The works in Jen P. Harris’ Ghost Prairie were conceived in response to the Iowa landscape, by most measures the most radically altered place in North America. Imagery in the paintings reference the lost Iowa tallgrass prairie, which gave way to the current landscape of monoculture crops. The artist says she wanted to “evoke an expe... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Main Gallery

Tori Lawrence, director-choreographer of Tori Lawrence + Co., creates immersive site-specific dances, intermedia performances, and dances for the camera.

Man and Woman with Plants is a six-minute portrait of two people who might have lived in an abandoned farmhouse; a contemporary Grant Wood.

Tori is currently on fellowship ... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall • Digital Gallery

Sampler is a collection of new work by Minneapolis artist Katy Collier, riffing on the idea of a “sampler,” an artifact produced as a test or example of a skill. The series of collaged works explore the influence of pastoral themes within domestic design and traditional craft practices. In the last four years Collier has printed multilayered... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Club Room Gallery

In 2003, Iowa City artist John Engelbrecht began collecting his life in the form of candid photographs, a series he called Memory into Mythology. Through adherence to simple constraints (film, camera and composition rules) and a daily dedication to the process, the photo practice began to shape into a language of its own. Words and draw... read more

  • Thu Jun 2 - Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall • Commons Gallery

Matt the Electrician is Matt Sever, a former Austin, Texas, journeyman electrician turned singer-songwriter. “Distinguished by his warm, raspy voice and playful mix of wry-but sweet lyrics, buoyantly hummable melodies and a veritable toy box full of musical instruments--banjolele, Wurlitzer, frying pans, etc.” [Texas Music Magazine], Matt is... read more

Help celebrate the release of a limited edition book published on the occasion of artist Jen P. Harris’s exhibition, Ghost Prairie, currently on view at CSPS Hall. A slim volume designed by Haynes Riley, the catalog includes selected images of works and essays by Anya Ventura, Sarah Falkner and Jen P. Harris.

Ghost Prairie is a large, mo... read more

  • Sun Jul 3 2016
  • CSPS Hall • 2:00 - 4:00 pm (3:00 pm Talk and Q&A with the artist)

It’s true that Koa hails from Nashville, the country music capital of the world, but this seven-piece is more interested in groove than twang. Founded by childhood friends and songwriting partners Chase Bader and Conor Kelly, the group mashes soul, rock & roll and funk into an eclectic, danceable sound.

Since debuting in a Nashville ... read more

Not everyone can pull off the one-man-band thing, wrote The Boston Globe,  “but Matt Lorenz has it all down to an art […] the songs are what you remember."

And according to Performer Magazine: “If croons could kill, this one-man band would be a bounty hunter.  Armed with a unique, self-sufficient approach to raw... read more

Featuring the fiery accordion, fiddle wizardry and soulful vocals of its namesake leader, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys delivers great, pack-the-dance-floor renditions of Creole classics as well as their own dynamic brand of contemporary zydeco.

The son of esteemed accordionist Delton Broussard, young Jeffery began his musical... read more

Indie rock outfit Halfloves, previously known as The Olympics, begin a new chapter with their self-titled record produced by Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps).

“The band has crafted a masterpiece of dark moody pop…,” writes Little Village’s Michael Roeder. “A focus on melancholy keyboards and bass guitar gives the ... read more

Lee DeWyze is best known as winner of American Idol 2010. But most of the fans he made during Season Nine have no idea that this powerful and expressive singer is an uncommonly gifted songwriter and accomplished musician. DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums on his last releases, Frames, and now Oil and Water.... read more

Les Poules à Colin are five childhood friends who still live on the same street, sharing a history of music-making and family ties. Les Poules are a dynamic and creative group that turn heads wherever they go. Exposed to Québécois and other folk music from the moment they were hatched, these offspring of trad musicians were immersed in mus... read more

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. These guys explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical and world music, throwing in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

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Alison Krauss, who has won more Grammy awards than any female artist in history, says of Sierra Hull, “I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops.”

Hull came to the bluegrass world as a teen prodigy. Krauss called her to the Grand Ole Opry stage when Hull was 11-year... read more

Bonnie will be joined onstage by pianist and accordion master Don Stille.

It was 1968 when Bonnie Koloc, an Iowa girl of 22, burst onto the Chicago folk music scene and became a pivotal act at the Earl of Old Town, Chicago’s legendary folk music club. Along with Steve Goodman and John Prine, she formed what became known as the ... read more

Crystal Bowersox gained fame on the cultural juggernaut “American Idol,” finishing as runner-up in 2010. Since then, she’s recorded two albums, Farmer’s Daughter and the All That for This, produced by Steve Berlin, who has worked with Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow and John Lee Hooker.

Her rich amalgam of blues, country, ... read more

The Steel Wheels explore the territory between blues and bluegrass, from old-time sing-alongs to foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes.

Some things come to be in their own time, of their own accord. Such has been the case with The Steel Wheels. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of four young men who’d happened to cross paths at a formative... read more