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Artwork by Emily Newman featured at Farnham Galleries

Unique exhibition features artwork using only found and recycled packaging


Simpson College is showcasing the eye-catching artwork of Des Moines-based artist Emily Newman at the Farnham Galleries to begin the new year. The exhibition is set to appear from Jan. 11-Feb. 17, 2021. 

An assistant professor of art at Drake University, Newman’s artwork is made using only found and recycled packaging. This approach serves as an observed commentary on both climate change and the domestic habits of consumption.

Collage of artwork by Emily Newman“From pre-packaged toddler snacks to battery blister packs, I find value in the non-momentous aspects of life," Newman said. "I contrast this value, usually personal or considered simply waste, with formats that allude to objects of monetary value – retail sales displays and things contained in product packaging."

Newman’s recent exhibitions include works shown at the Site:Brooklyn Gallery in New York and a solo exhibition at the Blanden Museum of Art in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. In 2020, she curated a contemporary textiles and fibers exhibition at Drake University’s Anderson Gallery, funded by a project grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located on the third floor of Mary Berry Hall, the Farnham Galleries are free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Special accommodation requests can be sent to Justin Nostrala, professor of graphic design, at justin.nostrala@simpson.edu. Due to COVID-19, Simpson College is requiring that all campus visitors wear a mask. 

For more information, visit the Farnham Galleries website at simpson.edu/farnham-galleries.

About Farnham Galleries
For nearly two decades, the Farnham Galleries has served an important means of enrichment for art students and provides vibrant cultural offerings for Simpson College and beyond to the surrounding community. Each year, the Gallery is host to student exhibits and nationally and internationally known visiting artists. Every spring, the Farnham Galleries serves as the venue for the exhibition of Studio Art and Graphic Design students’ senior work.

About Simpson College
Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the college has 1,268 undergraduate and graduate students. Simpson offers 74 majors, minors and programs in addition to three graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, Simpson is a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student involvement.
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