Women Shaping the Future with Technology and the Arts Panel

The art world has come a long way in the past 10 years with technological advancements driving innovation and creating new digital spaces to explore. This rapid pace of creative development is likely to continue, with new technology such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence expanding the ways we experience the world. Come join WiCS on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm in 2229 SC as we host a panel of 3 influential women who are helping to shape the future of the arts. This is a free public event, so be sure to bring your friends! We will be providing free food as well!



  • Sivan Cohen Elias: Assistant Professor in Composition (Electrical Media) here at the University of Iowa School of Music.
  • Vero Rose Smith:  Associate Curator for the Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art.
  • Peggy Mead-Finizio: Assistant Professor in Technical Theatre at Saginaw Valley State University.

Moderated by Kyle Rector Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering and University of Iowa Assistant Professor.


More Information About the Panelists and Moderator:

Sivan Cohen Elias: “Dr. Sivan Cohen Elias is a composer, interdisciplinary artist and performer who often integrates different art forms into a unified medium. Alongside her sonic practice, her work includes installations, sound sculptures, prepared instruments, choreography, video editing, text, costumes, improvisation and performance. In her work, performance, play, task, and absurdity operate simultaneously in hybrid systems and bodies that merge behaviors of human, animal and machine, exploring ever-changing phenomena.”

Vero Rose Smith: “I'm a recent graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Design's Master of Design Studies program in Art, Design, and the Public Domain. My work centers on collective memory and the intersection of culture and environment. I am also fascinated by the role of visual imagery in scientific literacy, and the potential of tactile data. Building on a master's in architectural history and a triple undergraduate degree in studio art, art history, and environmental studies, I bring to my current position of Associate Curator at the University of Iowa Museum of Art a passion for visual arts education, environmental stewardship, and social justice.”

Peggy Mead-Finizio: “Peggy grew up dancing at the Flint School of Performing Arts. She holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University, a MFA in Choreography and a MFA in Theatre Arts with a focus in lighting design from the University of Iowa. She is an active dance instructor, choreographer and lighting designer. She is also currently an Assistant Professor in Technical Theatre at Saginaw Valley State University. ”

Kyle Rector: "I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Public Digital Arts Cluster at the University of Iowa. I conduct research at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility. I am especially interested in developing technologies that enhance quality of life for people who are blind or low vision in domains including exercise and art. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and my advisors were Dr. Julie Kientz and Dr. Richard Ladner. I am most recently excited about being awarded a Microsoft Artificial Intelligence for Accessibility grant. I was a previous recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Google PhD Fellowship in HCI."


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


2229 SC