AMES, Iowa — Paige Holzbauer, an Iowa State University graduate student in integrated visual arts and sustainable environments, will share her work in a public thesis exhibition Nov. 9–25 at Reliable Street Gallery, 4625 Reliable St. in Ames.

Through a range of media including installation, found objects, printmaking and performance, “Restoration” will explore the relationship between semiotics and faith in relation to language surrounding the human body.

The show “documents the various objects and materials [I have] come in contact with and how the solidifying lens of faith has impacted their meanings and usage,” Holzbauer says in her artist statement. It also examines “the changing narratives and identities laid upon [me] and how that has impacted the meanings surrounding personal restoration.”

Hours and reception

Exhibition hours are 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday–Sunday and by appointment. A reception will be from 6–8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Guests will be required to wear face coverings.

About the artist

Holzbauer, from St. Louis, holds a bachelor of fine arts in studio arts–printmaking and a bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She will receive a master of fine arts in integrated visual arts and a master of design in sustainable environments from Iowa State in December.

Throughout her graduate studies at Iowa State, Holzbauer has taught collage and two-dimensional design to undergraduate students as an instructor for ARTIS 201: Creative Visual Thinking. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including a Poiema Fellowship from 2018–2020.

Holzbauer has participated in several invitational group shows in Iowa and Missouri and demonstrated new techniques in lithography. She served as a panelist on “Alternate Approaches to Printmaking” in conjunction with Printfest 2019 and the “Twenty Years: April Katz and the Expanded ISU Printmaking Community” exhibition at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames.


Paige Holzbauer, Integrated Visual Arts graduate student, pehbauer@iastate.edu
Austin Stewart, Art and Visual Culture/Reliable Street Gallery, astewart@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu