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The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

Eli Campbell poses for a portrait at the Theatre Building in Iowa City on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023.

Student Spotlight: Graduate student playwright opens historical theater gallery

Charlie Hickman, Arts Reporter September 19, 2023

When writing a work of historical fiction, it can be challenging to make contemporary themes palatable for all audiences. This is a challenge University of Iowa graduate playwriting student Eli Campbell...

Film: Student Spotlight: Eliza Link

Cody Blissett and Matt Sindt May 3, 2023

University of Iowa senior Eliza Link discusses her passion as a ceramicist. Link specializes in wood firing and explains that it can take anywhere from 50 to 100 hours to complete a firing. Link displayed...

Iowa senior Eliza Link poses for a portrait on Friday, April 28, 2023. Link has been a ceramic artist for eight years.

Student Spotlight: Ceramics student’s exhibit displays wood-fired pottery, plays with ash and identity

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter May 2, 2023

Pottery, rock engravings, and pictographs are art forms from ancient civilizations that still exist but are rarely practiced. One ceramics student goes beyond tradition by exemplifying ancient and...

Katie Kiesewetter talks about her art in the Visual Arts Building on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Student Spotlight | Graphic design student’s thesis displayed through photography, projections, and 3D art

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter April 17, 2023

The service industry often revolves around tips, with some servers depending on money to stay afloat. For one graphic design student, the focus of her thesis revolved around the exploitation of service...

Photo contributed by Zoe Miller

Student Spotlight: Dance MFA candidate dismantles space and environment by finding place for space outside of Space Place

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter April 12, 2023

Through the deconstruction of the environment itself, one MFA dance candidate’s thesis exhibit displayed an understanding of space by choosing an off-site location. Usually, dance students perform...

Contributed photo of Ivy Jewell.

Student Spotlight: Ceramics student explores family history and memory through variety of mediums

Emma Gaughan, Arts Reporter April 11, 2023

Through the exploration of her family tree, Ivy Jewell created a deeply nostalgic and quiet art gallery. Ivy Jewell is a ceramics student receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of...

Photo contributed by Dakota Roberts.

Student Spotlight: Graphic design student explores digital art by subverting expectations with fake corner store

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter April 6, 2023

“Boys’ Tears,” “Magic Mushrooms,” “Fresh Can of Bullshit,” and “Dumb Bitch Juice” were all products available for purchase at one graphic design student’s recent exhibit. Dakota...

Contributed photo

Student Spotlight: MFA student converses with former self to reflects on growth as an artist

Emma Gaughan, Arts Reporter March 28, 2023

When Barry Phipps started working toward his Master of Fine Arts in photography at the University of Iowa, he decided to pick up right where he left off after he graduated with his bachelor’s in...

Iowa art major student Conrad Hellman poses for a portrait for his graphic design BFA exhibition in front of room E148 on March 24 in the Visual Art Building, Iowa City, Iowa.

Student Spotlight: Graphic design student combines myriad of visuals, lights, and sounds in exhibition

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter March 27, 2023

Electronic dance music, known as EDM, is University of Iowa student Conrad Hellman’s heart and inspiration. Hellman is a graphic design student pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as his Bachelor...

Photo contributed by Annie Hodgkins.

Student Spotlight: Photography MFA student Annie Hodgkins creates fragrance from own sweat

Parker Jones, Arts Editor February 22, 2023

Annie Hodgkins is creating a fragrance using many distinct odors — including from her own sweat. The third-year University of Iowa photography Master of Fine Arts student developed the idea in...

Film: Student Spotlight: Kyle Agnew

Isabella Cervantes and Alex Snyder December 16, 2022

University of Iowa student Kyle Agnew talks about his love for the visual arts and his recent project, a collection of saltshakers. Agnew’s work focuses on queer love and reframing it in a way that presents...

Contributed photo from Spencer Wilkins.

Student Spotlight: MFA Graduate student brings together variety of art forms in “adaptations” art gallery

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter November 30, 2022

Spencer Wilkins unconventional path to writing is what inspired him to create a multi-disciplinary art gallery titled “adaptations,” which will be featured from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 in the Levitt...

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