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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Frogman's Print Workshops

Frogman’s Print Workshops were held at the School of Art and Art History in July. The famed printmaking workshop is one of the world’s largest, offering an accessible and affordable way for artists to learn from expert faculty. 

About 150 participants attended the courses taught by twelve instructors from across the United States. The workshop also featured a faculty lecture series, open portfolio sessions, and over a dozen gallery exhibitions. See highlights on the Printmaking program's Instagram.

Learn more in a CLAS feature article and on Frogman's website.

Suzanne Wright

The School of Art and Art History welcomes Suzanne Wright, who will begin as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing this fall. Wright first came to the University of Iowa as a 2019-2020 Grant Wood Fellow.

Wright’s paintings, drawings, and collages propose a contemporary feminist alchemy, forging alternative frames of reference with new perspectives that attempt to lead us to a re-vitalized kind of perception, equality and empowerment. 

Learn more about Wright on her website and Instagram.

Grant Wood Fellows

Please welcome the 2023-24 Grant Wood Fellows!

Junli Song, Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking, works across a range of media from printmaking and painting to sculpture and animation to explore imagined worlds and personal mythologies. | @artsofsong

Shea Hembrey, Grant Wood Fellow in Painting and Drawing, approaches art by concentrating on a singular, defined conceptual project where the ideas direct what methods and media he uses. Research is key to all of his creative endeavors while he remains a prolific maker of things.

Jamie Weinfurter

Jamie Weinfurter (MFA Sculpture and Intermedia student) received a 2023 Graduate Engagement Corps Grant from the Office of Community Engagement for her Materials Exchange project.

The Materials Exchange project repurposes still usable art materials that students would have otherwise thrown away and provides a way for students to recycle stock materials.

Weinfurter was also a Studio Artist Resident at Salem Art Works in upstate New York this summer. Follow her website and Instagram to learn more.

Alumni News

Emma Steinkraus

Emma Steinkraus (Painting & Drawing MFA 2016) has a debut New York solo exhibition, Princess Botticelli, at 1969 Gallery in Tribeca through August 12.

Steinkraus’s paintings are influenced by her research into art history, women’s history, and the flora and fauna of the Shenandoah Valley where she lives. In this multi-layered exhibition, she repurposes imagery from mythology, the Italian Renaissance, and Romanticism to ask questions about femininity and humanity’s destruction of the biosphere.

See more on her website and Instagram.

Dorothy Krakovsky

Dorothy Krakovsky (MA Painting and Drawing 1970) was featured in the solo exhibition In the Beginning: The Late Works of Dorothy Krakovsky at David Richard Gallery in New York City this summer.

Krakovsky (1923-2015) grew up during the Depression in Minnesota, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants. Krakovsky enrolled in the Master of Art program at the University of Iowa where she earned her MA in 1970 at the age of 47.

The curriculum at Iowa focused on painting and at the university’s museum Krakovsky frequently saw abstract works by iconic painters, including Jackson Pollock and Joseph Albers. In her master’s thesis, Krakovsky stated she decided to pursue non-objective painting.

Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore (MFA Sculpture 2005) has a new installation, Spirit Dance, in the lightwell space at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art.

Okore is an Australian-born Nigerian artist who lives and works in Chicago at North Park University, Chicago. Her largely abstract sculptural forms are inspired by richly textured forms and colors within the natural environment.

Visit her website and Instagram.

Lynda Caspe

Lynda Caspe (MFA Painting and Drawing 1964) recently held a solo exhibition, Biblical Bronze Reliefs, at Fordham University's Walsh Library Exhibition Hall.

"Caspe’s bronzes represent a rare utilization of this permanent medium seldom seen today." Richard McBee, International Association of Art Critics

Caspe lives, works, and exhibits in New York City. See more on her website.

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