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The Birdhouses of Holly Manon Moore: “Put A Bird In It”

Holly Manon Moore arrived at MUM with a BFA in printmaking from West Virginia University (WVU), where she studied with renowned printmaker Will Peterson. While working on MUM staff, Holly was able to complete the art department core courses. “Everything I learned at WVU fell into place,” she tells me. Holly was the first person at MUM to mount a one-woman show in the Unity Gallery, and completed her CV with an MA at MUM in Education Administration.

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Olga Campbell: Capturing Gritty Reality Through Collage

Canadian artist Olga Campbell is one of my all-time favorite people and best friends. For this interview, we sit on the sunny back deck of her home, overlooking the English Bay and Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains.

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Michael Sternfeld’s “Ram’s Dharma” Lecture to be LiveStreamed

Michael Sternfeld will be giving a free presentation titled “Ram’s Dharma: Leadership Secrets From the Ultimate Warrior-Sage-Prince” on February 15 at 7:45 pm as part of MUM’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Local viewers can attend the event at MUM’s Dalby Hall, while long-distance viewers are welcome to stream the event live at this link.

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Business Students Attend Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association Awards Reception

The Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association held its annual awards reception on January 28th. This year’s event was especially significant, as 2016 marked the non profit’s 50th anniversary. While the FEA support all types of entrepreneurship, this year they decided to pay a special tribute to the intersection between art and entrepreneurship in Fairfield.
Tim Hawthorne, the founder of Hawthorne Direct, was inducted into the Fairfield Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Tim is a long-term meditator and teacher of Transcendental Meditation. Over its 30 year span, his company has served many businesses...

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MBA Students Pursue a Safer Fairfield

As part one of our November-December capstone project for Organizational Change For Sustainability, students were put into teams and assigned projects to work on for the month. Our team worked with city council change agent Michael Halley to find out how to improve sidewalks in dangerous areas in Fairfield.

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MBA Students Create Organizational Change for Sustainability in Fairfield

Organizational Change for Sustainability class is the part of Sustainable MBA capstone project classes, and is followed by Sustainable Community Development class. Both classes are grounded in the notion of planned experiences that are related to work situations. This supports the goal of Sustainable MBA program to create authentic learning opportunities through a curriculum that matters.

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Interview with Bill Teeple, Artist and Founder of Fairfield’s ICON Gallery

ICON is a fitting name for Iowa Contemporary Arts and an apt description of the gallery’s well-loved founder/director/curator, Bill Teeple. I recently visited him there.

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New Poetry Book Features MUM Community

The newly published poetry anthology River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty First Century by Diane Frank features several writers from the MUM community and is now available for purchase on

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Jami Johnson: Fashion and Design

Graphic and fashion designer Jami Johnson works as part of “a tight knit team” for Blue Fish Clothing in Fairfield, Iowa. “I never thought I’d be moved back to a small town in Midwest and working at a clothing line doing fashion design,” she tells me. 

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Artist Ananda Kesler Captures her Inner World

Ananda Kesler’s grandmother was a respected Israeli artist. Ananda’s early childhood visits to her grandmother’s studio, “a mysterious, magical place,” fostered her fascination with painting. After her family moved to Fairfield, Ananda began to transcend cultural boundaries – traveling the world to study art, printmaking, textile/surface design, painting and drawing in Italy, Iowa, California and Thailand. In contrast, or perhaps deeply informed by her travels, Ananda’s work explores and reflects her rich inner world.

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