Alicia Brown recently returned to an early interest in art that she had as a young girl. Her first studies in art began at the Des Moines Art Center and later she pursued sculpture in the Netherlands. After a career as a professional dancer, she taught at the University of Iowa. Her dedication to teaching and developing young artists contributed to the present national and international reputation of the University of Iowa Department of Dance.
Since retirement in May of 2000, Alicia has been experimenting with collage in her exploration of the layering of color and bringing movement to form. “ I have taken my years of dance and abstracted it to paper. I am continually choreographing utilizing shape, space, color, rhythm, and line. I look to be informed by what shows itself.”
Ms. Brown’s work can be seen at Hudson River Gallery and The Chait Galleries Downtown in Iowa City.
Her work was exhibited at 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 Iowa City Gallery Walks at Salon, Iowa State Bank and Trust Company ( now, Midwest One Bank), Lorenz Boot Shop, RSVP, Englert Gallery, US Bank, and Chait Galleries Downtown. Her work was presented at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce STAR award in October 2001. In June 2002 she exhibited in a group show of collage artists at the Cork Gallery of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City as well as at Project Art/UI Hospitals. Alicia’s work was selected for exhibition in The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association’s President’s Best Juried Art Exhibit in August 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 and received second prize in 2002 and 2004. Her work was accepted in the juried 30th annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition in February 2006. Solo exhibits include Arbor Gallery in September 2003, Riverside Theater and Arts Iowa City in March 2004, Iowa State Bank and Trust Company in October 2005, The Galleries Downtown in October 2007 and Hudson River Gallery in September 2009. Her work was selected for exhibit at Quad City Arts Art @ The Airport in March 2009 and in Fall 2010 she shared an exhibit with Michael Johnson and Marcia Wegman at Mid West One Bank in Iowa City. Several of her pieces hang at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids.