March 16, 1979.
On this day, the 1979 Student Show exhibited more than 200 works by freshmen, sophomore, and junior students in IUPUI's Herron School of Art BFA program. The show, which continued through April 6, opened with a reception in the main gallery at Herron at 16th and Pennsylvania Streets. The show included works from the Freshman Foundation Program, described as a "carefully coordinated year of diversified study which serves as a base for all future work." More advanced work in a variety of formats--photography, painting, printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture--showcased the development of sophomore and junior students. In all, the show included 235 students' works. The public was welcome to visit to view these and other student works on display at Herron.
The experience of publicly exhibiting their work brought art students closer to the world of working artists. The Herron Gallery has long been the site of important art shows in Indianapolis, including of Herron students who became notable artists.
The IUPUI Special Collections and Archives has extensive records of the Herron School of Art and Design. Researchers are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.