Exhibitions & Programs

We offer a variety of programming and events for visual arts, performances, and literary arts. Check our calendar for the most current listings.

Our Hanson and Stanton Galleries host a new exhibition approximately every month, and our Sukup Lakeside Courtyard and Sculpture Garden changes sculptures every year.

You can also read about our largest event every summer, Art Sail. This event is currently in it’s 44th year.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Hanson Gallery

Dan Perry is a sculpture artist based out of the Cedar Falls area. He leads the Public Space Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa and instructs sculpture students as they begin their art careers.

The imagery in my work is best described as a fusion of cultural imagery and fabricated realities constructed in the guise of toys, props, architecture, and machines. My sculptures are composed in ways to suggest a narrative to which the viewer becomes a witness – part of a scene; a moment suspended in time. I use color to accentuate form and push shifts in scale and perspective to challenge viewers to question their physical relationship to the world around them.

Dan Perry Sculpture Art Artist Statement

On display May 30 – July 1

Sponsored by the Hanson Family Foundation and Tom & Jan Lovell

Upcoming Exhibition

Plein Air Show 2023 on July 5 – August 5

Previous Exhibitions

Stanton Gallery

Colors of Inclusion: An LGBTQ+ Collective Show

On display May 16- June 23

This show was open to all artists & hobbyists in all mediums that identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Cerro Gordo and the surrounding counties.

Artists were encouraged to submit work either about their life, struggles, or support as members of the LGBTQ+ community or artwork that doesn’t inherently pertain to their affiliation in the community. This gives all members of LGBTQ+ community a chance to showcase their work just like we host other themed exhibitions throughout the year for a variety of mediums and groups of artists. Allies were also encouraged to show their LGBTQ+ supportive works this year to show that there is acceptance in the area.

Upcoming Exhibition

Works by Morgan Drilling & Madison Osegera on June 27 – July 26

Previous Exhibitions

If you are an artist with us, you are invited to have an artist spotlight show. Spotlights are typically a month long, but they can be adjusted to fit your schedule. These are an opportunity to be highlighted in our community and an added bonus for being an artist in the gift shop, Hanson Gallery, or Art Sail. Contact Jessi at info@clearlakeartscenter.org for more information about having your own spotlight.

Sukup Lakeside Courtyard and Sculpture Garden

Dedicated in the summer of 2019 and expanded in 2020 and 2023, the Sukup Lakeside Courtyard and Sculpture Garden is designed for the visitors to enjoy a dedicated space displaying a rotating exhibition of sculptures. In early spring, a request for proposals is posted to build a pool of sculptures to select from. A small volunteer selection committee reviewed the proposals and selected each year’s finalists. Each artist received a stipend for the season.

The sculpture garden is open from May 20 – October 20 each year.

View Previous Sculpture Garden Exhibitions

Art Sail

Calling All Artists! The Art Sail Application is Open Now! Deadline April 28.

The Clear Lake Arts Center’s 44th Art Sail will be on July 22, 2023 from 9am – 4pm in City Park and the Sukup Performing Arts Wing.

An annual average of 5,000 people attend this one-day market. Art Sail attracts locals and shoppers from several states around the country as families are in the area vacationing in our wonderful resort community. City Park is the bridge between retail shops on Main Street and the beautiful shore of the natural lake. The park is the center of a lively, upbeat business district and is one of the busiest areas in Clear Lake all while being a block away from the Clear Lake Arts Center itself.

The primary focus of the Art Sail is the juried exhibition of quality fine art. Additionally, the event offers family activities including hands-on activities, entertainment, outdoor food vending, and artist demonstrations.

Interested in volunteering? Sign Up NOW

Artists include:

Business/Artist NameLocationMediumWebsite
James Bearden Sculpture (James Bearden)West Des Moines, IAMetalwork/Sculpturehttps://jamesbeardensculpture.com
Lori Biwer-StewartOsage, IAPrintmakinghttps://loribiwerstewart.etsy.com
Raucous Jewelry (Judy Christensen)Stillwater, MNJewelryhttps://raucousjewelry.com
Ciccotti Art Glass (Art Ciccotti)Ames, IAGlassciccottiartglass.com
PrairieSide Studios (TC Dakin)Kensett, IAGlass
Northern Lights Studio (Jeff Dawald)Faribault, MNJewelry
Simply Artful Studio (Shelly Delagardelle)Waterloo, IAFiber Art
Blue Lily Creations by Candida (Candida Deree)Waterloo, IAGlass
Michele deWeerdtMaple Grove, MNCeramics
360icon (Kent Durk)Rocheport, MOPhotographyhttp://www.360icon.com
BCE Ceramics (Breanna Engelhardt)Ames, IACeramics
WildRidge Studio (Kristie Kaiser Frudden)Mahtomedi, MNAcrylic Paintinghttp://kristiekaiserfruddenwildridgestudio.com
DinoCat Studio (Hannah Gebhart)Des Moines, IAPrintmakinghttps://www.dinocatstudio.com
Mary Gephart Mosaics (Mary Gephart)Excelsior, MNMixed Media/Collage
Artist By Nature (Bruce Gordon)Grundy Center, IADrawinghttps://www.artistbynature.net
S&C Design Studios LLC (Shannon Graham)Plainfield, IAMixed Media/Collagedarkroomartist.com
M//DESIGN (Mike Gustafson)Des Moines, IAPhotographyhttps://www.mdesigndsm.com
Jean HaefeleChaska, MNMixed Media/Collagejeanhaefele.com
Creations By Hand (Robert Hale)North Branch, MNJewelry
BLVD34 (Brian Hayes)Cedar Falls, IAMetalwork/Sculpture
Thomas Haynie Fine Art Photography (Thomas Haynie)Ankeny, IAPhotographyhttps://www.hayniephoto.com
Honeycutt’s (Wes Honeycutt)Fairfield, IAJewelryhttps://www.weshoneycutt.comttp
Art by Luka (Luke Hubbard)Ankeny, IAAcrylic Painting
Tonja J Fine Arts (Tonja Ihlenfeldt)Mason City, IAMixed Media/CollageTonjaj.com
Homeinstead (Roger Ipsen)Homestead, IAMetalwork/Sculpture
LoriLouDesigns (Lori Kane)West Des Moines, IAJewelry
Dank Artistry (Dan Kemp)Ames, IAJewelrydankartistry.etsy.com
Daron KruegerSioux Falls, SDPhotographywww.daronkrueger.com
Shellae Fine Arts & Crafts LLC (Shelly Laffe)Charles City, IAJewelryhttps://www.shellae.com
Bruce W Litterer Artist (Bruce Litterer)Shell Rock, IADrawing
Studio 253 (Shelley Matthiesen)Oronoco, MNFiber Art
Emily Rose Artistry (Emily Miles)Monticello, IAAcrylic Paintinghttps://www.emilyroseartistry.com
Mittermeier Freelance (Mike Mittermeier)Urbandale, IAAcrylic Painting
Just B Cuz (Kris Mueller)Sioux City, IAFiber Arthttps://JustBCuzCraftsShop@etsy.com
Mountains of Whimsy (Alexis Mulkey)Mason City, IAJewelryhttps://Mountainsofwhimsy.com
NV Design (Sergiy Nagorny)Oskaloosa, IAMetalwork/Sculpturehttps://www.facebook.com/NVDesignJewelry/
Carmen’s Clayground (Carmen Nielsen)Princeton, MNCeramics
Docks By Jen (Jennifer Norqual)Naples, FLMixed Media/Collagehttps://www.docksbyjen.com
Homespun Family (Bonnie Ohrt)Haverhill, IAFiber Arthttps://hwww.homespunfamily.com
Fiber Concepts (carole Osburn)Des Moines, IAPaper/Bookmakingfiberconcepts-studio.com
Moment of Wonder Photography (Jennifer Ostrander)Clear Lake, IAPhotography
Julie’s Creative Photos (Julie Pals)Clear Lake, IAPhotographyhttps://fineartamerica.com/profiles/julie-pals
Victor PedeltyMiami, FLAcrylic Painting
Brian Perry Art (Brian Perry)Edina, MNAcrylic Paintinghttps://brianperryart.com
Leather & Gems Juliery (Julie Petit Thomsen)Austin, MNJewelry
The Added Touch (Linda Reese)Fountain Hills, AZFiber Arthttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100047335046865
Sara RiegerMarion, IAMixed Media/Collagehttps://www.SaraRieger.com
Dire Atrium (Alissa Rindels-Walton)Shell Rock, IAMixed Media/Collagehttps://www.direatrium.com
Barnyard Steamworks (Laura Ross)Moorland, IAJewelryhttps://www.barnyardsteamworks.com
Rustic Artifacts Ltd. (Wayne & Karen Ruff)Bennington, NEMetalwork/Sculpture
Thymelyglass Studio (Mika Sorak-Weirbach)Eldon, IAMetalwork/Sculpture
Joshua Steele Photography (Joshua Steele)Des Moines, IAPhotographyhttps://joshsteelephoto.net/
Gigi’s Chimes (Mary Stivers)Waverly, IAMixed Media/Collage
Robert SundermanAmes, IAMetalwork/Sculpture
(Zatara Jewelry Designs) Terrie ThompsonMadison, WIJewelry
Gypse Rose (Brittnie Thompson)Des Moines, IAJewelry
Mark True Photo (Mark True )Carlisle, IAPhotographyhttps://marktruephoto.com
Hello Im Reiko (Reiko Uchytil)Grimes, IACeramicshttps://www.helloimreiko.com/
Splendid Nature (Sean Ung)Avondale, AZMetalwork/Sculpturehttps://coppercattailchimes.com
Leroy von GlanNorfolk, NECeramics
Chris WhiteClear Lake, IAGlass
Old Oaks Pottery (Jo Anne WILLEMSEN)Mason City, IACeramics