Alumna to Present ‘Barbie’s Dreamhouse’ Exhibition

Ali Hval, Matchmaker, 2022, ceramic, fabric, holographic plastic, acrylic, rhinestones, wood, foam, fringe, O-rings, cotton piping, 8 x 25 inches x 5 feet. Image courtesy of the artist.

Alumna Ali Hval (BFA 2015) will present a solo exhibition, Barbie’s Dreamhouse, at the Gadsden Museum of Art for the month of December. The work exhibited, she said, is “deceptively saccharine and playful with more sinister undertones, all displayed in their main gallery space drenched in pink.” Other exhibitions she has been part of in 2023: 6th Midwest Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Breaking (More) Boundaries, Culture Lab LIC, Queens, New York; and Embodied Knowledge, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, Connecticut.

Hval was selected for the 2023 Emerging Woman Artist Award by Arts To Hearts Project and her work was featured on the cover of the print catalog of the Emerging Woman Artist Show. She will be featured in the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory in their special fall issue on fashion, culture and art, due out in late 2023.

In March 2024, Hval will curate and be part of an exhibition, Ephemeral Alters, during NCECA’s 2024 Conference in Richmond, Virginia, alongside Sydney Ewerth (MFA 2017) and Molly Duff-Clarke. Ali Hval is a lecturer in painting and drawing at the University of Iowa. She received her MFA from Iowa in 2019 and is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Iowa City. Her work combines painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture and installation. She is also a prolific muralist.

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