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

Friday, March 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Brunnier in Bloom – Flowers After Hours
Stop and smell the roses at opening night of University Museums’ annual Brunnier in Bloom.  This event showcases the talents of floral designers as they are challenged to create arrangements inspired by works of art on exhibition in the Brunnier Art Museum.  On opening night you will be the first to hear who the judges choose as this year’s winners, while enjoying music, light refreshments, and mingling with the floral designers. Brunnier in Bloom 2015

Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, 11:00 to 4:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Brunnier in Bloom
Celebrate spring and the current exhibitions during Brunnier in Bloom, the Museum’s annual pairing of beautiful art and fabulous flowers.  This event showcases the talents of floral designers as they are challenged to create arrangements inspired by works of art on exhibition in the Brunnier Art Museum.  Visitors will be able to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award and participate in a raffle for prizes, with all of the proceeds supporting Brunnier in Bloom and University Museums educational programming. Brunnier in Bloom 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2:00 pm, Farm House Museum
Embracing the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Midwest
The Arts and Crafts movement began in England in the mid-19th century and crossed the Atlantic to America in the late 19th and early 20th century, where it would evolve into a uniquely American style of design which became a hallmark of that time.  What are the Arts and Crafts and how did they come to play a part in the interiors of a campus Farm House in the middle of Iowa?  This tour will examine the history of the style and how the Farm House Museum has been recently renovated to better depict the style of this moment in time at Iowa State.

Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 pm, Jischke Honors Building
Art Walk – A Celebration of the Artist Priscilla Sage
Join University Museums in welcoming artist Priscilla Sage to campus to celebrate her contributions to the Art on Campus Collection and to the campus aesthetic.  Starting with Forest Flora and Knoll Garden, we will journey across campus to view and discuss her public art at Iowa State.  Meet Priscilla at the north entrance of the Jischke Honors Building.      

Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
Artful Yoga
This practice will enrich your yoga experience by going beyond the physical and inviting an artistic perspective to your awareness. This month we will focus on the relationship between the environment and movement.  Please arrive early for a discussion on the month’s topic beginning at 5:15. The practice will begin at 5:30. No yoga experience is necessary, but please bring your own mat.  To reserve your spot, please e-mail nancyg@iastate.edu by 3:00 pm on the day of the class. This monthly free yoga practice is sponsored by University Museums and Recreation Services.

Sunday, April 12, 2:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
A Scientific Perspective on Ceramic Arts
How does a lump of clay become a vase?  Dr. Muffit Akinc, Materials Science and Engineering, will discuss the basic properties of ceramic production in relation to the exhibitions of Iowa State College Pottery and Wedgwood.  He will focus on the material, the creation of clay bodies, variations in clay, and the future of ceramics in technology and engineering.

**CANCELLED** Thursday, April 16, Noon to 1:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum
Faculty Discussion – How Object Based Learning Has Enhanced My Curriculum
Each semester, University Museums engages about 4,000 students in curriculum specific learning. Hear directly from faculty who continually use University Museums in their classroom and explore ways that object based learning can enhance the classroom experience and promote critical thinking. UM educator, Nancy Girard, will be there to help brainstorm ideas with you and discuss ways we can collaborate including the newly launched online database, eMuseum. This will be a worthwhile discussion as you begin thinking about your fall classes. Light refreshments will be provided.

**NEW PROGRAM** Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
The Changing Iowa Landscape
This Earth Day, learn about some of the factors that have contributed to the changing Iowa landscape over the past 100 year. Please join Drs. Mark Hanna and Amy Kaleita, faculty in Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, as they discuss the evolution of hay and forage production and harvest, the changing land, and soil and water conservation practices.  These issues have impacted Iowa hay and forage production over the past 50 to 100 years. This discussion is inspired by the pastels of Ellen Wagener in the exhibition Ever Changing Land: The Art of Ellen Wagener currently on view in the Brunnier Art Museum.

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. More information soon!

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

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