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artist, Pam McGinnis primarily works in charcoal, graphite and
pastel. She is self-taught and is widely known for her charcoal
portraits and historic buildings.
Pam's artwork has reached the
majority of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Her
art has raised thousands of dollars for various charitable organizations.
She has won numerous awards, organized multiple art shows and
is currently represented by several art galleries and gift
the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, Iowa, and the Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa. Her work is collected extensively in
both public and private sectors. She is a member of the American
Society of Portrait Artists.
Pam's distinctive artistic
style and devotion to realistic representation has made her
work widely appreciated and avidly collected.
Read what the Carroll Paper Wrote
Carroll native's school pride launches art project
By LARRY DEVINE
Carroll native Jim Waters appreciates that the education he
received at Iowa State University set him on the road to career
That road has taken him hundreds of miles from the Ames campus.
Waters, son of the late Jim and Lois Waters, longtime owners of
a clothing store in Carroll, today is a vice president with
Caterpillar Inc., with his office in Peoria, Ill.
But thanks to a connection Waters and his wife, Karleen,
daughter of Don and Kay Nieland of Carroll, made with Carroll's
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Vice President of Catepillar, Inc.; Iowa State University
President Greg Geoffroy; Pam McGinnis,Artist; and ISU
Foundation President Dan Saftig
Carroll High School Interview with Pam McGinnis
For as long as she can remember, Pam (Long) McGinnis, a 1974
graduate of Carroll High, has loved to draw. Unfortunately, as a
“starving artist”, she realized how difficult it was to make a
living as an artist, and she put away her pencils. When she
moved back to Carroll, after being gone 20 years, it was a
pleasant surprise to often be greeted by individuals who would
say, “I still have your drawing hanging on my wall.”
Over the years, Pam has worked in several positions, including a
cashier for a brokerage firm in California and as a paralegal
with a law firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. But after making
the decision to return to Carroll twelve years ago to raise her
three children in a safer, hometown environment, she was
encouraged by several local artists to pick up her pencils.
Working with charcoal and graphite, Pam has built a solid
reputation as a professional artist. At one point, Audubon
artist, Clint Hansen, encouraged her to try her hand at pastels,
and as a result, her first attempt won Best of Show at the Iowa
State Fair. Her artwork has raised thousands of dollars for
various charitable organizations and is collected worldwide. She
has organized multiple art shows and is currently represented by
several art galleries.
Of local interest, Pam has drawn many historic Carroll area
buildings including the Carroll Train Depot, the old Carroll
County Courthouse, Carnegie Library, Burke’s Hotel, St. Anthony
Hospital, St. Anthony Nursing School, St. Angela Academy, St.
Joseph Catholic Church, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a
street scene from Templeton dating back to 1910. Many of her
historic scenes are inspired by old postcards showing the
buildings as they were when they were originally built.
Last year, Jim Waters, a Carroll native, Vice President of
Caterpillar, Inc. and graduate of Iowa State University,
commissioned Pam to draw several historic buildings located on
the Iowa State campus. Jim recently invited Pam to meet ISU
President Gregory Geoffroy and ISU Foundation President Dan
Saftig when he presented President Geoffroy with a set of prints
made from the drawings. She has also completed projects for the
University of Northern Iowa and Morningside College in Sioux
City. The President of Morningside College used one of her
images for his 2007 Christmas card. Pam is currently working on
an image for the University of Iowa and upcoming projects are
scheduled for Drake, Wartburg, Luther and Central College.
Prints of her artwork are available on her website at
“Throughout the years, the one thing that always stayed with me
was the support and encouragement I received from my former
Carroll High School art teacher, Mary Lewman Stork.
Artistically, she was the single-most influential individual in
my life as a teenager, and I will always be grateful to her.”
Pam continually says that moving back to Carroll was one of the
best decisions she has ever made. “It meant a lot to me to watch
my children play on the same playgrounds, attend the same
schools and worship in the same church that I did growing up. My
children, Chris, 19, Katie, 18, and Sarah, 16, have grown up
watching me draw, so it is pretty difficult to get a “wow” out
of them anymore, but one thing they have learned is that life
can be very fulfilling when you follow your passion.”