Gallery of Art | University of Northern Iowa

Current Exhibitions

August 23, 2021 to December 15, 2021

August 23 - September 25; October 15 - November 6; and December 2 - 15, 2021

In the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room of the Gallery.

On August 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., UNI and Meskwaki Tribal Council Mission Stewardship Festivities will be presented. Included will be an opening reception for the exhibition, a summary of the mission stewardship campus input work session, a message to all caretakers from Meskwaki representatives, and a performance by world champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki/Dine).

Co-curated by UNI alumna Angela Waseskuk and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor, this exhibition highlights objects from the Collection and the UNI Museum by historical and contemporary Native artists. The title is taken from N. Scott Momaday's book, "Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land." Momaday (Kiowa) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet and recipient of a 2007 National Medal of Arts.

Showcasing these works is part of a university-wide effort to adopt a university Land Stewardship Statement while continuing to build and honor respectful and nourishing partnerships with the Meskwaki Nation and Native people in Iowa. Artists included in this exhibition include George Longfish (Seneca/Tuscarora), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish/Kootenai), Duane Slick (Meskwaki), Percy Tsisete Sandy (Zuni), and Sheila Arch (Cherokee). Works on loan to the Gallery from UNI Museum, Robert Waseskuk, the director, and the co-curator include objects by artists Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Joe Campbell (Musqueam/Salish), Wendy Red Star (Crow), and Leonard YoungBear (Meskwaki).

All events are free and open to the public. Please be prepared to wear a mask and socially-distance while in the Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and by appointment. Please note, the Gallery will be closed Monday, September 6 for Labor Day.

October 15, 2021 to November 6, 2021

Poster for the JoAnn Schnabel Ceramics Alumni Exhibition, 2021

An opening reception will take place on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the KAB South lobby.

This exhibition is a group invitational event curated by UNI Professor of Art JoAnn Schnabel who will retire from teaching at the conclusion of 2021. Born in Cleveland, OH, Schnabel received her B.F.A. in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1981 and her M.F.A. from Louisiana State University in 1986. She has participated in artist residencies at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, ME, CRETA Rome, Italy, and at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in New Castle, ME.

Professor Schnabel has served for the past twenty years on the Board of Trustees at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She was Vice President of the Board of Trustees from 2019- 2020 and currently serves on the Arts and Program Council. She taught at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1989 before coming to the University of Northern Iowa where she has taught since 1990.

Exhibition participants include the following: Bryan Coons (B.F.A, 2012), Lori Dale (B.A., 1997), Thaddeus Erdahl (B.F.A., 2004), Allison Fretheim (B.A., 2015), Sarah German (B.F.A., 2006), Travis Gingerich (B.F.A., 2016), Matt Kelleher (M.A., 1997), Rylie Lawrence (B.F.A., 2018), Caitlin Mary Margarett (B.F.A., 2018), Lisa McClurg (B.A., 2010), Nicholas Meyer (M.A., 2010), Daniel Orr (M.A., 1998), Jesse Parrott (B.F.A., 2010), Wade Scheel (B.A., 1995), Chris Singewald (B.F.A., 2006), Kelsey Sorensen (B.F.A, 2015), Denae Statzer (B.F.A., 2020), Brad Travis (M.A., 2003), Dallan Troyer (M.A., 1996), Madalyn Loring Vorrie (B.F.A., 2017), Amythest Warrington (B.F.A., 2014), Chad Wolf (B.F.A., 1996), and the curator herself.

The UNI Department of Art, the Gallery, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences marketing team have produced a catalogue to complement the exhibition. Essayists include UNI Professor Emeritus Crit Streed and American Museum of Ceramic Art Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein. Gerstein states, "This exhibition and catalog are a wonderful tribute to JoAnn Schnabel’s artwork, her impact as an arts educator, and her service to the ceramics community."

All events are free and open to the public. We ask that visitors wear masks and socially-distance while attending Gallery events.