Cafe at Prairie Lights

  • 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


  • Gaia Nardie-Warner, 'Nowadays'

    Gaia Nardie-Warner was born in Charlottesville, VA in 1984. She has a MFA in painting and printmaking from Boston University (Boston, MA). Nardie-Warner has shown her work at Backspace Projects (Peoria, IL), Brooklyn Fire Proof East, Public Space One (IA), The Plaines Project, Hamill Gallery of African Art, The BOX, and 808 Gallery. Brian Prugh published a review of her work in the Little Village.  Nardie-Warner is included in the edition of New American Paintings Vol. 107. Recently, she received honorable mention for the 6th Annual Dave Bown Projects Competition. Gaia has attended national and international residencies and will participate in the Vermont Studio Center’s residency program coming year. Upcoming she will be in the June edition of Forget Good. She lives and works in Chicago, IL.

    Artist Statement
    Tantra: indulgence with awareness, vision without judgment, observant not evaluative. I paint along this continuum. Unwedded to mere media indulgence, these works come from an engagement with the materiality of paint and the complexity of the expressive mark. My paintings enter into a dialogue beyond their powers to represent. Using smears, scratches, scrapes and copious amounts of paint, I compose visual interrogatories of cultural minutia: metallic flashes, fake eyelashes, yoga mats, coconut water, glossy magazines, platinum blonde hair, gold hoops, turquoise, worn leather, furs, and painted nails. Such cultural signifiers dictate my mark as I paint to transform culture while maintaining true to its basis. These paintings confront and expose cultural socio-political connotations that are closeted by such little details. My challenge to culture displaces the framework of its associations onto the multifaceted language of gestural abstraction. Cultural identifiers are the portals by which we may gain insight into our own personal and societal secrets. Their investigation sustains my interest in Guatemalan textiles, prayer rugs, kivas, Navajo sand paintings, mandalas, Shibori, Haitian voodoo dolls, Butoh, and Berber rugs. With paint, I enervate what at first sight, seems most lifeless.

    More information about Gaia's work is available at