Artists’ palette: 2014–2015


CDFAC: Celebrating 20 years

The 2014–15 arts season marked the 20th anniversary of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Built in 1994, the 59,000-square-foot building is one of the state’s premier arts facilities and won an award from the American Institute of Architects. To celebrate, UIndy is commissioning a classical music composition to honor Christel DeHaan, whose support made the center possible. The composition will premiere at the opening of the 2015–16 Faculty Artist Concert Series season.

Faculty Artist Concert Series

CDFAC_Leppard-10UIndy’s longtime artist-in-residence, the internationally acclaimed Maestro Raymond Leppard, kicked off the concert series again with an opening gala, this time celebrating the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s 20th anniversary. In addition to hosting the famed conductor, UIndy welcomed several other talented guests, including Steve Allee, Nick Tucker, and Andrew Mead. The season featured strong performances in genres ranging from classical to jazz by many faculty members and friends. Other series highlights: Faculty and guests explored a richly diverse musical landscape, from Mozart’s dramatic Sonata for violin and piano, K. 379, to jazz, pop, and soul inspirations of the popular Art Reiner Trio. Kathleen Hacker and Sylvia Patterson Scott celebrated the vocal music of American composers in an Ode to American songs. UIndy’s resident faculty ensemble, Molto Piano, performed music for piano four hands and two pianos. The season wrapped with a global tour of the 19th through 21st centuries, performing music by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, Japanese composer Jun Nagao, and German composers Robert Schumann and Paul Hindemith.

Jazz concerts

Rufus-ReidJazz Week at UIndy celebrated its eighth season in April with internationally known bassist-bandleader Rufus Reid as the headliner. In his half-century career, Rufus Reid has played on more than 400 recordings and has performed with Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, among other notables. He currently leads the trio Out Front and performs with larger ensembles at such venues as the Kennedy Center. Student ensembles kicked off the week, followed by Steve Allee, Danny Walsh, Mark Buselli, and Tim Horner. The Jazz Concert Series continued to welcome local and regional artists to campus throughout the year. Notable performers at these free concerts included Tucker Brothers & Friends and Matt Pivec. The collaborations of the Tucker Brothers & Friends—Indianapolis natives and UIndy graduates—pay homage to the rich jazz history of Indianapolis while making jazz fresh and relatable to young people. Matt Pivec is an acclaimed saxophonist who performs at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States. He has worked with Ray Charles, the Temptations, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers.

Theatre performances

Urinetown_Musical-112The Department of Theatre opened its season with Urinetown: the Musical, a social satire that tells the story of a city suffering through an extended water shortage, prompting a ban on private toilets and forcing residents to use public facilities operated for profit by an unscrupulous company. Then, continuing its tradition of an annual dinner theatre production, the department put a twist on a classic stage comedy with The Odd Couple (Female Version). The season wrapped up with a mind-bending update to an ancient Greek myth in the production of Eurydice. The department took the adaptation even further by incorporating, through recordings and live performances, classic rock hits suited to the themes and setting.

Art exhibitions

Hector-Duarte-UIndyThe Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery showcased six exhibitions this season, all free and open to the public. The season began with a 10-year anniversary show for Big Car, the local arts and community-building collective, featuring live performances and interactive fun. The multimedia gallery allowed visitors to make their own contributions to the show.

Other exhibitions included:
—A tribute to local artist Ed Funk;
—UIndy Department of Art & Design Faculty Exhibition;
—Eclipse—abstract paintings and sculptures by Mike Baur and Steve Mueller;
—Loteria—featuring work inspired by Mexican game cards from painter and muralist Hector Duarte; and
—The UIndy Art & Design Annual Student Exhibition.

The University’s Fifth Third Bank Campus Sculpture Walk, a free, year-round outdoor art exhibition, continues
to be popular. A variety of artwork graces the campus and features work by artists from around the country. For the full sculpture tour, visit the map of the Fifth Third Bank Campus Sculpture Walk at

Medley of events

Chamber_Orchestra-6Events on campus each year that didn’t fit neatly into the established categories included concerts of works by student composers, various types of master classes, and much more:
—Nationally known rock band Plain White T’s performed on campus for a Homecoming Week concert.
—Poets and novelists shared their work as part of UIndy’s Kellogg Writers Series.
—The dynamic period-instrument ensemble Echoing Air celebrated Halloween on campus with “Echoing Scare,” a performance featuring the music of the 17th and 18th centuries and popular Halloween favorites.
—The men of Wabash College Glee Club joined UIndy’s Women’s Chorus for a 17th annual collaborative concert.
—Several composers visited campus to share their work, including Andrew Mead and James Aikman.
—Schoolchildren and UIndy students also shared their original works at performances throughout the year.