Herron School Presents Cat Head Press, Cynthia Daignault, and Dereck Velasquez

Photo from Herron official website

Photo from Herron official website

The Herron School of Art and Design is hosting “Artist Talk with Cynthia Daignault + Opening Reception” on Sept. 13. The event will feature artist Cynthia Daignault, prints from Cat Head Press, and Dereck Velasquez. Daignault will discuss her work “Light Atlas,” a 360-part painting, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Following her talk there will be a Q&A session as well as a reception for the opening of the other galleries.

“Light Atlas,” which will be available for viewing in the Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Galleries, is 360 canvases of Daignault’s 10,000-mile journey that began in 2014. She stopped and painted what she saw every 25 miles. This exhibition is the first time that all pieces of “Light Atlas” will be shown together. Daignault considers this her most ambitious work to date.

Daignault, originally from Baltimore, resides in New York and she attended Stanford University. Her work has been featured in many solo shows as well as group shows across the country.

Cynthia Daignault standing in front of "Light Atlas." Photo from Lvl3

Cynthia Daignault standing in front of "Light Atlas." Photo from Lvl3

The Marsh Gallery will feature prints of Cat Head Press and its Herron-alumni founders Dominic Senibaldi, Michael Hoefle, and Liz Wierzbicki in addition to other members of the organization. Cat Head Press, which opened in July 2016 at 2834 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis, is a non-profit community center for fine art printmaking with private studios and community events.


“Chicago had a print studio, but Indianapolis did not,” founder Liz Wierzbicki said over the phone. “We were noticing that many art students were leaving the area after graduating.” This inspired the three Herron alumni to create a place in Indianapolis to allow artists and members of the community to come to express their artistic desires.

Cat Head Press is funded by generous donations from the Indianapolis Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, and support from the iMoca, Englewood CDC and LISC. Funding is also made possible by the studios that artists rent. Cat Head Press even offers a monthly pass for use of its studios. Cat Head Press is in Indianapolis’ Near East Side.

“We are located in a hub of small businesses,” Wierzbicki said.

“Also nearby is a community garden and a library.” This has drawn not only artists, but members of the community to Cat Head Press who are interested in their creativity. More information for Cat Head Press can be found on their website catheadpress.com.

Derick Velasquez’s work entitled “Shade Away” will be featured in the Basile Gallery. Velasquez is an artist from Denver who explores politics of design and urban development through common construction. Velasquez received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2004 and a Master in Fine Arts Sculpture at Ohio State University in 2008. Velasquez’s work has been displayed all over the United States.

“It is inspiring to know that the friendships that can come from such a wonderful school of art can lead to years of collaboration with one another and I look forward to making some of these friendships of my own,” Herron student SaBrandi Powers responded when asked about the art show and Cat Head Press’s involvement.

“And I look forward to seeing what a group of accomplished artists can create when they stick together.”

The three exhibitions will run from Sept. 13 until Nov. 11 and are located on the IUPUI campus. They are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Wednesday until 8 p.m.