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

Adriana DeRosa

MFA Photography candidate Adriana DeRosa held an exhibition, When Something Shatters, (pictured on right) in April in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall as part of Art Onsite, a project of the Iowa City Downtown District and Public Space One.

The Bee Project

Grant Wood Printmaking Fellow Elena Smyrniotis installed The Bee Project, a community-created work of art about the importance of pollinators. The Grant Wood Art Colony website includes a video about the importance of bees and instructions on how to make your own bee, which you can connect to giant “honeycomb” installations celebrating Earth Day and the importance of bees in the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District and Indian Creek Nature Center. The project will stay on 3rd street in Cedar Rapids and Indian Creek Nature Center until the end of May and then will be moved to the Waterloo Museum of Art area.

Alumni News

Donté K. Hayes

Donté K. Hayes (MFA Ceramics 2020) is featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum series Craft Practice during the Dual Pandemics, in which artists share personal insight into how they responded to the cascade of canceled or delayed programs, workshops, and exhibitions, as well as the demands of social distancing and social justice: Making the Most: In the Studio with Donté K. Hayes.

Hayes is an artist working in Cliffwood, New Jersey, and Atlanta, Georgia. He draws inspiration from hip-hop culture, science fiction, and histories and traditions of the African diaspora. The Smithsonian recently acquired his work Initiate, an arduously textured sculpture that evokes the surface of a pineapple and tension of Black bodies in inhospitable spaces.

Tyler Ostergaard

Tyler Ostergaard (PhD Art History 2015) has received tenure at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Dr. Ostergaard specializes in Nineteenth-Century European Art History, and also has done work in Modern and African Art History. His dissertation, "The Beast Within: The Contested Image of the Railroad in French Visual Culture, 1837-1877," explores the changing perception of the the railroad, debates over its role in France, and depiction in Fine Art. He has presented his work at numerous regional and national conferences including Nineteenth-Century Studies, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Southeastern College Art Conference, Midwest Art History Society, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Slow Down

Jade Barnes (BFA Studio Art student), Becka Aigner (BA Cinematography 2019), and Ali Hval (MFA Painting & Drawing 2019) helped create the lyric video “Slow Down” for the band Gone West. They were invited to collaborate on the project by Iowa-based animation studio Grasshorse Character Animation, founded by Steve Jennings, who served as Visiting Instructor of Animation last year.

Read the full feature in Iowa Magazine: Iowa Artists Make Music Video for Colbie Caillat's Band.

Gilded Pear Gallery

Jewelry and Metal Arts alumni Jillian Moore (MFA 2008, MA 2007) and Satomi Kawai (MFA 2006, MA 2005) have a reunion collaborative exhibition, Polyphonous 2021: Mimetic Lives II, at Gilded Pear Gallery in Cedar Rapids through June 12. Moore and Kawai held their first collaborative exhibition together fifteen years ago in graduate school at the University of Iowa. The exhibition showcases their most recent individual work and is also a satellite showcase of Munich Jewelry Week.

Read more in the Daily Iowan: UI alumni reunite in 15th-anniversary jewelry showcase.

Lara Chantal Bampfield

Lara Chantal Bampfield (BA with Honors in Art History 2019) was awarded the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, which will allow her to read for her PhD at the University of Oxford starting this fall. Bampfield studies the art and languages of the ancient Near East.

Susanna Crum

Susanna Crum (Printmaking MFA 2012, MA 2011) has been awarded Promotion and Tenure at Indiana University Southeast Fine Arts, where she is a professor and area head of the Printmaking program.

Amy Conger

Amy Conger received her MA in Italian Renaissance Art History with Wallace Tomasini in 1966. In 1982 she obtained a Ph.D. in History of Prints and Photographs at the University of New Mexico. Her heaviest publication (7 lbs.) is Edward Weston: Photographs from the Collection of the Center for Creative Photography, published by the University of Arizona in 1992. She lives in Riverside, CA.

Adam Leech

Adam Leech (BFA with Honors and Distinction 1996) is currently the Artist in Residence at S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent, Belgium. He will have a solo exhibition of paintings, videos, and lectures in the museum opening in late June. 

Leech is a painter and video artist. Through his work, he questions the condition of the medium and the viewer. He lives and works in Brussels.

View more on his website.

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