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Regional artists to share art-making process in ‘Made Today’ event Dec. 6 at ISU Design West

November 20, 2014

"Carbon Footprint" by Arty Vongphakdy
"Gravitation" by Steven Elliot


SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Iowa State University College of Design will host "Made Today," a one-day public art-making event, Saturday, Dec. 6, at its ISU Design West facility, 1014½ Design Place in Sioux City.

"Made Today is an opportunity for regional artists to connect through making. We often bring people together through conferences, but the act of making in the presence of others forges a different, more informal—and in my mind, authentic—connection," said artist Jennifer Drinkwater, an Iowa State senior lecturer in art and visual culture and organizer of the event.

"This gives makers the space to learn from one another as well as provides a unique opportunity for the public to see behind the curtain of art making. We often see the finished products, but rarely do we have a chance to see the process," Drinkwater said.

Fourteen artists from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota will set up temporary studio spaces with ISU Design West to create original artwork from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The public is invited to drop by throughout the day to observe and interact with the artists.

The completed work will be exhibited during a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. and remain on display at ISU Design West through Jan. 3, 2015.  All artwork will be for sale, with 20 percent of proceeds helping to fund public programming at ISU Design West, Drinkwater said.

In addition to Drinkwater, participating artists include John Bowitz, Angel Cancino, Irene Lopez, Shannon Sargent and Arty Vongphakdy (all from Sioux City); Steven Elliott (Wayne, Neb.); Cory Knedler (Vermillion, S.D.); and Josianne Ishikawa, Lyndsay Nissen, Catherine Reinhart, Kristin Roach, Sharon Stewart and Barbara Walton (Ames).

Jennifer Drinkwater, (515) 708-2825,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,