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Mississippi Valley Quilter’s Guild- November 1 – December 30, 2022

 Artist Reception | November 13, 2022     Time:  2:00 – 4:00 PM                                                 The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild was organized in 1983 to educate and encourage members in theRead More

“Human Alchemy” Exhibit | Billy (Little)Davids

September 1 – October 27, 2022 Artist Reception:  September 9th | 5 -8 7PM Artist Statement Art is everywhere, though I didn’t see that for most of my life. I am Billie Davids, a lifelong Iowan, and an artist.   My thought processes and ideas for art include demonstrating the real-lifeRead More


    During November and December 2022 Maquoketa Art Experience will display photos that local residents have shot showing what they have on their walls. Everyone in the region is invited to use their phone or camera to take a picture of a wall or two in their place andRead More

Long Time Passing | Roberta Condon and Lorraine Ortner-Blake

A Visual Chronicle of Farm Life in the Midwest April 29 – June 28, 2022 Artist Reception: May 14th |12 to 3 pm   Changes in the Midwest landscape moved artists Roberta Condon and Lorraine Ortner-Blake to present together with two series of paintings. Their artworks focus on the struggles,Read More


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        Artist Reception:  Friday, April 15 | 4-6 pm   

Will Cundill Photography/Poetry Exhibit

March 3 – April 28, 2022 Reception and Presentation | March 6th, 2:00 pm BIOS FOR CUNDILL EXHIBIT Pamela Myatt Crawford and Laura Ann Myatt Helmers are the granddaughters of Charlotte Cundill Myatt, the daughter of Will and Ella (Cassin) Cundill. Pam and Laurie are the two great-granddaughters of WillRead More

Maquoketa High School Exhibit

January-February 2022 Your Opportunity to View the Art Work of Our Talented Area Students: Reception:  Saturday February 5th | 2-5 pm. Open to the Public  

Iowa Artists Launches its 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit “Reboot”

 January – February 2022 Reception:  Saturday, February 5th | 2-5 pm. Open to the Public Iowa Artists is a nonprofit group of over 200 artists located in 12 regions throughout Iowa.  Members work in acrylic, oil, watercolor, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, pen and ink, pencil, and scratchboard for 2D artRead More

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

November – December 2021                                                                                             Read More

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

November – December 2021                                                                                             Read More


EXHIBITORS  October – November 2001 Jean Knapper, Colleen Curry, Bonnie Temperly, Barb Bowman, Mike Krabbenhoft, Helen Zabel, Gary Carstens, Dave Eischeid, Julie Caven-Sherrard, Kathleen Lenaghan, and Chrisje Sanders Beautiful multimedia exhibit of the talented local artists are now on display throughout the gallery. Don’t miss this showcase of the area’sRead More

Maria Casad Exhibit |September – October 2021 ARTIST CANCELLED

  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

Josh Guge Exhibit | June 12 – 17, 2022

Carver Reception: June 15, 2022 | 6-8 pm Demo by Joshua Guge World Champion Wood Sculptor At the age of thirteen, Joshua began his art career by selling his sculptures to art galleries. By the age of seventeen, he began competing in numerous art competitions around the country where heRead More

Thomas Buchs – Midwest Plein Air Exhibit

July 2 – August 29, 2022 Reception Date | Meet the Artist Reception-Sunday, Jul 24, 2022 2-4 pm 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 summersRead More

Kathleen Lenaghan

July 2 – August 30, 2022 Meet the Artist : Sunday, Jul 24, 2022 | 2-4 pm                      Artist Bio: Kathleen Dubert Lenaghan is an artist raised on a farm in Jackson County. She is a member of the Iowa Pastel Society andRead More

Maquoketa Public Library | Tiny Little Art Show

October 18 -November 5, 2021 View Library’s Tiny Art Show submissions at MAE! Stop by the Maquoketa Art Experience, located at 124 S main), Tuesday – Friday (11 to 4PM)and any Sunday in October (1 PM to 4 PM). The paintings were created by patrons of all ages and wereRead 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

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

Erin Weirup Exhibit | Sept 1-Oct 27, 2022

 ‘Cimmerian Credence‘ A Compositional Oil Study of Nocturne Landscapes Through the Absence of Light           Erin Weirup is a self-taught who grew up on a farm outside Delmar, IA.  She had originally started out in 2012 as a Fine Arts Major at Mount Mercy University in CedarRead 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

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

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

Maquoketa Schools Art Exhibit

Come  and View  Talented Art Students  Work

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

An Evening Of Romance | Peace Pipe Players Community Theater

Peace Pipe Players Productions Of: An Evening of Romance Part I | 2 Short Plays:  Mrs. Sorken by Christopher Durang and Sure Thing by David Ives Part II | Historical Love Letters Dates: Thursday, February 14 Friday, February 15 Saturday, February 16 All Performances at 7:00 pm Purchase Tickets At: Maquoketa-art.orgRead 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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.

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

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

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

TF Hempel Exhibit

Wednesday, July 1, 2015-Monday, August 31, 2015 TF Hempel, Book Signing–Boats, Barns and Bungalows Meet the Artist/Author | Friday, July 10, 2015, 4pm – 7pm Tom Hempel is one of the Quad Cities area’s most talented and creative watercolor artists. More importantly, he is also my friend. Tom has completedRead More

Fluid Notions Exhibit by Sarika Sugla

Saturday, August 1, 2015-Saturday, September 26, 2015 Meet the Artist |Sunday, Sept 13, 1-3pm This exhibition explores water as a metaphor for the continuity of thought and emotion, or the lack thereof. Using personal memories and interactions with water, these works represent the space, time, and emotion spent finding andRead More

Jac Tilton: Watercolors and Drawings: Imagined and Real

Thursday, September 3, 2015-Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Meet the Artist: Sunday, Sept., 13, 2015 | 1-3pm Whether the medium is watercolor or monochrome, the process of creating the work involves applying many layers to create an image. In watercolor, it’s a combination of washes, glazes and dry brush. In monochromeRead More

Felderman, Tigges, and Marella Photography Exhibit

Monday, June 15, 2015-Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Bob Felderman is a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General with 36 years in the Army, Air Force and National Guard. Upon returning from 6 years of active duty to Dubuque, Iowa in 2010, friends, family and entertainers began calling him “General Bob”. InRead More

John Evans | Pastel Artist

Sunday, May 3, 2015-Wednesday, June 24, 2015 John E. Evans is an artist working primarily in pastel and colored pencil. He is a retired art teacher who spent 39.5 years in the classroom. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelors degree in art education, John beganRead More

Eastern Iowa Regional Woodcarving Exhibit

Friday, May 1, 2015-Saturday, June 27, 2015 Reception | Meet the Artists Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 1-3pm Featured Artists: Darin Musel – I have been creating one thing or another and the medium did not matter. It seems there has been one constant over time which has been theRead More

Ann Haglin | Altered Books and Prints Exhibit

Thursday, April 30, 2015-Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Ann is currently based in Iowa City. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts. She completed a two-year apprenticeship in bookbinding at the Arion Press in San Francisco and a studio assistantship at the Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate New York. Anna was aRead More

Lisa (Naffziger) Morris

Tuesday, April 14, 2015-Thursday, April 30, 2015 Lisa (Naffziger) Morris is a cartoonist and illustrator residing in Maquoketa, Iowa. She is a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in Sequential Art. Currently, she is illustrating a graphic novel with writer Allan GrossRead More

X-acto X-acto Contemporary Prints from the University of Iowa

Saturday, February 28, 2015-Saturday, April 25, 2015 For nearly 50 years, The University of Iowa’s printmaking program has ranked among the best in the country. From class discussions of the history of printmaking to instruction in the making of prints, emphasis is placed on teaching students about significant historical printRead More

Images of America’s Heartland —paintings by Tom Christopher

Sunday, February 15, 2015-Sunday, April 12, 2015 Opening Reception Sunday, February 15, 2015|1-3 PM

Quilting From the Sidewalk Exhibit

Monday, February 2, 2015-Monday, January 26, 2015 Opening Reception: Sunday, February 15, 2015 1-3 PM

Quilting From the Sidewalk Exhibit

Monday, February 2, 2015-Thursday, February 26, 2015 Opening Reception: Sunday, February 8, 2015 1-3 PM

Self Portraits Exhibit

Monday, January 19, 2015-Saturday, February 28, 2015 Maquoketa art students display their some of their first semester work. Talented young artsts! Be sure to see this exhibit–

Soft Doll Fiber Art Exhibit Returns

Saturday, January 3, 2015-Saturday, February 28, 2015 Open Reception: Sunday, February 8, 2015 1-3pm Artistic, detailed and amazing are a few of the descriptions used to describe the Soft Fber Doll Exhibit shown at Maquoketa Art Expereience last year! Various artists from the Quad Cities area in Iowa are returningRead More

Rosalie Baker

Thursday, December 4, 2014-Saturday, January 31, 2015 Open Reception: Sunday, December 7, 1– 3pm Pictorial Quilt Exhibit Rosalie’s subjects are realistic, whimsical, and challenging. Her work reflects pictorial images inspired by family and nature. She offers a mixture of original design along with traditional quilt blocks. She uses a varietyRead More

Zen Doodle Exhibit

Tuesday, October 28, 2014-Sunday, November 30, 2014 Creating Pattern Designs and Mindfulness Opening Reception | Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 1-3pm Zentangle is a popular art form and method created by Marie Thomas and Rick Roberts. The name is trademarked and the format is specifically defined. When this art formRead More

Tom Hempel | Watercolor Artist

Monday, October 27, 2014-Monday, December 15, 2014 Opening Reception: Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 1-3pm Tom Hempel is one of the Quad Cities area’s most talented and creative watercolor artists. Tom has completed over 1,000 paintings depicting homes – new and old – schools, universities, public and private office buildingsRead More

The Iowa Pastel Society Exhibit

Saturday, October 11, 2014-Monday, December 1, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 6-8 pm Pastel demonstrations by John Evans and Tom Christopher during the reception. The Iowa Pastel Society is an association for artists at all levels of experience who are interested in the pastel medium. We bring together enthusiasticRead More

Josh Van Stippen:Nanoscale Exhibit

Wednesday, August 6, 2014-Thursday, September 25, 2014 Open Reception: Saturday, September 13, 6 – 8pm Artist Biography Josh Van Stippen grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa. He received his Masters of Fine Art in 2014 from the University Of Iowa in Dimensional Practice withRead More

Tom Christison

Friday, August 1, 2014-Thursday, September 25, 2014 Open Reception: Saturday, September 13, 6 – 8pm Artist Biography Tom Christison is an enthusiastic printmaker who has spent many years studying and teaching printmaking, mainly lithography and monotype. He has taught printmaking and drawing classes or given print workshops at a numberRead More

Elmer Krumviede

Friday, August 1, 2014-Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Open Reception: Saturday, September 13, 6 – 8pm Elmer Krumviede of Maquoketa goes through an interesting process to make his large architectural sculptures. He rolls and melts cellophane packaging into sticks and then constructs buildings and other objects modeled after real structures thatRead More

Kelsey Gruhn: Acrylic Art Exhibition

Tuesday, June 17, 2014-Monday, July 28, 2014 Kelsey’s paintings reflect landscapes from different areas all over the world. Kelsey has taken many art classes throughout the past eight years and works mainly with acrylic paints. She has a detailed painting style and her artwork portrays realism. Kelsey takes painting requestsRead More

Bill Stamats Exhibition

Sunday, June 15, 2014-Thursday, July 31, 2014 Opening Reception | Friday, June 20, 5PM – 7PM Bill shows his work extensively around the United States. Recent exhibits include “Some Assembly Required: Collage & Assemblage” at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, “Our Earth” juried exhibit at Flow Art Space inRead More

Deb Bergum Relief Wood Carving Exhibition

Saturday, June 7, 2014-Saturday, June 14, 2014 Artist Reception | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 5pm-7pm Artist Statement Debra enjoys working in the relief style of carving, drawing from a variety of subjects. Carving is a wonderful self expression and a never ending desire to learn and be inspired. TheRead More

Goodson and Boyd Carving Exhibition

Monday, June 2, 2014-Saturday, June 14, 2014 Opening Reception | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 5PM- 7PM Artist Statement Carole Jean Boyd: Carole Jean Boyd is known nationally for her Cypress Knee carvings, especially her Santa and Father Christmas. Her unique style, which draws from realism, primitive, folk art andRead More

“Hello Dollies” Soft Doll Fiber Art Exhibit Various Artists from the Quad Cities

Friday, April 18, 2014-Thursday, May 15, 2014 Whimsical fiber art creatures with amazing technique and artistic skill that are created from various fibers and other medium are now on exhibit. View the creative figures the Quad Cities art group has made available to the Maquoketa Art Experience for the public’sRead More

I Am: Prints by Elizabeth Catlett

from the University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Monday, March 31, 2014-Friday, May 30, 2014 Opening Reception | Sunday, April 6, 2PM-4PM Sean O’Harrow Presentation at 2:30pm Director, University of Iowa Museum of Art The Maquoketa Art Experience is pleased to present the exhibition I AM: Prints by ElizabethRead More

Maquoketa Art Experience Sidewalk Quilt Challenge

Friday, February 28, 2014-Friday, March 28, 2014 Fiber artists were challenged with a small piece of “sidewalk” colored fabric and instructed to make the sidewalk appear on two opposite sides of the quilt. In this exhibition, all of the fiber artists offer their own interpretation of a scene from memory,Read More

Dennis Vance Mask Exhibition

Thursday, January 16, 2014-Thursday, February 27, 2014 Opening Reception and Lecture: Friday, February 7, 2014 | 5-7pm – Lecture on cultural masks from around the world and how they have influenced his art to begin at 6pm. Artist Statement Upon graduation from St Cloud State University with degrees in artRead More

Jo Myers-Walker and Louise O’Donnell Water Color/Pastel Exhibit

Saturday, November 16, 2013-Saturday, January 11, 2014 Artist Statement Jo Myers-Walker I’ve been an artist and art teacher for more than 35 years, working with people of all ages. Although I’m mostly into watercolors, I’m always exploring new techniques and materials. For me, the most joy of creating something isRead More

Mississippi River Quilts Exhibition

Tuesday, October 1, 2013-Saturday, November 9, 2013 Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 3-5pm The exhibition of “Messipi Threads” was a collaboration of over fifty artists in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. The show truly captured the art of quilting and the infinite application of fiber art.Read More

Women of the Americas, a Pastel Exhibition by Janet Checker

Saturday, August 17, 2013-Saturday, September 28, 2013 Women of the Americas by Janet Checker Artist Statement My art is a blend of many different creative expressions over many years. Working as a fashion advertising artist in Chicago, I started experimenting with different forms of art in my spare time. BecauseRead More

Woodcarvings by Local and Regional Carvers

Saturday, June 1, 2013-Sunday, June 30, 2013 The International Wood Carvers Congress is a highly competitive, juried art show held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa, Iowa June 9-16, 2013. Artist Statement In honor of this event, MAE hosted an exhibition of carvings by local and regional artists includingRead More

Oriental Brush Painting in Watercolor and Chinese Ink by Trúc Deegan

Thursday, June 20, 2013-Thursday, August 15, 2013 Opening Reception and Demonstration: Friday, June 21, 2013 | 6-8pm – Demo begins at 7pm Artist Statement Trúc Deegan was born and raised in Vietnam. She migrated to the United States of America and became a citizen in 1970. Trúc has worked inRead More

Mad for Motor Madness by Jesse Bakey

Friday, June 14, 2013-Friday, July 12, 2013 Opening Reception: Monday, June 17, 2013 | 5-7pm Maquoketa Art Experience is mad for Maquoketa’s Motor Madness (June 21-22, 2013)! Jesse Bakey’s life-sized derby car is an installation you don’t want to miss! Jesse is a recent graduate of Clarke College. He specializesRead More

Dutiful Citizen by Steve Banks

Thursday, May 2, 2013-Saturday, June 15, 2013 Artist Statement My artwork is about finding meaningful identity and individuality within popular culture. I strive to make energetic images that explore our relationships and interactions with what is precious, beautiful, necessary, serious, sensual, and non-sensical, through juxtapositions of disparate materials, clashing iconography,Read More

Arteage à Trois by Bill Wohlford, Amy Nielsen, and Judy O. Gray (members of The Art Collective)

Thursday, March 21, 2013-Saturday, April 27, 2013 Bill Wohlford, Amy Nielsen, and Judy O. Gray are three members of The Art Collective, which was established in 2007 when a group of Quad Cities area artists joined forces to create wider markets for the works of the many talented artists ofRead More

Student Gallery: The Way I See Things, Photography by Isaac Biehl

Friday, March 1, 2013-Monday, April 15, 2013 Isaac Biehl is a senior at Maquoketa High School, and he also takes classes through Clinton Community College. He has been active in school, participating in basketball, soccer, and football. He is also a member of Club hOpe, a student organization that seeksRead More

Pastel Landscapes by Tom Christopher

Saturday, February 16, 2013-Friday, March 15, 2013 In addition to Tom’s pastel exhibition, he also delivered a free pastel painting demonstration at Maquoketa Art Experience on February 16, 2013. Tom returned to Maquoketa Art Experience to offer his pastel workshops, “A Lesson in Values I” and “A Lesson in ValuesRead More

Student Exhibition: An Expression of Flight by Jacob Koll

Saturday, December 15, 2012-Thursday, February 28, 2013 MAE featured another one of our local high school artists. Jacob Koll is a senior at Maquoketa High School. He is also enrolled in concurrent classes at Clinton Community College’s Maquoketa Center. Jacob participates in baseball and soccer at the high school. NextRead More

Iowa Watercolor Society’s Traveling Show

Thursday, December 6, 2012-Friday, January 25, 2013 Images from left: Downtown Strut by Judy Thompson, Grandpa’s ’38 Chevy by Ken Harskamp, Rendezvous by Marvella Blome, Silversides by W.D. Lee, and Indian Creek Bridge by Karen Wolfe. Upon judging of the Annual Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition, this show travels to variousRead More

Abstract Acrylic Paintings by Marcia Wegman

Tuesday, November 6, 2012-Friday, November 30, 2012 Marcia Wegman grew up in Columbus, Ohio but has lived most of her adult life in Iowa City, Iowa. She studied Graphic Design at Miami University and moved to Iowa City to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking. For theRead More

Student Exhibition: Paintings by Korey Schepers

Monday, October 15, 2012-Friday, November 30, 2012 Korey Schepers is a senior at Maquoketa High School and also takes college-credit classes through Clinton Community College. She is actively involved in the school where she participates in cross-country, tennis, soccer, softball, Student Senate, Art Club, and plays saxophone in the band.Read More

William Carson Paintings

Thursday, September 27, 2012-Tuesday, October 30, 2012 In collaboration with the Jackson County Historical Society and Carson descendants, MAE exhibited 32 paintings by the late artist, William A. Carson (1867-1949). This exhibition was on display in our North gallery for approximately one month. We thank all those who were willingRead More

Illustrative Etchings by Arthur Geisert

Sunday, July 1, 2012-Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Artist Statement Arthur Geisert is an artist and illustrator from Bernard, Iowa who specializes in etching. This exhibit featured his children’s picture book titled, Thunderstorm. The illustrations are etchings created on copper plates using Dutch mordant as the acid. This technique dates backRead More

Hand-Carved Wooden Duck Decoys by Steve Kerper

Friday, June 1, 2012-Tuesday, July 31, 2012 MAE hosted a special exhibition in honor of the Woodcarvers National Convention that took place in Maquoketa June 10 through June 17, 2012. Artist Statement Steve Kerper, a self-taught woodcarver, is from New Vienna, Iowa and has been carving wooden duck decoys sinceRead More

Drawing in Cafés by Chuck Morris, MAE Affiliated Artist

Friday, June 1, 2012-Saturday, September 1, 2012 Charles Morris, a Maquoketa Art Experience Affiliated Artist, Maquoketa resident, and husband of artist Rose Frantzen, has been a portrait artist since high school. Portraiture has allowed him plenty of free time for other artistic pursuits, including his small drawings and paintings featuredRead More

Life is Suffering by Evan Stickfort

Monday, April 23, 2012-Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Evan grew up in Northeast Iowa and found a passion for art early in life. He divides his time between working on artistic projects and wandering the woods on his family’s property. The landscapes in the area have been a major influence onRead More

Small Branch: New Collage by Mary Zeran

Thursday, March 1, 2012-Friday, April 13, 2012 Small Branch: New Collage by Mary Zeran consists of new work Zeran created specifically for the MAE exhibit. “I feel a certain calm when I am in Iowa. There is nothing like driving through the countryside to help me feel grounded and soothed.”Read More

The Juggler: An Illustration Exhibit by Stormy Mochal

Wednesday, February 1, 2012-Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Maquoketa Art Experience welcomed Iowa artist, Stormy Mochal, for an exhibition of the original drawings from her recently published storybook, written by Jeanette Hopkins, entitled The Juggler. Stormy explored her native Iowa landscape for inspiration for the illustrations viewers see in the book.Read More

Drips + Daubs: Painters Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson Explore Nature

Tuesday, November 1, 2011-Saturday, December 31, 2011 Regional artists Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson have created an exhibit that explores what it means to examine nature. Their paintings portray acts of exploration, seeing things in a new way. Although their methods and materials are different, the common link is theirRead More

Death and Such

Thursday, September 15, 2011-Tuesday, November 1, 2011 For this event, Maquoketa Art Experience artists/musicians/writers “and such” made interactive boxes with openings for guests to stick their heads inside or even crawl inside…a sort of haunted houses for your head in which the houses were filled with images, sounds, and wordsRead More

Unveiling:A Sindi Mueller Exhibit

Friday, April 1, 2011-Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Maquoketa Art Experience welcomed Sindi Mueller with an opening reception on Friday, April 1, 2011. Sindi Mueller’s exhibition entitled Unveiling offers an exploration of kinetic photography and a study in rural and urban landscape photography. Sindi’s kinetic work—photography in which the camera isRead More

Works by Brent Houzenga, featuring Hybrid Pioneer, a film by Kristian Day

Saturday, January 1, 2011-Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Artist Statement Iowa artist, Brent Houzenga’s mixed media works are influenced by modern art, comic books, graffiti, and punk rock poster art. Houzenga’s work offers an eclectic mix of painting styles incorporating drips and graffiti with stencils on found objects including reclaimed windows,Read More

Sculpture and Digitalia by Terry Rathje

Thursday, July 1, 2010-Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Maquoketa Art Experience presented the work of Terry Rathje, artist and professor at Western Illinois University. Terry’s art covers a wide range, including sculptural assemblages of discarded objects, interactive installations, and digital images. Artist Statement “The outside world contains many amazing things–natural phenomenon,Read More

Etchings by Arthur Geisert

Saturday, May 1, 2010-Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Maquoketa Art Experience presented over 70 of Arthur Geisert’s art history–related cartoon etchings, which were created for art calendars over the course of ten years. Geisert practices the 500-plus-year-old technique of copper plate etching. He is an artist and illustrator with many booksRead More

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