ROSE FRANTZEN: MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

    Portrait of Maquoketa

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Typically, the subject in a portrait is a person who can afford to commission a painting or someone the artist finds intriguing for his or her own reasons. In a Main Street Maquoketa storefront, Rose Frantzen painted portraits from life of anyone in her hometown that wished to pose for her. “I wanted to paint my neighbors and fellow Maquoketans without any selection or choice on my part, attempting to capture a direct portrayal of the people around me,” said Rose. “Together, we could democratize portraiture, allowing anyone to be painted just by showing up and participating.” From July, 2005 through July, 2006, Rose painted 180 12x12” oil portraits.
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Portrait of Maquoketa had an eight month showing at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 2009/2010.
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In 2012/2013 Portrait of Maquoketa was shown at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and included a 315 square foot landscape view of Maquoketa painted by Rose to complete her full vision for this portrait of her town. The landscape is broken up on 34 vertical panels suspended from the ceiling and arranged in such a way that when a visitor sits at one end of the installation, all of the panels coalesce into a unified view of Maquoketa as seen from the hills outside of town. On the other side of the landscape panels all 180 portraits that Rose painted of her townspeople are displayed.

The Figge Art Museum has purchased Portrait of Maquoketa - The Dimensional View and is alternately showing and traveling the installation. Currently, it is being shown by The State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Rose's husband, artist/designer Chuck Morris, did the engineering and mapping of the dimensional view landscape, so Rose could paint the 34 landscape panels and have them all align from one point of view.

Audio compositions by the artist’s brother, John Frantzen, which play on two localized speakers, allow the voices of those who posed to be heard along with the natural sounds of the landscape and music inspired by the voices and the landscape.

The 112 page hardbound book on Portrait of Maquoketa is available from Old City Hall Press.
Portrait of Maquoketa was supported in part with grants from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and by The Ceres Trust.

    Other museum exhibitions

Fifteen of the Portrait of Maquoketa portraits were shown at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in the "Seeing and Remembering: Portraits and Their Stories" exhibition, September 2011 though January 2012.
The first 62 portraits from Portrait of Maquoketa were shown at the Dubuque Museum of Art's "Voices" show in 2005.
Dormancy Series was shown at the Butler Institute of American Art's "Inspiring Figures" show in 2010.