Monday, April 20, 2015

American Gothic in Stitches

The American Gothic House Center has many great events scheduled for the coming months, but we are most excited to announce our upcoming exhibit: American Gothic in Stitches: Quilts inspired by the famous painting. The exhibition will feature nine works by skilled quilters from around the world who have created their own masterpieces influenced by the famous painting. The quilts will be on view at the American Gothic House Center from June 1-October 18 during regular hours. 

An opening reception will take place Friday, June 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. As a special addition for the opening, Grant Wood’s baby quilt will be on display with thanks to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Jacqueline Falco-Smith, Registrar of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will be present during the opening to answer questions regarding the quilt.

Admission to the exhibit is free and is sponsored by APQS-American Professional Quilting Systems and the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. For information regarding the exhibit, or any other upcoming events, please call 641-652-3352, or email

Upcoming events:

Tours of the American Gothic House
April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, and October 10 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Lecture series: Joni Kinsey, Professor, School of Art and Art History “Grant Wood at the University of Iowa: Community and Controversy”
Sunday, May 3, 2:00 pm at the American Gothic House

New exhibit:  American Gothic in Stitches:  Quilts inspired by the famous painting
Exhibit open June 1-October 18

“American Gothic in Stitches” Exhibit Opening
Friday, June 5, 4:30-6:30 pm

American Gothic 5K Walk/Run
Saturday, June 13, 7:30 am (Registration begins at 6:45 am)

American Gothic House Art Contest
Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14; Submissions due with entry forms by 5 pm on Tuesday, June 9

American Gothic House Quilt/Fabric Art Challenge
On display July 1-October 18; Entries due by June 26