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.
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).
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.
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. In that position she worked with all four curators to research, preserve, and grow their large and diverse collection of glass. She also developed the special exhibition focusing on the glass bead and beadwork collection held by the museum, which will open in May 2013. 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. While Adrienne worked in Philadelphia, she also taught the History of Modern Design at Drexel University and Arcadia University, which explored design and the decorative arts from 17th century France to the present. 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 will be working with the ISU students and professors and to delve into the collections of the University Museums.
Susan is the newcomer to the University Museums team. Susan attended Iowa State University (’83) and California State University Long Beach (’84-’88). She previously spent the past 6 years as an Office Manager/Bookkeeper at Everts Flowers Home & Gifts, Ames. She brings eighteen years of administrative and financial management experience. Larson will manage 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.
Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator
Allison is an Iowa State University alumna with a BS in History ('01) and and 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 primary supervisor of the Christian Petersen Art Museum, co-surpervisor of the Farm House Museum, and in charge of the many museum collection works of art. 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 and new media, publications, electronic newsletters, and social media. She has been team teaching the Introduction to Museums (TC/Anthr 257) course since 2003 and assists with other University courses.
Susan is an Iowa State University alumna with a BS in Journalism ('88). She has been at the University Museums for over 12 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 grant 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.
Campus Outreach Coordinator
Kate comes to University Museums on the heels of completing the major curtain conservation project in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. The project entailed conserving the 3000 lb. tapestry in situ over the course of a year. She is a 2013 graduate of ISU with a MS in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design where her studies focused on Textile Conservation. Prior to her fellowship with University Museums, Kate received a graduate fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution's Museums Conservation Institute as well as the Costume Society of America's Otto Thieme Scholarship. As a conservator, Kate has worked with museums and private collections throughout the state.
Kate joined University Museums full time in September 2014. Her work will concentrate on faculty engagement, the Art on Campus Collections, and the conservation of the Museum's permanent collections.