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Inspired by the Past

September 9 - October 7, 2012

Inspired by the Past

The Muscatine Art Center will open the new exhibit Inspired by the Past on Sunday, September 9 with a reception hosted by the Freinds of the Muscatine Art Center from 1 to 5 PM.  The exhibit will continue through October 7, 2012.

Inspired by the Past includes sculpture, paintings, photographs, drawings and assemblages of six area artists who based their work on that of Muscatine photographer, Oscar Grossheim.  The participating artists:  John Deason, Randy Elder, Charles Knudsen, Tony Ledtje, Randy Richmond anf Dan Rohde, chose four to six originasl Grossheim images that inspired them and used those images as a springboard to their own artistic interpretations.

 Oscar Grossheim was born in Muscatine in 1862, the son of Theodore & Bertha Kirschbein Grossheim.

Grossheim’s career as a photographer began when he was only 15 and continued until the late 1930s. Grossheim’s work included much more than portrait photography.  He also left a legacy of over 50,000 images of life as it unfolded in Muscatine during a historically significant time.

The concept of the exhibition is to ask artists and the public to reflect on their past and, as a community, on our collective past, and how the process of self-reflection might lead to a heightened awareness as we map our future course.