“Not So Ordinary: Iowa Regionalists and Scenes of Rural Life” is an exhibit featuring the Muscatine Art Center’s Iowa Regionalist collection. “What makes the exhibition ‘not so ordinary’ is that these works were part of a movement towards a distinctive American method promoted by Grant Wood,” says Muscatine Art Center Director Melanie Alexander. Visitors can see works by Muscatine’s own William Bunn, Grant Wood, Marvin Cone, John Bloom, Alma Held, Arnold Pyle, Juanita Jamison, Harold Allison, and others.
Alexander explains, “The exhibition highlights the connections these Iowa artists shared with Grant Wood and one another. I hope visitors who have an appreciation for the work of Grant Wood will take the time to learn about his fellow Iowa artists who were active during the same time period.”
The art on display features everyday scenes. Alexander said, “Back in the 1930s, Wood was urging artists to create works based on what they knew. Visitors to the exhibition will discover many artists who took his advice.”
The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Visit www.muscatineartcenter.org for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.