Francesi Temporal Typography presentaion
Brooke Francesi discussing her work at CCA in San Francisco.

Temporal Typography

Temporal Typography

Temporal Typography
Page spreads from Temporal Typography by Brooke Francesi