Upcoming Exhibitions


Dignity: Tribes in Transition

April 23-June 19, 2016

After boarding a plane for an impromptu trip to Haiti, then commercial photographer Dana Gluckstein sparked a passion that would dominate her life: photographing the indigenous peoples who comprise six percent of the world’s population. She has traveled the world, often at her own expense, to record the lives of the Goba in Zambia, the Maasai in Kenya, the Quechua in Peru, and peoples in Bhutan, Botswana, Bali, and Mexico, as well as native Hawaiians, members of the Navajo tribe in Arizona and the Campbell River Indian Band in Canada.Dignity: Tribes in Transition features 60 large format, black and white photographs by Gluckstein. These portraits pay homage to indigenous peoples around the world and remind us that their cultures are imperiled. Many of the cultures represented in this exhibition – African, South American and Asian – are represented in the museum’s collection, providing a rare opportunity to bring past and present together.

Opening Celebration - Thursday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.

Join us for a presentation by photographer Dana Gluckstein, who will discuss her work, followed by a reception. This event is open to the public. Director’s Circle members are invited for a VIP meet-and-greet with the artist from 5-6 p.m.


Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas

April 30-July 31, 2016

It is no exaggeration to simply say that Norman Rockwell is the most popular, most loved, of all contemporary artists. For thirty-nine years while the face of the world was changing unbelievably, Norman amused, charmed and inspired a great many millions of Americans.

This exhibition explores the man behind the canvas through the lens of Louis Lamone, and introduces America’s most beloved illustrator in a never-before-seen glimpse into his private life through anecdotal and personal memorabilia. Also featured are more than 100 Saturday Evening Post covers from 1936–1963.

Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas originated from the LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA.


Inspired Lines: Drawing Biennial 2016

Call to artists

The Appleton Museum of Art is devoting its 2016 Biennial exhibition to the art of drawing. The exhibition dates are July 2-August 28, 2016 and this juried show will exhibit framed colored pencil, graphite and other drawings with an emphasis on works at least 18 x 24 in. and larger. The juror for this exhibition is Alison Ferris, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center.

For more information on how you can enter your work in the Appleton's Biennial, please click here.