July 7-26, 2019

Students in grades 9-12 (current academic year) may apply for the Summer Art Residency (SAR), an immersive 3–week residency at The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. Learn from world-class faculty on one of the premier arts campuses in the US. Participate in classes, workshops, evening tours, lectures, and events that will stretch you as an artist. The residency concludes with an art and reading showcase. Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

You may only attend SAR once.


The Summer Art Residency (SAR) is a unique opportunity to work with world-class faculty in a world-class facility. SAR consists of lectures, open class discussions, workshops, and studio time involving a range of expressive opportunities. Each day includes a drawing class addressing the formal and conceptual bases of drawing and contemporary approaches to effective visual communication. You will also choose from one of the following electives: painting, graphic design, printmaking, or metals. Introduction to history, aesthetics, and practice of the fine arts includes demonstrations, workshops, and critiques.

SAR Closing Ceremony


The School of Art and Art History, under the Direction of Steve McGuire, is partnering with the Belin-Blank Center to provide an exciting program designed for talented high school artists from across the country. Instructors include University of Iowa faculty, graduates, and graduate students from the School of Art & Art History, and special visiting artists.

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Christian Aanestad, Graphic Design Instructor

Christian is a talented art teacher passionate about making the high school experience a positive one for all students. He currently teaches at West High School in Iowa City where he does all of the graphic design instruction. He also serves as the Art Coordinator for the Iowa City Community School District and works with United Action for Youth. He earned his art degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls and did graduate studies at The University of Iowa in Art Education.

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Hannah Dufie Sakyiama, Metal Arts Instructor

Dufie is an artists who has been attached to the Jewelry and Metalsmith aspect of art for the past eight years. Known for exploring the flexibility of metals, her principal theme is life, particularly life’s beautiful fragrance. Her optimistic and open-minded perspective allows her to discuss life’s surprises and realities using metals as a medium. Dufie hails from Ghana where she earned her degree in Industrial Art (Metals) and is currently in the Jewelry and Metal Arts graduate program at Iowa.

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Jackson Taylor, Printmaking Instructor

Currently enrolled in the Printmaking graduate program at the University of Iowa, Jackson Taylor was born and raised in rural Kentucky before receiving his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Louisville in 2017. He has exhibited work internationally, participated in several exchange portfolios (notably, David Spencer-Pierce's Retelling Projects), and has worked as an artist assistant at Frogman's Print Workshops.

Taylor’s current work combines Silkscreen, Monotype, and Lithographic processes to create multifaceted works that progress and change over time. The pieces operate as cerebral salvage yards, where bits of external experiences are saved and processed. Utilizing this fashion of working, Taylor weaves together fragmented narratives that are concerned with cognition, mutation, and certain mortality.