2013/2014 Gallery Season

Rebecca Hackemann is a British/German conceptual artist who works in many media that are concerned with perception and space. Hackemann has exhibited in New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, London, England and Philadelphia, PA and was born, raised and educated in Germany, England and America 

Hackemann’s artistic practice challenges existing media categories, such as the flat photographic image on the wall or the static sculpture in public space. Her interest in philosophy and theory have always influenced the themes contained within her work, which are concerned with issues of perception, representation, and the intersection between language and image, public private, personal and political.

Her photographs were recently exhibited at Paul Roebeson Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ (catalogue available). Her recent “Urban Field Glass Project” - steel binoculars in New York were installed on sidewalks until August 2012 (a NYFA/LMCC/DOT project) and seek to critically intervene into urban space for longer time periods. In 2014 her work will be exhibited at The California Museum of Photography and Webster Leiden Gallery in the Netherlands. Ms Hackemann has presented widely as visiting artist, and most recently in February 2012 at the International College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles.

Further exhibitions: She has also exhibited at Hunter College Times Square Galleries (2010), FIT New York(2009), The Whitney Museum ISP, Gigantic Artspace New York, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta (2007) and at the 5th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Novosibirsk, Siberia (2007), with accompanying catalgues. Her work has been included in the AAF and photosf artfairs. The work is in the artist book collection of MOMA New York, Musée Français de la Photographie, France; the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany; the Museum für Fotografie, Germany and in private collections in New York and England. 

Hackemann holds an MFA from Stanford University, CA (1996) and received her BFA (Hons) from the University of Westminster, London, UK. (1994) In 2000/2001 she was a Whitney Museum of American Art ISP Program studio fellow in New York.

More information, including new conceptual drawings on photography, her miniature image/text books and recent public art projects can be seen at www.rebeccahackemann.com.

Monica Correia received a Bachelor of Architecture "Cum Laude" degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a MFA degree in 3D Design from the University of Iowa. Using digital technologies, she designs objects, furniture and interiors inspired in forms found in nature and in her cultural heritage. The design process begins in the computer or in the sketch book, where she keeps collections of images. Afterwards, digital, virtual or real models are built or printed in different scales and media. In addition, colors are used as a way to emphasize objects' provocative intention. She is particularly attracted to the challenge of transforming ideas into functional and aesthetically pleasing objects. Her design combines inspiration, technology and sustainable materials.

At the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History, Monica Correia is an Associate Professor, coordinates the 3D Design program and teaches beginning and advanced 3D Design courses including, Furniture Design, Product Design and Interior Design along with Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC), Computer Modeling, and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies to create beautiful meaningful objects and spaces.

Monica Correia's work has been presented at several art and design exhibitions including "100% Futures", the showcase of world emerging designers at the UK's contemporary leading event 100% Design, at Earls Court, London; "International Contemporary Furniture Fair" (ICFF), New York, NY; "BIO.23", Biennial of Design, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia; "Salão Design Casa Brasil", Bento Gonçalves, Brazil; "The Skin of Corian®", Milan, Italy; "Abiplast Design Award", São Paulo, Brazil; "Liceu de Design Award", Salvador, Brazil; Krasl Art Center ArtLab Saint Joseph, MI; Chico Art Center, California; Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Kansas; among others.

Before moving to the United States, Monica Correia taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Architecture, Brazil, and designed interiors for stores and shopping malls in Brazil and Portugal.

Taking a walk is an art–not unlike the flânerie of nineteenth century Paris.

The flâneur, as characterized by Charles Baudelaire, is a person who walks not in order to get somewhere, but for the experience of being a part of the life of the street. In nineteenth century Paris, flânerie became a lifestyle, allowing individuals to observe the phenomenon of the modern city, and to be observed as well.  The flaneur was both spectator and spectacle. The camera, that ultimate voyeuristic tool, played a big role.

The works in this exhibit wander through place and time by recording experience with words, drawings, photos– usually combined. No medium alone says enough. Together, they are a way of knowing places.

Thank you to Simpson College for making this show possible. Thank you to Sean Eike at Parker Signs for advice and help with fabrication. Thank you to Walter Benjamin- he explained to me the difference between flânerie and loitering.

Prior to moving to the Des Moines area Mary Jones worked as an illustrator and designer in Chicago, IL. She has illustrated four books for children. Her current practice focuses on printmaking and bookbinding. Her work is in several public collections, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Illinois State Museum, and the Prudential Insurance Company of America. Her work is represented by galleries in Chicago and Milwaukee. For the past 11 years, she has taught art and design at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Mary Jones

February, 2013

Dena Tollefson  was born in 1965 and is a native Iowa professional artist living and working in Cedar Rapids with her husband and two teenage sons.  Tollefson graduated from Iowa State University in 1988 and lived in Dallas Texas before returning to Iowa in 1991 where she developed her unique, highly textured oil painting style.

Tollefson is a Certified Chartpak/Grumbacher  Fine Art  Painting Workshop Instructor.

Two of Dena Tollefson's paintings are in the permanent collection of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

Corporate collections include: Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, St.Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, St. Luke's Hospice Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Farm Credit Services Omaha, Nebraska, and the Marion Art Council, Marion, Iowa.

Tollefson completed a set of 4 commissioned paintings for the CEO of Starcom MediaVest in downtown Chicago. Her work hangs publicly and in private collections throughout the US.  She has exhibited nationally in juried shows in Texas, New York, California and Georgia and has won awards at the national and local level, as addition to participating in 21 gallery group shows and exhibits.  She is a member of Allied Artists of America and the Oil Painters of America.

Her “Daubism” body of work is a unique process she developed, where “daubs” of individually mixed oil paint are applied with a palette knife. The largest daubs are applied with a serving spoon, allowing ridges of paint which catch the light and appear to dance as the viewer moves past the painting. People are drawn to the texture – many describe her work as low relief sculpture in oil paint.

Website http://www.denatollefson.com,  Blog http://www.denatollefsoncom/blog

Where to find DenaTollefson’s work:

Nuance Galleries Tampa, Florida and St Petersburg, Florida http://www.nuancegalleries.com/

Catiri's Art Oasis- Amana, Iowa http://www.catiriartoasis.com/artists.htm

Chait Galleries Downtown- Iowa City, Iowa http://www.thegalleriesdowntown.com

Quad City Arts – Rock Island, Illinois http://www.quadcityarts.com

Wiederspan Gallery- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mary Zeran is an assembler, whose undulating brushstrokes are a synthesis of movement, emotion and shape flowing from her family’s artistic traditions. 

An abstract extension of Norwegian Rosemaling and music, the simple rhythm of painting, cutting, and pasting, coalesces what she hears, feels, and remembers into brightly colored, gestural collage.

Ms Zeran has exhibited nationally at galleries in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles.  Her work has been reviewed in Artweek, The New Art Examiner, and The Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Permanent collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and The University of Iowa.

She resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Nicholas Wynia is a documentary photographer and filmmaker.  His documentary work has taken him throughout Latin America, Europe, and the American Midwest.  His work has been published and shown in the U.S. Italy, and Peru.  In 2009, he was invited to show work at the Mirafoto biannual photography festival in Lima, Peru. He is a Fulbright Scholar, NAVE recipient, and in 2013, received his MFA in photography from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Beginning in 2012, Wynia began working in film. His films have been screened at the Between Document and Fiction festival as well as The Wisconsin Film Festival.

He can be reached for commercial assignments or sales at

 (515) 291 2059          nicholas.wynia@gmail.com



Senior Exhibit: April 7-May 2

Reception: Friday, May 2 5-6 p.m.

Seniors Exhibiting:

Jake Barr

Zach Brown

Jared Dixon

Adrian Hawkins

Elisa Hutchinson



Leif Jeppson

Amanda Shaner

Emily Situmeang

Christine WIllcox

Linsey Williams