Category Archives: Exhibitions


Bronze figures in VA Lobby donated by NCAG
Bronze figures in VA Lobby donated by NCAG

This month the Omaha V.A. Hospital will commemorate the donation and permanent installation of a grouping of 5 bronze statues that represent each  branch of US  military service.

The grouping, donated in large part by New Century Art Guild, is already installed in the VA Lobby’s main entrance and represents all five branches of the US Military with 18” cast bronze likeness featuring current working uniform of servicemen and women holding a parade-rest position. The figures, modeled after actual servicemen and women, are displayed on a wood base that has a modern, yet classic appearance and features inset insignia that represent each branch of service.

The commemoration ceremony will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, February 17th in the Main Lobby of the Omaha VA at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, NE 68105.


Army Veteran Kyle Foster was selected as New Century Art Guild’s 2015 Veteran Artist Grant recipient. His work will be on view at Metro Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus in November.

Kyle is currently a student of visual art at Metro Community College. Before studying art professionally, he served 3 years in active duty with US Army from 2010 to 2013. He was part of D Company of the 2-35 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He deployed to Afghanistan as an 11B infantryman where he saw heavy combat activity in several areas including: Outpost Honacher Miracle, Kunar Province and Regional Command East. Kyle received the Purple Heart after being injured by a pressure-plate type IED explosion and was honorably and medically discharged from the Army after numerous surgeries were made to salvage use of his left foot and ankle.

PFC Kyle Foster being visited by Secretary of the Army in 2011 while recovering from his combat injuries.
PFC Kyle Foster being visited by Secretary of the Army in 2011 while recovering from his combat injuries. Photo Credit:

Upon returning to Nebraska, Kyle reinvented himself as a civilian; getting married and finding steady work as a shift supervisor with a prominent security company.  Kyle and his wife, Brittney, are now awaiting the arrival of another child in addition to their 4 year old daughter, Zoey.

Kyle has a great eye for composition and a sensitive hand for drawing in charcoal, pastel and pencil. His artistic ability and veteran status named him as the recipient of New Century Art Guild’s 2015 Veteran Artist Grant. In addition to completing his college degree, Kyle’s ambitions include strengthening his artistic abilities and teaching art– perhaps teaching drawing to other wounded warriors.

Examples of Kyle’s drawings:

Kyle Foster - Warm Embrace, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster – Warm Embrace, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Potty Song, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Potty Song, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Do You Know Who I Am? Charcoal, 2015
Kyle Foster -Do You Know Who I Am? Charcoal, 2015
Kyle Foster -Burn the Bodies, pastel 2015
Kyle Foster -Burn the Bodies, pastel 2015
Kyle Foster -Many Faces of PTSD, Charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Many Faces of PTSD, Charcoal 2015


NCAG Art Director, Toy J. Muller, will exhibit several new artworks at Modern Arts Midtown Gallery in Omaha, NE through the month of July, 2015. The show, titled “Pop Meets Street” is a group show of artists that defy conventional categories and definitely promise the elements of surprise, whimsy and satire.

The Opening Reception will be held at the gallery on First Friday, Jul 3, 6:00-8:00PM. The show will run July 3-July 31, 2015

More information about the exhibit may be viewed at this link:

SATURDAY, JUNE 6th–First Annual New Century Art Guild Freedom Rock Ride


Saturday June 6th–Mark your calendar for some hometown fun!

In conjunction with Loess Hills Harley Davidson and the 5th annual Thunder Alley Car Club Charity Show in Kimballton, Iowa, NCAG is proud to sponsor a combined motorcycle and car ride from the Loess Hills Harley Davidson parking lot to the Freedom Rocks of western Iowa, ending at the Little Mermaid Park in Kimballton.  The event will feature live music by The Polka Police, beer, food, prizes, and an art show featuring veteran and local artists.  Participants will also receive a t-shirt and commemorative “challenge” coin!

Don’t ride a bike or drive a hot rod car? No problem…still come to enjoy the party and the succulent roast pork!

Register for the ride by mail or online using the PayPal  button on our “Events” page -or in person, the day of the ride.  Ride starts at 10am, registration for the car show at 9am.

Your tax-deductible contribution will play an important role in realizing our goals. We thank you for your generosity and confidence in our mission!

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:

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




Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery –EXHIBITION

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Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery will highlight, through art from both Iraqi and American artists, the aftermath of the Iraq war. This collection will use images that to speak to our capacity as humans to recover from the traumatic and devastating war in Iraq.  The medium of art will be used to foster a dialogue between our two cultures in order to respectfully address sensitive but important issues.  The exhibition will also serve as a touchstone to veterans and active duty servicemen and women of the US Armed Forces, including their families, by offering a chance to reflect upon the war and assist in the healing of emotional wounds.

New Century Art Guild Galleries:

Kimballton, Iowa  10 miles north of I-80 at Exit 54

Exhibit Dates: May 24th – September 1st, 2014

Gallery Hours: Sun 1pm-5pm, Tues–Sat 10am-5pm / phone: 712-790-6354




Veteran/artist Tracy Stambaugh
Veteran/artist Tracy Stambaugh

Color and black and white photographer Tracy Stambaugh displayed a series of artworks in the Guild Gallery that represent Americana in the Midwest. Tracy was born and raised in Omaha, NE. After high school, he joined the Air Force and was a Law Enforcement troop with the Security Police; in service from 1995-1999. He was primarily stationed at Scott AFB, IL but spent time in Saudi Arabia and Spain. He said that the military taught him, among many other things, to pay attention to detail — a quality necessary to take good photographs. Tracy said that although he was relatively new to photography as an art form, and after picking up a professional-level camera only about two years ago, he has become completely infatuated with it: “I’m constantly thinking
about it, reading about it, looking at others’ work… I even dream about it. I never want to miss an opportunity to take a great photo, I carry my camera everywhere I go. I take photos of anything that catches my eye. I also enjoy coming up with ideas and experimenting, anything as long as I’m pushing that shutter
button.” He said he appreciated the opportunity to exhibit in the NCAG gallery to get feedback and valuable insight from gallery visitors. Tracy said his first goal is to finish school. He said, “I’m considering starting a home photography business, but want to find a niche, something that sets me apart from the rest.”

Tracy's photos in NCAG Gallery
Tracy’s photos in NCAG Gallery


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Paintings by Mario Lopez
Paintings by Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez, a 29 year old veteran from Bandera, Texas was the recipient of NCAG’s 2014 Veteran Artist Grant. The grant included an expense paid four-day visit to the Midwest.  Troy Muller, NCAG Art Director, conducted three individualized painting workshops for Mario and curated a small exhibition of his paintings in the NCAG Gallery.

U.S. Army Sgt. Mario Lopez served in Iraq in 2006-7 and Afghanistan in 2008. In August of 2008, Mario was severely injured while on duty with a combat engineering unit in Afghanistan. As part of a routine convoy, Lopez was strapped into his MRAP Vehicle on his way to his next mission when a 300-pound roadside bomb exploded, creating a blast that sent the MRAP’s door hurtling into him and pinning him inside the burning vehicle. As a result of the blast, he sustained burns on more than 50 percent of his body and he subsequently lost his right arm, right ear, right eye and most of the fingers on his left hand.

Mario said, “While recovering in 2011, I picked up a paint brush with my remaining left fingers and began to experiment! Initially, I was painting just for myself, but friends and family started to inquire about my art.  Before I knew it, I was getting attention and requests from people I had never even met!” Today, Mario and his wife, Danielle, are taking his painting career to the next level and sharing his ability and inspiration with others nationwide.

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