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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

May 18, 2015

 

headshot of author Ian Woollen

Subterfuge Hits Home In Uncle Anton’s Atomic Bomb

Family secrets are compounded by context in Ian Woollen's third novel, which begins in the battened-down '50s.

May 1, 2015

 

potter at her wheel, as seen from above

Behind The Wheel Of A Creative Retirement

Thirty years ago, Barb Lund took a risk: she started a pottery business…and succeeded. At retirement age, the artist's career path is still unconventional.

April 29, 2015

 

travis puntarelli

Dillon Bustin Joins Travis Puntarelli In A Show Of Hats

A musical revue joins an up-and-coming folk artist with his musical—and philosophical—forebear in a kinship that transcends space and time.

April 24, 2015

 

a child points a camera at the photographer (not pictured) with houses in the background

Shooting Back: Kids On The Hill Take A Selfie

Their neighborhood has been documented by photographers with work in the Museum of Modern Art, but now the kids on Pigeon Hill are representing themselves.

April 14, 2015

 

Phalange Christian militia fighter, East Beirut, 1981.

From Arbutus To Beirut: Photojournalist Bill Foley

"I’ve got to go back, because it’s going to get ugly," Bill Foley told his bureau after Bachir Gemayel was shot. "And I was right. I hate being right."

April 6, 2015

 

landscape painting

A View “Across The Fields” Into The Mind

For Ben Pines, painting unremarkable scenery in a simplified way is not as much about representing the world out there, as it is about discovering himself.

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.

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