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Sandy Skoglund artwork on display in 2008

Weatherhead Gallery

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School of Creative Arts

Art Galleries

The School of Creative Arts has 5 galleries that show a variety of work.

Weatherhead GalleryJohn P. Weatherhead Gallery

Located in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication off of Leesburg Road, the John P. Weatherhead Gallery is a major educational resource for the School of Creative Arts. Named after the late John P. Weatherhead, a prominent businessman, art collector and honorary member of University of Saint Francis Art Advisory Committee, the gallery features a yearlong schedule of visual arts exhibits. These exhibits include the work of contemporary, regional, national, and international artists. The gallery also showcases the work of the faculty, students, and alumni throughout the year, and hosts an annual High School Art Exhibition every spring.
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 1pm - 5pm - Summer Hours (May - August): Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm  

37th Annual Ventures in Creativity Exhibition
July 12 – August 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12; 6-9 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m.
The Fort Wayne Artists Guild and the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts presents this regional juried exhibition that focuses on a variety of art media including oil/acrylic, water media, dry media, and 3-D media. Over 100 pieces will be juried into the exhibition which is judged by Wyatt LeGrand, a prominent plein air painter based in Bloomfield, IN.

Presidential Gala: Cape Ann Connections
Saturday, September 6, 2014 6-9pm
Runs through October 5, 2014
The University of Saint Francis will open its arts season with “2014 Presidential Gala: Cape Ann Collection Connections” on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road. Barrett & McNagny LLP and Design Collaborative Inc. are exhibition sponsors. The evening will explore an exhibition of historic paintings produced en plein air, or “in the open air” by artists known for the technique. Scenes from their Cape Ann region, including Gloucester and Rockport, Mass. are depicted. Artists with works in the Weatherhead Gallery exhibition will include Emile A. Gruppe (1896-1978), Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972) and Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), as well as other historical  painters from Cape Ann. The Goldfish Gallery adjacent to Weatherhead Gallery will showcase works by contemporary plein air painters of Cape Ann, such as pieces from the estate of Frederick Rigley (1914 - 2009) and Don Stone of the National Academy. Works by Stone will be on loan from Parkview Physicians Group—Cardiology of Fort Wayne.
As a complement to these exhibitions, the Artist Spotlight Gallery will display the works of Indiana artists Fred Doloresco and Douglas Runyan. Michigan artists Line’ Tutwiler and David Tutwiler will also exhibit. Each artist will display paintings from annual travels to Cape Ann to paint the New England landscape. Collector and artist Douglas Runyan of New Haven, Ind. and Weatherhead Gallery Director Justin Johnson are exhibition coordinators. Runyan, artist-collector Fred Doloresco of Angola, Ind. and collector Lisa Gilman of Wabash, Ind. have loaned artworks for the exhibition.
The Presidential Gala will include food, beverages and live music in a covered outdoor setting between School of Creative Arts buildings A and B, in front of the Rolland Center. A cash bar will be available. Lovers of the arts are invited to attend the free exhibition and evening. The exhibit will continue in the Rolland Center galleries through Oct. 5. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Summer hours May through August are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In tandem with the Presidential Gala, an exhibition lecture, “Douglas Runyan and Fred Doloresco,” will take place Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium at 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne.
Artists and collectors Runyan and Doloresco will present the historical context of Cape Ann and its historic plein air tradition. Noting several works in the exhibition from their own art collections, they will describe the importance of these works in terms of their influence on contemporary plein air painting. They will also describe how they became interested in Cape Ann as artists themselves.

USF Alumni/Faculty Exhibition
October 11 – November 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 2014 6-9pm
This annual exhibition showcases the work of alumni and graduates from the School of Creative Arts. Artwork by current and retired faculty from the School of Creative Arts will also be on display. A variety of media and subject matter will offer something for everyone.

National Contemporary Painting Exhibition
November 8 – December 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 2014 6-9pm
(All galleries will be closed from November 27 – 30, in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday)
This exhibition will present works by 12 nationally recognized artists that focus on painting as an artistic medium. A variety of subject matter from realism to abstraction will be on display. Artists include: Chris Cosnowski (Chicago, IL), Peter Drake (New York, NY), Eric Edward Esper (Chicago, IL), Michiko Itatani (Chicago, IL), William Eckhardt Kohler (New York, NY), Shay Kun (New York, NY), Brenda Moore (Chicago, IL), Judith Mullen (Chicago, IL), Jennifer Presant (New York, NY), Michael Stillion (Columbus, OH), Chris Uphues (New York, NY), Ed Valentine (Delaware, OH). All artists and works are presented by Linda Warren, owner and director of Linda Warren Projects, Chicago. That same evening, an opening receptation for artist Brenda Moore will take place in the Goldfish Gallery. This solo exhibition will feature paintings, mixed-media works, encaustics, and drawings on paper. Her works symbolize the emotions of frivolity and loss and adapt imagery from past history. Her works are presented by Linda Warren, owner and director of Linda Warren Projects, Chicago.

Midwest Drawing Invitational
January 17 – February 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 2015 6-9pm
This exhibition will present works by 5 nationally recognized artists that focus on drawing as an artistic medium. Artists include: Steven Carelli (Chicago, IL), Brett Eberhardt (Macomb, IL), Charles Kanwischer (Bowling Green, OH), James Linkous (New York, NY), and Matthew Woodward (Chicago, IL).

39th Annual High School Exhibition
March 5 – Mar. 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 2015 6-8pm
Awards Ceremony: 7pm
This exhibition features student work from high schools through Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Works are first juried by their high school teachers to a selection of ten works by each school which are then judged by a regional artist at the School of Creative Arts. Cash awards are given to the top artists as selected by the exhibition judge.

39th Annual SOCA Student Exhibition
April 11 – April 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11, 2015 6-9pm
Awards Ceremony: 7:30pm
This exhibition features work by students currently enrolled at the School of Creative Arts. All studio art, communication arts and graphic design, computer art, film, and music technology will be on display. At the opening reception, there will be live performances and a concert prior to the awards ceremony at the North Campus Auditorium.

The Goldfish Gallery

Named for Ellie Golden and Betty Fishman, two outstanding alumna, artists and patrons of the arts, this gallery features a yearlong rotating schedule of student work. The gallery also serves as a teaching lab for students interested in gallery administration. It provides opportunities for students to learn firsthand how to market, display and properly preserve artwork.  The Goldfish Gallery is an extraordinary educational resource and opportunity for students.
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm 

The Artist Spotlight Gallery

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm    

Lupke Gallery

The Lupke Gallery, approximately 650 square feet, is located in the North Campus facilities and features a year long rotation of the university's permanent collection and regional private collections.
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm, Friday: 9am - 12pm 

Rolland Gallery

The Rolland Gallery is located in the Pope John Paul II Center features a yearlong schedule of exhibits that include student work and the permanent collection.
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 9pm, Friday: 8am - 12pm, Saturday: 10am - 6pm, Sunday: 12pm - 8pm