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School of Creative Arts

A Closer Look Lecture Series

The School of Creative Arts presents a diverse group of artists, art historians and critics in its Closer Look Lecture Series. This series engages the Fort Wayne Community and the Tri-state region in the analysis of specific art forms and artists in a variety of mediums.

All Closer Look lectures and performances are free to the public. This year's series was made possible in part by Canon Explorers of Light, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Landscapes Within - An Evening with John Paul Caponigro
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 7:30pm - North Campus Auditorium at 2702 Spring Street
Made possible by the Canon Explorers of Light program. 
John Paul Caponigro is an Environmental Fine Art Landscape Photographer who works with photo-based digital imaging as his primary medium. His work crosses the lines between photography and painting and displays knowledge of painterly composition and color theory, coupled with content of modern science, psychology, primal cultures, and the environment. The photographer Arnold Newman stated,"...Caponigro's mysterious and magical images go beyond reality or surrealism. He has created a wonderful new world of his own." He has been awarded membership into many photographic organizations including the Photoshop Hall of Fame, the Epson Stylus Pros, Xrite Coloratti, and the Canon Explorers of Light. He is the son of the American photographer Paul Caponigro and Eleanor Caponigro a graphic designer. John Paul attended Yale University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz where he was trained as a painter and later as a photographer. After college John moved to Maine and became an artist in residence at The Center for Creative Imaging. John Paul Caponigro will share his images along with the thoughts and stories behind them. He will highlight useful perceptual skills, emphasize personal vision, and place technique within the context of the history of art. It's an approach you're unlikely to find anywhere else. Landscapes Within presents selected images highlighting the artist’s many collaborations with nature. A pioneer in digital photography, his work dissolves traditional media boundaries, finding new possibilities, during a critical time for photography, the most influential visual medium in history, an agent for change that continually changes itself. These images function simultaneously as windows onto exterior landscapes and mirrors into interior landscapes. Pointing beyond objectivity and subjectivity towards intersubjectivity, it reveals how deeply involved we are in our experiences of the world. This work presents a series of invitations to look, to look again, and to look at looking. The artist’s life’s work is a call to connection. It's a call to connection with nature - the matrix from which we are born, which sustains us while we are alive, and to which we return when we die. It’s a call to incite conscientious creative interaction with our environment. It’s a call to connection with us – with ourselves, with each other, and with the larger world surrounding us. View John Paul Caponigro's work. 

Plein Air Painting – with Tom Keesee and Dr. Esperanca Camara
Tuesday November 5, 2013 7:30pm - North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street
Painting in the outdoors (en plein air) has been regularly practiced by artists since the 17th century and continues to be a key part of the technique of most contemporary landscape painters.  In this lecture, art history professor Esperanca Camara will present the history of this practice from the 17th to the 19th centuries.  Local artist Tom Keesee will then discuss the crucial role that plein air studies play in the creation of his powerful, naturalistic landscapes.

Michael Dinges, New Media Artist
Wednesday February 26, 2014 7:30pm - North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street
Michael Dinges is one of four artists in SOCA’s New Media Exploration exhibition who are pushing the creative boundaries of traditional media. He recreates defunct tools as surfaces for elaborate engravings of natural forms, scientific models, and apocalyptic quotations. Dinges uses a Dremel engraving tool to inscribe into the surface of man-made plastic objects such as laptop computers, buckets, and even a lifeboat. The effect is reminiscent of the 19th century sailor’s art of scrimshaw. Dinges received his BFA from the Arts Center College of Design Pasadena in California, and his MFA from the University of Chicago.  He has participated in multiple exhibitions across the country and his work is included in the collections of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the EBay Corporation and Selig Sacks among others. Dinges is represented by the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. View Dinges work at

Jim Miller, Animator for Studio B
Thursday, March 20, 2014 7:30pm - North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street
Jim Miller (credited as "Big" Jim Miller) is a Canadian artist who works with storyboards, character, and background design in the computer animation industry. He worked 11 years on Ed, Edd, and Eddy, an animated comedy television series on Cartoon Network.  Miller now works as a storyboard supervisor at Studio B Productions where he works on My Little Pony, Kid vs. Kat, and Packages from Planet X.  Miller is a graduate of Vancouver Film School in 2-D Classical Animation Program. This lecture is made possible in part by Appleseed