Gallery of Art | University of Northern Iowa

Current Exhibitions

August 19, 2019 to October 5, 2019 | October 16, 2019 to November 16, 2019 | December 5, 2019 to December 19, 2019

Located in the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room of the Gallery, this UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Adelman and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor.

According to Dr. Adelman, "In examining art carefully, one realizes that even without vocal cords, art is capable of speaking and singing. One can hear through it the vox humana (the human voice) – that of the artist, the culture, the issues, the frustrations, and the emotions of the period in which it was made as well as our own responses to it. Sometimes the voices are harmonious, sometimes discordant, sometimes polyphonous, sometimes monophonic. The exhibition challenges the viewer to study the works to hear their voices and to listen to one’s own response."

This exhibition was supplemented by objects on loan to the Gallery by Dr. Adelman. Featured artworks from the Collection include the following: prints from Bronislaw Bak’s "One-Hundred Views of Chicago" series, which was donated by UNI alumna Lois E. Iseminger of Chicago;  "Flower" by the late Ralph Haskell, professor emeritus of the UNI Department of Art; "Inspiration" by Käthe Kollwitz, which was donated by Kurt and Cynthia Kruse of Cedar Falls; "Seated Model with Mirror" by Steven Bigler of St. Paul, which was donated by the artist himself; and an untitled still-life by Jean Lurçat, which was donated by Ray and Sandy Benter of Des Moines. Also, on view will be a newly conserved 18th century portrait in an antique gilded frame donated by Dr. Hart M. Nelsen and Dr. Anne Kusener Nelsen of Seattle.

All events are free and open to the public. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

August 19, 2019 to October 5, 2019

The artist Jack Balas will present a lecture titled "Bro-sure: A Brief Look at the Art of Jack Balas" on Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. in KAB 111. An opening reception will follow.

Balas is a Colorado-based artist specializing in figurative paintings and drawings in oil and watercolor. For the last 15 years, he has focused on depictions of the male figure, and is keen to present them in a variety of personal and societal scenarios that project them far beyond the traditional role of portraiture. Employing painted language in the form of titles, phrases, and paragraph-stories, the works take on the strategies of annotated documents, maps and calendars, and yet by their very depiction the men found in them also take on the politics of visibility – queer visibility and male visibility in general.

In his 2015 "Guy’d Book" publication Balas states, "I want my guys to go beyond objects of desire, to straddle the brawn vs. brains divide and do some heavy lifting… I put them out there as as a fait accompli, denizens of a post-gay world who take everyone’s gaze in stride, male or female, straight or otherwise. Ultimately, thus, the work is political."

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, largely credited with starting the gay civil rights movement. According to gallery director Darrell Taylor, this exhibition "is a celebration of LGBTQ+ culture, which is summoned up and activated so powerfully in the art of Jack Balas. These paintings, drawings, and mixed media works straddle worlds, iconographic ones and socio-political ones alike, and as such they chart a path through seemingly entrenched territories. It is the rare artist who can accomplish this so beguilingly, so beautifully."

All events are free and open to the public. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

August 19, 2019 to October 5, 2019 | October 16, 2019 to November 16, 2019 | December 5, 2019 to December 19, 2019

Located in the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room of the Gallery, this UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Adelman and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor.

According to Dr. Adelman, "In examining art carefully, one realizes that even without vocal cords, art is capable of speaking and singing. One can hear through it the vox humana (the human voice) – that of the artist, the culture, the issues, the frustrations, and the emotions of the period in which it was made as well as our own responses to it. Sometimes the voices are harmonious, sometimes discordant, sometimes polyphonous, sometimes monophonic. The exhibition challenges the viewer to study the works to hear their voices and to listen to one’s own response."

This exhibition was supplemented by objects on loan to the Gallery by Dr. Adelman. Featured artworks from the Collection include the following: prints from Bronislaw Bak’s "One-Hundred Views of Chicago" series, which was donated by UNI alumna Lois E. Iseminger of Chicago;  "Flower" by the late Ralph Haskell, professor emeritus of the UNI Department of Art; "Inspiration" by Käthe Kollwitz, which was donated by Kurt and Cynthia Kruse of Cedar Falls; "Seated Model with Mirror" by Steven Bigler of St. Paul, which was donated by the artist himself; and an untitled still-life by Jean Lurçat, which was donated by Ray and Sandy Benter of Des Moines. Also, on view will be a newly conserved 18th century portrait in an antique gilded frame donated by Dr. Hart M. Nelsen and Dr. Anne Kusener Nelsen of Seattle.

All events are free and open to the public. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

August 19, 2019 to October 5, 2019 | October 16, 2019 to November 16, 2019 | December 5, 2019 to December 19, 2019

Located in the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room of the Gallery, this UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Adelman and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor.

According to Dr. Adelman, "In examining art carefully, one realizes that even without vocal cords, art is capable of speaking and singing. One can hear through it the vox humana (the human voice) – that of the artist, the culture, the issues, the frustrations, and the emotions of the period in which it was made as well as our own responses to it. Sometimes the voices are harmonious, sometimes discordant, sometimes polyphonous, sometimes monophonic. The exhibition challenges the viewer to study the works to hear their voices and to listen to one’s own response."

This exhibition was supplemented by objects on loan to the Gallery by Dr. Adelman. Featured artworks from the Collection include the following: prints from Bronislaw Bak’s "One-Hundred Views of Chicago" series, which was donated by UNI alumna Lois E. Iseminger of Chicago;  "Flower" by the late Ralph Haskell, professor emeritus of the UNI Department of Art; "Inspiration" by Käthe Kollwitz, which was donated by Kurt and Cynthia Kruse of Cedar Falls; "Seated Model with Mirror" by Steven Bigler of St. Paul, which was donated by the artist himself; and an untitled still-life by Jean Lurçat, which was donated by Ray and Sandy Benter of Des Moines. Also, on view will be a newly conserved 18th century portrait in an antique gilded frame donated by Dr. Hart M. Nelsen and Dr. Anne Kusener Nelsen of Seattle.

All events are free and open to the public. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.