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“Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo” is among the mixed media to be featured by artist Jennifer Lynn Bates in the “Dictators and Dreamers” exhibit at Upper Iowa University’s Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery in Fayette through April 1. 

FAYETTE, Iowa (March 4, 2020) – The works of Cedar Falls, Iowa, artist Jennifer Lynn Bates will be on exhibit at Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery at Upper Iowa University’s Fayette Campus through April 1.

According to the artist, “Dictators and Dreamers” investigates infamy, the ripple effects of power, human rights issues and dreams of the “seemingly” common person. The body of work contrasts the faces of current or recent absolute rulers of countries around the world with the faces of immigrants, refugees, international students and asylum seekers now residing in the Cedar Valley.

Bates is an instructor of fine arts at Hawkeye Community College. She earned a master’s degree in painting from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in art and design from Iowa State University. Bates’ work is influenced by Pop Art humor, the bold colors and communication of 20th Century Cuban political posters, the flat patterns of Matisse and 19th century decorative art, and the use of repetition and form found in the works of Magdalena Abakanowicz. She is a practicing visual artist living and working in the Cedar Valley.

Bates will lead an artist talk at 3:30 p.m., followed by a gallery closing reception Wednesday, April 1.  She will also serve as a juror during the annual Northeast Iowa High School Art Show on April 1. Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery is located in Edgar Fine Arts Hall at Upper Iowa University’s Fayette Campus. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.