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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.


There are no current exhibitions in Dahl-Thomas and Dresser-Robinson Gallery at this time. Scroll below for what's coming up soon! 


JUNE 15-AUGUST 6, 2023
Drop off date: Thursday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m. 

The First Fifty exhibition is back at the Hearst Center this summer for its tenth year with a new theme—PATTERNS! Patterns can be literal or representative of characteristics and traits between people, objects, adventures, etc expressed in everyday life. Artists are encouraged to embrace the theme in creating a work of art to submit.

No medium is off limits—paintings, ceramics, mixed media, textiles, photography, mosaics, and more have been featured over this event’s history. The work submitted must be your own and ready to hang. This requires a suitable hanging system attached to the work, such as D-rings with wires between.

What to do to prepare: Come early, bring a chair to sit in for the lineup and wear weather ready attire–mother nature is full of surprises. Participants are not allowed to enter the Hearst Center for any reason on drop off day before the doors open.

How to participate: The first fifty works of art to arrive on Thursday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m. are included. All are welcome to participate in this beloved and community supported experience. 

For additional questions and rules, email Curator/Registrar Emily Drennan.

AUGUST 24-OCTOBER 22, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

This exhibition includes works from Thursday Painters, past and present. What began 75 years ago, is still a committed and talented group. Each week, members gather at the Hearst Center to create, encourage, and share with one another.

As part of this special showcase of artists, an oral history video is available documenting their journey with the Thursday Painters. Additional updates about this exhibition and related events are featured on our social media. 

Online l Hearst Permanent Collection

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

Garry 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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