The University of Iowa

Distinguished artist Sandra Spieler to lead workshop, forum Oct. 16-17

October 6th, 2014

Sandra Spieler, the McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award winner for 2014, will visit Iowa City Oct. 16-17 for a community arts forum and puppet workshops, all free and open to the public.

Spieler will lead mask and puppet workshops Thursday, Oct. 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m., in Room 152 of the Theatre Building. She will work with students and other community participants to conceptualize large scale mask and puppet designs for public street performances, such as the May Day Heart of the Beast parade and the Iowa City Carnival Project.

Spieler will also join a forum on international art activism on Thursday, Oct.  16, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Public Space One, 120 N Dubuque St., Iowa City. Other panelist will include: John Englebrecht, director of Public Space One; Kalmia Strong, local artist; Anita Jung, School of Art & Art History; Jennifer Shook, puppeteer & PhD candidate in English and the Center for the Book; and Loyce Arthur, associate professor of Theatre Arts.

Minnesota-based Spieler is co-founder and artistic director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. She is a painter, sculptor, performer, teacher, theater designer and director.

These events are co-sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, International Programs, and the Division of Performing Arts.

For more information, contact Loyce Arthur at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Loyce Arthur in advance at 319-353-2409.