Katie Iverson Studio
2006 to present Blue Raven Gallery and Gifts, Ongoing exhibitions
2004 De Grazia Little Gallery Mudslingers: "Of the Earth" December 5 - 18, 2004
2004 De Grazia Little Gallery Central Arts Collective: "Swimming, Flying, Birth and Dying" October 2 - 30, 2004
2004 University of Arizona Student Union Gallery:"Greek Island Odyssey" August 15 - September 9, 2004
2004 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute "Art Institute Student Show" August 20 - September 12, 2004
2004 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Gulf of California Exhibition
2003 De Grazia Gallery in the Sun - Central Arts Collective: Appearing
2002 De Grazia Gallery in the Sun - Central Arts Collective: Slices
2001 The Watercolor Gallery (Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild) Inspirations: Artistic Roots
2001 Central Arts Collective - Desert Life, Sea Life (two-person show)
2001 Central Arts Collective - Autumn Sonata (members show)
2001 Central Arts Collective - Expose Yourself (summer invitational)
2001 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (SAWG watercolor show)
2001 Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild - Anything Goes (SAWG Members Show)
2001 Central Arts Collective - My Pet III (juried show)
2000 Gallery of Heart
2000 GOCAIA (Gallery of Contemporary and Indigenous Art)
1999 Pima Community College Group Sculpture Show
1998 Pima Community College Group Sculpture Show
1996 Pima Community College Group Sculpture Show
1986 Tucson Art Institute
1985 Tucson Art Institute
1983 Coffee Etc Cafe (one-person show)
1983 Mural: Santorini, Marathon Greek Restaurant
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I consider myself both artist and biologist, drawing dinosaurs and birds in my early years on this earth. I obtained my bachelors and masters degrees from California State University Fullerton in biology, specializing in marine biology. At the University of Arizona, I studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology along with coursework in Scientific Illustration.
For a number of years, I taught biology at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. During my seventeen years at the college, I created over 200 learning videos with video graphics and animations for an alternative biology learning program. I developed a marine biology class, and, over the course of my teaching years, brought hundreds of students to the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), the marine lab at Puerto Peņasco (Rocky Point), Sonora, Mexico, to study the intertidal zone. My husband and I regularly photograph the bottlenose dolphin populations in the upper Gulf of California.
I have taken many art courses from a variety of places (U.A., Pima College, Tucson City Parks and Recreation), studying with such artists as Betty Harris, Aurore Chabot, Moira Geoffrion, Jim Jones, Vicky Wills, and Phil Melton.
During the time of my biology teaching career, I continued to draw and paint and exhibit my work. My paintings (watercolors, acrylics and oils) are of still lifes, landscapes and portraits. In 1995, I discovered sculpture. My subjects - in clay, bronze and rock - are often representations of sea life. Always the teacher at heart, I want my viewers to learn something about life forms. I feel one of the most effective ways to learn is via humor; therefore, many of my sculptural pieces express at least a whisper of whimsy. My former education and biology career have continually inspired me and bring a different twist to my painting and sculpture.
I am one of the founding owners of Blue Raven Gallery and Gifts located at 3054 N. 1st Ave in the Many Hands Courtyard (in Tucson). We hold art fundraisers to benefit local non-profit organizations and provide an intimate space for Southern Arizona artists to display their works. Being a gallery owner is one of the most exciting and challenging experiences of my life.
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Art, Biology and Teaching Resume:
My ultimate goal is to sculpt full-time and teach art part-time. My immediate goal is to obtain an MFA in sculpture/ceramics. I would like to create more figurative work, explore the making of tiles and mosaics, and continue to combine art with biology. I want to further study the production of sculpture in bronze.
2006 to present Blue Raven Gallery and Gifts, Founder and Co-Owner
2002-2004 Instructor for linoleum block printing, ceramics workshops and an Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum class in acrylic painting
2002-present Part-time biology faculty at Pima Community College, West Campus.
Artist, producing works including: drawing; oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; bronze, ceramic, and rock sculpture.
1997-present Principle investigator, bottlenose dolphin research through CEDO, Puerto Peņasco, Sonora, Mexico
1988-2000 Biology faculty, full-time, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona. Taught in alternative mode (1983-2000); produced over 200 educational videotapes (wrote scripts, created computer graphics and animations); job included course development, video production, lecturing to and working with students in the Biology Lab. Acted as the Biology department Chair at the Downtown Campus for six years.
1982-2000 Artist - part time
1983-1988 Part-time biology faculty at Pima Community College, Downtown Campus
1979-1983 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson
1976-1983 Scientific illustration/graphic artist
1976-1978 Research Assistant, California Department of Fish and Game (Dr. Mike Horn, principle investigator)
1978-1979 Graduate Teaching Assistant, California State University Fullerton. Taught labs: photomicrography and ichthyology
1970-present Many and varied art courses: U.A. Art Department (ceramics courses); Scottsdale Artist School (wildlife sculpture - two one-week workshops); Pima Community College (ceramics, sculpture, lost wax casting); Tucson City Parks and Recreation (ceramics I, II, III, wheel throwing, sculpture in clay, watercolor); Tucson Art Institute (acrylic painting, portrait painting)
1979-1983 Graduate courses, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson (research on predation in intertidal fishes), CEDO, Puerto Peņasco, Sonora, Mexico)
1975-1980 Masters Degree in biology, California State University Fullerton. Emphasis on/research in marine biology
1972-1975 Bachelors Degree in biology, California State University Fullerton (emphasis on marine biology)
1967-1969 Coursework at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. English major/art minor
1991 Outstanding Faculty Member, Pima Community College
Memberships in Artist Groups:
6/06-present Blue Raven Gallery and Gifts, Founder & Co-Owner
1/01-present Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ
4/01-present Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild
Scuba diving, sea kayaking, traveling, studying bottlenose dolphins, photography
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