News from the School of Art and Art History
News from the School of Art and Art History

School of Art and Art History Newsletter

The students, faculty, and alumni of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa create extraordinary art and scholarship. Our monthly newsletter will keep you up to date.

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Student News

Erin Daly

Art History PhD student Erin Daly received a travel grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support eight weeks of archival research in Venice for her dissertation, "Dreaming the Past: From Arche to the Epiphanous Moment in the Art of Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)." She will examine how the painting and architecture of the Venetian Renaissance influenced Moreau's art and artistic process. Erin specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art.

Isabel Baldrich

Art History PhD student Isabel Baldrich is giving a lecture titled "Black Skin, White Hands: Ambivalence in Girodet’s Portrait of Belley” at the national American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (ASECS) meeting this April.

Anne Louis Girodet's painting immortalized Jean Baptiste Belley, the African-born representative of Saint Domingue to the National Convention. However, the portrait has garnered both praise and contempt. Scholars have interpreted it either as a racist image or a depiction of issues about race and racism, but the portrait does not fall on the ends of the black-and-white spectrum. Isabel's research examines its ambiguity and ambivalence, because the juxtapositions and contradictions in the painting reveal an inherent complexity.

Tina Zhen Zhang

Art History graduate student Tina Zhen Zhang received a Stanley Student Fellowship Award for her project on the Catalog of Southern Song Academic Painting. Her paper critically assesses this 18th-century Chinese art catalog to examine the state of the art canon and reception of Southern Song painting in the Qing dynasty. 

Tina is a first-year MA student specializing in Chinese art history. She comes to the University of Iowa from Nanjing, China, where she earned a BA and MA from Southeast University.

On Your Mark

On Your Mark, a free virtual event that exists to create, educate, and celebrate the young creative community in Iowa, took place in March. Over the course of two days, hundreds of students from colleges across the state met virtually to inspire one another and continue to develop themselves as creatives. This year’s schedule included a design competition, portfolio reviews, and keynote session with alum Mike Tallman (BFA Graphic Design 2006).

Faculty News

Monica Correia

Monica Correia, Professor and Program Head of 3D Design, was selected by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Teaching Awards Committee as the recipient of a 2020-2021 International Engagement Teaching Award in recognition of her exemplary performance as a teacher.

Stephanie Dowda DeMer - Brink

Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography Stephanie Dowda DeMer has been named the Art Editor for Brink Literary Journal, newly formed in Iowa City.

The inaugural issue features artworks by Yanique Norman, Peter Cochrane, and Erin Palovick, and writings from Rachel Yoder, Anaïs Duplan, and Salma Salama, to list a few. Brink Literary Journal issue No. 1 will be released April 1, 2021.

Alumni News

Anna Isbell

Anna Isbell (PhD Art History 2020) received a tenure-track position at Norfolk State University and began teaching this semester. She completed her PhD in the summer of 2020. Her dissertation is titled “‘Of ladies most deject and wretched’: Lovesickness and Femininity in Victorian Visual Culture.”

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott (PhD Art History 2009) recently published her book Framing First Contact: From Catlin to Russell, which explores visual representations of first contact between European explorers and Native Americans. Dr. Elliott is an Associate Professor of Art History and Curator of the Fine Arts Collection at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Craig Allen Subler, Museum View #9 (Five Genes), 2020

Craig Allen Subler (Printmaking MFA 1975, MA 1974) has a solo exhibition, Eccentric Spaces, at the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia through April 25.

In this exhibition, Subler’s drawings, prints and paintings focus on the complexity of the museum experience. Museums are highly choreographed and artificial domains where curators, educators and designers cluster objects to create clear and defined narratives. Yet as visitors walk through the museum, they encounter individual rooms that feature objects not related to those they have just experienced. In his work Subler focuses on making a new narrative through the juxtaposition of spaces and objects. His works present a complex accumulation of fragments and viewpoints. It is puzzling for the figures that inhabit these works, while reminding us of our own museum encounters.

Bruce Walters

Bruce Walters (BA Studio Art 1977) currently has a retrospective exhibition, What the Hand Dare Seize the Fire? at University Art Gallery at Western Illinois University, where he has been teaching for 24 years and is retiring at the end of the semester. The exhibition title was taken from William Blake's poem "The Tyger."

Walters has a 37-year career teaching in higher education, and his artwork has been included in more than one hundred solo, competitive or invitational exhibitions: including exhibited work at the Des Moines Art Center; Madison Art Center; Millennium Park, Chicago; Figge Art Museum; Russian Cultural Center, Memphis; and Eve Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa.

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