Gallery of Art | University of Northern Iowa

Upcoming Events

Lectures and Research Presentations

August 28 | 7:00 p.m. | Location: KAB 111

Lecture: "Bro-sure: A Brief Look at the Art of Jack Balas"

Colorado-based artist Jack Balas will present a lecture in KAB 111 followed by an opening reception. The lecture is presented in association with the UNI Gallery of Art exhibition titled "Jack Balas: Against the Grain – Men, Maps, and Other Incorrections," which runs from August 19 through October 5. The artist exhibits extensively, and his work may be found in collections as diverse as Brooklyn Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

October 1 | 6:00 p.m. | Location: UNI Gallery of Art

Talk, Tim Miller: “Sex/Body/Self”

Acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller will give a talk about his work. Presented in association with the Performance Studies Program of the UNI Department of Communication Studies. Miller is the author of the books Shirts & Skin, Body Blows, and the recently released A Body in the O. His creative works include Some Golden States (1987), My Queer Body (1992), Glory Box (1999), and 1001 Beds (2006). He is one of the NEA Four, one of the leading skirmishes of the 1990s culture war in the U.S.


August 19 to October 5

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.

August 19 to October 5

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.