April In the News

Raclin News

Dayandra De Miranda-Leao, theatre (performance), was selected to receive the Kenny Leon true colors internship in Atlanta, Ga. Dayandra was awarded the comprehensive internship and will work closely with director, artistic directors, education manager, and administrative leaders of the theatre.

Demarée Dufour-Noneman, arts production coordinator, is directing a production of I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick for the Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House in April. Sarah Brubaker, assistant stage manager, will run lights for the production, and Neil King, community and outreach manager, will work as part of the stage crew.

Tanya Gabrielian, martin endowed chair in piano and professor of practice, has accepted her position with the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. You can see her bio through our faculty and staff page at arts.iusb.edu, and there will be a full feature article on Gabrielian in Aspire magazine this summer.

Kevin Gillen, senior lecturer in communication studies, has designed, created and installed an exhibit in the Schurz Library to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Presidential campaign of Robert "Bobby" Kennedy while he visited the Michiana area in April, 1968. The exhibit is in the south display case of the Schurz Library and will be available through the month of April 2018.

Jeff Horwat, lecturer in fine arts, published a paper called “There is no Whole: Using Wordless Auto-ethnographic Allegory as Arts-Based Research to Problematize Psychoanalytic Theory and Buddhist Philosophy” in Visual Arts Research Journal. Horwat also presented his paper, “Systems as Materiality: Using Systems Aesthetics to Teach Practice-Led Research as a Curricular Model” at the National Art Education Association in Seattle in March, and he will present, “Too Subtle for Words: Doing Wordless Narrative Research in the Academy at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois in May.

The IU South Bend Tap and Kick Line, led by Adjunct Lecturer in Theatre & Dance Karen Pajor, were featured in the annual Daddy Daughter Dance through the City of South Bend: Venues Parks & Arts in January. In February they were brought back by the Venues Parks & Arts for the 16th annual Mom Son Dance. In March, the group participated in the Downtown South Bend St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Also in March, they were featured at the P.J. Fashionista, “a girls-night-out Pajama Party!” hosted by the Venues Parks & Arts. During May’s Best Week Ever the dance group will perform and again at ArtBeat on August 18.

Kaitlyn “Kate” Luce, fine arts (printmaking) and communication studies (journalism), has accepted the position of community outreach assistant with the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and will be working on Aspire newsletter and magazine.

Ian La Fountain, theatre (lighting design) and Jen Kazmierczak, lecturer in theatre, participated in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) National Conference by presenting their designs for IU South Bend’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone in the Design Expo Exhibit, a blind juried exhibit of design work from around the country. La Fountain and Kazmierczak were both selected as part of 10-12 designs out of over 135 that were submitted that will be published in TD&T, the nationally distributed magazine dedicated to Theatre Design and Technology. The issue with their designs will come out this summer. Students are not often chosen for publication and if so they are typically graduate students. This is a big honor for La Fountain, who is pursuing his undergraduate degree.

Tyler Marcotte, theatre (musical theatre), participated at the Northeastern Theatre Conference along with 5 other students. Marcotte was selected to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Summer Intensive in New York during the summer of 2018.

Susan Moore, associate professor of fine arts, has received a residency in Brooklyn at the International Studio and Curatorial Program. She will have a studio in New York to make art this summer July 1-31. Moore also received a grant from IU South Bend to support her expenses while in New York.

Eric Souther, associate professor of new media, is part of a two-person exhibition, Katie Duffy and Eric Souther: Agentive Valley. This is part of an exhibition series at the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend in the Warner Gallery. The opening reception and gallery talk for this exhibition is Friday, April 6 at 6:30 pm.

Seniors Emily Thomas, art education, and MacKenzie Andrews, art education, will both start student teaching in the fall of 2018.

Bill Tourtillotte, lecturer in fine arts, has been chosen by the South Bend Museum of Art to receive their Carlotta Banta Artistic Achievement Award. Tourtillotte will receive this reward at ArtLights Gala Event on October 8.

Kay Westhues, adjunct lecturer in fine arts, received an IUSB Associate Professional Development Grant to travel to Jyväskylä, Finland in June 2018 to present her research paper, “Beliefs and Practices Related to Community Water Sources: ‘The Specialness of Springs’,” at the XX International Oral History Association Congress.