American Art History:

From Backwater to World Leader


Four Sessions: Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28; 10:30 AM-Noon

Location: Pleasant Hill Library

Cost: $36

Class Limit: 30


In just over a hundred years, the United States has gone from cultural backwater, largely dependent on European roots for artistic guidance, to a world leader for the unique artistic culture it has generated. This class will examine the wide variety of art prompted by the artistic search for a national voice. A general overview of modern and contemporary art will show that Americans have created exceptional works. We will focus on the influences of society, including places and world events as well as styles and techniques. Many of the artworks that will be cited as examples can be seen locally at the Des Moines Art Center.


Instructor Madelyn Mayberry volunteers as a docent at the Des Moines Art Center and serves on the National Docent Symposium Council. She holds degrees in art, art education and higher education from the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. Madelyn has taught art and humanities at the K-12 and community college levels and art education at ISU.

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