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 and how the material changes properties with the addition of heat. During my time at Iowa, I became a proficient thrower and hand builder. My sculptures were large coil structures from hand rolled coils influenced by African art. Around 1996 I started working on metal sculpture with professor emeritus Julius Schmidt. I learned how to make sand molds and to cast iron. I then went to work at Max-Cast in Kalona with Steve Maxson and Doris Park. They taught me how to cast bronze (using a ceramic shell) and how to weld bronze. Later, I became interested in printmaking; intaglio, drypoint, lithography, silkscreening. I worked with Robert Glasgow, Keith Achepohl, and Jim Snitzer. I enjoy working in many different mediums. Lately, I’ve been silk screening shirts for Tomas Lasansky. I always look forward to the next creative endeavor!!
ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop usually held on the 3rd Sunday. This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.
John McGlinn, “Abstract art is invented. As such, it is always personal. Whether my work looks representational, or artificial, or non-objective, it is still about invented objects in invented arrangements in stacked space.
Derived from pre-Renaissance thinking “space-stacking” has been my main visual theme since my BA and MFA in painting and printmaking. I will bring samples of recent work since moving to Iowa City, as well as a few purchased items that have influenced me over the years. Come to discuss: why abstract art and what does it mean?”
Jeff Allen’s work has been described as bold, yet soft. Pastoral with a certain dream like ethereal quality. Impressionistic realism. Jeff draws his inspiration from the Iowa landscape and the group of friends that surround him.
Born in 1958 at Cedar Rapids, IA. Jeff has lived most of his life in Iowa and is currently living in Solon, IA. He is the founder of the Plein Air Painters of Iowa and a past member of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Artist member of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts of Chicago, Iowa Artists and the Cedar Rapid Drawing Group.
Jeff attended drawing & painting classes at the Des Moines Art Museum and also draws & paints with the Cedar Rapids Drawing Group and The Palette & Chisel in Chicago. Painting is a process of problem solving. Problems of light, shadow, composition, form, rhythm along with what you want to say. If you ask yourself the right questions while standing in front of the canvas you can create a painting that the viewer can connect with. Words alone are not enough…
Plein Air Painters of Iowa. (Founder of weekly outdoor painting group)
Plein air Painters of Chicago. (Past member)
Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, Ill. (Artist Member)
Sara Slee Brown, “Ten years ago, I retired as graphic designer for the public library and began to seriously pursue my dream of a career as an artist. As an undergraduate and graduate student in painting I had been trained in the traditional methods and my early work had been oil on canvas. After working as a digital graphic designer at the library, I developed methods for combining and layering digital images in my computer with the eye and sensitivity of an oil painter. I developed my own method for constructing my current work that I call, LāDi: Layered Digital Imaging.”
“My work explores choices and promises that we make in life. It is an exercise in exploring the known versus the unknown; patience, waiting; the fear and excitement of thresholds and transitions. The work begins with something familiar and real. This represents the known. Over, around and through this foundation I add other images or fragments of images that are not so easily identified. When combined with the familiar they create a new reality which may not be as easily understood but nevertheless exists: a new perspective. The comfort of the familiar combined with the confusion of the unfamiliar creates a tension and energy that is an expression of my experience in the world. My focus is the fear and excitement of life’s thresholds and transitions.”
Patricia (Tricia) 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.
February 17, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
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?”
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.
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
Over decades, her studio work has always embraced expressive painted, printed and dyed textiles that she creates herself. These have taken the form of wall pieces, art quilts and functional items which she has sold and exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Her current bodies of work, the Tarp Series and the Drawing Series, add drawing and mixed media to those textiles. Bennett has lived in Iowa City since 1978 and is also known for her work in the local arts community, with her long affiliation with Iowa Artisans Gallery, Gallery Walk and local nonprofits. She is currently Board President of the Surface Design Association, a national nonprofit with 2300 international members working in art textile media.
1:00 PM Sunday, June 17th
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
ADMISSION IS FREE
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ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop held on the 3rd Sunday of each month. This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.