On the first Friday of June every year, Main Street Ames hosts Art Walk. Area artists set up shop in downtown businesses and demonstrate and explain their artwork. Naomi had a great turnout at the Octagon Gallery Shop. She exposed and developed cyanotypes, explaining the art process from start to finished work.
A selection of the body of work "Restless Tenants" will be displayed at the the Iowa Law Library in Des Moines, Iowa, from May - August, 2017. The Law Library is located in the State Capitol and is visited by thousands of people each year.
Read the summary from the Iowa Arts Council here.
"Restless Tenants" in this context is a representation of the inherent challenges and benefits of the urban and rural landscape of Iowa. The Law Library is a reflection of the values that result from that dichotomy through the lens of the law.
The piece Florida Cracker Cow received an honorable mention award in the Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood exhibit which was on display at the Octagon Center for the Arts from January 27 - April 1, 2017. The exhibit was juried by Santiago Cal, internationally exhibited professor of Sculpture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
The series Heirlooms will be featured at the Des Moines Art Festival in downtown Des Moines, 2017. The festival runs from June 23-25 in western gateway park. 180 of the best artists across the country will be featured, only 12 were accepted from Iowa.
View Naomi, and the other participating artists on the festival website here.
The installation Boundless Horizons was installed in October of 2016, and will be on permanent display at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa in the new Science building construction. Find it on the ground floor outside of the administrative offices.
The piece celebrates and studies the many avenues of discovery made available in God's created world through the study of science and technology, the created order of the universe.
New work will be featured at Iowa Central Community College featuring Heirlooms. Images of traditional "heirlooms" are juxtaposed in contemporary landscapes. The work raises questions about issues such as commercial genetic manipulation and a culture that values high production over husbandry.
New work on display starting July. Stop by and see it!
New work featuring paintings and alternative photographic process on display at the Octagon Arts Festival September 28 2014 in downtown Ames.
April 30 – June 29, 2014
Bone Creek Museum presents the work of Naomi Friend this spring. Friend is a new generation of agrarian artist. Her work questions how we live in connection to the land in the 21st century. The themes that she explores are related to the mission of the museum; to connect people to the land through art.
Friend’s latest series, Restless Tenants, explores the interrelationships of humanity to our food and our residences. Friend is serving as curator for this exhibition to combine objects from the permanent collection with her latest work, to strike up a conversation between old and new in these relationships.
Artist and ISU student Naomi Friend talks about her artwork, which is on display at the Stomping Grounds Café in Ames. The art works, a combination of watercolors, and prints of photographs on paper, wood, and canvas include images of farm buildings and farm houses, family members, Iowa landscapes. Friend describes it as, “art about land and life in the Midwest.”
To listen to the interview, click the "source" link below. Naomi's segment begins about 1/3 of the way through, after the program about the passenger pigeons.
Artwork accepted and on display January 24 - April 5, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm; Saturday 1 - 5pm; Closed Sunday
For the past 46 years the Clay, Fiber, Paper, Metal, Glass, Wood Show has been an important part of our exhibition program. Outstanding, artists, educators, and museum directors have served as judges and have presented important lectures, workshops and demonstrations in connection with their judging. The Octagon has been grateful for their participation which has made the show a major Midwest exhibit.
Initially, Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Show was a regional juried exhibit held bi-annually previously known as the Clay Fiber Show. In 1986, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Octagon Center for the Arts, Clay Fiber eligibility was extended nationally so that work of artists from throughout the country could be shown. Since then it has been opened to all media and methods including, but not limited to: clay, fiber, paper, glass, metal, wood, painting, collage, photography, and electronic based works.
Exhibit sponsored in part by: Ames Commission on the Arts, Brown Endowment Fund, Huff Endowment Fund, Iowa Arts Council
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Come see Naomi's work at the Okoboji Art in the Park art festival, supported by the Pearson Lakes Art Center. New work for sale! The work will show from 9:00-5:00 August 3 at Preservation Plaza within Arnolds Park.
Naomi's piece, Old Land, New Promise, won the grand prize at the Biorenewables Art Competition at Iowa State University. The piece focuses on the interaction of farmland, city, and energy sources. Within the image are photos taken at the coal power plant at Iowa State University, images from buildings in the city of Ames, and a wildlife refuge near her grandmother's farm in southwest Minnesota. There are also drawings of hay bales (biomass) and electric power lines worked into the image.
See the Iowa State Daily article here.
Naomi Friend is currently showing her Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition at the Unitarian Unilateralist Fellowship of Ames, Iowa, in their Gallery in the Round. The work is about the role of farming in the Midwest and visions towards the future of land management and sustainability. The show will continue through May 3.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 5pm.