smART talks: January 2019

  • 10:30 AM–10:50 AM

Stanley Visual Classroom, third floor IMU
125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City

Join us for a conversation filled with art, discovery, and community!

Heather Parrish, assistant professor of printmaking at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will discuss some of her recent prints made in her ongoing collaboration with Brooklyn-based scientist Dr. Elizabeth Henáff. The project explores microorganisms living in the Gowanus Canal. Shaped by their environment, these microorganisms have evolved to break down toxic substances in the canal — a hopeful example of bio-remediation. Parrish uses this metaphorically rich microbial relationship to reflect on the interconnectedness of bodies of water, microbiomes, humans, and the urban environment.

Parrish is a multi-media artist who uses printmaking, experimental photography, and installation work to explore complexities of embodiment. With a focus on the boundary, she investigates the porous, mutually creative relationship between inhabitant and environment.

The event will also be live-streamed and archived on the Stanley’s Facebook page.

Stanley smART talks present faculty of the University of Iowa and members of the community whose work relates to current events. Speakers share their work and its connection to the Stanley Museum of Art’s permanent collection. We invite the audience to take a break from your day and spend 15–20 minutes participating in the discussion and sharing your experiences.

smART talks are for anyone who enjoys engaging with the community and discovering new connections between the museum’s collection and events beyond its walls. We invite the campus community—including courses and student groups—and the surrounding area to join our discussion, and we encourage everyone in Iowa and beyond to watch the conversation on Facebook.

Cost: Free


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.