Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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I had been hearing some rumors recently that have since been confirmed. I regret to inform everyone that David Russick, gallery director at the Herron School of Art, will no longer be at Herron after this month. He has officially resigned and has agreed to join the exhibition design department at the IMA.
David had come to Herron as I was an undergrad and even taught my capstone course. Aside from being a talented painter, professor and an insightful gallery director, he continues to be one of the most sincerely generous people I have known. I believe this will be Herron's great loss, while being the IMA's gain. The grapevine tells me that some recent changes made it so, that he would have to reapply for his own job year after year. Whether this impacted his decision or not is only speculation but I will say this, what sort of loyalty and job security would that policy instill? After more than ten years at Herron, one would expect a stronger sense of acceptance, as well as job security. How many good professors does Herron need to lose before someone notices?
I am thankful that he has found a new home here in Indianapolis and wish him and his the best of luck. I expect he will be a welcome addition to the IMA. Good Luck David.