Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Volunteer Training at the American Gothic House Center

Eldon— The American Gothic House Center seeks additional volunteers in preparation for its second summer season. With the tourist season just around the corner, come see how YOU will fit in. Some ways to stay active include greeting visitors, giving tours of the facility, keeping the center shining clean and assisting patrons with photos and sales. All it takes is three hours or more commitment per month and your own personal enthusiasm.

The next informal volunteer orientation & training will be Thursday, March 27 at either 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM at the new center at 300 American Gothic St in Eldon. Call Jessi at 652-3352 to sign up or for more information.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

2008 American Gothic House Art Contest

Eldon— American Gothic House Center (AGHC) and Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon (GATE) will co-sponsor the third annual art contest during the 2008 Gothic Days, June 13-15.

American Gothic House Art ContestThe art contest is to celebrate the American Gothic House used as the background in Grant Wood’s most famous painting American Gothic. Entries must include the American Gothic House. The contest will promote greater awareness of the uniqueness and beauty of the little white cottage with its gothic window.

Submitted works will be returned. Minimum size will be 8” x 10”—no maximum size. All mediums except photography are allowed. Contest is open to amateur artists only in the following three divisions:

  • Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
  • Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
  • Adult

American Gothic House Art Contest WinnerPrize money in the amount of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place will be awarded for each division.

Judging will take place Friday evening, with the exhibition planned for Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15 from 12 PM to 4 PM at the AGHC in Eldon, Iowa. Official entry forms are required by May 15. Artwork must be submitted by June 1.

For entry forms, complete rules and further information, contact AGHC; Jessica Strom; 300 American Gothic St; Eldon, IA 52554; 641-652-3352;

GATE is a nonprofit community betterment organization and no entry fee will be sought from submissions or participants.