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Past Exhibitions

With hundreds of exhibitions dating back to 1989, the list is continuously compiling. Scroll down to view the current list. 

JANUARY 31–MARCH 26, 2023
In 1997, journalists Rick Truax and Anelia Dimitrova travelled to Bulgaria to chronicle its transition to democracy. The Berlin Wall had fallen eight years prior and like many other Eastern European countries Bulgaria was stumbling along an uncertain path from a state-run economy to a free-market one. Looking to show the impact these seismic political shifts had on real people, the authors went into the very heart of the country at the foot of the Balkan Mountains—the valley of the roses.

This series of photojournalistic images documents Bulgaria’s centuries-old rose industry amid the hopes, dreams and uncertainties that lined the road to democracy that summer of ’97. The prints in this show document the exhausting efforts of pickers in the fields, workers in the distilleries, everyday life in nearby villages, contrasted with the dancers and performers taking part in the annual festival celebrating the rich history, culture and folklore of the Bulgarian rose.

Rick Truax and Anelia Dimitrova, Tales of the Bulgarian Rose
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Works from the Permanent Collection
August 4–October 9, 2022


Drawn from the Hearst permanent collection, these works were made in the era of the art center’s creation—a time of experimentation, manipulation, and individualism. Waterloo artist Susan DeLoff’s lively yet tender paintings are featured alongside many other works. Experience Howard McConeghey’s Carousel from a new perspective and spend time with the labyrinthine surfaces by Jimmy Murray and Mary Snyder Behrens, and experimental photographs of Irving Herman.

June 4–July 17, 2022


Visit the Hearst to experience the world of Dean Schwarz through his work and the work of some of his family and friends. Collaborative ceramics by sons Gunnar and Lane Schwarz and grandchildren Marguerite, William and Sophie are featured alongside Jeff Bromley’s boxelder and soft maple furniture. The inspiration for the exhibition came from the book Sixty Years With Clay created by Dean and Geraldine Schwarz with photographer and designer Jerry Grier.

Photo of participants in an art making activity.

Cedar Falls Student Art Exhibition
April 14 – May 15, 2022

See what the kids are up to in this annual student art exhibition! The Hearst Center’s tradition of celebrating students and teachers continues this spring with an exhibition of work created in the art rooms of Cedar Falls Community Schools. Pottery, painting, and works on paper abound!

Close-up photo of artwork By Jerry Nissen

Daydreams: Selected Works by Jerry Nissen
April 14–May 15, 2022

This exhibition marks the first solo gallery exhibition by Jerry Nissen

and includes works spanning six decades. Nissen is a painter,

a beloved painting instructor for the Hearst, a former art teacher

for Cedar Falls High School, and a regular Thursday Painter.

In his artist statement, Nissen writes, “We sometimes think of

dreams as little distractions, but it’s the dreamers who have

enriched and improved our lives. Children are the best dreamers

because, to them, nothing is impossible. Hopefully that spark is still

alive in all of us.”

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Hearst Photo Club Exhibition photo

Hearst Photo Club Photography Show
April 14–May 15, 2022

The Hearst Center’s Photo Club presents an exhibition of new works in the lower level of the Hearst. Photographs from Al Sundt, John McCormick, Kristin Pehl, Sheri Huber-Otting, and more are displayed. The Hearst Center Photo Club was established in 2018. To learn more about the club and to become a member, email the Hearst’s Program Coordinator, Sheri Huber-Otting.

Our Town: Reclaiming The Narrative

Guest Curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen
February 17-March 22, 2022

In honor of Black History Month, the Hearst Center presents Our

Town: Reclaiming the Narrative. The traveling exhibition is curated

by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen, professor of art and cultural history at

Drake University. Our Town invites viewers to consider local and

national histories presented through historical photographs and

newspaper articles that tell stories—often unknown—of Black

history in Iowa.

The show, as imagined for the Hearst Center, offers a “gallery

within a gallery” of artworks on loan from the Waterloo Center for

the Arts, the Grinnell College Museum of Art, and the UNI Gallery of

Art, as well as several national galleries and individual artists.

Artists include Kara Walker, Dread Scott, Lavern Madlock, Madai

Taylor, and others. The artworks are presented to reclaim and

illustrate historic narratives around race. Some artworks are

shown in pairs, others are coupled with historic artifacts. Since

2019, the exhibition has traveled to many venues across Iowa,

including schools, art museums, gymnasiums and Juneteenth

celebrations throughout Des Moines, Fort Dodge and Burlington,

and as part of annual community events such as “I’ll Make Me a

World” and the NAACP’s Kwanzaa celebration, both held in Des

Moines. As the installation moves, it gathers stories (via recorded

or filmed interviews), artwork, and ephemera from the lives of

local, often unsung, community builders.

Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative and related programs are

made possible in part through funding from the Iowa Arts Council

Cultural Leadership Partners program, the Walter and Karla

Goldschmidt Foundation, the Berg Fund at the Cedar Falls

Community Foundation, and Friends of the Hearst.

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Eddie Bowles's Blues
February 17-March 27, 2022

Born in 1884, Eddie Bowles learned to play guitar in New Orleans at the birth of jazz and blues. In 1914, he came to Cedar Falls to work as a street paver, and he stayed here for the rest of his life, working in a variety of manual labor jobs and sharing his distinctive style of blues guitar with his many friends. Drawing on recently uncovered recordings, this exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of Cedar Falls’s most unique citizens.

This exhibition was prep
ared in conjunction with English Senior Seminar students in the UNI Department of Languages & Literatures under the advisement of Professor Jim O’Loughlin. Support for this project is provided by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation’s Saul and Joan Diamond Arts & History Fund, Humanities Iowa, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pandemic Montages: A Series of Digital Online Stories by Roy R. Behrens
January 6-February 20, 2022

Pandemic Montages is a virtual exhibition seen here of sixty full-color digital montages produced by artist and graphic designer Roy R. Behrens. Made during a two-month period in 2021—at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic—each work was made by extracting, altering, and recombining public domain components, such as black and white vintage photographs, typographic fragments, and diagrams. In most cases, components are digitally “colorized,” sometimes using AI (Artificial Intelligence) processes. The resulting pictorial images are deliberately provocative, pesky, and more or less unsettling. By the targeted use of ambiguity, the works (as well as their titles) are intended to trigger each viewer’s interpretive efforts.

Roy R. Behrens is an Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Scholar who taught graphic design, illustration, and design history for 46 years at various universities and art schools, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and (since 1990) the University of Northern Iowa. 

Close-up photo of exhibit entitled Pandemic Montages
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Close-up image of Hearst art collection.

The Night Sound Considered
December 21-January 30, 2022 

The Night Sound Considered features a small grouping of artworks from the permanent collection reprised from our 2020 exhibition, The Night Sound, a show that embraced the winter season—its moodiness and call for introspection, as well as its darkness in both palette and subject. Visitors (in person or virtual) are encouraged to explore the themes of the original exhibition through a personal essay written by Robyn Groth, titled “A Stretch of Truth,” inspired by her visit in 2020. Robyn’s illustrated essay is available as a takeaway at the Hearst or online here

The Night Sound Considered

Charles Matson Lume
December 10, 2021-January 30, 2022

Charles Matson Lume is a visual artist and Professor of Art and Interim Associate Dean of the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His site-specific installations are created through the use of directed light on everyday materials (such as holographic stickers, lenses, and colored tapes), arranged to create moments for pause and reflection. This December, Lume worked in the Hearst galleries to create an installation dedicated to themes from The Soundand the Fury by William Faulkner. His work is often inspired by—and dedicated to—writers, poets, and themes found in their work.

Lume’s past exhibitions include installations at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Babel Kunst, Trondheim, Norway; Hunter College, New York City, NY; and the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and participated in international artist residencies in Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Ireland. Lume is based in St. Paul, MN.

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Photo of exhibition of artist Duane Slick.

Consequential Narratives:

Selected Works by Duane Slick
October 7 – November 21, 2021

Consequential Narratives brings together work from several recent

series by Meskwaki painter, printmaker, and storyteller Duane Slick,

including his most recent Arias for a Coyote Opera. In the Arias, Slick

creates washes as large-scale backdrops for unfolding narrative

elements that allude to moments of drama or consequence found in

the 1976 Robert Wilson/Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach.

The coyote appears frequently, often taking center stage.

Born in Waterloo, IA, Slick earned his BFA in painting from the

University of Northern Iowa and his MFA in painting from the

University of California, Davis. He has taught painting and

printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1995. His

work has been exhibited widely—most recently at the Albert Merola

Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and at RK Projects in New York City—

and is included in the collections of the National Museum of the

American Indian in New York City, the Eiteljorg Museum in

Indianapolis, IN, and the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, among

many others. 

October 7 – November 21, 2021

Diaspora of Meskwaki Creativity: Works by Mary Young Bear, Elleh Driscoll, and Dazegon Kapayou

Gallery visits are available by appointment during non-public hours on Mondays. Please request your appointment at least one week in advance by calling the front desk at 319-273-8641. 

Works by Meskwaki artists Mary Young Bear, Elleh Driscoll and Dazegon Kapayou are featured in this exhibition. This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with Consequential Narratives.


Photo of exhibition entitled Diaspora of Meskwaki Creativity.
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Photo of exhibition of artworks by artist Gary Kelley

Moon of the Snow Blind:

Text and Pictures From Gary Kelley
July 29-September 19, 2021

The Spirit Lake massacre in March of 1857 was a dark moment in

Midwestern history. The massacre begins in NW Iowa and ventures

into nearby states, including South Dakota, the pipestone area of

Minnesota, and finally concluding in St. Paul, MN, at a reception

with the Minnesota Governor.

Artist and illustrator Gary Kelley has imagined the saga of the Spirit

Lake massacre in graphic novel style. Visit the galleries at the

Hearst to jump into the story and experience the people and

landscape through his lens.

The graphic novels will be available for purchase at the Hearst

Center. Select works of art will be available for purchase.

North and South: Berenice Abbott's U.S. Route 1
July 29-September 12, 2021

This exhibition of fifty images visualizes Berenice Abbott’s summer journey in 1954 along the length of U.S. Route 1. Beginning in New York City, she and two companions traveled south to Key West. From there, she turned around and drove north to the highway’s terminus in Fort Kent, Maine, arriving in September. During the trip, Abbott made more than four hundred eight by ten-inch photographs, and more than two thousand smaller images using her Rollieflex camera. This exhibition is funded in part by the Hearst’s Robert and Shirley Berg Fund at the Cedar Falls Community Foundation and organized by the Syracuse University Art Museum.

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Close-up photo from the First Fifty exhibition at the Hearst.

First Fifty: New Traditions 

June 3-July 11, 2021 

Opening reception: Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

This year we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to. What did you make with your hands in 2020 + 2021? Gather up your latest project + plan to participate in our ninth First Fifty exhibition. The first fifty ready-to-hang works of art to arrive at the Hearst Center will be included in this exhibition. Are you a weaver? A quilter? Did you create something out of random materials you had on hand? An epic TikTok perhaps?

June 3-July 11, 2021

Colloquy: Works by Solange Roberdeau
June 3-July 11, 2021 

The Hearst Center for the Arts is featuring a selection of intimate

works on paper by Bay Area artist, Solange Roberdeau. Roberdeau

uses a variety of materials and techniques to create her work,

including weaving with paper and yarn, delicate metal leafing,

drawing with sumi ink, and the Japanese marbling technique

suminagashi (also known as “floating ink”). The artist’s interests

include the communications, abstract and literal, that occur

throughout the process of artmaking, between viewer, materials

and environment. The theme of the exhibition is the colloquy–or

dialogue–between the artist and the viewer, as well as between

sets of images displayed together, and the relationships between

the materials they are made from. 

Solange Roberdeau lives and works in Northern California. She

earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art,

Baltimore, MD, and holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode

Island School of Design. Providence, RI. She has shown at the

Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM; the International Print Center,

Manhattan, NY; Arcade Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; and the Institute Library,

New Haven, CT. She has received Artist in Residence fellowships

from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM; the Josef and Anni

Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT; and Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain. She

is represented by Municipal Bonds, San Francisco, CA.

Photo of artist Solange Roberdeau's artwork Springtime and Inner Space (3 of 4).
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April 16-June 1, 2021

This exhibition features works by students from elementary and secondary schools in Cedar Falls. The emerging talent of young artists provides an impressive and diverse display of work in all media including ceramics, photography, printmaking and painting. 

Playful Investigations by Kate Brennan Hall
April 16-May 16, 2021
Dazzle Hour: Tuesday, May 11 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Join us for artmaking, rice krispies and kombucha.

This exhibition features works from the daily practice of illustrator

Kate Brennan Hall. As a professional illustrator and printmaker Kate

enjoys the challenges of deadlines and the project’s parameters

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. Clients include Target, Mastercard, Blue

Cross Blue Shield, American Airlines, and Doubleday; she has

exhibited her work in Europe and the United States. Her current

projects include working on product lines for the home that feature

funny dogs and cats along with many other designs. The main

theme of her work: she seeks to elevate the ordinary and necessary

things that awaken us to the beauty all around us. Follow Kate

Brennan Hall on Instagram and visit her website! Did you know that

many of her works of art are for sale. 

Close-up photo of artwork by Kate Brennan Hall
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Photo of artist Martha Marie Hall's Woodcut artwork

As part of the exhibition Playful Investigations, digital artwork by Martha Marie Hall will also be on view.  Hall is a printmaker, illustrator and animator based in New York City. Martha received her B.A. in Studio Art at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Her work is inspired by the absurdity of social contracts and deconstructing interpersonal encounters. Inspired by comics, camp, and the unease of daily life, her practice includes digital illustration, painting, and woodcuts.

Sky Bergman: Portraits
April 16-May 16, 2021 

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer and filmmaker. “Lives Well Lived,” Sky’s directorial debut, celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Portraits on display are of several subjects from the documentary. Bergman was the former chair of the Art & Design department at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA and is currently Professor of Photography and Video. She is working on two new short films which encourage intergenerational connections and a feature length film celebrating love. Join us as we look into what makes a life well lived and how creativity affects longevity, happiness and personal fulfillment. This series is supported in part with funding from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Photo of child holding their artwork.

Spring Break 2021 Camp Illustrations
April 16-May 16, 2021 

Over Spring Break we welcomed a limited group of artists aged 4–9 years old to embark on a week of story writing, collaborative narrative building, and individual illustration. Throughout the week the artists used a variety of materials to tell their story visually.

Teacher l Student
February 16 – March 28, 2021

Through teaching and learning, techniques and ideas circulate; they marinate; they reemerge. Concepts and methods – some visible and others invisible—can provide a through line in work from teachers and their students. Move through a gathered selection of intergenerational artwork and discern what was picked up, what was embraced, and what was left behind.


Participating artists include: Donna R. Charging, Teresa Cole, Tim Dooley, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Shirley Eliason Haupt, Anita Jung, Ann Renée Lighter, Janice Marin, Dana Potter, Jo Siddens, Duane Slick, Linnea Sumner, Kyjuan D.E. Washington, and Aaron Wilson.

Close-up photo of artwork in the Teacher Student exhibit at the Hearst.
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The Night Sound: Works from the

Permanent Collection
December 18, 2020 – January 31, 2021

As we mark the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, we are embracing the season with a selection of moody and introspective

prints, paintings and sculptures, all drawn from the Hearst

Permanent Collection and featuring a restrained palette. The

exhibition features work by Ukrainian-American sculptor Louise

Nevelson (1899 –1988), Hungarian-American painter and printmaker Gabor Peterdi (1915-2001), American painter Gregorio Prestopino

(1907–1984), and others. Lean into the darkness with us as we wait

for the days to get longer and brighter.

Hard Won-Not Done: Original Illustrations

by Gary Kelley
October 29-December 6, 2020

Hard Won – Not Done featured twelve original monotype and pastel illustrations by Gary Kelley, who was commissioned in 2019 by the

League of Women Voters to create the portrait series celebrating a

century of Iowa women. Suffragists, trailblazers, politicians and

activists are pictured, including Edna Griffin, Carrie Chapman Catt, Elizabeth Catlett and Donna Reed. The PBS documentary, The Vote,

which tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought

campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, will also

be screening in the galleries throughout the duration of the show.

As part of the yearlong celebration of the 19th Amendment centennial anniversary, the portraits were used to create a 2020 calendar for the public, sponsored by Veridian Credit Union. Within the calendar pages, each portrait was augmented with a biographical sketch by writer

Cydney Kelley, which will also accompany the works on display at the Hearst Center. 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 and can be purchased through the Hearst Center.

The PBS documentary, The Vote, which tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for

the right to vote, will also be screening in the galleries throughout

the duration of the show.


 [Credit: The Vote, American Experience, PBS, Available to watch on]

Image of artwork by Gary Kelley.
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Cover Illustration of book by author Nancy Price.

No One Knows: Original Book Illustrations

by Nancy Price
October 29-December 6, 2020

This exhibition features twelve original pen and ink illustrations hand-drawn by Nancy Price. The illustrations accompanied the published

text of the book No One Knows, which was released in 2004. The illustrations were gifted to the Hearst Center by Price in 2003 and

are now a part of the permanent collection. The illustrations are a

visual accompaniment to Price’s story of a Miranda, a young woman living in Cedar Falls during World War II. Price describes the novel

as “…a love letter to Cedar Falls and my friends.” The installation will include short excerpts from the novel.

Close up image of artwork by Marjorie Nuhn

Marjorie Nuhn
September 3-October 11, 2020

This exhibition features the artwork of American artist Marjorie Nuhn

(1898-1988) 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

n 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. Nuhn (1898-1988) is

known forher 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.


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Close up image of artwork by artist named KC Franks.

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.” 

Effigy Mounds by Scott Robert Hudson
July 7-August 16, 2020

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.

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Soo Hostetler: Childhood Fantasy
July 7 – August 16, 2020

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 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.

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