Celebrate the Arts
Indiana University Northwest is more than a university; it is a member of the community. The university recognizes that cultural discovery is an integral part of learning.
This discovery and learning includes building more awareness and involvement in the visual and performing arts through The Gallery for Contemporary Art and Theatre Northwest. The arts programs at IU Northwest have earned an excellent reputation throughout the region for their varied exhibits and production. In addition, the campus boasts the only complete metal foundry and workshop in Northwest Indiana.
Chancellor Emeritus Bruce W. Bergland, who served as the driving force behind the establishment of the Sculpture Garden and many of the arts endeavors at the Gary campus, explained that “the garden fulfills some of the major goals of IU Northwest’s long-range plan for the campus – enhancing cultural discover, particularly with respect to the region, and improving the aesthetic identity of the campus.” Both the garden and its sculptures, for instance, closely reflect the culture and ecology of Northwest Indiana: an industrial landscape at the eastern edge of the prairie.
As Sculptor Neil Goodman suggests, “More than just courses, a university should offer students examples of the culture and art of their own time, not just appropriated, overly familiar images, but a challenging artistic language to encounter as they walk through campus.”