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

New York City composer Mikel Rouse has been churning out these curious four-panel cartoons, one a day, for a little while now. Titled The Underemployed, this cartoon and exhibit are as enigmatic and fun as his music.

The son of Missouri state trooper, Rouse moved to New York City in 1979 and became associated with a Downtown New York movem... read more

  • Thu Apr 7 - Sun May 29 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery

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The Sea, The Sea is an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter and read more

Identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook hail from Sandpoint, Idaho by way of Portland, Oregon. Their beautiful twin harmonies drift over banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden Egg to creat a unique and eccentric ... read more

Winner of “American Idol’s” eighth season, Kris Allen has released his third full-length album Horizons, bringing a more boldly openhearted spirit to his soulful brand of pop- rock than ever before. With his past work including a 2009 self-titled debut featuring the platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying,” Allen’s ... read more

An artist opening reception is planned for Thu Jun 2 from 5 to 7 pm

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 t... read more

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

Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for the mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories of Caravan of Thieves.

Inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, Romanticism, musical theater and early American folk music, the band started in 2008 when husband ... read more

Grant Wallace Band is a trio of composer-performers weaving a diaphanous sound from threads of contemporary classical, modern jazz and old-time folk styles. Writing through an unusually collaborative process, Ben Hjertmann (voice/mandolin), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola), and  Cedar Rapids native Luke Gullickson (piano/guitar) also draw inspirat... read more

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in northeast Minneapolis and have been blending their voices as The Cactus Blossoms since 2010. Their hypnotic harmonies and unforgettable songs have made them favorites on the Minneapolis–Saint Paul music scene and beyond.

Produced by JD McPherson, their new CD, You're Dreaming, fea... read more

The Dirty Bourbon River Show deftly melds hard-edged blues, Lisztian piano-driven ballads and New Orleans brass into a result that is truly a blast of new energy on the musical landscape. Since forming in early 2009, the Dirty Bourbon River Show has released nine studio albums and played over 750 shows, earning them a reputation for their tight,... read more

Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as American jazz and folk, Leyla McCalla’s music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Leyla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans... read more

Multi award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Peter D. Harper brings a stunning amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, basing much of his sound around the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original sound ... read more

For a century now, whether in the Caribbean or South America, the slow-tempo bolero has been the ultimate expression of love and suffering. Miramar revives the 1950s-60s Puerto Rican "Bolero" tradition. The hot sextet is led by pianist Marlysse Simmons and vocalists Rei Alvarez and Laura Ann Singh.

While most of the members of Miramar have... read more

The world-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. When he was twelve, a music teacher placed a western flute in his hands-setting him on his way to becoming one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists. He performed frequently to ent... read more

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

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

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