Anderson Gallery, Drake University

Anderson Gallery, Drake University The Anderson Gallery is located in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, on the corner of 25th and Carpenter Avenue. Come see us! We are FREE and OPEN to the public.
The Anderson Gallery is located on the first floor of the Harmon Fine Arts Center, on the northwest corner of 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue. To reach the gallery, use the south entrance of the Harmon Fine Arts Building, accessible from both 25th Street, as well as along Carpenter Avenue.
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The Anderson Gallery is FREE and open to the public. HOURS Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 12-4pm Thursdays 12-8pm Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm We are closed during university-observed holidays. We are also open by appointment.

Mission: The Anderson Gallery, a non-profit exhibition space on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, was founded in 1996 to exhibit and support innovation in art and design. Part laboratory, part showcase, the Gallery’s main goal is to promote the growth and understanding of art through exhibitions, programs, and publications.

Drake Students, you are invited to submit artwork for our upcoming Juried Student Exhibition. You can’t win cash prizes ...
01/29/2020

Drake Students, you are invited to submit artwork for our upcoming Juried Student Exhibition. You can’t win cash prizes if you don’t enter! Come by the gallery at noon this Friday to learn how to register your works and professionally present them!

#49thannual juriedstudentexhibtion
#drakeuniversity
#showyourart
#callforart
#drake_art_design

01/28/2020
Lenore Metrick Chen

Check out the latest interview with curator Lenore Metrick-Chen where she shares details about our current exhibition, Visual Disobedience. Watch and then come see the artworks in person!

https://youtu.be/j5XnTtkC-Qg

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Today is Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol and I am talking about why the arts matter in Iowa. Arts and Culture have a mu...
01/22/2020

Today is Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol and I am talking about why the arts matter in Iowa. Arts and Culture have a multi-billion dollar impact in the state, and it is critical to support arts education and a creative economy. The arts must be accessible to all!

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01/17/2020

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When you are out and about, do you feel the need to carry something to protect yourself? If so, what does that say about...
01/16/2020

When you are out and about, do you feel the need to carry something to protect yourself? If so, what does that say about our society?

Taylor Yocom’s “Guarded,” a digital black and white photography series, documents how college students protect themselves, and it is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Taylor Yocom was born in Des Moines and now lives and works in St. Louis. Her photography and video-based practice explores “female niceness.” Most notably, her photography series, “Guarded,” has been covered in dozens of media outlets such as Huffpost and Buzzfeed.

Through portraits of women and female identified people on college campuses and community centers around the country holding what they use to protect themselves with from sexual assault on walks home at night, “Guarded” offers a glimpse into this reality. “Guarded” is a statement on strength and vulnerability, giving a face to the articles and statistics.

Taylor has 14 photographs on display at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Saturday, weather permitting. The exhibit is also available for viewing by special appointment by contacting [email protected]

#tayloryocom
#guarded
#visualdisobedience

Today, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr.’s  birthday. Artist David Dunlap has been honoring King’s words and works f...
01/15/2020

Today, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Artist David Dunlap has been honoring King’s words and works for decades. Stop by the Anderson Gallery and view this piece which is on exhibit in “Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose and Actualize!”

More of David’s works of MLK are included in our installation. How many references can you find?

#MLK
#MLKbirthday
#ihaveadream
#daviddunlapartist
#andersongallery
#drakeuniversity

Good Kid Rob, Prints, AKA Rob Stephens, is an artist from the New Orleans area who recently relocated from Des Moines, I...
01/15/2020

Good Kid Rob, Prints, AKA Rob Stephens, is an artist from the New Orleans area who recently relocated from Des Moines, Iowa. He is a 2016 recipient of the Iowa Arts Council Artist Fellowship, and he is also a musician, performance artist, and podcaster. Rob creates semi-autobiographical comics, paintings and prints.

His comics or zines appear to be handwritten notes secretly passed under a watchful eye. The comics are all set when he was a scared gay kid who wanted more than anything to be invisible.

Buy one or all his zines at www.goodkidrob.com and read them all at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus now through February 14, 2020. Visit us Tuesdays-Saturdays from noon-4pm during January.

His work is part of the exhibition, “Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize,” and it’s also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#robstephens
#goodkidrob
#scaredgaykid
#gayandinvisible
#zines
#confessions
#visualdisobedience

Mitchell Squire’s untitled color photographs are “momentary reflections careening around the colonial imagination’s need...
01/14/2020

Mitchell Squire’s untitled color photographs are “momentary reflections careening around the colonial imagination’s need—still—to construct Black bodies as laborers.” He appreciates these images of Ames resident Nikkia Rose Koelling, made in his backyard, because “they show a Black woman negotiating on her own terms time-space configurations with non-human life, imagining and inhabiting a place outside of conventional and, to large degree limiting, humanist configurations of her. She resists assignment of the responsibility to always correct, nurture, and save us.”

Mitchell, Ames resident and professor of architecture at ISU, has three large color photographs on display at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus as part of the exhibition, “Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actsullze! Visit us in January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#mitchellsquire
#blackbodies
#fungiblefluxofblackness
#intimacy
#rethinkinghabitablezonesoflife
#visualdisobedience

“untitled MENDIETA,” a mixed media work by M. Ryan Noble, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Ar...
01/09/2020

“untitled MENDIETA,” a mixed media work by M. Ryan Noble, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

M. Ryan Noble is an interdisciplinary artist and licensed art therapist. His recent projects are steeped in historical inquiry, institutional critique, and the politics of representation and the quest for social justice.

“untitled MENDIETA” is performed in respect to Ana Mendieta—a graduate of the University of Iowa. Mendieta worked vigorously within and beyond the white-walled institutions of art and higher education to investigate gender, sexual violence, and cultural assertions. Her projects led, in part, to the broader accessibility of new genres in art (specifically photography, performance art, installation art, and earth art.) Mendieta’s untimely death is directly linked to her partnership with the artist, Carl Andre, and artists continue to demand further investigations .

This project is one step in following Mendieta’s example of cultural inquiry, while also seeking justice: placing white, male identity under a critical lens.

Ryan’s interactive work is on display at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#mryannoble
#untitledMendieta
#friendsofanamendieta
#socialjustice
#politicsofrepresentation
#whitemaleidentity
#interactiveart
#visualdisobedience

See you in 2020! Have a good winter break!
12/20/2019

See you in 2020! Have a good winter break!

“Full Serving,” a mixed media work by Emily Newman, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists ...
12/20/2019

“Full Serving,” a mixed media work by Emily Newman, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Emily Newman is an Assistant Professor of Art at Drake University and utilizes a variety of subject matter, materials, and processes to make objects that explore life in the 21st century as a woman, mom, wife, and artist. By using plastic packaging to display original creations made from exotic materials, she finds uplifts the ordinary and prompts the viewer reexamine the consequences of their daily consumption. She also takes generic cereal boxes and cuts and transforms them into intricate designs that raise questions about the value of mass-produced objects and handmade ones.

Emily has seven works on display at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#emilynewman
#cutpaper
#repurposedpackaging
#consumerism
#findingvalueintheeveryday
#wearewhatwebuy
#visualdisobedience
#drakeuniversity
#drake_art_design

“Slow Amble,” a sculpture by Edward V. Kelley, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Disse...
12/19/2019

“Slow Amble,” a sculpture by Edward V. Kelley, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Featured Artist: Edward Kelley

Edward V. Kelley teaches at Drake and experiments with 3-D printing to explore political and social issues. He uses recognizable imagery and logos to challenge the expanding influence of corporate interests on government policy. He also calls into question the direction of our current republic and blind patriotism and its consequences.

Edward has three works on display at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Bring some quarters to interact with one of his pieces. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#edwardvkelley

#slowamble

#rideordie

#heretodaygonetomorrow

#corporategreed

#blindpatriotism

#visualdisobedience

#drakeuniversity

“Catalyst,” a video by Serena Illuminati, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, P...
12/18/2019

“Catalyst,” a video by Serena Illuminati, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Serena reframes the student debt crisis to show impacts of debt on daily life and how some futures are burdened with inescapable debt. In her video, she explores romance through shared activism and illustrates how profit has no place in education.

Serena’s video runs daily at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#serenailluminati
#catalyst
#catalystvideo
#studentdebt
#erasestudentdebt
#freehighereducation
#visualdisobedience

“Handle” by Donté K. Hayes is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actuali...
12/17/2019

“Handle” by Donté K. Hayes is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Hayes is a 2019 Ceramics Monthly Magazine Emerging Artist and a third-year MFA candidate at the University of Iowa Dimensional Studies program in Ceramics in Iowa City. He’s represented by the Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami and has works in shows, biennials and fairs in the U.S. and abroad.

Donté’s work focuses on the history of the pineapple to address issues of food access, colonization, slavery and belonging.

Donté has three stunning ceramic pieces and three intaglio prints on display at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#dontekhayes

#ceramics

#intaglioprintmaking

#hospitality

#belonging

#visualdisobedience

#colonization

#pineapple

Dark Matter themed digital drawings by John Fender, are now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists...
12/13/2019

Dark Matter themed digital drawings by John Fender, are now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

John Fender is the chair of the Department of Art and Design at Drake University and a graphic designer. His “Dark Matter” drawings are his way of visualizing the material which binds humanity together from the distant past into the future while somehow leaving us unaware of its influence. Dark Matter’s existence is accepted by most experts, and yet it remains undetectable. John explores the apparent randomness, uncertainty and complexity of the forces that have driven human interaction.

John has three pieces on view at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#johnfenderdesigns
#graphicdesign
#metaphorforourtime
#darkmatter
#visualdisobedience
#drakeartanddesign

“Hypocrisy/Democracy,” an installation by Mira Engler, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artis...
12/12/2019

“Hypocrisy/Democracy,” an installation by Mira Engler, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Featured Artist: Mira Engler

Mira Engler teaches at ISU and lives in Ames, Iowa. Her expertise in landscape architecture allows her to question the relationship between systems of landscape representation, mass media, and consumer culture and reconsider the socio-political-ecological system of urban public space and infrastructure. She is interested in exposing urban policies that cater to corporate capital and a privileged class to advocate for social diversity and equitable access to resources which are vital columns of democracy.

Mira’s installation is on view at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#miraengler
#hypocrisydemocracy
#gentrification
#porkbarrelpolitics
#socialdiversity

Activist artist from Iowa City, David Dunlap, creates installations and performances that draw from the notebooks he has...
12/11/2019

Activist artist from Iowa City, David Dunlap, creates installations and performances that draw from the notebooks he has kept since the mid-’70s—giving public form to his intimate thoughts and diaries.

His installation, “A Drawing Like a Calendar Like a Prayer,” documents decades of everyday events that have become pivotal moments in history: the deaths of Philando Castile, Ana Mendietta, MLK.

David’s newest installation is now on view at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus as part of the Visual Disobedience exhibition. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#daviddunlapartist

#visualdisobedience

#martinlutherkingjr

#philandocastile

#installationart

#FOAM

#friendsofanamendieta

“Right as Rain,” a lithograph and monotype with latex paint by Tom Christison, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual ...
12/10/2019

“Right as Rain,” a lithograph and monotype with latex paint by Tom Christison, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Featured Artist: Tom Christison

Tom Christison is a printmaker living in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a master of lithography and monotype processes which he uses to create detailed fantastical prints about life cycles, passages of time, regeneration, and the food chain. These collages focus on his concerns regarding consumption and waste, our genetically altered food chain, and our cognitive and benign choices within it.

Five images by Tom are now on view at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#tomchristison

#visualdisobedience

#consumption

#foodchain

“Fiji Mermaid” by Phllip Chen, a 2018 Guggenheim recipient, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa ...
12/06/2019

“Fiji Mermaid” by Phllip Chen, a 2018 Guggenheim recipient, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Featured artist: @phillipchenart

Born in Chicago, Phillip Chen is descended from generations of sojourners and immigrants who labored under the force of anti-Chinese and Chinese Exclusion Act in the United States. In his ongoing series of relief printed etchings, Phillip Chen activates the dismantling of categories by utilizing a range of visual languages to redress cultural-historical events through personal and global perspectives.

Three prints and a triptych from this series are now on view at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. The exhibition is curated by cultural historian, Lenore Metrick-Chen. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#phillipchen
#etchings
#chineseamerican
#colonization
#immigration
#visualdisobedience
#drakeuniversity

“Combat Paper,” a video by Zen Cohen featuring the process and work of Drew Cameron, is now on view in the exhibition, V...
12/05/2019

“Combat Paper,” a video by Zen Cohen featuring the process and work of Drew Cameron, is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Featured Artists: Combat Paper and Zen Cohen Studio

COMBAT PAPER transforms military uniforms into handmade paper. They believe in this simple yet enduring premise that the plant fiber in rags can be transformed into paper. A uniform worn through military service carries with it stories and experiences that are deeply imbued in the woven threads. Creating paper and artwork from these fibers carries these same qualities. We have found that all of us are connected to the military in a myriad of ways. When these connections are discovered and shared it can open a deeper understanding between people and expand our collective beliefs about military service and war.

The video and samples of uniforms and paper are now on view at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#combatpaper
#zen_cohen
#visualdisobedience
#militaryuniforms
#transformations
#handmadepaper
#drakeuniversity

“As I Sat” by Paul Brenin is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualiz...
12/04/2019

“As I Sat” by Paul Brenin is now on view in the exhibition, Visual Disobedience: Iowa Artists Dissent, Propose, Actualize!

Featured Artist: Paul Brenin is a recent art graduate from Drake University. His work explores queer identity and its complex relationship with Christianity through the use of tarot card symbols. Though often associated as anti-Christian, tarot iconography illustrates the journey of one’s life to the understanding of their place in the world using stories borrowed from Christian parables. It is through this misunderstood meaning that he finds tension worth exploring as it relates to queer identity in the Christian world.

Three images by Paul are now on view at the Anderson Gallery on Drake University’s campus. Visit us in December and January from Noon-4pm, Tuesday – Friday. Also available for viewing by special appointment. Please contact [email protected]

#paulbrenin
#breninpress
#visualdisobedience
#queeridentity

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The Anderson Gallery is an art gallery located on the Drake University campus. HOURS: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 12-4pm Thursdays 12-8pm Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm We are closed during university-observed holidays and between exhibitions. Please check our event calendar for exhibition dates. We are also open by appointment. Events are free and open to the public.

*Please note that special hours will apply during December and January. We will close at 6pm on Thursdays and we will be closed on Sundays. We will be closed during the University-wide closure from Dec. 21st to January 2nd. Please contact us at [email protected] to confirm hours if you plan to visit during the first week of January.

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