First Friday: September 2018

  • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

118 E. College St., Iowa City

Join us for Happy Hour + Art  at the next University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art First Friday reception at FilmScene! Stanley First Fridays provide an ideal chance to usher in your weekend, enjoy the work of local artists, and mingle with other art-enthusiasts.

Our season-opening First Friday is entitled "Revive." In describing this exhibit, artist Laurie Zaiger writes:

Something becomes something else.  The process is the meaning.

I am a maker. I embroider, sew, draw, paint, and build art often using recycled and repurposed materials. I scavenge. I collect. I tell stories. I begin a piece with a sketch, a visual starting point. I sort, gather, and select objects with a history, a soul, a spirit. As I work, I talk through the idea, with the object and the art materials. I build, paint, print, stamp, sew, embroider, glue, and solder. My stories unfold through the process, sometimes autobiographical, sometimes observational, sometimes political, and always layered.

“The junction of the new and old is not a mere composition of forces, but is a re-creation in which…the old, the “stored,” material is literally revived, given new life and soul through having to meet a new situation.” -John Dewey, Art as Experience

Laurie Zaiger grew up in the Iowa City of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s doing handwork, sewing, and making art from found materials.  She earned her BA and MA in art education at the University of Iowa and taught art at City High School and Mount Vernon High School.  She currently supervises art education student teachers at the University of Iowa, volunteers in the community, and makes art in every free moment.

First Fridays are free and open to the public with complimentary popcorn and a cash bar.

Consider becoming a Stanley member! Courtesies include home delivery of the Stanley Museum of Art Magazine and a personalized Membership Card, which entitles you to free entry to the Figge Art Museum and reciprocal admission to other art museums around the country.

First Fridays for the 2018-2019 season are generously sponsored by John S. & Patricia C. Koza, H. Dee & Myrene R. Hoover, and John R. Menninger.

Cost: Free


Laurie Zaiger

Provide Shelter

, August 2017
Mixed media, found objects
© Laurie Zaiger

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