Paintings
Paintings

This Iowa artist's meticulous compositions mine the haunted space between object and idea.
Paintings

The Kansas City artist's strongly horizontal paintings capture the sweep of the Midwestern sky and landscape.
Paintings

This painter found inspiration for her triptych in one of the Midwest's most common sights: a cornfield.
Paintings

This Kansas artist abstracts prairie animals from their natural settings. The result: mysterious beauty.
Feature

Quilts aren't just for beds. Our correspondent shows us how they're warming up the rural landscape, too.
by Janet Carl
Closeup

Artist Thomas Agran took an unexpected landscape for his subject: the convulsed earth of a construction site that had once been a farm.
Paintings

Though best known for her urban paintings of New York and Kansas City, this artist also captures the Midwest's rural heart.
by Jane Pronko
Poetry

This poet turns to a pair of Iowa icons--a Grant Wood painting and the quadaennial caucuses--to evoke the quiet behind the image.
by Bill Graeser