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

January 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 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 postures inspired by animal 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.

Thursday, January 15, Noon to 4:00 pm, Farm House Museum
Farm House Museum – Campus Open House
Celebrate the reopening of the Farm House Museum after a semester of renovation and be the first to see the newly restored and curated Farm House Museum.

Thursday, January 15, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Farm House Museum
Farm House Museum – Preserving a Cultural Legacy
Celebrate with us and see the newly restored and curated Farm House Museum. Remarks by Vice President Warren Madden and College of Agriculture Dean Wendy Wintersteen will take place at 5:30 pm. Shuttle service will be available from the north Scheman Building parking lot from 3:30-6:30 pm. Significant wallpaper and window restoration was a collaborative campus effort between University Museums, the office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, and Facilities Planning and Management. Light refreshments and music will be provided.

Wednesday, January 28, 12:00 pm, Parks Library
Art Walk – A Celebration of Beginnings
Join University Museums Interpretation Specialist David Faux as we celebrate the University Museums’ 40th Anniversary by examining the origin of Iowa State’s Art on Campus program, Grant Wood’s When Tillage Begins, Other Arts Follow.  Meet David in the Parks Library rotunda. 

Friday, January 30, 2:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 003 Morrill Hall
Collecting Petersen
Christian Petersen was artist-in-residence at Iowa State from 1934 to 1955. For 40 years, University Museums has worked to make sure Iowa State has the largest and most significant collection of works of art created by Petersen and we are adding more to the collection every year. Join University Museums Director Lynette Pohlman for a talk about some of the most interesting and exciting ways we have acquired art by Christian Petersen and learn why it is important to continue collecting, curating, and educating through his sculpture.

February 2014
Friday, February 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Ellen Wagener Exhibition Reception
Join University Museums and the artist Ellen Wagener to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Ever Changing Land: The Art of Ellen Wagener.  Wagener’s pastels perfectly capture the beauty of Iowa’s rural landscape, in both moments of peace and natural catastrophe.  Please join us to meet the artist and tour this unique exhibition.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 pm, Food Sciences Auditorium, Room 2432 in the Food Sciences Bldg.
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.

Wednesday, February 11, 12:00 pm, Molecular Biology Building
Art Walk – A Celebration of Artful Integration
Join University Museums Interpretation Specialist David Faux as we continue the University Museums’ 40th Anniversary celebration by examining one of Iowa State’s most uniquely integrated, site specific works of public art, The G-Nome Project by Andrew Leicester.  Meet David inside the south entrance to the Molecular Biology Building.         

Wednesday, February 11, 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 dynamics and energy of group practice.  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.

Thursday, February 19, 4:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
Art and Animals
This is the last week for the exhibition of animal sculptures by Gwynn Murrill in the Christian Petersen Art Museum. To give the Murrill animals a proper send off, educators from the Blank Park Zoo will be bringing a group of live animals, both wild and domestic, to the Christian Petersen Art Museum. Take this opportunity to see the exhibit one more time and pet an alligator while you are here.

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Aesthetics of Atmosphere – Weather in Art
Weather and the ever changing sky play significant roles in the rural life of many Iowans and Midwesterners.  Ellen Wagener faithfully depicts both the chaos and serenity found in our skies as artists have long been inspired by the natural beauty that can be found in the atmospheres above.  Dr. William Gallus, Professor of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, will discuss the many variations that can be found in our skies and how they have inspired creativity in art, in relation to the art of Ellen Wagener. 

March 2014
Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm, 2019 Morrill Hall
Blurring the Boundaries - An Evening with Dan Corson
Dan Corson is an award winning public artist from Seattle, WA who uses his background in art and theatrical design to create installations filled with drama, light, and engaging viewer interactions.  His projects have ranged from complex rail stations and busy public intersections to quiet interpretive buildings, meditation chambers and galleries. Corson’s work is infused with drama, passion, layered meanings and often he engages the public as co-creators within his environments. He is particularly interested in green design and new technologies and how these tools can help frame and amplify the natural word and our shifting relationship to it.  Corson has partnered with architects and landscape architects and has received many honors for these projects as well as been listed by Seattle Homes and Lifestyle as one of the top people that define Seattle Design. Corson will discuss several of his past, present, and upcoming projects.

Thursday, March 5, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
COHERENCE Exhibition Opening and Reception
Join University Museums as we celebrate public artist Dan Corson and the opening of his new installation exhibition in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, COHERENCE: An Immersive Laser Installation by Dan Corson.  You have never seen anything like this on campus. Bring your friends to experience and enjoy Corson’s light and laser filled environment. Live music and light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, March 11, 12:00 pm, Black Engineering
Art Walk – A Celebration of Art in State Buildings
Join University Museums Interpretation Specialist David Faux as we continue the University Museums’ 40th Anniversary celebration by examining the three works of art that were the first Iowa State public art projects funded by the Iowa Art in State Buildings legislation: Carom, Left-Sided Angel, and Janus Agri-Altar.  Meet David outside at Carom on the east side of Black Engineering.   

Wednesday, March 11, 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 cultivating inner awareness.  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.

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.

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.

April 2014
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.

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.

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.

May 2014
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.

June 2014
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.

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