USF announces 2019 Presidential Gala featuring two new art exhibits

July 8, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis, President Sister M. Elise Kriss and the School of Creative Arts will host the 2019 Presidential Gala on Sept. 7 on the campus.

The gala will run from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, located off Leesburg Road on the campus, 2701 Spring St. The gala is free and open to the public and is sponsored by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.

The gala will feature works by sculpture/installation artist Virginia Kistler of Columbus, Ohio, and mixed-media photography/video artist Emily Hanako Momohara of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kistler will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the USF North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. The lecture is also free and open to the public.

Kistler will be creating a site-specific installation in the Weatherhead Gallery. Her installations incorporate a variety of media including laser cut rubber, cnc router-cut plastic, 3D printed plastic and photography. Momohara will have photo and video-based works on display in both the Goldfish and Artist Spotlight Gallery. She references Japanese craft and gardening heritage in her work that describes the Japanese American experience over generations. Immigration, heritage and mixed-race identity weave in and out of her work seamlessly.

For more information, contact Justin Johnson, Director of the Art Gallery, at 260-399-7700, ext. 8005 or email

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.