Works from the Permanent Collection
August 4–October 9, 2022
Closing Reception: Tuesday, October 4 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Join us for snacks and beverages and meet the new Cultural Programs Supervisor, Cory Hurless.
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.
DEAN SCHWARZ AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS
June 4–July 17, 2022
Public reception: Saturday, June 18 from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Join us for pastries and a pottery demo with the Schwarz crew before you head up to campus for the College Hill Arts Festival.
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.
Cedar Falls Student Art Exhibition
April 14 – May 15, 2022
Public reception: Sunday, May 1 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the Hearst
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!
Daydreams: Selected Works by Jerry Nissen
April 14–May 15, 2022
Public Reception with the artist: Saturday, April 23 from 2:00–3:30 p.m.
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.”
Describing the painting pictured above, the artist continues, “The mirrored birds morphing into clouds, eclipsing sunrise and distant earth all relate to the ancient myth of Icarus. In the story, Icarus dreams of flying like a bird, but as he goes higher the sun melts the wax that holds his wings together and he falls to his death. The eclipse would allow Icarus to soar as high as he wished. The important thing is, he followed and realized his dream.”
Hearst Photo Club Photography Show
April 14–May 15, 2022
Opening reception: Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on the Hearst lower level
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 27, 2022
Public reception: Friday, February 25 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. with remarks by Dr. Metrick-Chen at 5:30 p.m.
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.
Additional exhibition-related programming announcements will be made at thehearst.org and on Facebook. 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.
Race in Iowa: A Traveling Roundtable on Issues, Visions and Initiatives
Thursday, March 24 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the current exhibition, Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative, Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen will moderate a filmed discussion at the Hearst Center. Seating will be available for anyone that would like to be part of a small audience. We are excited to share the discussion post-filming on our website, and it will become part of the virtual archive “Black Iowans and the Nation” currently being developed by Dr. Metrick Chen. Thank you to Iowa Arts Council for assistance in funding this discussion through an Arts Project Grant for Our Town.
Eddie Bowles’s Blues
February 17 – March 27, 2022
Opening reception: Thursday, February 17 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. with student remarks at 5:30 p.m.
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 prepared 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.
[Photo by Rick Chase/ © Cedar Falls Record]
In conjunction with this exhibition:
Live Music Series: Eddie Bowles Blues Celebration
Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hearst Center
Screening and discussion of “Getting That Note Out,” a documentary on the Waterloo-based blues guitarist, Ethleen Morehead Wright (57 min). Director Francesca Soans leads a post-film discussion.
Friday, March 4: Tentative release date for the Best of Eddie Bowles album on a variety of music streaming services.
Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. at The Octopus on 2205 College Street
Local Blues Showcase featuring the Rush Cleveland Trio and Special Guests.
Eddie Bowles Historical Tour Mobile App Launch and Closing Reception
Tuesday, March 22 from 5:00–6:00 p.m.: Roundtable discussion featuring: Lucas Gray, Augmented Reality/Unity Developer; Sadie Hilton, UNI Augmented Reality Intern; Jim O’Loughlin, Head, UNI Department of Languages & Literatures; and Dana Potter, Assistant Professor, UNI Department of Communication & Media. Join the launch of the Eddie Bowles Historical Tour, a Unity-based augmented reality mobile application (for iPhone & Android) that allows users to follow a two-mile trail of sites in Cedar Falls that played a significant role in the life of Eddie Bowles. Join the app creators for a discussion about the process that led to the creation of the app, and be among the first to try it out. Support for this project was 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 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. He retired in 2018. For more examples of his work, click here.
The Night Sound Considered
December 21, 2021 – 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. Check out the virtual exhibition here.
Charles Matson Lume
December 10, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Public reception: Thursday, January 13 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. The artist will speak at 6:00 p.m.
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.
View artist statement here.
Consequential Narratives: Selected Works by Duane Slick
October 7 – November 21, 2021
Reception with the artists: Friday, November 5, from 5:00–6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Hearst and is free and open to the public. Become a Friend of the Hearst at the event with a donation of any amount. Learn more about the benefits of being a Friend here.
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.
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.
Diaspora of Meskwaki Creativity: Works by Mary Young Bear, Elleh Driscoll, and Dazegon Kapayou
October 7-November 21, 2021
Reception with the artists: Friday, November 5 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Hearst and is free and open to the public. Become a Friend of the Hearst at the event with a donation of any amount. Learn more about the benefits of being a Friend here.
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.
Moon of the Snow Blind: Text and Pictures From Gary Kelley
July 29-September 19, 2021
Public reception with the artist: Thursday, September 2 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Book Signing at 5:30 p.m.
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.
In conjunction with this exhibition: VIRTUAL! BERENICE ABBOTT’S ROUTE 1: A DISCUSSION WITH WHITNEY RICHARDSON – watch here.
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?
Any questions, please email Curator/Registrar, Emily Drennan.
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.
“My aim is for the work I am making to communicate perceptual spaciousness, movement, and a visual fluidness through nuanced material tensions, form, and contrasting mark-making. In many cultural mythologies, the concept of a ‘creation space’ is expressed as an ambiguous event out of which perception expands and cultures are born, the outcomes unpredictable yet full of hope. I feel deeply the importance of pointing to that space—which is at once ordered and chaotic, controlled and serendipitous—as a positive place made of movement and change, creative potential, and possibility.” —Solange Roberdeau
VIRTUAL! CEDAR FALLS STUDENT ART SHOW
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. View the online show here.
Playful Investigations byKate 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. View price list here!
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. Follow her on Instagram and visit her website!
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. For programming in conjunction with this exhibition, click here. 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.
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.
Click here for events in conjunction with this exhibition. This exhibition is made possible in part with support from the Hearst’s Robert and Shirley Berg Fund at the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.
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.
Click here for our collaborative playlist inspired by (and featured in) this exhibition. Enjoy the tunes!
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 PBS.org] Click here for screening schedule in Dahl-Thomas Gallery.
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.
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.
Works So Large You Can Stand Six Feet Apart
June 9-21, 2020
This exhibition includes large scale intaglios by Argentine-born artist Mauricio Lasansky, derived from the Hearst Permanent Collection.
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
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.
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.
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 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.