Stardust at the Statehouse

Before he moves on to his new gig up north, Indiana governor and Purdue University President-elect Mitch Daniels is getting an office makeover, courtesy of IU.

IU Campus Art took the opportunity yesterday to jazz up the governor’s office with a portrait of American music legend, IU alumnus and Bloomington native Hoagy Carmichael, composer of such pop standards as “Stardust,” “Heart and Soul” and “Georgia On My Mind.”

Now showing at the Indiana governor’s office: Legendary music composer and IU alumnus Hoagy Carmichael (in portrait on left).

The Hoagy portrait, which was transported from the Hoagy Carmichael Room in IU Bloomington’s Morrison Hall, will hang for the next few months in the governor’s office alongside a portrait of another famous IU Hoosier, Ernie Pyle, perhaps America’s most renowned war correspondent and namesake of the building housing the university’s School of Journalism.

Bloomington campus and community members might remember that it was just a few years ago when a sculpture of Hoagy sitting at his Steinway piano took its permanent place in IU’s Fine Arts Plaza. The 2008 dedication of the Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture took place after the sculpture had traveled the state for about a year as part of an educational tour.

So to everyone here in Btown, I say it’s nice to see Hoagy back on the road. And to our good friends up north, if your new president has IU on his mind these next few months, at least now you’ll know why.



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