Forsberg Riverside Galleries

Enjoy Ongoing and Changing Exhibitions

The Raymond T. Forsberg Riverside Galleries are located near the Grand Foyer/Café and feature ongoing changing exhibitions, in addition to 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

March 2 – June 19, 2022

Pandema’s Box | A Big Story Told in Little Boxes
By Mollie D Wallace

Metal works by Serge Jolimeau

Pandema's Box | A Big Story Told in Little Boxes

By Mollie D Wallace

Opening Pandora’s Box is a metaphor for creating endless trouble. Inspired by Pandora, the Pandema’s Box exhibit is the story of how we dealt with the great trouble beginning in 2020, the coronavirus.

In the Greek myth, the gods create the first woman, Pandora, and give her a box with special “gifts” that she must not open. She opens it anyway and out comes endless trouble.

Pandema comes from the mind of Des Moines artist Mollie D Wallace. Wallace assumed there would be just a handful of boxes and that the pandemic would be over by summer 2020. Now two years later, there are more than two dozen. Each deals with a specific story of the pandemic, from hoarding toilet paper to the great mask debate.

Each story is told in miniature, each in a vintage jewelry box, and each created in real time as the pandemic played out.

About the Artist:

WALLACE is a Des Moines native and earned a degree in design and illustration from Pratt Institute. Her work can be seen throughout Des Moines and New Orleans in the form of murals, signs and merchandise branding. Wallace has designed everything from bike helmets and food trucks to guitars and Mardi Gras costumes

Invocations | Metal Works By Serge Jolimeau

As part of the WCA Personal Collection, Serge Jolimeau is highlighted in this stunning exhibit showcasing  Jolimeau’s metal work mastery.

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. This collection continues to grow and draw visitors from across the country and around the globe.