lauren frances evans
Lauren Frances Evans was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA at the University of Maryland and BA from the College of Charleston.
Evans lives and works in Iowa City, IA and is the Visual Arts Coordinator for Project Art at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. This past year, she was the MC Ginsberg Artist in Residence for the Iowa City Community School District and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa.
Evans’ work addresses the body as a site of irresistible paradox. Prompted by urges and the allure of origins, her work is primarily sculptural, ranging from meticulously layered collage to large mixed media structures. Inverting the boundaries between what is and what is not, the work draws attention to the void of longing.
In 2014, Evans was awarded the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. She has also participated in residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park, Elsewhere Living Museum, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Christopher Willauer was born and raised in Dubuque, IA and received his BFA from the University of Iowa.
Willauer currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He completed the New York Arts Practicum in the Summer 2015, working under artist Jen Liu. He is currently a studio assistant to Michael Mandiberg and Sara Eliassen.
Willauer works primarily through performance, sculpture, and video to conceptually engage with the body in a ritualistic and reverent manner. The body functions both formally and conceptually as an exploration of anxieties, sorrows, pleasures, longings, eroticism, and queerness.
In 2015, Willauer graduated with a BFA in Intermedia and a minor in Cinematic Arts from the University of Iowa. He has screened his video work at Columbia College in Chicago and the Art League in Virginia. Willauer has performed for Bailey Nolan at JACK in Brooklyn, NY and Ann Liv Young at New York Live Arts, NY. He is an Assistant Project Manager for Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons.