Current Exhibitions

  • Tom Is Returning to MAE:

    “My goal is to paint relatively common scenes in a more dramatic and interesting way”

    Saurday, March 4 – Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Reception/Demo:  Saturday, March 4, 1pm – 4pm

    Open To The Public


    Artist Statement:
    Living in the Midwest has influenced my style of painting and choice of subject matter significantly. Many of my pieces depict very common scenes I have experienced.  As a child, I spent countless hours playing on the riverbanks and wooded areas in Central Iowa. Even today, I continue to be intrigued with nature and the way sunlight and shadows help define the landscape. I continue to spend my mornings  hiking and sketching  the rugged landscape along the Iowa River near my home.   My goal is to paint relatively common scenes in a more dramatic and interesting way. Most of my finished works are the result of  reference photographs and on-location (plein-air) studies.

    Tom been fortunate to study with several well established professional landscape artists including, Albert Handell, Marc Hanson, and Kim Lordier,. For the past several years,  He has worked primarily in pastels and oil paints. He plans to continue to explore these two mediums and is looking forward to many more years of painting and conducting workshops.

    Tom Christopher has explored in depth the Iowa landscape near his home and studio, recording the nuances of changes in season and light. The landscapes of this part of the Midwest reveal their beauty in subtle ways requiring patience and dedication.

    He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Master Circle,  International Asscociation of Pastel Societies. (IAPS)


    2008  4th Place    The Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings

    2010  First Place   Arkansas  Pastel  Society National  Exhibition   

    2011 feature article in the Pastel Journal “Rural Values”

    2012   Honorable Mention   Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings

    2013  Honorable Mention   Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings

    2014  Merit Award.  Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibition

    2014  Feature Article –Plein Air Magazine

     2014  Terry  Ludwig  Award  Pastel Society of the West Coast Annual Exhibition  

    2015  Best of Show   IAPS  “International Association of Pastel Societies” exhibition , Albuquerque, NM                                        

    2015  Pastelist Award Pastel society of America


  • March 11–May 15, 2017

    Wettach Reception | Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1pm – 3pm
    The Wettach Exhibit Curated | Kathleen Edwards UMIA |Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm – 3pm
    (Free and Open to the Public)
    Farm Life in Iowa is an exhibition of thirty photographs taken by A. M. “Pete” Wettach (1901–1976) from 1925 to 1960—thirty-five of the most revolutionary years for farming as a way of life in Iowa. Working as a freelance photographer based in Mount Pleasant, Wettach recorded changes in farming practices at the same time as he honored traditional values of family and self-sufficiency. Wettach’s unique interpretation of the family farm comes from his documentary style and keen compassion for his subjects.
    The exhibition was curated by UIMA Senior Curator Kathleen A. Edwards. The photographs in the exhibition were printed by Steven Tatum from negatives in the A. M. Wettach Collection, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City.
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    Gothic-style dairy barn


    A.M. Wettach

    Gothic-style dairy barn, c. 1935 (printed 2003)
    Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 in.
    Museum purchase, 2007.21, Image courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa

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