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Works By Bob Cooper in the main gallery

“Side By Side”
 Collaboration by Bob Schaefer & Jim Engler in the side gallery


Exhibition Showing: October 2nd- November 26th
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2nd
5:00pm to 7:00pm


The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public.
Wine and appetizers will be served.

Main Gallery:

Bob creates traditional and contemporary functional woodworking & sculpture.
Woodworking was a natural career choice for Bob, whose love of art and woodworking proved to be a rewarding combination. As a result of this passion, Bob formed his own company at age 18. Over a span of 30+ years, Bob developed his business into one which continues to earn national and international recognition.

His work has been published in Iowa Architect, Modern Salon, and Better Homes and Gardens. With his love of design, exotic woods, and his imaginative use of stains and colors, he has invented and developed innovative techniques in woodworking. His style could best be described as a combination of old-world craftsmanship and new-world design. His skill and versatility in woodworking allows him to produce millwork for commercial businesses, homes, salons, and restaurants as easily as he creates art pieces displayed in various galleries.



Side Gallery:

The Side By Side exhibit is a collaboration between two artists, one using graphite and ink drawings, the other using black and white, and color photos. We hope these dual images lead viewers to a broader appreciation of a single subject when it is depicted through two different visual media. Subjects in this exhibit include self-portraits, organic forms in nature, buildings and industrial settings.

Bill Schaefer is an educator and photographer. His photography includes a wide range: documentary, photojournalism, portrait and landscape. Bill is a professor emeritus at Grand View University in Des Moines, where he taught photography for 30 years. He received a bachelors in education from Minot State University, and a masters and doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. 

Jim Engler is a painter, caricaturist and an educator. His paintings in watercolor of acrylic focus mainly on landscape and cityscape. Jim’s style ranges from impressionism to abstraction, while his murals are more realistic. His caricatures are executed in either black ink or watercolor. Jim is a professor emeritus of art at Grand View University in Des Moines. He demonstrates painting and drawing techniques and also judges competitive art exhibitions. Jim’s artwork is held in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. He received his BFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his MFA from Drake University.

he Ankeny Art Center is located in a city park at SW Third and State Front Road.  Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm, Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm, Friday 9am to 1pm and Saturday 9 am to noon.  The Center is closed Sunday and Monday. 





Upcoming Exhibitions

October 2 –November 26
Opening Reception: October 2nd, 5-7pm

Bob Cooper, Contemporary Wood Design

“Side By Side”
A Collaboration of Drawing and Photography
By Jim Engler & Bill Schaefer

Members show (collection)
Drop off: November 4st – November 26th
Exhibit Date: December 9th- January 31h
Reception: Thursday, December 11th, 5pm-7pm
Pick Up: January 30th– February 13th

December 1st, Dead line for 2015 gallery applications.

K-12 Show
Bondurant, North Polk, and Ankeny Schools Exhibit Art work during the months of February, March, and April.





Calling alll artists-

If you are an aritst intrested in exhibiting in one of our gallery please view our gallery submission information under 'call for entries'.

For submission questions or more information about our gallery please contact:

Christina Catron: 515-965-0940,