Past

Marjorie Nuhn
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!

View The Magnificent Marjorie Nuhn by Robyn Groth with special notes from Heather Skeens and Emily Drennan. Pick up your copy today in the galleries!

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 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.

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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


Advertising to Art

From Advertising to Art: 19th Century Trade Cards and the Unfettered American Imagination
November 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, November 22 from 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Gallery talk with Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen: Friday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m.

The 270 original American advertising cards in this exhibition explore 19th century social and visual culture. The cards reflect a time of cultural change and cultural anxiety as America shifted from an agrarian to an industrial economy and into an emerging world power. In the course of advertising all sorts of new commodities, card artists created wildly inventive new visual languages of montage and proto-surrealism in which human forms merged with animals, vegetables, machines and fruit. The result could be demonizing and dehumanizing or it could convey a carnivalesque sense of magic, shifting visual culture from the Victorian moralizing realistic style towards Modernism.

From Advertising to Art was originally curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen, an art and cultural historian, for display at Drake University. Metrick-Chen’s ongoing study of the impact of Chinese in Western art recently culminated in her publication, Collecting Objects/Excluding People: Chinese Subjects and American Visual Culture, 1830–1900.


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.
Dazzle Hour: Thursday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.
Gallery talk with artists Phillip Chen and Randy Hemminghaus: 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. View a detailed gallery guide about the artists.

About the gallery talk with Randy Hemminghaus and Phillip Chen: They will discuss the works included in the exhibition 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.

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.

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

James Hearst in Prose
November 7 – December 29
Public discussion with UNI curatorial students: Thursday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. with an opening reception to follow from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Though James Hearst was known primarily as a poet, during his long literary career he also wrote essays, journalism, fiction and a memoir. This exhibition explores many lesser-known facets of James Hearst’s writing and offers an introduction to the work of one of Cedar Falls’ literary greats. 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.


Caylin Graham Exhibition

Caylin Jayde:
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. with 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.


Teddi Finiegan

Fiber Form: Works by Teddi Finegan
September 27 – November 3, 2019
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.


Clayton Fowler

Clayton Fowler Watercolors
September 6 – October 27, 2019

Clayton Fowler (American, 1912–1984) was an artist, art historian, lecturer and instructor who taught at both the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and at St. Lawrence University in New York. On display are watercolors from the Hearst Permanent Collection, the Collection of Dean and Geraldine Schwarz of Decorah, and the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art Permanent Collection.