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Week of September 16


Sporting a plumage of black wings contrasting with bright yellow body, it’s hard to miss the state bird of Iowa.  The American Goldfinch is one of the last of Iowa’s birds to build its nest in the summer, waiting for thistle plants to produce seeds which are the primary food of this stunning bird. (Source


“Iowa Bird of Mouth (IBOM)” is an online crowd-sourced poetry project honoring Iowa birds. IBOM seeks the words and stories of bird lovers, bird watchers, writers, artists, musicians, teachers, students, scientists, non-profits, federal and state organizations, environmental stewards, and nature lovers from around the world. 

This project comes at a time when thirty-seven percent of North American bird species are of high conservation concern and at risk of extinction without significant conservation action. IBOM creator, poet and 2017 Iowa Artist Fellow Jennifer L. Knox says the goal of IBOM is to increase our sense of collective connection to the environment. 

“Many Iowans have terrific personal stories about their encounters with birds. Birds occupy a unique space in our collective consciousness—they live in all our communities, grabbing our eyes and ears. By sharing our words, we can celebrate ways in which our stories and communities divide and converge, like a flock in flight.” 

 - Jennifer Knox (Source)

Every month, the spotlight bird will change. Submissions accepted here. 


T H U R S D A Y :

5 PM -  Friends of the Gallery Reception and Belles Choses Preview Polk County Heritage Gallery


F R I D A Y :

5 PM - Members’ Preview: Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens Des Moines Art Center

6:30 PM - Iowa Bird of Mouth Launch Party! Ames


S A T U R D A Y :

10 AM - The South Des Moines Sculpture Park Art Festival Southwest 9th and McKinley

5 PM - Thursday’s Child - works by Stephanie Brunia Iowa City


O P P O R T U N I T I E S ***new***

***MU 2016: Call for Art! DEADLINE September 19***

***Call for Volunteers for Luminaries DEADLINE September 19***

Market Day Black Friday Applications DEADLINE September 23

Center for Afrofuturist Studies 2017 Residencies DEADLINE September 30

***Iowa Arts Council Project Grant DEADLINE November 1***


***Bemis: Art, Empathy, and Ethos : Thematic Residency DEADLINE December 1***

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Brunia’s “Gesture 6062, 2014″ 30" x 40" edition of 12 (source)

The work of 2017 Iowa Artist Fellow, Stephanie Brunia will have an opening reception for her exhibition “Thursday’s Child” this weekend at the Prairie Lights Cafe in Iowa City. 

Rachel Buse