Art legends inspire creative miniature golf course for Herron student scholarship fundraiser
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Andy Warhol's soup can paintings and Picasso's bull series are among the inspirations for a nine-hole miniature golf course created for a fundraiser at Herron School of Art and Design on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.
"The Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art" takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 on the first floor of the art school building, Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.
Tickets for the evening of miniature golf, food and drinks, along with music and a silent auction, are $35 to $125. The event is open to the general public, and proceeds will help fund scholarships for Herron students.
Reagan Furqueron, director of foundation studies at Herron and faculty coordinator for the Herron Open, is spearheading the construction projects needed to transform Eskenazi Hall classrooms into one of the most creative miniature golf courses Hoosiers will ever play.
Nine student-faculty teams representing the school's academic programs -- art history, sculpture, foundation studies, art education, print and painting, visual communication design, ceramics, and furniture design -- and the school's alumni association, have each built a hole, clocking in a total of at least 200 hours on the three-month project.
"None of us have ever built a mini golf course, so we have been making up the rules as we have gone along; but as artists, we are pretty well-prepared for that," Furqueron said. "I gave them two rules to follow: One was that each hole had to be well-made. And the other was that (a hole) had to be playable. Then they could do whatever they wanted to from there."
The builders played some mini golf around town to get a feel for what should happen along the course. While miniature golf enthusiasts will see some similarities with other courses, there are some creative twists to the Eskenazi course.
"It is a little more dimensional than what you are used to ... the (course) at the mall is pretty flat. There are some challenges in this one that are pretty interesting, some tricks," he said.
Although the event can be seen as a "really great cocktail party with mini-golf," its value goes beyond entertainment.
"The fundraiser is for student scholarships, which is why many of our faculty wanted to get involved," Furqueron said. "We know our students give a lot to come to school. All IUPUI students do. And this is a way for us to give back to them."
The project has provided opportunities for freshmen to collaborate with faculty as peers outside a classroom setting, and it has provided graduate students the opportunity to practice their project management skills. The event also provides the community an opportunity to visit Herron's first-class facility.