The story of Antonín Dvorák’s journey to America and his experience living in Iowa as told by visual artist Gary Kelley. Featuring works from the composer’s time in this country as well as music influenced by his Bohemian roots.
Various works by Antonín Dvorák with visuals by Gary Kelley
Featured guest Gary Kelley is a well-established, highly regarded artist among both the public and his peers. With the ability to capture the essence of his subject, his beautiful works have become an emblem of fine art within the industry. He received his degree in art from the University of Northern Iowa in 1968 and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995. Gary is a member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators and has received 28 gold and silver medals from the Society’s Annual Exhibitions in New York, setting a society record. In 2007, Gary was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.
Kelley is a sought after artist whose clients have included Time Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and Playboy. His illustrations have been commissioned by The National Football League, The National Basketball Association, Geffen Playhouse, Santa Fe Opera, Island Records, the Kentucky Derby, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Kelley was the creative force behind the famous murals that adorn Barnes & Noble Bookstores nationwide. He was also commissioned to create a large music mural over the stage for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Working in a variety of mediums and influenced by a broad range of art history, his focus is often on story and narrative. He has illustrated 30 picture books, mostly inspired by literature or history; from MacBeth to Rip Van Winkle, World War I to the Dust Bowl, Nicolo Paganini to Eleanor Roosevelt and beyond. This work has led to an ongoing series of projects with wcfsymphony and The New Live, creating visual stories set to music by Holst, Ellington, Gershwin, and Mahler.
Gary has taught as a drawing and illustration adjunct professor at UNI and the Hartford Art School in Connecticut. He also joins the faculty of the Illustration Academy in Kansas City for a week every June and the Hartford Art School MFA faculty for a week each July. He and his wife Linda are frequent travelers but they always look forward to returning to friends, home and studio in Cedar Falls. They are parents of a daughter living in Santa Monica, CA and a son living in North Liberty, IA with his wife and 3-year old daughter.