Events Calendar

Art In The Afternoon events are held from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in The Center’s Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa.


November 18, 2018 – 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.
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December 16, 2018 – 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.
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January 20, 2018 – 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.
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February 17, 2018 – John Mcglinn  – Abstract art is invented, and so when my work looks representational, it is really about invented objects in invented arrangements. As such it is always personal, even when it appears to be non-objective. I will bring my latest paintings since moving to Iowa City, as well as a few purchased works that have influenced me over the years. Come to discuss: why abstract art and what does it mean?
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March 17, 2019 – Jan Friedman – In my work, the constant reference is nature. My unframed tapestries draw their inspiration from sky, water, land, and vegetation. The warp for these pieces is cotton seine twine, and the wefts are a combination of wool, cotton, rayon, metallic yarn, and dyed silk fabric strips. I like to contrast flat areas of gradual color transitions with more textured regions of exuberant hue. I also enjoy creating framed fiber collages in which I employ a wide variety of textile techniques and materials, such as small tapestries, dyed and woven bands, and sun prints on linen and silk organza. The textile elements are combined with natural treasures found on walks, which include such items as leaves, shells, feathers, sticks, and stones. These found objects are stored until they are needed in a specific collage. In contrast to the highly planned tapestries, I work intuitively on the collages, bringing together and arranging those elements in order to make a piece whose soul and energy is greater than the sum of its parts. I want my work to entice the viewer and elicit a response, whether it is spiritual, emotional, or curiosity about content and techniques employed.
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April 14, 2019 – Patricia Knox came to the University of Iowa as a potter but found herself working in Chunghi Choo’s metal’s studio most of the time. After completing her MA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry in 1982, she established her own studio and began selling her work in galleries around the US. “There are umpteen tools and processes to get acquainted with.
Metalworking is fun and some of the processes can be dangerous. I like to play in the metal with torch and tools. It’s the combination of required precision, coupled with the use of a cut and paste process, that I find challenging and entertaining.” Patricia has taken training with the Gemological Institute of America and Blaine Lewis at New Approach School.  She was one of the 14 artists who founded Iowa Artisans Gallery in 1984.  When she moved away from the area with her spouse, she met other artists in Chicago, West Virginia, Vermont, and greater Washington DC. While in Lake Co Illinois, she taught jewelry at Kaleidoscope School in Barrington, IL. She moved back to Iowa City in 2002.
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September 15, 2019 – Elizabeth Munger’s current work explores macro and microcosms, space-time, memory and mythology. Her art practice includes printmaking, artist books, installations, paper and fiber art. She received her BFA in Printmaking in 2000 and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book in 2014.

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