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Art Auction (Support Alzheimer’s Walk and Maquoketa Art Experience)

Join the Community in Supporting:  Alzheimer’s Walk: Painting Makes Memories Auction 4:00 pm (Saturday, September 25th)   Maquoketa Art Experience (MAE) 124 S Main Street Maquoketa Refreshments and Bidding Fun Own “Memorable” Art Created by Area Artists 

Maria Casad Exhibit |September – October 2021

  Maria  is a native of Dewitt, Iowa.  She has been involved in several artistic projects in Dewitt and other locations. Her love is travel and the outdoors.  She has traveled throughout the country with various Disaster Response Teams. She spends quiet time at her small, off-the-grid cabin. Art isRead More

Painting for Memories

Plein Air Saturday September 25th during Alzheimer Walk in Maquoketa from 7:00 am till 3:00 pm. Plein Air Art makes Alzheimer’s Walk Memorable For the artists: Plein Air Saturday September 25th during Alzheimer Walk in Maquoketa from 7:00 am till 3:00 pm. We ask all participating artists who choose toRead More

Maria Casad Exhibit

September 2 – October 28, 2021 (More info coming)


Join several non-profit organizations on the Maquoketa Green Space 4 Wednesdays in a row from 6-8 pm: June 30 | July 7 | July 14 | July 21 Being outside and participating in this event is a celebration of our community coming together once again! You will experience a newRead More

Live Model Open Studio

Maquoketa Art Experience, in conjunction with Rees Atelie Presents Live Model Open Studios!   Life Portrait Model Sessions at Maquoketa Art Experience(124 S Main) for an uninstructed group painting/drawing session from 1-4 PM. will continue on Sundays    Some easels and chairs will be provided, but you are encouraged toRead More

Tim Rees Exhibit | “Life through the Lens; The Evolution of a Painter”

November – December 2021                                                                                             Read More

Floriana Hayes | Pastel Exhibit :”A Little This, A Little That”

September 2 – October 28, 2021   CANCELLED DUE TO HEALTH Artist’s Statement Since my earliest memories I have always enjoyed drawing and coloring. Give me a piece of paper and a Crayola and I was set for the day. I enjoy a wide spectrum of subject matter from landscapesRead More

Iowa Artists Traveling Exhibit

January 6 – February 26, 2022

Women’s History Month | Regional Women’s Art Exhibit

March 3 – April 28, 2022 More Info At A Later Date


2020 Marked the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America Maquoketa Art Experience would like to commemorate this historic event in our history by Featuring Women Artists from the Midwest | March 3-April 28, 2022          Cancelled twice last year because of COVID. Maquoketa Art Experience isRead More

Artist and Writer Kelly Clare Discussion of Large Scale Sculptures and Poetry | Esthetic of Imaginative Resourcefulness

Sunday, April 11-Time:  7:00pm Kelly Clare is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Iowa City, Iowa. Currently an MFA candidate in Sculpture at the University of Iowa, she is the recipient of the Eve Drewelowe and Paula Patton Grahame Scholarships, and a Summer MFA Fellowship supporting her research in hybridRead More

University of Iowa Dance Virtual Performance

Friday, April 16th at 7PM Five works by a diverse group of faculty and guest choreographers on the program, which will include a new hip-hop work, a dance/digital animation collaboration, a modern piece, and two new contemporary works. MORE INFO TO COME-

The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild | Fiber Exhibit

May 3 – June 24, 2021. (cancelled due to construction and renovation)    The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild was organized in 1983 to educate and encourage members in the quilting arts; encourage high standards in color, design, and construction of the quilted medium; and to stimulate interest in quilting inRead More

Will Cundill Photography/Poetry Exhibit

March 3 – April 28, 2022 More Infor at a Later Date

Layers of Maquoketa Virtual Alumni Coffee House Concert

Airing on December 9, 2020  Featuring Maquoketa Alumni Musicians. The layers of the Maquoketa 2020 Virtual CoffeeHouse Alumni Concert is now ready for your viewing pleasure – Click here !           Eleanor Kahn                           Read More

University of Iowa Dance Virtual Performance | “Gesture”

MAE’s Facebook and on YouTube at 7 PM on Wednesday December 16th Link for viewing: Http:// Link For Q&A and Artist Talk:  Michael Landez and Laila J. FranklinTime: Dec 16, 2020 07:40 PM Join Zoom Meeting — University of Iowa dance artists Michael Landez and Laila J. FranklinRead More



Rose Frantzen Exhibit |In the Face of Illusion

October 1 – October 30, 2020 This is an exhibit that will uniquely stimulate your thinking and perception of others and the world around you! Rose Frantzen’s In the Face of Illusion presents thoughtful portrayals of individuals in dialogue with optical illusions and impossible shapes, suggesting ways we might distortRead More

Student Poetry Contest

Fritz Hoppe Bronze Exhibit |

POSTPONED AT THIS TIME November 2, 2020 – December 29, 2020.   Artist Bio Fritz Hoppe’s art career began in the mid 1990’s during early childhood. As the son of full-time artists, he had been exposed to the sculpting process at a very young age. This allowed Fritz to develop hisRead More

Chrisje Sanders Exhibit : Diversity of Artistic Expression | November 2020 – February 2021

                     Artist Bio I am a full time process based artist over the last 6 years. Born in 1957 in the Netherlands I received bachelors in science, communication and arts  and  journalism, worked as journalist, editor-in-chief and event organizer.  I emigrated toRead More

Hawkapellas | University of Iowa Choir

Sunday, February 23, 2020 2:00 – 3:00pm Donations Appreciated The Iowa Hawkapellas, an all-female a cappella group at the University of Iowa! Love A cappella? We’re pitch perfect and ready to sing our way into your hearts. Covering your favorites classic ballads, today’s top hits, and everything in between. YouRead More

Jacob Harrison Jones | What is Intermedia?

Sunday, March 1, 2020 | Time 2:00 pm Artist Bio: Jacob Harrison Jones (Jake) earned his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in New Media from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is currently receiving hisMFA in Intermedia at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is  currentlyRead More

Peace Pipe Players | Commedia

A show filled with skits created by the performers over the course of many rehearsals. It is an exaggerated mirror of society that uses both serious moments and funny moments to entertain. LOCATION: DECKER HOUSE HOTEL BAR FRIDAY | September 17th – 7pm show  SATURDAY | September 18th – 7pmRead More

Suzanne Wright | Drawings and Collages | Guest Speaker | POSTPONED

2020 is the year of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America.  We celebrate the women who led the struggle, and honor all women who inspired them, Maquoketa Art Experience will host SUZANNE WRIGHT, an artist residency at the University of Iowa to discuss her artist medium and herRead More

Ballet Quad Cities Presents Spring Is in the Air and Shake the Muse with Chuck Morris | POSTPONED

    SUNDAY, MAY 3 | 2:00 PM   Open to the Public | Donations Appreciated Ballet Quad Cities is one of our Midwest region’s premiere arts organizations. Launched as a professional dance company in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer Joedy Cook, Ballet Quad Cities has garnered critical praise for itsRead More

Iowa Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit

December 1 – January 30, 2020 Artist Reception | Sunday, December 8⋅2:00 – 4:00pm   The Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) is an organization with over 170 members that are beginning, amateur and professional artists.  The organization offers the opportunity for watercolorists of all skill levels to network with artists statewide. Read More

Pam Fetzner | Alcohol Ink Paintings

December 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020 Meet the Artist | Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00pm Artist Statement Pam’s tremendous love of nature and the beauty and wonder of the world around her was fostered at a very young age. Coming from a very artistic family, PamRead More

Lee Kimball | Pastel and Oil Exhibit

“Poetic Vision”  | June 4 – July 30, 2020.    CANCELLED   BIOGRAPHY Lee Kimball’s art is a visual commentary on the land and the continuing cycles of life, particularly of his native Henry County and the surrounding Midwest in general.   Following his graduation from St. Ambrose College in Davenport,Read More

Thomas Buchs – Midwest Plein Air Exhibit

July 2 – August 29, 2022 ARTIST’S BIO Thomas attended Layton School of Art and became an Illustrator, creating artwork for advertising and children’s books for many national and local companies during the last 46 years. During summers he exhibited at Art Fairs and also did Pastel Portraits. Recently ThomasRead More

Roberta Condon and Lorraine Ortner-Blake | Time Passing (a visual chronicle of farm life in the midwest)

May 1 – June 30, 2022 More Info at a Later Date

A Harvest of Memories and Hope | My Story

AN EVENT NOT TO MISS WITH STORIES, MUSIC, FOOD A HARVEST OF MEMORIES AND HOPE TO INSPIRE ALL!!     Come hear your neighbors, friends, and colleagues tell their own stories about farming!   “A Harvest of Memories and Hopes” Storytellers: Roger Stewart Steven Tubbs Skott and Cale Gent LoriRead More

University of Iowa Latin Jazz Ensemble

                        Latin Jazz Ensemble                 Friday, April 26⋅7:30 – 8:30pm The University of Iowa Latin/jazz Ensemble is a student jazz ensemble that studies and performs the genre of “Latin/jazz.” The ensemble isRead More

Layers Coffee House

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 6:30 pm Come join us for an evening of literary reading, drama, instrumental and vocal performances at the Layers of Maquoketa Coffeehouse. Enjoy the talents of your very own friends and neighbors and relax with coffee and tea provided by Maquoketa’s Forte Coffee Shop. SponsoredRead More

Layers of Maquoketa Photo Contest 2019

Theme: Uniquely Maquoketa This year, we will ponder, “What makes Maquoketa uniquely Maquoketa?” Is it the unique buildings and architecture found throughout the town? Is it the museums, public facilities, and businesses that survive and thrive year after year? Is it the new business and places of interest that haveRead More

Upcoming Layers of Maquoketa Event

Author Presentation & Book Signing | Bill Mueller

Saturday, June 15⋅2:00 – 3:00pm  Free and Open to the Public | Donations are Welcomed Bill Mueller comes from a family of storytellers whose rich detail will delight many. In Time to Ship Another Steer, Bill writes a collection of memories growing up on the farm as one of elevenRead More

Wood Carvers Exhibit

June 8 – 16, 2019 Hajny / McDonough / Frel / Lacasse Artists Reception | June 12, 5 to 7 p  Public Demo by Lacasse   Free and open to the Public Donations Appreciated

Maquoketa Schools Art Exhibit

Come  and View  Talented Art Students  Work

Watercolor Artist Reception

Fonseca, McDonald and O’Donnell                        Saturday, July 13                         2:00 – 4:00pm                    Open to the Public

Dean Traver Photography Exhibit

  Meet the artist reception  August 9th from 5-7PM Open to the Public

Maquoketa Art Experience Holiday Celebration

 Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm Maquoketa Art Experience  Entertainment By: University of Iowa String Quartet Artists: Pam Fetzner | Alcohol Ink  Iowa  Watercolor Traveling Exhibit  Hors d’ oeuvres Beverages  Open to the Public | Donations Always Appreciated

CLARINET DUET: Kim Carr and Maurita Murphy Marx

The Brazilian Choro: Lecture-Recital A Journey for Brazil’s National Identity October 6 | 2:00pm   Donations Appreciated       Kim Carr is a native of Maquoketa. Her love of music started at an early age. After graduating from MCHS she studied Clarinet    performance at the University of Iowa. SheRead More

Artshare University of Iowa | Cello and Double Bass Recital

Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:00-3:00PM Free and Open to the Public               Eva Richards            RICHARDS graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2018, where she studied with Nicholas Trygstad. In November 2018, EvaRead More

Lunch and Learn with Artist Kimberly Darling

  MARCH 15, 2019 Times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  Bring your lunch and stay as long as you wish! Kimberly Darling Art Discussion:  Social Realism/Edward Hopper and the Regionalists and Grant Wood.

Lunch and Learn with Artist Kimberly Darling | No Cost – Open to the Public

  MARCH 15/2019 Times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  Bring your lunch and stay as long as you wish! Kimberly Darling Art Discussion:  Social Realism/Edward Hopper and the Regionalists and Grant Wood.

MaqFilm Fest Meeting

EVERY 4TH MONDAY | 6 PM Location: Maquoketa Art Experience | 124 S Main Cinema is a form of art given rise out of the Great Depression. When all hope was lost to so many people the magic of the cinema breathed life and wonder into our world. It isRead More

Eastern Iowa Middle School Jazz Band Festival

  Saturday, April 13, 2019 8am – 1pm Come and see the talent of our youth! Free and Open to the Public

Water Color Exhibit

July 1 – August 29, 2019  Artist Reception | Saturday, July 13 | 2:00 – 4:00pm                                   Louise O’Donnell has lived on both coasts and in America’s large cities and small towns pursuing herRead More

Dean Traver Photography Exhibit

July 15th-September 3, 2019 Meet the artist reception | August 9th from 5-7PM   Artist Statement I have enjoyed photography for my entire life. Beginning in about 6th grade my dad had a darkroom and let me help in the darkroom and take photos, and I have taken photographs everRead More

Meet the Artists Series | Iowa Art Council

Saturday, April 13, 2019. 12:30 PM Artist Workshop 2:00 PM Artist Talks Begin 3:00 PM Reception Mark your calendar for a Meet the Artist event coming to Maquoketa, Iowa. The five newest Iowa Arts Council Fellows are crisscrossing the state this year to display and discuss their work with other IowaRead More

“Brilliant as a Dark Cloud: The Goddess Kali” Presentation/Discussion

“Brilliant as a Dark Cloud: The Goddess Kali” Presentation/Discussion Wednesday, February 6th | 6:30pm Vero Smith, Curator at the University of Iowa’s Stanley Museum of Art A discussion about the Goddess Kali, the current art exhibit of Kali at Maquoketa Art Experience What does it all mean and who is thisRead More

Lunch and Learn with Artist Kimberly Darling | No Cost – Open to the Public

  MARCH 15/2019 Times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  Bring your lunch and stay as long as you wish! Kimberly Darling Art Discussion:  Social Realism/Edward Hopper and the Regionalists and Grant Wood.  

Larry Jon Davis | Visions in Oil and Cold Wax

September 5 – October 31, 2019 Artist Reception | September 8 | 2-4pm Biography Larry J. Davis, a native Iowan, grew up in Clinton, Iowa along the Mississippi River. After attaining a BA in Fine Art at the University of Iowa he completed a four-year tour with the USAF inRead More

Greg Dickinson- NABISCO and News Anchors Exhibit

September 5 – October 31, 2019  .      Artist Biography Putting his college art experience and degree to good use, wherever feasible, is what local artist Greg Dickinson is all about! A local visual artist, muralist and sign painter, Dickinson, a Clinton, Iowa resident, is a native of rural Sabula,Read More

Gin Lammert | “Painter of Radiant Light”

May 11 – June 24, 2019 Artist reception: May 11th, 2-4PM ARTIST STATEMENT I look for the subtle changes that light creates when observing my surroundings.  I’m always searching for what may not be obvious at first glance.  Each stroke of paint, pencil, or pastel chalk I make reflect what my eyes see andRead More

Artist Reception

Wendy Allen and William Crook Friday, March 1, 2019| 5:00 – 7:00pm Free and Open to the Public Donations Always Appreciated

Artist Reception

University or Iowa Stanley Museum of Art of Iowa and Robert Peterson   January 12, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm Free and Open to the Public Donations are always appreciated  

A Holiday Sing is “Coming to Town”

A Maquoketa Alumni | Community Christmas Sing SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2018 3:50 PM If you graduated (from HS anywhere……… REPORT to your CAROLING STARTING STATION: (each is one block from the GABLES) BEFORE 1970: come from the EAST (corner of Olive and Pleasant) 1970-1989: come from the NORTH (corner ofRead More

Trombone and Piano Recital

March 10, 2019 | 2:00 pm Free and Open to the Public | Donations Always Appreciated Caleb Lambert began his musical training at age eleven in Olympia, Washington where he studied euphonium and trombone with Syd Potter and Richard Lopez. In 2007 Mr. Lambert attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, Il where he studiedRead More

Cinema As Art | Nathan Woodward

    Thursday, November 29 | 6:30      Art of the Short Form A Conversation about the versatility of the short film and how all the previous steps apply in making our own short films with the hope of inspiring propellor to make their own works of cinematic art.Read More

All My Colors- Kent Broadbent | May 2 – June 27, 2019

May 2 – June 27, 2019 Artist Reception | May 11 | 2-4 pm Free and open to the Public           Artist Biography Education: Illinois State University – Normal, IL | Painting & Sculpting Augustana College – Rock Island, IL | Figure Drawing Additional Professional Training: ShagRead More

Interactive Art Discussions | Free and Open to the Public

Vero Smith | University of Iowa Artshare Program November 8th at 6 pm  Artists in the University of Iowa’s Stanley Museum 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 pastRead More

Piano Concert | S h i n H y u n g K i m

Please Join Us For A Piano Recital Celebrating Our New Grand Piano Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 2:00pm ShinHyung Kim, originally from South Korea, is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She wasRead More

The Treble Tapestry Singers Are Back!

Tapestry rehearsals will be suspended for the next six weeks—starting today. (March 12 through April16).  This is a response in support of recommendations for senior citizens to remain out of group settings, especially those with underlying health conditions during a time of pandemic covid-19. We are appreciative of your voice andRead More

Codex Silenda-The Mechanical Book of Puzzles | Brady Whitney Industrial Designer/CEO of Arcane Concepts Inc

Sunday, October 28, 2018 2:00 – 3:00pm Discussion and viewing of this intriguing work of futuristic wood design An intricate wooden book; comprised of five different mechanical puzzles. In order to read the book, you must unlock each page in succession in order to progress, following along with a clue-ladenRead More

Doodle Group

This group meets the third Thursday of every month at MAE at 1:00 pm Come “zen” and doodle  Meet   *   Create   *   See

Doug and Mary Melvold Middle Eastern Travalogue (Israel, West Bank, Egypt, Jordan and the Suez Canal)

  Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 2:00 pm Don’t miss this opportunity to travel without the expense! Free and Open to the Public  

Hot Tamale Louie | The Story of Zarif Khan (as told with music)

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 JAZZRead More

Tara Moorman, “Letters to my Ancestors”

November 1 – December 27, 2018   Biography Tara Moorman was raised in a family of fine craftsmen and women who were always building something. She embraces their creative and artistic traditions. Inspired by old family photographs and a desire to bring her ancestors to life, the photos became anRead More

Evanny Angelene Exhibit | November 1 – December 27, 2018

“Evanny Angelene Henningsen grew up in Eastern Iowa in an environment that helped foster her early propensity for art. During high school, she actively participated in life drawing sessions with Chuck Morris at Maquoketa Art Experience and in the Quad Cities with Atom Gallery. After completing an Associate’s degree, she moved to Florence,Read More

Robert D Peterson | “Welcome to My World” Exhibit

January 3 – February 28, 2019  Artist Reception | 2-4PM – Saturday, January 12, 2019 Artist Statement My years of technical art illustration, graphic art, photography, and engineering drafting experience are the foundations of my art. The approach that I have for drawing, etching, and painting is via my technicalRead More

Kathleen Almelien | “Observing the Light”

September 7 – October 28, 2018 Meet the Artist |Sunday, September 16 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm The Snail with its silver Trail says follow me. But SLOWlY There is so much to see.  (anonymous)                                         Artist Statement After training at Iowa State University (BS) and exploring at the University ofRead More

Veronica (Vero) Smith Exhibit

    Meet the Artist Reception | Sunday, July 15 | 2-4pm Free and Open to the Public

Land and Light II Exhibit | September 1 – October 27, 2018

Meet The Artists  Sunday, September 16 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm Carlene Dingman Atwater Artist Biography Carlene Dingman Atwater was raised on a farm outside of West Point, Iowa; she’s drawn pictures of horses since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Watercolor was her first medium of choice whenRead More

Stanley Museum of Art | “Brilliant as a Dark Cloud: The Goddess Kali”

January 15, 2019 – February 28, 2019  Artist Reception | 2-4PM – Saturday, January 12, 2019   Unknown Indian artist Poster featuring the Hindu goddess Kali standing on top of Shiva, c. 1980 Print on plastic 9 13/16 x 6 5/8 in. (24.89 x 16.76 cm) From the collection ofRead More

Wendy Allen and William Crook,Jr. | A Marriage of Soul and Place

March 2 – April 27, 2019 Artists Reception | Fri, March 1, 5pm – 7pm  Free and Open to the Public William Crook, Jr. Biography Drawing on location, William Crook Jr. is a familiar sight along Springfield, Illinois streets and county roads. His landscapes and city scenes show his love ofRead More

Art Discussions with Dale Fisher | Curator University of Iowa Museum of Art

Dale continues with his  fascinating and informative Art Series:     July 2:  CANCELLED August 16: CANCELLED  

Farm Scape by Mary Swander | Performed by Peace Pipe Players

Another Layers of Maquoketa Event Friday, May 4, 2018 7PM  Maquoketa Art Experience Free and Open to the Public This play documents American farmscape through interviews with real people involved in real changes in how we grow our food and live our lives in the rural United States. You’ll takeRead More

Eastern Iowa Middle School Jazz Festival

  Saturday, April 21 Time: 8 – 1:00 Where:  Maquoketa Art Experience Cost:  Free and Open to the Public

Lunch Talks With Kimberly Darling | Conceptual Art

April 27, 2018 | FRIDAY  | 12:00pm                 Conceptual Art         The most significant piece of modern art from the 20th century     Fountain by Marcel Duchamp.

Layers of Maquoketa Event | “Springtime in Maquoketa”

  After a long winter, it’s nice to finally see crocuses and tulips poking out of the ground. Warm weather will be here before we know it! As part of the Layers of Maquoketa celebration, a photography contest will be held. The theme is “Springtime in Maquoketa.” We’re asking photographersRead More

Sacred Heart Elementary School Art Exhibit | K-6th Grades

Now Exhibiting until March 16th, 2018 Don’t miss this colorful and exciting Youth Exhibit Sacred Heart Elementary School Maquoketa, Iowa

Layers Chalk the Walk

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 The Layers of Maquoketa will host a “Chalk the Walk” event as a part of the May 1 –May 5, 2018 Layers Celebration. This event brings together many different layers/groups/individuals who are a part of this community, defining who we are as Maquoketans. Chalk the walkRead More

Brown Bag Lunch Talks with Kimberly Darling

February 8  | 11:30- 1PM Where: Maquoketa Art Experience                                   124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA Have you ever visited an art gallery or museum and thought “What were they thinking? This isn’t art.” or “How can they call this art!” Are you someone who wants to have a better understanding ofRead More

Museums and Art in Paris

Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:30pm                                                    The Museums of Paris  An exploration of the collections in Paris’ museums range from classical ancient monuments to iconic worksRead More

Love Letters by A. R. Gurney | A Valentine Event-Come and Enjoy

    Performances: Friday Feb 9 – 7:30pm (Cast: June Wahl & Jack Jones) Saturday Feb 10 – 7:30pm (Cast: Janet Burrow & John Burrow)  Sunday Feb 11 – 3:00pm (Cast: Leslie Jacobsen & Jay Kahn)   Summary: Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends,Read More

Mike Leinhauser Photography Exhibit

Observations Along the Road of Life  A Collection of Photographs from Past to Present Exhibit |  March 1, 2018 – April 26, 2018 Meet the Artist (s) | Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1pm – 4pm Biography Mike Leinhauser is a native of Bettendorf Iowa. He has taught adult education courses at nightRead More

Catherine Basten | WC Wildlife Exhibit

                      March 8 – April 25, 2018 Artist Reception | Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm    Artist Statement Art is your expression of what is beautiful. Crafting is an art which requires learning a skill. Combining my love ofRead More

Dave Updegraff – Photography Exhibit | May 1st- June 28th, 2018

  I have three passions in my life. My family, my work, and my photography. I will leave it up to you to decide their order of importance. I can only say that my life would be incomplete without all three of them. Obviously there are more but these areRead More

Dawn Wohlford Exhibit

 May 3 – June 28, 2018 Artist Biography: Sculptural paper artist Dawn Wohlford learned how to make paper at a workshop in New York City during the National Art Educator’s conference in 1983.  Afterwards, she went back to Northeast Missouri State University and read everything she could find about the craft,Read More

Alec LaCasse Guest Wood Carver | Exhibit Jun 9 – 17, 2018

More to follow

Iowa State Foundation – Public Reception – Faces of Iowa State Exhibit

Thursday, January 18,2018 | 5 -7 pm Maquoketa Art Experience3 124 S. Main Street Maquoketa, Iowa Open to the Public  Faces of Iowa State Video by Rose Frantzen:

Staci Mercado-Author and Teacher Discusses Her Latest Book: “Honey Wiskey Murders”

  Sunday, January 21 | 2:00 pm  Come and meet this exciting local author You won’t be disappointed! Free and Open to the Public Donations are Always Welcomed! Author’s Bio: Staci Mercado won a Midwest Book Award for her historical fiction novel, Seeking Signs (Four Feathers Press, 2013). She has published workRead More

Veronica Rose Smith | Two Complete Exhibits

July 2 – August 30, 2018 Reception | Sunday, July, 15 | 2-4pm Artist Bio Vero Rose Smith is a photographer, painter, and designer currently based in Iowa City, Iowa. Her recent work has focused on collective memory, the intersection of humanity and environment, and social justice. She is the AssistantRead More


  Maquoketa Art Experience Holiday Celebration  Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 4 – 7 pm Program Begins at 5:45pm   Speaker | Rose Frantzen Live Auction | Floral Still Life Painting (22″ by 34″) by Rose (Flowers of Choice by Purchaser)  Starting Bid | $4800 Music | University of Iowa StringRead More

Faces of Iowa State Exhibit | December 8 – February 12, 2018

    History Beginning in the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, Iowa State University (ISU) made it a priority to commission and paint portraits. The commemoration of presidents, deans, accomplished faculty and heralded alumni strove to honor the college’s heritage and legacies. This tradition continues today withRead More

University of Iowa Artshare Program

                                    Iowa Brass Trio Thursday, December 14 at 4 pm at Maquoketa Art Experience.  Free and open to the public.  Come and listen to the sounds of music to enhance your Holiday Season

Rose Frantzen “In the Face of Illusion” | November 24 – February 10, 2018

  Artist Reception | Friday, November 24 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm     Narratives and questions suggested by figures and portraits enmeshed in optical illusions   Artist Biography Rose Frantzen has been a working artist since 1987, exhibiting figurative, representational, and allegorical works in oil and multimedia in galleries across the country,Read More

Ellen Wagener | Pastel Artist | September 2 – October 30, 2017

“Drip, Blow, Burn, and Sunrise in Jackson County”     A One of a Kind Exhibit, You Will Want to See Artist Statement: Ellen Wagener says she knew her life’s calling before she hit kindergarten. “I really wanted to be an artist, because when I grew up in DeWitt, thereRead More

Bruce Howdle Ceramic Exhibit : Animals In Motion and Wild Things In The Human Habitat.

Monday, July 10 – Thursday, August 31, 2017 Meet the Artist Reception| Friday, July 14, 4pm – 7pm Artist’s Statement After a college career focused in the fine arts with an emphasis in clay, I founded a studio in the middle of the USA and vowed to make it work. MotivatedRead More

Kimberly Darling Exhibition | Fates and Fiber

Monday, July 10, 2017 – Thursday, August 24th, 2017 Meet the Artist Reception | July 14 | 4-7pm   Artist’s Statement: I have always been engaged by the creative fiber arts. I come by it honestly;it was bred into me. I inherited my love of textiles from my mother, whoRead More

Layers of Maquoketa Coffee House

  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017 Maquoketa Art Experience Come join us for an evening of literary reading, drama, instrumental and vocal performances at the 2nd Layers of Maquoketa Coffeehouse. Enjoy the talents of your very own friends and neighbors and relax with coffee and teaRead More

Party with a purpose! Friday, August 11, 2017 | 7pm – 10:00pm

Join us for a night to support FIDA’s work in Haiti Patrick Bentrott, executive director of FIDA-US  A short introduction of FIDA and their work in Haiti will be given Location : Maquoketa Art Experience 124 S. Main St. $25 per ticket  Buy in advance or at the door!  Read More

Meet the Artist Reception | July 14 | 4-7pm

           Bruce Howdle | Ceramic Artist                                          and    Kimberly Darling   | “Fates and Fiber” artist                    Read More

Slices of Life | Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 2:00pm

Press Release*** Press Release*** Press Release*** Press Release*** The Jackson County Historic Preservation Commission will, in co-operation with the Jackson County Historical Society and the North Bend Community Center, present the program, Slices of Life, at the Maquoketa Art Experience (MAE) on July 9, 2017. The program will be hostedRead More

Woodcarver Reception

Free and Open to the Public Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Author B. J. Schwartz (Bret Terrell) |Meet The Author– Tuesday, July 18, 2pm

Bring your camera, purchase a book and take your picture with Max XX, The Malamute and Children’s Book Author, “Plumery Tails”,  B. J. Schwartz (Bret Terrell)  Bret  moved from St. Paul, MN to Iowa with his fiancé in 2007. During the winter months he wrote poetry just as he did as a young man. HeRead More

Janet Cordell | Wood Carver Exhibit

Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 18 Wood Carver Reception: Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm   Artist Statement: I cannot remember a time when woodcarving and art were not central factors in my life, or did not permeate every house I  lived in. I have always been heavily involvedRead More

Adina Huckins | Wood Carver Exhibit

                      Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 18, 2017 Adina Huckins grew up with a family tradition of art and wood sculpture. She has been carving professionally for 30 years and also teaches woodcarving. During that time she has won numerous awards and been recognized forRead More

Joan Becker Presentation | Mental Health

Layers Of Maquoketa Celebration – Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, April 18 – Saturday, April 22, 2017 Community Fun, and Excitement

Artist Reception

Artists: Pauline Maloney and Kathy Schumacher Friday, May 26, 2017 5pm – 7pm Kathy Schumacher speaking  6PM Free And Open to the Public

Tim Cuffman Returns To MAE for a Second Concert

Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm   Timothy Cuffman earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He has been a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and Ohio University. Cuffman also holds Masters degrees in Violin Performance and Upper StringRead More

Wettach Reception

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)  

LIP Sync Contest and Speech Readings Return to MAE

                                CAGE Speech & Drama Club                                                  Featuring  Maquoketa Students Friday, March 24, 2017 | 7 pm Fundraiser to help raise money for CAGE 2018 Drama Production   Open to Students, Parents, and Community Members Donation | $3.00 per person                     ConcessionRead More

Dancers In Company

Sunday, March 26, 1:00 pm Donations Accepted and Appreciated for this event The University 0f Iowa’s premiere touring dance company, Dancers in Company is in its 33rd year.The company presents works by nationally and internationally active faculty and guest choreographers created around this year’s theme of “home.” Using dance toRead More

Tom Christopher Pastel Exhibit

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 ofRead More

Valentine’s Event | The Black Velvet Band

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Early Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 3:00pm Refreshments and Fun for All! Suggested Donation |$10 per person  “Her eyes, they shown like diamonds, you’d think she was queen of the land,  With her hair thrown over her shoulders, tied up with a black velvet band.” The headwatersRead More

Joseph Lappie and Andrew Huot |”Marks and Byways”, Prints and Artists’ Books

                          September 2, 2017 –  October 30, 2017                        Meet the Artists | Friday, September 8, 5pm – 7pm   Joseph Lappie is an Associate Professor in Art atRead More

Pauline Krier Maloney | Fiber Artist

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Tuesday, July 6, 2017 Artist Reception |Friday, May 26, 2017, 5pm – 7pm                                      Free and Open to the Public         Artist Bio: Pauline is a self taught artist winning a number of first place ribbons from area shows and has chosen toRead More

Kathy Schumacher : Charcoal Murals

 My Grandmother’s Story | A Powerful Statement on The History Of Mental Health Thursday, May 18, 2017 – Thursday, July 6, 2017 Meet the Artist | Friday, May 26, 2017, 5pm – 7pm (Kathy will be presenting at 6:00 pm)                  Artist Statement:Read More

Artist Reception

  Meet the Artists Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 1-4 pm Phillip Roeder | Photographer | “Selected Works: 2010 – 2016” Kurt Ullrich | Photographer | “I Am Everyday People” Free and Open to the Public

Pete Wettach | Farm Life in Iowa: 1925 – 1960 in Photographs

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.Read More

University of Iowa Museum of Art | Traditions in Clay Shards Continued

  Discussion with Dale Fisher | Curator UIMA Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 6:00pm Free and Open to the Public

University of Iowa Museum of Art |Clay Revisited

  Discussion with Dale Fisher | Curator UIMA Thursday, November 17 | 6:00pm Traditions in Shards Free and Open to the Public

Writers Round-Table | Saturday, October 29, 11am – 2 pm

Meet with authors: Teresa LaBella, Ramel Hunter, Craig A. Hart, Francesca Hawley, Staci Mercado, Karen Musser Nortman and Robert Banks. The authors will have copies of their latest books available for sale/signing and at  12:oo pm will participate in a “round table” discussion on their journeys to becoming published authors.Read More

Your Words and Your Story | For Fun, Laughter and Learning, Don’t Miss This Event!

Sunday, 11/13/16 and Sunday, 11/20/16  Begins | 1:00 pm No Cost You have a story to tell but thought you couldn’t or didn’t know how to “tell your story?” Maybe it’s the story that gets retold at family gatherings, a story about you or something you have seen and needsRead More

Join Us for an Evening of Art, Inspiration and Fun

Maquoketa Art Experience Holiday Celebration  Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:00 – 7:00 pm Speakers at 5:00pm: Artists-Sara Lubinsky and Janice Bell  Music by: Maquoketa High School Singers Joel Hagen, Director Hors d’ oeuvres & Local Wines Free and Open to the Public Voluntary Contributions are appreciated

Phillip Roeder |Photographer

     “Selected Works: 2010 – 2016“ Thursday, January 5, 2017 – Thursday, February 23, 2017 Meet the Artist Reception | Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 1-4 pm Biography: Phil Roeder has worked for 30 years in public relations and communications, primarily in and around the public sector. Today he isRead More

KURT ULLRICH | “I Am Everyday People” Photography Exhibit

Saturday, January 7, 2017 – Mon, March 6, 2017 Meet the Artist Reception  Sunday, January 22, 2017 |1-4 pm Free and Open to the Public Biography:  Writer/photographer Kurt Ullrich lives in rural Jackson County, Iowa.  Over the years he has written extensively for such places as the Chicago Tribune, BaltimoreRead More

Artist’s Reception and Demo

Sunday, September 11, 1pm – 3pm The Fiber Art Studio of Dubuque KC Barnes Free and Open to the Public  


Sunday August 21, 2016 |2:00pm Duane Hagerty, CEO of Heritage Works, is a historic preservation consultant, architectural historian   Ryan Engelman, Heritage Works’ Preservation and Programs Manager, is a historic preservation professional with extensive knowledge of Dubuque’s heritage.   Art surrounds us in our daily lives, yet we rarely takeRead More

Meet The Artists

Friday, July 8, 4pm – 7pm Suzanne Rogers | Jewelry Artist from Dublin, Ireland Barb McKinley | Glass Artist from Dubuque, Iowa Mary Wells | Watercolor Artist  from  Quad Cities, Iowa Free and Open to the Public Donations are Always Welcome

Meet the Artists

Thurday, June 16, 4pm – 6pm  Public Reception Featuring Woodcarvers: Fred Cogelow and MarvKaisersatt

Textiles From Around The World

Monday, July 18th | 6:00pm The UIMA School Programs Collections textiles featured in this program showcase a range of textiles from around the world. These works of art function as utilitarian items, movable temples, protective clothing, ritual objects, and narrative works of art that mesh language and visual arts. JoshRead More

Pre-Columbian Presentation/Discussion | Tuesday June 28 at 6:00pm

      University of Iowa Museum of Art Education Coordinator, Julia Jessen, will provide an introduction to pre-Columbian art of Mesoamerica and a discussion of pre-Columbian artworks in the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art collection. Artworks discussed will relate to the basic topics of Cultural Beliefs and Practices,Read More

The Fiber Art Studio of Dubuque | Mixed Media Artists

 Thursday, September 1 – Thursday, October 27, 2016            Artist’s Reception | Sunday, September 11, 1pm – 3pm Free and Open to the Public                      The Fiber Art Studio of Dubuque design and create original artistic works. The groups’ mission is to expand their creative knowledge withRead More

KC Barnes Exhibit: Half a Century of Art | Acrylic , Watercolor, & Oil

Exhibit: Tuesday, August 30 – Thursday, October 27, 2016 Meet the Artist Reception/Demonstration Sunday, September 11, 2016, 1pm – 3pm Artist Statement: To live without Color is to live with a Handicap– KC Barnes uses bold, vibrant color to  transform a landscape into a glowing vision. Her paintings are conceptual,Read More

Dale Fischer, Curator University of Iowa Museum of Art: Discussion Series

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Time | 6:00-7:00 pm Topic | Grant Wood’s Plaid Sweater

Jazz Repertory Ensemble | University of Iowa School of Music

University of Iowa will be bringing the  Jazz Repertory Ensemble To the Maquoketa Art Experience Thursday, April 7th at 7:00pm Open to the Public | Donations Accepted and Appreciated Don’t Miss This Excellent Musical Performance By 17 of Iowa’s Outstanding Musicians

The Connemara Lads | Visiting Irish Musicians

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’sRead More

Meet the Artists Reception

Artists: Tara Moorman Evanny Henningsen Friday, November 2, 2018 5:00 – 7:00 pm Free and Open to the Public

Art Figures of the Quad Cities |Thursday, December 3 – Thursday, January 28, 2016

Artistic, detailed and amazing are a few of the descriptions used to describe the Art Figures of the Quad Cities Doll Exhibit shown at Maquoketa Art Experience last year! Various artists from the Quad Cities area are returning with many new figures. This exhibit will not only be entertaining but aRead More

University of Iowa Museum of Art School Programs

Interactive presentations of original works of art in k-12 classrooms. With funding from the UIMA Education Partners, the museum’s Education Department purchased artworks specifically for exemplary, object-based learning during art, social studies, and language arts classes. Students can examine closely—and even handle—many of the objects. Presentations usually last fifty minutes. This event isRead More

Meet the Artist

Pam Ohnemus- “Our Vanishing Landscape” Acrylic Exhibit  Reception: Sat, October 3, 2015, 4pm – 6pm  Presentation: About Prairies at 5PM

Art Dialogue and Discussion Series

  Dale Fisher, Curator of Education University of Iowa Museum of Art Presents: French Art: Impressionism and Post Impressionism Monday, October 19, 2015 | 6:00pm Free and Open to the Public    

Jackson Pollock’s Mural: The Story of a Modern Masterpiece

Maquoketa Art Experience and Voy Theater to show: Jackson Pollock’s Mural: The Story of a Modern Masterpiece November 9 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Voy Theater (207 S. Main ) in downtown Maquoketa This event is free and open to the public This documentary tells the story of Mural from its creationRead More

Photo Session With Dave Updegraff |Saturday, December 12th

Dave  is an avid photographer who lives in Dubuque and works in Maquoketa.  For some time he has been looking for a way to share his passion for photography using the skills he has developed over many years with people who might otherwise not be able to afford a formalRead More

Halle Siepman – Parthenon Sculpture Drawing Exhibit

Sunday, January 31, 2016 – Sunday, February 28, 2016 Meet the Artist | Sunday, February 7, 2016, 1pm – 3pm About the Artist Born and raised in Los Angeles, artist Halle Siepman moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her passion for painting as a teenager. Her educationRead More

Maquoketa High School Art Show | 9 – 12th Grades

  Come and See  Local Student Talent January 12th– February 27th Location: Maquoketa Art Experience Downtown Maquoketa The Public is invited to vote for “Public Choice Award” through Feb. 10th An open house for student artists and the public will be held Wed., Feb. 10, from 6-8PM  

They Are Back | The Black Velvet Band

Saturday,February 27, 2015 | 2:00pm Tickets:  $10.00 (sold at the door) Refreshments and Fun for All!! Chuck Jorgensen, Dale Kilburg, Dan Caraway, Curt Lichter and David Manning   Artists Statement: “Her eyes, they shown like diamonds, you’d think she was queen of the land, With her hair thrown over herRead More

The Davenport Chordbusters

Sunday, March 6, 2pm – 3pm  Donation: $15.00 (per person)  Don’t miss this fabulous concert (Refreshments Provided) The Chordbuster Barbershop Chorus was formed in 1952 as the Davenport, Iowa Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). We are one of over 800 chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.Read More

Reception Maquoketa High School Artists

High School Exhibit Open House Wednesday, February 10 | 6-8PM

Open Reception

Meet The Artist Sunday, February 7, 1pm – 3pm Halle Siepman | Parthenon Sculpture Drawing Exhibit

LIP Sync Contest

CAGE Speech & Drama Club Hosting LIP Sync Contest Featuring 7th – 12 Maquoketa Students March 25, 2016 | 7:00 P.M At the Maquoketa Art Experience | 124 Main Street Fundraiser to help raise money for CAGE for the June New York Drama Tour   Open to Students, Parents, and CommunityRead More

University of Iowa Museum of Art Discussion Series

Dale Fisher Returns: A Discussion About Jackson Pollock’s Mural   Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 4:00pm Open and free to the public Commissioned by art collector and dealer Peggy Guggenheim for the entry to her New York City apartment in 1943, Mural by Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956) is considered oneRead More

Awesome Art Association For High School Students | Tuesdays: 3:45 to 5:00pm | 124 Main Street

  Our next art project will be in the “spirit of spring”.  We will be creating our fairy gardens out of everyday items. Item donations are needed for this project  

Janice Bell Exhibit

                 Sunday, October 30, 2016 – Saturday, December 31, 2016 Meet the Artists: Sun, December 4, 4:00pm – 7:00pm  |Artist Discussion 5:00pm Free and Open to the Public                                                                           Artist Statement Janice’s paintings are inspired by her love of all God’s creations.  She is captivated by the abundance ofRead More

Carver’s Exhibit

Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Sunday, June 19, 2016 Meet the Artists |Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 4-6pm Free and Open to the Public Fred Cogelow Fred’s reputation was initially established through the major non-bird North American carving competition. It was fortunate that his entry into carving came just asRead More

Mary Wells Exhibit | WORLD OF BLOOMS!

Saturday, July 2nd – Saturday, August 27th, 2016 Meet the Artist Reception |Friday July 8th | 5-7pm                     Mary Wells is an artist from the Davenport area.  She has a BA in Art and Art History from the University of Iowa and a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Study.

Inspired Painting Party

Maquoketa Art Experience Fundraiser | Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 1-4pm Limited Number of  Participants–Register today to reserve your space   Bring a friend or friends Enjoy the fun Take home your own creation! Food and wine/drinks are provided Cost: $40.00 Registration Link |

Credit, Relicense, Audit Class With Andrew Huot

Date | Tuesday, June 21- Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 8:30am-5:30 pm Andrew Huot is a book artist and bookbinder in Davenport, Iowa. He operates Big River Bindery, a shop for bookmaking and letterpress printing, book repair, and design. He has a Masters in Book Arts from the University ofRead More

Charles Morris Exhibit

Sunday, May 1 – Thursday, June 30 2016 Meet the Artist | Sunday, May 15, 1pm – 3pm Biography : Born in springfield, Ill |BFA, St. Louis University, 1984 Charles has been working as a portrait artist since 1979. He has directed and produced numerous multimedia art events in IowaRead More

Barb McKinlay- Glass Art Exhibit

    Thursday, July 5 – Thursday, August 25, 2016 Meet the Artist | Friday, July 8, 2016, 5pm – 7pm Free and Open to the Public Artist Statement My work has moved from the purely functional to more abstract expressions in my River and Ocean series and continues in thatRead More

Meet The Artist

Charles Morris and Ted McElhiney Sunday, May 15, 1pm – 3pm Free and Open to the Public Refreshments Provided

Bellevue Arts Council Exhibit

Friday, November 6 – Thursday, January 6, 2016   Meet the Artists | Sunday, December 6, 4:30pm – 7:00pm   Our mission… is to create, foster, and promote our unique regional arts environment, by supporting the arts, art education, and the artists in Eastern Iowa.  By providing funding, advocacy and support servicesRead More

Stan Greenwood| Abstract Paintings

    Exhibition | Thursday, Dec. 3 – Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 Meet the Artist | Sunday, December 6, 4:30pm – 7:00pm       Artist Biography Stan became interested in art at the University of Northern Iowa. Painting was his favorite class and he graduated with a BA degree inRead More

Scribblers Chat Group

Meets Every Third Saturday | 2:00 pm Meet other writers and share ideas and frustrations. This is open to the public and is an informal group who meets monthly to Relax-Listen-Share!!

Ted McElhiney | Artist, Bronze Sculptor, Author

Exhibit of Sculpture and Hanging pieces Tuesday, May 3- Thursday, June 23, 2016 Meet The Artist | Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1pm – 3pm Artist Biography Born in Kewanee, Illinois, Ted has been an artist most of his life.  After graduating from high school and serving in the Navy, heRead More

An Art Dialogue and Discussion Series | What is Art?

Dale Fisher, Curator of Education University of Iowa Museum of Art Mon, September 14, 6pm – 7pm   (Free and Open to the Public)