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. An ASL interpreter for most programsis available upon request by contacting email@example.com at least three working days prior to the program.
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Iowa State University Calendar of Events
Thursday, August 11 - Sunday, August 21, 2016 Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa
University Museums and Iowa State University at the Iowa State Fair
Visit the Iowa State University exhibition at that the Iowa State Fair to experience what makes ISU's campus beautiful. State Fair admission required.
Wednesday, August 31 from noon to 2:00 pm, North Side of the Memorial Union
Fountain of the Four Seasons 75th Anniversary Celebration
According to the notes of the artist Christian Petersen, the Fountain of the Four Seasons was to represent: "…the fullness of the elements...the life giving rains... the calmness of the Indians in the face of the turbulence... tranquil water... tranquility of the Indians... much water symbolizes elemental turbulence." Placed around a circular fountain, four seated Meskwaki women represent an Osage chant of thanksgiving as Petersen wanted to recognize and celebrate American Indians as the first cultivators of the land and connect that heritage back to the agricultural mission of ISU. In 1998, then Iowa State University President Martin Jischke said: "This fountain is a wonderful representation of a way of life and culture through artistic expressions, way of life and culture that are different from the one that most of us know - but one that is an essential part of the history of this state and nation." Join us in celebrating the 75th anniversary of this iconic campus sculpture with traditional dancers and drums from the Meskwaki Settlement and remarks by President Steven Leath at 12:30 pm.
Friday, September 2 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
BAM Happy Hour
Unwind after the first week of the semester and take in the new exhibitions in the Brunnier Art Museum while enjoying happy hour drinks and conversation. Artists and collaborators who contributed to the new exhibition Inspired By will be present and talking about their creative partnerships. Cash bar.
Thursday, September 8 at 1:00 pm, The Dean’s Gallery in Ag and Life Sciences, 1st floor Curtiss Hall
My Favorite Things Tour – Wendy Wintersteen
Viewing art is personal, that is what makes it powerful. My Favorite Things tours bring some of the more public figures of the ISU community into the museums to discuss their favorite works of art in the collection. This month you will hear from Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Monday, September 12 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, LeBaron Hall Auditorium Lobby
Personal Growth through Diversity in Art
To be alive is to grow, and this overarching theme of life is brought to the forefront at Iowa State University where personal growth and self-progress are important goals of the students who attend it. The desire for personal growth unites all people regardless of race, gender, religion, or any of the things that may otherwise divide. Students in the Spring 2016 Dsn S 145x, Diversity in Art class along with Reg Stewart, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, invite you to celebrate and be among the first to view the painting Personal Growth by Paul Cooley. This painting was recommended for acquisition to the Art on Campus Collection by the students in the class because they felt it represented the importance of diversity and inclusion at Iowa State. Brief remarks will be made and light refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, September 14 at 12:00 pm, Small Animal Clinic at Vet Med
Art Walk – Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on a beautiful sprawling campus to the southeast of Jack Trice Stadium. The majority of Iowa State’s students, staff, and faculty rarely have a reason to go unless they have an ailing pet or business with the college. Join University Museums in exploring the hidden gems in the Art on Campus Collection that populate one of the world’s preeminent schools of veterinary medicine.
Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
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 words, how we use them and interpret them. 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 email@example.com by 3:00 pm on the day of the class. This monthly free yoga practice is sponsored by University Museums and Recreation Services.
Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum 295 Scheman Building
Two Artists Celebrating Textures, Tassels and Textiles: A Documentation of Design Process
Dr. Eulanda A. Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor of Textiles and Clothing in Apparel, Merchandising and Design, and Cindy Gould, Associate Professor in Art and Visual Culture, will give a slide-illustrated talk about their collaborative design process, followed by a hands-on tassel-making workshop. All ages welcome. Tassel-making materials provided.
Friday, September 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building
Gary Ernest Smith Exhibition Reception
Come and celebrate the new exhibition of paintings by Gary Ernest Smith, Memories from the Fields, and view the landscape through his eyes as he executes in oil paint his nostalgia and longing for the unbroken vistas of the past, those fields which have been tended by people who understand hard work and respect the power of the earth to give sustenance and life. This exhibition is a collaboration between University Museums and the Fullhart/Carnegie Charitable Trust in Perry, Iowa.
Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 pm, 2019 Morrill Hall
50 years later – The National Historic Preservation Act
The National Historic Preservation Act was signed into law on October 15, 1966, and 50 years later is still the most extensive preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States. The NHPA created the National Register of Historic Places, the list of National Historic Landmarks, and the State Historic Preservation Offices. Eight sites on the ISU campus are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including the Farm House Museum and the Christian Petersen Courtyard in the Food Sciences Building. Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, assistant professor in Community and Regional Planning, will discuss the significance of this act and the impact it has on the contemporary application of historic preservation initiatives.
Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00 pm, Palmer Building
Art Walk – The Elements of Norie Sato
Artist Norie Sato has now designed and installed three remarkable and transformative projects for the Art on Campus Collection. Her exceptional artistic skills have been a definitive part of the aesthetic of first the Palmer Building, followed by Hach Hall, and now Marston Hall, the reborn home of The College of Engineering. Join us as we celebrate and explore her first major installation in the Palmer Building and then journey to Marston Hall to welcome her most recent masterpiece to the Art on Campus Collection. Meet in the Palmer Building at noon.
Wednesday, October 12 at 5:30 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
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 how technology influences our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:00 pm on the day of the class. This monthly free yoga practice is sponsored by University Museums and Recreation Services.
Sunday, October 16 at 2pm, 2019 Morrill Hall
Navigating a Sea of Change: Emerging Museum Professionals Engage with the Community and Confront the Future with Innovative Insights
Emerging museum professionals are entering a field already amidst a sea of change — technologically, educationally, socially, theoretically, and financially. Graduate students from Western Illinois University’s Museum Studies Graduate Program will lead a round table discussion and address the following questions: How are Museums becoming the centers of community that actively embrace diversity? How does the pressing need for innovation control the future for museums? And what are the perils of innovation for innovation sake? How do social justice issues fit into modern and future museums? In what ways can museums be leaders in the quest for a sustainable environment? A Museums Career Panel Discussion, to be held in the Memorial Union, will follow this program and feature several current Iowa museum professionals. Both Sunday events are held in conjunction with the 2016 Iowa Museum Association Conference, and are free and open to the public.
Monday, October 31 at 7:00 pm, 2019 Morrill Hall
Ghost Stories of Iowa State
How much do you know of campus history, legend, and lore? Join University Museums for an evening of historic and haunted stories about Iowa State and discover who may be haunting your lecture hall!
Wednesday, November 2 at 12:00 pm, Parks Library
Art Walk – Examining the Murals
As the state and nation celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Iowa native son Grant Wood, join University Museums in celebrating his contributions to the legacy of an artful, beautiful campus. We’ll closely examine and discuss the Wood murals as well as other public works of art that were inspired by and in conversation with the original murals. Meet in the lower level of the Parks Library rotunda.
Tuesday, November 8 at 4:00pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
The UM Connection – Election Day
This presidential election day, we will pull objects out of storage that visually represent the American democratic system including works of art by N.C. Wyeth, Christian Petersen, “Ding” Darling, Frank Miller and others. The UM Connection is an after-hours opportunity to study unique aspects of the permanent collection within the museum and develop visual literacy skills to communicate about complex topics.
Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
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 discovering our body chemistry. 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 email@example.com by 3:00 pm on the day of the class. This monthly free yoga practice is sponsored by University Museums and Recreation Services.
Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Art Nouveau and the Decorative Arts
The Art Nouveau style was especially popular during the period of 1890-1910 and celebrated curved lines, flowers, and plants, while also reacting against the typical historicizing Victorian taste of the time. No art form embraced the style more than the decorative arts. Assistant curator Adrienne Gennett will guide visitors through the history and aesthetic of the Art Nouveau movement through examination of objects by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Émile Gallé, and many other artists included in the exhibition Challenging Taste: Art Nouveau in the Decorative Arts.
Saturday, December 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Farm House Museum
Christmas at the Farm House
Celebrate the holiday season at the Farm House Museum. Warm up with hot cocoa as you explore the first building on Iowa State’s campus and experience what Christmas was like at the turn of the century. Children’s crafts and Santa Claus will all be part of the fun.
Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 0003 Morrill Hall
The UM Connection - The Art of War
As artist in residence at Iowa State, Christian Petersen absorbed the campus environment and student experiences and reflected them back through his numerous public works of art and smaller studio sculptures. One subject that had a profound impact on his art was World War II, as he watched how it affected his students. On the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent U.S. declaration of war, we will bring out sculptures, drawings, and maquettes by Christian Petersen that emphasize the tragedy and moral struggle of wartime.
Wednesday, December 14 at 12:00 pm, Agronomy Building courtyard (first floor lobby if weather is inclement)
Art Walk – Art and the Agronomist
Efficient, productive, sustainable, and artful? The Agronomy Building is home to the students and faculty studying, researching, and discovering more efficient, productive, and sustainable agriculture practices for Iowa and the world. It is also home to several beautiful works of art. Join University Museums as we explore and discuss the artwork that inhabits the Agronomy Building and how those works of art tie into the mission of the program. Meet in the Agronomy Building courtyard.
Wednesday, December 14 at 5:30 pm, Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
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 importance of art in public space. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:00 pm on the day of the class. This monthly free yoga practice is sponsored by University Museums and Recreation Services.