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New exhibition to open at Anderson Gallery

August 15, 2012

“My Eyes are Not Shut,” an exhibit featuring artwork by Sandra Louise Dyas, opens in the Anderson Gallery Sept. 7. The exhibit will showcase Dyas’ photographs and videos capturing Midwestern themes and memories.

The exhibition includes more than 50 photographs by the Iowa native. It includes images from Dyas’ ongoing projects, including Lost in the Midwest, a series of portraits, and Heaven and Earth, an installation inspired by Iowa landscapes. Her work that represented Iowa in “The 50 States Project,” an online photography exhibition, will also be featured.

Related Exhibits & Events

Opening Reception
Friday, Sept. 7, 5–7 p.m., Anderson Gallery
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Dyas will guide an informal gallery walk at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22 - Friday, Oct. 12
Student work created during a workshop with Dyas will be on display in the Weeks Gallery on the second floor of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. The exhibition space is accessible from the south entrance of the Arts Center during regular building hours.

Film screening of What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6–7:30 p.m., room 336, Harmon Fine Arts Center
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Anderson Gallery will continue with their annual film series by presenting What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann, directed by Steven Cantor.

“Sandy moves her images away from seeming sentimental or overly-romantic,” says Heather Skeens, director of the Anderson Gallery. “‘My Eyes are Not Shut’ highlights many of Dyas’ portraits, as well as her more formal works that celebrate relationships of color and shape found in ordinary places.”

Dyas’ work has been featured in numerous publications and art galleries, including Vogue, The New York Times, and The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Most recently, Dyas’ work was featured in The Iowa Review and on both the front and back covers of the quarterly publication.

The Anderson Gallery is dedicated to exploring contemporary art and design. It hosts curated exhibitions of historically significant work, as well as annual showcases of student work.

“My Eyes are Not Shut” will be on display until Oct. 12, 2012. For more information about the exhibit contact Heather Skeens, the Anderson Gallery director, at 515-271-1994.

The Anderson Gallery, located in the Harmon Fine Arts Center at Drake University, is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12–4 p.m. with extended hours Thursday from 12–8 p.m.