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!


Arts Fest

After a long break, the School of Art and Art History is thrilled to bring back Arts Fest! Discover all the disciplines offered and join the excitement:

Friday, May 3, 3:00-7:00pm
Visual Arts Building
107 River St, Iowa City, IA 52242

Follow @uiowa_arts_fest for exclusive updates and sneak peeks.

Clayton Salley

Clayton Salley (MFA Jewelry and Metal Arts student) was awarded a Fulbright Study / Research in the Arts Fellowship to Taiwan.

Salley will spend 10 months learning advanced traditional hollowware metalsmithing processes at the Tainan National University of the Arts. Learn more about his Fulbright project. | @clayton.salley

Art History

Rachel Epstein, Aaron Wang, Amelia Goldsby (Art History PhD students), and faculty Anna Isbell (PhD Art History 2020) presented papers at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association conference in Louisville, KY in March.

Andrew Casto

Andrew Casto (Area Head, Ceramics) exhibited work at PAD Paris in April, the leading event for international Design collectors, with Daguet-Bresson Gallery. | @andrewcasto

TJ Dedeaux-Norris

T.J. Dedeaux-Norris (Area Head, Painting and Drawing) exhibited work at EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, with Jane Lombard Gallery in April.

Dedeaux-Norris was awarded a residency at La Maison Dora Maar and support from the Iowa Arts Council for the production of this body of work. | @tj_dedeaux_norris


Margaret Stratton

Margaret Stratton (Professor Emerita, Photography) received a 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship.

This year 188 Fellows were chosen from almost 3,000 applicants on the basis of career achievement and exceptional promise. | @margaretstrattonphotography

Alumni News

Harold W. Bradley Jr.

A Memorial Dedication for Harold W. Bradley Jr. (Fine Arts, 1951) was recently held at the Iowa Memorial Union.

In addition to being a painter, Bradley was the first African American to play with the Hawkeyes in the Orange Bowl, an NFL football player, an actor, an art studio owner in Italy, a professor, and a television producer. 

Learn more about his fascinating career in this biographical video.

Claire Whitehurst

Claire Whitehurst (MFA Painting and Drawing 2019) has been awarded a fellowship grant to be an artist in residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation this summer in Taos, New Mexico. 

Founded in 1954, the foundation's three-month residency program provides artists with the time and space to create, enriching the artistic community locally and abroad. | @claire_downes

Denise Birkhofer

Denise Birkhofer (BA Art History 2005) recently curated the exhibition Otherworldly: Deborah Turbeville Photographs at The Image Centre in Toronto.

This exhibition showcases the innovative career of American photographer Deborah Turbeville (1932–2013), widely credited with evolving the editorial genre of fashion photography into an art form.

Birkhofer is the Collections Curator and Research Centre Manager at The Image Centre.

Karen Gunderson

Karen Gunderson (MFA Intermedia 1968) is featured in the retrospective exhibition Everything the Light Touches: Sixty Years of Karen Gunderson at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas through May 4. 

Celebrating sixty years of her career, from prescient skyscapes to monochromatic black, the show spotlights Gunderson’s unparalleled contributions to contemporary painting and post-minimalism.

Gunderson studied with Hans Breder at the University of Iowa and was the first student to receive a degree in Intermedia. | @karengundersonpaintings


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