Sculpture Garden

Indiana University East Sculpture Garden

The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit now has six new sculptures in place throughout the Indiana University East campus.

Each piece is on loan and will be on campus for two years, through August 2019. Artists from across the United States were invited to submit their work for consideration to be included in the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. There were 66 artists who submitted 114 pieces to be juried for the exhibit.

The jurors for the exhibit are IU East faculty Ann Kim, associate professor of fine arts, Carrie Longley, assistant professor of fine arts, and Ed Thornburg, art director.

IU East has nine sculpture pads that were added to outside areas during the campus construction and renovation of the quad area completed in August 2014. The renovation for the quad was designed to provide a more amiable space for campus gatherings and events. This improvements included additional landscaping with a rain garden, pergola, seating, planting new perimeter trees and replacement of some of the inner sidewalks.

The Artists

  • Luke Achterberg, Lexington, Kentucky, “Calibration,” located behind Whitewater Hall
  • Rollin Karg, Kechi, Kansas, “Kinetic Beam 2.2,” located near Springwood Hall
  • Gary Mitchell, St. Louis, Missouri, “Wamazon,” located in front of Hayes Hall
  • Victoria Nieman, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, “The Unending Ache,” located near Tom Raper Hall
  • John Parker, Glenside, Pennsylvania, “Daddylonglegs,” located in front of Whitewater Hall
  • Mary Ratcliff, Jacksonville, Florida, “Symbiosis,” located near the Whitewater Hall patio
  • Greg Mueller, Spartanburg, S. C., "Portal for the Agrarian," located in The Quad, permanent addition from 2015-2017 show.

The Jurors

Ann Kim

Ann B. Kim is a maker and a teacher. Born in NJ, she grew up in Seoul, Los Angeles, and Southern Illinois, before moving to Northern California to pursue her college education. She received her BA in Art History and BFA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley, and holds an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Painting and Drawing from Mills College. She is currently residing in Dayton, OH and is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University East in Richmond, IN. She has exhibited nationally and has been represented by Micaela Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Muse Gallery in Columbus, OH. She is also a recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Sarah Lewis Foundation Painting Scholarship.

Carrie Longley

Carrie Longley is a studio artist and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University East. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Wittenberg University and MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and has received numerous awards including “Emerging Craftsman” from Ohio Designer Craftsman, “The Bobby Kadis Award” at the Fenland School of Crafts, MCACD Individual Artist Fellowship, and the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck “Young Sculptor’s Award.”

Ed Thornburg

Edward Thornburg graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Arts in Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He was fine arts teacher in Northeastern High and Elementary Schools (Fountain City, Indiana) for 35 years. He is currently Lecturer in Fine Arts and Curator of Exhibitions at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. He has won local and national awards for his works and his current art pursuits are “found art” and sculpture.

About the selection

It was an honor and challenge to once again serve as a juror for the 2017 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Fellow jurors Ann Kim, Ed Thornburg and I reviewed a total of 114 submissions. In order to select sculptures for the exhibit, we considered the scale, color, and form of each artwork in relation to the open setting of our campus. In addition, the selections must also be able to withstand the outdoor weather conditions of Indiana over the period of the exhibition. Visitors on campus before sunrise and after dusk may be surprised to see the illuminated portion of artist, Mary Ratliff's sculpture entitled, "Symbiosis." Another special inclusion in this year's exhibit is the kinetic sculpture of Rollin Karg from Kechi, Kansas. His sculpture entitled, "Kinetic Beam 2.2" responds to the open, often windy setting of our campus as shiny, steel orbs rotate around a central axis or beam. I hope the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition will encourage the campus and Richmond community to explore all corners of our beautiful campus at IUE.

Carrie Longley