Arts

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods on location

Alumni filmmakers Scott Beck, Bryan Woods strike deal with Paramount Pictures

The duo came up with the idea for ‘A Quiet Place’ while students at the UI
UI alumni Scott Beck and Bryan Woods have been writing scripts and making films for years, even as students. They recently signed a deal with Paramount Pictures for what will be their biggest project yet.
wiping a dirty picture frame clean

Documentary about century-old films archived at UI Libraries to be screened in DC

A documentary about a collection of 100-year-old films preserved with the help of the University of Iowa will have its world premiere at the American Film Institute’s prestigious AFI DOCS film festival in Washington, D.C., in June. The films, literally saved from the trash heap, are archived in Special Collections.

‘The Iowa Review’ features veterans’ writing with Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award

Winner, runners up from 2016 published in Spring 2017 issue
“The Iowa Review,” one of the most respected literary magazines in the country, is bringing veterans’ work to a wider audience through the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest. The contest honors Jeff Sharlet, a Vietnam veteran, anti-war activist, and founder of “Vietnam GI.”
array of performers for hancher's 2017-18 season

Hancher’s 45th anniversary season features favorites, new faces

Free outdoor concert, gala event, and Embracing Complexity project among highlights
The second season in the University of Iowa’s new Hancher Auditorium also will be the organization’s 45th anniversary season. The celebratory lineup features an array of world-class performers who will contribute to the artistic conversation on the UI campus, in the community, and across the state.
pirates of penzance scene

UI Opera Theatre goes big in Hancher debut with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

Students get first taste of performing celebrated operetta on world-class stage
UI Opera Theatre and the UI Symphony Orchestra are bringing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” to the Hancher stage. “We really wanted something that everybody could come to,” says Bill Theisen, associate professor and director of opera. The operetta will be UI Opera Theatre’s inaugural Hancher performance.
student and instructor working in bike-building course

Two disciplines. Two wheels. One elite program.

Unique bike-building classes combining art and engineering set worldwide standard
The University of Iowa’s world-renowned bicycle frame–building courses bring together art and engineering students to answer the question “How do you build a bike?” Conceived by art professor Steve McGuire in 2010, Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle has become the model for how to build a university bike-building course.
gerhardt zimmerman portrait

Celebrated conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann reflects on time at UI, influential teacher he’ll honor

Dixon Memorial Concert to feature UI alumnus Zimmermann and pianist Garrick Ohlsson as guests
Acclaimed conductor and UI alumnus Gerhardt Zimmermann and pianist Garrick Ohlsson will join the UI Symphony Orchestra in a concert honoring the late James Dixon, the symphony’s former director and Zimmermann’s professor. “Iowa Now” recently sat down with Zimmermann to talk about his career and teacher.

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