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 It's not easy, becoming an artist.

Consider what you'd need to get started: a tent, walls, and shelves. A year's worth of application and booth fees. A deep inventory of salable work. The supplies and time to create that work. Health insurance, weather insurance, food, and rent. All this, in addition to talent. We're fortunate anyone makes art. New artists need a break, which is why we've introduced our Emerging Artists program.

Through the Emerging Artists program, student artists sell their work alongside the festival's slate of professional exhibitors. For 2017, 11 students from five Iowa colleges, high schools, and programs – all recommended by art faculty – applied to take part in the experience. Five were selected:

Kristin Anderson
2D Mixed Media
Luther College

Artist statement:

These works are informed by life in a world saturated with images, and my work as a builder of newspaper ads, fluent in the language of sales and visual appeal. Mining the pages of women’s magazines, I reflect on the consumption of images through collage. Making permanent what is intended for decay, cheap paper and the remnants of signs, I build new and bizarre spaces in which to view our mass media landscape.


Tabatha Jones
Ceramics
The Ceramics Center

Artist statement:

The objects that we surround ourselves with dictate the atmosphere and experiences that we have. I am fascinated by the subtleties that are intended to enhance everyday life. The word collage comes to mind, both in pattern and form. This thereby creates objects that require particular care and attention for their use. If one has to handle an object in a particular way for it to function properly or to explore its intricacies, then they are more likely to interact with it and take a closer look than they might have otherwise.

This ritualistic interaction also echoes the relationships that exist among people. We will lovingly hold a favorite cup with a handle very differently than one without. Likewise, the way we interact with one individual is very different than how we interact with another, and a collection of pieces is viewed differently than a single piece by itself. I am interested in the relationships and interactions that are occurring within these little environments which are comprised of a combination of people and objects.


Aaron Moseley
Ceramics
The Ceramics Center

Artist statement:

My work is largely functional soda and woodfire pottery. Experimenting with the contrast from glazed and unglazed areas, to the textures the kiln creates. Function is the base of most of my work, and drives the innovation. A native of Cedar Rapids, my roots began in the local art community. After graduating from Cedar Rapids’ Prairie, I spent a few years at Kirkwood Community College, honing in on ceramics, and was also introduced to glass blowing. I began my residency at The Ceramics Center in January of 2016.


Spencer Dede
Photography
Marion High School

Artist statement:

Ever since childhood, I've always been fascinated by cameras and awesome pictures. I remember always taking my grandpas camera and taking pictures of everything I found interesting. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing and just pressed the button. I was always playing around with the different settings and trying to get the style I wanted. A few years down the road, I saved up my money and bought a professional camera. I was 16 at the time. I had just gotten a vehicle which gave me access to much more area and to get out further than I've been and find new things.

I have always been a fan of countryside/ landscape and long exposure pictures. So I'd watch YouTube videos on how to do what I wanted to do and then went out to try it. I learned everything I know about cameras from YouTube and experience. Cameras have since taken me to places across the country. Cameras have also let me explore my new passion of film making. I want to continue with my passion for photography and film making throughout my adult life and make a career out of it.


Bethany Laranda Wood
Jewelry
University of Iowa

Artist statement:

Growing up in the plains of West Texas and traveling throughout the United States, I have come to know that we each experience a unique awareness of place. While experiencing and making work about place. During my time as an MFA student at the University of Iowa, I have come to believe that landscapes are not merely a backdrop for human existence or observance, but rather an entity in a complex relationship with those who interact with it. I also believe that the relationships can be expressed or explored through small, intimate objects, especially jewelry because it is worn close to the body, often as a form of expression and representation of the wearer to the world.

My metal and jewelry work manifests as a response to interactions with places, natural objects, and human-made materials, exploring the intersection of organic lines and refined forms. My process is deeply tied to the love of handmade and unique objects, resulting in one-of-a-kind jewelry that ranges from casual and everyday wear to bold statement pieces.






 


  2017 Emerging Artists Gallery

   
Kristin Anderson
2D Mixed Media
Luther College


   
Tabatha Jones
Ceramics
The Ceramics Center


   
Aaron Moseley
Ceramics
The Ceramics Center


   
Spencer Dede
Photography
Marion High School


   
Bethany Laranda Wood
Jewelry
University of Iowa


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