Explore four campus Fine Arts haunts during Halloween night Open Studios event

Visitors are in for a treat when artists share their tricks at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts Open Studios event Friday night.

Four separate art buildings on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus will be open to the public, with interactive art activities and displays of student artwork at each site. Hours vary by site.

As a Halloween bonus, a costume contest will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the Fuller Projects Gallery at the McCalla School. At 9 p.m. prizes will be awarded for best single, couple and group costume.

Open Studios poster

The 2014 Hope School of Fine Arts Open Studios event will be held Friday. Poster by Jordan Tarantino.

The Fine Arts Building, 1201 E. Seventh St., will be open 6-8 p.m. with hands-on activities including letterpress printing, drawing, painting and scarf dyeing. Also, a green screen picture booth will allow participants to engage with backdrops of unusual places.

Ceramics and printmaking are the focus at the Central Stores Art Annex, 1026 E. 11th St., from 7-9 p.m. Witness a raku firing, peruse student ceramics or head to the loading docks for food, drinks and dancing.

Morgan Hall, 909 E. 11th St., and McCalla, 525 E. Ninth St., are both open 8-10 p.m.

At Morgan Hall, visitors can make masks, listen to a band, pause for pizza or paint a mural along with art students. Games and studio-to-studio trick-or-treating also are planned.

In McCalla, an opening reception will be held for Erik Van Scoik’s “Augury: A Performance and Exhibition,” which is billed as a surreal horror comic.

Undergraduates who fill a punch card by visiting all 10 studio areas within the four buildings will be eligible to win prizes in a drawing at 9:30 p.m. Punch cards can be picked up at The Friends of Art Bookshop in the Fine Arts Building from 6-7 on the night of the event.

Maps will be available at all locations.

Artist studio with ceramics

Ceramics is one art area featured in Friday’s Open Studios event. Photo by Carissa Carman.

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