View Hard Won – Not Done, Original Illustrations by Gary Kelley in the galleries October 29-December 6, 2020 with an Artist Reception: Tentative, TBA.
In 2019 artist Gary Kelley was commissioned by the League of Women Voters to create a series of portraits celebrating a century of Iowa women, in what he describes as a truly inspiring project. As part of the yearlong celebration of the 19th Amendment centennial anniversary, the portraits were used to create a free 2020 calendar for the public. Within the calendar pages, each portrait was augmented with a biographical sketch by writer Cydney Kelley. The calendar was sponsored by Veridian Credit Union. This exhibition features the twelve original monotype and pastel illustrations of Iowa women that led by example such as suffragists, trailblazers, politicians and activists. Kelley also includes a month dedicated to the Iowa-born Ringling Brothers, who established a revolutionary standard of respect for their women employees in the early 1900s. Other portraits include Edna Griffin, Carrie Chapman Catt, Elizabeth Catlett and Donna Reed. A limited number of calendars will be available at the Hearst Center for no charge. A selection of Kelley’s original illustrations will be for sale.
View Watercolors by Marjorie Nuhn in the gallery this fall from September 3-October 11, 2020. Pop-Up Party: Thursday, September 24 from 5:00-6:00 p.m .Join us on the front lawn of the Hearst Center to celebrate the current show! Enjoy a sparkling or hard cider, splash some paint inspired by Marjorie’s palette, and relax safely outdoors in good company. Bring a buddy and we’ll see you there!
This exhibition features works of Marjorie Nuhn’s work from the permanent collection, which has been assembled through generous gifts from James and Meryl Hearst, her brother Ferner Nuhn, and many others.Marjorie Nuhn was a well-known regional artist based in Cedar Falls. She studied under Adrian Dornbush at the Stone City Art Colony, attended the Chicago Art Institute, and spent time in Santa Fe, Mexico City, Guatemala and Antigua. This exhibition is the first retrospective since her death in 1988, and brings together works from local and regional collections, both public and private.
American artist Marjorie Nuhn (1898-1988) is known for her loose, lively watercolor paintings of cities and landscapes of the American Southwest in addition to scenes of her home state. Born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Nuhn graduated from Iowa State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa, and went on to attend the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, and most notably, Grant Wood’s Stone City Art Colony in the summers of 1932 and 1933. Nuhn’s first exhibition of paintings was mounted at the Cedar Falls Woman’s Club in 1933.
She went on to exhibit at the Artists Union, Chicago (1938), the Santa Fe Art Museum, New Mexico (1940), the Taos Art Gallery, New Mexico (1940), the Alma Reed Gallery, New York City (1941), the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (1943-1953), and the Terry Art Institute, Indianapolis (1952).
3 NEW Exhibitions
From July 7 – August 16, the Hearst Center will be showing three exhibitions in the galleries. View the shows in both galleries while social distancing, masks are required. New to exhibits: By-appointment viewing of the exhibition is also available on Mondays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, email Heather Skeens at email@example.com the week prior.
On view in galleries: Imaginative Poetic Storytelling In Symbolism, Childhood Fantasy By Soo C. Hostetler, Effigy Mounds by Scott Robert Hudson and Stonehenge Series by KC Franks.Also on view: The Centennial Celebration of Amy Clampitt, Iowa-Born American Poety
Six Feet Apart Show
Works So Large You’ll Be Six Feet Apart
June 9- June 26, 2020
This exhibition includes large scale intaglios by Argentine-born artist Mauricio Lasansky, derived from the Hearst Permanent Collection.
Virtual Student Art Show
Due to the Hearst Center closing until at least April 10th, we will not be exhibiting our annual Student Art 2020 Exhibition in our galleries this year. We want to the public to be able to view the awesome talent of these students therefore we are creating an online gallery for this specific exhibition only. The public will be able to view this website online on March 29th here!
3 NEW Exhibitions!
EDIT: All three exhibitions below have been postponed. More information to follow soon.
Cedar Falls Student Art Exhibition 2020
EDIT/UPDATE – This exhibition will be an online show this year going live on March 29th here!
March 29-April 26, 2020
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 29 from 1 – 4 p.m., Sponsored by Friends of the Hearst – CANCELLED!
This exhibition features works by students from the elementary and secondary schools in Cedar Falls. The emerging talent of young artists provides an impressive and diverse exhibition with works in all media including ceramics, photography, printmaking, and painting.
100 Days: Kate Brennan Hall – This exhibition has been postponed – new show dates to follow.
March 29-April 26, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Join us for shrubs and snacks!
This exhibition features works from the daily practice of Kate Brennan Hall. Kate’s second installment of a 100 day project (creating original art every day for 100 consecutive days and posting it on Instagram) opened up many avenues of exploration that she’s been wanting to investigate: patterns, portraiture, poetry and more. She’s ready to roll up her sleeves and see where it will lead.
Creativity ebbs and flows. As a professional illustrator and printmaker Kate has enjoyed the challenges of deadlines and the parameters of projects from clients. But longevity as
a maker means that it’s important to keep going back to that feeling from childhood that led to all of this—the act of playing and experimenting without an end goal in sight: just pure exploration.
Kate Brennan Hall is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art + Design where she focused on illustration + printmaking. She has worked with clients such as Target, Mastercard, Blue Cross Blue Shield, American Airlines, and Doubleday; she has exhibited her work in Europe and the United States. Her current projects including working on product lines for the home that feature funny dogs & cats along with many other designs. The main theme of her work is this: she seeks to elevate the ordinary & necessary things that awaken us to the beauty all around us.
Follow Kate Brennan Hall on Instagram!
Hard Won – Not Done
Original Illustrations by Gary Kelley – This exhibition has been postponed – new show dates to follow.
March 29-April 26, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Join us for shrubs and snacks!
This exhibition features the original monotype and pastel illustrations created for a 19th Amendment commemorative calendar made by the award-winning Cedar Falls-based artist Gary Kelley, also featuring writing by Cydney Kelley.
“The Hard Won-Not Done” calendar portraits celebrating a century of Iowa women voting was a truly inspiring project for me. Visually, I wanted to create narrative portraits… of Iowa women who had an impact on the annals of our state. As an artist, I was inspired by the wide variety of their stories offering me a range of art styles, mediums and history to work with. Thanks to my daughter Cydney, a writer, for helping me with the choices, the research, and for creating the biographies in the calendar. And to Doris Kelley and the late Barbara Brown for making it all happen. Also to Veridian Credit Union and Sarah Corkery.” Gary Kelley, March 2020
Gallery Talk with Artists, Randy Hemminhaus and Phillip Chen
Join us for a gallery talk with Randy Hemminghaus and Phillip Chen on Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. They will discuss the works included in the exhibition, Proposition; Pressure; Proof in detail as well as their collaborations. As master printer at the former Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, Hemminghaus began collaborating with Kentridge in 2000. Hemminghaus printed all of Kentridge’s works in the exhibition through close collaboration with the artist. Phillip Chen has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Major institutions have added his work to their permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. Phillip Chen is the recipient of the Louis B. Comfort Tiffany Award and Pollock Krasner Grant; he was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2018.
For more information on this exhibition, click here.
Proposition; Pressure; Proof and related programs are made possible in part by funding from the Robert and Shirley Berg Fund at the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board, Friends of the Hearst, and legacy funding in memory of Clara A. Trapp. Works by William Kentridge are on loan from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University; works by Phillip Chen are on loan from the collection of the artist.
Kentridge + Chen
Proposition; Pressure; Proof
The Prints of William Kentridge and Phillip Chen
January 24 – March 15, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 24 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Gallery talk with artists Phillip Chen and Randy Hemminghaus on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.
This exhibition brings together the work of internationally-recognized printmakers William Kentridge and Phillip Chen. Kentridge (b. 1955) was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, sensitized by the region’s violent history of colonial power; Chen (b. 1953) lived in Chicago for much of his adult life, raised in a household challenged by anti-Chinese legislation of the late 19th and early 20th century, facing the legacy of exclusion, foreclosures, and the denial of citizenship. Both artists gravitated towards printmaking early in their formative years, drawn to its crucial role in the dissemination of political critique, protest, and dissent exampled by the volition of artists such as Hogarth, Goya, Daumier, and Kollwitz.
While aligned in using print as a platform for revisioning, Proposition; Pressure; Proof presents the work of Kentridge and Chen in terms of their openness to using print to test ideas, to think and to act through the creation of images, and to convey intensely personal memories and reckonings. The exhibition encourages visitors to see printmaking—or artmaking more generally—as a matter of knowing and not knowing; a testing of ideas; a piloting of a hypothesis that is proven under press pressure.
Artists Randy Hemminghaus and Phillip Chen will discuss the works on exhibition at a public gallery talk on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. As master printer at the former Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, Hemminghaus began collaborating with Kentridge in 2000. Hemminghaus printed all of Kentridge’s works in the exhibition through close collaboration with the artist. Phillip Chen has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Major institutions have added his work to their permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. Phillip Chen is the recipient of the Louis B. Comfort Tiffany Award and Pollock Krasner Grant; he was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2018. Proposition; Pressure; Proof and related programming is made possible in part by funding from the Robert and Shirley Berg Fund at the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board and Friends of the Hearst. Works by William Kentridge are on loan from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University; works by Phillip Chen are on loan from the collection of the artist
For more information on the artists and their work please follow the links below:
William Kentridge – MOMA + The Guggenheim Museum + art21 + TATE + The Broad
Phillip Chen – MOCA + Artist Website + The Guggenheim Museum + The Art Institute of Chicago + A/P/A Institute of NY + Sioux City Art Center
James Hearst in Prose
Public discussion with UNI curatorial students: THIS THURSDAY at 4:00 p.m. with an opening reception to follow from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This exhibition features a series of displays that offer explanations and analyses of Hearst’s three prose collections—his memoir, My Shadow Below Me; a collection of essays, Time Like a Furrow; and a co-written novel, Bonesetter’s Brawl.
Additional displays present information on Hearst’s uncollected farm journalism, essays, and fiction. A booklet with excerpts of Hearst’s writing will also be produced as part of the exhibit. The exhibit will also highlight “Radio and the Farm Boy,” a recently discovered 1923 article in Wallace’s Farmer that is believed to be James Hearst’s earliest work published outside of Cedar Falls.
[This exhibition was prepared in conjunction with graduate English students in the UNI Department of Languages & Literatures, under the advisement of Professor Jim O’Loughlin.]
New Exhibition in Oil Paint
Extirpations in the Anthropocene
October 3–31, 2019 *(date has been extended through November 3)
Opening Reception: October 10 from 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Artist’s remarks at 5:45 p.m.
In Extirpations in the Anthropocene, artist Caylin Jayde shares a series of new oil paintings borne out of her interest in our local ecosystem. As the 2019 Hartman Reserve Visiting Artist, Caylin researched endangered species found in Black Hawk County, working with the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project, the UNI Museum, and biologists and naturalists from across the Midwest. The work on display depicts creatures isolated and threatened by their diminishing habitats. The annual Hartman Reserve Visiting Artist program offer an individual or ensemble in search of creative endeavors the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by Hartman Reserve’s inspiring landscape and wildlife. Partners and sponsors for the 2019 round of the program are: Catherine Ann Livingston Fund at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Hearst Center for the Arts, Friends of Hartman Reserve and Friends of the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
[Image: Rusty Patched Bumblebee (Bombus Affinis), Oil on canvas, 2019]
New Exhibition in Weavings
Teddi Finegan: Weavings in Wool
September 27 – November 2
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 29 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Works are drawn from private collections, the University of Northern Iowa, the Hearst Permanent Collection and the artist herself. Teddi Finegan, fiber artist, studied weaving with Roy Ginstrom and Malin Selander of Sweden and completed an M.A. in Art at UNI in 1971. She earned a B.S. from the Ohio State University and attended Penland School of Crafts. In her career, Teddi received several awards and is represented in numerous public and private collections.
Teddi Finegan has been a resident at The Western Home in Windridge since 2012. Read her spotlight in The Journal, September 2019, volume 23, issue 9.