Cafe at Prairie Lights

  • Bearing Witness

    An Exhibition by Patricia León Q

    December 1, 2014 - January 4, 2015

    Please join us for an artist's reception on Friday, December 12, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Prairie Lights Cafe!

    Using the camera to document a variety of familial and cultural environments, Patricia freezes and hones in on particular fractions of images that explore her relationship with people and the places from her life. Through the documentation and abstraction of personal photographs, this exhibition invites viewers to question how one remembers their own personal encounters over time.

    About the Artist

    Patricia León Q is a Columbian-born artist currently living in Iowa City. She received her MA in Photography from the Taller Cinco Centro de Diseño in Colombia and her MFA at the EFTI School of Photography in Spain. She has also studied at the Rozas Cultural Center and at the International Congress of Photography in Spain and received a postgraduate degree in Cultural Policy & Cultural Management at the UAM-I Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico.

    Patricia has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions, most notably in Columbia and internationally in France, Japan, Spain, Mexico, and Italy. Solo exhibitions include “Illusion Fishers” at the Centro Colombo Americano and “Visions” at the Chía Cultural Center in Columbia. In addition, she has received numerous photography awards and grants such as the NFA Artist/Ensemble Project Grant in 2014 for the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture from the Ford and Surdna Foundations.

    To see more of the artist’s work, please visit

    For more information about The Times Club gallery, please contact curator Sarika Sugla at TIMESCLUBGALLERY@PRAIRIELIGHTS.COM.

  • Those I Live With: Making & Collecting

    A selection from the personal collection of Times Club curator Sarika Sugla.

    Sunday, November 9 - Sunday, November 30

    I have always identified as a dedicated maker and art lover, but recently curating has become the center of my artistic practice. This change stemmed from an appreciation for not only the art works themselves, but of the artists behind them. Art has a way of starting conversations, offering new perspectives, and changing emotions, and curating facilitates new insights by placing the work in varied dialogues.

    My beginning into curating came with the making of things. As makers, we are constantly asked to curate our own ideas, work, and exhibitions, and I believe this process requires constant and consistent openness to conversation and action. Most creative people tend to need an equally engaging community, as they are both actively seeking inspiration and creating discourse with their environment and surroundings. As a University town, the vibrant energy of Iowa City draws an incredible number of creatives in, and they usually don’t leave without leaving their ideas, vision, and presence behind. 

    When I was given the wonderful opportunity to curate The Times Club, I was immediately drawn to the chance to share the work of others, especially those I have met while in Iowa. Through artist trades, print exchanges, gifts and purchases, this exhibitions shows a selection of works on paper and photographs from my growing collection.

    In honor of the many talented people I have met, this exhibition hopes to share just a few works of my peers, mentors, and fellow makers that keep me company every day in my home, and that encourage me to keep seeing and making.  These artists have helped me realize that at the root, my own personal desire in making, collecting, and curating is to simply create, discover, and share relationships.

    I look forward to sharing the art of many others while I am here, and hope you will join in and support their work, conversations, and celebrations!

    Included Artists

    Margaret Braun //

    Joshua Dailey //

    Damla Erten //

    Jenny Harp //

    Anita Jung //

    Jaime C. Knight //

    Rachel Livedalen //

    Amanda Maciuba //

    Kim Michalak //

    Zora J. Murff //

    Amber O’Harrow //

    Perla Raga //

    Sarah Phyllis Smith //

    James Snitzer //

    For more information, please contact curator Sarika Sugla at TIMESCLUBGALLERY@PRAIRIELIGHTS.COM.

  • Hartmut Austen, 'Figur'

    Hartmut Austen was born in Lüdenscheid, Germany, and received his Meisterschüler-degree from Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) Berlin. He also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Austen has been a fellow of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship program and the Grant Wood Fellow for Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in 2012/13.  

    Austen’s work has been included in group shows, most recently “Lost and Found: Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures” at Passenger Project Space in Detroit and “Opening Lines: Telegraph in Berlin” at Milchhof Pavilion in Berlin. He has had one-person exhibitions at The Butchers Daughter Gallery in Detroit earlier this year; Paul Kotula Projects in Ferndale, Michigan, in 2009; and at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 2011. Austen is an Assistant Professor for Painting and Drawing at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

    More information about Austen's work is available at

  • Electric Beach

    New Works by Matt Kellstadt

    August 4 – September 7

    Opening Reception

    Friday, August 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

    The Times Club at Prairie Lights Café

    About the Artist

    Thad Kellstadt is a multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture, video, and sound. His recent work is inspired by abstraction and psychedelia and uses both formal restrictions and chance operations to create imaginary spaces that play with ideas of perception. He has shown nationally and internationally at a variety of venues including Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; Secret Project Robot, New York City, NY; Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL; Alice Gallery, Brussels; Cell Project Space, London; SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA; and a shuttered McDonalds. Originally from Ohio, he lives and works in Iowa City, IA.


    Electric Beach is the name of a tanning salon in Coralville. Like an artificial tan, the paintings in this show aspire to glow through artificial means, to become a new kind of organic. 


    Please direct all inquiries to Mary F. Coats, exhibition curator.

    Phone: 978.496.6916 | Email: MARY.COATS@GMAIL.COM