Art Story #1: Interviews with Image and Word Artists in Iowa City

Art Story #1: Helen Neumann

Posted by admin on August 2, 2017

Interview by Meredith Johnson Iowa City artist, Helen Neumann, talks animals, artistic process, mental illness and her recent exhibition at Rad Inc., BEARE. In addition to her own creative work, Neumann has long been interested in how people of all ages can integrate making art into their daily lives. Soon to be a teacher at Prairie Green School, Neumann hopes to develop an experimental “textbook” that reimagines how reading is taught in early childhood, linking image and word to literacy devel…

Elaine Brunson Reviews AUTOMATIC EARTH by Klea McKenna

Posted by admin on December 31, 2016

Many artists who use nature as a source of inspiration focus on the preciseness of nature, the beauty and perfection in the endless patterns. McKenna, however, has taken a different route with her work. She centers the viewer’s attention on the cracks and the breaks in nature’s pattern, the inescapable reality that all of these patterns—seemingly designed to be perfect—will eventually become imperfect. She then uses those captured disruptions to tell stories, both about the imperfections of the …

Beyond Reckoning

Posted by admin on November 18, 2016

Beyond Reckoning, a review by Elaine Brunson Both haunting and oddly calm, Colville’s prints evoke tension and uneasiness in their swirling, shadowy depictions. A coyote, a bullseye, a landscape, a person; all shattered, sprayed apart by violent blasts of blackness, holes in their misty tan shapes. These holes make them haunting, ghostly, but the dull colors of a desert night evoke a feeling of peace. At first glance, I did not recognize that many of these installations, self-titled “gunpowd…

Elena, age 11, responds to Jen P. Harris

Posted by admin on August 24, 2016

Mariam, age 14, responds to Jamie Boling

Posted by admin on August 22, 2016

Erika, age 14, responds to Sara Slee Brown

Posted by admin on August 21, 2016

Cindy, age 11, responds to Sayuri

Posted by admin on August 20, 2016

Eleanor, age 13, and Kalmia Strong

Posted by admin on August 17, 2016

Jimin, age 12, and Jane Gilmore

Posted by admin on August 16, 2016

Bella Wolfe, age 15, responds to David Van Allen

Posted by admin on August 15, 2016

Zoe, age 10, responds to Tami Recker

Posted by admin on August 14, 2016

Orange and Green Snake The title of this painting is orange and green snake, but I see it as something else. You might see it as a snake as well and by all means believe it is a snake. Let your imagination take control of it. This painting was made by an extraordinary woman named Tammy. I met her in my class, where I am writing this. I hope you enjoy this art because it is beautiful and wondrous. I see it as a river or swamp or maybe a carnival with fireworks and a ferris wheel, or a swamp w…