McKinney Visiting Artist Series brings top talent to Hope School of Fine Arts

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts will bring 10 nationally and internationally known visual artists to the Indiana University Bloomington campus during the 2014-15 school year.

This marks the inaugural year of The Meredith & Elsa Luise Barthel McKinney Visiting Artist Series, a program that has been permanently endowed through the generous support of the McKinneys.

"The McKinney Visiting Artist Series will allow us to bring in the most creative minds from around the world, making this exchange a wonderfully enriching experience for students, faculty and our community," said Jawshing Arthur Liou, director of the Hope School of Fine Arts. "The notion of sharing process and ideas has long been the basis of artistic practice. We learn and gain inspiration from each other, which enhances the growth and development of our work."

Dr. Meredith McKinney was raised on a farm in Hamilton County. At Indiana University, he met his wife, Elsa. The Brazilian-born student first became his Spanish language tutor, and after their sophomore year, his wife.

McKinney went on to earn his M.D. in Indianapolis. He finished a surgical residency at the University of Florida, spent two years with Special Forces at Fort Bragg, N.C., and returned to IU for a plastic surgery residency. McKinney also received specialized surgical training at the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center in Louisville, Ky. Now semi-retired, he focuses on skin cancer reconstruction.

Elsa Luise Barthel McKinney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at IU, graduated from the Florida State University School of Law and is a member of the Florida Bar. She has built a life around service to their church and their Tallahassee, Fla., community.

The McKinneys share a love of the arts, and the couple has generously shared that love with Indiana University. Their gift to the College of Arts and Sciences supports the Meredith & Elsa McKinney Fellowship in Fine Art, in addition to the visiting artist series.

The McKinney Visiting Artist Series for 2014-15 features a variety of prominent professionals, each selected by a different area of studio practice within the Hope School of Fine Arts. The artists will present and discuss their work in lectures that are free and open to the public. All fall presentations begin at 5 p.m. in Room A201 of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Dance Center, except for Miyako Ishiuchi, who will appear at 5 p.m. in Presidents Hall within Franklin Hall.

  • Sept. 5, Nathan Green -- Generally described as a painter, Green explores the boundary between sculpture and paint in work that often employs geometric cutouts or unusual materials. Green lives in Dallas and received his BFA in 2004 from the University of Texas at Austin. His lecture is presented by Fundamental Studio.
  • Sept. 25, Miyako Ishiuchi -- Ishiuchi’s lecture “At the Birth of My Photography” is sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies at Indiana University. In 2014, Ishiuchi was awarded the Hasselblad Award, the highest international achievement in photography. In 2015, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles will mount a retrospective of her work. Her appearance is presented by Photography.
  • Sept. 26, Hilary Harkness -- An accomplished figural painter, Harkness is known for complex, psychologically charged narratives. The former professional violinist studied biochemistry and art at the University of California-Berkeley before earning a Master of Fine Arts from Yale. Her appearance is presented by Painting.
  • Oct. 24, Arline Fisch -- The respected jewelry maker incorporates the structure of textiles into sculptural work often inspired by ancient cultures. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Fisch has been awarded multiple Fulbright fellowships and an honorary doctorate from Skidmore College. Her visit is presented by Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design.
  • Nov. 7, Denise Markonish -- This curator at MASS MoCA is responsible for such exhibitions as the “Oh, Canada” survey of Canadian art and “Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape.” Along with Susan Cross, Markonish co-edited the book “Sol LeWitt: 100 Views,” from Yale University Press. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and several other colleges. Her lecture is presented by Sculpture.
  • Jan. 30, Ingrid Ledent -- The Belgian artist’s recent work combines lithography with installation and multimedia components. She studied graphic art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, earned a master’s degree at the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts and returned to the Royal Academy to teach lithography, all in Antwerp. Ledent’s visit is presented by Printmaking. Location to be announced.
  • Feb. 13, David Shields -- In 2000, Shields partnered with Jennifer Elsner to form Viewers Like You, a full-service design studio that has served clients such as Amtrak and Aveda. Shields is chair of the department of graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. His appearance is presented by Graphic Design. Location to be announced.
  • March 6, Anne Wilson -- This Chicago-based visual artist creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss and ritual. Wilson's work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects in Detroit. She also is a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. Wilson’s talk is presented by Textiles. Location to be announced.
  •  March 27, Toni Dove -- This New York artist produces unique, interactive hybrids of film, installation art and experimental theater. In her work, people control on-screen avatars using various technologies. Dove is the 2014-15 Dorothy H. Hirshon Director in Residence at the New School for Social Research. Dove’s visit is presented by Digital Art. Location to be announced.
  • April 24, Kevin Snipes -- This maker of unconventional pottery draws detailed, whimsical figures on everything he produces. Snipes earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art and did master’s work at the University of Florida. His appearance is presented by Ceramics. Location to be announced.

Further information about the McKinney Visiting Artist Series is available on the Hope School of Fine Arts website.

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