“Comics & Graphic Novels” from the UIMA School Programs Collection. This Collection features original works of art created by contemporary comic book artists and graphic novelists. The exhibition includes newspaper comics from the Golden Age of Comics, such as V.T. Hamlin’s Alley Oop, to contemporary Marvel superheroes such as The Avengers and Captain America. The basic definition of a graphic novel is that it is a series of comics in a book length form. A graphic novel can contain a single narrative (linear or nonlinear) or comprise multiple vignettes. The artwork from graphic novels in the UIMA School Programs Collection exhibition show a wide range of subjects from short-and long-form stories, superheroes and historical figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dale Fisher, curator of the “Comics & Graphic Novels” exhibit will be presenting a gallery tour of the exhibition on Friday, August 7, from 7:00–8:00 p.m. “The people of Fairfield have such a range of interests and have a history of supporting the arts. Showing the UIMA School Programs collection of comics and graphic novel art to the audience is a nice chance for us to break out of the UI community and be a part of the vibrant art scene in Fairfield and the state.”


Up and coming artist, Dallas Guffey, will be exhibiting a large sculpture titled “D7” in the Atrium Lobby that he created while attending UNI. Dallas is a local FHS graduate who was awarded a FAA scholarship several years ago and is working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture. “My recent works are intricately detailed miniatures investigating the presence of narratives through architectural forms and environments. While most of my work is of three dimensional medium, I enjoy drawing cartoons and illustrations that explore similar subjects.” Along with sculpture and drawing Dallas has had an interest in animation and it’s production for a long time. Recently he has been teaching himself basic knowledge of that art form and plans to pursue the field of career artist/maker of things, with hopes to get into entertainment such as stop-motion and digital animated films and shows.

The third exhibit opening at the FACC


Created in the FAA classes taught by art instructors John Preston, Elaine Duncan and Kella Tschopp. This display will be in the side Hallway Gallery and features a variety of media they are studying. Participants as of press time include Cathryn Layer, Jessica Kirby, Vickie Gautherat, Joyce Schindler, and Viola Welsh. “It is fun to watch these individuals grow artistically as they take classes in watercolor, regular or oil pastel and mixed media with such talented instructors. These instructors teach weekly classes in the FAA studio and new students are always welcome to join at any time,” says Suzan Kessel FAA Volunteer Director.