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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...

Kyle Agnew, a graduate student majoring in photography and print, poses for a portrait in the Visuals Arts building on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022.

Student Spotlight: MFA student expands and explores his grandmother’s salt and pepper shaker collection

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter November 15, 2022

The ceramic salt and pepper shakers that once rested along the soft pink and forest green walls of Kyle Agnew grandmother’s turquoise house now belong to a new collection that transforms their...

Ellen Oliver, an MFA dance student at the University of Iowa, poses for a portrait on a green screen rock climbing wall in the Old Art Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Ellen’s research explores the intersections of rock climbing and dancing with digital arts. “My goals are to deepen my relationship with rock climbing and to learn how my rock climbing body can inform by dancing performing body,” said Oliver. Ellen hopes to create a touring dance performance in rock gyms within the future.

Student Spotlight: University of Iowa MFA dance student selected for banner campaign

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter November 10, 2022

Ellen Oliver is pursuing an MFA in Dance at the University of Iowa and the only student in the UI Dance Department to be selected for the 2022 Dare to Discover downtown banner campaign. The annual...

Issac Morehead poses for a portrait at Catlett Resident Hall, Iowa City, on Wednesday, Nov 9, 2022. Morehead is a student in the animation program.

Student Spotlight: UI junior finds animation experience in Iowa City

Charlotte McManus, Arts Reporter November 9, 2022

Isaac Morehead, a third-year cinema major at the University of Iowa, is utilizing the UI’s resources to jumpstart his career in animation. His focus lies in the film and video production side of...

University of Iowa student Matthew Loes sits at his desk at his home studio on Nov. 7.Loes created his own clothing apparel brand, “Mom’s Little Mess Up.”

Student Spotlight: Momma’s Little Mess Up

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporters November 8, 2022

When asked what his college major is, Matthew Loes answered, “As of right now, we’re Matt Loes.” The 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Iowa started making clothes around a year ago and...


Student Spotlight: Hawkeye Marching Band selects new drum major

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter May 12, 2022

Christian Frankl is currently studying abroad in Scotland, but not for long — he’s coming back in June so he can lead the Hawkeye Marching Band in its most coveted position: drum major.  A...


Student Spotlight: First man on the UI dance team

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter April 26, 2022

Nathan Polancyak was sitting in his living room, surrounded by friends and family, when he found out he was making University of Iowa history by becoming the first man on the dance team. “I wasn’t...

Joe Marino, a student comedian, poses for a portrait in front of Joystick Comedy Arcade on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Student Spotlight: UI senior uses passion for comedy to introduce others to world of stand-up

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter April 19, 2022

Two years ago, Joe Marino’s biggest fear was to stand up and speak in front of a crowd. Today, he has an undeniable passion for stand-up comedy and an affinity for helping others give it a try as...

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