Climate for Change: Exploring the Potential of Everyday Material

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

In conjunction with the University of Iowa's theme semester Climate for Change, please join us for a special hands-on workshop at the Old Capitol Museum with Iowa artist Judy Bales on February 25th!

Iowa artist Judy Bales explores the potential of everyday, mundane materials to be transformed into structures with great beauty and artistic merit. Although her materials are man-made, the inspiration for her work comes from nature and the landscape, especially the Iowa countryside where she has lived for over 30 years. While Bales does not consciously create art that comments on the environment, her deep concern for the land becomes evident through her use of recycled, salvaged and re-purposed materials in her creations.

Bales will begin her presentation with a slide talk that shows examples of her work as well as other contemporary artists who explore materials and their relationship to the environment and sustainability. She will show awe inspiring images of artworks from world renowned artists such as Tara Donavan, Nick Cave and El Anatsui and discuss the creative process that gives birth to these remarkable art works.

Following this motivational introduction, the workshop will be hands-on, and participants will have the opportunity to create an object from ordinary materials, with Bales giving direction in this exciting creative process. Suggested objects include vessel forms, body ornaments such as headdresses, neck-pieces and other jewelry, or creative engineering using the provided materials.

The workshop will close with an informal presentation of the works to allow instructor and fellow students to appreciate and discuss experiences.

The workshop is free to attend and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, or to reserve a spot, please call the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0546.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Old Capitol Museum in advance at 319-335-0546.

Old Capitol Museum
21 North Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240