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In the corner of his basement, Bryon Line is hard at work. When he’s not painting a scene made by Mother Nature, he’s recreating an image from his 15(??) years in the army. “You get reminded if you ever did it, what it felt like to be one of those guys,” Line said. Like Bryon, many veterans find therapy in art. “You found energy, you felt motivation, and you felt comraderies,” Line added.

Bryon’s paintings are on display at this gallery – 75 miles away in the quaint town of Kimballton, Iowa. Line says, “I’m very much impressed with the way they’ve helped revive Kimballton, Iowa.

But the connection between Bryon Line and Kimballton is thicker than the oil based paints on his canvas. “I served in the marine corp from 70-74 and I was in the air wings,” Scott Smith, Director of the New Century Art Guild said. Like Bryon, Scott Smith is a veteran. Eight years ago he helped create the New Century Art Guild – an art organization created by Veterans for Veterans.

“One veteran in particular, I challenged to make a series of paintings about his experiences and it changed his life,” Troy Muller, art instructor and board member of the New Century Art Guild, states proudly. Through funding and workshops the Guild helps Veterans reconnect with Society and recapture the comraderies experienced in the armed services. “Like I said before, those kids (using the brush) and getting into it and forgetting all that stuff that was scaring them, it talks to you,” New Century Art Guild board member, Jim O’Keefe adds.

A movement started by a handful of guys, making a difference in veterans lives, one brush stroke at a time.

The Art Guild is undertaking a massive project. They’re planning on building a Living Liberties sculpture park that will feature up to 30 life size statues. These monuments will be dedicated to American servicemen and women who fought for our freedom. The price tag is hefty… 2.7 million dollars… and it will be funded mostly through private donations.



Troy E. Blaine,CLF, LUTCF, FSS

Troy E. Blaine, CLF, LUTCF, FSS

New Century Art Guild welcomes Troy E. Blaine, CLF, LUTCF, FSS from Omaha, NE as a financial consultant that has volunteered to advise NCAG’s Board of Directors on matters of financial growth. Troy is an experienced insurance executive and investment professional. He is an accomplished financial leader that has been recognized by the insurance industry for the teams that he has led and developed.

Troy has a warm, friendly personality and is open to new opportunities and expanding his already impressive professional network and technical expertise. Troy has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served on numerous boards and is a member of several business associations. NCAG’s Board of Directors has already benefited greatly from his pearls of wisdom and we look forward to a fruitful partnership!


Dr. Scott Smith wins Award at Regional Economic Development Annual Banquet

Dr. Smith (left) with Warren Varley, President of Midwest Partnership

Dr. Smith (left) with Warren Varley, President of Midwest Partnership

Congratulations to New Century Art Guilds own Executive Director, Dr. Scott Smith, upon receiving the Guy Powell Award, given to him at an awards banquet the evening of January 22, 2015. The Midwest Partnership Economic Development announced him as this year’s winner of the award at Lake Panorama Conference Center. Audubon   County, Iowa, a member of Midwest Partnership for four years, has only given the Guy Powell Award once previously.

This award is based on vision, leadership, courage and impact. Under Scott’s leadership, New Century Art Guild is providing guidance, training and career development for emerging and established artists and veterans.  The guild focuses on Veterans returning from combat, often diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but classes and workshops are generally open to the public. Dr. Smith gives veterans an opportunity to express themselves and provide opportunities for closure of negative war experiences.

Scott’s courage is evident in his perseverance, as he meets the obstacles and barriers of establishing new commercial ventures in a rural community. Through his vision he is broadening Kimballton, Iowa’s visibility and economic growth. NCAG is proud of his acceptance of this well deserved award!


3rd Annual Veteran Appreciation and Open House Event

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New Century Art Guild will again salute veterans at its 3rd Annual Open House and Veteran Appreciation event on Sunday, November 2nd from 2:00pm to 8:30pm in Kimballton, IA.

This year’s open house will be a carnival theme that will feature army vehicle rides, face painting, temporary tattoos, caricature artist, carnival games, and chili cook-off. Begining at 2:00p.m., two art galleries on Kimballton’s Main Street will be open to the public to offer a tasting of local wines and a chance to view veterans’ artwork, including that of US Army veteran Roberta “Bert” Leaverton.

A chili cook-off will be held at the Cottonwood Barn at 5:30pm.   Chili and games may be paid for with tickets sold at the door for $1 apiece. Chili cooks will be vying for top prizes, to be determined by the most tickets they collect.  Proceeds will go to fund NCAG’s student and veteran art scholarships. Entertainment will be provided by  the widely popular singing-duo the “Polka Police”. Other attractions include kegs of craft beer, an old fashioned cake walk, a bonfire (weather permitting) and barn dance.  This is a family-friendly event and open to the public.

Prepare to get your taste buds for this year's chili-cook off!
Prepare  your taste buds for this year’s chili-cook off!

The rural town of Kimballton, IA, located approximately midway between Omaha and Des Moines, is the headquarters of New Century Art Guild. The guild was co-founded by local residents Billy Marples and Dr. Scott Smith, both veterans, and Omaha artist Troy Muller. The guild’s mission is to promote career development of emerging and established artists with special attention to the needs of military families and of veterans seeking to make new careers in the creative arts.

For more information contact NCAG President Dr. Scott Smith at (712) 249-2184 or NCAG Art Director Troy Muller:

New Century Art Guild’s Art Director Profiled in Omaha Newspaper

With help from a IWCC student, artist becomes advocate for veterans’ art

Monday, August 18, 2014 — By Casey Logan / World-Herald staff writer

Troy Muller, right, and Billy Marples work on a bronze relief on Oct. 31, 2008 --OWH

Troy Muller, right, and Billy Marples work on a bronze relief on Oct. 31, 2008 –OWH

Ten years ago, Muller, an art instructor at Metropolitan Community College, met a student named Billy Marples. For class, he submitted drawings of scenes from World War II. Soon the two bonded over military history. Muller asked if Marples, a Vietnam veteran, ever drew from his own experiences at war.

He hadn’t, but Marples seemed to take the question as a challenge. He later submitted a series of charcoal drawings based on his time in Vietnam, including one called “The Incident,” depicting an especially traumatic firefight.

“He got closure to this incident,” Muller said. “He had 35 years of nightmares, and it stopped that day when he made the drawing.”

That same year, Muller and Marples discussed starting an organization to support veteran artists. The mission wouldn’t be therapeutic in nature but rather to provide guidance and training for veterans interested in pursuing careers in visual art.

A decade later, the New Century Art Guild covers three buildings and more than 4,000 square feet of gallery and studio space in Kimballton, Iowa, about an hour’s drive northeast of Omaha. It is run by a third founder, Scott Smith. Muller, who remains based in Omaha, serves as art director. Marples died in 2013.

Through August, the center is home to “Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery,” a multi-media exhibit that has become all the more timely in recent weeks.

“We were coming from a point of reconciliation,” Muller said of the exhibit’s May opening, “and now we’re on a war front again.”

The exhibit, which features work by Americans and Iraqis, is a small part of Muller’s busy life these days. He still teaches at Metro. He also tries to find time to make his own art, some of which is on display at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. A painter by training, Muller finds himself moving more and more to three-dimensional art, in part because so much of what is consumed these days comes from two-dimensional screens.

But Muller draws the most meaning these days from his work with veterans. He sees in their work a worldview and selflessness uncommon in the art world, and more and more he believes his own mission is to make sure such work sees the light of day — even if it means less time spent on his art.

“With the veterans I see such a huge return on the investment of my time,” he said.

2014 Metro Military and Veteran Juried Art Exhibition

2014 Metro Military and Veteran Juried Art Exhibition

CALL TO ARTISTS: Metro Community College and New Century Art Guild are excited to announce Metro’s 2014 Military and Veteran Juried Art Exhibition to open November 6, 2014 at Metro’s Fort Omaha Campus.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to any artist, 18 years of age or older, that has served, or is currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces. Artists may submit work in any media excluding installation. DVD format animation and video works may also be entered. Work must be original, preferably executed within the past two years. Military-themed artwork is optional, but preferred for this exhibition. Entry in this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions listed in the prospectus and is a contract to exhibit entries selected by the juror. Substitutions for entries sold or otherwise committed before acceptance are not allowed without permission from juror.

 JUROR: Troy J. Muller is an Omaha based artist and art instructor. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in painting and earned an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of Nebraska. He has taught visual art at Metro Community   College for over 12 years and serves veterans as an individual instructor through the VA Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation. He is a founding member of New Century Art Guild, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that supports emerging artists and veterans seeking new careers in the creative arts. His paintings and sculptures are exhibited at Modern Arts Midtown Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska.


 Sept. 30, 2014 Deadline for Receipt of Digital Entries

Oct. 8 , 2014 Notifications of accepted works E-mailed .

Oct. 15, 2014 Deadline for Receipt of Accepted Works (may send before deadline.) Ship or hand-deliver to:

Nov. 6-Dec. 5, 2014 Exhibition Dates

Nov. 6, 2014 Opening Reception 4:00pm -6:00pm at Metro’s Fort Omaha Campus

Dec. 5, 2014 Exhibition Closes

Dec 6 – Dec 15, 2014 Return of Works Hand-delivered artwork may be picked up Monday-Friday 10am-5pm




NCAG Hosts Student Intern from Iowa’s Central College

Alison Ranniger, NCAG Summer Intern in front of Rembrandt's "The Nightwatch"

Alison Ranniger, NCAG Summer Intern, in front of Rembrandt’s “The Nightwatch”

This summer, for the duration of the exhibit Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery, NCAG is pleased to host Alison Ranniger, an ambitious young college art student as our student intern.  Alison will watch the galleries and visit with guests entering the exhibit. She will also perform other tasks for the Guild. In return, she will enjoy use of the studio space and receive supervision from NCAG Art Director, Troy Muller. She will also receive 6 college credits for her work with NCAG.

Alison is a senior college student and Art Major in pursuit of her K-12 teaching licensure at CentralCollege in Pella, IA. She is from Manning, IA where she graduated from IKM-ManningHigh   School. At CentralCollege she has worked in a wide range of media such as drawing, printmaking, painting, glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and bookmaking. She has also participated in CentralCollege’s study abroad program in Leiden, in the Netherlands where she studied Dutch art and architecture and worked with a Dutch artist under an independent study.

Welcome aboard Alison!