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UNI Gallery of Art to present three exhibitions in April and May

April 13, 2011

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 will present three exhibitions featuring recent work and research by students and faculty, Monday, April 25, through Saturday, May 7. A reception for the exhibitions will be held at 7 p.m., April 25, at the UNI Gallery of Art.

Jay Raabe of Cedar Rapids is pursuing a master of arts degree with an emphasis in studio art, multi-media. An artist and educator living with his wife, son and a plethora of pets, Raabe says his work "looks at simple truths that are readily available to everyone." The exhibition is titled "FGMT" and examines "objects and experiences of our lives, revealing bits and patterns that make us whole."

Sarah Deppe of Maquoketa is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture. Deppe's exhibition, titled "Ruination," seeks to "inspire the viewer's interest in the earth, change their view of the environment and inform them of critical problems humans are causing to the environment, in a way that doesn't waste the world's resources, but rather borrows or reuses them. My sculptures reflect my concern for the earth; for example, the impact of human overpopulation and the destruction of forests. All wood in the exhibition has been found on the ground, and no standing trees were harmed."

"Headshot" is a print folio curated by UNI associate professor of art Tim Dooley and Bill Fick of Cockeyed Press. According to Dooley, the exhibition is "a dynamic all-star roster of 15 established print artists engaging the theme of headshot and all that topic might imply: militaristic, fashion, celebrity, self-portraiture or parody, etc. Each of these artists chose two artists whose work they admired to allow for a kind of viral curating. In addition, the 22-by-30-inch fine-art prints were photographed and published as a set of postcards packaged in a slipcase designed and hand-printed by UNI alumnus BJ Alumbaugh."

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 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 on the main floor of Kamerick Art Building South.

For more information, call 319-273-3095 or visit