summer 2016

Ossian Ward and Laura Burkhalter at the Iowa State Fair.

Ossian Ward and Laura Burkhalter at the Iowa State Fair.

 
 

Introducing curators to one another and central Iowa artists one dinner at a time

Chicken Tractor is committed to building community in the arts. Sometimes this is between artists, but sometimes it is about connecting Iowa arts to the larger arts ecosystem. In this spirit, we invited curators from the Midwest to come to Des Moines to accompany Ossian Ward, proud British citizen, to engage in a truly local experience - the Iowa State Fair, yellow slide and all! Afterwards,Ossian Ward spoke about his book Ways of Looking - How to Experience Contemporary Art at the Des Moines Art Center and share a meal with one another. The next day, Chicken Tractor lined up artist studio visits for the remaining curators. 

 
The first studio visit was with Jordan Weber and his amazing wolf.

The first studio visit was with Jordan Weber and his amazing wolf.

Rachel Buse in her studio.

Rachel Buse in her studio.

Kathranne Knight

Kathranne Knight

Brent Holland

Brent Holland

Jehra Patrick with Ben Gardner's work.

Jehra Patrick with Ben Gardner's work.

Larassa Kabel and Jehra Patrick.

Larassa Kabel and Jehra Patrick.

Mat Geiner with Ben Gardner and enthusiastic studio visitor.

Mat Geiner with Ben Gardner and enthusiastic studio visitor.