Past Exhibits - Octagon Center for the Arts
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Past Exhibits

Nice Life

DAVID PARKER

April 6 - May 19, 2018

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Using a limited palette of pine, maple, vinyl, griptape, and spray enamel I’m looking at the material language of subculture. The work is an abstract look at the outsiders: skaters, rockers, hippies, artists, stoners, goths, shoegazers… and how they project their identity to outsiders and signal their place within their own community. The work has been limited to four standard sizes referencing how they adorn their bodies and our personal spaces sizes 6”x 8” Pins/Patches, 13” x 11” T-shirts, 40” x 40” Posters, and 40” x 84“ Banners.


Elem/Mid/High 2018

An Annual Exhibition of Local Elementary, Middle, and High School Senior Students

April 19 - May 5, 2018

MAIN GALLERY & SWEENEY GALLERY

The Octagon Center for the Arts showcases artwork by local elementary, middle, and high school students annually. High School art instructors from schools within 20 miles of the Octagon Center for the Arts are welcome to register students in their fall and spring classes for participation.


50th Annual Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood

January 26 - April 7, 2018

MAIN GALLERY & SWEENEY GALLERY

2018 marks the 50th annual All-Media juried exhibit at the Octagon Center for the Arts. The first Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood opened in 1968, two years after the organization's founding in 1966. The Octagon was founded out of the community's desire to provide exciting art experiences for the public and professional opportunities for artists. This show the organization's attempt to fully embody the founding vision. As a result, it has a reputation for being one of the best group juried shows in Iowa due to its national reach, high standards for jurors, and significant cash awards. The title of the show reflects a media-focused theme. The founders believed that many art forms seen as lowly "crafts," such as ceramics or woodworking, should be elevated to compete with the level of other "fine" arts. The idea of excellent craftsmanship combined with compelling ideas continues to be a central theme as artwork is selected. This is the longest repeating exhibit at the Octagon and is responsible for bringing some of the most prestigious artwork into the community.

Juror: Peter Pinnell

Peter Pinnell’s first professional position was as Artist in Residence at the Octagon Art Center in Ames, Iowa, a position he held from 1984 to 1987. “I loved the Octagon, and my wife and I loved living in Ames. It was the perfect place for me at that point in my career”. After leaving Ames, Pinnell spent eight years in Kansas City, working as a studio potter and teaching part-time at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1995 Pinnell was offered a faculty position at the University of Nebraska, where he is now Professor of Art.

In addition to his teaching, Pinnell writes, lectures and exhibits his pottery widely. Over the last 20 years he has been an active presenter with NCECA (the National council on Education in the Ceramics Arts), and his ceramics column, “As Far as I Know” has appeared in Clay Times magazine since 1998. His artwork has appeared in exhibitions across the US and in a number of venues overseas.


Metamorphosis

DAN JOHNSON

March 12 - 31, 2018

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Closing reception: Friday, March 30 5-7 PM

Metamorphosis relates to my broader theme of the possibilities of change and transformation as expressed through the human figure, focusing on explorations of transformative or fugitive ideas about the human figure. Using line, I want to discover the energy possible through gesture and improvisation. My work of the past few years has also focused on using layering and reductive processes to discover new textures and effects, followed by drawing forms again on those new surfaces. Current work relates to past work by using similar methods and ideas but also builds on those by altering the surface textures and the spontaneously created subject matter. Line is very important to my work, stressing the expressive qualities possible when drawing from memory. Inspiration is drawn from memory and relates to the human figure, natural objects like rocks and trees, and fabricated structures like buildings.


A Negro From the South

CAMERON GRAY

February 19 - March 6, 2018

COMMUNITY GALLERY

The United States of America is the country where I was born and where I have lived for most of my life. In this country, I am a second-class citizen. As a child, I was raised to maneuver through systems that were not created for a person like myself. Many people may not be able to empathize with that statement. It might be incomprehensible, and that is okay. This exhibition will give perspective on my world. When entering those gallery doors, the viewer is attempting to understand; compliant to walk through other minorities’ shoes, and mine, giving voice to the people that are voiceless. The current atmosphere within this country calls for action, a time to speak up and open our eyes to injustice. This is the time to reconsider the meaning of humanity and to create an America for all. 

Join us for an Artist Panel on People of Color in the Arts

February 22, 2018 at 6PM in the Community Gallery : Join the Octagon Center for the Arts and the Multicultural Liaison Office of the ISU College of Design for an inclusive artist panel and discussion on people of color in the arts. Panelists will include Brenda Jones, University Professor in Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University, Mitchell Squire, Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, Eulanda Sanders, Professor of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University, and Cameron Gray, Master of Fine Arts student at Iowa State University. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Reginald Stewart, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Iowa State University.


Amalgamation

CHRIS MARTIN

January 5 - February 17, 2018

COMMUNITY GALLERY

As developing countries and emerging economies modernize, the traditional crafts that reflect the unique cultural and social traits upon which these countries have been built, are often disregarded opting for western goods instead. This is something that Chris Martin wants to do something about.  

Martin’s own creative expression has been deeply influenced by the traditional crafts of Ghana, where he spent two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, and India where he has spent time as an artist in residence and most recently as a Fulbright Scholar. Through his primary medium, studio furniture, Martin hopes not only to help expand an appreciation for these traditional crafts, but also to assist his fellow artisans in Ghana and India to sustain their livelihoods through continued practice in their trades.

This exhibition introduces a series of functional furniture pieces that Martin hopes to produce in limited quantities to create a new avenue for traditional artisans to continue their work. Currently, he is working with Ga coffin makers, kente weavers, brass casters, and glass bead makers in Ghana. In India, he has collaborated with a traditional lathe turner, print block carvers, metal casters, and Mata-ni-Pachedi artists. The results of these partnerships have manifested as contemporary western furniture pieces with an ethnic flare. Martin’s focus moving forward is to produce designs that pay homage to traditional crafts and the artisans that make them, with hopes of opening new markets for their timeless crafts.

Join us for an Artist Talk with Chris Martin

February 1, 2018 at 6PM in the Community Gallery : Chris will speak about his experiences in Ghana and India where he worked with local artisans who continue to practice the traditional arts and crafts of their homelands.

And Special Guest Artist ERIC ADJETEY ANANG

Eric Adjetey Anang is the grandson of Seth Kane Kwei who is credited with founding the tradition of fantasy coffins in the early 1950s. Eric has spent his life practicing and sharing the tradition his grandfather started. Fantasy coffins are unique to Ghana and more specifically to the Ga tribe. The Ga people believe that death is simply another step in life and that the dead move into another world or dimension when they pass. They believe that their ancestors are more powerful than the living and must be treated with great respect, so they are driven to appease them in death, and a unique coffin is one way to do that. These coffins are made in the forms of various items from a fish, for someone who spent his life as a fisherman, or an airplane for someone who had always hoped to fly. These creations can be seen in museums and galleries around the world. Mr. Anang’s creations have become highly sought after as contemporary pieces of “ethnic art”.


Running With Scissors

STEVE HOSCH

ON DISPLAY NOVEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 21, 2017, COMMUNITY GALLERY

Making art, to me, is not necessarily a response to the world. Rather, it’s often just a reaction to what’s rattling around in my head. It’s an attempt to make sense of my own inner clutter; regrets, hopes, doubts, dreams, fears. It’s problem solving. It’s catharsis. It’s play. It’s taking risks and letting go. Ultimately, it’s akin to closing my eyes and running with scissors even as my conscience holds up his hands and screams “Stop, idiot!”

Not surprisingly, my process is also disjointed. It, too, begins with clutter, the tangible kind, the collage artist’s raw materials: paper. Boxes and files and piles of paper. From there I sift and sort, and an image, color, shape, or snippet of text sometimes calls to me, asking to be the focal point. Then it’s simply a matter of more sifting, gathering complementary bits and pieces, arranging, shifting, cutting, turning, rearranging all the while trying to ignore my conscience (he’s a jerk) gluing, layering, tearing, sanding, slinging paint, adding transfers, and so on. Eventually, I step back and either smile or curse.

This exhibition is the result of a couple of years worth of that process. Paper and scissors and glue (oh my).


Relief From Endlessness

ANDA TANAKA & JEREMY RUDD

ON DISPLAY NOVEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 21, 2017, SWEENEY GALLERY

Tanaka-Rudd

Jeremy Rudd

Artsist Bio  A native Iowan, Rudd grew up in rural Benton County thirty minutes outside Cedar Rapids.  He attended Iowa State University receiving a BFA in visual Studies with an emphasis on Three Dimensional Design, and completed his Master of Fine Arts at the CVPA of The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.  He was a Professor of fine arts for four years at Lasell College, Boston MA and Bristol Community College, Fall River MA.  Since returning to the Midwest  Rudd has  worked as Assistant Professor of Art for divine word College in Epworth, IA, and worked as a professional artist completing many liturgical, private and commercial projects. 

Anda Tanaka 

Arist Statement  I have lived in the Midwest for my entire life and have always appreciated our open spaces- cornfields, prairies, the huge starry night sky.  Until recently, though, I did not realize how important the Midwestern landscape is to my art practice and how I yearn for expansiveness to find peace within myself.

Beginning in January 2014 I endeavored to make one 2 inch by 2 inch painting or drawing every day for a year.  The project called for discipline but also trust in intuition.  Reviewing the pieces now points to my impulse to create imagined and remembered landscapes:  At least a third of the three-hundred-something squares could be interpreted as landscapes.

In July of 2015 I visited my brother in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina where the trees grow tight together and the roads wind endlessly up hills and mountainsides.   The novel setting was beautiful and exciting, but I felt a sense of claustrophobia.   We were always climbing in search of a clear view, to see the sky above or the valley below.

Since then I have become committed to dedicating an extended period of time to painting and printing landscapes that specifically explore my attachment and deep interest in the vistas of the states I call home, Iowa and Minnesota.   The abundance of open space in these places lends itself to creating abstractions that are visually quiet.  In paring down a landscape, the essence of my experience of the space is intensified.

We can search for drama in our travels, but here at home we have a deep and special calm. 

Artist Bio  Anda Tanaka is a Minneapolis-based painter and printmaker.  She was raised in Ames, Iowa and is thrilled to be showing at the Octagon, the site of some of her very first art classes!  Drawn north to study music and studio art at St. Olaf College, she has lived in Minnesota for the past 10 years.  In 2013 Anda completed an emerging artist residency at St. Olaf, during which she continued to study painting and printmaking with Wendell Arneson and John Sauer, respectively.  She now works out of a studio in her home as well as the artist co-op at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis.


Kawishiwi River

AARON SQUADRONI

ON DISPLAY OCTOBER 6 - NOVEMBER 11, 2017, COMMUNITY GALLERY

AaronSquadroni, images from Kawishiwi River
Copper drawings from Kawishiwi River by Aaron Squadroni

Artist Statement:

"The Midwest is presently a battleground for resources. Fracking, oil pipelines, mining, and drilling are just some of the expanding industries in this region. In states like Minnesota and Wisconsin where the rugged beauty of the land is part of the state’s identity, these new industries create strong conflicts between environmental and industrial stakeholders. In northern Minnesota, the Duluth Complex is a geological formation bordering the Mesabi Iron Range and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It contains one of the largest untapped copper‐nickel deposits in the world. Industry representatives estimate that the new sulfide mining district could eventually exceed Minnesota’s iron ore industry in size. The issue of whether or not to establish sulfide mines so close to a protected wilderness known for its pristine water is a passionately debated topic on the Iron Range.

'The Kawishiwi River flows over the Duluth Complex, and is at the center of the region in contention as mining companies are in the process of obtaining permits and conducting environmental impact studies in order to mine the area for copper, nickel and other precious metals. The Kawishiwi River series is a collection of copper drawn land portraits. These land portraits record a history of landmarks and sacred spaces based on traditional legends, government treaties, current disputes, and future visions. My intention is to create continuity where great changes have occurred in the landscape or are likely to occur in the future. Each portrait merges an image of the landscape with a symbol or object from the landscape. This catalog of imagery is meant to heighten public awareness about how the future of the Kawishiwi River will take shape, while simultaneously preserving its identity in the past.

'Copper has been contained in the rocks of the Kawishiwi River for many thousands of years. It is now highly sought after by mining companies. Using copper as a drawing meduim is important to me in this series because of its role in the history of the Kawishiwi River and its impending impact on the river’s future. Copper also has a certain delicacy due to its lack of value range. The resulting lightness of the drawings require the viewer to approach close to the image. A narrative of the Kawishiwi River is revealed slowly and formed from a series of intimate exchanges between the viewer and the artworks." - Aaron Squadroni


Deeply Rooted

STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATION

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 11 - OCTOBER 28, 2017, MAIN GALLERY

Deeply Rooted, a juried exhibition organized by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), explores the meaning of “roots” through the quilt medium. Thirty works are featured, all created by SAQA members from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. SAQA, founded in 1989, is an organization of more than 3,000 fiber artists devoted to the education, exhibition, promotion, professional development, and documentation of the medium.

Pat Bishop, “Cedar Swamp #5” Fused and machine quilted, hand-dyed linen and other materials, silk and silk ties, commercial fabrics, 2015, Collection of the Artist


Pieced Fabric: Historic Quilts of Ames

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 19 - OCTOBER 28, 2017, SWEENEY GALLERY

Quilting has always been a social outlet for women in Iowa. Old quilts are personally created signed gifts from quilters of the past, many of whom braved hardships as they sought a new life in a new land. They were made from materials collected by women who had little to spare. They are sturdy but worn from strawberry gathering, picnics, protecting furniture, and birthing babies. 

Throughout the years, the Ames Historical Society has received a variety of beautiful quilts for their collection. Many of these quilts come from long-time Ames residents, and tell the unique story of Ames history. The quilts tell the story of quilting as an art form for Iowa women. 


Saw You On The Sidewalks of Russia

(видел тебя на тротуарах России!)

Karen Cooper _ Flowers Make Me Happy Painting
Karen Cooper How Soon Before I'm Too Old For A Duck Backpack

On Display August 18 - September 30, 2017, Commiunity Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26 from 3-5 P.M.

Doesn’t matter if it’s the guy who walks in the door while we wait at the dentist’s office, or the couple who walk by our table into the café, the twenty-ish aged girl in the really short skirt and 4 inch heels, or even the biker doing a wheelie on his BMX.  It’s a worldwide occupation, this people watching gig.

Saw You On The Sidewalks Of Russia  (видел тебя на тротуарах России!) is images, paintings,  of people that we want to be different, because they live in a country on the other side of the world.  Are they so very different?  Not really - their hopes and dreams are a lot like ours. 

We are pulled in to see.  We are all human, and no matter which side of the earth we live on, no matter what the name of our country of residence, no matter which side of the border we’re confined to – we watch. With this exhibit I give you the opportunity to watch through my artist eyes – to people watch with me.   Yes, it’s a grand adventure. - Karen Cooper


JES LEE: DIGITAL DREAMS OF YOU

ON DISPLAY JULY 7 - AUGUST 10 COMMUNITY GALLERY

Image: Reflections by Jes Lee

Jes graduated in 2003 from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She studied book arts and printmaking at Minnesota Center for Book Arts as well as many talented friends. Jes continues to learn, create, and make images every day.

"My photography work is based on a Cyberpunk world introduced to me by the author William Gibson. Cyberpunk is a genre of science fiction set in the future, focusing on all encompassing smart technology and life in the outer rings of society. It was William Gibson’s idea that a complete world, a coded landscape, can be created and “lived in” by a human’s avatar while their physical form remains in the analog world. These coded realities can be whatever that person wants to see, and can contain bits copied over from the analog world from multiple locations and times in history." - Jes Lee

Digital Dreams of You is made using photographs taken with medium format film which is scanned to digital images, which are then layered in Adobe Photoshop. The artist also uses printmaking processes including the Photopolymer Photo Gravure process. This medium creates a print that looks more like a traditional photograph than a print, but retains the ability to layer multiple images together into one piece. This show emphasizes the human touch, layered images created around homes, objects, and structures.


Community of Artists

On Display June 2 - July 29, 2017

Opening Reception: June 2, 5-8 P.M. during ArtWalk in Downtown Ames.
 

 55 new and exciting artworks from 43 Iowa Artists, selected from 197 submissions.

 

JUROR:

Sarah McCoy is currently on faculty at Drake University in the Art and Design Department as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. Sarah owns and operates a letterpress Studio–The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design Studio located in the vibrant East Village neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa.  Received an M.A. 2003 and M.F.A. 2005 from The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in Graphic Design. Graduated with a Graduate Certificate in 2006 from The University of Iowa Center for the Book with a concentration in letterpress printing.

Sarah has been actively printing since 2001 and leading workshops at conferences such as the Ladies of Letterpress biannual conference. McCoy’s work has been included in various national and international Letterpress and book arts exhibitions. Her work has most recently been included in Midwest Living’s November/December 2015 feature article, “Just My Type” and Princeton Architectural Press’s book (April 2015), Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints. Her essay, Digital Worlds and Dusty Letters: What I Learned From Early Colonial Women Printers, was published in a collection of essays from Journal Lived (from Portland State University Fall, 2015).

 


Marcia Joffe-Bouska: Memento Mori

ON DISPLAY May 26 - July 1, 2017, COMMUNITY GALLERY

Looking West by Marcia Joffe Bouska
Marcia Joffe-Bouska, Looking West

Artist Bio:

Marcia Joffe-Bouska’s mixed media artwork is colorful, detailed and rich in meaning.  Born in Chicago, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art and Art education from Clarke University, Dubuque, IA.   After teaching art in Dubuque for three years, she earned her Master of Arts Degree in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.  She relocated to Council Bluffs, IA, where she’s lived and worked ever since.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the country and is included in corporate, public, and private collections, including the Omaha Children's Museum, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, University of Nebraska, Kearney, Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago, Peed Corporation, Lincoln, NE, and EMC Insurance Companies, Des Moines, IA.  Her glass mosaic, "Missouri River Transit", part of the Icon Interpretive Sculpture Project/ Lewis and Clark Bicentennial is located in Council Bluffs, IA.  Tara Heights Elementary School in Papillion, NE is the site of both her glass relief mosaic and her cement and mosaic sculpture, and Phoenix House Women's Shelter in Council Bluffs displays her relief sculpture in its lobby and as its logo.  Her stained glass window designs can be seen at Queen of Apostles Church, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Mercy Hospital, St. Albert Schools, and Abstract Guaranty Co. in Council Bluffs.  She has also taught numerous art workshops and residencies to people of all ages, many through both the Iowa and Nebraska Arts Councils' Artists in Schools and Communities programs.

DENICE PETERS: THE SKIES HAVE IT

ON DISPLAY April 6 - May 20, COMMUNITY GALLERY
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6th. 5-7 PM

Pastel Workshop taught by Denice Peters: Ages 16+, Saturday, Apr 29 1-5 PM, $90 Sign Up >


Denice Peters, Peaceful Magic,  Pastel

Artist Bio:

Denice Peters is a member of the MidAmerica Pastel Society and the prestigious Pastel Society of America, Iowa Artist and Iowa Pastel Society. She was a founding member of the Carroll Art Show in the mid 1980s and participated until about 2000. Denice sells mostly to private collectors, as well as commissions for individuals and businesses. She has exhibited in a variety of Iowa shows, Kansas, Missouri, and Las Vegas, and has even participated in a few international exhibits. 
 

Artist Statement:

"My art philosophy is that it should bring joy and appreciation of our surroundings and wonder at His creation. It should be attractive to look at and bring peace. Life is too short to do otherwise. I hope a piece of soul is found in each work, and in viewing, that others may find a piece of theirs as well." 

"I came to pastels as my medium of choice quite by accident. I took an oil painting workshop and the instructor offered us a pastel class if we could stick around. I didn't really know what pastels were then, but I took the class and was hooked! It allowes me to get that "hands on feel", where I get right in there and blend with my fingers. There is nothing separating me from my medium, not even a brush!"

-Denice Peters

 


TRANSENDENCE THROUGH OBSERVATION

ON DISPLAY FEBRUARY 24, - APRIL 1, 2017, COMMUNITY GALLERY
Rachel Deutmeyer and Anna Segner

Juried Iowa State University MFA student exhibit

 This exhibition explores the act of searching for a truth that stretches beyond the facts written in books, maps, texts, and diagrams.  We see meaning in the exterior and interior worlds the human occupies.  With wisdom from romantic poet William Wordsworth to "let nature be your teacher" and the call from environmentalist Aldo Leopold to simply interact with land, our body of work suggests transcendence through observation beyond written knowledge.  Transcendence through Observation consists of photographs and mixed media paintings that study the field of environmental discovery.  The works explore the natural world as a living space of physical, mental and spiritual importance.  Observation of the natural world is fleeting one minute there and another moment gone.  Nature lives and dies around us, giving us moments to reflect upon our place in a larger narrative.  The photographs and paintings offer varied approaches to grapple with academic and spiritual growth. 


49 CLAY, FIBER, PAPER, GLASS, METAL, WOOD

Annual, National all-media exhibit, in Main and Sweeney Galleries

64 artists from 16 states

Juried by Santiago Cal, University of Nebraska Lincoln

More information about this show>


Sara Nieland Daythinking

Community Gallery

January 6 - February 18

Octagon Center for the Arts
Community Gallery
www.octagonarts

Opening Reception:
January 27, 5-7 p.m.

All are welcome to become an essential part of this shared experience. Through intimate interactions with art a beautiful relationship is born. A bond full of learning, understanding and growth is created.

This body of work breathes joy and perspective by generating a place for people to discover connections. Its purpose is to live and grow as an environment where wonder, curiosity and reflection are encouraged to thrive.

I wish for you to spend time with the art - be present in a moment where you can feel comfortable, safe and at peace. I wish for you to hold, feel, smell, and encounter the art - for you to laugh, play and surround yourself with it. I wish for you to smile and share a memory with the art - for the materials know you well.

The fibers have long been a part of your life and are waiting for you to be a part of theirs. Peer inside of them and be open to what you may find. They will respond.

 

 


ART FROM THE ATTIC

DECEMBER 16 9-5, DECEMBER 17 9-1

Art Sale and Fundraiser for the Octagon
Original artwork donated by regional artists
Art supplies and extras


50x50 COMMUNITY EXHIBIT

NOVEMBER 11- DECEMBER  19, 2017, Community Gallery

50 works of all media donated by 50 local artists are now on display in the Community Gallery, and every piece is available in the silent auction from November 11th through December 19th.  Proceeds from this auction are donated to the Martha Benson Project Fund. The fund is used to improve educational opportunities and exhibits, as well as maintain the 100-year-old home of the Octagon, the Masonic Building.  Now's your chance to own or gift a piece of the Ames local art scene!

 

 

FOUNDERS EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 26 - OCTOBER 29 2016, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES

Jewelry by Martha Benson

Puppets from the Ruedenberg Collection

Timeline Retrospective of 50 years of the Octagon

 


PRISCILLA SAGE FIBER ART

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 26 - OCTOBER 29, 2016, COMMUNITY GALLERY

Priscilla Sage's brilliant, light, free-hanging fabric sculptures have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and across the world. The pieces, which evoke lyrical images, are conceptual studies of form, light, and space. Sage's radiant colors derive from mastery of disperse dyes and direct painting on silver mylar fabrics. The rich and complex stitched surfaces frequently include a glimpse of Japanese papers or shining copper-gold interiors.

Sage is a distinctly unconventional fiber artist, although the legacy of expert piecework shines through her constructions. Much of her award-winning work in mobile - a sense of balance replaces wires and internal supports. As the multiple sculptural forms move through light and shadow, the colors subtly change. Sage's wall relief pieces also rely on optical illusion and movement. ... ...For public spaces Sage makes large installations of multiples. Floating gently in space they can be seen as underwater gardens, flocks of iridescent birds, playful spinning tops, or ever-changing, endlessly fascinating kaleidoscopes.  — Jane Zaring, Read more

"Color has a voice that is deeply human, and the emotional content of my pieces comes through color and color relationships. Having decided the value and intensity of each color, I glaze silver Mylar fabric with layers of acrylic paints and then draw or stencil over that. There is a fluid quality as one color merges into the next and the eyes follow the stripes, going in and out from light to dark. The silver underneath influences the color, and the line work creates richness and illusions on the surface."  — Priscilla Sage


LARRY MENDENHALL: PLACES OF SPIRIT AND LIGHT

ON DISPLAY JUNE 24 - AUGUST 20, 2016, COMMUNITY GALLERY
Opening reception: June 23, 5:30 to 7 PM

Larry Mendenhall began concentrating on landscape photography in the late ‘90’s and began Quiet Places Photography in 2003. Since then, his work has appeared in numerous juried art shows and exhibitions.

 In 2009, he began a different project called “Places of Spirt and Light”, a study of churches in rural Iowa. Mendenhall takes his experience as a former newspaper photographer and editor to this series. Part of the “Places of Spirit and Light” portfolio was published in Issue #109 of LensWork magazine.

Other honors include winning of Best of Show in the Octagon Art Center (Ames, IA) Snapshot photo contest; selection of two photos for the Vet’s Auditorium renovation (Des Moines, IA); an appearance in Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Outdoors segment on Iowa State Fair’s Photography Salon; Best of Show at the Octagon Arts Festival in Ames, IA; and selected as an Artist in Residence at Ashford College in Clinton, IA.

His photographs are in the permanent collections at Mary Greeley Hospital; the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa, The University of Iowa Library, and are on display in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Kansas City office. The Iowa Farm Bureau Association of Iowa selected Mendenhall’s Summer Storm to represent the state at the Farm Bureau National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

About The Project

"Iowa’s older rural churches are simple structures that may lack the sophistication of newer churches. But it is the simplicity of these churches that enhance their feeling of being sacred places. “Places of Spirit and Light” conveys the “sacred place” aspect of these churches, and not their architectural or historical interest.

Discovering a way to photograph an intangible feeling like sacredness was the project’s biggest challenge. A friend of mine stated it perfectly with the question, "How do you photograph something that can't be seen?" The fact that churches are visually very similar added to the challenge.

My approach was to look beyond the surface similarities and to study the light in each church. The interplay of light and shadow makes each church a unique and visually different space from the next one down the road. I used light to reveal new shapes in common elements — such as pews — while using shadows to subdue unwanted detail. This emphasis on light and shadow created the feeling of “sacred” that I was hoping to capture.

The initial photographs for the project were made in a span between 2009 and 2013. During that time, I drove over 16,000 miles to visit approximately 400 churches, photographing 125 of them, and making close to 4,500 exposures. And I think it unlikely that I’ve even covered a fifth of the rural churches in the state."

                           - Larry Mendenhall

LensWork magazine published some of the photographs from the exhibit in 2013. For more images, visit: http://larrymendenhall.zenfolio.com/placesofspiritandlight

 

 

SNAPSHOT 2016

A PHOTOGRAPHY-ONLY EXHIBIT SHOWCASING THE WORK OF ARTISTS 

WITHIN 150 MILES OF AMES, IOWA

Victoria Herring, Abstract Reflection Artwork Credit: Victoria Herring, Abstract Reflection

ON DISPLAY JUNE 3 - JULY 30, 2016, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES

Showcasing the works of regional photographers.
Opening reception: Friday June 3, 5:00 - 8:00 PM during Art Walk in Downtown Ames. 

 

Juror's Statement:

"To our Victorian ancestors the new technology of photography seemed more like magic than science. With its obscure chemicals and apparatus, it resembled alchemy. Its ability to capture and preserve images of faraway places and people, including the dead, made it a modern version of sorcery and necromancy. The Octagon’s 2016 “Snapshots” exhibit proves that after all these years the art of photography has not lost its power to enchant us and awaken our sense of mystery. Included in this show are shots of animals and landscapes that help reveal the transcendental forces of nature, pictures of household objects that invest them with cryptic life, everyday rooms and streets transformed into fairy tale chambers and labyrinths where our spirits can wander and stumble upon treasures or monsters, or both. “Treasures and Monsters” could be an alternative title for this show, and as every reader of fantasy knows, you can’t have one without the other! " - John Cunnally

 

Snapshot 2016 Award Winners

First Prize Sponsored by Bankers Trust: Diana Wright,  Des Moines "Fiery Friends"

Second Prize Sponsored by Bankers Trust: Patricia Reeves, West Des Moines "NYC Step, Touch"

Third Prize Sponsored by Bankers Trust: Andres Jordan, Des Moines "Elixir B"

Honorable Mention 1: Diane Michaud Lowry, Ames "Vanished

Honorable Mention 2: Penny Adam, Ames "Cooling Off at the Fair"

CASA 2016

CREATIVE ARTISTS STUDIO OF AMES 15th ANNIVERSARY

ON DISPLAY APRIL 16 - JUNE 18, 2016, COMMUNITY GALLERY

Creative Artists’ Studios of Ames provides space for artists to work, to learn, and to share their expertise with the public. Located in west Ames, the studios are currently artistic home to about 30 artists working in clay and other media. CASA opened its doors to artists on 1/1/2001 and has thus been in successful operation for 15 years. Celebrating this milestone the Octagon is hosting an exhibit of work by CASA artists.

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High School Seniors 2016

ON DISPLAY APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2016, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES

Opening Night and Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 21 6:00 PM

 


MULTIPLICITY OF MINDS

MFA Exhibit 2016

Featuring artworks of current and graduating students pursuing a Masters degree in  Iowa State University's Arts and Visual Culture program. 

 

ON DISPLAY FEBRUARY 19 - APRIL 9, 2016 COMMUNITY GALLERY


48th CLAY, FIBER, PAPER, GLASS, METAL, WOOD
ON DISPLAY January 29, – April 2, 2016, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES
To see a list of the winners for this year's Clay Fiber exhibit. click here!

 


 

TERMESPHERES


Spherical Paintings by Dick Termes

JANUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 13 2016 

Opening Reception and Octagon Birthday Party: January 29 5-7:30 PM, 2016 Community Gallery


ELEMENTAL: LANDSCAPES AND FLORALS
A JURIED SHOW by the IMPACT NEBRASKA ARTISTS

ON DISPLAY OCTOBER 30 2015 - DECEMBER 18 2015, SWEENEY GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION: NOVEMBER 13, 5-8 PM

Elemental, Landscapes and Florals features works based on individual artists; responses to landscapes and florals, including realistic images, abstract images, and images strictly from imagination. Landscapes and florals have been popular subject matter for artists throughout the ages. This particular show includeds works in porcelain, oil, acrylic, metalwork, ceramics, batik, pastel, watercolor, collage, and mixed media.

Impact is a non-profit Nebraska visual arts organization founded in 1985 with a mission to educate through outreach programs and exhibitions. Impact maintains a membership of twenty-three Nebraskans who work in a broad range of disciplines, styles, and directions and who reside in every part of the state. From its inception, Impact has been recognized for its record of professionalism and creative expression. Membership is limited to Nebraska artists, nationally recognized within their respective artistic disciplines. Past exhibitions have been shown in large and small venues, regionally and nationally. Impact continues a record of consistently innovative exhibition which generate interest as well as provide quality educational experiences.

Current Impact members include Roberta Barns, Hasley; Wava Best, North platte; Jo Brown, Lincoln; Patricia Coslor, Sargent; Ben Darling, Sidney; Dave Dorsey, Valentine; Judy Greff, Ashland; Janna Harsch, Greenwood; Susan Hart, Cozad; Ken Hosmer, North Platte; Rick Johnson, McCook; Beth Jasnoch, Kearney; Howard Kaye, Lincoln; Sammy Lynn, Glenvil; Liz Shea-McCoy, Lincoln; Sandra Meyer, North Platte; Mike Montag, Omaha; Julia Noyes, Lincoln; Amy Sadle, Syracuse; Donna Schimonitz, Lincoln; Patsy Smith, Brady; Eric Stearns, Crete; Norma Stevens, McCook; Kit Watson, Chadron. 


 

COWGIRLS 

Mona Majorowicz, Carol Herdens, Barb McGee

ON DISPLAY NOVEMBER 19 2015 - JANUARY 2 2016, COMMUNITY GALLERY


FESTIVAL OF TREES & SILENT ART AUCTION

ON DISPLAY NOVEMBER 13 - NOVEMBER 28 2015, MAIN GALLERY

COME MEET SANTA November 13, 5-8PM. FREE


THE UNCOMMON COMMONPLACE

PAINTINGS AND PASTELS by CHRIS ABIGT

South Shore by Chris AbigtChris Abigt, South Shore

ON DISPLAY OCTOBER 9 - NOVEMBER 14 2015, COMMUNITY GALLERY
Closing Reception: November 13, 5-8 PM

"Color and light are my passion. Every painting is an intentional expression of colors mingling and complementing each other and, when fused with intriguing light, having the ability to bring life to the canvas.

I love nature and spending time observing the way light plays a significant roll in how colors are perceived. My enthusiasm comes from being able to paint the story of a simple place while engaging the viewer in a way that enables them to feel as if they have experienced that particular moment in their own story and would love to return. Every painting is based on a real place that magically weaves its way into a body of work that is slightly outside the "realistic" box while inviting the viewer to return to their own simple moments.

I begin with a blank canvas, roughing in large areas of background colors without drawing. Then, using thin layers of oil paint, I move my way forward, experimenting with color and light as I gradually refine and add details to the foreground. This is my passion, letting the color and light of each work bring itself to life, in a different, simple way, to each viewer."

- Chris Abigt

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INVENTED WORLDS

METALWORK BY JAMES BEARDEN

ON DISPLAY August 23- October 24 2015, SWEENEY GALLERY

OPENING RECEPTION AUGUST 28, 2015

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PAINTINGS by BRENDA JONES

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 13 - OCTOBER 24 2015, MAIN GALLERY

As a contemporary artist, Professor Jones has concentrated on creating distinct references to the world around her, with a range of expressive transformations as well as a world of metamorphosis with many assumptions of beauty, truth, form and color. Her work has been view in international, national, regional and juried exhibitions. Published in many publications such as Art Illustrations Magazine, Praeger Publications Cover and inserts, illustrations for shattering the denial protocols for the classroom and beyond. The cover of combating Racism in U S Schools.


 
INSIDE OUT

PHOTOS, PAINTINGS, AND PRITNS by KARA WEYAND

Kara Weyand, Beyond

ON DISPLAY JULY 31 - OCTOBER 3, COMMUNITY GALLERY

OPENING RECEPTION: AUGUST 28

Kara Weyand grew up in southeastern Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking and drawing from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Fine Arts from Iowa State University. Kara uses a variety of media to explore themes of memory and dreams in her work, with emphases on representations of universal spaces shared by a collective unconscious and her own personal mythology.

Kara lives near Fort Dodge, where she works as an art instructor at Iowa Central Community College.

"My work investigates intersections of the realms of human existence. It is the visual exploration of a universal inner landscape, a collective mental or spiritual space shared by all of us. This spiritual realm is intuitive and ambiguous, simultaneously imagined and real. It is embodied in my work as a stark vast landscape formed by the influence of dreams, memories, and place. The conscious environment coexists with the subconscious, and I examine this relationship through archetypal symbols including stones, bones, and animal forms." - Kara Weyand


LIKE THE FLOWERS AND TARES OF A THOUSAND HILLS
ERIC ROBINSON

Eric Robinson, Morning Mist

ON DISPLAY JUNE 19 - JULY 25, COMMUNITY GALLERY

“As a printmaker making edition varia, I emulate what I see demonstrated in life,” Robinson says. “The world consists of ancient things that seem enduring—mountains, great trees, seas and shorelines—yet their appearances change with passages of days and nights, seasons and years, weather conditions and cataclysms.”

Printmaking allows Robinson to make serial variations, which create a kind of third dimension to his work. Those variations provoke thought, he says, because people understand the world by making comparisons.

Robinson earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Iowa State University after graduating from Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in painting. He has taught printmaking workshops at Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin, Central College, the Des Moines Art Center, the Pella Community Art Center and various other colleges. He also served as an artist in residence at the Weir Farm Art Center in Connecticut.
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COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS 2015

SHOWCASING THE WORK OF ARTISTS 

WITHIN 150 MILES OF AMES, IOWA

Artwork Credit: Eden Marek, And Together; Rob Wallace, Basically Burl-esque;  David McLeod, Two and One with Grid

ON DISPLAY JUNE 5 - AUGUST 1, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES

OPENING RECEPTION JUNE 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

 

Juror: Jack Wilkes

Jack Wilkes is a teacher, painter, and explorer in concrete images and abstract ideas.  After studying at the Cleveland Art Institute, Jack finished his BFA in Art Education at Drake, which included a Certificate in Art Therapy, and received a MFA in painting from Drake in 1983.  Teaching at Simpson College, Iowa State University, serving as Artist-in-Residence at the Des Moines Art Center, then Drake, he exhibited as far away as New Smyna Beach, Florida and Verenna, Italy.


ROY CACEK SOLO SHOW

SPECTROSCOPY

Green light go, Acrylic on Canvas by Roy Cacek

ON DISPLAY MAY 8 - JUNE 13, COMMUNITY GALLERY

OPENING RECEPTION JUNE 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Roy Cacek is a nationally recognized artist whose work is displayed in galleries, private and corporate collections throughout North America. He has lived and worked in Des Moines and Chicago and received his MFA from Drake University. Italian mosaics and modern technology inspire Roy’s artistic style, called painted pixels. Recent works have been included in the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art exhibition and the publication Studio Visit Magazine volume 25.

"My entire life has been spent in urban settings and this informs the subject of my work. Each place has certain abstract geometric qualities that appeal to me and I try to capture these qualities with small squares of subtle color. Inspired by the mosaics of Italy and the geometric works of Paul Klee and Chuck Close, I start by using a grid system. The canvas is textured and painted with a dark ground to be used as an undercoat. A drybrush painting technique is used to allow the underpaint to show through and to soften the edges of the squares so the eye can optically blend the shapes and colors into form. Each piece has thousands of hand-painted squares utilizing up to fifty unique colors/values." - Roy Cacek


HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS 2015

ON DISPLAY April 24 - MAY 8, MAIN GALLERY 3rd FLOOR

OPENING RECEPTION April 24, 2015 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Awards presentation at 4:30pm

Jurors: Emily Morgan, Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University

Gary Yongberg and Ames Silversmithing jurying jewelry and metalsmithing

For information about entry information for your school, contact exhibits@octagonarts.org

 


SECOND ANNUAL

ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL EXHIBIT

ON DISPLAY April 24- May 8, 2015Sweeney Gallery, 3rd Floor

Opening Reception: April 24 from 4 - 6pm, awards presentation at 4:30pm

Judged separately from the High School Senior show

Contact education[at]octagonarts[dot]org for more information.

 


INTEGRATED VISUAL ARTS MFA ANNUAL

CHIMERA

ON DISPLAY April 17 - MAY 1, COMMUNITY GALLERY

OPENING RECEPTION April 24, 2015 4:00 - 6:00 PM

 

 


Clark’s Cove, Bar Harbor, Maine, September 2013

FAMILIAR PLACES, UNCOMMON VIEWS: Photographs by Roger Baer
COMMUNITY GALLERY, 1st floor

February 23 - April 11, 2015
Opening reception February 27, 5:30 - 7:00PM

Roger was born in Norfolk, VA. He attended Long Beach City College and graduated in design from California State University at Long Beach.  He served as Foundations Coordinator at Purdue University and Chair of Graphic Design.  During his time at Purdue he attended the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign and received a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. In 1980 Roger came to Iowa State University and was the Graphic Design Program Director from 1982 to 2001.

The photography bug bit Roger early as an undergraduate in Long Beach.  Photography has been on the “back shelf” for 40 years, as a slow-simmering passion without enough time to stir.  For thirty years he developed his own film and printed in a wet darkroom.   Now he is totally digital.

In 2008, more time to travel offered new challenges for stirring the passion of landscape photography.  The exhibition photos have all been shot since September 2008.

 

 


47th CLAY FIBER PAPER GLASS METAL WOOD

MAIN AND SWEENY GALLERIES, 3rd Floor

January 23 - April 4, 2015

The Octagon's annual-all media exhibition has been a tradition at the Octagon Center for the Arts for 47 years. This year's juror, Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, selected 65 pieces from a total of over 300 submitted images representing artists from 12 states.

Pauline Verbeek- Cowart is the Kansas City Art Institute department chair and professor of Fiber. Her careers have garnered her numerous awards including the Kansas City Art Institute's Excellence in Teaching award (2007) and in 2008, the Kansas Arts Commission Master Fellowship in Visual Art.

"The sheer number of entries in and of itself is a powerful indicator that this competition serves an important role as it gives many artists an opportunity to showcase their work. I was impressed by the dedication and commitment of all of the artists who entered."   -Pauline Verbeek-Cowart

Opening reception: January 23 from 5:30-7:00PM


Scientific Writing: Works by Tiberu Chelcea

January 23 - February 14, 2015

Tiberu Chelcea has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows since 2007, including domestic and international exhibitions. His work is informed by the history science and technology, and his own personal history in the field: a PHD in Computer Science from Columbia University, and degrees in Electrical engineering from Politehnica University of Bucharest. He witnesses new technologies becoming out-dated, and observes the changes in teaching and research as a result. His work uses the slow process of printmaking, drawing, and painting to entirely bypass the inherent speed of everything electronic, transforming disregarded objects into a meditative experience.  

 

Cat Hanging Freely. 2012, Gouche on paper on wood.

 


Previous Exhibits: 2014


Catherine Reinhart: [home]maker

Community Gallery, 1st floor

May 17 - July 13, 2014

Artist Reception during ArtWalk: Friday, June 6 from 5-8pm

Reinhart’s work is a liturgy of gesture where material studies and repetitive action dominate. Wall hang fiber pieces surround the central “home” installation.


Morning Departure by Stewart Buck

Snapshot 2014

Main and Sweeney Galleries, 3rd Floor

June 7 - July 12, 2014

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony during ArtWalk, June 6, 5-8pm. Awards at 6pm.

Current photographic works selected by guest juror Roger Baer, ISU professor of graphic design. Opening reception and awards presentation during ArtWalk open house.

 

Congratulations go out to the following award winning artists. See their work in Snapshot!

Best in Show: Larry Mendenhall for Eureka Dunes #2, Fog in the Valley, and First Light at Wexford.

First Place: Diane Michaud Lowry for Sunset on the Farm

Second Place: Lee Anne Willson for Frost House

Third Place: Deborah Shannan for Iris

Honorable Mentions go to Thomas Andre for  Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge and to Stewart Buck for Steel Rails and Thunder

This year, we received 159 submissions from 54 photographers. Of those 159 entries only 64 works/artists were accepted. 

We hope you will be able to join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Roger Baer, the juror, will give remarks about the exhibit and announce the award recipients for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mentions.Snapshot 2014 will be on display through July 12, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10am - 5pm and Saturday 1 - 5pm.

The juror for the 2014 exhibit is Roger Baer, ISU professor of Graphic Design since 1980. While at ISU he has served as both Chair of the Department of Art and Design and the Assistant Dean. His work has been nationally awarded and published. He has served on several boards, including as president of the Art Directors Association of Iowa and the Graphic Design Education Association. He has lectured and held positions internationally, including the Academy of Art in Poznan, Poland. His passion for landscape photography has been a lifelong interest. His work will be on display in the Octagon Center for the Arts’ Community Gallery in March of 2015. 

 

 

High School Seniors Show

 

Middle School and Elementary Exhibition

  • April 25 - May 8, 2014
  • Sweeney Gallery
  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 4-6pm

NOW: Integrated Visual Arts Exhibition

  • March 7 - May 8, 2014
  • Community Gallery
  • Opening Reception: Friday, March 7 from 7-9pm
  • Artist Talk: Tuesday, May 6 from 7-9pm

46th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Juried Show

Location: Main/Sweeney

Open to the Public: Jan 24 - Apr 5

Reception: January 24 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Set up: Jan 8-23

Pick up: April 10 - 11, 8am - 5pm

Promoted with: Heather Jo Davis Solo Exhibit

Summary: The 2014 national juried exhibit will showcase 65 works of original art created by 64 artists representing 11 states across the nation. The submissions were juried by Christina Chang from St. Paul, Minnesota. Christina received her doctoral degree in art history at the University of Michigan. Until 2012, she served as assistant curator at the Weisman Art Museum. Currently, she is the Curator of Engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art and serves on the board of directors of Photography at the Center.

Heather Davis Solo Exhibition

  • January 4 - February 22, 2014
  • Community Gallery, Street Level

“My work considers a bridge to our past, before humans organized religion into the institution that it is now, when religion was made up of ritual, magic, and intuition. It explores pre-cultural freedom of carnal joy. I see my figure sculpture, pottery, and video projection work as parts of the same conversation.” -- Heather Davis


2013


 

Keri Ippolito Solo Exhibit 

Keri is an Award winning Chicago, IL artist with works in collections in the USA and abroad. She received her education from Dominican University and the Art Institute of Chicago.

“Nature is my starting point whether it is a landscape or an abstract. My landscapes are not about an isolated place or a specific time of day, but rather about a particular feeling, a sense that is initiated by the scene and later remembered.”

  • Community Gallery, Ground Floor
  • Open to the public: October 19 - December 22, 2013
  • Opening Reception: November 15, 2013, 5-8pm

 Iowa Pastel Society Exhibit 

 

The Octagon Center for the Arts is excited to partner with the Iowa Pastel Society by showcasing the work of their members in this fall’s group exhibition. All members of the Iowa Pastel Society were invited to participate. 

"The Iowa Pastel Society is an association for artists at all levels of experience who are interested in the pastel medium. We bring together enthusiastic pastel artists as a group to network. We offer educational opportunities to assist our members in their artistic growth. We seek to create fellowship for the betterment of ourselves and our medium." -- from the Iowa Pastel Society website.

  • Main Gallery, 3rd Floor
  • Open to the public: November 8 - December 22, 2013
  • Opening Reception: November 15, 2013, 5-8pm

 

 

Biennial Community of Artists Exhibit

75 Works by 70 Central Iowa Artists Juried by John Cunnally

 

Main and Sweeney Galleries, 3rd Floor

August 23rd - October 20th, 2013

Made possible in part by: City of Ames Commission on the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and U.S. Bank. 

 

Portrait Studio 

 

 Explore portrait making with artists Rachel Buse, Jon Pearson, and Cat Rocketship

Community Gallery, Ground Floor

Open to the Public Sept 8 - Oct 6, 2013

Free Public Open Studio Sessions on Sundays with the artists: 1 - 4pm on Sept 8, 15, 29 & 10am - 5pm on Sept 22

Made possible in part by: City of Ames Commission on the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, and U.S. Bank. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hugo Kenemer Solo Exhibit

  • Community Gallery, Ground Floor
  • Open to the public: July 18 - September 1, 2013
  • Artist Reception: August 23, 2013

Iowa DOT: A Journey in Transportation

  • Main and Sweeney Galleries
  • Open to the public: June 7 - August 4, 2013
  • Opening Reception: June 7, 2013 

Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibit

Each year 30 paintings are selected from the juried exhibition and these paintings travel to Iowa galleries for one year.

  • Octagon Community Gallery
  • Open to the public: May 19 - July 13, 2013
  • Artist Reception: June 7, 2013

The Annual ISU Integrated Studio Arts Program MFA Exhibit: Vitreous Vessels

The Octagon Center for the Arts presents local student artists in a building wide exhibition of work from Ames area schools. During the four week period of April 20 – May 17, 2013, four distinct exhibits will be on display, with artist receptions for each and award presentations for the elementary, middle, and high school shows. Join us as we celebrate this dynamic, creative group of up and coming locals artists.

  • Street Level Community Gallery
  • April 20 – May 5, 2013
  • Open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Wine and Cheese Reception: Friday, April 26, 6-8pm 

 

The Annual High School Seniors Show

  • 3rd Floor Main and Sweeney Galleries
  • April 28 – May 9, 2013
  • Open Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-5pm
  • Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Sunday, April 28, 2-4pm

 

Congratulations to this year's show award winners:

Best in show: 

Meggie Royer - Doppelganger

Jeffrey Brown Memorial Photography Awards:

  • 1st - Double Trouble by Hannah Short
  • 2nd - Pink Tu-Tu by Rissa Glaspie
  • 3rd - Who Will Watch the Watchers? by Josh Newell
  • Honorable mention - Doors by Brina Van De Pol

David Burton Stone 3D Awards:

  • 1st - Inferno by Kelly Devitt
  • 2nd - Ocean Explosion by Charles Angell
  • 3rd - Rusty Wrench by Shelby Dailey
  • Honorable mention - Octopus by Lilian Denning

David Burton Stone Awards in Painting:

  • 1st - Skip by Kathleen Embrey
  • 2nd - Morning in Sun Moon Lake by Tony Liu
  • 3rd - Sun + Flower = sunflower by Ena Moats
  • Honorable Mention - Colors by Itzel Padron

David Burton Stone Awards in Drawing:

  • 1st - Dragon by Logan Theoret
  • 2nd - Drew in Time by Diana Casas
  • 3rd - Dancing Clarinet by Jess Bolar
  • Honorable Mention - Doodle Doodle by Marcus Saddler

Ames Silversmithing Awards:

  • 1st - Key hole Pendant by Rachael Meehan
  • 2nd - I see wings, you see a shell? by Agatha Gorjackovski-Azdajic
  • 2nd - Flower Pendant by Paige Carney
  • 3rd - Chicago Skyline by Jess Bolar

Made possible in part by: Brown and Stone Fund, Ames Silversmithing, and the City of Ames Commission on the Arts.


7th Annual Elementary Exhibit: The Art of Storytelling

  • 2nd Floor Dance Studio
  • April 22 – May 3, 2013
  • Open Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm
  • Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 25, 5:30-6:30pm

2nd Annual Middle School Art Exhibit

  • 2nd Floor Dance Studio
  • May 6 – May 17, 2013
  • Open Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm
  • Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony: Thursday, May 9, 5-6pm

These exhibitions are a great way to experience the benefits of supporting art programs in our schools and communities. We sincerely hope you will join us at the opening receptions and enjoy the creativity thriving in our local schools.  


45th Annual Juried National Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Exhibition

Located in the 3rd Floor Main and Sweeney Galleries

Open to the Public: January 25th - April 7, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 25, 2013 from 5:30 ‐ 7:30 pm

Gallery Talk with Christopher Martin: Tuesday, Feb 12 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

The juror for the 45th Annual Juried National Clay, Fiber, Paper, Metal, Wood Exhibition is Michael x. Ryan, a Chicago based visual artist and adjunct faculty member and administrator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), currently serving as Director of Student-Run Galleries + Projects where he works closely with Student Union Galleries (SUGs) and SUGs Projects.

 

Exhibit sponsored in part by: Ames Commission on the Arts, Brown Endowment Fund, Huff Endowment Fund, Iowa Arts Council, Greater Iowa Credit Union, and Sauer-Danfoss

   


 

George Christensen

The World in Black, White and Shades of Gray: George Christensen Retrospective

Located in the Community Gallery

Open to the Public: January 25 ‐ April 6, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2013 5:30 ‐ 7:30 pm

The Community Gallery will showcase 41 black and white prints by Ames photographer George Christensen. This exhibit of urban and natural landscapes are products of his travels to all seven continents. All of his images are made with film and his silver gelatin prints are darkroom processed.  

 

 

 


2012 


Paintpushers: Sequel

Located in the street level Community Gallery

Exhibit open to the public Nov 9 - Dec 22, 2012

Opening Reception: Nov 9, 5:30-7:30 PM

The Community Gallery will feature paintings by 12 Des Moines area artists who make up the group Paintpushers. Their exhibit Paintpushers: Sequel will be on display from November 9 – December 22. All Sequel works are created in response to Paintpushers: Prequel at the Heritage Gallery in Des Moines that were on display October 8 through November 1 of this year.

The 12 artists who make up the group are the following: Kristin Aulwes, Kristine Clemons, Emily Kobliska, Andrew Clarridge, Kathryn Downing, Teresa Townsend Miller, Claudia Cole Meek, Charlotte Redman, Jeff Rider, Jacqueline Roate, Chris Vance and Julie VandeBerg.
  


 Art of Living: Jo Myers-Walker Retrospective

Located in the third floor Main Gallery

Exhibit open to the public Nov 9 - Dec 3, 2012

Opening Reception: Nov 9, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Reading by Mary Swanders: Nov 9, 7:00 PM

This exhibit will celebrate the prolific work of long time Ames and Gilbert resident and watercolor artist Jo Myers-Walker. We are pleased to present Mary Swander, the author whose work inspired many of Jo’s paintings included in Art of Living. Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa and Professor of English at Iowa State University, will have a free reading during the opening at 7 PM of her new book Farmscape.


Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm 

 

 

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