Staff Directory

University Museums Office
Mailing: 290 Scheman Bldg., Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515.294.3342

Lynette Pohlman
Director and Chief Curator
Lynette Pohlman has been the director of the University Museums at Iowa State University since 1980. She administers and is chief curator of the Anderson Sculpture Garden, Art on Campus Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum and Farm House Museum Collection and Program at ISU. Along with a personal and professional commitment to museums and their responsibility to acquire, preserve, educate and interpret the visual and cultural arts, Lynette is also an authority in the areas of public art, 20th century sculpture, museum management, the decorative arts, and 19th century architecture. Originally from western Iowa, Lynette is an ISU alumni who received her BA ('72) in Interior Design and her MA ('78) in Art and Architecture. She has curated and installed over 600 art exhibitions. She has spearheaded a major conservation program to repair and restore the public art on ISU's campus, as well as continued commissioning of major public works of art (over 600) at Iowa State University. In addition, she has been instrumental in the establishment of a public art program the City of Ames and several other Iowa communities. She is a primary author of many publications including Campus Beautiful (Sept. 2015).

Dave Faux
Interpretation Specialist
David is a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University with a BS in History and minor in Native American Studies. David first got involved with University Museums in 2010 as a student by taking the Introduction to Museums course taught by University Museums and the Textiles and Clothing Department. After completing the course he started working as an intern and in 2011 was awarded the Wayne and Eleanor Ostendorf Assistantship at the Farm House Museum. As the Interpretation Specialist David now coordinates tour scheduling and facility rental for all University Museums locations, gives tours, as well as assists with developing and presenting museum educational programs.

Nancy Gebhart
Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning
Nancy joined the University Museums staff in February 2008. Nancy is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BA in Art and Design ('03), and a former volunteer and intern with University Museums. Nancy spear heads the University Museums education programming, gives tours, organizes lectures, and fosters connections within the Iowa State community. Nancy has Masters in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies ('11).

Adrienne Gennett
Assistant Curator of Collections and Education
Adrienne Gennett comes to Iowa State from The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, NY, where she was employed as the Curatorial Assistant. Adrienne graduated from The George Washington University in 2001 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Art History. She attained her M.A. in the History of the Decorative Arts from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City in 2006, where she focused on 18th century English silver and 19th century French furniture. She has held positions at The National Gallery of Art and with the American art department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her experience teaching in the undergraduate classroom is what piqued her interest and ambition to work within a university museum. The ability to use a museum collection to teach diverse curriculums through art is exceptionally exciting to her as she believes that art has the ability to tell students so much about culture and history from a point of view that many have not considered. She is working with ISU students and professors and to delve into the collections of the University Museums.

Susan Larson
Administrative Specialist
Susan attended Iowa State University (’83) and California State University Long Beach (’84-’88). She brings eighteen years of administrative and financial management experience. Larson manages departmental state appropriated, private and sponsored project budgets; fiscal operations; budget policies; and administrative duties. Susan is the assistant to the Museum Director and staff of University Museums. You will find her on occasion receiving guests at the Christian Petersen Art Museum.

Sue Olson
Development Secretary
Sue is an Iowa State University alumna with a BS in Journalism ('88). She has been at the University Museums for over 15 years. She works in the areas of museum development and membership coordination. Olson is the liaison between the University Museums and the ISU Foundation as well as the museum grants writer and membership coordinator. She is also in charge of organizing and assisting with the planning of two annual meetings for the University Museums Curators Associates.

Erin O'Malley
Campus Outreach Coordinator
Erin joined the University Museums staff in July 2016 from the University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections where she was the Exhibition Coordinator. Erin received her B.A. in Anthropology, with a Minor in Art History and Archaeology, from the University of Missouri in 2003. In 2007 she obtained her M.A. in History, with a concentration in Museum Studies, from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Working with the campus and local communities is something that Erin really enjoys about museum work and her focus on participation within the museum environment drives her work. As Campus Outreach Coordinator, Erin develops and implements integrated visual learning programs and exhibitions. These programs and exhibitions incorporate interdisciplinary and co-departmental collaboration among Iowa State University faculty and students within the classroom setting.This position serves as a face and voice for the advocacy and promotion of University Museums projects, programs, and exhibitions. Further, responsibilities include coordinating and monitoring the Art on Campus Collection; and caring for and maintaining public art throughout the Iowa State campus. 

Allison Sheridan
Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator
Allison is an Iowa State University alumna with a BS in History ('01) and an MA in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies ('11). Allison is a former intern and volunteer and began with University Museums in 2001 as the Education Assistant, then moved to Collections Manager and Education Specialist and is now the Collections Manager and Communication Coordinator. She is currently the co-supervisor of the Farm House Museum, designer and curator of the Iowa State University timeline exhibition in Morrill Hall, and in charge of the over 30,000 museum collection works of art including eMuseum. She is the primary public relations and marketing officer for the museums, working with the staff to publicize and build awareness of the University Museums and its events and exhibitions through traditional media, new media, and publications. Allison is the editor and designer of The Land-grant Act and the People’s College: Iowa State University (2012).