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‘Tracing the Paths Between Sprout and Rot’ art exhibit explores resilience and decay

"Rosehip" by Frances Cannon

Tracing the Paths Between Sprout and Rot: Work by Emily Jalinsky and Frances Cannon The Paper Nest — through Apr. 29; hours: Wed.–Fri. 1–6 p.m. and Sat. 12–4 p.m. Iowa City artists Emily Jalinsky and Frances Cannon have cross-pollinated a collection of scientific curios that will be on exhibit at the Paper Nest until Apr. […]

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Humanity on the inside: Artist Benjamin Wills reaches behind bars for inspiration

Ben Wills' installations

When Benjamin Wills picked up the phone in 2011 and heard that a friend from his music scene received a 25-year prison sentence, he was with his dad, a man 25 years older than himself. “I looked over at him, and it was like, if this was me, the next time I got out of […]

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A farewell to Stone Pharaohs

Phil Ochs' Stone Pharaohs

Closing Reception: Phil Ochs’ Stone Pharaohs Little Village HQ — Friday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. Drawings and paintings by local artist Phil Ochs have been on display at the new Little Village office since its opening in December. The series, Stone Pharaohs, depicts buildings in the Iowa City area that either are slated to […]

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New Center for Afrofuturist Studies brings Iowa City to the intersection of art, race and technology

Raidcal Abacus

Octavia Butler. Jean-Michel Basquiat. Nicki Minaj. You don’t often see these disparate names in the same context — but when you do, recent transplant to Iowa City, poet, performer and artist Anaïs Duplan is right there with them. Duplan, in conjunction with Public Space One, is founding a Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City. […]

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United Action for Youth hosts Holiday Art Sale

Amidst the multitude of art and craft fairs in the Iowa City area where you can choose to do some (or all!) of your holiday shopping, Friday’s Holiday Art Sale at United Action for Youth is a stand-out. The works available for purchase not only benefit, but were created by, youth in our community. From 5–8 p.m. at UAY’s Swaim Youth Center (355 Iowa Ave.), you can explore the creative minds of local teens while searching for a perfect, unique gift. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the artists. […]

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New Public Space One exhibit explores the relationship between art and work

Maintenance Mode

Public Space One will host a new gallery exhibition, opening Dec. 11, titled Maintenance Mode. The pieces explore the often tense relationship between art and work, and the ways in which artists interact with the “maintenance work” that is a necessary part of their lives… […]

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Plans for new Ped Mall public art installation unveiled

This Thursday at FilmScene, the City of Iowa City unveiled plans for a new public art installation for the Ped Mall’s Black Hawk Mini Park. The art project was designed by internationally known artist and architect Cecil Balmond of the London-based Balmond studio, and is set to be installed in 2017. Photos courtesy of the City […]

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Unveiling of Ped Mall art installation set for Thursday at FilmScene

This Thursday at FilmScene at 5:30 p.m., the City of Iowa City is inviting members of the public to catch an early glimpse of a new public art project set for installation in the Ped Mall’s Black Hawk Mini Park in 2017. The art installation, developed by internationally known artist and architect Cecil Balmond of […]

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Local exhibition: Frances Cannon’s ‘Normal Mutations’

Frances Cannon’s “Normal Mutations” The Paper Nest — Friday, September 4 at 5 p.m. This evening The Paper Nest gallery will host a show of local artist (and occasional Little Village contributor) Frances Cannon’s artwork, including prints, silkscreens and water colors. The exhibition will largely exemplify Cannon’s taste for the strange and strangely lovely. The Paper […]

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Post Facto Future: Art Show and Auction Opening at PS1

At 7 p.m. this Friday, Public Space One invites the public to an art auction exhibition that highlights the facility’s past, as well as what the future might have in store. A press release sent out by PS1 Director John Engelbrecht sums up the exhibit perfectly: “This is a dual-purpose show: at once a showcase of […]

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