The Art of Athletics

Last Friday, I visited the office area of Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time since its renovation. Immediately, I was impressed with a large video screen that combined film footage of Hawkeye student-athletes with colorful silhouettes of bodies in motion.

Titled Going the Distance, the video art by New York artist Susan Kaprov shows an appreciation for the human body and the amount of training and discipline required of every successful UI student-athlete. It reminded me of the Voom Portraits exhibit at the UI Museum of Art a few years ago and definitely got me pumped up about Hawkeye sports. You can watch a video of the artist explaining her work at

Though the lobby artwork was a pleasant surprise, I was primarily at Carver-Hawkeye to visit former Iowa wrestler Terry Steiner, who was in town last week to help the national women’s wrestling team prepare for the 2012 Olympic Trials this April in Iowa City. You can look forward to a profile on Steiner and the challenges that his athletes face in a male-dominated sport in the February issue of Iowa Alumni Magazine.

Shelbi Thomas
Associate Editor

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