Raccoon Valley Centre for the Arts

is proud to announce the collaborative Art exhibit between The DCCB-Forest Park Museum and The William D. Sturdevant Memorial Art Lyceum.

The Fine Arts Exhibition {featuring paintings, sculptures, and prints}

by the late William D. Sturdevant

An Iowan Artist - contemporary to the Regional Artists (Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood, and Lynd Ward), a Drake University Alumni, area educator, and native son of the Des Moines area;

Now on display at the Forest Park Museum's Hastie Hall on the campus of

the Dallas County Conservation Board Headquarters, in Perry, Iowa.

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                          displayed Works by Sturdevant

                        at Jazz in July concert on July 20.

This exhibit - to our knowledge - was the first non-period exhibit of Art at Hoyt Sherman Place! We are thankful to HSP! 

The Foxtrot Hot Shots will perform on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 PM

on the Hoyt Sherman Place lawn as part of the Metro Arts’ Jazz In July concert series.

In addition to the Foxtrot Hot Shots performance, Raccoon Valley Centre for the Arts will be

showcasing Iowa's Lost Artist – William D. Sturdevant – Rediscovered.  >>> pictures of the exhibit >>> 

A select showing of works from the collection of The William D. Sturdevant Memorial Art Lyceum, which

will be on-display during the Jazz in July event. The showing of the artwork by Sturdevant, a native-Iowa-son,

will be visible on the covered terrace just outside of the Theater doors. This presentation is free to the public,

and will begin after 4:30PM. Several of the sculptures and paintings that will be displayed have not been viewed in public for nearly 50 years.     Sturdevant was the recipient of the Des Moines Women's Club of Hoyt ShermanArt Committee Award in 1942. A Drake University Alumni, the art award launched his artistic-career, and for nearly three decades Sturdevant's artwork was displayed in New York City, Boston, Chicago, California, Mexico City, and Tokyo... Yet now, with this display, his work has truly come home to where it all began: Hoyt Sherman Place!     A sculpture, painter, print-maker, father, and Regional Art-Educator, William D. Sturdevant was a prolific artist. His work evinces the progression of American Art from his earliest contemporaries (Wood, Benton, Curry, and Lind) in the Regionalist/Social-Realism genre and bridges into the American Modern-Abstract Expressionist movement.
This an all-ages show and free to the general public. Food trucks and beverages will be available on-site to serve guests.

More information on theJazz In July concert series can be found at:https://metroarts.org.  ​