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Alex Kelsh Trio at the Stanley

Sunday, January 29, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us in the museum lobby to enjoy the smooth sounds of Alexander Kelsh–saxophone, Askar Khaetov–bass, and James Dreier–drums. Seating provided on a first come, first served basis.
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WorldCanvass: Stanley Museum of Art

Thursday, February 2, 2023 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us for WorldCanvass on February 2 at the UI Stanley Museum of Art as we talk about the museum’s new home and new vision.
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Chill & Create

Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This unique and hands-on program integrates art viewing, art making and mindfulness strategies to provide students with tools to de-stress, manage anxiety, and develop wellness practices. During the 2-hour workshop, participants will learn new ways to improve well-being, while benefiting from the positive effects of viewing and making art. No prior art-making experience necessary. The workshop will be led by Dana Keeton, a local board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, February 3, 2023 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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DK Nnuro book reading: "What Napoleon Could Not Do"

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Derek (DK) Nnuro will read from his debut novel, What Napoleon Could Not Do, followed by a conversation with esteemed poet and educator Tameka Cage Conley about the book and its themes. What Napoleon Could Not Do is a gripping novel in which America is seen through the eyes and ambitions of three characters with ties to Africa.  Derek (DK) Nnuro is a Ghanaian-born writer and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught novel writing at the University of Iowa and...
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Stanley Campus Council: Date Night at the Stanley

Thursday, February 9, 2023 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us for our February Stanley Campus Council event-- Date Night at the Stanley! Bring your lovers, your friends, or just yourself and celebrate all things art, beauty, and love with us. Dress to the nines (really--formal wear encouraged) and swing by the Stanley for an evening of fancy desserts, Valentine's day origami crafts, a cute Polaroid photo opportunity, and the chance to dance with a live DJ (@simeontalley)! Then head to the galleries for some romantic alone-time with your sweetie...
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An Evening with Joe Sacco

Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:30pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Join us in conversation with journalist, comics artist, and Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Joe Sacco, (Safe Area Gorazde, Paying the Land) interviewed by Rachel Williams for a talk about race, war, identity but also about his personal creative process and the art of comics.  This is part of a three-day event devoted to "Drawing Panels and Crossing Borders: Negotiating Self and Other in Comics" with MariNaomi, Candida Rifkind, Jorge Santos, and Jose Alaniz. Organized by the...
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Stanley Creates: Portraits in Green Inspired by Lee Krasner

Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Did you know that the average human eye can detect more shades of green than of any other color? Green also has many meanings and interpretations, such as wealth, peace, springtime, and envy. Join us for Stanley Creates as we examine and learn about the abstract painting Portrait in Green (1969) by Lee Krasner. Then we’ll create our own abstract artwork using just one color—green. Let's create together! Megan Dehner, master's candidate in art education, will lead this workshop. Stanley Creates...
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Art Conservation: Where Science and Art Meet

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Nina Roth-Wells holds a BA in French and art history from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and an MA in art conservation, specializing in painted surfaces, from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. For over 20 years Roth-Wells has been a conservator in private practice in the state of Maine. She conserves paintings for both museum clients and private collectors. In addition to her conservation work, Roth-Wells is passionate about conservation education. She teaches professional...
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Book Matters: Scholars in Conversation at the Stanley

Thursday, February 16, 2023 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Please join us for an interdisciplinary conversation at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art featuring three UI community-engaged scholars who have recently published co-authored, collaborative works. A Q&A will follow the remarks.
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Grant Wood Fellow Talk with Michael Dixon

Saturday, February 18, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
"Unpacking the Demons: Within, Between, and Beyond Race" with 2022–23 Grant Wood Fellow for Painting and Drawing Michael Dixon This chronological overview of Michael Dixon’s art career, research, and personal narrative will include past projects leading up to his most current work, influences, relevant research topics, and a discussion of Dixon’s biracial identity formation. The content will be delivered through a series of stories.   Michael Dixon is an oil painter who was born in San Diego...
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Drawing Salon, with Robert Caputo

Sunday, February 19, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
In this class, participants will draw artworks in the museum's collection. Each session will focus on a different piece. The sessions will begin with an introduction to and discussion of the selected work. Participants will be encouraged to pursue their own visions and to take inspiration from the piece. Classes will be held Feb. 19, April 16, and May 21. Pencils and sketchbooks/paper are the only art-making materials allowed in the galleries. The museum has golf pencils with erasers and...
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"The Alchemy of Making" - Spriestersbach Lecture with Oliver Lee Jackson

Thursday, February 23, 2023 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
American artist and University of Iowa alumus Oliver Lee Jackson will give the 2023 Spriestersbach Lecture: "The Alchemy of Making" Over the span of five decades, Oliver Lee Jackson has developed a singular body of work, creating complex and layered paintings in which figural forms meld with abstract fields of vivid color.  While tightly composed, Jackson’s paintings feel improvisational in approach, as gestural marks become intertwined with vivid swaths of paint and color. Building over time...
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Stanley Reads Spring 2023

Saturday, February 25, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This spring, the Stanley Reads book group features What Napoleon Could Not Do, the debut novel of Derek (DK) Nnuro, the museum’s curator of special projects. The club will meet three times over the spring semester to discuss the novel and discover how objects in the Homecoming exhibition connect with themes in the book. Nnuro will also be on hand to answer questions about the novel and engage participants in craft discussions. We encourage budding writers—especially writers of fiction—to join us...
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Write at the Stanley

Sunday, February 26, 2023 3:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...
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"What Is a Campus Museum and How to Create One" with Pamela Franks

Thursday, March 2, 2023 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Academic museums are uniquely positioned to act as catalysts in higher education, to serve as bridges between campuses and communities, and to enhance the future of museums. How can we unlock the particular potential of campus museums in our evolving world? Focusing on the early planning of a new building for the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) as a case study, this talk explores how academic art museums offer rich possibilities for collaborative and responsive approaches to museum...
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Chill & Create

Friday, March 3, 2023 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This unique and hands-on program integrates art viewing, art making and mindfulness strategies to provide students with tools to de-stress, manage anxiety, and develop wellness practices. During the 2-hour workshop, participants will learn new ways to improve well-being, while benefiting from the positive effects of viewing and making art. No prior art-making experience necessary. The workshop will be led by Dana Keeton, a local board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, March 3, 2023 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Stanley Campus Council Monthly Event

Thursday, March 9, 2023 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join the Stanley Campus Council for an exploration into female artists and artistry during Women's History Month! 
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Stanley Creates: Collaborative Paper Quilt

Saturday, March 11, 2023 2:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
In this Stanley Creates kids, teens, and their families will draw inspiration from quilts in the Stanley's collection to create our own paper quilt. Using collage, paper-cutting techniques, and colorful paper, each participant will design and execute their own unique quilt square. At the end of the workshop we will combine our individual squares to create a communal artwork. This activity is accessible for all ages and ability levels.   Led by Angie Bar, master's candidate in art education...
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