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) was awarded a Spring 2024 Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI) Major Project Grant.

Jung will collaborate with Indian videographer Pooja Usha and curator Amit Kumar Jain to finalize the research of artist interviews begun during her 2022 Fulbright Fellowship.

The project will create a feature-length documentary video about the Waswo Collection of Modern and Contemporary Indian Printmaking housed at the Stanley Museum of Art. | @anita_e_jung

Rob Bork

Robert Bork (Professor, Art History) is one of only seven fellows named to the Medieval Academy of America’s 2024 Fellowship Class. The MAA’s fellowship program honors long-term academic achievements in the field of medieval studies. 

Bork has also received UI awards such as the Faculty Scholar program, the Arts & Humanities Initiative, and grants for research travel including a trip to France with students to use laser scanners to create precise 3D models of Gothic cathedrals. Read more in CLAS news.

Sydney Ewerth

Sydney Ewerth (Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor, Ceramics) curated the visual works for the Featured Artists Series Ekphrastic Showcase in collaboration with Gasher Press.

The exhibition was held in the Ana Mendieta Gallery, showcasing an interactive experience with the Ekphrastic responses contributed by poets.


Kate Allen

Kate Allen (Photography and 3D Design Specialist) received a University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award for her accomplishments and contributions going above and beyond expected job responsibilities.

Allen plays a crucial role in addressing students' technological needs. She also collaborated with faculty to revamp the online Photography curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

3D Design

3D Design students and faculty exhibited their work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC in May.

With attendees from over 80 countries, ICFF is North America’s leading platform for global contemporary furniture design. 

3D Design | @uiowa3ddesign


Congratulations to the faculty and staff who retired this semester!

  • Joni Kinsey (Professor, Art History)
  • Laura Jorgensen (Graduate Program Coordinator)
  • Tony Sutowski (Sculpture and Intermedia Specialist)
  • Kee-ho Yuen (Professor, Jewelry and Metal Arts)

Alumni News

Charles Ray

Charles Ray (BFA 1975), one of the world’s preeminent contemporary sculptors, received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Iowa in May.

“I came to Iowa because I wanted to become an artist... Some of the work that I did at Iowa remains among some of the best work that I’ve done in my life,” he says. In 2019, he returned to the SAAH as an alumni fellow.

Ray’s work has been internationally renowned for over 50 years. His sculptures can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Art Institute of Chicago, and other major U.S. museums.

Serena Stevens

Serena Stevens (MFA Painting and Drawing 2021) has a solo exhibition, Thresholds, through June 30 at the National Exemplar Gallery in Burlington, IA.

Stevens has held solo shows in New York City and been featured in Art Forum, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. | @serenajs

Leah de Matta

Leah de Matta (BFA Jewelry and Metal Arts 2016) designed and painted a psychedelic carbon fiber bike commissioned by Forbes in honor of Bicycle Day on April 19.

Bicycle Day celebrates Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, who rode his bike home after taking the first dose of his LSD discovery in 1943 and recorded the experience in colorful detail. De Matta interprets the story as a playful landscape with the chemist on his bike.

De Matta is an artist at TW Carbon in St. Louis.


JD Whitman

JD Whitman (MFA Photography and Sculpture with Honors 2019) is exhibiting her project Plastic Magnitudes as part of the JRC SciArt Project’s NaturArchy Exhibition at iMAL - Art Center for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels, Belgium.

Whitman's project is an immersive art installation illuminating JRC research on plastic particulates and their potential threat to humans as they enter the food chain. | @jdwhitman


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