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New media juried show to feature work of 14 Iowa artists Feb. 6-28 at ISU Design on Main Gallery

January 23, 2015

"Artist Jacket of Agency" by LaMar Barber
"Vortex" by Brett Budzinski
"Surge" by Fidencio Martinez
"Hustle Project" by Bill Gebhart


AMES, Iowa — Fourteen Iowa resident artists will share their nontraditional, experimental and hybrid-media artwork in an exhibition Feb. 6-28 at the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames.

"Bits, Pixels and Practice – Oh My! A New Media Juried Show" will open with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

Design on Main director Jennifer Drinkwater, ISU senior lecturer in art and visual culture, will provide remarks and present awards at 7 p.m.

Juror Jordan Weber, the curator of Fluxx Collective in Des Moines, selected 15 artworks from 59 submissions. Accepted artists include:

  • LaMar Barber, Iowa City (two different pieces)
  • Brett Budzinksi, Des Moines
  • Christine Carr, Ames
  • Tiberiu Chelcea, Ames
  • Vakhtangi Darjania, Coralville
  • Bill Gebhart, Ames
  • Brent Holland, Des Moines
  • Naoki Izumo, Iowa City
  • Sodam Lee, Ames
  • Fidencio Martinez, Iowa City
  • Nathan Morton, Iowa City
  • Lyndsay Nissen, Ames
  • Adam Seiler, Mason City
  • Sarita Zaleha, Iowa City

Carr is an assistant professor and Holland is an associate professor in the ISU Department of Art and Visual Culture. Lee (originally from Seoul, South Korea) and Nissen are ISU graduate students in integrated visual arts, and Seiler is a senior in integrated studio arts.

Barber, Darjania, Izumo, Martinez and Zaleha are all graduate students in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Media that will be featured in the exhibition include video; digital printmaking; installations incorporating video, audio and text; a lamp produced with a 3-D printer; mixed media; sculpture and hybrid drawing.

In accepting work for the show, Weber said he focused on qualities such as originality and successful execution of the concept.

"We have a seemingly infinite flow of new mediums/materials to choose from in the US, leading to a surge of original artworks in Iowa," he said. "It is extremely refreshing to view the 'new media' works submitted."

Juror's talk and funding information
Additional programming in conjunction with the exhibition will take place Friday morning, Feb. 6, at Design on Main. Weber will speak about his work as an artist and curator, including how to make the transition from college to professional practice, in a lecture/question-and-answer session at 10 a.m.

Veronica O'Hern, arts resources coordinator with the Iowa Arts Council, will speak about grants and other funding opportunities in a presentation at 11 a.m. Light breakfast refreshments will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m.

About Design on Main
An extension of Iowa State's College of Design, Design on Main seeks to strengthen creative connections between the university and the community through arts education, artist-led projects and interactive events. Spring 2015 gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (closed Tuesday and Sunday). Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Jordan Weber, Fluxx Collective,
Jennifer Drinkwater, Design on Main, (515) 708-2825,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,