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Astral Habitats
March 4 - March 9, 2019
Reception Friday, March 8 6-8 pm
Gallery E148
Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa
107 River Street
Iowa City, IA

Some of the sounds you may hear are those of a Black Capped Chickadee, American Redstart, Chipping Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellow Throat and a Grey Catbird. There may be a House Wren, American Robin or a Rose Breasted Grosbeak. These are petite portions of a two-hour recording of a dawn chorus at Kettleson Hogsback, Great Lakes Wildlife Preserve in May 2018 near Lake Okoboji in Northwest Iowa. Small sound prints from the longer recording were then translated into forms and patterns using Adobe Audition and AutoCAD software. Each unique design was digitally embroidered through handmade raw abaca and cattail paper.

Other sounds in the room include NASA samples of the Plasma waves of Saturn and an Emfisis chorus as recorded by the EMFISIS instrument aboard NASA’s Van Allen Probes.

Many thanks to Denise Van Fossen, The Digital Studio @ University of Iowa Libraries, Hannah Scates Kettler, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Neil Bernstein, Alex Braidwood, Mary Skopec, Mindy Morales-Williams, Dwight & Bev Rutter, Laurie Neuerberg, Sara Schieb, Isabel Barbuzza, Dan Miller, Andy Casto, Tim Barrett, Josh Van Stippen, Tony Sutowski, Benj Upchurch, Adam Krueger, Alex Jesko, Timmy Wolfe, Claire Whitehurst, Tanner Mothershead.


Warm Tones for Cold Nights
January 21 - February 1, 2019
Reception Friday, February 1 5-7 pm
K.K. Merker Gallery
University of Iowa, Center for the Book
ground floor of North Hall, 20 West Davenport Street,
Iowa City, IA 52245

Curated by Katerina Hazell

... At night,
a shy girl comes to the cove with her father.

Although there isn't music they glide
arm in arm onto the blurred surface together,

braced like dancers. She thinks she'll never
be so happy, for who else will find her graceful,

find her perfect, skate with her
in circles outside the emptied rink forever?

"Ice," Gail Maznr

In-Progress: Scaffolding and Snafus
October 14 - November 3, 2018
Reception Friday, October 26 9:30 - 11:15 am
K.K. Merker Gallery
University of Iowa, Center for the Book
ground floor of North Hall, 20 West Davenport Street,
Iowa City, IA 52245

Using the working definition of “matrices” as “something from which something else originates, develops, or takes form,” this exhibition aims to spotlight the often-invisible or discarded materials that contribute to final projects and editions: the journals, the mock-ups, the grids, the schedules, the registration guides, the experiments, the misprints, the ill-formed sheets, the stencils, the carved blocks, the special tools, the plates, etc. Ultimately it asks: How do the UICB students work through the process of creating final pieces, and how is that process honed in this academic space?

Exhibition presented in concert with "Matrices" - a joint conference of the American Printing History Association (APHA) with the Friends of Dard Hunter (FDH).

Lucid Macrocosm
Sept 17 - Oct 10, 2018
Buena Vista University Art Gallery
Storm Lake, IA

These works are a collection of personal observations by four installation artists using specific materials as a meditation on details. The images and metaphors originate in nature, but are recast to examine larger concerns. At once poetic and haunting, each assembled piece speaks the language of its maker. These works are a collection of personal observations by four installation artists using specific materials as a meditation on details. The images and metaphors originate in nature, but are recast to examine larger concerns. At once poetic and haunting, each assembled piece speaks the language of its maker.

Opening Saturday, Sept 8 6-10 pm
Sept 8 - Sept 29, 2018
Aquarium Gallery & Studios
934 Montegut Street
New Orleans, LA

A show of different eras of Aquarium studio artists!

Iowa Lakeside Lab AIR
May 2018
Open Studios Thurs, May 24 7-9 pm
1838 Highway 86
Milford, IA 51351

Lakeside Lab is a biological field station and nature preserve located in the northwest region of Iowa. The residency program is offered with an eye towards Long Term Ecological Reflections, a national partnership between biological field stations that support thoughtful relationships between art and science.

The Artist-in-Residence program aims to create opportunities for collaboration, partnership, and reflection between artists, scientists, and community members. Artists are encouraged to use the area as their studio and to interact freely with scientists, field study courses, local residents, and visitors. A high priority of the program is exploring relationships between art and science.

"And the needle was threaded 777 times, entirely by myself"
February 18 - March 10, 2018
Reception Thurs, March 1 6:30 - 8:30
K.K. Merker Gallery
University of Iowa, Center for the Book
ground floor of North Hall, 20 West Davenport Street,
Iowa City, IA 52245

We explore the various ways in which we use embroidery and sewing techniques as visual media in paper works and book objects. We are interested in sewing as personal mark making and sewn marks as visual language. Each artist in this exhibition has personal, as well as shared, attractions to this method of drawing including: mindfulness, meditative action, patternmaking, and ritual. Our title is excerpted from an essay by Elaine Hedges in Feminist Studies Vol 8. No. 2 "Women and Work" (1982). In "The Nineteenth Century Diarist and her Quilts", Hedges quotes Eliza Bell, who upon completing a quilt for President Benjamin Harrison, shared in her diary:

"Every stitch
[was] done by my own hand, and the needle was threaded 777
times, entirely by myself." They would have responded with interest
and appreciation, also, to her further description of the
quilt as containing "one hundred and thirty nine yards of straight
work. Twelve yards of Chain-work. One square yard of Small
Shells in the center. Thirty three Feathers. Ten Stars."

Whatever the substrate, sewing is a deeply personal, yet equally communal practice. We have connected over our various approaches to this traditional media as we repurpose it for our contemporaneous works, while simultaneously honoring the historical applications of sewing.

Strange Attractors
Mon, Nov 13 - Fri, Nov 17, 2017
Gallery E260
Visual Arts Building
107 River Street
Iowa City, IA

Projections by Jenna Bonistalli.

Activation Times:
Tues, November 14, 2017 - 5:30-7:00
Thurs, November 16, 2017 - 5:30-7:00
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 5:30-7:00

Limited Edition BYOB BYOD
ONE NIGHT ONLY, Saturday, June 10, 2017, 6-10 pm
Antenna Gallery
3718 St. Claude Avenue

Limited Edition will feature a single night of media arts and bookmaking. A take on the BYOB (bring your own beamer/projector) started by artist Rafaël Rozendaal. We are also inviting artists or writers to BYOBD (bring your own book design). During that evening, we will print limited edition books / chapbooks / zines / comics for FREE for as many New Orleans based artists and writers as possible in a four hour stretch.

The Secret Circus Presents: Send Nudes
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 6 - 11 pm
Spaghetti Speakeasy Listening Room and Library of Art and Wooden Chairs
3331 St. Claude Avenue

The Secret Circus collective presents Send Nudes: a show about vulnerability, illusion, truth, and power. Come get uncomfortable!

T H I N G S: a still life show
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 6 - 9 pm
5 Press Gallery @ NOCCA
5 Press Street

“Many oil paintings were themselves simple demonstrations of what gold or money could buy. Merchandise became the actual subject-matter of works of art.”
-John Berger Ways of Seeing

image : Frozen Conch, Cristina Molina

Cir/ca/di/um Aquarium
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 6 - 11 pm
Aquarium Gallery & Studios
934 Montegut St

celebration of spring and rebirth; processes that we attempt to grapple with as human beings.

A transformation of the Aquarium Gallery and Studios' backyard,
"cir/ca/di/um" is an audio-visual experience as well as group installation/3d show
curated by Maddie Stratton

enter through side gate

Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India
"Stealing the Queen's Royal Jelly"
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 5 pm
Winter Garden - 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY

Week two of Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India brings the ancient Bharatanatyam dance tradition of South India to the Winter Garden alongside daily performances of North and South Indian classical vocal and instrumental art forms.

Curator for Indian Music and Dance Performances: Malini Srinivasan

Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Fête
December 4 and 5, 2015, 6 - 9 pm
Church Street (off of Julia)

A projected nighttime wildflower meadow.

Mobile Home
Opening October 10, 2015, 6 - 9pm

til November 7
Aquarium Gallery & Studios
934 Montegut Street

with new works by studio artists Maddie Stratton, Ursa Eyer, Sarah Ball, Marta Maleck, Jacob Reptile, Jenna Bonistalli and Jaimie Heiges. Featuring work by, guest artist, Ramiro Diaz.

Touch / capacité
Opening May 9, 2015 7 - 10 pm
Showing Second Saturday June, 13

until July 8
Dancing Grounds
3705 St. Claude Ave

‘Touch’ is a selection from a 12 piece series about sensation passing through the body – balance, tactility and translation. The original drawings were made while holding a magnolia seedpod in the left hand and making marks with the right, eyes closed. After, as the drawings are stitched with one continuous piece of thread, a new dimensionality emerges. Light unveils the process.* The Magnoliaceae family is one of the most ancient genus of plants Fossilized specimens date back 95 million years. The magnolia’s flowers appeared even before bees did, evolving to be pollinated by beetles.

‘capacité’ explores the potential energy within and surrounding us at every moment, in constant kinesis.

+ collaborative installation with Anna Quinn in Riverside studio :
'Inescapable Growth'

Take Me To The River
Opening May 30, 2015, 5 - 7 pm
Octavia Gallery
454 Julia Street

until June 20
Contact gallery for hours

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER (TMTTR), an artists’ collective nonprofit organization, is collaborating on a unique project with Octavia Art Gallery, KID smART, and five prominent regionally based artists. The project includes an outreach program with 24 second grade students, an art collaboration between TMTTR artists and New Orleans based artists, and an exhibition at Octavia Art Gallery.

TMTTR was founded in 2001 by an international collective of 16 multimedia artists who depict water as a subject of beauty and global importance. The group's mission is to raise awareness and appreciation for water as a vital natural resource in every community around the world.

Cestrum Nocturnum
Opening April 11, 2015, 7 - 11 pm

Open Hours:
Saturdays April 18, 25 , 7 - 9 pm
Saturday May 2, 7 - 9 pm Closing Party
Aquarium Gallery
934 Montegut Street

Cestrum Nocturnum is an exploration of Night blooming plants by artists Jenna Bonistalli and Vanessa Adams. Opening under the light of the moon, these plants have long been associated with subconscious, occult, and magical states of being. Via installations of print and paper, illuminated projections, and physical plant bodies, Cestrum Nocturnum is an investigation into the unseen cycles of life, the celestial, and the ephemera of nocturnal botanicals in all their dimensions.

REPARATION: Contemporary Artists from New Orleans
New Orleans Museum of Art
On view through January 25, 2015

REPARATION is an exhibition of 187 works by 180 New Orleans artists, young and old, and is part of Luciano Benetton’s Imago Mundi collection: works commissioned and collected by Benetton on his world travels. Organized by Diego Cortez, REPARATION features hundreds of New Orleans artists who were invited to create works utilizing the same format: a 4 × 4.75” canvas.

This exhibition is a part of P3+, a satellite program of Prospect.3.

Louisiana Contemporary
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
August 2 to September 28, 2014

Louisiana Contemporary is a statewide juried art exhibition organized by The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Our Climate Projected
New York, NY
September 18, 2014

This September 2014 the United Nations is holding a summit on climate change in New York City. On September 21, 2014 several local and national organizing groups have called for a day of action, a mass mobilization in New York City to show support for serious measures to be taken to curb the wide sweeping negative effects of climate change. Art works will be projected on the street and in other locations as part of this response.