Sonoran Inspired! Fiberart by Nancy Polster, a solo exhibition of 28 artworks by Nancy Polster (BS 1960 Applied Art), Tucson, Ariz., is on display Dec. 12, 2012, through Jan. 14, 2013, in the Porter Hall Gallery at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
During her 35-year career at Iowa State, Polster taught a variety of
design courses and served in a number of administrative roles, including
chair of the art and design department from 1990 to 1997 and interim
associate dean of the College of Design in 1999. She retired in 2000.
Since moving to Tucson in 2003, Polster's focus and inspiration have been the landscapes of the Southwest. She uses beads, buttons, jewelry parts, electronic components and other sewable items in
combination with yarns and fabrics of various weights and densities,
integrating textures, colors and shapes. Her techniques in the work in this
exhibition include stitchery, appliqué, piecework, quilting and
beadwork with the saguaro cactus as the primary design motif.