Distinguished Alumni Award

The association’s Board of Directors has annually recognized an alumna or alumnus for exemplary career achievement and service to their alma mater.

Nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumni Award

Past recipients

Harry A. Davis Faculty Award

The Herron Alumni Association awards the Harry A. Davis Faculty Award annually to an outstanding faculty member of the Herron School of Art and Design who has demonstrated an outstanding and extraordinary commitment to Herron students.


All part-time, adjunct, and full-time faculty are eligible.


The award is intended for individuals who are recognized by students as having made truly extraordinary contributions to their educational experience. The emphasis in selection of award recipients will be on out-of-class mentoring as well as in-class teaching at the Herron School of Art and Design. Nominations should speak to the candidate’s unique service to students.

Nomination process

Part-time and full-time students currently enrolled in the Herron School of Art and Design may serve as a nominator.

Note: Please be sure to include a nomination letter (copy/paste into area on form) which summarizes why the candidate being nominated makes such a distinctive contribution. Examples should show involvement with students beyond the normal and expected requirements of a candidate’s position with the Herron School of Art and Design.

Candidates are eligible for nomination in successive years.

Nominate someone for the Herry A. Davis Faculty Award

Selection committee

The committee will be comprised of members of the Herron Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

The successful candidate will be honored at Awards and Honors Night each year and his or her name will be placed on permanent display on a plaque in Eskenazi Hall.

About Harry Davis

Harry A. Davis earned his BFA from Herron in 1938, the same year he won the Prix de Rome in Painting. In 1941 he was named Artist-in-residence at Beloit College, Wisconsin. After enlisting in the Army in 1942, he designed camouflage in North Africa and in 1944 became a combat artist with the Fifth Army Historical unit in Italy. The drawings and paintings completed during this time are property of the War Department at the Pentagon. His studio was located in Brownsburg until 1960. At that time, he began an ongoing series of paintings of landmarks that interested him and has since completed over 500 of these paintings. For 37 years he taught drawing and painting at the Herron School of Art and was proclaimed Professor Emeritus. In 1971, the school recognized his 25th year of teaching with a stipend from the Milliken Fund for research in England. For the Indiana Sesquicentennial in 1972 he presented an exhibition entitled “My City” at the Herron gallery. A sabbatical in 1975 enabled him to paint in Southern Indiana for his “A Segment of the Historic Ohio River Valley” as part of the U.S. Bicentennial celebration in 1976. For a traveling show in 1983, “Here and There; The Italian Influence,” he compared buildings of Indiana to those of Italy. Because of his fascination with Hoosier architecture, he received the Sandi Servaas Memorial Award from Historic Landmarks of Indiana. Harry Davis, a lifetime member of the Herron Alumni Association, passed away in February 2006 at the age of 91.

Spirit of Herron Award

The Herron Alumni Association presents the Spirit of Herron Award annually to the graduating senior who embodies the essence of the student artist. The alumni association is asking for your help in nominating a Herron senior for this award.

Nominate a graduating senior for the Spirit of Herron Award

The recipient is chosen based on their involvement in school activities and organizations, personal achievements in art, and community involvement. Faculty and staff may nominate any Herron graduating senior. Applications are reviewed by a panel of alumni with the award presentation being made at the honors convocation. You may nominate as many students as you’d like.

The award recipient will receive $500 and a 3-year membership in the Herron Alumni Association.

Please take a moment today to nominate the Herron senior(s) that you feel best exemplify the Spirit of Herron by completing the nomination form.

If you have questions or comments, please call Kimberly (Helton) Merritt, Director of Alumni Programs at 317-274-8905 or e-mail her at