Piece by Piece

Michael Hassig

Paper Collage

A collage technique that uses pieces of paper to develop a flat 2-dimensional surface. In this process I use pictures from discarded color plate books. These are cut/torn into various shapes deconstructing the original image. These pieces function as the pictorial elements of shape, color, texture and patterns of light and dark.


My collages are created using good quality paper, scissors, x-acto knife and glue sticks. I studied printmaking/paper making at Northwest Missouri State University. I then went to Drake University to further study printmaking.


Printmaking is a very detailed, process oriented discipline. This discipline I have carried to my collages. My work is abstract in imagery. The design itself is the subject. I do not start with a preconceived image in mind but let the random pieces by chance begin the construction. The places I have traveled to, books I read, music I listen to and the teachings I’ve absorbed over the years all accompany me on my adventures with paper.


All collages are original, no copies/reproductions.


Michael Hassig retired around 7 years ago and has been dedicating time to his art since then. He’s won several regional and national awards with his collages.


New Month, New Exhibit!

Every month CCAC hosts a new artist.  Here are some images from past exhibits. Most of the artists are from Iowa.

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Anastasia Chloe
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Woman in Art Gallery


Interested in having a show at the Charles City Arts Center?

Our exhibits last one month and come with support from our friendly staff, an opening reception and lots of publicity!

Thanks for applying! We’ll be in touch soon.