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Thursday, September 16, 2021

"EARTHLY BEAUTY", a two-woman show is currently being exhibited at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Susan Coleman, friend and colleague, fellow artist, and myself are very thrilled to be exhibiting our newest bodies of work -- Earthly Beauty

"Earthly Beauty" works by Sue Coleman and Sandra Louise Dyas, muses on the ordinary and often overlooked aspects of the local environment, beauty that is unpolished and raw, quirky and tangled, sometimes difficult to interpret and codify.

Curator Chawne Paige is busy hanging the BEAUTIFUL works of Susan Coleman and Sandy Dyas for our new exhibit “Earthly Beauty” going up in the Forsberg Riverside Gallery!!! More details coming soon.

WCA Registrar Elizabeth Andrews is busy working on a new exhibit in the Forsberg Riverside Galleries!!! More details coming soon

More pictures of the women art movers packing the big truck for a trip to Waterloo Center for the Arts. Sandy Dyas and I have regrouped our work for this venue, September 15 into December.
So exciting to get ‘the band’ back together again! Earthly Beauty: Works by Sandy Dyas and Susan Coleman.

There we are; three women and a truck. No, really four women and a truck -- one of the women is taking the photo! Pictured here are me (Sandy Dyas), Susan Coleman and Elizabeth Andrews -- from left to right. 2021. From Cornell College to Waterloo, Iowa!

Friday, August 27, 2021

To View the Collection go to VimeoTune In To Green

A video of mine is included in this Collection of Short Films -- Elemental: Edgelands (Catherine Pancake: Sound)

Diorama Room, LLC was first imagined as an immersive arts space featuring works by artists whose practice is to explore a dialogue between the human and natural realms. Covid-19 rearranged everyone’s plans, but one thing that is being said often is that people are finding solace by slowing down and spending time outdoors. Therefore, for the time being, our dream of a physical space is on hold, but will exist online as a series of quarterly short film exhibitions called Tune in to Green

Humans have a symbiotic relationship with nature because we are part of nature. Now more than ever in our lifetimes, we are seeing the ill effects of our unharmonious disregard for the planet as a living, breathing entity. Our hope is that by offering an outlet for entrants and viewers to become more engaged with the natural world, each will develop a deeper understanding of the non-human-beings living around us. The more connected we are to our surroundings, the more we recognize that making personal changes in an effort to improve the well-being of others, improves our well-being too. We can all think of at least one way to lessen our footprint and become a step closer to creating balance between the realms of society/the manmade and the elemental/organic. Let this be a space where we interweave the surprises of what we do not control, with our own individual mark as artists. 

  See the trailer below for Exhibition Four, ending November 19, 2021. The full exhibition is 80-minutes running time including short films, artist statements, and bios from artists around the world. Featured artists include the following:

Daniela Zahlner – Vienna, Austria; Victória Okubo & Gustavo Maan – São Paulo, Brazil; Eva Klaus – Belgium; Max Schleser & Martin Koszolko – Melbourne, Australia; Jil Guyon & Chris Becker – New York City; Sandra Dyas & Catherine Pancake – Iowa;  Zoran Dragelj – Vancouver, Canada; Enrique Cabrera – Seattle, Washington; Stephanie Reid & Todd Rychener – Austin, Texas; Erika Yeomans – New York City; Alexandra Constantinou – Houston, Texas; Karim Ghonima – Houston, Texas; Deb Todd Wheeler – Boston, Massachusetts; Szabina Péter & Kristóf János Bodnár – Hungary; Lígia Teixeira – Paraná, Brazil; Joanna Decc – Tkoronto, Canada; and Mary Trunk – Altadena, California

Monday, August 16, 2021


This is the second installment of Homegrown Stories’ Year of the Poet. We again asked Melissa Ginsburg for an inspirational poem and, with Apollo, she did not disappoint.

This collection of experimental videos is a curated group of international artists. Our ten video artists have reimagined Apollo’s birth, reign, and demise through music, image, and text.

"Melissa Ginsburg is the author of the novels The House Uptown and Sunset City, the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost, and two poetry chapbooks, Arbor and Double Blind. A second poetry collection, Doll Apollo, will be published in 2022 by LSU Press, and the poetry chapbook Apollo is forthcoming in June from Condensery Press. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Guernica, Kenyon Review, Fence, Southwest Review, and other magazines. Originally from Houston, Texas, Melissa studied poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Mississippi. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with two dogs, eleven chickens, and the writer Chris Offutt.”

Thursday, July 15, 2021

"red roses for gertrude stein"

My experimental poetry video was selected to be screened publicly at The Culture House in Copenhagen, Denmark this fall, 2021. "red roses for gertrude stein" is an experimental and serendipitous video poem featuring Caroline and Araminta tossing a blue ball back and forth in the air. The Siegling Barn (1863-2016) stands precariously behind them. Two weeks passed after the making of this video. July 30th, 2016 it collapses.

Poetry can be found when looking all around us. This festival focuses on the poetics of nature and environment, and will take place in October at the Cultural House of Islands Brygge, a municipality in Copenhagen. 


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Recipient of Iowa Arts Recovery Grant: 

Iowa invests $7 million in recovery grants for arts, creative and cultural sector December 22, 2020. A total of 267 cultural organizations and 152 artists serving 118 Iowa communities will receive a share of $7 million in grants announced today by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. 

As an individual artist and a member of the Iowa Arts Council, I applied and will receive $2500. This money is very appreciated! Thank you Iowa!

Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated the funding, made possible by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on Dec. 2. The department launched the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program the same day and received more than 550 requests totaling more than $36 million by the Dec. 11 deadline.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

I posted a new video for homegrown -- "save the earth" 

Save the Earth is an experimental video focused on the dire state we are in and the need for action now. Activist Greta Thunberg passionately cries "Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!"

Save the Earth from Sandy Dyas on Vimeo.