The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present an exhibition titled "An Art Collection Travelogue" from Monday, Jan. 14, through Saturday, March 2. Please note, the gallery will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
At 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111, artist Paul Valadez will present a lecture titled "The Potlatch Project, the Artwork of Paul Valadez." An opening reception will follow.
"An Art Collection Travelogue" is a UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition curated by Gallery Director Darrell Taylor that features the installation "Paper Border" by Paul Valadez, eleven large-scale drawings from Mary Frisbee Johnson’s "Navigating" series, newly acquired ceramics by Dean and Gunnar Schwarz and a remarkably pristine tapa bark cloth from the Polynesian island of Tonga. Most of these artworks are being displayed for the first time.
The UNI Permanent Art Collection is a rich resource for the Cedar Falls, Waterloo and university communities in that it provides the viewer an opportunity to view significant artworks by world-renowned artists and a wide range of representation from the past few centuries of art movements, styles and genres.
The most important aspect of the collection, however, is its versatility. For instance, countless topics may be addressed in Valadez’s "Paper Border," such as the seasons, emotions, time and cultural boundaries; and Johnson’s "Navigating" series is a witty look at tourism, geography and even land use. The contemporary ceramics of Decorah-area artists Dean and Gunnar Schwarz are invested in the landscape and lifeways of eastern Iowa via influences from the pottery traditions of South Korea, Japan, Panama, Israel and the European Bauhaus movement.
Additionally, the exhibition will include a pairing of objects by ceramist Edwin Scheier and printmaker Charles Barth, both of whom were influenced by the art and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, as well as 19th century lithographs by Louis Haghe that depict the city of Benares, the most visited Hindu pilgrimage site in India.
All events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building, 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.