News from the School of Art, Art History, and Design
News from the School of Art, Art History, and Design

School of Art, Art History, and Design Newsletter

The School of Art and Art History is now the School of Art, Art History, and Design (SAADH)! Our students, faculty, and alumni create extraordinary art and scholarship. Our monthly newsletter will keep you up to date.

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Björn Anderson

Björn Anderson (Associate Professor, Art History) received a $5000 Archaeological Project Grant from the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) for his fieldwork in Jordan. 

The ASOR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to initiate, encourage, and support research into, and public understanding of, the history and cultures of the Near East and wider Mediterranean world, from the earliest times. 

Steve McGuire

Steve McGuire (Professor, Metal Arts) and six students completed a 500-mile trip across Iowa on bicycles they made in his course. 

McGuire’s curriculum combines creativity, artistry, and engineering, and is recognized as the top nationwide course of handmade bikes. Learn more in a CLAS feature article. | @designbuildrideuiowa



Jewelry and Metal Arts students, faculty, and staff exhibited at the SNAG x SanDiego conference in June.

SNAG is an inclusive community committed to advancing the multifacted field of metalsmithing, jewelry, and adornment.

See conference highlights at @uiowajewelrymetalarts!

Gelsy Verna

Gelsy Verna (1961-2008), former Professor of Painting and Drawing, is featured in the retrospective exhibition Gelsy Verna – Nostalgia Will Happen Later at Loeve&Co in Paris, France through July 13.

Learn more about Verna’s life and work in the exhibition press release.

Alumni News

Lauren Krukowski

Lauren Krukowski (MFA Printmaking 2024) received the 2024 West Bay View Foundation Fellowship from Dieu Donné.

The fellowship offers an immersive six-month studio mentorship. Each fellow works alongside Dieu Donné master papermakers, gaining practical experience working in a professional papermaking studio. Lauren’s fellowship will begin in August 2024. | @lauren.krukowski 


Janiece Maddox

Janiece Maddox (BFA Ceramics 2022) is the Resident Artist at Township10 in NC this summer.

Maddox is based in Chicago, where she keeps a studio practice and works as a ceramics educator. Coming from a place of amusement and injury, she creates nostalgic work that addresses her current feelings about growing up in white spaces and the effect that has on her and those that look like her.


Annie Klein

Annie Klein (MFA Printmaking 2024) accepted a position as Visiting Professor of Printmaking at Colgate University in upstate NY. 

Klein is a printmaker from Chicago. Her prints combine the aesthetics of accumulation and biting humor to explore consumer culture and class politics in the Post-Truth Era. | @_ragged_anne

Suleyman Aslan

Suleyman Aslan (MFA 3D Design) won a 2024 Sit Furniture Design Award for his Chair Ali.

Chair Ali is a captivating embodiment of the Turkish culture seamlessly integrated with contemporary aesthetics. The cushions are double sided, which can change the chair's pattern to many different variations. | @slymnasln

Timothy Frerichs

Timothy Frerichs (MFA 1991), State University of New York at Fredonia Department of Visual Arts and New Media Professor, has been promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor.

Frerichs is an internationally recognized expert in printmaking, artist books, and paper arts with an innovative approach to creating works from natural materials.

Kimberlee Rocca

Kimberlee Rocca (BFA 1991) is featured in Rocca & Schafer, Quad City Arts presents Art at the Airport this summer. Take the virtual tour here.

Rocca is a multifaceted artist inspired by the beauty of nature and modern architectural aesthetics. Her pieces breathe new life into reclaimed materials, transforming them into vibrant and whimsical 2D and 3D abstract works.

Versatile and interactive, each work can be displayed in multiple directions and configurations, inviting viewers to engage directly with the art. | @rocca.studioart

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