MFA 2007 Painting Alumna Jennifer Drinkwater Helps Iowa Towns Build Community, Identity And Economy Through Art


“AMES, Iowa — From colorful quilts in Main Street shops to gilded oil paintings in big city museums, Jennifer Drinkwater sees it all as art. There are no hierarchies, she says, because all art is a creative expression of culture. And as Drinkwater assumes a newly created position at Iowa State University, her expansive definition of art is serving the people of Iowa well.

This summer, Drinkwater was named assistant professor of art and visual culture and community art extension specialist. The outreach-oriented position was created under the ISU president’s high-impact hire initiative and is one of only a handful nationwide. It places Drinkwater on a mission to help Iowa communities apply art in ways that “improve the fabric” of their towns.

Already she is coordinating art camps for small-town teens, nudging community arts projects off starting blocks, spearheading knit-bombing in Ames, establishing a local artist residency at Design West in Sioux City and assisting ISU Extension and Outreach¬†with a Latino migration cultural project in Perry….”

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