Herron School of Art and Design reprising 'Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art' fundraiser

  • March 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's back, and it promises to be better than ever.

The nine holes of miniature golf and original visual art known as the "Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art" will take place April 2 at the Herron School of Art and Design's Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1410 Indiana Ave.

The nine-hole fundraiser -- first held in 2014 -- promises an entertaining mashup of visual art and miniature golf beginning with a VIP reception at 5 p.m. The festivities continue from 6 to 9 p.m.

In a nod to Indiana's bicentennial, teams of Herron students, faculty and alumni are designing the holes with the broad theme "Indiana Landmarks and History."

During this year's event, being held in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, IMA curators will select two of Herron's installations to be included in its Indiana bicentennial-themed mini golf exhibition, opening in May.

The 2016 honorary chairs are Steve and Kathy Henke. The evening's festivities will include a golf-meets-art silent auction, delicious food and drink, music, and voting for "Chairs' Choice" and "People's Choice" awards for best holes.

"Kathy and I are so excited to be involved with this year's Herron Open. It will really be a fun and entertaining event that supports a great cause," said Steve Henke. "The Herron School of Art and Design is a jewel, and we'd love for people who have never seen the talent and energy of Herron faculty and students in full creative mode to come and enjoy the party with those who had such a great time at the previous Herron Open." 

Tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from $35 to $125. Online sales close March 31, but tickets will also be for sale at the door.

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for Herron students and excellence awards for faculty.

Attendees of the inaugural event in 2014 said their friends are still talking about what fun the Open was. The 2014 winners were the hole designed by the Herron sculpture department, which featured human moles that capriciously made play more challenging, and the hole created by the Herron Alumni Association, a colorful tribute to distinguished alumnus and world-renowned printmaker Garo Antreasian.

For more information about "Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art," contact Space Events at spaceindianapolis@gmail.com or Andrea at 317-496-1773.

Pesky human "moles" made play challenging at the Chair's Choice award-winning hole during the Herron Open 2014.

Pesky human "moles" made play challenging at the Chair's Choice award-winning hole during the Herron Open 2014.

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Tamika Catchings was among the guests for Herron Open 2014.

Tamika Catchings was among the guests for Herron Open 2014.

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The Herron Alumni Association won the People's Choice award in 2014 for its hole designed in tribute to distinguished alumnus and world-renowned printmaker Garo Antreasian.

The Herron Alumni Association won the People's Choice award in 2014 for its hole designed in tribute to distinguished alumnus and world-renowned printmaker Garo Antreasian.

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