Upcoming Events

    • Thursday, September 13th, 2018 | 6:30 pm

      Suggested Donation | $10

      Plunkett is Flute player from Lettermore, a small village in Connemara. He began playing the Irish tin-whistle at the age of six before progressing to the Irish concert flute. He has played extensively throughout Ireland with some of Ireland’s finest traditional Irish musicians such as renowned whistle player Mary Bergin. A testament to the high standard of Plunkett’s musicianship was being invited to perform with a team of professional musicians for a premier performance of a specially commissioned suite, ‘Sruth’ at Éigse An Spidéal in 2013.

      Plunkett has recently graduated from University College Cork with a first class honors degree in Music. During this time, Plunkett concentrated on performance becoming the recipient of both the Dónal Doc Gleeson Award and the Séan Ó Ríada Memorial Prize which is awarded to the student who displays the deepest understanding of the nature of Irish Traditional music at an academic and performance level. He is hoping to continue his studies and start an MA in music therapy in 2019.

      Conor is a full-time musician and creator of new Irish music. Born in Ennis, Co. Clare on the 10th of May 1968. A diatonic accordionist he also plays other instruments such as piano, violin etc.. Conor performs concerts and does workshops etc on a regular basis. He has recorded numerous albums of traditional music including Cooley’s House ( 1992 ) and Oidhreacht (1997 ), Rough and Ready (2015) etc.. He is a past member of many professional bands including Arcady with Frances Black, Seán Keane, Four Men and a Dog, The Tulla Céilí Band, Shaskeen etc   Conor lived in France for a number of years in the 1990s and worked as accordionist with legendary Breton singer Gilles Servat. During this period he performed in many prestigious venues all over France, such as The Olympia and the Bércy in Paris. Since then he has made countless tours in every country in Europe, America, Canada etc and played in most of the major folk festivals of the world. He has successfully completed a number of commissions including The Connemara Suite in 2014. (Please see Conor’s YouTube channel ( Conor T Keane ) Conor’s original music reflects the exposure he’s had as a working musician to a number of musical genres, mostly of Irish and continental origin. He seeks to develop his original music on a continual basis and enjoys all aspects of collaboration with like-minded people while working towards the realization of various musical projects.


      (Sponsored  by AgArts)




      September 10th, 6 pm

      Toys, Play, and Modern Art – Brady Plunger (Assistant Curator of Education) Explores the ways in which various 20th Century artists embraced the concept of play and formal elements or characteristics of toys in both theory and practice. Several major artists in the Stanley’s collection, including Pablo Picasso, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Hannah Hoch, Alexander Calder, and Paul Klee, all made toys alongside working as artists, and their art will be considered alongside the toys that they made in this talk





      October  8th at 6 pm

      Woman As Art and Artist – Vero Smith (Associate Curator, Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project) | A discussion of how the female figure has long been a popular subject in visual art, yet the stories of woman artists are less well known than the successes of their male counterparts. This lecture will examine artworks produced by and about women in the Stanley’s collections.

      November 8th at 6 pm  Artists in the UISMA Collections – Vero Smith (Associate Curator, Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project) | A magnet for the visual and literary arts, the University of Iowa attracted many notable creatives to the state over the past century. This lecture will trace the geographic and aesthetic journeys of several notable artists: Byron Burford, Mauricio Lasansky, Elizabeth Catlett.




    • Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 2:00 pm

      Don’t miss this opportunity to travel without the expense!

      Free and Open to the Public



    • Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 7:00pm | Maquoketa Art Experience

      Created and performed by John Rapson, Professor University of Iowa Music Department


      A genre-bending tale with lilting Western ballads, gentle Mexican

      waltzes, folk songs and melodies from the East, evocative tone

      poems and raucous ragtime melded together by


      a story about LEAVING HOME

      of TRAVEL and wandering the WEST

      a COMING-OF-AGE story

      a story of FORTUNES won and lost


      of GENEROSITY and HATE

      a story of LOVE late in life

      and a dastardly MURDER

      with cowboys and Indians, landowners and congressmen,

      society ladies and ladies of the night, school children and old folks

      Afghans, Mexicans, Chinese, Czechs and Poles,

      and special appearances by the famous

      Buffalo Bill Cody and Medicine Joe Crow

      You will laugh, you will cry

      you will fret, you will sigh

      Special guest artists,

      Iowa City’s singer/songwriter legend: Dave Moore voice, slide guitar, accordion, harmonica

      And introducing singer/songwriter: Danyel Gaglione voice, North African mandole

      from France, now an Iowa City immigrant.



      An Afghan child of twelve leaves his home near the Khyber Pass, wandering India for

      years before boarding a boat in Bombay and landing in Seattle. After exploring the west,

      he settles in Sheridan, Wyoming to take over a business selling tamales. He works 80

      hours a week and becomes famous for his food and eventually learning how to invest in

      the stock market. As he gains and loses fortunes, he nonetheless lives frugally choosing

      to spend his money in acts of kindness and generosity. He gains citizenship in 1925, has

      it revoked by U.S. xenophobic laws and regains it again thirty years later. He becomes a

      legend, both back home in the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan and in

      Wyoming. He has an arranged marriage late in life and sires six children before abruptly

      and tragically being murdered in his 80s. His children and their offspring have recently

      founded a mosque in Gillette, Wyoming that has drawn the ire of some eastern Wyoming

      residents and received national attention in the press. (Based on an article by Kathryn Schulz in the June

      6/13, 2016 issue of The New Yorker: American Chronicles: Citizen Khan and used with written permission



      -Hot Tamale Louie’s trick is to make you think this is an old-fashioned tale told through

      traditional means, but in reality this is a vital and modern work whose adventurous

      collision of musical genres, aural and visual storytelling, and themes of place, politics,

      and identity is as reflective of our complex times as the history it seeks to illuminate.

      Andre Perry

      The Englert Theatre, Mission Creek Festival director


      -Wow! Wow! Hot Tamale Louie was hands down one of the best performances we’ve

      ever seen. We loved everything about it with the emphasis on everything! The whole

      concept was done so well that it’s difficult to express how much we enjoyed it. Everyone

      gave outstanding performances … the music and musicians blew us away, the narrator

      was awesome, the design, narrative, and presentation of the slides, and even the timing of

      the slides was right on the mark. What a great, great story you told. Thank you so much

      for an evening that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

      Justin and Jill Fishbaugh


      -John Rapson has created a timely musical piece called “Hot Tamale Louie”. It tells a

      colorful brave life story in music and prose and encapsulates our current immigration

      “mess.” An Afghan immigrant is determined for a better life, risks it all to succeed. His

      story shows how our laws move back and forth in a dizzying dance … first to permit him

      citizenship, then to take it away. The story doesn’t end there. Rapson’s music

      compositions allow us to taste this determined life in a Wyoming town at the turn of the

      century, a combination of many skin tones, heritage and beliefs and ties it to today in a

      brilliant whimsical musical way.

      Lisa Baum, KCCK radio

    • 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).



      October 26, 2018 Topic: Early modern art movement called Fauvism and Henri Matisse.

      November 23, 2018 Topic: The early modern art period of German Expressionism and the 2 movements of Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter.

      December 28, 2019 Topic: Cubism – Analytical and Synthetic – Pablo Picasso

      January 18, 2019 Topic: Fantasy and Surrealism – Salvador Dali

      February 15, 2019 Topic: Social Realism – Edward Hopper




      Thursday, October 11 | 6:30

      Thursday, October 25 | 6:30

      Wednesday, November 7 |  6:30

      Thursday, November 29 | 6:30


      Artist Statement

      A picture is worth a thousand words and a second of film is 24 individual pictures strung together to give the illusion of movement. A two-hour long film clocks in at 172, 800,000 words – I make films because I have a lot to say and I don’t quite have the words for what I attempt to declare. I have no desire to convince someone of an idea as much as take someone on an experience. I do believe that great art comes from great pain, much to the dismay of the characters I have created. Metaphor is extremely important to me because at the end of the day I feel art has to mean something. When you can start with an idea which only exists as neurons firing around in your brain, write that down, put that into the hands of a team of sometimes thousands of people, and show an audience exactly what transpired in the ether of creativity – that might be the only magic that exists.

      I think Cinema is the great American art form. The American experience is so diverse that Cinema lends itself to potentially unlimited avenues of exploration. With my experience and knowledge of how to create the medium and what has been done with the medium, I am uniquely capable of using new technologies to push forward classic film techniques. Cinema is the result of an intensely collaborative process, and I have been quite independent on that end, but my goal moving forward is to continue making films while adding my experience and knowledge to the base of a larger film community.



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