Tom Mazzullo: Silverpoint Drawings

  Tom Mazzullo earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1990, and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1993. He teaches drawing at the University of Denver and at the Art Students League of Denver. He works in silverpoint, a rare drawing medium which uses a stylus made of soft metal to […]

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Joe Muench: “Skin Deep: Explorations in Metal (2006- 2016)”

Joe Muench received a BA in Craft Design from Iowa State University in 1984 studying with Professor Chuck Evans and an MFA in metalsmithing from Washington University, St. Louis, MO in1987 under the tutelage of Professor Heikki Seppa . He is currently a Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University where he […]

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Senior Art Majors Exhibit

Heidi Heckenberg and Cindy Williams will exhibit their work from April 25 – May 13.  Every year, Central art majors take over the gallery as the culmination of their work at Central.

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Hannah Givler: “Unarchitectured”

Hannah Givler makes sculpture through a process of material exploration paralleled with academic research. The works on display in Unarchitectured were developed with sensitivity to a collection of histories of design, modernism, and gender politics. Givler received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012. She teaches sculpture […]

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Linda Lewis: “We’re All Under the Same Sky”

Linda Lewis’s exhibit, “We’re all under the same sky” is a way of looking at the links between us no matter what age, culture, ethnicity, or gender.  For 34 years, Linda worked as an educator in the Des Moines Schools until she took a workshop given by a narrative sculptor in Santa Fe, New Mexico […]

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Chuck Richards: “Jitters, Critters and a Magic Wand”

Chuck Richards trained as a fine artist with a concentration in drawing and painting. His imagery has always been representational, mostly figurative and frequently narrative. Since coming to Iowa State University in 1998, his work shifted direction down a new, but related path and he began to write and illustrate a children’s book entitled Jungle Gym […]

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Pella Invitational Exhibit

Seven local Pella artists are spotlighted in this exhibit which runs from November 18 – December 11.  The artists include Ken Esveld (photography), Joline De Jong (mixed media), Joe Hoksbergen (illustration, digital prints), Marlyn Hoksbergen (ceramics), Mary Robertson (mixed media), Eric Robinson (prints), and Andrea Van Wyk (painting). A reception for the artists will be […]

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Rebecca Strzelec: “Trial Balloons”

Rebecca Strzelec, Allison B. Allen artist-in-residence Rebecca is Professor of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College.  She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI and the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA as […]

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Gerhard Nollen: Discovering a Dutch Master in Pella

Gerhard Nollen (1830-1901), came to Iowa from the Netherlands in the 1850s. He worked as a portrait painter in Pella and Keokuk. The Pella Historical Society owns many of his works and they have undergone restoration recently.  His largest and most famous work is “Dream of Arcadia” which is owned by the Iowa Historical Society. This […]

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Mary Merkel-Hess: “Patterns of Growth”

Fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess grew up in Evansdale and Gilbertville, Iowa. She received her B.A. in philosophy (1971) from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her B.F.A. (1976) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her M.F.A. in metalsmithing from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1983. She is married and has two children. Her sculptural […]

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