Erin Fitzgerald & Austin Smoldt-Saenz

Iowa City


I remember my first time on campus. All of the new sights, sounds and energy were exciting and inspiring. The idea of the next four years shaping my future and the limitless possibilities the University of Iowa presented made me excited to be a Hawkeye!

about the artist

Erin is a Cedar Rapids native and a 2006 graduate of Iowa State University. After receiving her BFA in Graphic Design, she continued on in a career of packaging design for companies in Cedar Rapids until joining the University of Iowa as an Art Director in 2012. Working in 3D has always been a passion of hers and she loves working on sculpture projects in her free time and teaches glass fusing classes across Illinois and Iowa.

Austin was born and raised in the suburbs of Des Moines and is currently a sophomore pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Iowa. After graduation, he plans on a career designing furniture somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. His influences include the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, and his peers and mentors.


Heart of Iowa Herky represents the strength and solidarity of our community and reflects on the place that Iowa holds in many of our hearts.


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