Gallery of Art | University of Northern Iowa

Past Exhibitions

October 15, 2021 to November 6, 2021

An opening reception will take place on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the KAB South lobby. Also, on the final day, November 6, the Gallery will be open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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. 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.

August 23, 2021 to September 25, 2021

Seattle-based artists Tom and Malayka Gormally will present a public lecture on Thursday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. in Kamerick Art Building (KAB) 111. A closing reception will follow.

"Present / Tense" is both a meditation on the extended family and an exploration of the contemporary challenges of human connection in this cultural moment of political division and environmental concerns. Tom's sculptures and Malayka's paintings in the main room celebrate deep familial roots in Iowa. In subsequent rooms, Tom's sculptures investigate the cultural/political divide affecting many families. Malayka's paintings of immigrants, some of whom are applying for United States citizenship, are juxtaposed with her oil paintings of anti-immigrant far-right Proud Boys at protests. Finally, Tom presents a series of sculptures and drawings on the dire absurdities of the oncoming calamity of climate change.

May 24, 2021 to August 22, 2021

A digital print, antique and blue sky

Curated by gallery director Darrell Taylor.

Writer Paul le Page Barrett (or John Grant) describes a concept in which all possible real, created, or dream worlds co-exist.

View the exhibition here: Polycosmos.

April 26, 2021 to April 30, 2021

This final Collection exhibition of academic year 2020-21 is curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and installed in the Rooms D and E to accompany the Spring 2021 B.F.A Group Exhibition.

This final Collection exhibition of academic year 2020-21 is curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and installed in the Rooms D and E to accompany the Spring 2021 B.F.A Group Exhibition. Just as in previous Gallery exhibitions during the year, COVID-19 protocols are in place, so masks must be worn, social distancing must be observed, and only 10 persons are allowed in the space at a time. Among the sixteen works of art on view are five bronzes and an aquatint, ink, and sugar lift print by Reuben Nakian, all of which depict the Greek myth of Zeus and the Aetolian princess and Spartan queen Leda. In order to emphasize the solemnity of this ancient tale, the presentation is located exclusively in the northeast area of the Gallery in Room D. Artworks by local legends Dean Schwarz, Clarence Alling, and John Page can be found in Room E. Aside from one iconic canopic jar by Schwarz, which serves as a bridge between the two rooms, the art objects here reference cherished regional landscapes and the vitality of the natural world. Incidentally, presented for the first time in the same exhibition are all seven of the Collection’ River Series prints by John Page.

April 26, 2021 to April 30, 2021

The Spring 2021 B.F.A. Group Exhibition showcases recent work from graduating seniors in the UNI Department of Art. The exhibitors are as follows:

The Spring 2021 B.F.A. Group Exhibition showcases recent work from two graduating seniors in the UNI Department of Art. Indrid Aaron Hutchins of Henderson, Nevada presents an exhibition titled Untangled. Hutchins is an emerging performance artist and printmaker. Their current work, utilizing yarn work and other multimedia pieces, is tied to their personal journey, navigating how to cope with the history they carry. Triston Kirschbaum of Des Moines, Iowa presents a painting exhibition titled Knocking on the Brain. Kirschbaum believes in the philosophy of absurdism and existentialism. These ways of life are what shape his work and what he draws inspiration from. Currently, his paintings have become more and more absurd with weird characters and bright colors.

March 29, 2021 to April 25, 2021

AJSAE 2021 Poster Design by Pauls and Kendall

Due to the university’s ongoing policy regarding the pandemic, the UNI Gallery of Art will present the exhibition online only. This competitive online group exhibition showcases outstanding recent artworks by students enrolled in classes in the UNI Department of Art.

Due to the university’s ongoing policy regarding the pandemic, the UNI Gallery of Art will present the exhibition online only. This competitive online group exhibition showcases outstanding recent artworks by students enrolled in classes in the UNI Department of Art. The juror for this year's competition is Heather Skeens, Cultural Programs Supervisor for the City of Cedar Falls and overseer of the Hearst Center for the Arts. Ms. Skeens will make a selection from student entries and choose a number of merit awards and honorable mentions. View the exhibition here: 2021 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

Juror’s Zoom lecture: Monday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: Monday, March 29 at 5 p.m.: https://youtu.be/QcDzkEpJ518

Poster design by UNI graphic design major Sarah Westholm.

February 27, 2021 to March 29, 2021

Curated by Assistant Professor of Art Education Samantha Goss and conceptualized with Emeritus Professor of Graphic Design Phil Fass, this exhibition is composed of accepted work from secondary students (sixth through twelfth grade) in Iowa.

Curated by Assistant Professor of Art Education Samantha Goss and conceptualized with Emeritus Professor of Graphic Design Phil Fass, this exhibition is composed of accepted work from secondary students (sixth through twelfth grade) in Iowa. Art teachers were given a standard artists’ “call for entry” and some supporting materials to think about patterns, how they can be used, and how they are inspired. Based on an idea first proposed by Constantine (Deno) Curris and Jo Hern Curris, the idea as developed by Ms. Goss and Mr. Fass also takes into account the current pandemic response during which it is not possible to mount an on-site exhibition for public viewing. From these challenges "Structure, Invention and Surprise" emerged as both a student competition and an online exhibition. The design series itself, which began in the fall of 2018, is named in memory of Elena Diane Curris (1977-2015), the daughter of Deno and Jo Curris. Elena lived in Cedar Falls and attended the UNI Price Laboratory School during the years that her father was president of the university. Throughout her life, she was deeply interested in design. The long-term support for this series is made possible by a generous endowment from Elena’s family to promote the excellence of graphic design education at UNI. Visit the exhibition here: Structure, Invention and Surprise.

January 25, 2021 to April 5, 2021

Curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and installed in the Main Room (B). Its purpose is to offer art students, staff, and faculty a place to view art during on campus in-person instruction. COVID-19 protocols are in place, so masks must be worn, social distancing must be observed, and only 10 persons are allowed in the space at a time.

Curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and installed in the Main Room (B). Its purpose is to offer art students, staff, and faculty a place to view art during on campus in-person instruction. COVID-19 protocols are in place, so masks must be worn, social distancing must be observed, and only 10 persons are allowed in the space at a time.

31 art objects from the UNI Permanent Art Collection are on display for much of the spring 2021 semester and include prints by M.C. Escher, Herbert Bayer, Edna Andrade, and Robert Indiana as well as bronzes by Antonio Virduzzo and a couple of variations on Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square. Also on view are several Seagrove-tradition ceramics from the Lawrence W.S. Auld Collection and a painting series based on the Fibonacci sequence by Dutch artist Marianne Lipschitz Jørgensen from the Lois E. Iseminger Collection.

January 25, 2021 to April 5, 2021

A Gallery Showcases exhibition curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor. Location: KAB South Lobby.

List of Works:

A Gallery Showcases exhibition curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor. Location: KAB South Lobby.

January 25, 2021 to February 26, 2021

Curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and dedicated to Emeritus Professor of Graphic Design Phil Fass. Presented in association with the 2021 Elena Diane Curris Biennial Design Exhibition.

Curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and dedicated to Emeritus Professor of Graphic Design Phil Fass. Presented in association with the 2021 Elena Diane Curris Biennial Design Exhibition. This online exhibition based on objects in from the UNI Permanent Art Collection branches roughly into concepts about color theory, typography, architecture, linear perspective, economy/minimalism, graphics (symbols, diagrams, illustration) and other gestalt principles. With a hearty thanks to Walt Whitman, design “contains multitudes.” Encompassing American, German, British, and Italian designers/artists, this exhibition is by no means comprehensive; however, one can hardly argue with the authority that Josef Albers, Warren Platner, and Jessica Helfand bring to the table. This selection extends from the last mid-century to very nearly the present and includes letterpress, digital prints, and screenprints as well as painting, photography, and even jewels and precious metal. The earliest acquisition is the Albers painting and the most recent is a three-dimensional exhibition catalogue from 1970, produced for a Paolo Soleri retrospective. Visit the exhibition here: Design from the UNI Permanent Art Collection.

November 16, 2020 to November 20, 2020

This fall’s "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" features five exhibitors from various studio areas of the UNI Department of Art.

The Fall 2020 "B.F.A. Group Exhibition" features five exhibitors from various studio areas of the UNI Department of Art. Sean Berg from Cedar Falls, IA presents an exhibition of drawings titled Arrested. Rachel Clarke from Norway, IA presents a drawing exhibition titled Rooted Renewal. Taylor Hansen of Adel, IA presents performance artworks in an exhibition titled All the Things You’ve Seen Before. Monica Sanguino of Waterloo, IA works in performance art and video. Her exhibition is titled Illuminated. Finally, Denae Statzer of Council Bluffs, IA presents a ceramics exhibition titled Enduring Impressions.

October 5, 2020 to October 26, 2020

Installation image: M.S. Behrens (l) and D. Bower (r).

August 17 – October 26, 2020

Curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and installed in the Main Room (B). Its purpose is to offer art students, staff, and faculty a place to view art during on campus in-person instruction. COVID-19 protocols are in place, so masks must be worn, social distancing must be observed, and only 10 persons are allowed in the space at a time.

August 17 – October 24, 2020

Curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor and installed in the Main Room (B). Its purpose is to offer art students, staff, and faculty a place to view art during on campus in-person instruction. COVID-19 protocols are in place, so masks must be worn, social distancing must be observed, and only 10 persons are allowed in the space at a time.

20 art objects are on display from Romare Bearden to Sonnenzimmer, from Mary Snyder Behrens to Robert Arneson, from Mark Tobey to Kee-ho Yuen, to three of our UNI photography alumni. It was conceived as a continuation of a summer 2018 single-day exhibition presented in association with a Cedar Valley Chamber Music concert titled L.A. Stories: Forgotten Composers of the Silver Screen, in which objects from different artists were paired. These pairings present the viewer with closely related themes, similar use of materials, or an uncanny presentation of shared motifs (i.e., shapes, textures, line, and subject matter).

August 24, 2020 to October 3, 2020

Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art

Israel offers a unique opportunity for a major exhibition of contemporary art and extensive, related programming, providing a series of lenses through which to view and to better understand the complexities of the country.

Israel offers a unique opportunity for a major exhibition of contemporary art and extensive, related programming, providing a series of lenses through which to view and to better understand the complexities of the country.

January 13, 2020 to February 29, 2020

January 13 – February 29; Due to university policy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNI Gallery of Art closed this exhibition to the public starting March 19, 2020.

Mary Haskell-Hansen Room

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.

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 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 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. 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.

December 5, 2019 to December 19, 2019

The Gallery doors will open and an opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

"B.F.A. Group Exhibition" features six exhibitors from various studio areas of the UNI Department of Art. Opening reception: Thursday, Dec. 5, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Allie Christisen of Bettendorf, IA, will present an exhibition titled "Not Gross: An Exhibition of Self-Portraits." Christisen's work is concerned with the experiences she has with her body in relation to societal standards of femininity. Through traditional techniques of printmaking her work displays stigmatized features of her body in a delicate and intimate manner. Andrew P. Dickerson of West Des Moines, IA, will present an exhibition titled "Something More." Dickerson is a photographer who captures scenes and interactions from everyday life and features a series of images that focus on quiet, poetic moments. Abigail Rose Hedley of Dubuque, IA, will present an exhibition titled "Dwelling." Hedley works in various sculptural media with a focus in both fiber and metal. "Dwelling" is a collection of sculptural objects with recognizable themes of home that act as placeholders for deeply embedded content. Rachel Kopriva of Traer, IA, will present an exhibition titled "Impressions." Kopriva states, "In my work I am attentive to the way in which transparent or reflective objects are transformed by other objects in their environment, and I view these objects as a metaphor. Like humans, they are constantly reflecting their image on to others and are molded by individuals that they surround ourselves with." Whitney McGill of Merrillville, IN, will present an exhibition titled "Our Hair is our Crown." McGill states, "As a woman of color, hair is important to my identity and culture. In my work, I am showing the beauty of black women's hair by having vibrant colors in my paintings." Joel Wisner of Mason City, IA, will present an exhibition titled "Feeds." According to Wisner, "I'm a fry-by-fry kinda guy, valuing repetition and detailed focus on the individual characteristics of likewise things." Wisner's exhibition utilizes drawing and printmaking as documentation of fast food and social media newsfeed experiences.

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.

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. This Collection 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.

November 21, 2019

An installation/exhibition view of Vertigo, Fall 2017.

November 21, 6:00 p.m.

This performance showcase features the work of UNI Performance Art students. Slated for the evening are timed and durational performance as well as digital media works happening within four rooms of the Gallery and parts of the first floor of Kamerick Art Building South. Some performance works are intended for mature audiences.

November 21, 6:00 p.m.

This performance showcase features the work of UNI Performance Art students. Slated for the evening are timed and durational performance as well as digital media works happening within four rooms of the Gallery and parts of the first floor of Kamerick Art Building South. Some performance works are intended for mature audiences.

October 16, 2019 to November 16, 2019

The exhibition is a formal presentation of recent accomplishments by the faculty in the UNI Department of Art and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media, performance and installation art as well as art history scholarship.

The "2019 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition" is a formal presentation of recent accomplishments by the faculty in the UNI Department of Art and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media, performance and installation art as well as art history scholarship. The exhibition is an opportunity for students and the public at large to experience current themes in contemporary art and also to meet artists who not only teach but also maintain vibrant professional careers in studio art, graphic design, art history, and art education. The opening reception begins at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, in the Kamerick Art Building (KAB) south lobby.

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.

The artist 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.

April 29, 2019 to May 11, 2019

An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 29, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Opening Reception: Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. The following students are pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in their respective emphasis areas and are exhibiting new artwork to fulfill graduation requirements: multidisciplinary artist Anastasia Chloe, painters Deo Rai and Emily Michelle Schroeder, and sculptor Hanna Seggerman. Concurrently, the Gallery will present M.A. Art Education Candidates’ Visual Timelines in the Showcases and ZigZag Cases in the KAB South lobby. These visual timelines document classwork and applied research completed by the Art Education cohort of 2019. All events are free and open to the public.

March 25, 2019 to April 20, 2019

Located in the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room of the Gallery, this UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Elizabeth Sutton and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor. Dr. Sutton states, "In order to mark humans’ profound impact to the Earth and its organisms, Dutch chemist Paul Crutzen popularized the term ‘Anthropocene’ to denote a new geological epoch.

A UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition co-curated by Dr. Elizabeth Sutton and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor. Located in the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room of the UNI Gallery of Art. Featuring artworks by Elisabeth Frink, Phyllis Bramson, Suda House, and Sunkoo Yuh, and Mark Dion. Free and open to the public.

January 14, 2019 to March 2, 2019

On Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in KAB 111 artist Paul Valadez will present a lecture titled "The Potlatch Project, the Artwork of Paul Valadez." An opening reception will follow.

An Art Collection Travelogue is a UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor that features the installation Paper Border by Paul Valadez, ten large-scale drawings from Mary Frisbee Johnson’s Navigating series, newly acquired ceramics by Dean and Gunnar Schwarz, and a remarkably pristine tapa bark cloth from the Polynesian island of Tonga.

On Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in KAB 111 artist Paul Valadez will present a lecture titled "The Potlatch Project, the Artwork of Paul Valadez." An opening reception will follow.

December 6, 2018 to December 15, 2018

BFA Fall Exhibition 2018

Opening Reception: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, south lobby of Kamerick Art Building (KAB).

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition participants include the following:

Opening reception on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

August 20, 2018 to September 29, 2018 | October 8, 2018 to November 16, 2018 | December 6, 2018 to December 15, 2018

An arrangement of 9 works of art

Events associated with the exhibition include the following:

September 4 – 6 and 11 – 13 (times TBD), in the Gallery, "Student Reflections/Presentations" by upper level and graduate students from the spring 2018 course of the same name.

A UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition supplemented by objects on loan to the Gallery, which was co-curated by Dr. Charles M. Adelman and Gallery Director Darrell Taylor with didactics by UNI students of art history. Featured artists include Asianpunkboy, Berenice Abbott, Nick Cave, Felix D’Eon, Kelly V. Grider, Jr., Keith Haring, George Hurrell, Ellsworth Kelly, Catherine Opie, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bruce of Los Angeles.