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UNI Gallery of Art to present 'Propaganda? Truth, Lies & Spin in Art'

August 8, 2017

Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, 319-273-6134,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled "Propaganda? Truth, Lies & Spin in Art," which will be open to the public on the following dates: Aug. 21 through Sept. 30; Oct. 9 through Nov. 17; and Dec. 7 through Dec. 16. Please note, the gallery will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day.

This UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Charles M. Adelman and Darrell Taylor, gallery director, and researched by UNI students of art history. Some of the artworks featured are by artists George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Robert Indiana, Jack Bender and Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith as well as photographs by artists Roger Shimomura and Gosha Rubchinskiy, currently on loan from professor Jeffery Byrd.

Dr. Adelman asks, "Is there an absolute truth, fact or lie? Is there a line between myth and truth? Is propaganda ever for the greater good? Every culture and society seems to grapple with these same questions whether with power, politics, religion, or economy."

"To me and Darrell, all of the works we chose had the possibility of such investigation, but once the course began and the students chose and began to research specific works, it became clear that their approaches in preparing didactic labels for the works varied: some presented the theme’s conflicts, others were more biographical of the artist. The labels are posted next to the works. As in other full-semester exhibits of selections from the UNI Permanent Collection, this is a unique opportunity for students to actually work with works of art and become familiar with the professional opportunities for such endeavors. The fruit of the upper level students’ research is seen in their didactic labels on the walls as well as their individual papers and printed copies of their accompanying PowerPoints in the loose-leaf binder in the gallery."

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. For additional information, visit or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or