Events by Month

Programs subject to change. Programs are free of charge unless otherwise indicated. For more information on programs, call the University Museums office at 515.294.3342.  In addition to regular programs, the Brunnier Art Museum offers free, guided tours every Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

On rare occasions, a program must be cancelled, so we suggest that before making a special trip to the Museums you visit our website, social media sites, or call 515.294.3342 for updates to program information.

Have you recently been a part of a tour or attended a University Museums program? To arrange a tour of the Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Farm House Museum, Anderson Sculpture Garden or Art on Campus Collection, please download the University Museums Tour Request Form Word and submit or email to Dave Faux dafaux@iastate.edu. For program updates

Extended hours for Coherence: An Immersive Laser Installation by Dan Corson located at the Christian Petersen Art Museum in 1017 Morrill Hall
Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 4pm
Saturday, May 9 from 10 to 2pm (Graduation Open House)
May 11 through May 15, 11 to 4pm
Wednesday, May 27 from 6 to 8pm

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Imagining the Prairie, Then and Now
Walt Whitman called the prairie “America’s characteristic landscape.” Since Whitman’s day the actual prairie ecosystem has suffered greatly from shortsighted exploitation. Nevertheless, this landscape has left an indelible mark upon the nation’s larger cultural identity, a mark that remains with us to this day. Exploring the origins of this imagined prairie in a selection of key works of early American literature, Professor Matthew Sivils will discuss how the prairie landscape functioned as a challenge to European-American conceptions of the land, while it at the same time became a defining emblem of the American experience. Sivils is the 2015 CEAH Fellow in the Arts and Humanities. This program will be held in the Brunnier Art Museum’s current exhibition of landscapes by Iowa artist Ellen Wagener, and will be followed by a tour of Wagener’s artwork led by University Museums assistant curator Adrienne Gennett.

Friday, May 1, Noon, Food Sciences courtyard
Music in the Courtyard
In concert with the Rashomon sculpture exhibition by Chuck Ginnever, an Iowa State music ensemble will play music over the noon hour in and amongst the sculptures in the courtyard of the Food Sciences building.  Bring your lunch to the courtyard for music, sculpture, and a respite from studying for finals. 

Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 pm, Oak-Elm South Courtyard
Art Walk – A Celebration of the Artist Sarah Grant
Please join us in welcoming artist Sarah Grant to campus to celebrate her place in the legacy of the Art on Campus Collection.  Starting with Christian Petersen’s Conversations, we’ll journey to the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center to enjoy and discuss how Sarah and her company Sticks, Inc. have continued Petersen’s legacy of providing beauty and inspiration for current and future Iowa Staters to enjoy.  Meet Sarah in the Oak-Elm South courtyard.    

Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, & Farm House Museum
University Museums Graduation Open Houses
Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring your family and friends to visit your favorite University Museums!  The Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, and Farm House Museum will be open for a special weekend open house. We welcome the ISU and Ames community to campus to view the current Ellen Wagener exhibition in the Brunnier Art Museum, the Dan Corson exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, and the newly completed renovations of the Farm House Museum.

Tuesday, June 16th, 7:00 pm, Food Sciences Courtyard.
Outdoor Film showing: Rashomon
Coordinated in conjunction with the temporary sculpture exhibit titled Chuck Ginnever: Rashomon on view in the Food Sciences courtyard, University Museums is showing the seminal Japanese film Rashomon, directed by Akira Kurosawa. Widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, the story is a riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice.  In the movie, four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which is presented with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks.  This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the Western World. Film is unrated with adult themes and content.  Film Run Time: 88 minutes
The sculpture exhibition by the renowned artist Chuck Ginnever features fifteen identical sculptures which can be placed fifteen different ways.  The installation plays on the Rashomon effect and tells one story, from multiple perspectives. The exhibition is on view Monday-Friday from 8 am -5 pm until July 1st, 2014.

Saturday, July 4, Noon to 4:00 PM, Farm House Museum, central campus
Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Join University Museums for 4th of July fun after the downtown Ames parade. Celebrate the 155 year old first building on Iowa State campus and the agricultural heritage of the institution. The Onion Creek Cloggers and Band will perform from 1:30 to 3:00pm and the Gilbert Tractor Club will have a showing of many historic tractors and several balers during the event.

40th Anniversary Year events announced for 2015 - Save the Dates!

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

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