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The Kendall Gallery is managed by Student Life Marketing + Design (M+D). M+D provides the artist with exhibition space for the period of one month and a catered opening reception for 50, along with promotional materials. These materials include 100 invitations, vinyl lettering for the Kendall Gallery window, title cards, and a mounted Artist Statement. Artists are also featured on the Kendall Gallery website and all services are provided free to exhibiting artists.
About Jean Kendall:
Jean Kistler Kendall was a University staff member for 38 years. She began her University career as a secretary to the Chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women, and after a brief hiatus returned in 1965 as Director of Event Services in the IMU. Jean held several positions with increasing responsibility in the Iowa Memorial Union serving as Director when she retired in 1998.
Jean was an advocate for the arts and is responsible for the creation of the program to install original Iowa artists’ works in Iowa House Hotel rooms and graphic arts of Iowa cultural events throughout the IMU. She was also involved in the Young Iowa High School Artist Exhibit which for many years showcased art from high school students in the IMU. The Kendall Gallery recognizes her role in the aesthetic development of students and recognition of the arts at Iowa.
In memory of Jean Kendall's service and her contributions at the IMU, the Kendall gallery continues to showcase the artwork and talent of our student body. Jean Kendall advocated the importance of art and passed that responsibility on to the IMU.
M+D works every semester to feature a variety of young artist in the Kendall gallery. It is a reflection of our thriving art culture at the University of Iowa. In 2014 M+D implemented a new initiative that encourages graduating M+D Graphic Design majors to develop and display their design portfolios. This showcase includes the students best class work, as well as highlighting their professional designs produced while working at M+D.