Current Exhibitions

Hand Bloom

The DUMA 2nd Craft Invitational

June 27, 2020 - October 11, 2020

2020 Craft

DuMA presents a new exhibition highlighting fine craft, with an emphasis on traditional materials handled in unexpected and innovative ways. Over 70 handcrafted works by a select group of regionally-based craftspeople working in ceramic, glass, wood, paper, and metal will be featured. The 2nd Craft Invitational would not be possible without the curatorial team of Delores Fortuna, Maureen Bardusk, Paul Opperman, and Carole Speliç.

The exhibition will run through October 11, 2020.

Following the first invitational in 2018, this encore exhibition continues to recognize the many talented craft artists in our region – more than we could bring to a single exhibition. The 2020 Craft Invitational builds upon the first exhibition, presenting a new group of exceptional regional artists.

They include: Ali Kauss, Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber Olds, Andrew Shea, Cory McCrory, Darlys Ewoldt, Don Friedlich, Ernest Miller, Gordon Browning, James Pearce, John Martinson, Judith Kinghorn, Julie McLaughlin, Kevin Kowaleski and Justin Mosling, Kristin Garnant and v.skip willits, Linda Kelen, Melissa Jay Craig, Mitchell Spain, Rich Robertson, and Rick Hintze.

CLICK HERE to view our virtual guide to the exhibition, featuring artist bios, process videos, and more!

Image credit:
Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber Olds, Hand Bloom, 2017, carved Basswood with layered and sanded milk paint, 38x26x6 in., collection of the artist


20 Artists, 20 Parks

Virtual Exhibition




May 30, 2020 - September 20, 2020

20 Artists, 20 Parks



Iowa’s park system began 100 years ago when Backbone State Park was dedicated on May 28, 1920, and has grown to encompass 72 parks and forests across the state. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks in 2020, 20 faculty and graduate student artists from three of Iowa State University’s colleges—Design, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences—were matched with 20 state parks to create artwork during summer residencies from April through August 2019.

20 Artists, 20 Parks is an exhibition of these artworks that utilizes the arts to facilitate a greater understanding and appreciation for Iowa’s natural landscape. State parks selected for the project represent diverse ecological, geological and cultural experiences that make Iowa unique. From paintings to quilts to sound installations, the artworks included in 20 Artists, 20 Parks are as distinct as the parks themselves. The artworks capture the sights and sounds of Iowa’s natural landscape illuminating the relations hip between art and nature.

“The artwork is as varied as the parks themselves, from the Maquoketa Caves to Stephens State Forestto Gull Point on Lake Okoboji,” said the Iowa Arts Council’s Veronica O’Hern, who helped curate the show. “Together the paintings, sculptures, textiles, photos, videos and other art forms capture the sights and sounds of these unique pockets of the Iowa landscape.”

During their residencies last summer, the Iowa State artists–including students and faculty members from the Colleges of Design, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences–worked closely with DNR park rangers to learn about the parks’ ecosystems. The artists visited often to take notes, draw sketches and gather ideas. They created their artwork on-site or in their studios and will return to their assigned parks in summer 2020 to lead public demonstrations.

Featured Parks & Artists



Lake of Three Fires State Park, Bedford-Amy Harris
Walnut Woods State Park, West Des Moines-Deborah Pappenheimer
Viking Lake State Park, Stanton-Olivia Valentine



Rock Creek State Park, Kellogg-Anna Segner
Stephens State Forest, Chariton-Clark Colby
Lake Macbride State Park, Solon-Firat Erdim
Wildcat Den State Park, Muscatine-Kristen Greteman
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Keosauqua-Nancy Thompson
Lake Darling State Park, Mt. Pleasant-Rob Wallace



Brushy Creek State Park, Lehigh-Austin Stewart and Omar De Kok-Mercado
Stone State Park, Sioux City-Carol Faber
Pilot Knob State Park, Forest City-Christopher Yanulis
Pine Lake State Park, Eldora-Jennifer Drinkwater
Gull Point State Park, Okoboji-Paula Streeter



Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor-Barbara Walton
Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa-Brent Holland Palisades-Kepler
State Park, Mt. Vernon-Celinda Stamy
Mines of Spain State Park, Dubuque-Joe Muench
Backbone State Park, Dundee-Kimberly Moss
Yellow River State Forest, Harpers Ferry-Nathan Dean Edwards


Learn More About the Artists and Their Parks

Visit the Parks

The 20 state parks are included as a Featured Tour on the Iowa Culture mobile app, a free and interactive tool to discover arts, history and cultural destinations across Iowa. More information about how to visit the parks is on the app. Download the free mobile app from Apple or Google Play stores or launch the desktop version.

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20 Artists, 20 Parks is a partnership between the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa State University College of Design. The program is funded by the Iowa Arts Council.

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