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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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Welcome back Hawkeyes! The School of Art and Art History is looking forward to an inspiring Spring Semester with many exciting visiting speakers and exhibitions.

Events are free and open to the public. Check out the full schedule on our new website and mark your calendars!

Clayton Salley

Clayton Salley (MFA Jewelry and Metal Arts student) exhibited a polished bronze casting of a bracelet he designed and 3D printed in the biennial REFINED juried exhibition.

Salley will deliver a presentation on his art practice at the Texas Metals Symposium in February. Explore his website and learn more about this piece on his Instagram.

Elizabeth Catlett Film

SAAH recently hosted a screening of the Mid-America Emmy nominated film Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett followed by a Q&A with the film's Producer (Marie Wilkes) and Director (Kevin Kelley) of New Mile Media Arts.

Catlett, a notable sculptor and civil rights advocate, was the first African American to receive an MFA from the University of Iowa in Studio Arts in 1940.

Watch a trailer of the film here.

Jessica Tucker

Jessica Tucker (Grant Wood Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance) will hold a solo show, Drink Me Entirely Through My Head, in the Levitt Gallery, February 15-24.

Tucker explores how technology reveals and distorts our shared longing for connection. The exhibition will feature sculptures and video works that playfully disrupt the digitally rendered self, bending and re-constellating it in new materials.

Visit her website and Instagram.

Alumni News

Nicole Davis

Nicole Davis (MFA Painting and Drawing with Honors 2020) has a solo exhibition, Come Celebrate with Me…, at Cornell College through March 8.

Davis’s work is rooted in Black feminist practice, memory, and identity. The pieces created for this exhibition materialized through the process of breaking down and marrying reclaimed textiles to create “new” pieces. | @nicoledavisart

Claire Whitehurst (MFA Painting and Drawing 2019) is in the two-person exhibition salt lick in the windowsill at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Greenville, SC through February 17.

Featuring recent paintings and ceramics by Whitehurst and Taylor Loftin, the show explores an interplay of colors, imagery, and forms deeply rooted in the shared Southern experiences of the artists. | @claire_downes

Greta Songe and John Martinek

Greta Songe (MFA Painting and Drawing 2005) and John Martinek (MFA Printmaking 1996) are exhibiting recent work at Kirkwood’s Iowa Hall Gallery through February 23.

Songe is a painter, printmaker, illustrator, and digital artist with a commitment to craftsmanship and hands-on artmaking. | @gretasongedesigns

Martinek is an Iowa-based artist whose work explores our connection to the landscape, cityscape, and social and political commentary. | @jnmartinek

Rachel Singel

Rachel Singel (MFA Printmaking 2013) is in Intentionally Intimate: The Choice to Work Small at the Cultural Arts Center in New Albany, IN through March 16.

Intentionally Intimate features five artists who choose to work small. Their work is varied and individual, thought provoking and serious, playful and wistful. It invites the viewer to engage on an intimate scale, to block out all distractions and have a private encounter with art. | @rachelsingel

Christopher Reno

Christopher Reno's (MFA Painting and Drawing 2011) solo exhibition Lucidity for the Home is on view at Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, through February 25.

Reno is the Gallery Director/Assistant Professor of Art at St. Ambrose University and Vice-Chair of the Board of Humility Homes and Services, Inc., a non-profit providing affordable housing in the Quad Cities region. | @cwreno2001

Kuldeep Singh

Kuldeep Singh (MFA Painting and Drawing 2015) is showing large and small-scale works in his solo exhibition Nakhra: Towards sacred sensuality at Chemould CoLab in Mumbai through February 17.

An artist and Odissi dancer, Singh also exhibited and performed at Mumbai Gallery Weekend. | @kuldeepsingh19

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