Jordan College of the Arts

Leadership in the Arts

The Leadership in the Arts Lecture Series brings trailblazers in arts to Butler University.  They are visionary leaders who advance the arts through innovation and individuality.  We bring them to the Jordan College of the Arts to foster dialogue, give courage to risk-takers, and support our mission to create great artist-citizens in our students.

All events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. 

There may not be a series this year in anticipation of the opening of the Schrott Center in 2013.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Benjamin Ball: Artist, designer and founder of Ball-Nogues Studio

"Fast, Cheap & In Control"
7:30 p.m., Robertson Hall, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Free of charge; reservations required

BallBest known in Indianapolis for the last season's brightly colored string installation "Gravity's Loom" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Benjamin Ball, is an artist, designer and founder of Ball-Nogues Studio in Los Angeles. Ball grew up in Colorado and Iowa, where his mother's involvement in theatre proved influential. While studying for his degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Ball logged stints at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis. Upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films (including The Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials with such influential directors as Mark Romanek and Tony Scott. His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design.



UrbanskiWednesday, March 21, 2012
Krzysztof Urbanski: Music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

"Krzysztof Urbanski in Conversation With Jordan College of Fine Arts Dean Ron Caltabiano"
7:30 p.m., Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Free of charge; reservations required

Krzysztof Urbanski is the new music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and, at 29, the youngest music director of any major North American orchestra. Hear him talk about his meteoric career path, the music he's conducting on this season's concerts, and his plans for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Urbanski graduated from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw in 2007, and in the same year was the unanimous First Prize Winner of the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition. He served as assistant conductor to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra from 2007-2009. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Music (Orchestral Conducting) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Urbanski's recent work includes a hugely successful Japanese tour and triumphant return to Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and his debut at The Pacific Music Festival. He conducts orchestras around the world, including the Concertgebouw, Wiener Symphoniker, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and in the United States, including the National Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Jennifer Homans: Dance critic, historian and author of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

"Apollo's Angels: Ballet's Past and Why It Matters"
7:30 p.m., Robertson Hall, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Free of charge; reservations required

Apollo's AngelsAs Indianapolis City Ballet prepares to launch its Residency Company, returning professional Ballet to Indiana for the first time in more than five years, Jennifer Homans, author of the first-ever cultural history of ballet, Apollo's Angels, will talk about the past, present and future of this art form. Homans is a former professional dancer who was trained at the North Carolina School for the Arts and The School of American Ballet, and performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Currently the dance critic for The New Republic, she has written for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, You Magazine,and The Australian. She earned her B.A. at Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Modern European History at New York University. She is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University. Watch Charlie Rose's interview with her here.

 Previous Leadership Through the Arts Forum Speakers Show


2010 - 2011

Larry Todd- Sept 29, 2010
Arts and Sciences Professor of Music, Duke University 

Cameo Carlson- February 10, 2011 *
Executive Vice President, Universal Motown Republic Group

Ralph Lemon - March 23, 2011
Performance Artist, Dancer


2009 - 2010

Alessandra Comini- Sept 10, 2009
Author, Art Historian

Bernardo Rey - Jan 21, 2010
Performer, Director, Designer 

Joe Goode- Mar 3, 2010
Dancer, Choreographer

Lloyd Garver - Mar 18, 2010 *
TV writer, producer; Online columnist


2008 - 2009

Daniel Pink- Oct 29, 2008

Lee Kessler - Nov 13, 2008
President, Charlotte, NC Arts Council

Mike James - Mar 5, 2009
Founder of online News Blues

Sally Youens - Apr 2, 2009
Musicologist, University of Notre Dame


2007 - 2008

Leonard Slatkin- Sept 20, 2007
Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra

Kristin Linklater - Oct 5, 2007
Internationally acclaimed theatre voice expert

Alison Wotherspoon- Jan 24, 2008
Documentary film maker

Denise Jefferson - Feb 14, 2008
Director, The Ailey School

Michael Kammen - Mar 26, 2008
Author and Cultural Historian


2006 - 2007

Michael Kimmelman- Oct 5, 2006
Art Critic, The New York Times

Joe Goode - Nov 9, 2006
Dancer, choreographer

Maxwell Anderson- Feb 8, 2007
Director and CEO, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Ric Burns - Feb 22, 2007
Documentary filmmaker and producer, PBS

Jeffrey Kimpton - Mar 22, 2007
President, Interlochen Center for the Arts


2005 - 2006

Cindy Patrick- Oct 20, 2005
Exec vice president, News Division Operations, CNN

Robert Lynch- Nov 7, 2005
President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Alonzo King - Feb 16, 2006
Dancer, choreographer and founder, LINES Ballet

Anne Bogart - Mar 23, 2006
Founder and artistic director, SITI Company


2004 - 2005

Philip Glass- Nov 12, 2004

Arnold Lehman - Feb 14, 2005
Director, Brooklyn Museum of Art

Ken Auletta- Mar 1, 2005
Media critic, The New Yorker

Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras - Apr 1, 2005
Founder, Opus 118; music educator


2003 - 2004

Paul Goldberger- Nov 12, 2003
Critic, The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize, 1984

Jacques D'Amboise - Feb 24, 2004
Founder, National Dance Institute; Kennedy Center Honors Recipient

Richard Florida - Mar 24, 2004
Author, The Rise of the Creative Class


2002 - 2003

Leon Botstein- Sept 7, 2002
President, Bard College (NY) and music director, American Symphony Orchestra

Mitchell Korn- Jan 23, 2003
Founder and President, Artsvision

Ben Cameron- Feb 20, 2003
Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group

Brian Payne - Apr 23, 2003
President, Central Indiana Community Foundation

* Denotes The Howard Schrott Media Arts Lecture Series