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 and Faculty News

Javier Espinosa Momox

Javier Espinosa Mómox (MFA Ceramics student) received a 2023 Stanley Award for International Research for his project Herencia means Heritage in Mexico.

“I plan to create an audiovisual documented experience that portrays the collaborative link between me and four artisans with a long trajectory in the field," he says. 

This grant is given annually to outstanding students for the pursuit of foreign research, learning activities, and career interests abroad. 

View Javier's art on Instagram.

Alan Carrillo

Alan Carrillo (Art History PhD student) uses 3D digital modeling to reconstruct important medieval architecture. His research focuses on Saint-Denis, north of Paris, which is considered to be the first Gothic church. 

“This original building of Saint-Denis that defined the canon of the Middle Ages is lost to us,” he says. “My project aims to reconstruct it, so that we can visualize the space.”

This summer, Carrillo will represent the University of Iowa at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds. Learn more about his research in a Graduate College feature article.

Highly Prestigious Faculty Award Investiture

The Highly Prestigious Faculty Award Investiture was held on April 25, 2023, celebrating current and emeriti faculty members who helped shape the University of Iowa's foundation of excellence.

Of the honorees, six professors were from the division of Art History: Robert Bork, Richard D. De Puma, Julie B. Hochstrasser, Brenda Longfellow, Daniel Wallace Maze, and John Beldon Scott.

Sue E. Hettmansperger, Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing, was also honored.

Learn more about these faculty members' prestigious awards in the event program.


Steve McGuire (Director) and Rachel Cox (Program Head of Photography) have been awarded Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) grants for Spring 2023.

In "Design, Build, Ride, 601 Miles to Látrabjarg," McGuire will build a bicycle and ride it across Iceland’s interior in July 2023, documenting the building of the bicycle and the trek in a 50-minute video.

Cox's project, "Some Women: A Photographic Inquiry into Infertility and Reproduction," explores her experiences with infertility and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) through medical technology imagery.

Sydney Ewerth

Sydney Ewerth (Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics) has a solo exhibition with Project Art at UI Hospitals & Clinics through July 21.

Ewerth’s sculptures are reminiscent of dreamscapes encompassing colorful, fantastical architecture that attempt to communicate through the senses, emitting a yearning to create a physical dialogue between lived and imagined space.

See more on her website and Instagram.

Agnes Harry Mills

Agnes Harry Mills (MFA Jewelry and Metal Arts student) has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship.

The SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarships exist to further educational opportunities for students and professionals looking to broaden their education in the metalsmithing and jewelry field. For 2023 there was a total of $10,000 awarded.

Visit Mills's website and Instagram to see more.

Haven, electroformed and heat-colored copper

Alumni News

Oliver Lee Jackson

Oliver Lee Jackson (MFA Painting and Drawing 1963) received the honorary doctorate at the CLAS graduation ceremony, May 2023, in honor of his transformative creative work and accomplishments as a public scholar.

Congratulations to Oliver Lee Jackson, Doctor of Humane Letters!

Learn more about Jackson's groundbreaking art and experience at the School of Art and Art History in Iowa Stories.

Joan Stuart Ross

Joan Stuart Ross (MFA Painting and Drawing 1968) will be in the BIMA Spotlight juried exhibition at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in Washington, June 30-September 10.

Selected from approximately 3,400 entries, Ross's painting was inspired by the Inuit law of ‘One Dish One Spoon,’ as told by Barry Lopez in Arctic Dreams.

Visit her website and Instagram to see more.

One Dish One Spoon (2021), acrylic, ink, oil stick, collage on rag paper, 50" x 50"

Mei Lam So

Mei Lam So's (MFA Printmaking and Ceramics 2022) screenprint on fabric "Horse Will Keep Racing" is on the cover of Cherry Moon: Emerging Voices from the Asian Diaspora.

This special print anthology is now available from Gasher Press and features over 35 emerging writers and artists from around the globe.

See more of So's work on her website and Instagram.

Alexis Beucler

Alexis Beucler's (MFA Painting and Drawing 2020) first solo museum exhibition, Within the Butterfly Cave, is on display at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, IA, through July 29. The show is a collection of paintings, ceramics, soft sculpture, and an onsite mural. 

Follow Beucler's work on her website and Instagram.

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