Steve McGuire

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Director
Office:
150D ABW
Phone:
319-335-1376

Academic Areas

I'm a Professor of Metal Arts and 3D Design, and Director of the School of Art & Art History, were I've taught since 1988. 

In 2010 I created a handmade bicycle curriculum, teaching Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle I, II and III.  Purposeful exploration is the essential condition for teaching, and for learning, skills, concepts and tools including welding, modeling, design, fabrication, aesthetics, and materials. And what can be more purposeful than building a bicycle you can have for the rest of your life?! The University of Iowa Handmade Bicycle Program is comprised of art and engineering majors and has annually exhibited at the North American Handmade Bike Show, and Bespoked International. 

My creative work weds my background in the philosophy of metaphor and interpretation with the creation of bicycles I design, build and then ride in 24-hour to multi-day endurance events and exhibit. When I build a bicycle, be it for the Iditarod Trail (2019), the Flint Hills of Kansas, the Arrowhead region of Minnesota in winter, I match up knowledge of a bicycle and the place. 

My current project is, Handmade Bicycle & Iceland Highlands Divide.  Roughly 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle, a land of fire and ice emerges from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Iceland, roughly the size of Iowa, is dominated by a fault line that runs north to south, right down the middle, with the North American tectonic plate on the west and the European on the East.  Here, along this divide, the tremendous work of fire meets the equally tremendous work of ice.  I am designing and building a bicycle with which I will trace the divide through a world of incredible desolation and immeasurable beauty, the Icelandic Highlands.  

https://uiowa.edu/stories/two-disciplines-two-wheels-one-elite-program

https://youtu.be/yaljKjbhK9o

Des Moines Register article.

Selected Works

Bicycle built by professor Steve McGuire
Bicycle built by professor Steve McGuire
Bicycle built by professor Steve McGuire
Bicycle built by professor Steve McGuire
Bicycle built by professor Steve McGuire
Bicycle built by professor Steve McGuire