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UNI art exhibit features performances in response to the first decade of the millennium

February 1, 2012

Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, 319-273-6134,
Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art and the UNI Department of Art will present "Times, Interludes and Actions: Performances in Response to the First Decade of the New Millennium" from Wednesday, Feb. 8 through Thursday, Mar. 1.

An artist lecture by exhibitor Jiawei Gong will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in 111 Kamerick Art Building, and an opening reception will follow. Following the lecture, Gong will begin a four-day long performance in the gallery titled Sweet Salvation.Artist Gong working on Sweet Salvation

"Times, Interludes and Actions" is an invitational exhibition curated by Jeffery Byrd, head of the UNI Department of Art, and Joe Meiser, assistant professor of art at Bucknell University. Exhibitors include: Marilyn Arsem, Eun Woo Cho, A. Jacob Galle, Nestor Armando Gil, Jiawei Gong, performance team Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Jeanne Jo, Kyoung Eun Kang, Jordan McKenzie, Takeshi Moro, Jennifer Seibert, Gary Setzer, Bradly Dever Treadaway and Jordan Tynes. The exhibition also features Rachel Rosenthal's limited edition artist book "Soldier of Fortune."

There will be performances by Meiser at 12:30 p.m. each day, Feb. 13 through 17; and by Byrd at 12:30 p.m. each day, Feb. 20 through 24.

According to the curators, "The past decade has been eventful and has given rise to new possibilities, new questions and new challenges. With the continuing expansion of globalization and technological innovation, new platforms for human interaction and exchange have emerged. At the same time, we have seen an increase in terrorism, an energy crisis and global economic instability. These problems have generated heated political debate about how we should best prepare for the future. Can we continue to employ the same solutions that worked in the past, or must we fundamentally change the way that we understand and approach these issues? How will this decade be remembered in the future? What will be the longest lasting impressions?"

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or, or visit