Mitchel Squire: I like it Here! | Des Moines Art Center

31 October 20148 February 2015

The Des Moinoes Art Center is pleased to present the first major solo museum show of Ames-based artist Mitchell Squire (American, b.1958).

Squire’s unique combination of found-object installation, sculpture, and performance have not only been shown throughout Iowa, but at New York’s CUE Art Foundation and London’s White Cube Gallery. In 2010 he received both the Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship and the Midwestern Voices and Vision Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities. He is currently an associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University.

Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire — I Like it Here! will be exhibited in the lower level of the Art Center’s Richard Meier building. Inspired by an 1856 text by Benjamin Drew entitled A North-Side View of Slavery — The Refugee: or the Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada. Narrated by Themselves, With an Account of the History and Condition of the Colored Population on Upper Canada, as well as an artist residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, the exhibition will coalesce around themes of migration and labor.

The show will feature recent sculpture, drawing, photography, and video. Like much of the artist’s previous work, artifacts, personal narrative, and socio-political issues both past and present, are critical concepts to be explored. The exhibition is organized by Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter.

For further information, please contact

Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines Iowa  phone 515 277 4405

Mitchell Squire
Man With Axe, Lake Minnewanka, Alberta Canada, no 2, 2013
Archival c-print; 51 x 192 inches
Courtesy of the artist