AMES, Iowa — Elizabeth Reeves, an Iowa State University graduate student in integrated visual arts, will share a collection of interactive and mixed-media work exploring negative space, depth, line and light in eir master of fine arts thesis exhibition April 5–14 at the ISU College of Design.

Reeves’ show, “WTLI: Where the Light Is,” will be open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays in Gallery 181, located on the first floor of the Design building on the west side of the Iowa State campus. A closing reception will be from 4:30–7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14.

“My art is a recollection of memories about my experiences, influences and stories I’ve heard,” Reeves says in eir artist’s statement. “I play with the duality of light, darkness and typography to create illusionistic aspects through mixed media — curious forms, shapes and puzzles that play with negative space.”

Over the past three years, Reeves says, ey have added depth to eir work through darkness or shadow and incorporated interaction with the viewer and/or the environment through touch or movement.

About the artist

Reeves, who grew up in Puyallup, Wash., received a bachelor of fine arts from Pacific Lutheran University in 2013. While at Iowa State, ey taught the ArtIS 201: Creative Visual Thinking course and exhibited eir work in the Octagonal: All Media Show at the Octagon Center for the Arts and Focus Grant Exhibit at the Memorial Union Art Gallery. Reeves currently is working on art involving mixed media, including digital art, woodwork, ink and acrylic paint. Ey will receive a master of fine arts in integrated visual arts from Iowa State in May.


Elizabeth Reeves (ey/em), Integrated Visual Arts graduate student, erreeves@iastate.edu
Rachel Connell (she/her), College of Design Gallery Manager, raconn@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer (she/her), College of Design Director of Strategic Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu