The University of Iowa
UI senior Elinor Kreiger-Coble on the sidelines at Kinnick Stadium.

The 70,000-plus fans in the Kinnick Stadium stands couldn’t take their eyes off the field when the Hawkeyes beat the Michigan Wolverines in November.

Except for Elinor Krieger-Coble and Heidi Schickel, who watched almost none of the game. Instead, they stood on the sidelines with sketchbooks in hand, drawing players waiting to get in the game and huddling to stay warm, coaches talking on the bench, the fans in the stands, the marching band and cheerleaders—all the details of a big, loud, colorful Big Ten football game on a chilly autumn night.

The two artists were working on a commission of sorts from the UI Department of Athletics. All season, Krieger-Coble attended the Hawkeyes’ home football games to create an exhibit of drawings and paintings about the team. Schickel joined later, just in time to attend the game with the dramatic last-minute upset against the Wolverines, one of the season’s high points.

While other college football teams have team photographers, the Hawkeyes also have team artists.

“We love innovative ideas like this that showcase how athletic department resources can be used as learning opportunities not just by our student-athletes, but by students all across our campus, no matter their field of study,” says Gary Barta, UI director of athletics, who arranged for the project with Steve McGuire, professor of art in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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