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Student Spotlight: UI playwright turns to livestreaming their writing process online amid COVID-19 outbreak

Student Spotlight: UI playwright turns to livestreaming their writing process online amid COVID-19 outbreak

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

April 5, 2020

Should one find Cameron Speta streaming on Twitch, they might be surprised to find that the UI senior and playwright isn’t always playing Overwatch as the category title suggests — they’re typing on a Word document. According to Speta, the technique helps them to hold themselves accountable to wr...

Art student tells visual stories through comics

Art student tells visual stories through comics

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

March 29, 2020

A pencil-drawn image of a girl looking down a hillside toward a cow laying on its side sets the scene of a comic strip drawn by Sabrina Claman, a B.F.A. drawing student at the University of Iowa. The comic depicts the story of a girl trying to help her father’s cow because one of its horns has go...

Student Spotlight: UI painter embeds queerness into Catholic spaces through artwork

Student Spotlight: UI painter embeds queerness into Catholic spaces through artwork

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

March 11, 2020

Paint supplies, cardboard, and scraps of paper lay strewn across B.F.A painter David Michael Petersen’s workspace, as though an artistic twister had come through his corner of the Visual Arts Building. Wearing black jeans, a black sweater, and holding a ceramic coffee mug, Petersen joked that ...

Student Spotlight: Kelsey Turnis uses art to explore environmental crises

Student Spotlight: Kelsey Turnis uses art to explore environmental crises

Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

March 5, 2020

Kelsey Turnis is only in her first year at the University of Iowa, but she’s already making waves in the Iowa City art scene. Turnis, who hails from Cedar Rapids, is comfortable in several mediums, including ink, watercolor, and acrylic. A set of her ink drawings, which features the skeletal forms...

Geometrical landscapes and foreboding futures: Drew Etienne’s inspirational artwork comes to life in his small studio

Geometrical landscapes and foreboding futures: Drew Etienne’s inspirational artwork comes to life in his small studio

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

February 27, 2020

Unspecified, peculiar beauties that pop into the mind are what inspire Drew Etienne, a second-year graduate student at the University of Iowa, before he begins a new drawing. “There are these mysterious, inorganic objects that just keep hanging around for unknown reasons,” Etienne said. Instead of be...

Painting in pink: UI student artist paints drunken mannerisms with a pink pop

Painting in pink: UI student artist paints drunken mannerisms with a pink pop

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

February 19, 2020

Annika Wahlberg didn’t like creating art at first. In fact, the University of Iowa senior was annoyed when she learned art classes were a requirement to complete her art history major. But after her first few classes, she fell in love. “I’ve always liked art, but I thought I wanted to be...

Student Spotlight: UI art student captures unconventional themes through storytelling

Student Spotlight: UI art student captures unconventional themes through storytelling

Sarah Stortz, Senior Reporter

February 12, 2020

Liv Harter knows how to capture an outlandish story, whether it’s through her camera, illustrations, or her own words. Regularly contributing her artwork to Fools Magazine, the University of Iowa student said she was encouraged by one of her friends to attend one of the publication's meetings her s...

Americana performer Rosanne Cash coming to Hancher

Americana performer Rosanne Cash coming to Hancher

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

February 6, 2020

On Saturday, four-time Grammy award winner Rosanne Cash will come to fill Hancher Auditorium with her Americana-style music. Rosanne Cash, the eldest daughter of country music star Johnny Cash, has carved out her own space in the music industry through decades of work that draw upon the roots of distinctly...

Student Spotlight: Printmaker dives into themes of power, idolization

Student Spotlight: Printmaker dives into themes of power, idolization

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

January 29, 2020

In the right-hand corner of the University of Iowa Visual Arts Building printing studio lies a desk covered with spray paint bottles, charcoal drawings of people pinned to the wall. Standing among it all isCasey Mathews, a UI B.F.A. printmaking student. Dressed in black clothing and a bright orange hat,...

In the spotlight: UI theatre and vocal performing arts student ‘destined’ for the stage

In the spotlight: UI theatre and vocal performing arts student ‘destined’ for the stage

Addie Bushnell, Arts Reporter

January 22, 2020

Despite growing up in a nonmusical family and dedicating more than half his high-school career to baseball, University of Iowa sophomore Will Adams has always known he was destined for the stage. “I’ve always had a passion to do something with theater,” said the 20-year-old vocal performance...

A musician and painter, UI student is inspired by ‘things that become hazy with time’

A musician and painter, UI student is inspired by ‘things that become hazy with time’

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

December 11, 2019

Salman Yakub entered the coffee shop donned in a blue and white collared shirt etched with skulls and flowers across the fabric; perhaps mimicking his artistic ability for drawing. Yakub, a UI musician pursuing an art major and writing certificate, uses lead and charcoal to sketch people, and is often...

Student Spotlight: An artist of many mediums; from painting to dancing, songwriting, and poetry, UI student has it all

Student Spotlight: An artist of many mediums; from painting to dancing, songwriting, and poetry, UI student has it all

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

December 5, 2019

Although many artists primarily focus on one art form, University of Iowa senior Reanna Lewis dabbles in a variety of mediums as a songwriter, poet, dancer/choreographer, painter and multi artist. Lewis paints human eyes while not conforming to how eyes are traditionally seen. Instead, she adds a...