Maureen Seamonds has the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the University of Iowa, a Master’s in Art (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 Iowa Central where she is currently the Art Program Coordinator. She represented Iowa Central in the Leadership Institute for a New Century Iowa State University Professional Studies Program, and has been a guest lecturer and juror throughout Iowa. She received the Leading the Way Award, News Channel 8 for her work with the Blanden Museum art programs for youth at risk.
An entrepreneurial spirit, Maureen has founded three corporations, The Produce Station Studios, MyMedMart and MCubed Medical. Maureen teaches Drawing, Ceramics, Design and Sculpture classes and has been recognized as a Master Teacher. She has exhibited her work in ceramics and metal sculpture throughout the nation and has received Public Art commissions. She works in her studio, (The Produce Station) an historic building in Webster City when she is not in the classroom. Her passion is to create a teaching environment where student creativity in the arts flourishes and provides the impetus to achieve a fulfilled, creative life.
Reading sustains her and she is active in politics, disability issues and economic development issues. Her life experience raising a child with multiple disabilities propelled her to prepare and win a federal HUD grant to provide local housing for young adults with disabilities who are also medically fragile. She also co-chaired the committee for a successful local school bond drive.
She creates large ceramic sculpture, ceramic work in raku and stoneware, and metal sculpture.
“I think of my sculptures as very gestural, and they're figurative in an abstract kind of way. I think of them as figures kind of in the context of landscape. I don't really want it to look like someone, but I want it to feel like someone. I kind of think of it as having the breath of life, rather than the actual physical reality.
When I had Nick, who's my youngest one, who has cerebral palsy—it's just an enormous, huge experience. And so I knew that I needed to be able to communicate that in my work. I had a student from Britain a few years ago that came to my studio, and she asked if Nick influenced my work. And I said, "You know, I've really struggled with that. I don't know. I don't know what that looks like." She looks at me with just this kind of stunned look—she said, "Well, he's in your work. It's like that breath you were talking about." And I thought, "Oh, wow." It was very moving for me to have her say that.”