University Museums is a distinctive organization that encompasses two art museums, a National Historic Landmark historic home museum, a sculpture garden, and one of the largest campus public art collections in the nation.
University Museums brings world-class exhibitions with educational programming to Iowa State University, actively acquires works of art to add to the more than 30,000 permanent collection objects, conserves and preserves collections, conducts and publishes curatorial scholarship, and fosters student engagement.
Each year, University Museums:
Presents 80 educational programs, free to the public
Serves more than 8,000 students in more than 30 departments and across all colleges through the Visual Literacy and Learning program.
Curates and presents 10 to 15 major exhibitions
Commissions, researches and publishes high-quality scholarship books on topics related to Iowa State’s arts, history, and the permanent collection
Commissions over 20 new public works of art (PDF) for the Iowa State University campus
Staffs three museums with trained educators
Auxiliary Enterprise oversees a diverse group of units offering goods and services to the university community that are essential to academic and administrative success as well as educational, cultural, and entertainment programs and experiences that engage broad audiences, enhance understanding and enjoyment of visual arts and nature, and foster community relations. By providing convenient, customer-focused, and cost-effective goods and services and offering public experiential learning and engagement opportunities, Auxiliary Enterprise supports the university’s mission and enhances the student and community experience. The Office of the Assistant Vice President, Auxiliary Enterprise has the following unit direct reports: University Book Store; Printing Services; Reiman Gardens; Transportation Services; University Museums; and Veenker Memorial Golf Course.