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IU Herron School of Art and Design Alumni Association

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 Association honors 2016 Distinguished Alumna Rachel Meyer Simon

The Herron School of Art and Design Alumni Association will honor Rachel Meyer Simon (B.F.A. ’08) with the 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award during the annual Honors and Awards ceremony during the school’s year-end Look/See event on Thursday, May 4.

Simon is the founder and executive director of The Public Collection, a public art and literacy project in downtown Indianapolis with nine free lending libraries. She joins recent recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award including:

Terrance Main (B.F.A. '76);
Steve Mueller
(B.F.A. ’76), 2014; 
Lois Main Templeton (B.F.A. ’81 in Painting), 2013;
Garo Antresian (’48 in Fine Arts), 2012;
Mike Garber (B.F.A. ’97 in Visual Communications), 2011;
David Bowen (B.F.A. ’99 in Sculpture), 2010; 
Leah Traugott (’46 in Painting), 2009; and
Lois Davis (’47 in Painting), 2008.

The association’s Board of Directors has annually recognized an alumna or alumnus for exemplary career achievement and service to their alma mater. In her nomination letter, Dean Valerie Eickmeier wrote: “While attending Herron Rachel was actively involved in student organizations, provided mentorship to other students, organized student exhibitions in community venues and also facilitated open channels of communication between students, staff and the dean.
Several years after graduating Rachel became a strong advocate for Herron’s newly launched Art Therapy Program. Her personal support resulted in a charitable gift from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation’s to help established community internship sites for art therapy students.”

Simon explained, “The value of art reaches far beyond the aesthetic. I think through Herron’s Art Therapy Program, the general public will begin to see and understand the value of the arts at a more tangible level.” She added, “We are excited to see education, art and healthcare create a collaborative and mutually beneficial program that improves the lives of patients and students.”

Dean Eickmeier also noted that with The Public Collection, “The project not only elevated the unique character of Indianapolis, but provided a venue for Indiana-based artists—many alumni of Herron—to compete for the commissions, including one slot that was reserved for a Herron student. Kimberly McNeelan earned that commission with her work The Evolution of Reading, which is installed in White River State Park.”

Simon will receive the award during Herron’s annual Honors and Awards ceremony, taking place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at in the IUPUI Campus Center, fourth floor.

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 2016 and 2017 are eligible to sign up online. Try out these benefits—and many more—during your first, free year of membership

Herron Alumni Open Studio

Eskenazi Hall, Room 206
Tuesday 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.

Join the Alumni Association

Your membership in the Herron Alumni Association includes membership in the Indiana University Alumni Association.

Membership in the Herron Alumni Association is open to all former students who have completed one full semester in good standing. Graduates and former students are urged to keep the alumni office informed of their latest activities and addresses. Each graduate of Herron School of Art and Design receives a one-year membership in the Herron Alumni Association as a gift of the association.

Herron Alumni Association Websites

LinkedIn Group

Facebook Group

Herron Alumni Association Officers

President: Duane King, '83
Vice President: Susan Peters, '09
Secretary/Treasurer: Samantha Julka, '12
Past President: Sara Love, '75

General Transcript Information

Request a copy of your academic transcript from IUPUI.

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

Sandi Ballard

  • Sandi BallardClass of 1991
  • Major:
    Visual Communications
  • Website:
  • Position on the Herron Alumni Association’s Board of Directors:
    Member at Large
  • Employer
    Owner at Growing Forward
  • Interests
    Sports, wine, art and business
  • Awards and Affiliations
    2008-Finalist, Indy's Best & Brightest;
    2007-Finalist, Sports Achievement Award-YWCA's Salute to Women of Achievement;
    2006-Executive of the Year, Women's Professional Football Leage;
    2006-Spirit Winner, IU Entrepreneurial Awards of Distinction;
    1995-Optima Award, logo design.

    2014-Current: Board Member, Herron School of Art Alumni Assoc.;
    January 2010-October 2014: Board Member, Secretary Partnership for Lawerence, Arts Awareness Group (Currently an event volunteer as well as special events/Capital Campaign Committee Chair;
    2014-Current: Circle of Learning Committee Chair, Network of Women Business Owners (NAWBO);
    2014-Current: Ambassador & Showcase Coordinator, Business Network International (BNI).
  • Why did you choose Herron?
    My art teacher was telling a few of us about it in high school. I knew of the reputation and applied!
  • Advice to Undergraduates
    Be prepared to work hard. Get marketing and/or business classes of some sort in your schedule and if you can't for some reason…FIND SOME! Your talent IS marketable and can be a viable career. Don't get discouraged! It's hard but you can do it!
  • Why is the Herron Alumni Association important to you?
    To be connected to Herron again. To help develop ways for the current students to become successful!

Job Board –

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

Herron School of Art web site

IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations contact:
Kim Merritt
(317) 274-8905