In Iowa's Landscape

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.

In Iowa's Landscape, watercolor, ink, acrylic, graphite on claybord, 36" x 24", 2016

Halle Siepman earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in California in 2012.  She has received numerous awards for her work, including an Iowa Arts Council Grant and grants from the University of Iowa to pursue research in Athens, Greece.  Halle's work was recently exhibited in solo shows at Maquoketa Art Experience in Maquoketa, Iowa, the Kirkwood Art Gallery and the Legion Arts CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids, and the Levitt Gallery, the Kendall Gallery, and the University of Iowa Medical Center in Iowa City, as well as group shows in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.  Halle's art reveals her ability to work in a variety of media and her fascination with architecture.  Raised in Los Angeles, she now draws her inspiration from her travels abroad and her life in Iowa.  Halle's work was first published on the Daily Palette in 2015.

My 'architectural imaginations' are filled with colorful objects and parallel lines that move errantly and weave in and around architectural shapes that evoke the passage of time in the form of expansive landscapes.  I combine graphite line drawings, acrylic, and watercolors to create fictive places that have an ethereal and ephemeral quality.  I moved to Iowa in 2012 from California and considered what my life would have been like had my Iowan parents remained in Iowa instead of moving to California to raise a family.  While looking at Iowa's landscape and its broad plains, I started thinking about the passage of time and the importance of family.  It has almost been four years since I arrived in Iowa to attend graduate school and now that I have earned my MFA, I have chosen to stay here as an artist since I am inspired by its landscape.  Also, Iowa reminds me of my parents and I want to hold on to memories of them for as long as possible.  We don't know what the future may hold but we can imagine while looking at sunrises and sunsets that wonderful events await us.  These paintings are therefore reflections of my dreams.  -- Halle Siepman

Halle Siepman's website

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