“Meet the Artist” Dinner was Delicious and Inspiring!

Mario illustrates his military and art careers with a vivid slideshow.
Mario illustrates his military and art careers with a vivid slideshow.

NCAG hosted an art exhibition of Mario Lopez’s work at a “Meet the Artist” dinner reception in their Kimballton Gallery. Mario and his lovely wife, Danielle, inspired artists and veterans alike at the event held on Saturday, March 22nd. Lopez shared his inspiration journey as a soldier, family-man, minister and artist.  He said, “I am a wounded warrior but I don’t let my war injuries define me.  I like that I can help people by showing them that even though life throws obstacles our way, there is no reason to give up because life is always worth living.”  Mario presented a gripping slideshow and testimony that kept the audience at the edges of their seats. Mario was made a lifetime NCAG member and also sold two paintings the night of the event.

First Annual Competitive Student Art Scholarship

Students: submit your best work!
Students: submit your best work!

New Century Art Guild is pleased to announce our first competitive scholarship for an art student for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

The scholarship award includes:

  • $500 toward tuition for the next academic term to student’s school of choice.
  • Evaluation of portfolio and academic/career direction by professional artist.
  • Invitation to exhibit artwork at NCAG gallery.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Completed application.
  • Digital portfolio that includes 6-10 digital images of your best personal artwork.  Only JPEG images on a CD will be accepted –Do not send photos!
  • High school seniors and prospective or enrolled college students are eligible.
  • Letter of recommendation from an art teacher or other art professional.
  • Must be willing to submit a written report to NCAG showing how scholarship was used by the end of academic term.

 Click on link below for PDF of application form:

Call For Entries Form

Send your enclosed application, portfolio CD and letter of recommendation by Thursday, April 24th 2014 to:

2014 Art Scholarship Contest
New Century Art Guild, Inc.
Box 64
Kimballton, IA  51543


(Please email questions to  tcrosley@metc.net)

Best of luck!!

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

 newcenturyartguild.org / phone: 712-790-6354







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Metropolitan Community College Military and Veteran Support Services:


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NCAG’s 2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation and Open House a big success!

Polka Police --back by popular demand!
Polka Police –back by popular demand!

Two art galleries  on Kimballton’s Main Street were open to the public to view veterans’ artwork including Tracy Stambaugh (AirForce), Ronee Smith (Army National Guard) and Bart Vargas (Air Force). Art Director Troy Muller’s artwork also remained on view. and a tasting of local wines began at 4:00p.m.   A chili cook-off was held at the Cottonwood Barn at 5:30pm.     Chili cooks vied for the top three prizes, determined by the most donations they collect in nearby buckets.  Proceeds went to student and veteran art scholarships. Entertainment was provided by  Loren Christensen on acoustic guitar and the widely popular singing-duo the “Polka Police”. This was a family friendly event; free and open to the public.



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