The Iowa Arts Council Funds In-Depth Arts Classes Offered By Link Associates – Culminating in a Public Exhibit

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For Immediate Release: 
October 9, 2014 
 

(West Des Moines) - Link Associates is pleased to announce that it has received a project grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Iowa Arts Council, a Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  As a recipient of a fiscal year 2014-2015 grant, Link Associates will carry out a program called the Big Art Series, which will fund individuals with intellectual disabilities to experience in-depth art instruction in: printmaking, sculpture, drawing and exhibitionarts. 

Linda Dunshee, Executive Director of Link Associates states, “persons with disabilities can easily be excluded from all that society has to offer.  The Big Art Series allows persons with intellectual disabilities to fully participate and experience their unique artistic talents; as well as showcase their art work in a public exhibition on December 5, 2014.  I am grateful to the Iowa Arts Council for making this a reality.”

Link Associates is a non-profit organization serving children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities living in central Iowa; over 1,200 individuals are served yearly.  A variety of program areas promote independence: residential, vwocational in-house, day habilitation, community employment and job placement, employment skills development, transportation, supportive services to families, case management, a retirement program, leisure, recreation and day habilitation services.

Funding for the Big Art Series is made possible by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which is allowing Link Associates to contribute to the vitality of the arts in Iowa and create a one-of-a-kind experience for persons with intellectual disabilities.   For more information about this program, please contact Laura Housel, Day Habilitation Administrator, at lhousel@linkassociates.org.

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We are currently accepting submissions for the second edition in the Re:Birth Art Exhibition series. The event will be held at ISU’s Design on Main Gallery January 1st - January 19th with performance portions at DGs Tap house. 

We plan to incorporate 2D and 3D visual art, A/V art, installation, digital and analog music composition, spoken word and live music presentation.
For submissions we would like:
-Artist
-Title
-Media
-Dimensions
-Price (if its for sale)

Submission deadline is Monday December 1st, we will be notifying artists and scheduling drop off/pick up times the day following. We will be taking no commission on any work sold, pieces will not be insured. Please include any hanging/display specifications if needed (we would appreciate hanging wires on 2D work and open to work that may need more accommodation) 

Our goal is to provide a new outlet for all interested Central Iowan artists.  Within this community we want to foster a sense of mentorship; to have up-and-coming artists (who may not have access to more well known art forums) present their work alongside their more established peers.  But mostly, we want to facilitate a broad and inclusive conversation about art that will encourage people to contribute as much as they can to the artistic community.

Please send submissions along with any questions to:

Garrett J Adams
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I Like It Here! Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire

October 31, 2014 — February 8, 2015

Performance + Gallery Talk: October 30 / 6:30 pm
Lower level, Richard Meier building

Iowa Artists 2014 features the work of Ames-based artist Mitchell Squire. Squire’s unique combination of found-object installation, sculpture, and performance has not only been shown throughout Iowa, but at New York’s CUE Art Foundation and London’s White Cube Gallery. In 2010 he received both the Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship and the Midwestern Voices and Vision Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities. He is currently an associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University. Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire — I Like it Here! will be exhibited in the lower level of the Art Center’s Richard Meier building. Inspired by an 1856 text by Benjamin Drew entitled A North-Side View of Slavery. The Refugee: or the Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada. Related by Themselves, With an Account of the History and Condition of  the Colored Population of Upper Canada, as well as an artist residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, the exhibition will coalesce around themes of migration and labor. The show will feature recent sculpture, drawing, photography, and video. Like much of the artist’s previous work, artifacts, personal narrative, and socio-political issues both past and present, are critical concepts to be explored. The exhibition is organized by Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter.

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In the Artist’s Studio, Marji Guyler-Alaniz

FarmHer
Photographs by Marji Guyler-Alaniz
October 3 - November 2, 2014 at the Viaduct Gallery

“FarmHer is important to me because women always have and always will play a significant role in our agricultural systems both here in the U.S. and around the world. It is time for that role to shine.”

Become part of the journey at www.FarmHer.com.
#FarmHer
@Farmher1

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From the Metro Arts Newsletter…

Call for Artists: Ankeny Art Center 

The Ankeny Art Center is now taking artist application for the 2015 exhibit year. It is free to apply. 

The Ankeny Art Center has two gallery spaces available for exhibitions. The main gallery is a large open space adequate for hanging sizable works. The side gallery is a more intimate space that is more suitable for smaller shows or shows featuring medium-sized works. Application will be reviewed by the gallery committee in early December and artists will be notified.

Images, application, resume, biography/artist statement, and show theme/proposal can be sent tochristina@ankenartcenter.com or CD’s can be mailed to 1520 SW Ordnance Road, Ankeny, IA 50023.

Call for Artists: "IOWA ARTISTS ON DISPLAY" Art Program

The law firm of Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is inviting local artists to display their works in our public areas and conference suites on a rotating basis. The program is entitled “Iowa Artists on Display.” This is the third year of the program and it has been a great success for both the firm and the artists. Many artists have sold pieces through the program and have enjoyed the exposure that the program provides, including the “Iowa Artists on Display” Open House we have held the past two years in conjunction with the Des Moines Arts Festival.

Artists who are interested in participating in this program should contact attorney Jeff Andersen at the Firm at515-246-4515. In the alternative, he may be contacted via email at jandersen@dickinsonlaw.com.

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Cat Rocketship’s Made Magic

Cat Rocketship’s Made Magic

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iowasunshine:

I still very much feel that there is an “Iowa Sound” to our music, there is something unique about what is created here. MAIDS embrace and utilize local artists and friends in much of what they do, adding other players (Luke Pettipoole, Phil Young) to the process to enhance the overall experience. That is what the Iowa Sound is all about, the culmination of people working to push what we are all about. 
MAIDS @ gestalt creatives

iowasunshine:

I still very much feel that there is an “Iowa Sound” to our music, there is something unique about what is created here. MAIDS embrace and utilize local artists and friends in much of what they do, adding other players (Luke Pettipoole, Phil Young) to the process to enhance the overall experience. That is what the Iowa Sound is all about, the culmination of people working to push what we are all about. 

MAIDS @ gestalt creatives

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