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January Art in the Afternoon

January Art in the Afternoon
January 20, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission

Eloy Barragán invites everyone to participate in a dialogue on the relationship between dance and technology. This conversation has thrilled dancers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists since the beginning of photography and film. More than ever, artists are interested in screendance—an art that not only captures the movement created by the choreographer and dancer but the dance itself and the camera, highlighting the transforming art of editing. Exploring the relationship between camera and subject, director and dancer, and director and editor in addition to the transient existence of dance and permanent nature of film; bringing together images of the moving body with technology embraces the investigation of the magical hybrid art form, ScreenDance, also known as video-dance and dance for the camera.

Eloy Barragán – MFA – Hollins University

Associate Professor, Choreographer, Filmmaker, Director: International Iowa ScreenDance Festival, Co-Director: Iowa Dance Festival. Recipient of the choreographers’ fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Boise Arts Council, Lifetime Career Fellowship: Idaho Commission of the Arts. 2017 Artist Project Grant – Iowa Arts Council. Eloy’s films have been invited to festivals in Mexico, US, and Cuba.  Performed with Joffrey II, Washington Ballet, Compañía Nacional de Danza México, Ballet Royal de Wallonie, Mainz Stattheater, Eugene Ballet and Ballet Idaho. His choreography has been presented in USA, México, Finland, France, Panamá, China and Russia.

  • Eloy Barragán
  • Associate Professor/ Choreographer/ScreenDance Filmmaker
  • Advisor  Undergraduate Program
  • Department of Dance
  • Director Iowa International ScreenDance Festival
  • Co-Director Iowa Dance Festival

Beginning Chinese Ink Painting

Beginning Chinese Ink Painting

Presented by Truc Deegan

  • Sundays 2/17 to 3/10/2019 at 1:00-3:00 pm
  • in The Center’s room G07
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fee $140 (plus $60 supply fee or a list to buy your own)
  • Pay the instructor at the first class

Learn the ancient art of Chinese ink painting from Truc Deegan. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who is a master of Chinese Art in the style of 12th-18th century artists. By its completion all the basic brush strokes used in this art form will have been studied, and four traditional paintings will have been completed. Register at The Center or online. Open to 8 participants. Registration required.

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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.

January Life Drawing

January Life Drawing

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. 

January 13th

January 27th

February 10th

February 24th

  • 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

December Art in the Afternoon

December Art in the Afternoon

December 16, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission

Adam Burke is an intermedia artist working in video, performance, and photography. He is also a writer and editor. His award-winning documentaries, animations, and music videos have been screened in festivals across the country and can be found in the collections of the University of Florida, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and more. He was a studio assistant to Hans Breder for several years, working on digital paintings, installations, performances, music, and dozens of videos. While studying with Breder as an MFA student in Intermedia and Video Art, he was awarded the Ana Mendieta Scholarship. Burke is a 2018 graduate of the Eon Virtual Reality Innovation Academy at Eastern Iowa Community College in Davenport.

December Life Drawing

December Life Drawing

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. 

  • 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)
    • December 9th
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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

November Art in the Afternoon

November Art in the Afternoon

Filmmaker Discusses Source Material, Effort, the Results

Film critics cannot identify the energies involved that drive the production trajectory with all of its compromises and triumphs. Only the maker of films can really discuss what it takes.

November 18, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission
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Kevin Kelley has been a filmmaker for over forty years. His work has been honored with two regional EMMY© Awards, two CINE (´sini) Golden Eagle Awards, and three New York Festival World Medals. His work has been screened at The Los Angeles International Documentary Film Festival, The Newport Beach Film Festival, The New York Filmmakers Festival and aired nationally on PBS and HBO. Kelley’s films have been screened for audiences around the world including: Germany, Spain, England, Italy and Australia. In 2017, he and co-founder, Marie Wilkes, created a non-profit organization, New Mile Media Arts, whose purpose is to educate and inspire through the art of filmmaking, presenting unique stories of common people in uncommon situations. Kevin Kelley’s IMDB

Plexiglas Sitters with Grandma and Me

Plexiglas Sitters with Grandma and Me
Sunday December 2 from 1:00-3:00 pm
in The Center’s room G07
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
$50 combined fee for each adult and child pair.

Jo Myers-Walker will teach how to create a Plexiglas sitter. What is a Plexiglas sitter you might ask? Participants will sketch on paper, trace design on to Plexiglas with a paint marker, put in toaster oven to slump or bend to sit or stand and finally paint. The class is designed for an adult and child to participate together. The adult can be a grandmother, grandfather, mother or father. The adult and child will each have a Plexiglas sitter and fun memories to take home after the class. Open to 10 participants. Register online or at The Center. Please pay the instructor by cash or check at the first class. Membership to The Center not required.

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Life Drawing Workshops

November Life Drawing Workshop

Presented by Douglas Pendleton

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  • $25 for each 3-hour session
  • from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • In The Center’s Room 211
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa

An ongoing series of informal life drawing workshops. Three hours of extended poses and rigorous instruction to take your life drawing to another level. Douglas Pendleton will help you as you draw, and also provide demos and instruction during the breaks. Topics will vary from session to session but will include composition, proportion, artistic anatomy, geometric construction, chiaroscuro and the general mechanics of drawing. All levels welcome, and no sign up is necessary. Participants must be age 18 or over. Registration not required. Need not be a member of The Center. Please pay by cash or check at the beginning of each session.

Advanced Chinese Painting Workshop

Advanced Chinese Painting

Presented by Truc Deegan

  • Sunday October 28, November 4, 11 & 18 from 1:00-3:00 pm
  • in The Center’s room G07
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Four 2-hour sessions for $150
  • (use supplies from Beginning Chinese Ink Painting)
  • Pay the instructor at the first class

Anyone interested in Chinese Ink and watercolor painting can enroll in this workshop. Previous classes are not required. This class is open to individuals who want to learn and improve their painting skills.  The four lessons will cover a combination of flowers, bamboo, insects and birds. The instructor will lead the class in each lesson and give each student her personal guidance. Paper will be provided for practice in class. Open to 8 participants.

Register online or at The Center.

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Add to Calendar

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.

Upcoming Life Drawing

Upcoming Life Drawing

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. 

  • 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)
    • October 14th
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    • October 28th
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    • November 11th
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    • December 9th
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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