Events Calendar

Since February of 2016 Art In The Afternoon has been a monthly showcase for Iowa City area artists to present their artwork and display their skills. Admission is free and open to the public at 1:00 pm. in The Center’s Assembly Room on the third Sunday of the month. This fall we plan to add to the growing list with four remarkable artists. 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.

October 20, 2019 – John McGlinn (BFA and MFA University of Colorado) 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 a sampling of 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?

November 17, 2019 – Chris Burd, “From the start I felt a real connection with clay. I Liked the tactile aspects of clay and how it can be shaped and molded, then changed with the addition of heat. In 1979, I started attending the University of Iowa as a ceramics major. My professors were Chuck Hindes and Bunny McBride. I became a proficient thrower and hand builder. My sculptures were large coiled structures influenced by African art. After college I joined the board of Arts Iowa City which gave me the opportunity to show my work regularly. The social aspect of the organization were very fulfilling. Around 1996 I started working on metal sculpture with professor emeritus Julius Schmitz. I learned how to make sand molds. and casting in iron.I then went to work at Max-Cast in Kalona, working with Steve Maxson and Doris Park. They taught me how last bronze casting and how to weld bronze. Later, I became interested in printmaking; intaglio, drypoint, lithography, silkscreening working with Robert Glasgow, Kieth Achepol, and Jim Snitzer. I enjoy working in many different mediums. Lately, I’ve been silk screening shirts for Thomas Lasansky. I always look forward the next creative endeavor!!”

December 15, 2019 – Jennifer Miller, “My work includes sculptural ceramics, site-specific installations, and 2-D illustrations. Most of my projects are designed to engage viewers in an experience that encourages contemplation of their own relationship with nature, with beauty, with time, and with words. The sculptures I create are often designed to be placed outside in gardens. In contrast, my site-specific installations transform interior spaces into new environments and reflect my interest in collaborating with writers, naturalists, and environmental scientists.Regardless of the material I use to express myself, I hope that my artwork communicates my love for the natural world and my respect for writers and scientists who work to protect and restore natural habitats and ecosystems.”

February 16, 2020 – Andrea Smisek Gage, “Nothing challenges creativity more than the rollercoaster of life! From architectural-engineering to engineering a life of three kids, carpool and aging parents, Andrea Smisek Gage has found new ways to create in order to have new ways to cope. Portraits to plein air in both oil and watercolor is her most recent outlet that has opened a new world of opportunities. Sharing her creative journey through humorous stories and paintings will give insight into how to color outside the lines and create a vibrant life for yourself.

March 15, 2020 – ​James L. Ochs is a self-employed artist with over 30 years of studio experience in printmaking, painting and drawing. He has been an art instructor at the university level, while operating Ochs Studio- established as a teaching and printmaking studio in Iowa City. When speaking about his work, Ochs describes, “I contrast things within the figure, something different opposed to it to make it more poetic and mystical, as opposed to something very classical.”
James Ochs was born in Denver, Colorado in 1943. He gained print experience at Blacks Print Studio in New York City, and he worked in collage and paint at the Art Student League. He received his B.A. in painting at Colorado State University, and went on to earn an M.A. and M.F.A in printmaking and drawing from the University of Iowa. Ochs’ work can be found in prominent art collections around the US, including the Des Moines Art Center; Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, IA; Farm Bureau, Des Moines, IA; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Harvard College, Cambridge, MA; and Brown University, Providence, RI. Featured in over 120 national, regional and solo shows nationwide, his works have received numerous awards, including the Coconut Grove Art Exhibition, Coconut Grove, FL; and the Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park, FL. See more at:

April 19, 2020 – In recognition of National Poetry Month, Art in the Afternoon in April will feature two local poets, Cory Hutchinson-Reuss and Kathleen Maris Paltrineri, reading some of their works and discussing their ideas about poetry and how those ideas shape their writing.
   Cory Hutchinson-Reuss grew up in Arkansas and holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in journals such as American Literary Review, Drunken Boat, Witness, wildness, and The Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week Feature. She has been a Best New Poets nominee and the recipient of the Lynda Hull Memorial Prize for Poetry from Crazyhorse. She lives in Iowa City and serves as a Poetry Reader for The Adroit Journal. She describes her poetry as “a mode of inquiry, a flexible structure for holding (not necessarily resolving) unknowing, tension, and wonder. To that end, my poems are often more invested in associations and possibilities than narrative clarity…My goal is for the poem to become a threshold space that opens me and the reader to the grief and astonishment of being human.”
   Kathleen Maris Paltrineri is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from Iowa. She received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire where she studied with former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic. She was the Fall Residency coordinator for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program where she created, edited, and produced Origins: The International Writing Program Podcast. In 2018, she was a Jentel Artist Residency Fellow, a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell College, and a volunteer instructor in the University of Iowa’s Liberal Arts Beyond Bars program. Her poems have appeared in The Atlas Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Outlook Springs, and in online literary magazines. She translates poetry from Norwegian and Spanish and is a candidate in the University of Iowa’s Literary Translation Workshop. Of her work, she says: “My poetics is a poetics of bewilderment…Throughout the history of poetry, the relationship of a writer to bewilderment and its variants of grief, ecstasy, awe, confusion, wonder, and love has inspired excellent works… My poetry aspires to do the same. I strive to write poetry that dwells in love, life, death, and awe.”

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