Upcoming Events


    Saturday, April 13, 2019

    8am – 1pm

    Come and see the talent of our youth!

    Free and Open to the Public

  • 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 Iowa artists and arts supporters. So mark your calendar for a “Meet the Artist” event near you, and say hello to:

    • Noah Doely has received national and international attention for his visual artwork addressing the various ways the natural world has been interpreted throughout history.
    • For Mary Jones‘ latest project, she walked portions of Des Moines’ east side neighborhoods and created a mixed-media exhibit about urban walking, focusing primarily on the city’s infrastructure.
    • The author of “Instead of Dying,” Lauren Haldeman started writing as a girl in Washington, D.C.
    • Julia Franklin has been creating art from discarded objects for more than 20 years, telling stories from the objects people leave behind.
    • Using only window light and inspiration from Dutch still-life paintings, Molly Wood‘s photography explores botanicals as metaphors for the natural cycles of life, death and rebirth.

    The final stop is the Maquoketa Art Experience in Maquoketa. Join us there on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

    Free and Open to the Public

    Donations Always Appreciated

  •                         Latin Jazz Ensemble
                    Friday, April 267:30 – 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 is directed by James Dreier (Lecturer – jazz dept.) and is considered one of the top-tier jazz ensembles in the UI jazz program.

    Since its inception in 2003, the UI Latin/jazz Ensemble has continued to evolve and progress. The ensemble performs in major UI concerts, public schools (through the UI Arts Share program), and performance venues throughout Iowa. The ensemble hosts the bi-annual UI Latin/jazz Festival at the University of Iowa.

    In 2004 the group recorded their first CD “Latin High Life” and its second “La Esencia” in 2006. Jim Musser of the Iowa City Press-Citizen wrote: “La Esencia fairly bursts with savvy chops, inventive arrangements and sky-high potential.” The group has since released three more CDs “Frontera” (2008), “Esso” (2011) and “Todo Entaya” (2016).

    The UI LJE has performed with many acclaimed Latin Jazz Artists, including Victor Mendoza, Ray Vega, Michael Mossman, Wayne Wallace, Michael Spiro, Felipe Salles and Mark Walker. The ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Boston’s Latin/jazz legend Victor Mendoza says of the UI Latin/jazz Ensemble “…they perform it (the style of Latin/jazz) with as much integrity as any other groups I hear or work with, around the world.”

    Contact James Dreier for any further information




  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    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, Eva performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with the Ulster Orchestra in the final of the Flax Trust Music Awards, for which she was awarded the audience prize. Eva performed in the Wigmore Hall in November 2017 in the final of the Irish Heritage competition. Eva was selected to participate in the 2017/18 Ulster Orchestra Professional Experience Scheme as well as the 2018 RTE National Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Scheme. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Eva also has a keen interest in chamber music and was awarded a ‘Playing for Peace’ Scholarship to the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. She has had masterclasses with Alisa Weilerstein, Paul Watkins, Karine Georgian, Steven Doane and studied with Andrès Díaz as part of the 2016 Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye Festival. In 2013 Eva was the winner of the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year Competition.

    She is currently pursuing her MA in Cello Performance with Anthony Arnone at the University of Iowa.


          Alexander Ferkey

    A musician of varied interests, Ferkey has performed has performed around the Midwest in a variety of musical genres ranging from jazz, orchestral, and chamber music to musical theater, rock, and metal.

    As a native of central Wisconsin, Ferkey pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with professor David Story. As a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra and UWSP Wind Ensemble, Ferkey has performed with acclaimed musicians such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, David Taylor, and the late David Maslanka.

    Ferkey has recently participated as a semi-finalist in the 2018 BassEurope Solo Competition in Italy. In 2017 Ferkey became the first bassist to win the Alice Peet Faust Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the UWSP Symphony Orchestra. Ferkey was also named a semi-finalist in the 2017 Classics Alive Young Artist Competition and in 2016 received an honorable mention in the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.

    Ferkey is currently completing a masters degree in double bass performance at the University of Iowa under the tuition of professor Volkan Orhon, and has pursued additional studies with Jeff Bradetich, Joel Quarrington, and Petru Iuga. Named an Ambassador of the Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Ferkey performs on a Lorenzo Carcassi model bass violin built by Barrie Kolstein (c.2000), a loan made possible with the generous support of Matthew Way.

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

    Come “zen” and doodle 

    Meet   *   Create   *   See


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

    Credit Classes for Teachers and Artists

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

    MAE can provide easels, computers, and drop cloths.

    Just bring your other materials and project(s).


  • Ready. Set. GIVE! www.greatgiveday.org

    WHAT: Great Give Day, a 24-hour, online giving event WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

    WHERE: www.GreatGiveDay.org

    WHO: MAQUOKETA ART EXPERIENCE is participating in this exciting, online giving day hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque—and we invite you to join us!

    WHY: Great Give Day is a wonderful opportunity for MAQUOKETA ART EXPERIENCE to raise dollars and share our mission with the community. Your giving will go further. The full amount of your gift will go directly to our organization and will help us to qualify for additional prize dollars. It’s FUN! Great Give Day brings our community together to celebrate and support local nonprofits.

    HOW: Go to www.GreatGiveDay.org on Thursday, May 10 and look for MAQUOKETA ART EXPERIENCE on the leaderboard. Make a gift of $10 or more and spread the word in person and on social media! (Or schedule your gift ahead of time beginning April 19.)

    For more information, visit www.GreatGiveDay.org or contact Nancy Kilburg at nancy_kilburg@hotmail.com or 563.652.9925

    Great Give Day is presented by the Community Foundation in support of strong nonprofits. 700 Locust Street, Suite 195 | Dubuque | 563.588.2700 | www.dbqfoundation.org

  • 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.

    Sponsored by the Maquoketa Art Experience, the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, Layers of Maquoketa and the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement

    A variety of ages and a variety of talents!  You won’t want to miss this event!

                                              Free and Open to the Public

  • This  Group of Women (55-year-olds and up) will Resume Practices on:

    Thursday,  APRIL 4TH 


    11:30 – 1:00 PM

    (begin singing at 12:00)

    Lunch Hour Singers Needed! ( Bring your Lunch)

    Free and Open To Women Who Like to Sing!

    Meet, Greet and Create Together Through Song




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