CLINTON, Iowa — Lana Caywood of Platteville is showcasing her artwork in an exhibition titled “Evolution” in Ashford University’s Cortona Art Gallery through Feb. 1.
A reception for Caywood is planned in the gallery Monday, Jan. 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“‘Evolution’ is an exhibition of my artwork and its progression over time. For me, the creative act is a journey,” said Caywood, who teaches at Fennimore Elementary School. “As I change and grow, as society and the political climate of our country changes, so does my work. ‘Evolution’ represents a span of more than 20 years of my creative journey.”
The exhibit includes detailed watercolors, a representational collage, abstract art of metaphor and art for social justice.
Growing up in west central Missouri, Caywood’s life was strongly influenced by parents, grandparents and extended family who had survived the Great Depression and World War II.
“Both of my grandmothers raised their families with the ‘make do or do without’ philosophy,” she said. “It was from them I learned the art of making — making gardens, sewing, knitting and homemaking. This is the reason I include ‘maker’ as a personal descriptor as well as artist and educator. I find the life of a maker more personally satisfying than the life of a consumer.”
Caywood has taught students from preschool through the university level. “My art reflects my life,” she noted. “As my life, the society in which I live, my role in my family and profession change, my art will continue to evolve.”