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New Exhibit in the Hudson Collection Gallery at ICON The Hudson Collection Gallery on the mezzanine at ICON has an all new exhibition, opening on First Friday in Fairfield, October 1. The gallery was created to be the permanent home for the prestigious Hudson Collection of Shiva Linga paintings donated to ICON in 2018. The exhibition was organized by David T. Hanson. This exhibition brings together a selection of anonymous Shiva Linga paintings from ICON’s Hudson Collection, five anonymous Tantra paintings from the collection of David T. Hanson, and a group of Tantra-inspired paintings by Charlotte Cain. The Shiva Linga paintings shown here reproduce the selection and sequence of images chosen by Hudson and Feature Inc. to represent the entire collection of 71 anonymous Shiva Linga paintings on the gallery’s website. The exhibition is dedicated to the late Frank Andre Jamme (1947 - 2020), who is responsible for introducing this art to the west. Frank Andre Jamme was a French poet, artist, and translator. Jamme published numerous poems and fragments, as well as multiple limited-edition books. A specialist of Indian Tantric, Brut, and Tribal art, he was also praised for his work as an international curator. Working with Hudson and Feature Inc., Jamme assembled the series of Anonymous Shiva Linga Paintings in he Hudson Collection. We are deeply indebted to Frank Andre Jamme. “We’ve paired the Tantric art with paintings by Charlotte Cain,” says ICON Director Bill Teeple. “Charlotte drew inspiration from Tantric painting and Indian miniature painting. She was highly trained in the art of the west having graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She went on to study miniature painting in India with one of the great masters of that art form, Bannu Sharma. She was a bridge between cultures.”
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Three Iowa City Women Artists at ICON Gallery in Fairfield  ICON Gallery returns to having regional gallery shows on “First Friday in Fairfield,” October 1st. In March of 2020, ICON was honored to have the opportunity to share the low relief assemblage work of three significant women artists from Iowa City -- former curator of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Kathy Edwards Hayslett; U of I professor emerita, Sue Hettmansperger; and current U of I adjunct professor of art, Cheryl Jacobsen.  And then, the Covid19 pandemic came along. So, the show never happened -- until now! Their exhibition, titled Synergy, runs October 1st through November 27th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday Noonto 5:00. For more information call 641 919 6252 or go to the ICON website  A walk-through with the artists has been scheduled for Friday, November 12th, 7:30-9:30. Covid precautions will have to be taken depending on the level of infection in Jefferson County. The walk-through will be broadcast live on Facebook for those who want to participate from home. Go to at 8:00pm.  Collage and assemblage are prevalent and relevant contemporary art practices with many global roots and branches. These practices are wonderful tools for communicating both disjunction and linkage, particularly regarding time, memory, and histories. When spaces, objects, fragments of objects, and text are represented,  re-represented and combined, new juxtapositions and compositions are created, which present layered references and content.  Kathy Edwards Hayslett is a former chief curator at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, and former executive director of The Print Center in Philadelphia. Her graduate degree is from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Edwards has received many grants for her exhibitions including from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Her writing is published extensively and her artwork and jewelry are included in many private collections.    Sue Hettmansperger is Professor Emerita of the University of Iowa. She received her graduate degree from the University of New Mexico and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, among others. Hettmansperger has had many exhibitions including List Gallery,  Swarthmore College; A.I.R. Gallery, New York City; Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago; Figge Art Museum, Davenport; and Des Moines Art Center. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections.     Cheryl Jacobsen is an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she teaches a variety of classes including the history of lettering and modern calligraphy. She runs a freelance studio creating manuscript books, commercial lettering, documents and art for people and organizations. She loves collaborations, expressive marks, teaching and especially living in Iowa City where she can pursue them all on a regular basis. Walkthrough with the Artists and Bill Teeple  Friday November 12, 7:30pm. Live on Facebook: