Artist-in-Residence to Teach Woodworking Class During Immersive Term
Events and Lectures
Artwork by Kimberly McNeelan

Photo provided by Kimberly McNeelan

The Franklin College Department of Art will welcome artist Kimberly McNeelan to campus to teach a woodworking class during Immersive Term in January. The class, “Design and Function in Woodworking,” will give students the opportunity to research, sketch, study different materials and try different fabrication processes––such as mold making, carving and basic woodworking.

Students will take the class during Immersive Term, an intensive four-week term in January. The final project will be a collaboration between the students and the instructor to create a temporary site specific public sculpture that will be displayed on campus from Thursday, Jan. 23 through Tuesday, Feb. 18. In addition, McNeelan will also display pieces of her own work. Guests may view the art exhibit Monday through Friday,   8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Elba L. & Gene Portteus Branigin Atrium on the first floor of the Johnson Center for Fine Arts. Guests may learn more about McNeelan and her artistry during a free lecture, titled “Community Function,” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. The lecture will be held in the Henderson Conference Room, on the second floor of the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, and will be followed by a reception.

David Cunningham, professor of art at Franklin College, said McNeelan’s class gives students a unique experience to learn a new form of art from a real working artist who is not an employee of the college.

“This gives students the opportunity to explore a different medium, methodologies and perspectives that they wouldn’t get in their normal coursework,” Cunningham said.

McNeelan is an Indianapolis-based sculptor and furniture maker, and she celebrates community, nature and healthy living through public artwork. She apprenticed through the Baulines Craft Guild with Michael Cullen of Sonoma, California, and has traveled internationally to study art and design. She is an author for Woodworker’s Journal, a professor at Butler University, and teaches woodworking at the Indianapolis Art Center. To learn more about McNeelan, visit

McNeelan is the fourth visiting artist to visit Franklin College’s campus during Immersive Term, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Allen W. Clowes Foundation to establish the Clowes Visiting Artist Endowment Fund. The visiting artist program is a biennial program. Past artists to visit Franklin College include: Stephen Cefalo, an American artist in 2018; Sayaka Ganz, a Japanese sculptor, in 2016; and Artur Silva, a Brazil native, in 2014.

Contact the Franklin College Office of Communications for more information at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Dec 17, 2019