Jesus, Crafted for Your Craving, Highway 218, near Mount Pleasant, Iowa

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.

In honor of its twelfth year, the Daily Palette is organizing a gallery exhibition at the Old Capitol Museum on the University's campus to celebrate two of Iowa's most important yet often under-appreciated features: its landscape and its artistic talent. From Cornfields to Cliffs and In Between: Daily Palette Artists Reimagine Iowa's Landscape is a juried exhibition that spotlights seven artists working in a variety of media who interpret Iowa's landscape and invite us to think about the state in new ways.

From Cornfields to Cliffs and In Between: Daily Palette Artists Reimagine Iowa's Landscape is on view at the Old Capitol Museum from Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016. This exhibition is made possible through the support of the following departments and organizations at the University of Iowa: the Old Capitol Museum, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Graduate College, and the School of Art & Art History.


SANDRA LOUISE DYAS
Jesus, Crafted for Your Craving, Highway 218, near Mount Pleasant, Iowa, color photograph, 30" x 20", 2013

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."

Sandra Louise Dyas's website

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