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Cara Briggs Farmer

933 9th Street

Marion, Iowa 52302

319-775-7013

synergymetal@gmail.com

 

 

2017 Major Projects

“Three Elements,”  Public Art in Manchester, IA. Completion expected summer 2018.

Geared Up’, Public Art in Anamosa, IA (awaiting final approval by City Council). Installation projected for 2018.

Co-Sign Project, Iowa CityCollaborative business facade project.

‘Time on Our Side’, Coe College, Alumni House garden.

‘Big Time,’ large scale sculpture for private residence, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Gallery Opening, Synergy Metalworks.  Marion, Iowa. 10-month building renovation and subsequent opening of fine art gallery and production studio.

Workshop, Springville High School.  Collaborative large-scale sculpture build with 140 student participants utilizing salvaged steel.

‘Grasswind’, Coe College, Alumni House garden. 

 

2016 Major Projects

Prairie Schooled’, Stainless steel archway feature with planters, benches, screens & lighting. ImaginArt in the Alleys (public art initiative in Marion, IA.) 

‘Ringo & Sisyphus’, Coe College. Two 6’ x 6’ steel spheres for the Alumni House garden.

Custom security railings. ASAC, Cedar Rapids, IA. 94’x 2’ decorative railing addition to increase safety and aesthetics in a juvenile rehab facility.

Wall piece. Martin Gardner Architecture, Marion, IA. 32” x 14’ custom wall piece incorporating company logo. 

Wall piece. Woodruff Companies, Tiffin, IA. Custom piece incorporates company logo in stainless steel patchwork with stained glass. Prominent feature for new office. 

2015 Major Projects

Atrium sculpture. Bottleworks Loft Condominiums, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Four 4’ x 9’ panels designed specifically for the space and installed in a repurposed water feature. 

Outdoor sculptures. Uptown Marion District, Marion, IA. 15 freestanding open structure spheres to replace missing trees in Uptown district.  

Wall sculptures. Kirkwood Center, Coralville, IA.  Two 5’ x 9’ sculptures designed specifically to compliment STEM education.  One utilizes 100% reclaimed steel and implies hexidecimal code; one incorporates the ratio Phi and Sangaku geometry.  

Memorial. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marion, IA. 9’ open structure cross incorporating stylized tree growth rings. 

Exhibit & Gallery Talk. Marion Arts Council gallery at The Lowe Center, June 2– July 30.

 

Past Major Projects

Outdoor railings. Oak Village Community, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Safety railings incorporating custom leaf motif and engineered to withstand shifting/cracking of concrete slab. 2014

Indoor railing panels. Private residence, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Prairie style open structure steel panels, engineered to Linn County residential code requirements, built to replace stock railing stiles.  2014

Champagne trees. Unique Events of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.  Freestanding steel oak & willow trees designed to hold 24 champagne flutes each. 2013 & 2015

Atrium table. Private residence, Marion, IA.  Incorporated surplus granite with new steel to create a dominant feature in residence’s main entryway. 2014

 

Marion Community Committee Work

Board member. Uptown Marion Advisory Board, Marion Main Street Organization. Appointed September 2017

Board member. Marion Public Library Board of Trustees.  2016 - present

Committee member. Marion Main Street Design Committee. 2013 – present

Committee member. Lowe Park Art Trail Committee. Winter 2014 - 2016

Committee member. Marion Public Library Building Committee. Spring 2015 – 2017 

 

Relevant Work Experience

2003 – 2008 Technical Director, History Theatre, St. Paul, MN.  Responsible for engineering, drafting, building, rigging, & installing stage scenery on time and under budget in a 600+ seat professional theater; crew management, labor and materials budget management. 

 

2000 – 2003 Master Carpenter, History Theatre, St. Paul, MN.   Responsible for building, rigging and installing stage scenery in a 600+ seat professional theater.  Skills acquired: MIG welding, rigging, hardware fabrication.

 

Education

MA – University of Northern Iowa, 1999

BA – University of Northern Iowa, 1997

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