The Second Day

The Graduate Archive

For the past seventy-five years the School of Art and Art History has collected thousands of artworks by artists attending the School's graduate studio programs. Each graduate student was required to leave behind a work they completed during their graduate studies here at the University of Iowa. The collection contains over 6,000 paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and other art objects. The collection is unique in the country and provides a critical glimpse of academic American art over much of the last century.

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The Second Day, Latex and florescent spray paint on canvas, 2012

Stephen W. Evans is a native Philadelphian, which is where he received his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of the Arts, and is a recent MFA graduate in painting and drawing from from the University of Iowa. He currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife, Lauren, and their two-year-old daughter, Agnes. Stephen also teaches painting and drawing at Kirkwood Community College and runs his own house painting company year round.

Stephen W. Evans' current work deals with joining and separation: one's proximity to being on the threshold between two realities and on the crux of realization.  The underlying thesis is an ontological one, not only of art as a whole, but of life and being.  The propositional root for the work is the philosophical question, "why is there something rather than nothing," lending inquisition into the very act of making, as well as what we might learn about our cosmos and ourselves.

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