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UI professor’s short film presented in final ‘Black Lives on Screen’ event

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter May 7, 2021

Health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic prevented University of Iowa Poetry Professor Tracie Morris from going to Black Lives Matter protests this summer. When she was commissioned by the UI Cinematic...

Photo of dancers Allie Recht and Mackenzee Albert. Contributed.

UI students to present dances of multiple styles at Dance End of Semester Event

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter May 6, 2021

Undergraduate student Allie Recht’s said her piece, “That’s a Lesbian Thing?” made her feel more comfortable being gay in the University of Iowa Dance Department. She said her performance at...

Illusionist to bring unique interactive performance to Hancher

Illusionist to bring unique interactive performance to Hancher

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter May 5, 2021

In early 2020, illusionist Scott Silven was just beginning his worldwide tour when it was cut short by the spread of COVID-19. He returned to his childhood home in rural Scotland and began to remember...

The Stanley Art Museum construction site is seen on the University of Iowa campus on Thursday, September 17, 2020. According to the University of Iowa website for the museum, construction began in 2019 and is slated for completion in winter of next year.

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art relaunches docent program

Hunter Koontz, Arts Reporter May 5, 2021

In preparation for the new Stanley Museum opening next fall, museum staff are looking to take on new members in its relaunched docent program. Docentship entails volunteer work at the museum as...

University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts Strategic Communications Director and musician, Nic Arp, poses for a portrait outside of the Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Arp produced an alternative folk album this year called “The Crossing.”

‘A pandemic project:’ UI staff member creates album reflecting past year spent at home

Maddie Johnston, Arts Reporter May 5, 2021

This is the crossing, there is the shore We will not be who we were anymore We may remember who we might have been But we will not pass back that way again These lyrics are from UI College...

Second-year graduate student in the MFA program in film and video production at the University of Iowa, Trevon Coleman, poses for a portrait in his office at the Becker Communication Studies Building on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

University of Iowa student Trevon Coleman paves way for filmmakers of color

Grace Smith, Photojournalist May 4, 2021

Trevon Coleman was drawing an 8-year-old boy during his previous job as a caricature artist in Orlando, Florida. The boy’s father mentioned an insecurity that his 8-year-old son had about his large...

Donika Kelly, an assistant professor of English at the University of Iowa, is seen outside of the English Philosophy Building on Friday, April 30, 2021. Kelly is also the author of an upcoming poetry collection, titled

UI English professor releases second poetry collection

Delaney Orewiler , Arts Reporter May 4, 2021

In the words of author Donika Kelly, the publication of her second poetry collection, The Renunciations, has been “a long time coming.” The University of Iowa assistant professor of English...

Cinema and journalism major Jacob Smithburg poses for a portrait with his animations on screens behind him in an editing lab located at the Becker Communication Studies Building on Monday, April 26, 2021. Smithburg is an animator who spends hours working projects that he is interested in. “Go with the flow, do the work, follow your gut,” Smithburg says. “Be adventurous. Experiment and push the boundaries of a given medium! Go buckwild! Own it! Weirdness is the brand, baby! Also get a fun pair of socks. It's thrilling. It's fun. You'll love it. Go bananas.”

Student Spotlight: UI animator shares passion for cartoons

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter May 4, 2021

Jacob Smithburg had been an animation hobbyist before he fully understood animation. Whether it was making stop motion videos using Legos and action figures or creating moving drawings using the Flipnote...

The Swarm on Monday April 26, 2021. The Bee Project located at 3rd St. S.E. in the NewBo district. People make their own bee and attach it to swarm.

Grant Wood Fellow creates interactive community art project emphasizing importance of bees

Delaney Orewiler, Arts Reporter May 4, 2021

If one were to drive past 3rd Street in Cedar Rapids, they would find large, hexagonal, bright-yellow structures covered in giant bees. Rather than the real pollinators, however, these bees are constructed...

Blake Shaw poses for a photo at the intermission of his and Dan Padley’s show outside Goosetown Cafe on the evening of Oct. 7, 2020.

Blake Shaw to play original compositions for virtual ‘Stages’ performance

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter May 3, 2021

In high school, Blake Shaw’s band director converted him from a guitar player into a bass player to perform in the school’s jazz band, and Shaw ended up falling in love with the instrument. With...

Members of Ballet Des Moines perform before a large crowd on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The event was part of Dance into Spring held at Hancher.

Dance Into Spring: the live show Iowa City needed

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter May 2, 2021

With the sun shining and a temperature of 84 degrees on May 1, it couldn’t have been a better May Day night to enjoy a live performance. Dance into Spring, a show in partnership with Ballet Des...

The Local Libraries LIT page advertises for the Roxane Gay event taking place on April 29, 2021. (Raquele Decker/The Daily Iowan)

Roxane Gay discusses internet ethics, ‘Black Panther’ at Local Libraries LIT reading

Hunter Koontz, Arts Reporter April 30, 2021

Author of The New York Times best-selling collection of essays Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay sat down last night to read both published and unreleased material and responded to questions during an hour-long...

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