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IU Herron School of Art and Design Alumni Association

Member Profile

Each month we will feature a current member of the Herron Alumni Association. Check back frequently to see who we feature. We are currently presenting members of the Herron Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Interested in being featured here? Contact us a

Christine Plantenga

  • Christina PlantengaClass of 2010
  • Major:
    Painting (with a minor in Art History)
    Masters in Library Science
  • Website:
  • Position on the Herron Alumni Association’s Board of Directors:
    Member at Large
    Herron Representative on the IUAA Executive Council
  • Employer
  • Interests
    Shelter pets, camping, film, music
  • Awards and Affiliations
    2010 Spirit of Herron Award
  • Why did you choose Herron?
    I was accepted to Herron out of high school, but was unable to attend school at that time. When I moved back to Indiana, I knew I would eventually earn a degree there.
  • Advice to Undergraduates
    Recognize and take full advantage of the opportunity to make work with other artists. It is a privilege that all but disappears when you graduate. Make plans to collaborate with others and never stop making work - no matter how much or how little, how big or how small.
  • Why is the Herron Alumni Association important to you?
    I think it is important for Herron Alumnus to remain involved with the school - not only to help maintain the value of their own degree, but to enrich the experiences of current students as well.

Job Board –

Herron alumni can browse and reply to job postings from local organizations at HerronTalent (registration required.)

The Herron School of Art Alumni Association is hard at work creating and implementing many alumni activities. These efforts will lead to stronger ties between the alumni, students, and faculty at Herron. Are you interested in serving on the Herron Alumni Association’s Board of Directors?  If so, please click here to fill out an interest form.  Know someone who would be a good board member? Click here to nominate someone for the board. 


To promote fellowship of Herron alumni.

To support the students and the school.

To preserve the unique identity of the Herron School of Art.

Alumni sponsored programs include

  • Alumni Workshops
  • Studio Tours
  • Scholarships and awards for outstanding Herron students
  • Spirit of Herron Award for an outstanding graduating senior Herron student
  • Harry Davis Award for outstanding Herron faculty
  • Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
  • Programs to enhance the link between alumni and students that will help preserve the Herron identity
  • Community projects and programs that involve and promote the Herron School of Art

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Herron Alumni Open Studio

Eskenazi Hall, Room 206
Tuesday and Thursday nights
7:00 -10:00 p.m.

Share Your News With Us

Keep us in the know about what you’re up to! We—and your classmates—want to hear about achievements and milestones in your career, your family, and your personal and community pursuits.

Submit a class note for possible publication in Herron communications.

New Graduates

The best part of graduation? Joining the HERRON alumni community for free.

Congratulations on completing your degree—but the best is yet to come! The Herron Alumni Association is your lifetime connection to Herron. And your first year of membership is free after each IU degree you earn. It’s on us, and it’s our way of saying, “Welcome to the family.”

With your IUAA membership, you can:

  • Access exclusive career opportunities and coaching through IUAA Alumni Career Services
  • Search the Alumni Directory for IU alums in your town, your industry, or your employer (if you graduated less than three months ago, request access here)
  • Find an instant community of friends wherever you go through your local IUAA chapter
  • Stay involved with IU
  • Read the Indiana University Alumni Magazine online

The Classes of 2013 and 2014 are eligible to sign up online. Try out these benefits—and many more—during your first, free year of membership

Congratulations to the 2013 Herron Distinguished Alumna: Lois Main Templeton

Lois Main Templeton presented an artist’s talk on October 9th. During that event, she was presented with accept the 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award from the Herron Alumni Association.

Templeton returned to Indianapolis from Maine as Artist in Residence at the Conrad Indianapolis.

Templeton, a protégé of Robert Berkshire, garnered a NUVO Cultural Vision Award in 2011. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Indiana State Museum and The Midwest Museum of American Art, and has twice been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has published The Studio Book: Finding Your Way and the children’s book Who Makes the Sun Rise.

Herron Alumni Association web site

Herron School of Art web site

IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations contact:
Kim Helton, (317) 274-8905 or