“Glamours, Illusions and Apparitions”



See “Glamour, Illusions and Apparitions” in the UNI Art Gallery for free today. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

MEG GROVE, Staff Writer

The UNI Art Gallery will be intermittently displaying “Glamours, Illusions and Apparitions” in the Mary Haskell-Hansen Room during the fall semester.

There are many artists on display in this exhibition, including newly added pieces by Thomas Erdahl and Ruth Kao. Additional artists in the collection include Salvador Dali, Phillipe Halsman, Odilon Redon, Darrell Roberts, Dieter Roth, Joe Tilson and Conny Walther. 

   This collection was curated around the two new works that were brought in. Darrell Taylor, UNI Art Gallery Director, said, “I wanted to showcase these brand new works in the collection.” After meticulously selecting the other pieces to compliment the new pieces, the name “Glamours, Illusions and Apparitions” became apparent. 

Those who view the exhibition don’t have to look too hard for a meaning. “The meaning of the exhibit is hidden in plain sight in the title of the show… All of these works of art kind of inhabit the idea of those three words,” Taylor said. In particular, a Hollywood portrait from the 1940s is being displayed. This portrait embodies the word “glamour.”

Ruth Kao’s tapestry is among the most unique pieces the UNI Art Gallery displays. This tapestry was designed by a local artist with Chinese ancestry and then sent to China to be fabricated. The tapestry was then shipped back to Iowa in the 1980s. “This is the first time we’ve had a tapestry in the collection so we are very proud to have it here and I am very proud to show it,” said Taylor. 

“Glamours, Illusions and Apparitions” will be on display until Sept. 23. Don’t worry if you miss it–it will be back Oct. 10 through Nov. 9 and again from Dec. 1 to 16. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.  Admission to the gallery is free.