Gallery of Art | University of Northern Iowa

Current Exhibitions

January 13, 2020 to February 29, 2020

Paper Giants is an ongoing project between three artists: Ky Anderson, Meg Lipke and Vicki Sher. The artists met in New York where they live and work. They will present a public lecture on Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. in KAB 111, and an opening reception will follow. Sponsored in part by the Florence Hartwig Foundation and in association with the UNI Printmaking Labs.

Paper Giants was conceived as a means of investigating and maintaining individual ideas within a shared format, at the same time producing a body of work that is meant to be shown together. As Cydney Peyton writes in the exhibition catalog, the project "subverts the curatorial in favor of collectivity". The project extends into the studio as the artists regularly share work-in-progress photos and engage in dialogue as the work progresses. This communication and mutual awareness is a vital part of the project, reminding one another to use this format and large-scale space to explore materials, emerging ideas and delve deeply into content and form.

Each artist incorporates materials and ideas from their ongoing studio practices; this diversity provides welcome divergences to the ordered arrangement of the installation. The works line up side-by-side, acknowledging association while maintaining distinct voices. There is an element of trust among the artists, they each can follow their own path, and know that in the end there will be a shared experience. The installation of Paper Giants is intentionally casual. The work is unframed and pinned to the wall mimicking the informality of the studio and highlighting the connection the three artists have behind the scenes.

The discussions and artwork for Paper Giants began in 2013. To date, exhibitions include: Proto Gallery in Hoboken, NJ (2014), The Volland Gallery in Alma, KS (2016), Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA (2017) and Lois Lambert Gallery in Santa Monica, CA (2018). Each show featured new work. The project’s intention is to continue into the future, evolving alongside each artists' practice, and reflecting their individual developments over time.

All events are free and open to the public. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

January 13, 2020 to February 29, 2020

January 13 – February 29; March 23 – April 18; and April 27 – May 9

Mary Haskell-Hansen Room

A UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition co-curated by Dr. Elizabeth Sutton and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor. Featured artists include Gladys Nilsson, Birgit Skiold, Sister Mary Corita Kent, Yayoi Kusama, UNI art instructors and alumni as well as objects from UNI Special Collections.

According to Dr. Sutton, "To have power is to have agency. To be empowered is to recognize and use it. This exhibition showcases work by women, people of color, and queer artists who have used their creative capacity to claim agency through art. Women hand-colored engravings in the nineteenth-century magazine Godey's Lady's Book, at once underscoring the roles dictated for them by society in the fashion plates, while gaining employment outside the domestic sphere as paid colorists. Contemporary artists' work demonstrates that creativity is necessarily a part of any person's multifaceted life, whatever their identifications or daytime job—be it caretaker and homemaker, financial analyst, teacher, lawyer, or barista. Various artists here express personal subjectivity as well as demonstrate their careful observation and critique of the social and phenomenal world. The art object mediates between self and world—for the artist and the viewer—and allows each individual to recognize their power within, and the power created by solidarity (being and seeing with), mutual support, and collaboration with others. By bringing us together, art multiplies individual talents and helps us recognize the power of each of us, empowering each other."

All events are free and open to the public. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.