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Art & Design Faculty

The art faculty at University of Indianapolis are practicing artists. Each has practical experience to share with you. All have displayed their work in noteworthy exhibitions, and all attend professional conferences and workshops to keep up with new research and technology. The full-time and part-time faculty bring expertise in a wide variety of specializations.

Barry Barnes, Assistant Professor, Art & Design

Barry Barnes

Assistant Professor
Art & Design

  • Expertise in ceramics and sculpture-making
  • MFA

Background
Barry is an accomplished artist and professor working in clay for more than 20 years. Both his functional and sculptural work has been shown in regional and national exhibitions. Public art is a passion and he has been commissioned for several permanent outdoor installations in Arizona and Indiana and has a piece in UIndy's Sculpture Walk. Barry previously taught at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, the Indianapolis Arts Center, and most recently, Vincennes University. He founded Beech Grove Clay Works on Indianapolis' south side, which continues to support local community arts. 

Research Interests
developing new ceramic construction processes and surface techniques for large sculptural pieces

Education
MFA, Ceramics, Arizona State University
BFA, Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute 

Fun fact
My middle name starts with "U" and represents my father's long-time obsession with the Colts. Can you guess what it is?

Favorite thing about UIndy
The widespread enthusiasm to create unique teaching experiences that prepare students for success beyond our campus borders.

Contact Information
barnesb@uindy.edu

317-788-3387
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 110C

Jonathan DiBlasi, Assistant Professor, Art & Design

Jonathan DiBlasi

Assistant Professor
Art & Design

  • Expertise in digital and electronic media art, web design and interaction design
  • MFA

Areas of Expertise
digital and electronic media art, web design, interaction design

Background
Jonathan explores intersections between art and technology through a hybrid artistic practice that implements digital and electronic processes. He exhibits his work nationally, and in 2011 co-founded an artist collective, {exurb}, comprised of artists and engineers who collaborate on various projects. In addition, he has worked in the visual design profession as a web designer. 

Research Interests
Jonathan employs a research-based studio art practice that includes areas of programming, physical computing, interaction design, evolving web technologies, telecommunications technologies, media theory and archaeology, and the history of technology in art.

Education
MFA, Photographic & Electronic Imagery, Maryland Institute College of Art
BFA, Photography & Digital Imaging, University of Houston 

Fun fact
If I'm not working on my artwork, I really enjoy traveling through South and Central America.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Students and colleagues - working with smart, inspired and friendly people!

Contact Information
diblasij@uindy.edu
317-788-8054
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 112

Katherine Fries, Assistant Professor, Art & Design

Katherine Fries

Assistant Professor
Art & Design

  • Expertise in 2-D and 3-D art, painting, drawing and printmaking
  • MFA

Areas of Expertise
two– and three-dimensional foundations, painting, drawing, printmaking

Background
Katherine was raised in Lincoln, Neb., before moving to Indiana to attend the University of Indianapolis where she earned her BFA and MA in studio art. During this time she was a member of Two Thirds Studio in Indianapolis' Historic Fountain Square. Katherine has exhibited her work regionally and has recently completed her MFA at Miami University.

Research Interests
Katherine explores the connection between objects and people as a narrative reflective of relationships, interests, and experiences that mirror culture on a personal level. Katherine is interested in preserving these relationships through two and three–dimensional visual arts: painting, printmaking and assemblage.

Education
MFA, 2D Studio: Painting with hours in Printmaking, Miami University
MA, Studio Art: Painting, University of Indianapolis
BFA, Studio Art: Painting, Minor in Drawing & Art History, University of Indianapolis

Fun fact
I am a proud UIndy alum!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The community! The faculty, staff and students working together to make amazing things happen inside and outside of the classroom.

Contact Information
frieskj@uindy.edu

317-788-3387
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 110A

 

Randi Frye

Assistant Professor
Art & Design

  • Expertise in illustration, animation and digital media

fryer@uindy.edu
317-788-3421
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 110B

Julia Taugner, Associate Professor, Art & Design

Julia Taugner

Associate Professor
Art & Design

  • Expertise in visual communication design
  • MFA

Areas of Expertise
visual communication design

Background
I have 12 years of design industry experience working as a graphic designer, art director and manager in design studios, for publishers and for in-house design groups in St. Louis and Indianapolis. My area of expertise is editorial design for magazines and books. I also have experience in annual report design, branding and poster design.

Research Interests
design for political and social advocacy, typography

Education
MFA, Graphic Design, Indiana University
BFA, Painting, Auburn University

Fun fact
I come from a family of professional artists, designers and photographers: one of my grandmothers, both of my parents, an aunt, my sister, my brother, and my husband, Eric Nordgulen.

Favorite thing about UIndy
My students! It really is that straightforward.

Contact Information
taugner@uindy.edu

317-788-3564
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 110A

James Viewegh, Professor & Dept Chair, Art & Design

James Viewegh

Professor & Department Chair
Art & Design

  • Expertise in drawing and painting
  • MFA

Areas of Expertise
drawing, painting

Background
Professional artist who exhibits regionally and nationally and has work in a variety of private, corporate and museum collections.

Research Interests
realistic figure drawing and painting techniques

Education
MFA, Painting, Indiana State University
MA, Drawing, Ball State University
BFA, Drawing, Ball State University

Fun fact
Creating and making artwork is one thing I have always been interested in doing my entire life.

Favorite things about UIndy
The smaller campus where you know faculty and staff, as well as the smaller classes that allow you to get to know students.

Contact Information
jviewegh@uindy.edu

317-788-3509
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 214B

Rhonda Wolverton, Assistant Professor, Art & Design

Rhonda Wolverton

Assistant Professor
Art & Design

wolvertonr@uindy.edu
317-788-3584
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 112 


Faculty Emeritus

Donna Adams, Associate Professor, Art & Design

Donna Lee Adams

Associate Professor
Art & Design

  • Expertise in photography and printmaking
  • MFA

Areas of Expertise
photography, printmaking, fiber, handmade paper, bookbinding

Background
Before coming to UIndy, Donna wrote three books and more than 100 weaving-related articles. She received the Graduate Certificate in Non-Toxic Intaglio Printmaking from R.I.T. and created a Beginner's Compendium for Non-Toxic Intaglio Printmaking that is available online. My weaving, prints and photographs have received several regional and national awards.

Research Interests
photographing abstractions of nature at Hoosier state parks and wildlife refuges

Education
MFA, University of Missouri-Columbia

Fun fact
I enjoy taking students on early morning photo shoots at nearby nature areas.

Favorite thing about UIndy
When I was an undergraduate student at Indiana Central College (now UIndy), the people here changed my life. I am glad to be a part of the long tradition of knowing students well enough to make a difference in their lives. 

Contact Information
dadams@uindy.edu

317-788-6128
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 214A

Dee Schaad, Professor Emeritus, Art & Design Department

Dee Schaad

Professor Emeritus, Ceramics
Art & Design