Addressing the state of mind in which art is made and how art affects a viewer’s mental state is one of Emily Jalinsky’s main objectives with her delicate works on paper, assemblages, and “printstallations”. She engages with mindfulness as a meditative act in the studio. In her work, she visually depicts mindfulness in the body and surrounding spaces through organic forms and repetitive patterns. Emily received a BFA in printmaking in 2012 with an emphasis in intaglio etching and expanded media from the University of Kansas. She is an active artist and arts organizer living in Iowa City, IA and is currently the IC Press Co-op Program Coordinator at Public Space One.
Emily uses methods of centering and repetitive action to further the idea of finding stillness in any moment. The borders between inner and outer landscape, material and immaterial become intertwined. Lichen, a symbiotic and slow-growing organism, is used as a symbol of resilience and continual growth, while patterns of gold and circular, radiating forms suggest a state change in perspective and awareness. Since the birth of her daughter, Emily has used her artwork, as her practice has always been, to bring a hyper-awareness to the swings of the mind and body.
In her practice, Emily works in both printmaking and mixed media processes with a specialty in intaglio copper etching, watercolor, embroidery, and drawing. Pieces may be bound or layered together to create larger compositions, assemblages, and installations.
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.
Life Drawing will not be held Memorial Day weekend May 26th
Cost: $10.00 per session
in The Center’s Room 211
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA
1:00 to 3:00 PM (arrive on time)
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.
The ArtiFactory is a project of Arts Iowa City a 501(c)(3)non-profit
Fee $140 (plus $60 supply fee or a list to buy your own)
Registration begins April 11
Open to first time and returning students. Truc Deegan will teach the ancient art of Chinese ink painting individualize to each student’s level. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who is a master of Chinese Art in the style of 12th-18th century artists. Truc’s teacher used his teaching to continue with different subjects as a way to improve the student’s technique in painting. One finds it enjoyable to care and continue. Open to 8 participants. Registration required.
Register at The Center (319-356-5220) or online at
Enter The Center through the Washington St. entrance or from the third floor of the Iowa Ave. parking ramp through the skywalk to The Center’s ground floor. Then, proceed to room G07.
About the Artist
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.