Episode 23 of Through the Gates aired via SoundCloud and iTunes Sunday, July 30.
“I have yet to meet the person I can’t teach to draw,” T. Kelly Wilson tells Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan in this week’s episode. Wilson is an architect and director of the Indiana University Center for Art and Design in Columbus.
Wilson talks about the importance of drawing on creativity and invention. “When you go to draw and you look to perceive … the world becomes suddenly very strange and complex,” he said, adding that common notions of what you’re seeing change and modify when translating them to pictures.
IU Center for Art and Design in Columbus opened in 2011 as part of the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design at IU Bloomington. In July 2016, the department formally came together with the fine arts studio programs in the new School of Art and Design. The Center for Art and Design is anticipated to have a major role in the new school, linking faculty and students to the art and architecture of the city of Columbus. “Its purpose is to align the very best of IU academics in art and design with the best of a city that has 65 of some of the most remarkable modern contemporary architecture you can imagine.”
In the spring semester of 2016, Wilson brought together prominent scientists, architects and artists for a “Drawing and the Brain” symposium to discuss the role of freehand drawing and the human imagination.
This episode also introduces Janae Cummings, a new Through the Gates podcast host, who will also be featured in upcoming “Five Questions” segments featuring campus visitors and faculty, staff, students, friends and alums of IU.
Through the Gates: IU This Week is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, The Media School in the College of Arts and Sciences and the IU Newsroom. All episodes are available through SoundCloud and iTunes, or on the Media School website.