The University of Iowa

Creator of 5 Year Plan artist book project to speak at UI Feb. 28

February 20th, 2013

University of Iowa alum Aaron Sinift, creator of 5 Year Plan in collaboration with Gandhi Ashram spinning and weaving collectives in India and 26 artists from 7 countries, will be speaking at the UI Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

5 Year Plan is a collection of artworks by contemporary artists printed on hand-spun khadi cloth. The project represents artwork as social architecture, bringing together artists, scholars, poets, rural villagers, and Gandhian activists, and uniting the efforts of hundreds of people with different ideas of art, economics, technology, and sustainable modes of production.

Aaron Sinift studied painting, printmaking, and South Asian studies at the UI and received an MFA in painting at Boston University. He has visited India seven times in the last 20 years and currently works at the Smithsonian Institution and American University.

This event is sponsored by Grinnell College, the Center for the Book, the School of Art and Art History and Iowa Print Group in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the South Asian Studies Program in International Programs.

For more information, contact Philip Lutgendorf at or 319-335-2157.

See the event poster