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Beyond Grant Wood's Limelight: Iowa's Forgotten Artists

example of Merle Armitage, Iowa book designerGrant Wood's "American Gothic" is Iowa's equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." It is a superb accomplishment and an inexhaustible resource for tourism and marketing. But it's also an unfortunate albatross because its blinding spotlight prevents us from paying attention to a wide range of equally talented artists and designers who also came from Iowa. Among them are painter William Edwards Cook (Independence); sculptor Sherry Edmundson Fry (Creston); printmaker Sister Mary Corita Kent (Fort Dodge); book designer Merle Armitage (Mason City); WPA muralist Orr Fisher (Mount Ayr), ceramic artist Daniel Rhodes (Fort Dodge); photographer Gertrude Kasebier (Des Moines); and painter Everett Warner (Vinton).

Instructor: Roy Behrens, professor of art
Dates: March 26
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: University Book and Supply Conference Room
Fee: $15