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

Janiece Maddox

Janiece Maddox, 3rd year BFA student in Ceramics, was selected as one of 5 students out of 50 nominated applicants for the prestigious Advanced Student Project Network residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. She will work in Montana with a mentor for a month this summer.

This residency provides young artists currently enrolled in BA or BFA programs with a place to explore new ideas, exchange techniques, and deepen their professional development in ceramics within a group of peers.

Faculty & Department News

Terry Conrad

Terry James Conrad, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Printmaking, has a solo exhibition, Terry James Conrad: Object Permanence, at Opalka Gallery in Albany, NY, through March 13.

This survey of Conrad's work includes his prints, three of his sculptural presses created from found objects, and a sound installation featuring a collection of primitive but amplified and motorized self-playing instruments made from tin cans. The exhibition also includes several cigar box guitars and other instruments Conrad has built in the past year.

Exhibition events include an Artist Lecture on Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 pm (join at this link) and Dispatches from The Iowa Booth, a virtual series hosted by Conrad on Thursdays at 7:00 pm.

Alumni News

Robert Kipniss, "Landscape with curtains and crooked tree" (2016), mezzotint

Robert Kipniss (MFA Painting and Drawing 1954) was already exhibiting in galleries on 57th Street in New York City as a student at Iowa. He earned a BA in Literature and then entered the art department, where Professor Stuart Edie welcomed him more as a colleague than a student. 

He writes, "The classes in Art History were fascinating and the studio classes were a quiet place to continue working and prepare for upcoming shows. I had many hopes but little did I know that I would go on to have a most engaging and rewarding life as a painter. I deeply enjoyed and appreciated my years at SUI, and have ever since kept a photo of Mr. Edie among the photos on the mantle above the fireplace in my studio."

Kipniss' work spans seven decades and can be found in collections around the world. Visit his website to view more.

Conrad Ross, "Cyclamen" (2020), lithography, collagraph, woodcut, engraving

Conrad Ross (MFA Printmaking 1959) is an artist/printmaker and Professor Emeritus of Art at Auburn University in Alabama. He established Wycross Press in 1969.

Wycross Press is devoted to experimental printmaking and publishes unique limited edition multiples and folios. Ross brings over six decades of creative experience to the direction of the Press. With over 40 solo exhibitions, 500 juried and invitational shows, years of lectures and demonstrations as a professor at Auburn University, Ross is dedicated to maintaining the highest level of artistic integrity at the Press. His discerning eye has brought a delightful variety of gifted artists and interesting projects to Wycross editions.

His own work is in the Prentenkabinet of Antwerp and the Frans Masreel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium, The Library of Congress, and some 13 Southern Institutional art collections, including the Dallas Museum, Museum of Arts and Sciences of Norfolk, Huntsville Museum of Art, and Montgomery Museum of fine Arts.

Chelsea Thompto

Chelsea Thompto (BFA Sculpture 2012) was selected for a Winter 2021 residency at Laboratory Art in Spokane, Washington. Her project, Landmarks, is an exploration of the ways artificial intelligence, and specifically facial recognition, fail to comprehend trans bodies (misgendering) and the threat this failure poses to trans livelihood as these technologies become increasingly integrated into our daily lives. 

Thompto is a transdisciplinary artist and educator working at the intersections of art, trans studies, and technology. She is also an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art in the Department of Art and Art History at San José State University. View more of her work on her website.

Hayley Barker, Front Yard at Dusk with Visitor (2020)

Hayley Barker (MFA Intermedia 2001) is featured in the January/February 2021 Artforum article "Openings: Hayley Barker."

Barry Schwabsky writes, "Barker’s paintings elaborate spaces that can’t be nailed down and identified. She calls them 'spaces of passage,' of transition—across the immeasurable distance from life to death, perhaps, but also within life, from one physical or spiritual state to another. Her works speak of mystery, loss: intimations of what lies beyond the boundaries of the self."

View more of Barker's work on SHRINE Gallery's website.

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