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.

Please submit your news and images for consideration for the SAAH newsletter. We'd love to share your accomplishments!


Anita Jung

Anita Jung (Professor, Printmaking) received an Iowa Art Council Project Grant to research printmaking and natural dyes. She will be presenting a series of workshops exploring the intersections between art, history, biology, and chemistry for Iowa art educators. 

Jung and cinema student Adrian Carmenate also received an IFPDA Foundation Grant to edit video interviews that Jung collected during a 2022 Fulbright-Nehru fellowship to India. These interviews are with artists represented in the Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking held in the Stanley Museum of Art Collection. 

Learn more on her website and Instagram.

Jacqueline Banigan

Jacqueline Banigan (Art History PhD student) is a new Graduate Assistant at the Office of Community Engagement. As the SAAH liaison for Arts Share, she will help connect studio artists to the broader Iowa community and encourage graduate students to share their work, knowledge, and skills.

Banigan recently presented at SECAC in Richmond, where she explored the theme of "Activating Realism: Struggle and Disrepute of the Female Model."

Specializing in European art, Banigan is currently researching how working women in 19th-century Paris influenced new directions in representing the female body.

Ali Hval

Ali Hval (Lecturer in Painting and Drawing and MFA 2019) has a solo exhibition, Barbie’s Dreamhouse, at the Gadsden Museum of Art through February 2024.

Hval was also selected for the 2023 Emerging Woman Artist Award and interviewed by Arts To Hearts Project. See more at and @alihval.


T.J. Dedeaux-Norris (Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing), pictured with their students, is in the exhibition Transform Any Room at Des Moines Art Center through January 14.

Transform Any Room features subversive, politicized, and sometimes glamorized versions of the textiles and objects we bring into our homes that inevitably reveal much about who we are and how we live.

Visit Dedeaux-Norris's website and Instagram.

Alumni News

Rachel Stephens

Rachel Stephens (PhD Art History 2010) recently published her book Hidden in Plain Sight: Concealing Enslavement in American Visual Culture (University of Arkansas Press, 2023). The book offers a wide-ranging view of the ways that slavery and enslaved people were hidden, omitted, or idealized in southern art of the antebellum period.

Stephens received research fellowships from Crystal Bridges, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, and CASVA. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Alabama.

Gretchen Beck

Gretchen Beck (MFA Intermedia 1999) was recently featured in the Cruise Ship Interiors Exhibition, Design Expo Europe, ExCel London, England, that featured the artists of the Noon Powell Fine Art Gallery in London, where Gretchen is a represented artist.

You can also view her art at and contact her about her work at

Image: Gretchen Beck, Kali Jingaray, mixed-media on wooden panel, 2023

Marina Ross

Marina Ross (MFA Painting and Drawing 2018) has a solo exhibition, Emerald City, at ARTRUSS Gallery in Chicago through January 8, 2024.

"I am honoring symbols of transcendence and longevity through the lens of the American fairy tale The Wizard of Oz (1939). After the tragic loss of my son Rafi in the Summer of 2022, I began to mine this film, finding solace in its long-standing icons as I confronted the nature and ephemerality of loss," she writes.

Ross received an Illinois Arts Council Grant to support this exhibition. | @marinaross_studio

Susan Herdman

Susan Herdman (MA 1965) donated her Meskwaki Archive of over 2,000 photographs, slides, and artwork dating from 1977 to 1990 to the Meskwaki Nation, the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa. Jonathon Buffalo, Historical Preservation Director of the Meskwaki Tribal Museum in Tama, Iowa, gratefully received the donation on October 30, 2023.

Prints of some of these works are found in collections including the Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Chico; the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis; the Heard Museum Library and Archives, Phoenix, and the American Indian Center, Chicago.

Moses Hoskins

Moses Hoskins (BFA 1981) is in the group exhibition Altered Logistics: Contemporary Collage and Appropriation Art at Dowd Gallery, SUNY Cortland, through December 8.

Curators Máximo Tuja (The Weird Show) and D. Dominick Lombardi selected over 50 artists to represent a multinational overview of the state and influence of collage in Contemporary Art.

Hoskins has received multiple grants for his continuing exploration in painting, drawing, and collage media from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Learn more on his website.


Barry Phipps

Barry Phipps (MFA Photography 2023) designed an atmosphere of video, projections, music, and installation for All in response to another time is now, a new choreographic work by Tony Orrico (Assistant Professor, Sculpture & Intermedia). The work premiered in Dance Gala at Hancher Auditorium in November. | @barry_phipps

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