"The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible". Allan Kaprow

“The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way”.

— Diane Arbus

Truth & Beauty - New Work 

October 14th - November 23rd, 2019

Friday, November 8th: Q & A at 4pm, Reception follows 5-7pm

Catich Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center at St. Ambrose University

518 West Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa


Lecture: Contemporary Portraiture with Sandra Louise Dyas

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6-7pm

Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, IA

The Daily Palette

2018 Recipient of an Iowa Arts Project Grant

I am honored and grateful to announce I have received an Iowa Arts Project Grant to help fund my newest work and homecoming exhibition at Luce Gallery, Cornell College. Funding from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is made possible from Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Sandra Dyas is a visual artist living in Iowa City. She received her MFA in Intermedia: Performance Art and Video from the University of Iowa in 1998. She is a Lecturer in Art at Cornell College, where she teaches photography, video and performance art. 

It is my intent for my work to reveal the unspoken, the poetic, the immense mystery of being human. These photographs and experimental "moving poems" are a personal response to my inquiry into the human condition.


My work is influenced by my surroundings, both place and people. I am interested in landscape as it relates to us, what traces people have left behind in the landscape, the ghosts that inhibit a place.

We figure out who we are by knowing where we are. Our roots play a critical role in shaping who we become. The psychological and philosophical relationships formed between humans and the landscape is what inspires and drives me to make art.

Work with Me

Commissions, portrait sessions and photography workshops are available.

Please reach me by using the contact form to discuss rates, scheduling and more.

  • I have been collaborating with filmmaker LeAnn Erickson on an online video project called Homegrown Stories since its inception in 2013.  
  • VIMEO - complete selection of video work.