Past Tense, Future Perfect features collage works by Johnson County artist Sharon Beckman. She combines images culled from the past to form new narratives.

“The found elements I use in my art once told a very different story,” she explains. These images include photographs of young men heading off to war, Spiegel catalog illus... read more

  • Thu Jul 7 - Sun Jul 31 2016
  • CSPS Hall, Commons Gallery

Pursuit of Happiness is a mixed-media group show featuring works by Rachel Buse, Des Moines; Tom Jackson, Cedar Rapids; Joe Lacina, Iowa City; Rob Stephens, Des Moines; Tiny Circus, Grinnell, and Bart Vargas, Omaha.

Taking its title and theme from the Declaration of Independence, the exhibit features works by some of Iowa’s most talked-a... read more

  • Thu Jul 7 - Sun Oct 2 2016
  • CSPS Hall

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