Arts

dancers on stage juxtaposed with building exterior

Hancher performance blends dance and architecture with unique connection to the UI

Jessica Lang Dance brings critically acclaimed ‘Tesseracts of Time’ to Iowa City
Choreographer Jessica Lang and architect Steven Holl, who designed both the UI’s Art Building West and Visual Arts Building, have teamed up to produce the dance “Tesseracts of Time,” which Jessica Lang Dance will perform at Hancher on March 23.

Old Gold: 1962 campus concert featured both Al Jarreau and Simon Estes

UI archivist recalls early performance by acclaimed singers
Many people know that Al Jarreau and Simon Estes are alumni of the University of Iowa, but can you imagine the two luminaries being on the same concert bill? UI archivist David McCartney looks back at the evening they performed on campus.
student artwork in hancher auditorium

Longtime Hancher tradition returns as Youth Art Show puts community’s creativity on display

For the first time since 2008, artwork by Iowa City Community School District students will be showcased on grand stage
Hancher Auditorium will shortly become a visual arts gallery filled with works by the youth of Iowa City, Coralville, Hills, and North Liberty. The Hancher Guild Youth Art Show, held annually until floodwaters destroyed the original Hancher Auditorium in 2008, returns to the University of Iowa campus on March 6.

UI graphic design students set to showcase their talents at Adobe Creative Jam

Students from UI and other Iowa schools will compete, collaborate, and share ideas at unique event
The University of Iowa graphic design program is about to take center stage as computer software giant Adobe descends on campus with its unique Creative Jam series. During the high-profile design event, UI students will have an opportunity to compete, collaborate, and showcase their talents for peers and local professionals.
dancers in company dress rehearsal

Dancers in Company helps UI students gain professional experience, engage with communities

33-year-old program brings dance performances to audiences across Iowa while students learn how to be part of a touring company
For 33 years, Dancers in Company has afforded University of Iowa dance students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be part of a professional touring company. In the process, the student-performers get to share their art with audiences in towns across the state through performances, workshops, and demonstrations.
man in front of organ

Historic marathon performance to inaugurate UI’s majestic Klais organ

Celebrated organist Kevin Bowyer will perform Sorabji’s Second Organ Symphony Feb. 10
Celebrated organist Kevin Bowyer will perform Sorabji’s monumental Second Organ Symphony for the inauguration of the University of Iowa’s new Klais organ beginning at noon on Feb 10. The performance will last about eight-and-a-half hours—but you can catch the finale if you arrive at 8 p.m.
recital of a play

Building a post-apocalyptic world from scratch

UI graduate students in theatre arts challenged by unique design work
What do you do when there's nothing to watch on TV? Or no TV to watch? The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will stage Anne Washburn's critically acclaimed ‘Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,’ in which survivors of a global disaster reenact ‘Simpsons’ episodes, starting on Friday, Feb. 8.
UI Breakers

Dance group builds confidence, character

UI students, community members participate in the art of breakdancing
UI Breakers, a University of Iowa student organization dedicated to breakdancing and hip-hop culture, creates camaraderie among its members—even as they “battle” against one another—and boosts their confidence in the process.

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