Call for First Friday Artists

ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY

First Friday is a Happy Hour + Art facilitated by the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art at FilmScene on the PedMall.

VENUE

First Friday occurs in the Screening Room of FilmScene on the PedMall (118 E College Street, Iowa City, IA).

Room dimensions: 36 ft. x 13 ft.

Ceiling height: 13 ft., track lighting suspended at 11 ft.

Hanging rail: 36 ft. long, located at 9 ft. mark on the brick wall

Hooks: 10 standard picture hooks are secured at 3 ft. intervals

Easels: The Stanley provides up to 8 black aluminum easels upon request

Images and Model of FilmScene Screening Room

TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE OF ART

Artists must transport, install, and remove art. Art cannot be stored on the premises.

SALE OF ART

First Friday is a display opportunity only. The Stanley and FilmScene do not broker sales.

 

OPEN CALLS:

LVSQUARE FEB 2020 FF 2

CALL FOR ARTISTS | FIRST FRIDAY | ART CAUCUS | FEBRUARY 7, 2020 | 57 p.m.  

REGISTRATION DUE: DECEMBER 1, 2019  

ART CAUCUS 

February First Friday honors Iowa electoral tradition and welcomes artist-neighbors to jockey and jostle for a place within a pop-up exhibition. Five pre-registered artists will serve as “precinct captains” and will anchor the community pop-up exhibition. Local artists (residing within 50 miles of Iowa City) are invited to bring a single work of political art to display. First Friday friends, come vote for the art grouping that aligns most with your political sensibilities!  

ENTRY 

Entries have now closed. However, local artists may still participate by bringing a single work of art to the February First Friday event.

Questions may be directed to Vero Rose Smith (veronica-smith@uiowa.edu) 

 
LV SQUARE WOMENSMARCH 2020 FF2  CALL FOR ARTISTS | FIRST FRIDAY | WOMEN’S MARCH | MARCH 6, 2020 | 57 p.m.  

SUBMISSION DUE: DECEMBER 1, 2019 

WOMEN’S MARCH 

In order to celebrate talented local, national, and international female artists, FilmScene’s “Women’s March” will showcase female-directed new releases alongside classic cinema, films with local roots, and dialogues about the female perspective in the industry. Local (residing within 50 miles of Iowa City) artists are invited to submit work that relates to the theme of “Women’s March” to be considered for selection in a juried group exhibition. 

ENTRY 

Entries have now closed. 

Questions may be directed to Vero Rose Smith (veronica-smith@uiowa.edu) 

FFAPRIL2020LVSQUARE2  CALL FOR ARTISTS | FIRST FRIDAY | MICRO RESIDENCY| APRIL 3, 2020 | 57 p.m.  

SUBMISSION DUE: DECEMBER 1, 2019 

MICRO RESIDENCY 

One hour. One room. $100 for materials and a $100 honorarium. What will you create?  

The Stanley Museum of Art invites artists living within 50 miles of Iowa City and working in any medium to submit proposals for a Micro Residency, to be executed on Friday, April 3, 2020. Artists who are working in any medium/discipline or whose work is interdisciplinary are welcome to apply. Submit a written statement describing a potential project to be staged, a CV, an artist statement, and documentation of previous work. A single artist or group will be selected.

ENTRY 

Entries have now closed.  

Questions may be directed to Vero Rose Smith (veronica-smith@uiowa.edu) 

 

 MEET THE JURY

Thomas Agran is an artist living and working in Iowa City, Iowa. Born in Kentucky, raised in Ohio, and currently residing in Iowa, Agran is very interested in the Midwest -- for both its charms as well as its challenges. He is particularly interested in the Midwestern landscape, its total transformation through agriculture, and the political, social, and environmental consequences of that change. Some of his paintings also explore the complicated nexus of food, agriculture, nostalgia, and marketing. Agran works as the Director of Public Art for the Iowa City Downtown District and teach in the Iowa City / Cedar Rapids area. 

Jean-François Charles, University of Iowa School of Music 

Jean-François Charles is a composer, clarinetist, and live electronics designer. He has performed in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, and China. He joined the University of Iowa as Assistant Professor in Composition and Digital Arts in 2016. Recent works include the album Electroclarinet and the opera in one act Grant Wood in Paris. 

Justin Comer, iHearIC 

Justin K Comer is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser living and working in Iowa City. He writes and performs with JCϟjp, Wombat, dropbear, ECCHT, and as a solo artist. He also directs the iHearIC free concert series and weekly radio show. 

Stephanie Dowda DeMer is an American photographer born in Atlanta, Georgia. DeMer received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and BA in Philosophy from Georgia State University. She has taught photography at Arizona State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. DeMer is a Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Golden Dome Fellow, Hambidge Fellow, and Cabin Time Alumni. She has had work and writing featured in publications such as Dialogue, Numbers Inc., Oxford American, Bad at Sports, ArtsATL, BurnAway, and Atlanta Magazine. DeMer has received grants from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art, Idea Capital, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Fulton County Arts Council. She has been recognized as an On Our Radar artist for Creative Capital and a finalist for the Baum Award. DeMer has exhibited her work at Mart Gallery Dublin Ireland, Risor Kunstpark in Norway as well as the US cities of New York, Richmond, Tempe, and Atlanta. Her forthcoming solo exhibition will be at White Space Gallery, Atlanta in 2020 and at the University of Iowa in 2021. She is co-founder and organizer of Lostintheletters. 

Rebecca Fons, FilmScene 

Rebecca Fons is the Programming Director at FilmScene, Iowa City's premiere art house theater, and also serves as the Development and Programming Director for the Iowa Theater, a multi-disciplinary film and performance center in her hometown of Winterset, IA. Rebecca was the Education Director for The Chicago International Film Festival for nearly a decade and is a co-founder of Destroy Your Art, a yearly performance art event in Chicago. Rebecca received a Masters Degree in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature Studies from the University of Iowa and is a Steppenwolf Theatre Associate and member of the Gene Siskel Film Center's Community Council. 

Jennifer Miller, ArtiFactory 

Jennifer Miller is an artist, a teacher, and an advocate for the arts. She was born in Iowa City and holds an MFA from the University of Iowa (Ceramics, 2000).  She has worked in the arts as well as in the field of English language education here in the U.S. as well as in international development contexts where English is a medium of instruction. She was a U.S. Peace CorpsVolunteer in Ethiopia (2011-2014) and also had an English Language Fellowship with the U.S. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs which allowed her to live in Myanmar and work at Mandalay University (2015-2017). Currently, Jennifer is engaged as a doctoral student in the Teaching/Learning program of the College of Education at the University of Iowa. In this context, she has been studying how languages, identities, literacy practices, and artistic practices intersect. Jennifer is a board member of Arts Iowa City and is working to support the establishment of a community-based arts center in Johnson County where people can practice new art forms, develop artistic talents, and share their life experiences with others across differences. 

Tristen Ives, FilmScene  

Tristen Ives is non-binary filmmaker, performance artist, and writer living in Iowa City, Iowa. Their work focuses on diaristic, experimental, and performative modes for political protest. Through calling attention to the uncanny, Ives’ performances sit at the crossroads of fiction and non-fiction by critiquing already established cinema and challenging gender norms. Ives currently works as a projectionist and Program Assistant at FilmSceneIowa City's premiere art house theater. 

Sayuri Sasaki Hemann, UIHC Project Art 

Sayuri Sasaki Hemann loves making things. She has been an artist since she can remember. Her childhood experience with her family’s relocation between and within Japan, Australia, and Romania, and going back and forth between languages, helped her find refuge in using her hands and making art. After adopting Portland, Oregon as her home for nine years, she currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her love Brien. She spends her time between making art, drooling over vintage textiles, visiting sheep farms, driving through the endless cornfields and counting bunnies during morning neighborhood runs among other beautiful things in life.  

Brooke Sarrazin is the marketing assistant at the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. She manages the Iowa City City of Literature Facebook and Twitter pages, creates content for their website, and helps with community outreach. Brooke Sarrazin is a student at the University of Iowa studying geography and sustainability, and hopes to continue working for nonprofit organizations for the arts in the future. She lives in Iowa City. 

Kalmia Strong, Public Space One 

Kalmia Strong is the Program Director at Public Space One, where she works to instigate and support experimental, cooperative, and community-based art practices and resources. A bookmaker, organizer, artist, and educator, Kalmia serves as the Book Arts Editor for PromptPress, the Creative Coordinator for the UI Libraries, and an adjunct lecturer at the UI Center for the Book. 

Genevieve Trainor, Little Village Magazine

Genevieve Trainor is arts editor at Little Village Magazine. Genevieve is on the board of Public Space One and the curatorial team for Witching Hour Festival, works as a freelance editor (primarily in comics), and is content marketing specialist at Bankers Advertising Company. Selected editorial projects: comic anthologies 'A Soul Divided/Caged in Flesh' (Red Stylo Media, 2018), 'Tales of the Rockabilly Rambler' (48 Hour Comic Project, 2019), and 'What Fresh Hell Is This?' (Red Stylo Media, 2019). Genevieve values curiosity, collaboration, and audacity. Genevieve's partner (James) and children (Thalia, D.C., and Calliope) are very patient.

Andrea Truitt, Summer of the Arts 

Andrea M. Truitt is the Volunteer and Community Relations Manager at Summer of the Arts. Her educational background is in art- and architectural history, which means that old houses (especially a good Queen Anne) can elicit Homer Simpson-like donut-love noises from her. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a program, please contact the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in advance at 335-1727.