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

Jake Jones

Intermedia MFA student Jake Jones had a project screened at the 109th CAA Annual Conference in February. Their video performance work Cathedral/Canal, which combines research in sound art and transgender experiences, was included in the Services to Artists Committee’s 2021 Graduate Screenings: Film/Video, Animations & New Genres.

Faculty News

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Professor and Program Head of Painting and Drawing, will release her debut graphic novel on March 8. 

Run Home If You Don’t Want to Be Killed retells the story of the 1943 Detroit race riots, which claimed the lives of thirty-four innocent Black civilians and injured hundreds more. Williams has researched this subject for the past 13 years, including archival evidence and first-hand accounts from survivors of the incident. 

Read more about Williams's novel and research in a Daily Iowan feature article.

T.J. Dedeaux-Norris

T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, will be giving a Virtual Talk on March 10, 2:00 pm, with the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California.

Dedeaux-Norris held a Virtual Visiting Artist Talk with the Vermont Studio Center in February, which can be viewed here.

They are also currently featured in the exhibition Unraveled. Restructured. Revealed. Where Contemporary Art and Diverse Perspectives Intersect at the Trout Museum of Art.

Visit their website to learn more about their work.

Johnathan Payne

Johnathan Payne, Grant Wood Fellow in Painting and Drawing, is in the exhibition Threads at Foxy Production in New York City through March 21. Threads is a group exhibition of works using textiles to visualize conceptual systems that are both personal and communal: where threads, bound together to make fabric, are lines constructing an imaginary that is reflective, questioning, and activating. The exhibition incorporates texture, pattern, and sometimes text that can be both symbolic and abstract, while retaining a tangible connection to narrative and material.

Rachel Cox

Rachel Cox, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Photography, was selected as a finalist for The Hopper Prize for her project Mors Scena.

Learn more about this award and view Cox's portfolio here.

Alumni News

Talita Long

Talita Long (MFA 1978, MA 1976) was the first African-American Black woman to graduate in the Printmaking Department at the University of Iowa. Long studied under Maurice Lasansky from 1974-1978. Pictured is one of her recent paintings, The Goddess and Jab Jab Tale. Learn more about Long and her art on her website.

Don Hall

Academy Award-winning director Don Hall (BFA Painting & Drawing 1991) helped create one of the first Disney animated features developed remotely during the pandemic. Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon will be released March 5. The Southeast Asia-inspired fantasy film follows lone warrior Raya, who seeks to defeat evil forces and restore harmony in the fictional kingdom of Kumandra with the help of a magical dragon. Read the full feature in Iowa Magazine.

Lindsay Shannon

Lindsay Shannon (PhD Art History 2013) has been granted tenure at North Central College in Naperville, IL, where she is the Assistant Professor of Art History and Gallery Director. 

Dr. Shannon specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century North American art, with research interests in public art, gender studies, and regionalism. She has a professional background in exhibition curation, art registration, archives and digital records management, and art preservation.

Hyperreal Landscape

Printmaking alumni Mary Claire Becker (MFA 2019, MA 2018) and Taryn McMahon (MFA 2011, MA 2010) have a two-person exhibition, Hyperreal Landscape, at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery at Broward College in Florida through April 7, 2021. This exhibition creates an immersive environment within the gallery that turns hyperreal landscapes — botanical gardens, decorative floral interiors, sublime landscape paintings — on their heads.

A video walkthrough and photos are available on the gallery website.

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