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2013-14 Catich Gallery and Morrissey Gallery Exhibition Schedule

All receptions are free and open to the public.

The Galvin Fine Arts Center is also the home of Morrissey Gallery - two showcases located in the lobby outside the Allaert Auditorium. Exhibitions in Morrissey feature works by local and regional emerging artists.

August 19 - September 27, 2013  |  Morrissey Gallery
Jenny Harp & Rachel Livedalen: Neither Reason Nor Apology
Reception: Thursday, 8/22/13, 5-7pm, Morrissey Gallery, lobby of Galvin Fine Arts Center

A native from Northern California, Jenny Harp's work investigates the emotional relationships that dwell in the intermediate space between natural and domestic worlds, and explores relationships of color, composition and objects within these contexts. She received her BFA from Sonoma State University in 2012 and is currently attending University of Iowa's Printmaking MFA program. Rachel Livedalen takes an interdisciplinary approach to printmaking incorporating craft, installation, and sculpture. Her work investigates contemporary femininity and its accompanying mythologies both past and present. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and currently lives in Iowa City where she is an MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Iowa.

September 11 - October 18, 2013  |  Catich Gallery
Andrew Borowiec: The New Heartland
Artist lecture: Thursday, 9/19/13, 4-4:45pm, Galvin 141
Reception: Thursday, 9/19/13, 5-7pm, Catich Gallery

Andrew Borowiec, Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of Akron's Myers School of Art, has been photographing America's changing industrial and post-industrial landscape for over twenty-five years. He has worked as a photojournalist, staff photographer for the International Center of Photography in New York City, Assistant Director of Workshops for the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France, and Director of the University of Akron Press. Borowiec's series, The New Heartland, is a photographic investigation of Ohio's cultural landscape that explores how prevailing social and environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values are reflected in the ways that people shape their surroundings.

October 4 - November 8, 2013 | Morrissey Gallery
Brendan Baylor: Works on Paper 2010-2013
Reception: Thursday, 10/10/13, 5-7pm, Morrissey Gallery, lobby of Galvin Fine Arts Center

Brendan Baylor is an artist and musician pursuing his MFA at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest, taking in the sights and sounds of the wetlands next to his childhood home. His work explores the liminal space between natural and human worlds via an interdisciplinary approach blending research and art in drawings, prints, installation, and artist books.

October 23 - November 22, 2013 | Catich Gallery
Margaret Whiting: Art and the Environment
Artist lecture: Thursday, 11/07/13, 4-4:45pm, Galvin 141
Reception: Thursday, 11/07/13, 5-7pm, Catich Gallery

Margaret Whiting explores contemporary issues related to land use, and encourages thoughtful consideration of the laws that regulate American society's impact on the land. Discarded law books, science books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and maps are used as her media. Her manipulation of these books is not meant to destroy them or to refer to the destruction of laws. Tearing, crumpling, piercing, folding or baling the books into landscape forms proposes changes to laws to protect the endangered environment. A native of Minnesota, Whiting currently lives and works in Waterloo, Iowa. She graduated in Medical Technology from the University of Minnesota and received a BA from the University of Northern Iowa.

November 15 - December 18, 2013  |  Morrissey Gallery
Grace Sullivan: Dreams to Remember
Reception: Thursday, 11/21/13, 5-7pm, Morrissey Gallery, lobby of Galvin Fine Arts Center

Grace Sullivan (b. 1986 Woodstock, IL) is a contemporary artist living and working in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In 2010 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Iowa. Currently she attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she working on her Master of Fine Arts.

January 13 - February 23, 2014  |  Morrissey Gallery
Bethany Kalk: Sawiyano photo series
Reception: Thursday, 1/30/14, 5-7pm, Morrissey Gallery, lobby of Galvin Fine Arts Center

(more information coming soon!!!)

January 15 - February 21, 2014 | Catich Gallery
Recent Works by Laurel Farrin and Jim Shrosbree
Artist lectures: Thursday, 1/23/14, 4-4:45pm, Galvin 141
Reception: Thursday, 1/23/14, 5-7pm, Catich Gallery

A two-person exhibition featuring works by Laurel Farrin (Iowa City, IA) and Jim Shrosbree (Fairfield, IA).

Farrin calls her paintings "depict fictive canvas on real canvas, a doubling of the object we call a painting." Her work has been shown across the nation at galleries including Lesley Heller Gallery in NY, NY, The Bronx River Art Center, Roswell Museum and Art Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Farrin currently resides in Iowa City where she is Associate Professor and Head of Painting and Drawing at University of Iowa.

Jim Shrosbree - Professor and Chairman of the Department of Art at Maharishi University in Fairfield, IA - attributes his art-making practice to wakefulness, connectedness to the present, and spontaneity. His work has been shown at Drake University, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, MO, and Des Moines Art Center, and can be found in the collections of Detroit Institute of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and University of Iowa Museum of Art.

February 26 - April 4, 2014 | Catich Gallery
John Hitchcock: Bombs and Buffalos
artist lectures: Thursday, 3/6/14, 4-4:45pm, Galvin 141
reception: Thursday, 3/6/14, 5-7pm, Catich Gallery

Artist and Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Hitchcock, uses the print medium with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. His works on paper and multimedia installation consists of prints and moving image that mediate the trauma of war and the fragility of life. Images of U.S. military weaponry are combined with mythological hybrid creatures from the Wichita Mountains of western Oklahoma to explore notions of assimilation and control. Hitchcock's work has been exhibited at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York; The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; and Museu de Arte de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil, among many others.

March 3 - April 3, 2014  |  Morrissey Gallery
Emma Farber: (new painting series)
Reception: Thursday, 3/20/14, 5-7pm, Morrissey Gallery, lobby of Galvin Fine Arts Center

(more information coming soon!!!)

April 9 - April 25, 2014 | Catich Gallery
St. Ambrose University Art Department Faculty Exhibition
reception: Thursday, 4/10/14, 5-7pm, Catich Gallery

This exhibition will feature the work of St. Ambrose Art Department's full-time faculty members Kathryn Anderson, Renee Meyer Ernst, Clea Felien, Joseph Lappie, and Kristin Quinn.

March 3 - April 3, 2014  |  Morrissey Gallery
St. Ambrose University Art Department Adjuncts and Staff
Reception: Thursday, 4/10/14, 5-7pm, Morrissey Gallery, lobby of Galvin Fine Arts Center

This exhibition will feature the work of St. Ambrose Art Department's Adjunct and Staff members, in conjunction with the Faculty Exhibition in Catich Gallery.

April 30 - May 14, 2014  |  Catich Gallery
Senior Honors Exhibition
reception: Thursday, 05/08/14, 5-7pm, Catich Gallery
Featuring the work of SAU students graduating with degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Book Arts.

June 13 - September 5, 2014 | Catich Gallery
10th Annual Catich Exhibition: Home
reception: Thursday, 06/19/14, 5-7pm, Catich Gallery

There was an obvious interest Fr. Catich had in houses as subject matter that went beyond them being pedagogical instruments. The quietude and bittersweet air in his many watercolors of stand-alone structures suggests a deeper relationship. Was the home a symbol of warmth, contentment, security, or family for a man who had been orphaned at age 12? The works featured in this exhibition will perhaps open the door to the connections between Father Catich's upbringing and home life and his work.