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Yaël Ksander

WFIU's Arts Desk Editor, Yaël seeks out and shepherds the stories of artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people. In addition, Yaël co-hosts A Moment of Science, writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History, produces Speak Your Mind (WFIU's guest editorial segment), hosts music and news hours throughout the week, and lends her voice to everything from accounting courses to nature documentaries. Yaël holds a MFA in painting from Indiana University, an MA in art history from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied languages and literature.

Recent Posts by Yaël Ksander

March 3, 2015

 

 high school student competes at state poetry contest

Off The Page, On The Stage, To Where It’s Needed Most

Poetry Out Loud, the national recitation contest, inspires local high schooler Phiona Raffington to plunge into words and create community among her peers.

February 9, 2015

 

Harry Engel and Thomas Hart Benton pose in front of Benton's mural panel featuring a portrait of Hoosier Group painter William Forsyth, in Bloomington, October 1940 or March 1941.

William Forsyth: The Hoosier Group’s Go-Figure Modernist

Indiana landscape painter William Forsyth’s latent modernism may have secured his place in history—Thomas Hart Benton’s version at least.

January 26, 2015

 

Marian Pettengill (right) leads the low-vision tour.   Rhett Salisbury and Mary Stores take in Julianne Swartz' sound sculpture Terrain (2008).

Museums Find New Ways For Visitors To See Art

It's been said that the essential is invisible to the eye, but how do art museums present their collections to their visually impaired visitors?

January 8, 2015

 

Onya La Tour at her desk.

Planting The Seed Of Modernism In The Brown County Hills

Onya LaTour had hopped a freighter to Russia and run an art gallery in Puerto Rico before opening the Indiana Museum of Modern Art in a Nashville farmhouse.

December 29, 2014

 

colorized photo of pool from 1930s

Having Traveled The World, Artist Travels Through Time

Colorizing digital scans of historic photographs of Bloomington has provided a kind of out-of-body experience for artist Avi Katz.

December 22, 2014

 

Skyline sign

Move Over Jimmy Stewart, It’s ‘Santa Conquers The Martians’

Shelbyville's Skyline Drive-In caters to the niche market where Norman Rockwell nostalgia meets grindhouse funk.

December 8, 2014

 

detail of young girl in red dress

Pierre Daura: Painting A Portrait Of Happily Ever After

Defying the prevailing narrative, domestic bliss inspired Pierre Daura to paint. Works by the modern master are currently on view at the IU Art Museum.

November 11, 2014

 

a seated woman spins wool beside a table of handmade wares and yarn hanging from a rack

Artisan Guilds Holiday Show: A Community Tradition, Tripled

This year for the first time, three local artisan guilds join forces to create a destination for those seeking one-of-a-kind gifts in glass, clay, and fiber.

October 31, 2014

 

Mother adjusts daughter's headdress in preparation for powwow.

Celebrating Community And Enacting Culture At IU’s Powwow

The word "powwow" has crept into the vernacular to mean “meeting”, but for Native Americans, the powwow is a "terribly important enactment of culture".

October 28, 2014

 

Nell and Krista speaking on stage

Taming The Beast: Storyzilla Refines The Art Of Storytelling

It's no monster, but Storyzilla is definitely giving the traditional definition of storytelling a good shake-up.

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