Sandra Louise Dyas Photography


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.

Monday, January 13, 2020

there's something in the water -- new video work

I posted a new video for homegrown -- "there's something in the water." It was inspired by the word water and the poem by Gertrude Stein entitled "Careless Water." 

My Dad turned 98 years old this fall. We all know our deaths are inevitable but we hang on to life and continue to live each day like it is our last.

there's something in the water from Sandy Dyas on Vimeo.

AIR is DIRECTOR'S CHOICE in new show at Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis

AIR was chosen as the Director's Choice! 

International Photography Exhibition

Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis  

Words, Words, Words 

February 21 - March 17th, 2020 

Opening reception: February 21st

AIR, Sandra Louise Dyas (c)
Juror | Dallas Crow
The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” seems to suggest that a photograph transcends language, but words have been a key part of many important photographers’ work—from the billboards and signs in many Walker Evans’ photos to Lee Friedlander’s 2019 book, Signs, for example.   The interplay of language and image can create a vivid sense of tension, irony, or poignance. The size and shapes of a font are visual aspects that can carry as much weight as any other aspect in the frame.

Praxis Gallery presents photographic art that includes written language as a fundamental aspect of the composition, including text in the form of signs or fragments of signs, handwriting scrawled over the photo, graffiti and palimpsests, just to name a few iterations of the theme. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


at the Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University
518 West Locust Street, Davenport, IA

october 14 - november 23, 2019
on Friday, Nov. 8th Q & A @ 4pm
and reception 5-7pm

Friday, October 5, 2018


Susan Coleman (drawings and paintings) and myself (photographs) discuss our artwork. Thank you Jason Smith for your wonderful creative energy putting this video together! The Homecoming Reception for Earthly Beauty is Saturday, October 6th, 2018, 3-5pm. 


This project, in part, is supported by THE IOWA ARTS COUNCIL, a division of the Iowa Council of Cultural Affairs. I received a grant in early summer in support of my new work for Earthly Beauty.