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September 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - February 28, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center
The local history gallery currently features “Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader.” Alexander Clark is regarded as Muscatine’s most prominent black citizen, and one of the community’s most accomplished residents and a prominent Iowa civil rights leader. Clark is notable in Iowa history for other things, too. He sued the Muscatine school board on behalf of his daughter, Susan, in a landmark case that outlawed school segregation in Iowa. His son, Alexander Jr., became the first black graduate of the University of Iowa law school in 1879. Alexander Sr. became the second black graduate of the law school in 1884 at the age of 58. In August 1862, Clark sent a letter to Governor Kirkwood offering to raise companies of black troops to serve in one of Iowa’s white regiments (this was at a time when integrated troops were not allowed). By the summer of 1863, Alexander Clark and community leader George V. Black began recruiting for the 1st Regiment of Iowa African Infantry.
January 19, 2019, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center
As a long-time resident of Muscatine and former instructor at Muscatine Community College, Fasanelli-Cawelti is known to many local residents. His exhibition reception is a celebration in the afternoon of January 19th. The Mad Creek Mudcats will perform starting at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge, and no reservations are required. In case of poor winter weather conditions, visitors are encouraged to check the Muscatine Art Center’s facebook page.
The Muscatine Art Center will feature one of Muscatine’s own in the exhibition, “Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti: Atlas,” opening on January 17th with a reception in the afternoon on January 19th. Fasanelli-Cawelti is an accomplished printmaker. His artwork features the people, places and objects, especially musical instruments, which are woven into his daily routines. His technique of intaglio printing dates back to the 1400s but Fasanelli-Cawelti has found innovative ways to present a traditional technique.