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KHS Art Department installs Traveling Art Gallery in Keokuk

The Keokuk High School Art Department is hosting a Traveling Art Gallery, which features artwork by six students, from now until the end of the holiday season. It is currently located in the hallway of Heartland Pathways, 1626 Morgan Street, in Keokuk.

The program is focused on showing student artwork so it may be enjoyed by the community and to recognize “students for their hard work,” Leo Clark, KHS art teacher, said. “It is our hope that this will instill a greater sense of pride in our students’ work.”

The pieces on display at Heartland were created by Kendra Boatman, Arabella Rose, V Alstedt, Alexis Lantz, Allison Sapp and Kai Marlin. The current six pieces will remain on display until after the holidays at Heartland, unless a piece is sold. After the holidays, six new pieces by KHS students will be installed in the next Traveling Art Gallery location in another Keokuk business, which will continue to rotate throughout the school year.

Students in the program are encouraged to develop skills in a variety of media, including but not limited to graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, gouache and clay. The mission of the gallery is to offer students the opportunity to find and cultivate their own personal creative practice. 

The sale of the artwork is to show students that independent artists can earn a living wage through a personal creative practice, Clark said. Proceeds from each work in the gallery that are sold will go directly to the student artist. The frames are not part of the sale and will remain the property of the KHS Art Department.

To purchase a piece of art, scan the QR code on the display and fill out the form. Clark will contact the purchaser with the details of the sale and to arrange for pickup. For questions, contact Clark at leo.clark@keokukschools.org.