Category Archives: Photo Gallery

NGAG Sponsors “My Sister’s Smile” –An Exhibition of Photography Celebrating International Women’s Day

Images: LEFT, Danielle Hane, RIGHT, Somaia Ramish
Images: LEFT, Danielle Hane, RIGHT, Somaia Ramish

Council Bluffs, IA, and Herat, Afghanistan Sister Cities
in partnership with New Century Art Guild, Karadah
Project International, and Veterans for American Ideals
present women photographers artfully documenting
moments of their daily lives through the medium of
photography imparting perspective of each other’s
culture–underscoring the commonality of our lives overall.

Opening Reception beginning at 6:00 – 9:00pm
Wednesday March 8, 2017

At Iowa Western Community College Arts Center
2700 College Road, Council Bluffs IA, 51503

A Screening and Panel Discussion of the
documentary Salam Neighbor begins at 7pm.

Light refreshments will be served.


Vietnam Veteran's wives display their "Barn Quilt" projects
Vietnam Veterans’  wives display their “Barn Quilt” projects

New Century Art Guild is pleased to have participated in the well attended  32nd Annual Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Omaha, NE over the weekend of August 12-13th.  Several art workshops were offered by NCAG to Vietnam veterans and their family members throughout the reunion, providing an opportunity to share stories and make new friendships. NCAG looks forward to participating in next years reunion!

METC Sponsors New Century Art Guild in Grant

Photo courtesy of Danish Villages News
Photo courtesy of Danish Villages News

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to New Century Art Guild. Upon reviewing an abundance of applications, Aureon Charity Grant Committee delegated funds to projects committed to the betterment of local Iowan communities. The grant was presented in conjunction with Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Co. who sponsored the grant application. Aureon the new name for Iowa Network Services created the grant program in 1993 to increase service and support to rural independent telecommunications companies and the communities they serve. The Aureon Charity Grant Program rewards grants on a quarterly basis. Over the course of twelve years, Aureon has donated over $850,000 to local communities and their surrounding areas. We believe in rewarding various organizations for their passion and dedication to advancing their own neighborhoods. Each proposal that is chosen by our Grant Committee reflects the organizations’ enthusiasm for serving their communities. Aureon looks forward to aiding future community-improvement projects and extends our best wishes to your own community development. New Century Art Guild president Jim O’Keefe stated the donation would be used toward promoting NCAG’s mission of helping veterans heal through art.

–Submitted by METC and NCAG –Courtesy Of Danish Villages News July 9, 2016


Sunday’s art workshop sponsored by NCAG provided veterans and family  participants an option for a non-sport related activity at the 2015 VA Golden Age Games. Participants “painted” with colored sand to create vivid and temporary mandala designs.

The colorful "gallery" of finished sand mandalas
The colorful “gallery” of finished sand mandalas
Workshop participant completing artwork
Workshop participant completing artwork
Completed sand mandala
Completed sand mandala


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!


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.

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!