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Iowa has always been my home. I am connected to its landscape. This expansive exhibition will explore life in the Midwest. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on September 1, 2012.

Iowa has always been my home. I am connected to its landscape. This expansive exhibition will explore life in the Midwest.

About this project

Man with Flag, Royalton, Minnesota
Man with Flag, Royalton, Minnesota

My project began in 2009 when I was asked to be part of a cool online photo project called The 50 States Project. Stuart Pilkington was the creator of this year long photographic project. I was chosen as the Iowa photographer. There were 6 assignments and we were asked to represent our state. From this idea came forth two individual yet very related projects: Lost in the Midwest and This is Where I Am From.

Embarass, Minnesota
Embarass, Minnesota
American Gothic, near Mount Vernon, Iowa
American Gothic, near Mount Vernon, Iowa
Joan in Her Turquoise Dress, near Bellevue, Iowa
Joan in Her Turquoise Dress, near Bellevue, Iowa

Both projects encompass my world...living in the Midwest. Lost in the Midwest contains environmental portraits of people I know or get to know through photographing them. I make portraits of people who have made the Midwest their home. Some of my subjects are born Iowans and some have been transplanted here and have thrived.

Rene, Queen of Her Pooch Palace, near Solon, Iowa
Rene, Queen of Her Pooch Palace, near Solon, Iowa
Green Facade, Highway One, near Solon, Iowa
Green Facade, Highway One, near Solon, Iowa

This is Where I Am From contains the landscapes in the Midwest that have been transformed over time by living here.

HOME, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
HOME, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

I am interested in how and why we attach ourselves to place. It is my intent for this work to reveal a tiny bit of the unspoken, the poetic, the immense mystery of being human. 

Steve Roling, Rolly World, near Bellevue, Iowa
Steve Roling, Rolly World, near Bellevue, Iowa
Button Factory, Bellevue, Iowa
Button Factory, Bellevue, Iowa

This past January I decided to self-publish a little book using Blurb. my eyes are not shut is the title of this book. I used my book as my inspiration for my forth-coming exhibition this fall at Drake University in Des Moines. The exhibition of my eyes are not shut at the Anderson Gallery will be the largest exhibition I have ever had. I see this as a golden opportunity to make more connections with people and to expand my world. 

Caroline Flies, near Andrew, Iowa
Caroline Flies, near Andrew, Iowa
Chloe, Iowa City, Iowa
Chloe, Iowa City, Iowa

WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?

I am asking YOU to become part of my project through Kickstarter. The money will be used for printing the photographs at my professional lab in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Many of the prints will be really large, up to 30 x 40 inches in size. Dry-mounting, matting and framing the prints is the next priority. This is very expensive and I will do much of the framing myself. $1800 will cover most of the urgent expenses needed for this up-coming show. Any additional donations will help me be able to add to this exhibition by making more prints. And I will continue to shoot! My REWARDS include PHOTO SHOOTS!

If I do not make my goal of $1800, I will not receive any of the pledges. Your card will NOT be charged. It means a lot to me if you become part of my project. It is fun to be able to share my work! I would love to make more new portraits...!

Liz Preciado, outside of Iowa City, Iowa
Liz Preciado, outside of Iowa City, Iowa
Joan in the Lillies
Joan in the Lillies

To date, my project has mostly been funded by me. Cornell College (where I teach part-time in the art department) has awarded me several travel grants and this has greatly helped fund the gas, food and lodging on the road. The Anderson Gallery at Drake is also contributing support with the matting and plexiglass.

Tire Tracks, near Morse, Iowa
Tire Tracks, near Morse, Iowa
Francisco Antonio Romero, near Iowa City, Iowa
Francisco Antonio Romero, near Iowa City, Iowa

I am looking forward to this expansive exhibition in Des Moines this fall. I really believe it is my biggest accomplishment since The University of Iowa Press published my book Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians in 2007. This book, signed and dated, is ONE of my rewards. The book comes with a super cool CD of 18 songs by my favorite musicians. The book features  Greg Brown, Pieta Brown, Bo Ramsey, David Zollo, Joe & Vicki Price, Dave Moore, Kevin Gordon, The PINES, Radoslav Lorkovic and many more!

Thank you Pieta Brown for use of the song Out of the Blue and Katy Hoffer for shooting the video of me in your garden! And special thanks to my friend Chris Offutt for his big support of this new work!!!

Thank you Kickstarter!

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The Blue Chair
The Blue Chair
The Blue Tree
The Blue Tree

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    One beautiful 4 x 6 inch color archival photograph sent to you with a signed postcard of a past exhibition. Your name will be listed on my blog as a Patron of My Art + a Huge Thank You! International supporters please add $3 for postage.

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    "HOME", a 10 x 15 inch archival color photograph and "The Blue Chair", a 5 x 10 inch archival photograph, signed and dated. A hand-written postcard from me to you and your name listed on my blog for showing your support of my project. Thank YOU!

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    One HOUR portrait shoot with me to create the portrait of your dreams. This is for ONE or TWO people in your environment. I will drive to you but if it is over 50 miles, you must provide gas, food and lodging. You will receive 3 high rez digital images - the BEST. A hand-written note from me to you and your name listed on my blog for showing your support of my project. Thank YOU!!

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    My book "Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians" (with CD of 18 songs) - signed & dated. And..."The Blue Chair", a 5 x 10 inch photograph, signed and dated. A hand-written note from me to you and your name listed in my next self-published book for showing your support!

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    TWO of my BOOKS: "Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians" (with a CD of 18 songs!) + my new self-published hard back book entitled "my eyes are not shut". A postcard too! Thank You!

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    Exciting Reward! A 1 to 2 hour photo shoot with me. Your PORTRAIT will become part of my on-going series...It will be posted on my blog (Picture This) and may be in an up-coming exhibition. I will drive to you for the shoot but you must provide gas, food and lodging if this is over 50 miles from Iowa City. You will receive 5 fully edited images in digital form from the shoot and one 10 x 15 inch archival print from the shoot. A postcard too! Thank You!

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    2 to 3 hour PHOTO SHOOT in your environment. You receive one 13 x 19 inch archival color photograph, signed & dated from the shoot and TEN edited digital files. You must provide gas, food and lodging if this is over 50 miles from Iowa City. You will also receive a hand-written postcard + your name will be listed in my next self-published book and this portrait will be posted on my blog and will be included in my exhibitions. P.S. Musicians...do you need a new band photo???

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