2021 – 2022 Season

Art Form: BFA Exhibition by Carissa Dannen, Caylee Gallagher and Rebecca Hickok

April 26- May 8, 2022

Merriam-Webster defines “Artform” as, “A form or medium of expression
recognized as fine art”. As the three of us gather our works together
for this show, Artform, we see both similarities and differences between
our works, through medium as well as personal expression. When displayed
together, our works created in similar mediums begin to tell a story. As
artists, the different emotions we have put into these works reach to impact
an audience. Variation in subject, color, and scale of our individual work
contributes to the feelings we hope to invoke in you through Artform.

See images on our FaceBook page here.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 27-April 5, 2022

Join us in this celebration and showcase of student art at Drake! The 51st Annual Juried Student Exhibition was juried by Mitchell Squire, multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator. The selected works are on display in the Anderson Gallery.

Sean Downey: Two-Hundred Percent of Life

February 3 – March 11, 2022

Main Points, Sean Downey, 2021. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

Work-life and home-life; digital identity and analog existence; outer actions and inner experience—Sean Downey’s work explores the sometimes beautiful, sometimes manic, myriad ways that our various double-existences overlap and become convoluted. Downey builds digital worlds in virtual reality that are sourced from the physical world, and then spins these digital environments into visual sources for handmade paintings and sculptures. The work in Two-Hundred Percent of Life uses juxtaposing and overlapping images of interiors, exteriors, home, office, and studio as a visual metaphor for the confusion of thoughts, memories, anxieties, and daily encounters that seem to have become increasingly intermingled in recent years. “Two-hundred percent of life” acts simultaneously as an aspiration and an impossibility—a goal for profound self-actualization and an ever-present, anxiety-inducing productivity incantation of contemporary culture.

More information about the artist can be found on his website.

Loom • Room • Harp
September 2 – October 15, 2021

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is an installation that weaves together inside and outside, near and far, visible and invisible, artifacts of the past and actions in the present, through the space of the Anderson Gallery. This site-specific installation and series of performances taking place periodically from September 2 through October 15, 2021, is a collaboration between Fırat Erdim, Paula Matthusen, and Olivia Valentine.

The performances are accessible both in-person and online, via the loom-room-harp.space website and Sunship, the website of the Arts Letters & Numbers 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Virtual Pavilion at artslettersandnumbers.org. The performance schedule is available on these websites.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, the gallery contains dynamic visual and audio artifacts of the periodic performances. Together, these artifacts, performances, and other components of the installation seek to permeate interior with exterior, here with there, now with then.

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 2 from 5-7pm

2020 – 2021 Season

Threads Laid Bare: Finding Identity and Community in Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Arts

Physically and virtually on exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from September 3  – October, 16, 2020

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Assistant Professor Emily Newman curated this exhibition which is supported by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Threads Laid Bare brings together fiber and textile artists from around the country who use the medium to reveal identity, showcase a high sense of craft, and promote community. This exhibition will feature contemporary artists working in a variety of fibers and textile processes ranging from the conceptual use of threads to functional stitches. Artists blend drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video with textiles and fibers to produce works that tackle issues of race, disability, stereotypes, immigration, heritage, and religious and domestic rituals.

Participating artists include Indira Allegra (California), Anna Carlson (Minnesota), Ann C. Clarke (New York), Nicole Davis (Iowa), Wanda Ewing (Nebraska), Jiseon Lee Isbara (Oregon & California), Guen Montgomery (Illinois), Cynthia O’Hern (Iowa), Katya Oicherman (Minnesota), Catherine Reinhart (Iowa),  Sophia Ruppert (Nebraska), and Alanna Stapleton (Wisconsin).

On Thursday, September 3 from 7-8pm, join us online for a Facebook Live event for a virtual tour and talk with curator Emily Newman. Click to follow us: Anderson Gallery Or, click to tune in on our YouTube Channel.

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Click to open up  Threads Laid Bare Virtual Experience. *Please note this is best used on cell phones so that you can participate and interact with our programming no matter where you are. It does work on tablets and computers without the need to download an app.

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DRAKE ART + DESIGN ALUMNI VIRTUAL SHOWCASE

Featured on Social Media November 18, 2020 – January 22, 2021

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Due to Covid-19 and campus and statewide health mandates, the Anderson Gallery will remain closed through January. We are pivoting to offer a virtual showcase of projects by Drake Art + Design Alumni who are actively creating and impacting their communities. Each week, we will feature an alum who is using their art to make a difference and engage others. Follow us on social media Facebook and Instagram to see what these alumni are doing and watch their artists talks and discussions on YouTube

Due to Covid-19, the physical exhibition is only open to cohorts of Drake students, faculty and staff.  We are reducing hours and limiting guests during the hours of 12pm-3pm, Monday – Friday, and requiring masks at all times. Private tours are available with advanced notice by emailing julia.franklin@drake.edu.

Scheduled Features:

50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition Poster

It’s our 50th year of hosting a student exhibition, and there is a lot to celebrate! Because a lot of students are learning remotely this year, we don’t have physical works to showcase. We are adapting and hosting a virtual exhibition through Art Spaces that will allow you to move around a virtual gallery setting to experience the works. We will also host a digital, flippable catalog that will feature works by the students and highlight award winners. 

This year, 52 Drake students submitted 150 works. Our juror, Nikki Renee Anderson, selected 67 works by 35 Drake students to be included in the exhibition. Nikki Renee Anderson, a Drake Alum and Chicago-based artist and educator, had a tough job and seriously considered all the entries. She said, “The work in this show represents a collection of ideas that have impact and resonance within the context of Drake and the larger society.” We can’t wait for you to see it!

At 2pm on Sunday, March 7, 2021, we live-streamed the virtual opening. President Martin provided some opening remarks. We will also had the opportunity to hear from our juror, Nikki, and Provost Mattison and Dean Gerhard presented over $1500 in awards generously donated by family and friends of Thad Archie. Click on the button below to watch as we unveiled our virtual exhibition and announced student award winners.

Instead of viewing the exhibition in person, you can now take a tour from wherever you are. Simply click the buttons below to view the virtual exhibition and flip through the digital catalog. You don’t need any special apps to make these work, and they work on phones, tablets and computers! These amazing resources are up through the end of April 2021. Participate as many times as you like! Thanks for joining us and helping us celebrate Drake’s long tradition of showcasing student works!

AWARDS

Juror Nikki Renee Anderson selected these works for special recognition:

  • Honorable Mention in Drawing = Alanna Wuensch for “Breaking Through”
  • Honorable Mention in Sculpture = Chloe Laizure for “Lump Hollow”
  • Honorable Mention in Printmaking = Katie Segler for “Untitled”
  • Honorable Mention in Painting = Hannah Cohen for “Melting Pot”
  • Honorable Mention in Graphic Design = Amelia Sims for “Cooper Hewitt Postcards”
  • Honorable Mention in Interactive Media = Alison Kuttler
  • Second Prize = Hedera Belmond for “History of Shapes”
  • First Prize/Best in Show = Lasha Stewart for “Black Out Portrait 2”

The Department of Art + Design selected Kaili Miller’s “Three Piece Letter Press Series” for the prestigious Provost Purchase Award! Congratulations to all the award winners and to those who had the courage to submit and share their works!

Please follow us on social media where we will be sharing the works of each of the 35 participating students from March 8 – April 16, 2021.


Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-Based Inequality, Violence & Discrimination 

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from September 5 – October 18, 2019.

Organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita of Graphic Design, at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Co-sponsored by Drake’s Department of Art and Design and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination features posters created by both men and women to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens should play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing sexual and reproductive rights, and protecting women and girls against brutality. These posters promote women’s empowerment and participation in society while challenging religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize or restrict women from achieving their fullest potential. In their collective visual voice, these posters are designed to jolt the viewer’s sense of collective responsibility to challenge prevailing attitudes toward gender inequality and discrimination, while provoking both a healthy discomfort and an empathetic response in the viewers.

All are welcome to attend related programming which has been coordinated by Dr. Melisa Klimaszewski, Professor of English and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. This series features faculty from a range of disciplines who will share reaction to the exhibition and facilitate discussion. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm = Dr. Jill Allen, Psychology
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm = Dr. Maura Lyons, Art History
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 from 3:30-4:30pm = Dr. Maryann Huey, Mathematics
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:00pm-6:15pm = Dr. Debra DeLaet and her class on Human Rights and World Politics.
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 5:00pm-6:15pm = Dr. Debra DeLaet and her class on Gender and War.

 

Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose Actualize! 

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from November 7, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Organized and curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture and sponsored by Drake’s Department of Art and Design.

The artists in Visual DisObedience respond to the current state of affairs in our culture. Their artworks are a form of concentrated awareness. The saying that “visual artists make the invisible visible” proves true in this exhibition: the artists allow us to see relationships between mandates handed down by our governing system and the results on human beings. Artworks included in the exhibitraise questions and propose new ideas, and at times they create desirable alternatives to present circumstances.

Issues about immigration, race, gender, capitalism, consumerism, militarization, systemic inequality, and artistic freedom are addressed by these Iowa artists: Miriam Alarcon Avila, Paul Brenin, Combat Paper: Drew Cameron & Zen Cohen, Phillip Chen, Tom Christison, David Dunlap, Mira Engler, John Fender, Donté K. Hayes, Serena Illuminati, Edward V. Kelley, Emily Newman, M. Ryan Noble, Mitchell Squire, Rob Stephens, and Taylor Yocom.

Special Event on Friday, February 14, 2020: Artist Talk with Donté K. Hayes, Phillip Chen and David Dunlap and moderated by Lenore Metrick-Chen.

Gallery Hours: January 7 – January 26, 2020: Open Noon-4pm Tuesday – Friday and by appointment on weekends and evenings. January 27 – February 14, 2020: Open Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-4:00pm and until 8:00pm on Thursdays. Closed Mondays and during university holidays. Also open by appointment by contacting andersongallery@drake.edu.

 

49th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from March 8 – April 12, 2020

Juried by 2019 Iowa Artist Fellow, Rachel Merrill, and sponsored by Drake’s Department of Art and Design. Reception held on Sunday, March 8 from 1-3pm with awards announced at 2pm.

In Spring 2020, 37 Drake students submitted 95 works for review. After careful consideration, Rachel selected 43 pieces for exhibition and gave 10 works merit awards. Students included in this exhibition include: Kara Andreski, Samantha Barnes, Caroline Bushman, Hannah Cohen, Carissa Dannen, Nick Ellis, Amy Flieder, Caylee Gallagher, Sarah Ghaussy, Marissa Hernandez, Kendall Hunt, Madison Kelly, Alison Kuttler, Chloe Laizure, Courtney McCuddin, Ingrid McNeely, Ahn Nguyen, Bryan Ortiz, Carlye Patterson, Steve Peralta Cornejo, Molly Ruder, Kate Segler, Amelia Sims, Morgan Stuedemann, Liza Vinyon, Madison Willey and Anna Zimney.

Vehemence: A Virtual BFA Exhibition

Virtually on exhibit at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University from May 8 – May 14, 2020

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Seven seniors in the Department of Art and Design have works and statements available for view. Their BFA Exhibition is a culmination of their art studies in the Department of Art and Design at Drake University. See new works by Marissa Hernandez, Ingrid McNeely, Carlye Patterson, Morgan Stuedemann, Ashley Wildman, Sarah Ghaussy and Lindsey Andrea.

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2018 – 2019 Season

Richard Black Retrospective, Visual Worlds: “Nothing by Chance,” September 7th to October 12th, 2018.

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Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative

On exhibit at the Anderson Gallery from November 9, 2018 – February 20, 2019.

Curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen, Professor of Art and Cultural History and students in Professor Metrick-Chen’s “Black Americans and Photography” course.

Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative centers on the idea of individual agency and how it can lead to social change. Agency pertains to our ability to choose our actions—or non-actions.  It is the foundation for all freedom. The exhibition celebrates the diverse works of people in Des Moines’s Black communities whose individual choices and agency has led them to civic engagement and social change.

Our Town can only offer a sampling of these acts of agency and everyday bravery in Des Moines. The exhibition features short video interviews of Dwana Bradley, whose initiative started the Des Moines magazine Urban Experience, Laural Clinton, advocate against racial profiling, Elaine Estes, former head of the Des Moines Public Library, who, as a Drake student at the age of 16, desegregated the women’s dorm; advocate and Drake alumna, Ayinde Ashford, third year student at Drake Law, Maleigha Williams and Bailey Mosely, senior students at Drake University and members of the Coalition of the Black Students. In addition, this exhibition will examine the work of Joeanne Cheatom, Katherine Bryson, both activists from the 1960s.

In tandem with the celebration of the 50-year history of breakfast clubs for children in Des Moines, initiated by the Black Panther’s Des Moines Chapter and continued by CFUM, the exhibition will feature a timeline examining the history of breakfast clubs and their impact in the community. The timeline will feature comments by present and former participants in the breakfast club, including commentary by Ako Abdul-Samad, Iowa State Representative since 2001, who was the Lieutenant of the Des Moines chapter.

The exhibition also houses a smaller exhibition which contains eight pairs of artworks. These pairings images address the reclamation of one’s agency, often turning images emblematic of oppression on their head.

2017 – 2018 Season

The 47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Paper is Part of the Picture: Contemporary Paper and Book Arts                                                                                                             Curated by Sarah McCoy

Mies|Weese at Drake: Where we Live and Work                                                                                                                                Curated by Maura Lyons

APPARATUS                                                                                                                                                                                                           Curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen

2016 – 2017 Season

BFA Exhibition: WIP                                                                                                             Featuring work by Justin Atterberg, Paul Brenin, Grace Lim, Bryan Nance, Jessica Podesmki                                                                                                                                         April 28 – May 12

46th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Art3 – Faculty Art Exhibition

A Library for Babel, Buzz Spector

Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts                                                           Featuring work by Thomas Knauer
September 2 – September 30, 2016

2015 – 2016 Season

BFA II: Ipseity
Featuring work by Jenna Boures, Brett Budzinski and Pamela Mulhern


BFA I: Reflective Distinction
Featuring work by Betsy Hart, Rachael Kreski and Ryan Topete
April 8 – April 22, 2016


45th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Matthew Harris, Iowa Arts Council
February 28 – March 25, 2016


Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual)
Curated by Lenore Metrick-Chen
November 13, 2015- February 23, 2016


Ideas at War: American Propaganda Posters from World War II
Curated by John Fender
September 11 – October 23, 2015

2014-2015 Season

 BFA II: SEEK
Featuring work by Emma Croskrey, Maria Hanson, Katie Hanson, Lexi Ruskell and Claire Sedovic
May 1-15, 2015


BFA I: Anterospective
Featuring work by Riley Brady, Evelyn Tomer, Grace Carroll and Tori Carter
April 10-24, 2015


44th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Renee Meyer Ernst, assistant professor of art at St. Ambrose University
March 8 – April 2, 2015


Hybrid Expressionism: Explorations with Thomas Prinz A collaborative student exhibition held in conjunction with a workshop by Thomas Prinz
February 8 – February 20, 2015

Everyday Abstraction:
contemporary abstract painting
November 7, 2014 – Jan. 23, 2015
Catalog, with essay by Benjamin Gardner

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Charles Matson Lume
September 5 – October 24, 2014
Catalog, with essay by Glenn Gordon

2013-2014 Season

43rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Dr. Lesley Wright, Director, Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College
March 9, 2014- April 4, 2014


The Great Make a two-week pop-up student exhibition
Feb. 7, 2014 – Feb. 21, 2014


Draw Your Weapons: Civil War Cartoons from Harper’s Weekly
Curated by Maura Lyons and students from the Curatorial Seminar
Nov. 7, 2013 – Jan. 24, 2014
Visit the exhibition website here, includes catalog essays by Maura Lyons and curatorial seminar students


The Material Aspect:
50 Years of Popular Music Packaging
Curated by John Fender, Professor of Art and Design, Drake University
Friday, Sept. 6 – Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
Catalog essay by John Fender, catalogs available free upon request

2012-2013 Season

42nd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Gilbert Vicario
March 10- April 5, 2013
Catalog


Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies

Jan. 18 – Feb. 22, 2013
Catalog, with essays by Maura Lyons and Angela Battle
Artist Talk


Projecting Identity
Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen and the Curating Seminar 2012
Friday, Nov. 9 – Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Catalog, with essays by students from the curatorial seminar


my eyes are not shut: Photographs by Sandra Louise Dyas
September 7 – October 12, 2012
Catalog, with essay by Chris Offutt

2011-2012 Season

Immaterial Material: Work by Jim Shrosbree and David Hamlow
Aug. 26 – Sept 23, 2011
Catalog, with essay by Lenore Metrick-Chen


365: AIGA Annual Design Exhibition 31 Coordinated in conjunction with AIGA Iowa Chapter
Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2011
Catalog


William Kentridge: Collaborations with Randy Hemminghaus, Master Printer
Nov. 11 – Dec. 16, 2011
Catalog, with essay by Lenore Metrick-Chen
Virtual Tour


Ape-Rope-Pray-8!
Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen
Jan 27 – Feb. 26, 2012
Catalog, OCCUPY footage


41st Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Laurel Farrin, prof. of painting and drawing, University of Iowa
March 4 – March 30, 2012


BFA Exhibition: Verge
Work by Kjersten Lutz, Megan Pierce-Cramer, Jill Jaworski and Padraic O’Connell


BFA Exhibition: Working Room
Work by Tatiana Klusak, Haley Tatom, Stephanie Spitz, Nora Kreml and Ainsley Buh

2010-2011 Season

A Fork in the Road: The Time and the Place for Local Foods
Work by Hilary Williams
Aug. 27 – Sept. 26, 2010


The Mallea Project
Oct. 8 – Nov. 7, 2010


Imaging Others: Cultural Intersections in the Colonial Era Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen
Nov 19 – Dec. 17, 2010
Catalog, with essay by Lenore Metrick-Chen and students of the curatorial seminar


Middle States
Work by Michael Wille, David Linneweh, Matt Pulford, Amanda Smith, Gregory Euclide and Kris Holmgren
Curated by Benjamin Gardner
Jan. 28 – Feb. 27, 2011
Catalog, with essay by Benjamin Gardner


40th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Jonathan Muecke
March 6 – April 3, 2011


BFA Exhibition: Resonance


BFA Exhibition: Connection

2009-2010 Season

The Book in Time and Place
A Selection of Artists’ Books from the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Drake University’s Cowles Library
Curated by Sarah McCoy
Sept. 11 – Oct. 9, 2009


To Know the Land: Scott Robert Hudson
Jan 29 – Feb. 26, 2010
Catalog, with conversion between Scott Robert Hudson and Amahia Mallea


39th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Juried by Jill Featherstone, Museum Education Director, Des Moines Art Center
March 7 – March 28, 2010


BFA Exhibition
April 2 – April 16, 2010


BFA Exhibition
Work by Michael Carbaugh, Meredith Gallivan, Ashley Machacek and Diane Pummill
April 23 – May 7, 2010

2008-2009 Season

America Imagines Chinese: 19th century American Trade Cards and the American Imagination
Curated by Dr. Lenore Metrick-Chen
Sept. 5 – Oct. 17, 2008


Building A Modern Campus: Eliel and Eero Saarinen at Drake University Curated by Dr. Maura Lyons
Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, 2008
Exhibition website, with essay my Maura Lyons


Faculty Exhibition: Angela Battle, Bejamin Gardner, Sarah McCoy, Ignatius Widiapradja and Connie Wilson
January 23 – Feb. 20, 2009


38th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Bill Conger, artist and curator, University Galleries at Illinois State University
March 1 – March 27, 2009


BFA Exhibition: Art(official)
Work by Hannah Gebhart, Monica Brandli, Veronika Leszayova, Mackenzie Skul, Lauren Schnepf and Mistique Hecksel-Read
April 3 – April 17, 2009


BFA Exhibition: Handful
Work by Hunter Seuntjens, Anthony Bruce Roark, Nicole Werner, Kelly Donovan and Brenner Buckner
April 26 – May 8, 2009

2007-2008 Season

Selling the War: Posters of World War I Sept 7 – Oct. 12, 2007
Catalog, with essays by Lenore Metrick-Chen and Jack Lufkin


Evidence: Cindy Neuschwander and Janet DeCover
Oct. 26 – November 30, 2007


Woven Traditions: Central and West African Textiles Jan. 25 – Feb. 22, 2008


37th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Ab Gratama, University of Iowa
March 2 – March 28, 2008


BFA Exhibition
April 4 – April 18, 2008


BFA Exhibition
April 27 – May 9, 2008

2006-2007 Season

Yoji Matsumura: Lost and Found
Sept. 7 – October 13, 2006


Jeremy Drummond: Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
Nov. 10 – Dec. 13, 2006


Text and Subtext: Sarah McCoy and Alex Lakin
Jan. 19 – Feb. 16, 2007


Cuba: Women Artists in the Revolution
Curated by John Torgerson
Jan. 26 – Feb. 16, 2007


36th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juried by Peter Feldstein, University of Iowa
Feb. 25 – March 26, 2006


BFA Exhibition
March 30 – April 13, 2007


BFA Exhibition
April 20 – May 5, 2007