Our mission is to “Connect rural communities in Southwest Iowa through contemporary and traditional visual arts promotion and education.”
Paul Koch, Chair
Zack Jones, Vice Chair
Cece Locke, Secretary
Randall Wilson, Treasurer
Carol Jean Koch
Coordination assistance provided by Golden Hills RC&D
An intrepid bunch of starry-eyed artists and volunteers hunkered down for a meeting at Project Art Church in Malvern, Iowa in 2014 - to bring to life an idea for a rural art tour that would showcase and promote area artists. That group would eventually organize as the Southwest Iowa Arts Council and hosted the first Southwest Iowa Art in September 2014. The group has conducted visioning for future activities and events to promote the arts - and perhaps most importantly, forged networks with other artists, communities and patrons.
The 2015 Art Tour doubled in size from that inaugural year and featured 41 unique artists in gathering places throughout the region. We are looking forward to building the tour into bigger and better things for 2016! Chart your course, visit some of the great eateries and wineries along the way and discover phenomenal art and artists in southwest Iowa!
To learn more about the 2016 Art Tour, click here.