(MAQUOKETA, IA, September 23, 2010) - Maquoketa Art Experience, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Maquoketa through artist-in-residency programs, workshops, and exhibitions, has appointed Paula Neuhaus as Director of Maquoketa Art Experience.

In this role Neuhaus will be responsible for coordination and promotion of all arts programming, residencies, workshops, exhibitions, and ongoing expansion and promotion of the Eastern Iowa Cultural Corridor.

With five years of not-for-profit arts administration experience and degrees from both Loras College and The University of Iowa Paula Neuhaus brings a wide range of abilities to Maquoketa Art Experience. Through her efforts with the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, Voices From The Warehouse District fine art exhibit, Dubuque Area Writers Guild, DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival, and Dubuque Main Street, Ltd. Paula has demonstrated the impact that arts and culture can have as a tool for revitalization and economic development.

"We have experienced a lot of success since we organized in 2008," said Maquoketa Art Experience Board President, Bob Osterhaus. "Paula brings new energy as we continue to grow Maquoketa Art Experience and enhance the Eastern Iowa Cultural Corridor. We are delighted to bring someone with Paula's arts and culture experience to our program."

In her free time Paula continues her work as a poet and writer, volunteers with several Dubuque art groups, and manages two independent projects; Wordcure Spoken Word Series and Art Gumbo Micro-funding Program.

Maquoketa Art Experience is working to turn downtown storefronts into studios, galleries, and workshop space for visiting and resident artists. Maquoketa Art Experience hosts a variety of art programs and workshops for all skill levels. The exhibition space houses thematic shows created in collaboration with visiting, regional, and resident artists. For more information visit www.maquoketaart.org.