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

September 2014

Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Bldg. Iowa State Center
A Look Back at the Conservation of Silver Code
Textile Conservation fellow Kate Greder will take you through the entire conservation project of the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium curtain, Silver Code by Ryokichi Mukai.  See before and after pictures, hear all the incredible stories of discovery, and learn more about the largest and heaviest object in the Art on Campus Collection.      

Wednesday, September 24 at 12:00 pm at the northeast entry to Jack Trice Stadium
Art Walk - Pack the Jack… with Art!
Join University Museums Interpretation Specialist David Faux in celebrating the legacy of Jack Trice.  As the beloved stadium is ushered into an exciting time of growth let us come together to celebrate the art that inhabits the only Division 1 football stadium named in honor of an African American.  Meet David at the Jack Trice sculpture outside of gate 1.  

Thursday, September 18 at 3:00 pm in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
Gallery Walk – Maquettes and Drawings by Gwynn Murrill
The art of Gwynn Murrill entered the Art on Campus Collection in 2011 with the acquisition of three playful bronze sculptures for the entrance to the Vet Med small animal clinic. Her animal sculptures are full of personality and spirit and can capture the essence of what we love about animals. Join Nancy Girard, Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning, for a tour and look inside the artistic process through an exhibition of maquettes and drawings by Gwynn Murrill. 

Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building
After America in the Making – Women’s Suffrage
N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making depicts twelve dramatic scenes taken from American history beginning with North American explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and ending with Abraham Lincoln.  But, what are some of the major American moments of the 20th and 21st centuries?  This talk will be led by Amy Bix, Associate Professor of History, who will discuss the key faces and moments of the women’s suffrage movement.  

October 2014
Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building
Wedgwood Gallery Talk and Reception
The iconic blue and white jasperware that has come to exemplify the ceramic work of Wedgwood throughout the world is only a small portion of the innovative production created during the company’s over 250 year existence.  The founder and father of the company, Josiah Wedgwood, was not simply a potter, but an astute businessman, marketer, and one of the most innovative ceramic scientists that has ever worked in the field. Join Assistant Curator Adrienne Gennett as she discusses the prolific work of Josiah Wedgwood and the company while touring the current exhibition, Beauty Through Experiment: The Ceramics of Wedgwood.  This exhibition celebrates the generous donation of objects from M. Burton Drexler to the University Museums permanent collection.

Wednesday, October 8 at 2:00 pm in 2015 Morrill Hall
Making Sense of a Visual World
Join Nancy Girard, Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning, as we use art to understand and explore visual literacy and our own interpretations of the world around us.  Studies show that by becoming more visually literate, you’ll learn how to think more effectively.  Several fun and interactive activities will be presented followed by practice using the University Museums Permanent Collection, including everything from abstract sculpture to figurative painting.  Using visual literacy and learning techniques, we will discuss the art at ISU and discover what we can learn from looking. 

Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building
After America in the Making – FDR and the New Deal
N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making depicts twelve dramatic scenes taken from American history beginning with North American explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and ending with Abraham Lincoln.  But, what are some of the major American moments of the 20th and 21st centuries?  This program will show a portion of the film American Experience: FDR.   Stricken with polio at age 39, president at age 50; explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR served as president longer than any other, and his legacy still shapes our understanding of the role of government and the presidency.
Source: imdb.com                     Run time: 90 minutes

Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm at the Farm House Museum, central campus
Celebrating Campus Beautiful
Paula Mohr, architectural historian, is collaborating with several other historians on Campus Beautiful -- a new book which will provide a comprehensive look at the development of Iowa State's campus design over the past 150 years. Iowa State's campus has received national attention for its park-like vistas and careful integration of architecture and art into the landscape.  Mohr will lead a tour of central campus highlighting some of the design principles and features which have led critics to name Iowa State among the most beautiful campuses in the country. The tour will begin on the south porch of the Farm House Museum.

Wednesday, October 29 at 12:00 pm Biorenewables Complex
Art Walk - Paint the Campus Green
Join University Museums in discovering one of Iowa State University’s most recent Art in State Building installations by Ralph Helmick.  Let’s discover how this new complex contributes to the landscape of ISU’s commitment to the ‘green energy revolution’ and how Helmick’s work fits into that landscape.  Meet Interpretation Specialist David Faux at the east entry of the Biorenewables Complex, located south of the College of Design.       

Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm in 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!

November 2014
Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 pm Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Bldg.
After America in the Making – Allotment
N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making depicts twelve dramatic scenes taken from American history beginning with North American explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and ending with Abraham Lincoln.  But, what are some of the major American moments of the 20th and 21st centuries?  Join Christina Gish Hill, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies, in a discussion focused on the federal policies of allotment which increased American settlement of the West by making Indian reservation lands available for purchase. These policies not only shaped the American landscape, they continue to affect American Indian people and their non-Native neighbors today.  

Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm, Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman
Early American Pattern Glass Table Sets – An Iowa Questers Presentation
What is a Table Set? How it was used? What other serving pieces were used with it? Lonnie and Lynn Sulzberger are Questers and members of the Early American Pattern Glass Society, and together they will answer your questions while showcasing objects from their personal collection of table sets.  

Wednesday, November 19 at 12:00 pm College of Veterinary Medicine, Vet Med Complex
Art Walk – The Gentle Doctors and Those They Serve
Installed in 1938, Christian Petersen’s sculpture, The Gentle Doctor, has become an internationally recognized symbol of veterinary medicine.  Since then, thousands of graduates from The College of Veterinary Medicine have been inspired by the loving care and trained expertise represented through Petersen’s works of art. Meet University Museums’ Interpretation Specialist, David Faux, at the southwest entrance (flagpole entrance) of the College of Veterinary Medicine.  

December 2014
Wednesday, December 3 at 12:00 pm Deans Gallery, 2nd floor, Curtiss Hall, central campus
Art Walk - A Celebration of the Seasons
Join University Museums Interpretation Specialist, David Faux in observing the close of another successful fall semester and changing of the seasons.  We will look both forward and behind by focusing on Ellen Wagener’s pastel drawings depicting the four distinct seasons that are hallmarks of living in Iowa.  Discover the role Wagener and her works will play in the celebration of University Museums 40th anniversary. Meet David in the Dean’s Gallery on the 2nd floor of Curtiss Hall. 

Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 pm in the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Bldg.
After America in the Making – John F. Kennedy
N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making depicts twelve dramatic scenes taken from American history beginning with North American explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and ending with Abraham Lincoln.  But, what are some of the major American moments of the 20th and 21st centuries?  This program will show the film John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning Days of Drums. Made by the United States Information Agency in 1964 as a memorial tribute to President Kennedy to be shown overseas, this film captures the spirit and vitality of his presidency with excerpts from many of his speeches as well as color footage of his swearing in and inaugural address.
Source: amazon.com                 Run time: 85 minutes

 

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

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