BFA 2015 alumna Ali Hval was interviewed for Future Heirloom on the New York City Jewelry Week blog about her recent solo show, Cosmetic Justice, at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa (September 1 – October 15, 2021). An interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Iowa City, Hval’s work combines painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture and installation. She describes herself as an avid muralist, with more than 25 public murals and projects from Iowa to Florida. She is also an adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Hval holds an MFA with honors from the University of Iowa in painting and drawing and a BFA in studio art from UA. In 2015 she was named a Windgate Fellow through the Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina. Hval has received a Culture & Resilience Grant from the Iowa Arts Council in 2021 and she held a Chautaugua School of Art Residency in 2020 and a Grant Wood Public Art Residency in 2019. Hval will be back exhibiting her work in Alabama in 2022 at Gadsden’s Walnut Gallery and in 2023 at the Gadsden Museum of Art.
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