CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Antarctica: Beyond Ice" from Monday, Jan. 9 through Wednesday, March 1. Artist Allyson Comstock will present a lecture about her work at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111, on the UNI campus.
"Antarctica: Beyond Ice" is an exhibition of drawings by Comstock. This presentation also features the exhibition “Responding to Antarctica,” which includes work by students from the UNI Department of Art. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writers Program.
In 2013, Comstock was the recipient of a National Science Foundation program grant and spent six weeks as an artist-in-residence at Palmer Station, Antarctica. Her drawings from the series "Antarctica: Micro, Macro and In-between" serve to raise questions about how we view and understand the larger natural world.
“The familiar broad landscape view and the scientist’s microscopic view are brought together by the artist’s view to create an understanding of the relational nature of the two – what happens at the smallest (microscopic) level in the Antarctic environment affects the big landscape view that is so well known and admired and vice versa. The ultimate goal is to create a deeper appreciation of the Antarctic environment," said Comstock.
In addition to Antarctica exhibits, the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition "Creative Resilience" will be on view in the Gallery. Co-curated by Elizabeth Sutton and gallery director Darrell Taylor, the exhibition features images of hope, of resilience and of survival. This exhibition will also be open March 20 through April 15, and April 24 through May 6.
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. The Gallery will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.