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Week of 10/26

Detail of “River” by Jen Bervin (source)

one inch to one mile

Iowa Artists 2018: Jen BervinRiver maps the Mississippi from the headwaters in Lake Itasca, Minnesota to its delta south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the course of 12 years, the artist sewed the 230 curvilinear feet long sculpture by hand, including each of the thousands of reflective, silver sequins that densely cover the surface. She calculates that it took the same amount of time to sew each section of the river that it would take to walk the real one—the scale of the “map” is one inch to one mile. River is presented on the ceiling of the I. M. Pei building from a geocentric perspective, that is, as if viewers were inside the earth’s interior looking up at the river bed.

Jen Bervin was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa and currently resides in Connecticut. Her poetic, multidisciplinary, conceptually-driven work results from intensive research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from material scientists to literary scholars.

Iowa Artists 2018: Jen Bervin is organized by Director of Curatorial Affairs / Senior Curator Alison Ferris. 



6 PM Open Wall Open Stage

6 PM Studies in Creativity & Catherine Reinhart’s polYESter Iowa State University Memorial Union

7 PM Iowa Artist Lecture + Public Reception: Jen Bervin Des Moines Art Center

7 PM Poetry UnPlugged Ritual Cafe



2 PM Comic Lecture and Workshop by Mantas Mazimbe Lamoni

7 PM Vertigo: Heidi Wiren Bartlett Waterloo Center for the Arts

7:30 PM Ballet Des Moines Presents Contemporary Works Hoyt Sherman


11 AM RR3 Drawing Atmospheres 26107 530th Ave, Ames

NOON Collage the Corridor 6th and Washington, Des Moines

7:30 PM Ballet Des Moines Presents Contemporary Works Hoyt Sherman



3 PM Holly Hansen - Restoring Persephone Zanzibars

6 PM Mallory Joan Art Show The Continental


*new and last chance*

* Call for Zine Makers- Zine Takeover Deadline Oct 18 *

*Ballet Des Moines Artist In Residence Deadline Oct 19*

Finding Inspiration-CFE Deadline November 11th

*Art Beacon Digital Residency Deadline November 30th*

*Sioux City Art Center Selects Deadline November 30th*

Octagonal: The All Media ExhibitDeadline November 30th


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