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20 Artists and 20 parks
Art Exhibition Features 20 State Parks by Iowa State University Artists

A new art exhibition featuring Iowa state parks will travel to several Iowa art museums and galleries in 2020. The art collection, “20 Artists, 20 Parks,” is the culmination of a partnership between the DNR; the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; and Iowa State University.

In 2019, 20 faculty and graduate students from three of Iowa State University’s colleges — Design, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences — were each matched with a state park, creating artwork that reflects their time as artists-in-residence. Paintings, sculpture, textiles and other art forms inspired by the park are featured in the exhibition. The art exhibition was funded through a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Each artist will return to their designated parks in 2020 to provide a program or art demonstration, which can be found on the centennial calendar at iowadnr.gov/parks2020.


2020 Park ArtistsIowa State University faculty and graduate students who participated in the 20 Artists, 20 Parks project.


Kristen GretemanKristen Greteman photographs the Pine Creek Grist Mill at Wildcat Den State Park in 2019.


Exhibition Dates

You can visit the 20 Artists, 20 Parks exhibit at these four locations:


March 16 - May 1, 2020
Polk County Heritage Gallery
Des Moines, Iowa

May 30 - Sept 20, 2020
Dubuque Museum of Art
Dubuque, Iowa

Sept 30, 2020 - Jan 8, 2021
Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum
Clarinda, Iowa

January 30 - May 9, 2021
Sioux City Museum of Art
Sioux City, Iowa
- reception January 30, 2021


Nancy ThompsonNancy Thompson paints at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park in 2019.