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Iowa Poet Amy Clampitt
July 7 – August 16, 2020

This pop-up exhibit and special programming celebrates the life of Iowa-born poet Amy Clampitt. After her first book of poetry was published in 1983, titled The Kingfisher, she became one of the most highly regarded poets in America. Clampitt was a Guggenheim Fellow (1982), Academy of American Poets Fellow (1984), and a MacArthur Prize Fellow (1992). She published poetry until her death in 1994.

Reception & Public Lecture with Dr. Williard Spiegelman: Tuesday, August 11
Reception at 6:00 p.m., Lecture at 7:00 p.m. Spiegelman, a Clampitt scholar, is the Hughes Professor of English (emeritus) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and editor of a volume of Clampitt’s letters, titled Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt. CLAMPITT.

Garden Walk in the Hearst Sculpture
Sunday, August 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Join us for a Clampitt-inspired garden walk featuring discussion of some of the trees and flowers found in Clampitt’s poems. The walk is guided by Master Gardener Kim Armstrong.


Soo Hostetler: Childhood Fantasy
July 7 – August 16, 2020
Artist Reception: Thursday, August 13 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Soo Hostetler, Associate Professor, Graphic Design, University of Northern Iowa / USA

Childhood Fantasy presents the artist’s rediscovery of the beauty of Korean folk art. Hostetler’s conceptual theories of design are rooted in the popular themes of Minhwa art forms that were developed during the late Joseon era (1392–1897). Hostetler creates modern expressions of Minhwa-style by interpreting the traditional symbolism of the characters through her own imagination of narrative storytelling and through using digital technology. In her work, the written messages are drawn from the artist’s memories of Korean fairy tales and her cultural heritage. To portray an innocence of mind, visual and written messages are delivered through the eyes of a child. Using nonverbal structure enhances the perceptual capabilities of the human mind and spirit. There are two important elements that support and contribute to this unique visual approach. First, a narrative form of poetic storytelling is presented visually and conveys human emotions. Second, a morphological structure of illustration is developed to portray magical dimensions of symbolism that demonstrate the power of visual communication. Soo Hostetler is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The University of Northern Iowa.

Also on view: A selection of two animations by Soo Hostetler are on view in the Dresser-Robinson Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Floral Doors uses kinetic typography to symbolize the beauty and meaning of floral ornamentation of Buddhist halls, and expresses how the artist found the truth of life through Buddhism. The animation Festive Geometry is inspired by Mozart’s Piano Sonata K.333, which reveals evidence of the Golden Section in its structure. Throughout the work, Hostetler applies the harmonious elements influenced by the Golden Proportion.


Effigy Mounds by Scott Robert Hudson
July 7 – August 16, 2020
Opening Reception: TBA

Scott Robert Hudson’s work investigates the intersections of ecology, archeology, storytelling, memory and place. The vibrant, abstract paintings in this series are inspired by Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument. The artist reconfigures the geometry of the prehistoric mound forms as seen from above, aerially—specifically the bear and bird mounds—to craft a new vocabulary of contemporary symbols. In doing so, the artist reveals the black characters, or negative voids, which could only exist by the rearrangement of these specific prehistoric forms. As a native Iowan, the artist finds Effigy Mounds the most interesting and beautiful corner of the state. Walking among the mounds,one is reminded that our early-settler ancestors are one chapter in the long story of this landscape. Scott Robert Hudson divides his time between Cedar Falls and Reno, Nevada. He has exhibited extensively across the United States and has works in private and public collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Chico Museum of Natural History. He is currently represented by the Peyton Wright Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more about the artist, visit his website.


Stonehenge Series by KC Franks
July 7-August 16, 2020

KC Franks, curious and capable artist, teacher, and craftsperson was born and raised in Iowa. Spending time in Los Angeles, California as a courier for the US Navy and as a cameraman back in Iowa at KWWL, Franks was always interested in learning. He earned a BFA from Iowa State Teachers College in 1961 and in 1965 earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. Franks also studied art history in Guadalajara, Mexico. Franks was beloved by students as the head of the art department at North Iowa Area Community College from 1965–1985. At his death in 1985, Franks left behind a large body of work ranging from watercolors to prints, including thousands of sketches for wood block designs. All works are on loan from the collection of Franks’ daughter, Penne Franks Simon. The exhibition is made possible in part by funding from the Robert and Shirley Berg Fund at the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.

Former student Larry Gregson shares some thoughts on the late KC Franks. “Sensing his own mortality, he transitioned in his last years from prints to drawing because he could produce more works in the time he had left. These later drawings were designed to be mistaken for prints.” Read full narrative here.

Gregson recently exhibited a series of his own works at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, Iowa in 2019 and taking home the honor of Best in Show award in 2018 during their competitive Area Show: 46 exhibition for his painting, Abstraction Series: Stage Five. Learn more about these honors here.