Upcoming Events

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 | 6:30pm | Maquoketa Art Experience

    Session 1 :  Art as an Instrument of Change      


    “Art is a means by which a collective abstraction ̶   society ̶   acquires a memory and a conscience.”  E. B. Feldman

    Artists have raised their voices over the political, social, and cultural events of their times, providing a frame of reference for collective experiences of the individual and society in the process of incremental and revolutionary transformation. The course is an exploration of iconic masterpieces from the canon of art history ̶ alongside popular culture from the world of film, music, newspapers and television ̶ that provides an inquiry into the intersection of twentieth and twenty-first century milestones, crises, and creative vision.


    Morning in America: 1980 to the Present explores a more guerilla-

                                 style of activism in art with a social agenda. Social inequalities give rise

                                 to intersectionalism, and the contradictions of capitalism ̶ and the fall

                                 of Soviet communism ̶ reignite the antiwar movement at home and

                                 abroad. New, and more ephemeral, art forms emerge to give

                                 expression to contemporary concerns in the pre- and post-9/11 world.

    On the Road: Postwar America, Civil Rights, and Identity Politics, or-

                                 the contradictory facets of post-war optimism and a prevailing sense

                                 of fatalistic existentialism as the arts and culture reflected growing

                                 prosperity and  a Cold War mindset.

    Patriotic Mythologies: The Great Depression and World War II looks-

                                 at Depression-era American art, known as Regionalism or “Rural

                                 Modernism,” the isolationist 1930s and the Allies’ action on the world

                                 stage in the fight against Fascism, and the center of the art world

                                 moved to New York City.

    Birth of the Modern World: 1900 through World War I in Europe and America traces-

                                the early years of the last century, from the descriptive

                                works of the Ashcan School painters through the modernists of the

                               Alfred Stieglitz circle, from the editorial cartoonists of periodicals to

                               Soviet film directors.

  • This group meets the third Thursday of every month at MAE at 1:00 pm

    Come “zen” and doodle 

    Meet   *   Create   *   See


  • Every fourth Thursday of the month | 1-4pm | FREE

    Credit Classes for Teachers and Artists

    Bring any art project to work on during this four-hour time period.

    MAE can provide easels, computers, and drop cloths.

    Just bring your other materials and project(s).


  • A free student run ART CLUB for high school students in the community.


    Come and see what it is about

    Let out your creative side in a fun environment

    When:  Every Tuesday Begins September 6th, 2016

    Time:  4-5 pm

    Where: Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S Main)

    A safe place for students: 

    To express themselves in creative ways

    To try new things

    To become the artist they want to become


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