From Cornfields to Cliffs and In Between: Daily Palette Artists Reimagine Iowa's Landscape
Since its launch in 2004, the Daily Palette at the University of Iowa has featured the work of over 3000 Iowa-connected artists, publishing their work online and encouraging a greater appreciation of the arts statewide.
SANDRA LOUISE DYAS
Sandy Dyas is an Iowa City based artist. She earned her BFA and MFA degrees in Intermedia from the University of Iowa. She is a Lecturer in Art at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, where she teaches photography, video, and performance art, and she is working on several ongoing projects, including the collaborative video web series Homegrown Stories and Lost in the Midwest, a photo and video project about place and identity in the Midwest. Photography is her main medium and Iowa is her main subject. Sandy exhibits her photography in group and solo shows throughout the country, as well as in online photo projects, and her work has been published in The Iowa Review, Vogue, the New York Times, and Newsweek, among other publications. Her work has appeared in books published by Random House, the University of Iowa Press, and other major publishing houses, as well as self-published books, including Lost in the Midwest (in progress). In 2012 Sandy spent a year-long residency at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City photographing their inner workings and events. That same year she started a successful Kickstarter project to fund a solo exhibition and a two-day photography workshop for students at Drake University in Des Moines. Her work is included in many collections, such as the Englert Theatre, the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the Iowa City Public Library. Sandy's work was first published on the Daily Palette in 2004.
About Jesus, Crafted for Your Craving, Highway 218, near Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Sandy writes, "Driving back to Iowa City from Mt. Pleasant on 218, 'JESUS' in gigantic letters on a green billboard caught my eye. A McDonald's ad below? For real? I made a quick exit, parked safely and walked against the wind toward the signage, semi-trucks flying past me. For real."
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