Homecoming art exhibit from the ‘Heartland’

Upper Iowa University alumnus Mark Haltof ’71 is pictured last fall while working as an artist-in-residence at Fayette Campus. The Maine artist will feature his completed works at Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery during the University’s “Blue Pride Worldwide” 100th Homecoming celebration.

The 2016-2017 Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery schedule features a special guest during the upcoming Upper Iowa University “Blue Pride Worldwide” 100th Homecoming celebration. Alumnus Mark Haltof ’71 will open the doors to “Heartland” on Thursday, October 6; the artist will host a special Homecoming reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The exhibit will feature landscape paintings created by Haltof after he served as an artist-in-residence at Fayette Campus last fall.

“Mark’s ability to capture the essence of northeast Iowa is astounding,” said Laura Colby, UIU assistant professor of art and Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery director. “Rolling hills, roaming cattle, dusty back roads, and other examples of the area landscape that many of us call home are beautifully documented and translated through his paintings and drawings.”

Haltof currently paints and teaches out of his studio in Portland, Maine. His paintings are typically inspired by locations in and around Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and he has shown his work in galleries from Maine to California.

“Heartland” will remain open at Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery in the Edgar Fine Arts Hall at UIU’s Fayette Campus through Friday, November 4. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Visitors to the gallery will not be disappointed,” said Colby.

100th Peacock Homecoming

A century of Peacock Pride will be openly displayed across Fayette Campus and the entire UIU community during the University’s 100th Homecoming celebration Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8. The official “Blue Pride Worldwide” festivities begin with the annual pep rally, bonfire, and coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6.

An open house at the historic President’s Home, located at 308 Washington St. in Fayette, will precede the “Heartland” art reception on Friday, October 7. From 12:30-3:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy refreshments while touring the recently remodeled home. Additional details on the open house and the renovation project, which was completed with private donations, will be published as the event draws near.

The Peacock women’s soccer team will take to Pattison Field against Southwest Minnesota State at 3 p.m., and the annual President’s Ball is scheduled to follow at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom on October 7. The President’s Ball serves as the University’s premiere fundraiser event and directly benefits students. Alumni are reminded to RSVP by contacting the Alumni Office at 563-425-5388 or alumni@uiu.edu.

Grand marshal and UIU alumnus Vince Popolizio ’63 will lead the traditional Homecoming parade in downtown Fayette at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 8. UIU continues to accept Homecoming parade entries. For additional information, contact Naomi Aziz, UIU director of annual giving, at 563-425-5966 or azizn73@uiu.edu.

Alumni are reminded that registration for Saturday’s Alumni Awards and Honor Class Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The lunch program is scheduled to begin at noon. RSVP is required. The UIU Homecoming football game will kick off at 2 p.m., with the Peacocks slated to play Winona State at Harms-Eischeid Stadium. The 100th Homecoming celebration concludes with the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Additional UIU “Blue Pride Worldwide” Homecoming information can be viewed at uiu.edu/homecoming.

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