Council Bluffs History Through Art: The Works of Grant Wood and George Simons

On display from June 18 - December 31

This image of the exhibit was taken before the global pandemic.


We all know that Council Bluffs has a rich and lively past. If you are interested in what the area looked like before major developments were made, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to view these amazing pieces of work!


Artists Grant Wood and George Simons have played a very significant role in the history of Council Bluffs. These artists, both with very different styles, showcased the early landscapes of the area. Through their works, you can sense the pride that Wood and Simons had for their community.


Their work is displayed in the same gallery and you can get a sense of their differing styles and techniques. The Council Bluffs Public Library and the Historic General Dodge House contributed pieces and information to help develop this special exhibition. The exhibit is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Harrison Financial Services.


To limit contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines, guests must make a reservation for a time to enter the Nelson Gallery in advance of their visit. You can either make a reservation online or call 712-890-5600. Time slots are available Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to visit. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and it can not be guaranteed that you will not be exposed during your visit. Face masks must be worn when visiting the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center.

This post was originally published on June 10, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.