Hite Art Institute, Department of Fine Arts


Hite Art Institute's professors receive research grants

Three Hite Art Institute professors have received internal research grants for 2017:

Professor Rachel Singel has received an Arts and Sciences Research and Creative Grant Award for her studies in non-toxic printmaking.

Professor Jim Grubola has received an Arts and Sciences Research and Creative Grant Award for producing a series of new drawings and presenting them in an exhibition.

Professor Meena Khalili has been awarded an Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation (EVPRI) grant for her proposal “Architecture and Type: International Intersections and the Moving Image."

Rachel Singel working in Printmaking Studio

Jim Grubola in drawing studio

Menna Khalili on her grant project

Dr. Delin Lai promoted to full professor

The UofL Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Dr. Delin Lai to full professor. Congratulations!

In the last five years, Dr. Lai has published eight key works, including two books, five articles in refereed journals, and one book chapter. His most recent book "The History of Modern Chinese Architecture" is a five-volume anthology published in August 2016, sponsored by the National Publication Foundation of China. Professor Lai was the chief editor of this book project, working with co-editors Drs. Wu Jiang, and Xu Subin, and over 50 scholars and 30 researchers from 32 universities in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Germany, and the United States to complete this extensive book project. This book is a significant landmark in the study of modern Chinese cities and architecture, and will provide a new foundation for the future development in this field.

Dr. Delin Lai has been the Head of the Art History Program since fall 2014. He was a recipient of the 2015 University of Louisville Distinguished Faculty Award in Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity in the Humanities.

Professor Tiffany Calvert receives Olorunsola Award

Professor Calvert's work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including Lawrimore Project in Seattle, E.TAY Gallery in New York, and Carl & Sloan Contemporary in Portland, OR. She is a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and residencies at the ArtOmi International Arts Center (NY), I-Park Foundation (CT), and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA). In 2010 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her current studio research investigates the relationship of digital media to the reception and perception of images.

Her 2017 Olorunsola Award proposal, "Hybrid Painting in the Expanded Field,” will pursue producing four large scale abstract fresco paintings on three-dimensional relief surfaces, carved using 3D modeling. The use of old and new technologies will explore pictorial space in contemporary painting.


Professor Ying Kit Chan presents at FATE Conference

Professor Ying Kit Chan presented at the 16th Biennial Foundation In Art: Theory and Education (FATE) Conference (April 6th-8th, 2017) hosted by the Kansas City Art Institute. His talk was "Integrating Sustainability into the Art Curriculum." Professor Chan was the organizer of the first FATE biennial conference hosted by the University of Louisville in 1986.

Conference details


Jessica Bellamy selected as a fellow for the Unschool of Disruptive Design

Jessica Bellamy (BFA 2012, summa cum laude) who graduated with double tracks in both graphic design and 2D studios, has been selected as a fellow for the Unschool of Disruptive Design. She will participate in a week-long program for emerging leaders this April in San Francisco. [http://unschools.co/fellowships]. Through her own business — GRIDS : The Grassroots Information Design Studio — she's been bringing her energy to "creating conscious and responsible design." This is a deserved recognition for what Jessica is already doing in the world of design, community engagement, and social change.


photo of Jessica Bellamy

Kathryn Harrington - I think therefore I EXPOSE

photo of Kathryn Harrington

Kathryn Harrington
BFA Photography ‘16
Yarmuth Federal Photography Intern

Degree and graduation date
BFA Photography 2016 

Academic interests       
I love to research alternative photographic processes and photographic history. I also enjoy painting and drawing. As far as academics, besides my art classes, my favorite classes were art history and humanities classes.

What sparked your interest in studying fine arts, and photography in particular?            
I can honestly say that I have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved all areas of art, but I knew that photography was what I wanted to do when I took my first black and white film photography class in high school at Sacred Heart Academy.

I discovered that I loved documenting stories, whether they are my own, those of people around me, or stories throughout my community.

Tell me about a project or story that you consider to be the most significant in your undergraduate education thus far.       
The most significant project I worked on for my undergraduate education was my senior BFA show, “Archive Exposed.” That work has been a way to explore the history of my ancestors by utilizing a large amount of family photos that date back to the late 1800’s.

Through that piece I discovered that while I possess a large amount of information about my history, I also recognize the lack of information that is inevitable with the passage of time and distortion of memory. To show that lack of information I reproduced each photo and put it through an alternative photographic process that physically strips away portions of the image, leaving them to be incomplete shadows of the past.

You were awarded the first Federal Photography Internship for Congressman John Yarmuth. How did that come about, and what was that experience like?       
The internship with Congressman Yarmuth was by far the best experience of my college education. It came about when Judy Look, a wonderful congressional aid working for Congressman Yarmuth, saw the installation “Bloodline,” created by my mentor, Prof. Mary Carothers (Fine Arts). The installation was displayed during the Louisville Photo Biennial at Galerie Hertz and incorporated media images while confronting issues of segregation. After seeing the installation, Mrs. Look contacted Prof. Carothers about creating a Federal Photography Internship.

Knowing that I have a love for photojournalism, Prof. Carothers told me about the opportunity and it was the most incredible experience from start to finish. Mrs. Look contacted me about different events that Congressman Yarmuth would be attending that the office wanted photographed. Once I documented the event, I sent my photos to Christopher Schuler, the Communications Director for Congressman Yarmuth’s office in Washington D.C. to use for archival and social media purposes.

Through that internship I met so many great people and had so many unique experiences that helped me grow as a photographer. Not only did I learn more about my community, but I also learned from Congressman Yarmuth and his staff about the amount of work that goes into keeping Louisville great, while continuously working to improve it. I am so grateful to have been able to continue the internship for my last semester and that I got to continue to work with such a great group of people.

Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life?  Tell me about them.         
First and foremost my greatest mentors have always been my parents and my grandmother. They have always encouraged me to pursue what I love to the fullest extent and have always supported my passions.

Two other key mentors who have influenced me are Department of Fine Arts professors Mary Carothers and Mitch Eckert. I have learned so much from them both and have received invaluable advice, lessons, and opportunities that continue to help me grow as a photographer.

What inspires you?
I have always enjoyed drawing inspiration from a lot of different areas. I especially get inspiration from other photographers and artists working in other media. But I am also inspired by nature, geometry, cultures around the world, history, literature, architecture, the list goes on and on.       

Plans for the future?    
I’m really hoping to go into photojournalism.

Professor Steven Skaggs published new book "FireSigns"

In "FireSigns," Professor Skaggs introduces a semiotic theory of graphic design, exploring semiotic concepts from design and studio art perspectives and offering useful conceptual tools for practicing designers.


Fire Signs book cover

Chuck Byrne named a Fellow of AIGA San Francisco

Chuck retired from teaching graphic design at San Jose State University, but continues freelance design through his studio Chuck Byrne Design in Oakland. From 1986-95 he was a contributing editor for Print magazine. Chuck's works are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design; Harvard University; Detroit Institute of Arts; AIGA Archives in the Denver Art Museum; and U.of L. Photographic Archives.

Photo of Chuck Byrne
Photo: Chuck Byrne standing in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in front of the portfolio, “Twelve Around One,” he designed with Buckminster Fuller.

Design class helps area nonprofits

Design Students

On a recent morning, students from Hite Art Institute’s Design for Public Issues course gathered one last time before the semester’s end to present an important Christmas present.

They passed a binder, wrapped in gold paper, off to members of the Louisville Climate Action Network, the nonprofit they were tasked with working with for the semester.

The binder held the brand standards guide for the new suite of marketing materials the students had designed for the group – everything from a new logo, website, print materials, social media elements and environmental graphics for a proposed brick and mortar outreach center called the EcoDepot.

Like passing off a driver’s manual, the brand standards will allow LCAN to use the students’ designs to fulfill its mission of educating locals on how to reduce their carbon footprint.

“It makes us feel good to see it all out there in the world,” said Leslie Friesen, class instructor.

Since 2010, the course has served as a culminating, service learning experience for BFA students in the Graphic Design program, where they can apply all they’ve learned in their prior two years of classes. Students work as a team with a nonprofit to develop materials that effectively communicate the organization’s message and provide a strong, cohesive visual identity.

“The overall goal is to increase awareness, involvement and support for these nonprofits,” Friesen said.

Leslie Friesen

Organizations selected have limited resources and couldn’t otherwise afford the work.

For example, Friesen said a private agency would likely have charged LCAN as much as $200,000 for the the number of hours that the team of 13 students put into the project. 

“This is the huge advantage of having a metropolitan research university in this city – the focus on service. Students and faculty take the education process and apply it to the needs of the community as they’ve done here,” said Barry Zalph, an LCAN board member.

Zalph said the experience was educational for them as well, as they were exposed to tools they hadn’t even considered using.

The group had a simple website, a Facebook page, a few flyers, but not much else.

“They needed everything from soup to nuts,” Friesen said.

To help with the large task, the class visited Humana’s Digital Experience Center where members of their creative team, which included several Hite graphic design alums, lead them in a workshop that introduced their process of designing collaboratively. That process was incorporated into this year’s class as they developed initial design ideas for LCAN’s work.

“It got us building off each other’s work,” Friesen said.

Students said they felt proud of the end product.

“I’m surprised by how much work we got done,” said senior Jenna White.

“… and how well we worked together,” agreed Jennie DiBeneditto, also a senior.

written by Niki King

John Haley featured in IIDA Member Spotlight


John Haley is a busy man.  He works full time as a Custom and Product Development Color Tech for LSI Wallcovering, works part-time as an Interior Designer at Honest Homes and runs a creative workshop at Crane House Asia Institute which was recently part of an Art show that he curated!

John has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in Communications, both from the University of Louisville.  John has been in the Design Industry for approximately a year and a half.  He expressed his interest in the Industry during his University experience through Visual Merchandising, internships, curating window displays and event planning.

He feels that a turning point in his career was when he started working at LSI Wallcovering. He says that his position there has “opened a wonderful can of worms that just so happened to actually be cocooned caterpillars ready to burst and begin their life in flight.”  He absolutely enjoys his time there, getting dirty with all sorts of inks and metallic on a regular basis, he finds it next to impossible not to find something to be inspired by there.

When asked what he would do differently if given the chance for a ‘do over.’  He says that he would have loved to have studied some aspects of Science.  He mentions Chemistry or Biology to perhaps develop a concept for a living house.  He also finds the beauty of Science to be inspiring.

His favorite Interior Design Project was his opportunity to work with the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute by helping to develop their MFA rehab building’s layout and concept.  He found it most exciting to share renderings and concepts with the Institute.

If John were to host a dinner party for his ideal fantasy guest list, the invitees would include: Jean-Michel Basquiat, his little sister Micah and his maternal Grandmother.  He would also invite Marco Polo, John Candy, Zaha Hadid, Brittany Murphy, Toussaint Louverture and Jane Jacobs.  When asked what we might not know about him he replies that he grew up in Sugarland, Texas!

written by Lisa DeFreese

Professor Ben Hufbauer interviewed on “UofL Today with Mark Hebert”

Professor Ben Hufbauer was interviewed on “UofL Today with Mark Hebert" radio show. Professor Hufbauer discussed President Obama’s presidential library and the history of presidential libraries. Listen to the interview this Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m. on 93.9 FM TheVille.

Professor Benjamin is interviewed by Mark Hebert.

Mark Hebert interviews Professor Ben Hufbauer.

President Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson and Lyndon Baines Johnson in front of the Johnson Library and Johnson School of Public Affairs, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, 1971. Architect: Gordon Bunshaft. Photo Courtesy of the Johnson Library.

Congratulations to the 2016 Fall BFA students

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2016 BFA Thesis Exhibitions at Schneider Hall Galleries. The exhibition displays artwork in a variety of mediums from those students graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Hite Art Institute.

Each BFA candidate contributes their unique vision as represented by a concentrated body of work developed to demonstrate their readiness to enter the professional art world upon graduation.The exhibition features the artwork of Blake Beam, Mary Clore, Lauren Cockroft, Kathryn S.W. Harrington, Robyn Kaufman, Jordan Marcum, Ian Pemberton, and Jen Smith.  The exhibition runs though Friday, December 9. 

 Group photo of Fall 2016 BFA Candidates

Kathy McQuade Olliges presents work at 21c Museum

Kathy McQuade Olliges (M.A. in Sculpture, 2006) is in the exhibition entitled "The Future is Female" at 21C Museum opening Friday, November 18 (reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). The title of her piece in the show is "Supply & Demand."

The Future is Female:

Kathy McQuade Olliges

BFA students selected in State of Fine Arts exhibition

Jackson Taylor and Lucas Keown (BFA students) have been selected to represent the Hite Art Institute in this year's State of Fine Arts show featuring student works from seventeen colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

State of Fine Arts will be on view in the Wilson Fine Arts Gallery of the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Art Building at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky, through December 16. The public is invited to an opening reception at 6:00 PM in the Wilson Gallery.

Print by Jackson Taylor

Jackson Taylor

Print by Lucas Keown

Lucas Keown

Workshop on Bookbinding and Printmaking in the Age of Shakespeare

On Saturday, November 12th at the Hite Art Institute, Professors Barbara Hanger and Rachel Singel, and Nick Baute and Robert Ronk of Hound Dog Press led a free workshop on Bookbinding and Printmaking in the Age of Shakespeare as part of this fall’s “Will in the Ville” festivities. Participants had the opportunity to bind a book of their own, set their names in type, and print a copy of Hamlet's Soliloquy. In addition, Professor Rachel Hilmer (Theatre Arts) worked with the participants in a reading activity to better understand the evolution of the text's publication.

Thank you to Professors Andrew Rabin and Mark Mattes of the English Department for making this workshop possible! And thank you to to graduate students KCJ Szwedzinski, Monica Stewart, Miranda Becht, and printmaking students Lucas Keown and Ed Laster for helping to make the event such a success!

Professor Steven Skaggs work is included in recent book

Hite Graphic Design Professor Steven Skaggs is one of 15 calligraphers whose work is included in Manuale Calligraphicum, a tribute to the late Hermann Zapf. The preeminent type designer of the twentieth century, Zapf taught summer courses in calligraphy and type design for nine years at RIT (Skaggs studied there in 1980 and 1981). For Manuale Calligraphicum, 15 of Zapf's former students were asked to submit a calligraphed alphabet or quotation in the manner of Zapf’s Pen and Graver of 1950. In an edition of 325 copies published by the Rochester Institute of Technology on handmade paper, hand printed and bound, the book was released in October and is already out of stock.

For his text, Professor Skaggs chose a quote he heard from Hermann Zapf during his first summer course in 1980. Standing before an enormous type specimen book in RIT’s Cary Library Special Collections, Zapf pointed to work of 18th century master Giambattista Bodoni, and said “We are, each of us, brothers and sisters in this art - ink is our lifeblood.” Skaggs jotted the line down in his journal that evening. He thought of the quote when invited by David Pankow, Librarian Emeritus of the Cary Library and director of the tribute project.

Professor Steve Skaggs work is part of a collection giving tribute to Herman Zapf.

The Hite Art Institute participates in "I am Public Art" project

Students and professors from Hite Art Institute participated in this year’s "I am Public Art" event hosted by The Carnegie Center for Art and Art History at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater. The event included pop-up public art created by students from Hite Art Institute, Indiana University Southeast and Kentucky College of Art + Design. Hite’s contribution, WOVEN HISTORIES / THREAED PATHS consisted of a fiber based sculptural representation of the Ohio River.

The group took their cues from New Albany’s deep history in the textile industry and New Albany as a beacon and navigational point on the Underground Railroad. Fabrics were collected and tied into the river structure as a way to speak of community. Additionally, community members helped in the making of the work after it was placed on site. The finished work lit up LED light “stars” at night and extended approximately 25 feet in length. Participants include Professors Kate Byun, Mary Carothers and Maggie Leiniger, MFA candidates Miranda Becht, Marie Elena Ottman and Monica Smith, students from Maggie Leiniger's 3-D Design class and numerous community members from New Albany. All photos by Tom LeGoff.

The Hite Art Institute co-host Mid America Print Conference

The 2016 conference, Print Matters, Printing Matters, is hosted by Indiana University Southeast and the University of Louisville, in collaboration with the Mid-America Print Council. The conference will include demonstrations, panel discussions, portfolio exchanges, exhibitions, Carmon Colangelo as the keynote speaker, and Deborah Maris Lader as the recipient of this year's Outstanding Printmaker award. In addition to activities on the campuses of Indiana University Southeast and University of Louisville, area galleries, museums, artist-run print studios, colleges, universities, and other cultural venues in and around Louisville, KY and southern Indiana will host conference events. This project was supported by Indiana University's New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program. MAPC 2016 will feature panel discussions, demonstrations, and exhibitions that span both sides of the Ohio River, with Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN as the conference’s home base, and the University of Louisville as an anchor in the expanding art scene of Louisville, KY.

To view the conference schedule and register, please visit http://www.mapc2016.org.

Exhibition receptions throughout downtown Louisville and New Albany are free and open to the public, as well as the Vendors and Publishers Fairs, information below:

Vendors Fair - featuring printmaking-related supplies and materials for sale, Thursday Oct 6 (9am-5pm) and Saturday Oct 8 (9am-1pm)

Publisher's Fair - featuring artist-run publishing organizations with original art for sale, Saturday Oct 8 (9am-1pm)

Both Fairs are located in the Hoosier Room, University Center on the IU Southeast campus, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150 Outstanding Printmaker and Keynote speaker

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