Kristin Hess ’10, director of special projects and visual communications for Indiana Humanities, has joined the Jordan College of the Arts Board of Visitors.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing to connect students to the Indianapolis community,” Hess said. “I so appreciated my time at Butler and the experiences I had. Having an opportunity to give back as an alum and shape that experience for other students is something that excites me.”
Hess graduated from Butler with majors in multimedia studies (now Art+Design) and Spanish. While at Butler, she was named top multimedia studies student and one of Butler’s Top 10 Female Students. She was junior class president, helped shape the Art+Design major, and was a featured artist in the Harrison Center’s Food Con exhibition, where she debuted her senior thesis, Farmers’ Market Society.
She also was a teaching fellow in the Butler Community Arts School, where developed a curriculum to teach digital art to underserved local students.
In Hess’s role at Indiana Humanities, she develops the organization’s visual communications and creates statewide programs that have become nationally recognized models for making humanities programs relevant, accessible and fun. In 2012 she published her first book, Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, with author David Hoppe.
“Kristin sets the bar very high for activity as an alumna, and equally high for success right out of Butler,” said Ronald Caltabiano, dean of the Jordan College of the Arts. “Her perspective, as a young alumna, will be vital to our work.”
The purpose of the Jordan College of the Arts Board of Visitors is to actively support the mission of the College and to advise the dean on ways to advance the College’s objectives on campus and in the community. Hess said she’s excited to support Caltabiano’s work.
“I think he’s a great leader,” she said. “And it’s a very exciting time for Indianapolis. I think that connecting students to the city around them, as well as enhancing their academic experiences on campus, is an exciting role for me as a member of the Board of Visitors.”