february, 2020

07feb6:00 pm8:00 pmAnnual Membership Exhibit6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fairfields Arts & Convention Center, 200 N Main Street, Fairfield Iowa

Event Details

The Fairfield Art Association announces the opening of its 54th annual Membership Exhibit featuring over 40 artists’ original artworks, from which up to 25 pieces will be selected to travel the state of Iowa. This show opens with a reception on Friday, January 17 from 6-8 pm in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Viewers will be able to vote for their favorite artwork on display through January 24 with the winning artist getting tickets to the FACC Artist Series theater production of their choice.


Participating artists include Kathleen Almelien, Carlene Atwater, Cindy Ballou, Deb Baughman, Susan Bomzer, Ann Bosold, Care Connet, Alex DeArmon, Deb DeArmon, Jim DeArmon, Elaine Duncan, Rolf Erickson, Debbie Finney, Annie Guldberg, Bonnie Hendricks, Brett Hendricks,  Suzan Bates Kessel,  Jessica Kirby, Pamela Lander, Cathryn Layer, Irene Murphy, Hans Olson, David Pattison, Ann Porter, John Preston, Trish Rocca, Wyndi Rutledge, John Schirmer, Annette Scieszinski, Mark Shafer, Jane Shank, Cris Soth, Mark Soth, Wendy Stegall, Cynthia Sterling, Mia Story, Kathleen Tachet,  Kella Tschopp, Ann Weigel, Laura Weinberg, Ron Weinberg, and JoAnne Worley.


Artists from all around Southeast Iowa were challenged to use any permanent medium or mixed media on our 16”x16” canvas. Art submitted includes works in oil, acrylic, collage, fabric quilting, photography, and mixed with a variety of subjects of landscape, still life, animals, people, religious and more in many styles from abstract to realism. There are no frames but side treatment by each artist individualizes their presentation. All works are for sale, but not immediately available if they are selected to travel the state.


“The Traveling Exhibit will be a first for the FAA’s 54th annual member exhibit,” says Suzan Kessel, FAA volunteer director.  “Judge and artist, John Bybee from Burlington, has been secured to juror the entire show after it is installed, and along with choosing the pieces for the traveling exhibit, will pick four top entries for cash awards.”  The traveling art pieces will be selected in January and announced in February during an FAA Awards event, with a critique of artwork by Judge Bybee. The Fairfield exhibit will close the end of February, with its first travel stop in Washington Iowa at Art Domestique then on to the Muscatine Art Center.


The Traveling Exhibit is being booked throughout the state of Iowa in galleries, museums, and institutions, with anticipation of touring for up to three years.  The Fairfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is sponsoring this event in part with a CVB grant.