CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) group exhibition from Monday, April 24, through Saturday, May 6. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 24, in the south lobby of the Kamerick Art Building (KAB).
Dallas Guffey of Libertyville will present an exhibition of sculptures and prints titled "False Fractures and Synthetic Situations." Guffey employed woodworking and printmaking techniques to produce vibrant objects that are partially from a world of recognizable architecture intersected by whimsical narratives. “This body of work is a series of situations based on personal narratives communicated through a visual vocabulary of fractured architecture and synthetic goop," said Guffey.
Natalie Heddens of Marshalltown, who is receiving a B.F.A. in painting and a B.A. in Art Education, is presenting an exhibition titled "Forgive Me, Self, For I Have Not.” “My work is very much related to my psyche, and through memory I create work that allows me to explore emotions and thoughts through a wider lens of femininity. The concepts I explore include womanhood, girlhood, expectations, purity, perfection, ideals and identity; these themes come together through painting, performance, video, sound and constructed objects," said Heddens.
Timothy Jorgensen of Cedar Falls will present an exhibition of sculptures titled "Contention." According to the artist, "I have primarily been working in the area of public art, and from my investigations there I have developed a new direction using found wood branches. I feel drawn to nature and natural phenomena. Coupled with my interest in mechanical things, creative ideas are developed in the space where these two forces merge."
Madalyn Loring of Des Moines, who is receiving a B.F.A. in ceramics and a B.A. in Art Education, is presenting an exhibition titled "Released." The exhibition is an examination of abstract relationships through organic, textural and non-representative ceramic forms. "Individual artworks simultaneously struggle against and unite with each other in an attempt at precarious beauty," said Loring.
In addition to these student exhibits, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition, "Creative Resilience," will remain on view in the gallery during this time. Co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition features images of hope, of resilience and of survival.
All events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the main floor of the KAB and its hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment.