Ali Hval (BFA 2015) was recently profiled in the University of Iowa’s Graduate College website. Hval received her MFA in painting and drawing with honors from Iowa in 2019. Hval’s sculpture, included in a New York exhibition in July 2022 titled, The Ecstasy of Saint Britney, was mentioned in the New Yorker, and a solo exhibition in Iowa City was featured in the New York City Jewelry Week blog. Hval is an interdisciplinary artist based in Iowa City; her work combines painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture, and installation. She also describes herself as an avid muralist, with more than 25 public murals and projects from Iowa to Florida.
Ashlee René Thompson (MFA 2022) has work in several international exhibitions in October and November including the New Art Vibes-Art Exhibition, at the Galerie Azote-Art Contemporain, Paris, and Contemporary 4th Edition, at the Boomer Gallery, London. Thompson also has work in the online exhibition, 2022-Artistic Independence at the Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, California through the month of October. Thompson is an instructor teaching Drawing I in the department. She received the MFA in studio art with a concentration in painting and a certificate of museum studies from The University of Alabama in 2022. Her website is here.
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