Faculty research themes and topics connect across disciplines—from insects and plant life to graffiti and hip-hop culture. They have the potential to impact society on a number of levels—and to aid in our understanding of the art world.
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Two Eskenazi faculty are IUPAH Fellows
Eskenazi School faculty members Heather Akou (pictured at left) and Rowland Ricketts are among the eight Indiana University faculty members who have been awarded the inaugural IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2022. The program aims to accelerate and amplify the work of outstanding IU faculty poised to become national and international leaders in their fields.
Melanie Cooper Pennington
A life-size bronze sculpture of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey by Eskenazi School faculty member Melanie Cooper Pennington was installed September 8 on the Bloomington campus, marking the 75th anniversary of the Kinsey Institute at IU.
Malcolm Mobutu Smith
Associate Professor of Ceramics Malcolm Mobutu Smith explores race and representation in his ceramic sculptures, which incorporate Modernist formalism and comic book vernacular. An exhibition of his work at the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey inspired a ballet.Watch the performance