Department Chair and Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Office: Visual Arts Building
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm
Majors must complete a senior project in their elected area of concentration. This two semester course sequence requires a project incorporating in-depth study and exploration of an artistic endeavor. The senior project culminates in a BFA thesis exhibition which is judged by the faculty and reviewed by the public. Students must pass a series of senior exhibit presentations in both semesters prior to participating in the public thesis exhibition. In the second semester each student’s senior thesis exhibition will be reviewed by a committee of the VCD Department faculty. Upon successful completion of this final review, the student is able to exhibit their work with their peers. Successful completion of this exhibition is a requirement to earn the BFA degree.
If a student fails to pass the exhibition project review due to a deficiency in content, skills, or presentation, he/she will be asked to address those deficiencies and the student may elect to resubmit their work for a second review at a later date during the same semester. Information will be provided as to the changes and additions required for resubmission. Failure to pass this review will result in the student’s withdrawal from the course or a grade of F. Students may apply for the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition review no more than two times.
The outstanding Senior Award is presented to honor seniors who demonstrate excellence in their VCD degree program, with exceptional portfolios, superior academic achievement, and exemplification of superior personality and character traits in his or her campus conduct. Awardees will be selected by their peers and approved by the department chairperson. They will be recognized with certificates of achievement.
BFA Thesis Exhibition Awards. The Best of Senior Thesis Exhibition Awards are presented to seniors with exceptional senior thesis projects that contribute significantly to the success of the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition.
A Viewers’ Choice award is presented to the student whose work is determined as outstanding by the viewing public. A voting box is placed in the exhibition space to enable viewers make their decision. The department chairperson processes the ballot.
Award winners and jurors (left to right): Ryan Hake (3rd. Place Imaging and Photography), Simon Fisher (2nd. Place, Graphic Design; Outstanding Senior; Distinguished Service in VCD); John Ilang-Ilang (3rd. Place Graphic Design; Excellence in Graphic Design); Simone Mullin-LeClear (1st. Place, Graphic Design; Best-In-Show); Steve Vorderman (Juror); Lea Ann Powers (Juror); Tony Gerardot (1st. Place Modeling and Animation); David Perry (2nd. Place, Modeling and Animation); Lucas Carter (1st Place, Imaging and Photography); Barbara Mendez (2nd Place Imaging and Photography, Viewers' Choice); Kenneth Furniss (Juror).
2rnd Place Modeling and Animation: David Perry
1st Place Modeling and Animation: Tony Gerardot
3rd Place Imaging and Photography: Ryan Hake
2nd Place Imaging and Photography: Barbara Mendez
1st Place Imaging and Photography: Lucas Carter
3rd Place Graphic Design: John Ilang-Ilang
2nd Place Graphic Design: Simon Fisher
1st Place Graphic Design: Simone Mullin-LeClear
Best-In-Show: Simone Mullin-LeClear
Viewers’ Choice: Barbara Mendez
Outstanding Senior: Simon Fisher
Excellence in Graphic Design: John Ilang-Ilang
Distinguished Service in VCD: Simon Fisher
Award winners and juror (from left):
Amanda Taylor (First Place Imaging and Photography), Kristen Householder (Best in Show), Swikar Patel (Second Place Imaging and Photography, Excellence in VCD), Andre Murnieks (Juror from University of Notre Dame), Kat McKay (Third Place Imaging and Photography), Emma McCarron (First Place Graphic Design, Excellence in VCD), Christopher Aschliman (First Place Modeling and Animation), Alysha Scheidt (Second Place Graphic Design), Kezia D’Souza (Third Place Graphic Design).
Opening Reception in Spectator Lounge, Cinema Center
IPFW Chancellor’s Visit (left to right)
John O’Connell (CVPA Dean), Dr. Vicky Carwein (IPFW Chancellor), Dr. Haig David-West (VCD Chair). In the background is Kristen Householder’s Best in Show winning work.