Thomas Agran’s studio work focuses on the mid-western landscape, its total transformation through agriculture, and the political, social, and environmental consequences of that change. Some of his paintings also explore the complicated nexus of food, agriculture, nostalgia, and marketing. Agran’s paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the Grinnell College Prairie Studies Collection. Over the past 5 years, public art has become an important (seasonal) part of Agran’s practice, and he has executed and assisted with numerous large scale murals in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Agran works as the Director of Public Art for the Iowa City Downtown District, teaches painting and drawing, and lives in Iowa City with his family. www.thomasagran.com
Trúc was born and grew up in Vietnam. Trúc (pronounced Chook and it means Bamboo) migrated to the United States of America and became a citizen in 1970. She graduated in University of Iowa in Art History with Honors. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who lives in Penang, Malaysia, a master of Chinese Art with the knowledge of the style of the 12th-18th century artists.
Trúc has held a number of one woman exhibitions and participated in numerous competitive and judged exhibitions as well. She has taught brush painting in the United States, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Her works have been purchased by art lovers around the world and are found in collections in Malaysia, Great Britain, France, Australia, Sri Lanka, the United States and elsewhere. In 2001 the Iowa City Public Library selected one of her works for its permanent collection. In 2002 one of her paintings received an Honorable Mention Prize at the Hooverfest. In 2012 Art of Mercy Hospital collected two of her works for their art collection.
Many of her works are on display at Melrose Meadow, a retirement community at 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City, Ia. Recently, She had a joint show titled Midwest Summer: Light & Warm with other artists at the Iowa at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Her latest exhibition was held in Central College, Pella, Iowa in Nov. 2016.
Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models. Please bring your own drawing materials. Please limit media to graphite, charcoal or pastels. Do not use oils or acrylics that can leave a permanent stain. Participants must be age 18 or over.
Enter The Center through the Washington St. entrance and the take elevator or stair to the 2nd floor or from the third floor of the Iowa Ave. parking ramp through the skywalk to The Center’s second floor. Then, proceed to room 211.
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