Sandra Louise Dyas Photography


Monday, December 1, 2014

Robert W. Dyas (Uncle Bob) May 4, 1919 - November 10, 2014

Robert W. Dyas in the Field (photo by his student Damon Ohlerking) 1970
My dearest Uncle Bob (Robert W. Dyas) passed on November 10th in the evening soon after Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik and I left his side at Northcrest in Ames, Iowa. He was 95 and one half years old. Uncle Bob touched so many lives as a professor, uncle, brother and friend. He was married to dearest Aunt Lu (they were married in 1956) who passed away in June of 2004. We will all miss him dearly and his spirit lives on in each of us. This photo was taken in the field by a student of his, Damon Ohlerking, in 1970. The inscription on the back of the photo says "my teacher". Bob retired as a Distinguished Emeritus Professor in 1989 from the Landscape Architect Dept. at Iowa State where he taught from 1960 - 1989. My Uncle Bob meant the world to me.

Uncle Bob Dyas and Myself, May 2007, Ames, Iowa
Dick, Bob and Jack Dyas on the Dyas Farm, September 2005

Robert W. Dyas Obituary with Links

Robert W. Dyas ARCHIVES at Iowa State University 

November 16, 2014
Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Infantry) Robert W. Dyas (ASN: 0-1288027), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company K, 242d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action on 15 March 1945 near Althorn, France. While leading his Company under heavy enemy mortar and small arms fire, in an attack upon German positions near Althorn, France on 15 March 1945, Captain Dyas was wounded in the arm by an exploding mortar shell. In spite of the pain, Captain Dyas refused medical treatment and continued to command his Company. Making a reconnaissance of enemy positions, he drew a sketch of the German installations and, running more than 250 yards to the rear, oriented his Executive Officer as to the enemy situation, enabling him to assume command of the Company without delay. The courageous leadership and outstanding devotion to duty exhibited by Captain Dyas inspired his men to overcome all enemy opposition and reflect distinct credit upon himself and the armed services of the United States.
General Orders: Headquarters, 42d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 53 (May 7, 1945)

Action Date: 15-Mar-45

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company K

Regiment: 242d Infantry Regiment

Division: 42d Infantry Division
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Charles D'Ambrosio - Poets & Writers Magazine

New York City called. I said YES, would LOVE to. Picked up new-to-town, Writer's Workshop faculty member, Charles D'Ambrosio, and we drove outside of Iowa City to make some photographs for the prestigious literary magazine Poets & Writers

I never know what to expect when I meet someone for the first time, let alone meet them and then spend a few hours shooting their portrait. Charley is a down-to-earth, witty, smart and fun person. It was pure pleasure and I am proud to say the magazine liked my work. You can buy a copy of the Fall/Winter 2014 issue at Prairie Lights Bookstore, your very own LOCAL bookstore. You can also buy Charles' newest book Loitering - and go to his book reading at Prairie Lights on November 17th as well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Long After I'm Gone" Old & New Collages & Constructions

Two rooms of my collages and constructions, dating back to the mid-1990s to the present. The exhibition is at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa in the Hall Perrine Gallery, Thomas Commons.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Art Expanded, 1958-1978

June 14, 2014 – March 8, 2015
HUGE SHOW at the WALKER ART CENTER -- this collection of work is most inspiring to me - the exhibition looks at the work of artists from 1958 to 1978. An extremely transformative time of history during the 20th century, artists made work that challenged and critiqued culture and most definitely traditional art. "The teachings of John Cage, the emergence of event scores and Happenings, the dissemina­tion of Fluxus material and editions, and the embrace of conceptualism, performance, video, television, avant-garde film, and experimental music—all of these factors in the context of a rapidly changing world influenced artists and thinkers as they tested art’s evolving status as object, information, and experience."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Alex Soth and Little Brown Mushroom


Homecoming Faculty Art Show Reception at Cornell College

Saturday, October 18th, 2014  -- LUCE GALLERY -- CORNELL COLLEGE 
FACULTY ART SHOW Closing Reception  
3-5 PM

Some photos from the opening reception + photos of my installation "my eyes are not shut". 

The exhibition includes work from Doug Hanson, Vivian Meier, Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Susan Coleman, Tony Plaut, Hugh Lifson and myself.

Tony Plaut
Sue Coleman
Tony Plaut

Vivian Meier

Tommie, Jamie and Matthew
Sandy Dyas (me) with Ray Mullen
Hugh Lifson

Katy Hoffer - with "my eyes are not shut"

Sue Coleman

Sue, Dee Ann, Susannah and Sarah

Caroline Louise and Jenna L. Nims