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Photo of sculpture from the Hearst Permanent Collection


With over three hundred works by local and regional artists, the Hearst Center Permanent Collection provides a fascinating perspective on Iowa, the Midwest and the nation.

For more information on exhibitions and the permanent collection, email 

Curator/Registrar, Emily Drennan.

To propose exhibition or a gift to the permanent collection, view our Hearst proposal guidelines.


On view now in the lower classroom level of the Hearst Center
Public Reception: Friday, May 31 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Explore a captivating journey through locales and viewpoints, close and distant, in this reflective show by local artist Bradford Mattocks. Embark on a visual odyssey that beckons the observer to gaze beyond, savoring the enchanting allure of our world as remembered by the artist. Delve into tranquil portrayals of local architecture and flora, transitioning seamlessly to the dynamic coastal vistas and the solitary grandeur of vast landscapes. Mattocks' evocative watercolor masterpieces foster a profound sense of harmony and gratitude for one's place within the tapestry of existence. 

–Cory Hurless, Cultural Programs Supervisor

Mattocks writes about his work, “My love of travel has afforded me many cultures and vistas to inspire me. I want to capture the light, shadows, and colors that I see and put them on paper.”  He earned a degree in art education from Wartburg College, and studied with notable greats Charles Frelund, Jack Loeb, Wendell Mohr for 8 years on Iowa watercolor caravan, Frank Webb, Virginia Meyer, and Mauricio Lasansky.  Mattocks also earned a degree in special education from UNI and taught at Laguna/Acoma, NM, Kansas City, MO, and River Hills School in Cedar Falls. Brad continues to paint, teach, and inspire others at the Hearst as a volunteer for our CAFÉ outreach program, and a regular instructor. 

Look out for Mattocks’ watercolor class offerings at the Hearst by following us on FacebookIf you are interested in purchasing any artworks on display, stop by the front desk, where we can connect you with the artist.


Iowa Artist Competition & Exhibition 
Iowa Artist Competition & Exhibition
May 30-July 14, 2024
Competition Opens: Friday, March 1, 2024
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 30 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Friends of the Hearst and Arts Midwest

Challenge yourself with a big idea - made tiny! This art competition and exhibition presents a unique opportunity for artists in Iowa to conceptualize an artwork with specific size requirements, using fine art mediums and techniques, and exhibit it for free to the public. No entry fee, one submission per person, and everyone who enters will have their piece on display. There will be two Best-In-Show prizes awarded, one determined by a jury vote comprised of art experts in the Cedar Valley, and one winner determined by popular vote.

We will be offering free artist workshops to assist you in developing and executing your idea. These free artist workshop dates in April and May will be announced soon.

For more info, rules, regulations, and how to apply, visit our Tiny Art page

June 7-September 1, 2024 
Public Reception: Thursday, June 13 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

This exhibition features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. The show covers a wide range of prints that include an array of abstract and formal imagery. Narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives are woven throughout.

At the heart of this show is a Berkeley based fine art print studio—Paulson Fontaine Press—who over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists-artists like Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters–who characterize the fresh perspectives that are today’s avant-garde.

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

Online l Hearst Permanent Collection

John Page 
View original etchings as part of the Hearst Permeant Collection. 

Gary Kelley l Sleepy Hollow 

View the original pastels in the Hearst Permanent Collection as part of the 1990 novel, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Original Book Illustrations by Gary Kelley.

Exhibition  James Hearst Interpreting The Farmstead l The Hearst Legacy Site
View original works of art selected from the Hearst Permanent Collection, as part of this grant funded project. 

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