On Saturday, November 8, 2008 I was lucky enough to be up in the press box at Kinnick Stadium with a group of Libraries’ Friends and we saw one of the best games ever. The Hawks took on #3 Penn State and won on a last second field goal 24-23. The win was great of course, but the best part was pure energy in the stadium when the stands emptied onto the field. That was amazing. – Kristi Bontrager
about the artist
Alan is originally from Middlesbrough in northeast England and studied art at Cleveland College of Art and Design and then Sunderland University. After living and painting in Prague for 3 months painting, he returned to England and worked with TS1 Art Gallery and continued to paint. He moved to the US in 2011, got married, and now works as a manager at Money and More and is studying diamond and gemstone classes. He has painted stage sets for the Iowa Children’s Museum and Coralville Center for Performing Arts and has also participated in Iowa City’s Benchmarks project.
BEHIND THE DESIGN
The University of Iowa Libraries liked the artist’s design ideas and asked him to create Shakespeare’s 400th birthday design. Sherkspeare was a fun play on words. Classic pictures of the writer inspired the design, complete with a bald head and puffy pants made with foaming filler.