Dean's Letter

dean curtisSnow has fallen, melted, and will probably fall again soon, but that has not stopped the activity at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.

As the semester comes to a close, we prepare for more Shakespeare, Speech Night Finals, Senior music recitals, BFA art shows, and The Teddy Bear Concert. Explore for information on all of these events and come watch our students aspire to greatness.

We say a fond farewell to Alan Larkin and Karen Ackoff, who are both retiring at the end of the semester. Larkin, associate professor of fine arts, has taught drawing and printmaking at IU South Bend since 1977. As an active printmaker and painter, Larkin’s work is part of numerous corporate and private art collections and has won many regional and national awards. In addition to teaching, Larkin designs frames through his company Larkin Frame and runs a printmaking atelier for area printmakers.  

Ackoff, professor of fine arts, came to IU South Bend from the Smithsonian Institution in 1997 to develop the graphic design program, now a part of the Department of Integrated New Media Studies. Comfortable working with a computer or a paintbrush, she exhibits nationally and internationally. Her interests reside in the Renaissance techniques of egg tempera and silverpoint.  

As we prepare to celebrate the holidays and the beginning of a new year, the Raclin School of the Arts is preparing for a joyous 2014. The scaffolding has come down in the new Louise E. Addicott & Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall. The walls are up, the stage is being laid soon, and the new seats will arrive by the end of December. There is still time to purchase one to fulfill the vision of Louise Addicott. We look forward to the grand opening on May 1, 2014.  

Also, we are now the owners of three 3-D printers. These unique instruments will be put to use next semester.

Our students will be in competitions starting in January and the Toradze Piano Studio will cap off the academic year by performing with the South Bend Symphony. Along the way there will be exhibitions, performances, lectures, and a variety of examples of inspired artistry.

We wish for you a wonderful holiday season and the best for 2014. Without you—our audience and our supporters—our lives would not be as full or as rich. I thank you for your continued support of our programs and our students through your scholarship dollars, attendance, and good wishes.

Come and see what you have helped create, for you inspire us to aspire to be the best.