The Dr. and Mrs. F. Harold Reuling, Janet Feldman Permanent Collection Gallery is located near the Phelps Youth Pavilion and features exhibitions that are planned to interpret and expand upon the permanent collection and focus on Midwest Art, American Crafts, and Haitian and Caribbean Art.
On Display: Haitian Art | Forged from a Vibrant Land and a Powerful People
When local couple Dr. and Mrs. F. Harold Reuling returned from Haiti and began donating Haitian art to the Waterloo Center for the Arts in 1977, they had no idea how the collection would grow. In the 1970s many adventurous tourists like the Reulings were captivated by the arts and artists of Haiti, but household familiarity with the country was still limited. The arts organizers at the Center learned quickly as they welcomed masterpiece after masterpiece in to the collection. Today forty years later, the treasured collection has grown to include over 1,800 pieces and is recognized as the largest publicly held collection of Haitian artwork in the world. Fresh work continues to arrive regularly.