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– Daily Freeman-Journal file photo Artist and teacher Maureen Seamonds, pictured in her Webster City studio, will be featured in a panel at the Business of Art conference in Ames next week. The panel will address the theme of creating a supportive arts community in rural areas

A Webster City artist will be one of the featured panelists at the upcoming Business of Art conference to be held at Ames March 4-5 at Rieman Gardens.

Maureen Seamonds will participate in a panel with fellow artists from Jefferson, Malvern, Guthrie Center and Perry, who will discuss “Building a community of support for the arts in rural places.”

Event organizers said the power of the arts can help people feel connected to each other, understand others’ perspectives and feel rooted in their community; yet many artists in rural areas feel isolated and unsupported. The panel will discuss the many programs taking place in rural Iowa.

Seamonds holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, an MA from Iowa State University, and a BA in Art Education also from Iowa State University. . She also attended Northwest Missouri State University. She has taught at Iowa State University, Drake University, and the Blanden Museum in addition to Central Iowa where she currently serves as the Art Program Coordinator. She has exhibited her ceramic and metal sculpture work nationwide and has received public art commissions. She works out of her studio, The Produce Station when she’s not in class.

She spearheaded the creation of Legacy Learning Boone River Valley, an organization that offers courses that promote an appreciation of natural resources through art and nature studies and are taught by artists, resource professionals natural resources and skilled craftsmen.

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