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August 12, 2017-October 6, 2017: Fall Interval by Lianne Westcot

Lianne Westcot’s paintings reflect her love of the Iowa landscape.  Lianne grew up in rural Iowa and spent her youth working outdoors.  However, it was going away to college that helped her appreciate the beauty of the land that had surrounded her all her life.

Now she says, “I love painting the views, vistas and vignettes that I see around me every day.”  Sometimes she sets up an easel and paints out of doors, a practice that is called “plein air” painting.  She usually paints in her Swisher, Iowa studio with acrylics, but sometimes uses water colors, pencil, or ink.

Lianne has a degree in graphic design from Iowa State University, where her studies included the fine arts of drawing and painting.  She had exhibits at several Iowa galleries, the Iowa State Fair, and other spaces.  Her work is sold at juried art festivals, including the Octagon Festival in Ames.  She also gives lessons to youth and adults. More information on Westcot and her works can be found at www.liannewestcot.com.

          

 

June 16, 2017-August 12, 2017: Explorations: Painting on Clay, Metal, and Paper by Mary Weisgram and Norma Wolff

This show features clay wall art and vessels by Weisgram and paintings on metal and paper by Wolff, including digital reinterpretations of Wolff's prior paintings. 

Weisgram is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict and Mankato State University, and has been a studio potter since 1973.  Wolff received degrees from Butler, Michigan State, and Indiana Universities, and has returned to painting after a near forty year hiatus.  As members of CASA (Creative Artists’ Studio of Ames), they both have been interacting and influencing each other’s works since 2001.

               

 

April 21, 2017-June 16, 2017: Pastel Works by Mary Ann Kainlauri Shao

This show features Ms. Shao’s signature irises, vibrant landscapes, and other colorful subject pieces.  The artist hopes that viewers will feel light and refreshed, like having walked in a sunny garden, or perhaps enchanted, having caught a glimpse of a glorious sunset. 

Ms. Shao’s early artistic influences were those of her father, architect Eino Kainlauri, and the amazing colors of the Nordic landscape of Northern Finland. Ms. Shao received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan and she has studied pastel technique PSA Master Pastelist, Mary Muller, and IAPS Eminent Pastelist Terri Ford.  She is a member of the Iowa Pastel Society. 

Additional information on Mary Ann’s work can be found at http://makainlauristudio.squarespace.com/.

               

 

February 26, 2017-April 20, 2017: Passing Voices by ISU MFA Integrated Visual Arts students

An art exhibition of six MFA Integrated Visual Arts students will be on display February 26 through April 22 at The Gallery in the Round, 1015 North Hyland Ave in Ames.

“Passing Voices” is an art exhibition of six MFA Integrated Visual Arts students from Iowa State University.  The show includes works by artists Tina Rice, Rachel Deutmeyer, Anna Segner, AJ Zandt, Robert Jinkins, and Xin Chen. It features works in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and furniture. The subject matter of the artwork is as varied as the artists who create it, covering issues of exploration, record keeping, family history, nature, and human interaction.

               

 

January 1, 2017-February 25, 2017: Works by Jon P. Baldwin

"I have found that being creative has always been something that has come naturally, even as a small child. My mother still has a clay sculpture that I made as a preschooler of baby Jesus. Throughout the years, my expression of art has been “manic” in nature; movement within my pieces has had an unfinished look, creating what has been described as, 'the paint that wants to run away.'

My influences have been linked to Van Gogh, Dali, Pollock, and Rockwell. Each has a different meaning to me and plays into the style that I have come up with. However, Van Gogh will always be the artist with which I can most greatly relate; the urgency in his paintings gives me a sense of balance.

Fast expression, whether of frustration or calmness, can be seen in my works.  They are a timeline, or draft of a timeline, of my feelings.  Lost love, sadness, and joyful times can all be seen in my work.  There is madness amongst all of us; mine happens to be art.” -Jon P. Baldwin

               

 

October 15, 2016-December 30, 2016: Life of Sierra Leone by Radford Davis

“As a photographer, I want to capture the hope, the art, the beauty and the energy that surrounds and dwells within a people and place, or otherwise I’m not telling the full story,” states Radford Davis as he describes how he documents peoples’ rich stories through photography.  Davis is a National Geographic winner of the #Endpoverty challenge and he brings to photography not only the beauty of art, but a specialized knowledge from his experience as a Veterinarian, a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health, and working for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

In 2010 and 2012, Davis traveled to Sierra Leone to improve animal and public health. His focus in 2010 was on rabies, transmission by dogs, and what was being done to prevent the loss of life. In 2012, he assisted the government in developing a Community Animal Health Worker program—training villagers to provide basic animal health services. As part of his travels he documented his experience through poignant photographs showing people and animals in a country that has only five veterinarians and suffers from poverty, poor health care, illiteracy, and malnourishment.  Davis said, “The Community Animal Health Workers provide animal health expertise when no one else can. This is a much needed program, and I hope for its success.”
Davis hopes to travel to Haiti in 2017 to document the impact of rabies on people and animals, as well as the ongoing struggle with cholera.

For more on Davis' works, please visit www.radforddavis.com.  

               

 

September 4, 2016-October 15, 2016: Well-Loved Quilts from the Heartland

This exhibit displays quilts owned and cherished by members of the Friendship Force of Central Iowa.  The exhibit is part of a quilting exchange that will bring approximately twenty visitors from England, Canada, and all over the United States for home visits and study in quilt making in Cedar Rapids and Ames.  Quilts range from a century-old crazy quilt made by great-grandparents to a modern t-shirt quilt made in memory of a UUFA member.  Each quilt has a story, often serving practical purposes in our homes, with an emotional appeal and beauty that makes them family treasures.  

For more information on the Friendship Force of Central Iowa, please visit Friendship Force International online.

                         

 

July 9, 2016-September 3, 2016: Apocalypse and Elephants by Nick LaPole

Apocalypse and Elephants is a series made up of relief prints, complementary zines, and hand-drawn animations. Following two unique narratives, each perspective seeks to address the themes of regret, grief, and the process of moving forward. Whether two companions traveling through the void or a solitary character exploring a desolate landscape, past mistakes and present revelations play a major role moving forward.

Nick LaPole attended Grand View University from 2010 to 2014 and will be attending the Pratt Institute in the fall.  He has exhibited his work in a number of venues in central Iowa including for two years as an Emerging Iowa Artist at the Des Moines Arts Festival.
Based in narrative, his art encompasses drawings, animations, and prints. Through these mediums, Nick probes his thoughts, strengths, and shortcomings in order to visualize them onto a tactile surface. His mark possesses an energetic, obsessive quality, adding a bit of vigor to otherwise 2-D forms.  Striving to participate in the world around him, Nick seeks to maintain connections with his peers and the art community at large. He currently lives in Des Moines.

To learn more about LaPole and his works, visit nicklapole.com.

          

 

May 14, 2016-July 8, 2016:  Waking Up to the Dream by Daishin McCabe

Waking Up to the Dream is the title of Eric Daishin McCabe's calligraphy exhibit. The Ames Zen Buddhist priest says that his work is “my way of gently reminding you to wake up to this wonderful place.”

A Zen saying, “one chance, one encounter,” informs how Daishin works.  The saying means that we only have one moment to do anything; that moment is right now.  In Zen calligraphy, this translates into not going back over lines to touch them up or make them more beautiful.  Daishin says, “Our mind is often overly critical of our actions.  Zen doesn’t give this mind a chance to arise.  What is done is done.”  Daishin’s calligraphy is typically done on rice paper, with sumi ink.  His Zen teacher, Dai-En Bennage Roshi, recommended adding pictures and English to his calligraphy to make it more accessible to his audience.  Despite the spontaneous and accessible nature of Daishin’s work, it is has deep spiritual meaning.  

To learn more about Daishin and his works, visit https://zenfields.org.

                              

 

March 20, 2016-May 14, 2016:  Transitory Nature by Josianne Ishikawa

Ishikawa's master's thesis, integrated media exhibition incorporated creative nonfiction video essay, traditional photography, digital arts, encaustics and textiles, and reflected the range of processes, mediums and techniques she has studied throughout her graduate studies at Iowa State. 

“My art philosophy is based on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Wabi connotes rustic simplicity or understated elegance. It can also be the natural flaws that occur in the process which give an object its uniqueness and grace. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age such as a patina in the natural wear and aging of objects or the change of light and color from one season to the next. If an object can bring a sense of melancholy and spiritual longing, then that object can be said to be wabi-sabi. It is defined in art as ‘flawed beauty’ or the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and the profundity of nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death.

Wabi-sabi can be a place, an object, a feeling or a philosophy. It can be subject matter that questions our desire or attachment to things to obtain a deeper insight, a heightened perspective and appreciation for their beauty in their qualities of randomness, humble simplicity, rough textures, organic shapes, muted colors, or rough patterns and scratches.

I combine my art philosophy with a mix of traditional studio and contemporary media: photography, textiles, paint, encaustics and creative non-fiction videos. Integrating these media make it possible to communicate not just through images or the written word, but also through the composition of sound, narration and pacing.

At the heart of my work is the unseen aesthetic, quietly waiting to be discovered through the three simple truths of wabi-sabi: transience, impermanence and imperfection… nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is ideal.”

In addition to the display at the Gallery in the Round, a video essay exhibition was held March 21-29 in Gallery 181, first floor of the ISU College of Design building on the west side of the Iowa State campus. 

For more information on Ms. Ishikawa’s work, please visit www.josianneishikawa.com.

               

 

January 30, 2016-March 19, 2016:  Zimbabwe Artists Project

ZAP’s complementary goal is to communicate with Americans about Zimbabwe’s history and culture, as well as about the artists’ lives. Through our videos and through the photographs of the artists and the stories that accompany each piece of art, we offer connections with rural- and urban-based Zimbabweans. Negative stereotypes give way to images of African women as strong, talented, and accomplished.  

ZAP has three primary programs: health care assistance, special projects, and education assistance.

Health Care Assistance Program: We help the artists gain critical access to health care. When an artist or immediate family member is in need of medical attention, ZAP provides support, funding, and transportation.
Special Projects Program: ZAP has assisted many individual artists with their personal challenges, such as rebuilding fragile houses, or providing seed money for entrepreneurial projects. We have also supported the larger community by completing a clean water project, and supplying a generator, textbooks, and other necessary supplies for local schools.
Education Assistance Program: In Zimbabwe there are over 1,000,000 children who have been orphaned. Most of them have lost their parents due to AIDS. The children are taken in by relatives who are often unable to pay for their school fees. ZAP has provided school fees, uniforms, other educational assistance, and encouragement to over 100 children in the Weya area.

For more information, visit zimbabweartistsproject.org.  

               

 

November 29, 2015-January 23, 2016:  People Say I'm Too Pragmatic by Carol Whipple

Carol Whipple holds a Master of Science degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University.  Her artistic interests include painting, drawing, and photography.  Carol has shown her work at The University of Kentucky Hospital, The Kentucky Theatre, The Nest-Center for Women, Children and Families, Alfalfa’s Restaurant, and The Collective, all in Lexington, KY.  The month of August 2014, Carol’s work was featured at Wheatsfield Cooperative, in Ames.  Carol was awarded the Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist in Residence for Visual Arts in the summer of 2012.  Carol is currently the House Director for Chi Omega Sorority at Iowa State University.

 

September 29, 2015-November 28, 2015:  Works by Guy Kyar

‚ÄčA primarily self taught artist, Guy Kyar draws upon many years of experience in farming, where he developed his love of design and skills in handling many different materials.  His works have been featured at several exhibitions, primarily in the greater Des Moines area, including the Polk County Heritage Gallery, the Viaduct Gallery, and the Des Moines Women's Club Annual Exhibit.  He has also presented solo exhibits at the Fitch Building and the West Des Moines Barnes & Noble, as well as several other venues.

"I have a love of design and I enjoy using geometric and organic shapes combined with line, color, and found images.  I rarely start out with a finished image in mind.  My process begins with the application of one element, and I then respond to that element with another and follow along until the stopping point presents itself.  I then hand the work to you, the viewer, to continue the process."

                         

 

July 29, 2015-September 27, 2015:  Works by Richard H. Dutton

Dutton is a lifelong artist and art educator who taught art at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa for over thirty years and served as Chair of the Performing and Visual Arts. Richard retired from college teaching in 1999 and has since traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas with his wife Karen, where he has discovered the inspiration for his work. Richard and Karen moved to the Hallsville, Missouri (near Columbia) area eight years ago.

Richard continues to paint primarily in watercolor but also works in oil and acrylic.  He believes that an art work has to transcend the subject matter and take on a visual entity of its own.

Dutton’s paintings can be found in many Midwest art collections, including banks, businesses, and private collections. Two examples are the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, and Hy-Vee Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.  Additional paintings can be viewed online at www.duttonwatercolor.com.

                             

 

June 7, 2015-July 26, 2015: Physical Places, Mental Spaces by Alyssa Tauber

"My work explores my relationship with my environment - both physical and psychological.  Each influences the other.  Physical spaces affect our emotional states and, conversely, our emotional states affect our physical environment.  I use these relationships to examine my connection with my environment, and as projections of my mental state, but ultimately to search for my Self - and I hope the viewer will do the same.  Personal experience, literature, psychology, and other artists, such as Edward Hopper and Giorgio de Chirico, have all been important to my work. ~Alyssa Tauber

Tauber was born in Ames, Iowa, and lived there until the age of five, when her family moved to Des Moines. She attended The University of Iowa for her undergraduate degrees, receiving a BA in English and a BFA with Honors in Art. In 2013 Alyssa earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University. Currently she lives in the Des Moines area and teaches adult-level classes in printmaking and drawing at the Des Moines Art Center. Alyssa’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the Monotype Guild of New England’s Third National Juried Monotype and Monoprint Exhibition, the Limerick School of Art and Design in Limerick Ireland, the Polk County Heritage Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa, and the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

                              

 

April 20, 2015-June 3, 2015: Learning with my Hands by Scot Schuckert

“I am interested in issues of craft, artisanship and the materiality of things we make. An understanding of materials and how they go together is essential to quality in making. Knowing how things go together is an understanding of materiality, physical and spatial relationships. I believe we need to “see” materials beyond just what they look like, toward an exploration of what they represent,” says landscape architect and artist Scot Schuckert of Ames, IA. Several photographs documenting his earthworks and sculptures from a series titled "Learning with my Hands : Of Craft, Materiality, and the Physicality of Making" were displayed.

Schuckert has worked as a landscaper since 1993, and completed his master’s degree at Iowa State University in 2013.Interested in local landscapes, he researched and explored Pammel Woods as part of his master’s creative component. Working primarily with stone and wood, he created ephemeral installations that explore issues of space, craft, and the materiality of things. As a student Schuckert received The American Society of Landscape Architects Iowa Chapter Student Merit Award in 2013 and the Barbara King Scholarship.

“Like design, the construction of a dry stone structure is reiterative. Fitting a stone involves picking a stone for placement. Placing the stone may involve turning, or it may need to be trimmed. Perhaps the stone just won’t work, so it needs to be set aside for use later. ” says Schuckert. He adds about his installation titled Horizon, “Horizon is really about “seeing” a larger context within a bounded space or “realizing” one idea within another.” Schuckert and the gallery committee will host a reception for his exhibit on Saturday, April 25th from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery. The public is invited.

          

 

March 7, 2015-April 16, 2015: Doily World and Other Quilts by Clara Oleson

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Art Exhibition Committee announces the upcoming exhibit “Doily World and Other Quilts” by Clara Oleson of West Branch, Iowa. 

“Doily World”, is an installation of dozens of antique crocheted doilies, their makers unknown, each honored by its transformation into a mini-quilt to hang on the wall. In her artist’s statement, Oleson says that her own mother crocheted doilies, but “she had no time to go to high school, college, Law School, only cook, clean, sew, wash, iron, comfort, direct, yearn, want, laugh, be ill, die.” The installation pays homage to the silent, nameless, even saintly women whose homes were the only arena in which to express “hearts made for Beauty.”

In addition, we will exhibit several of Oleson’s art quilts. Oleson has had several solo exhibitions of her quilts, including ones at the Muscatine Art Center in Muscatine, Iowa and at the Grace Institute in New York City. She is a retired lawyer who worked for years as an adult labor educator through the University of Iowa’s Labor Center.

               

 

February 1, 2015-March 5, 2015:  Studio Affinities

A selection of current work by faculty from the Department of Art & Visual Culture (formerly Integrated Studio Arts) at Iowa State University.  These pieces represent a wide range of creative investigations and expressions in a variety of media and areas.

Participating artists include Dean W. Biechler, Christine Carr, Barbara Caldwell, C. Arthur Croyle, Nathan D. Edwards, Cindy Gould, Brent Holland, April Katz, Ingrid Lilligren, Chris Martin, Joseph Muench, Sandra Quintero, Paula Streeter, and Nancy Thompson.

 

December 13, 2014-January 30, 2015:  Ames Is 150: His Story, Her Story, Our Story

Ames C.art, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, and the Ames Historical Society present: “Ames Is 150: His Story, Her Story, Our Story”, a juried visual arts exhibition at the Gallery in the Round. 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Ames, Iowa. Visual artists from Ames and beyond were invited to submit works that explore and engage with the history of Ames, and/or depict an event or historic structure in Ames. A four person jury selected 10 works from the submissions. The exhibition is augmented with historic artworks and information panels from the collection of the Ames Historical Society.

The exhibition has two parts.  For the first part, visual artists were invited to submit works that explore or engage with the history of Ames, or depict historic events and structures in our city.  The Ames Historical Society provided access to their archives to any artist interested in researching a particular subject.  In the end, 10 pieces from 7 different artists were chosen from all the submissions.

The second part of the exhibition consists of historic artworks by important Ames artists and collectives.  These works are from the archives of the Ames Historical Society and the personal archives of Ursula Ruedenberg and Jane Graham.  They are accompanied by information panels explaining their historic significance.

Daniel Marks, "Brookside Train", 2014.     Velma Rayness, "Hillside in Winter", 1971.

 

November 2, 2014-December 12, 2014: SCAPES

An exhibit featuring the works of artist Jennifer Drinkwater.  

     

 

September 20, 2014-November 1, 2014: Open Book Series: Kathy Svec Assemblages

 

August 11, 2014-September 19, 2014: Watercolors by Terry Dooley

The works of watercolor artist Terry Dooley feature scenes on the High Trestle Trail and its bridge, as she lives nearby in Madrid.  Painting wildlife, trees, and architectural structures in nearby Des Moines are a challenging, enjoyable venture for Ms. Dooley.

 

May 17, 2014-June 28, 2014: Steve Hosch

"Since I can remember, I’ve had a passion for art and history. As a kid, growing up in Northeast Iowa—if I wasn’t illustrating, painting, or otherwise doodling away my free time—I was exploring the wooded hills and valleys that surround Elkader, my hometown. These excursions usually resulted in me dragging home “treasures” of some kind: animal bones, interesting rocks, knotted and twisted chunks of wood, the rusted refuse of yesteryear, anything that caught my eye. Nowadays, though my driver’s license says otherwise, that treasure-hunting kid is still alive and well.  

While creating art with found objects and other castaway treasures is certainly the intersection of my passions, it’s more than that. It’s also about catharsis and transformation. My art is about transforming clutter, both figuratively and literally. Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” For him it was “dust”—for me it’s clutter. Finances, relationships, mind-numbing jobs, mortality, and other potentially stressful factors affect our lives and clutter our brains. Since delving into assemblage and collage art in 2010, my process as an artist has been an attempt to transform the clutter in my head and heart into art. My clutter-to-art process not only helps fuel my creativity, but it also feeds my need to seek answers.

Ironically, much of my art is about literally transforming clutter. I love searching flea markets, garage sales, and antique shops, and discovering rusty bits and pieces, society’s rejectamenta, faded photos, and other seemingly mundane objects. In my workspace these finds speak to me (sometimes darkly, but often through humor) and I piece them together—generally in a manner they were never meant to appear—to form a work of art. At their core, my assemblages are satirical; they’re my small attempts to butcher society’s sacred cows."      ~ Steve Hosch

 

April 5, 2014-May 16, 2014: Familiar Scenery, Beautifully Rendered

An exhibit of works by Pat Hykes, a prolific oil and watercolor painter whose works have been sold across the nation and around the world. Pat began dabbling in oil in the early 1970s, between raising her children and teaching elementary school. Since then she has sold upwards of 6,650 oils and watercolors of flowers and rustic Iowa scenery. Patrons of the Octagon Arts Festival may recognize her artistry, as she has been showing at that venue for 23 years. She also runs her own gallery in downtown Ankeny. 

 

December 1, 2013-January 11, 2014: Landscapes by Dennis Dykema

A former professor of art at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Dykema retired in 2001. He now lives in Spirit Lake. The surrounding prairie and wetland inspire his work, which he says falls on a “continuum from representation to abstract.” His bright and richly textured works bring to mind Van Gogh’s later landscapes. He uses paper for his medium-sized oils and canvas for larger pieces. Dykema’s paintings have been exhibited in far-flung locations, from his studio in Spirit Lake to Des Moines to Washington, DC to Poland, to Swaziland. His work is in many museums and other collections, owned privately, publicly, and by corporations. 

 

September 10, 2013-October 17, 2013: Tibet and Nepal: Sacred Lands

Karen Kellogg’s photography exhibit, "Tibet and Nepal: Sacred Lands," reflects both the locale and the spirit of her work. Kellogg was born and raised in Ames. Her years of studying photography began with a course at Iowa State University. While Ames remains her home, she has traveled extensively with her camera. She says, “My photography is a silent meditation” giving a feeling of “connection between the inside and the outside, the part and the whole, the spirit and the universe.”

Nepal introduced Kellogg to the Newari people, but Tibet stands out for her. In fact, she says, “Tibet changed me forever.” Kellogg visited Tibet’s ancient culture nestled between mountains, traveling through “Shangri-La by way of high mountain passes, crossing rugged land with no obvious roads.” She visited monasteries, a sky burial, and many other holy sites.

Photographs by Kellogg have hung in galleries in Iowa, New Mexico, and Oregon. They have been selected for more than 10 juried exhibits. She received a First Place Overall at the Heritage Gallery in Des Moines. Kellogg credits her camera with giving her “permission to become the explorer.” She invites the public to become vicarious explorers by attending her exhibit.

 

July 29, 2013-September 5, 2013: The Master's Apprentice: Two Years at the Tamarind Institute

Master printer Asa Wentzel-Fisher developed his body of work as a master’s apprentice at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM. His show features printer’s proofs created in collaboration with prominent artists from around the country. The artists include: Hung Liu, Sandow Birk, James Siena, Jim Dine, Tony Delap, Willie Cole, Allison Saar, and others.

During collaboration, proofs are pulled with the final objective being a perfect impression of the work. The Bon a Tirer (B.A.T.), otherwise known as the printer’s proof, is compared to each impression as the definitive guide for quality and fidelity. After collaborating with an artist, the printer traditionally keeps the B.A.T., following the French tradition. 

 

June 16, 2013-July 27, 2013: Useable Art: Modern Quilts

“Useable Art: Modern Quilts” is a juried show, including approximately 15 pieces by members of Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild (DMMGQ), many of whom live in Ames.  Exhibit curator, Greta Anderson, comments, “Art quilts distance themselves from the bed…modern quilts are both utilitarian and improvisational.” Some but not all modern quilting pieces are destined to cover beds. Modern quilters often use traditional patterns in innovative ways. They almost always use commercial fabric and machine quilting.

DMMQG members recently participated in a challenge to find creative ways to use the newest designer fabrics. As a result, the same fabric has been incorporated in more than one of the works in the show. DMMQG is a chapter of the National Modern Quilt Guild. The national guild’s website says the modern quilt movement has gained traction since the late 1990s. It defines the modern quilt aesthetic by its use of “bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work.”

Anderson describes modern quilting as “part of the Maker Movement, the idea that we are all makers.” 

 

April 24, 2011-June 11, 2011:  Daring to Be

“Daring to Be,” a photography exhibit focusing on thirty women from the Yucatán region in Mexico, by Jann Freed and George Ann Huck.

Freed, professor of business management at Central College in Pella and Iowa Sister States volunteer, and George Ann Huck, professor emerita of Spanish at Central College, collaborated on the book, "Women of Yucatan: Thirty who Dared to Change their World," and the exhibit. The book profiles 30 women who have dared to challenge gender inequalities set against them at birth in their native Mexico. The idea for the book emerged during the semester Freed taught at Central’s Yucatan program. The two paired up to interview 30 women in this patriarchal society. The profiles, supplemented by photographs, describe the women’s accomplishments and motivations as well as the obstacles they have confronted.

The bilingual photography exhibit has been displayed in more than 25 locations around the state of Iowa since 2000. The exhibit was shown in Mérida Yucatán in 2004, with most of the profiled women present. This project was supported by grants from Central College, Humanities Iowa, the Iowa Arts Council, and Iowa Sister States Program.

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