On This Day in IUPUI History: April 15, 1972

April 15, 1972. 

On this day, a Saturday, IUPUI's Herron School of Art held its first Alumni Association Homecoming. The event received a rolling start during the previous week with an exhibition titled, "Herron Highlights: History of the Art School," in the school's gallery, then located at 16th and Pennsylvania Streets.

The exhibition featured works by former Herron instructors and students. It was divided into periods: "Antecedents, 1877-1890;" "The Forsyth Years, 1891-1933;" "The Mattison Years, 1933-1969," and "Indiana University, 1970-present." It included caricatures of faculty and students. The exhibition continued for another week after the Homecoming celebration.

Herron has produced many distinguished artists in different genres. Starting as an independent degree-granting art school as part of the Art Association of Indianapolis with a bequest from Indianapolis businessman John Herron, in 1967 the school merged with Indiana University. 

Gathering at First Herron Homecoming Celebration, 1972 UA24-003378 

Come to the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives to delve into records of the Herron School of Art and Design. Contact staff at speccoll@iupui.edu.

Updated Apr 15, 2019 by Editor Name Missing