The Fine Arts Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (B.A.) with a studio concentration. The five studio concentrations are painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and graphic design. Students are accepted into one concentration. The studio concentration offers the student a focused art experience in one specific medium. Artwork from one studio concentration makes up the majority of pieces in their final portfolio.
With the addition of a sixth studio concentration, Studio Arts, Fine Arts intends to appeal to the student who wants a more diverse art experience. With the Studio Arts concentration, students will focus on two studio areas. This diverse background will prepare students to explore career possibilities in galleries and arts organizations, to name a few.
After completing all four Foundation courses and at least three 200 level studio courses, students will be able to seek acceptance into the Studio Arts concentration.
FINA-F 100 Fundamental Studio - Drawing (3 cr.) A basic course for the development of visual awareness and coordination of perceptual and manual skills; seeing, representing, and inventing on an experimental, exploratory level on a two-dimensional surface. Problems in composition as well as hands-on work with the formal elements of art: line, shape, space, value, texture. May be taken concurrently with FINA-F 101, FINA-F 102, FINA-P 273, or FINA-P 280.
FINA-F 101 Fundamental Studio - 3D (3 cr.) A basic course in the area of three-dimensional design, with emphasis on the art elements of line, plane, and volume. Development of skills in basic media, techniques, and tools commonly used in the creation of three-dimensional art forms. Projects involve the three-dimensional processes of substitution and the additive and subtractive methods, including casting, modeling, carving, and constructing, through the use of a variety of sculptural materials. May be taken concurrently with FINA-F 100, FINA-F 102, FINA-P 273, or FINA-P 280.
FINA-F 102 Fundamental Studio - 2D (3 cr.) Emphasis on color theory and color relationships along with the principles and dynamics of two-dimensional design. May be taken concurrently with FINA-F 100, FINA-F 101, FINA-P 273, or FINA-P 280.
FINA-N 110 Introduction to Studio Art (3 cr.) A general introduction to painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics for the nonmajor.
FINA-P 273 Computer Art and Design I (3 cr.) Course introduces the Macintosh computer environment and software that supports imaging art and design. May be taken concurrently with FINA-F 100, FINA-F 101, or FINA-F 102.
FINA-P 280 Desktop Publishing (3 cr.) Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator. May be taken concurrently with FINA-F 100, FINA-F 101, or FINA-F 102.
The complete IU Southeast Bulletin is available online.
FINA-P 280 Desktop Publishing Course not available at this time.
Brian H. Jones is Professor of Fine Arts, in the areas of Printmaking, Drawing, and Art Theory. He received his B.F.A. from Indiana University in 1975, and his M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati, in 1977. His work has been exhibited in over 30 solo exhibitions and in over 125 international, national, and regional exhibitions, receiving numerous awards at each level. Brian’s work is further represented in museum, university, and corporate collections throughout the country. The recipient of over 15 individual artist fellowships, Brian has been a Fellow to such programs as the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As a teacher and creative researcher, Brian has received five University teaching awards and the University’s Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. Brian also maintains blogs for his classes: Intalyo and IUSArtCar.
Susan Moffett teaches printmaking and drawing and has exhibited widely. Artworks are in collections such as the Evansville Art Museum, the Hyatt Regency, Louisville, and The University of Dallas. She has received two grants from The Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Distinguished Research and Creativity at Indiana University Southeast. Moffett is also a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University. During a 2006-07 sabbatical, she spent two weeks as a guest at the Belfast Print Workshop in Northern Ireland.
Debra Clem is a Professor of Fine Arts. She has taught fine arts at the college level for more than thirty years. Debra also maintains the Painting Guide, an online painting manual for her students. She is a member of FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching) and is an active visual artist whose works have been exhibited on a local, regional, and national level. She has been awarded seven individual artist grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentuckiana Arts Council, as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2010, Debra received the Museum Guild Purchase Award from the 55th Mid-States artists exhibition at the Evansville Museum. Debra is also the recipient of the university’s 2006 Distinguished Research and Creativity Award.
Marilyn Whitesell is an Associate Professor in Fine Arts teaching Graphic Design. This program has had success in attracting students from both Kentucky and Indiana. Graphic Design has also been successful in placing its talented students in internships where they have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field before graduation. Professor Whitesell's background is in print and multimedia design and she is able to share her knowledge of the field and personal expertise with her students. She is also involved in digital printmaking and exhibits regionally, nationally, and internationally. Marilyn was the recipient of the Indiana University Southeast’s Distinguished Research and Creativity Award for junior faculty and the Indiana University Bloomington’s New Frontiers Grant for research in digital media.
Brian Harper is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Ceramics Area Coordinator, Barr Gallery Director, and BFA Coordinator at Indiana University Southeast. He holds a B.F.A. from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. His artwork investigates our inherent human wonderment of the unknown and the methods, mythological or otherwise, of how we give structure to unknown elements of our observed, unobserved, and unobservable world. His work has been exhibited in over 50 national and international exhibitions, including 7 solo exhibitions.
In addition to his studio practice, he is the founder and author of Artaxis.org, a growing online network of over 225 contemporary artists that serves as a way to keep artists and viewers connected and communicating about ceramic art. Widely used as a resource by the general public, academia, and professional artists, Artaxis.org provides the opportunity to view a wide array of work relevant to the critical discourse in contemporary ceramic art. Indiana University recently awarded him with the IU Trustees Teaching Award as well as a Summer Faculty Fellowship to pursue his creative research. He is currently living in New Albany, Indiana with his wife Tiffany and their three dogs, Koda, Oliver, and Oslo. More information about his work and studio practice can be found at his website, www.brianharperstudio.com or his Facebook studio page at www.facebook.com/brianharperstudio
Donna Stallard is a Lecturer in Fine Arts teaching foundations drawing, 3-D Design, and 2-D Design Color. She is director of the Ronald L. Barr Gallery on campus. Donna received her M.F.A. from the University of Dallas, in 1994, where afterward she also taught. Her three-dimensional relief prints have been shown in juried, invitational, and solo exhibitions, and are included in many permanent collections including Better Homes & Gardens, National City Bank of Louisville, KY; North Texas Heart Center, Dallas, TX; GTE Corporation, Lewisville, TX; Penn State University, University Parks, PA, and Indiana University Southeast. Stallard was commissioned to create a 3-D wall-sized relief print as part of the dedication of the Ogle Cultural and Community Center by the then-retiring Chancellor, Leon Rand.
Michael Koerner is currently a Lecturer in Fine Arts & Graphic Design at Indiana University Southeast. He holds an M.F.A. in Painting, a B.F.A. in Printmaking and S.V.Q Level III in Health & Social Care.
Michael has exhibited in a vast number of solo and group shows that span the Atlantic, including the US, Scotland, London and Munich. His work has been internationally recognized by Sothebys, Bonhams and Phillips Auctioneers and currently resides in permanent corporate collections located in US, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
While satire is the thread that runs through the majority of his work, Michael is also known for setting up scenes of questionable narrative, creating word play, introducing a visual form of onomatopoeia to develop his ideas and visually engaging the public on a micro & macro level.
Additional information about Michael’s art practice can be found at his website, www.brokenchameleon.com.