Women’s History Month Exhibition By: Library Staff March 1, 2022

In honor of Women’s History Month, come visit this exhibition at the library featuring local women artists and a history of Black women serving in the U.S. military, provided by the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.



Meagan Wolgast

Meagan is a fiber artist from Iowa City whose pieces have a strong focus on feminism and empowerment. She began learning cross stitch and embroidery in 2017 and has been stitching virtually every day since. Meagan can be found at and

Alicia Abrams

Alicia Abrams is the artist/owner of Glass Art by Alicia. She makes fused glass art, home décor and jewelry. As a fused glass artist, she uses kiln heat, different types of glass, and firing times to produce different effects. Every piece is created from nature, an emotion, an exploration of colors and patterns, or her memories. Alicia has worked with glass for over 8 years and it brings her great joy.

Diane Arthur

Diane Palle Arthur, 77, is a widowed mother of 4 and grandmother of 6, as well as a retired Special Ed teacher. “Art and crafts have been a support to every role I fill,” she says. “Sharing my art keeps me connected while Covid has limited our lives.” Using acrylics and alcohol ink has been a new way for Diane to express herself.

Beppie Weiss

Beppie has always been interested in figurative art and tries to develop a loose but realistic style in both her preferred media – pastel and oil painting. Beppie holds a BA from Purdue University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work is featured in private and public collection in Europe, Canada and the United States.

Women of Valor: Black Women in the U.S. Military

In addition to featuring talented local artists, the library is also displaying a history of Black women in the United States military as part of the Women’s History Month Exhibition. Women of Valor, provided by the African American Museum of Iowa, features a historical timeline and highlights notable Black servicewomen in U.S. history. The exhibition will be up through the end of March, so be sure to visit soon.

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