The University of Iowa
Rufus Reid
Jimmy Katz

Rufus Reid

Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project

Presented by
Jazz Studies program - UI School of Music
ADULT: $45 | $35 | $25
YOUTH: $22 | $10
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

Jazz bassist and composer Rufus Reid’s most recent project for big band celebrates the life, art, and accomplishments of Elizabeth Catlett. In 1940, Catlett was the first African American to receive an MFA from the University of Iowa, and one of the first three students upon which the degree was conferred. She went on to become an acclaimed sculptor, printmaker, and social activist. The naming of the UI’s newest residence hall honors her many contributions to art and society. Reid honors that legacy as well with a night of jazz inspired by Catlett’s journey and timeless sculptures.

Rufus Reid is a 2018–2019 University of Iowa Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.


Event Sponsors:
Jon and Judy Cryer
The Gazette
H. Dee and Myrene Hoover
Sara Wolfson


The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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Jazz composer turns Catlett sculptures into five-piece suite, coming to Hancher
The Gazette - Monday, October 8, 2018
Rufus Reid’s five-movement jazz suite, “Quiet Pride,” not only reflects the artistry of Elizabeth Catlett, but her life, as well. “As quiet as it’s been kept, I think she’s a national treasure,” Reid, 74, said by phone from his home in Teaneck, N.J., across the river from Manhattan. “She’s got more of a reputation now than she did when she was alive, but her works are all over the country.” Catlett, who died in 2012 at age 96, was a civil rights activist, printmaker, sculptor and educator in the United States and Mexico, who used her art to depict the African-American experience, often focusing on women.

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