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PRESS RELEASE: Iowa artist Rose Frantzen to speak at Iowa State University March 4


AMES, IOWA - February 18, 2021 Fine art lectures are not an everyday occurrence at the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, but an upcoming public art installation in the Gerdin Business Building will have everyone talking, including the artist herself.


Iowa artist Rose Frantzen will talk about her recent studio and public works of art beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, in the Kingland Hub, 1450 Gerdin Business Building on the Iowa State University campus. The event will offer an opportunity to hear about Frantzen’s artistic philosophy and process and to view updates on her new mural, which will be installed later in the year in the Lynn A. and Diane Engh Anderson Family Gallery in the recently opened expansion to the Gerdin Business Building.


This in-person event will have limited audience capacity and requires pre-registration. Click here to register.


A native of Maquoketa, Iowa, Frantzen has gained national and international acclaim for her oil paintings from life that bring contemporary perspectives to a traditional “alla prima” approach. In addition to landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, Frantzen creates serial and allegorical works, incorporating abstract or surreal settings.


A new exhibition, Perceptions of Identity: Paintings by Rose Frantzen, is on view through July 30 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall. The museum is open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, throughout the semester. Admission is free, with a recommended donation of $8.


The exhibition is organized by University Museums and coordinated by Sydney Marshall, assistant curator, with works of art selected from the artist's collection and the University Museums’ Permanent Collection. Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business. Additional support is generously provided by Avis Lovell Andre, Vickie and Norman Hill, Robert and Nancy Lindemeyer, and Cynthia and John Paschen, MD.


“This exhibition is a great opportunity to view a large selection of Frantzen’s paintings, particularly her studio work exploring how society influences the perception of others and their identity,” said Marshall. “Having Rose on campus to speak in depth about her In the Face of Illusion series will provide attendees with a broader understanding of Frantzen as an artist.”


On March 3rd, 5th and 6th, art lovers can enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Frantzen’s process as she paints new portraits for her public art installation, Faces of Iowa State. Thanks to a livestream video hosted by University Museums, viewers will be able to watch over Frantzen’s shoulder as she paints Iowa State students.

The six students selected were nominated by their college and selected by President Wendy Wintersteen.

Wednesday, March 3 at 10:00 AM

Tessa Mendoza, Department of Kinesiology and Health in the College of Human Sciences


Wednesday, March 3 at 4:00 PM

Derrick Kapayou, graduate student, Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Friday, March 5 at 10:00 AM

Ellie Field, graduate student Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Friday, March 5 at 4:00 PM

Morgan Fritz, Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 AM

Catharine Found, graduate student, College of Veterinary Medicine


Saturday, March 6 at 4:00 PM

Thierry Habinshuti, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering

Frantzen’s paintings have been shown at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Denver Historical Museum, and as an award winner in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Figge Art Museum, the Dubuque Art Museum, the University Museums at Iowa State University, the World Food Prize, and now the Ivy College of Business.


About University Museums

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.


About the Ivy College of Business

At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we offer a wide variety of programs to maximize student potential, connect students with professionals through case competitions, interactive learning, study abroad, internships, and ultimately successful employment. We continuously add valuable programs that benefit students, their future employers, and working professionals. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredits the college in both business and accounting. Only 2 percent of the world’s business schools receive accreditation in both business and accounting.


Media Contacts

Michele Appelgate, Ivy College of Business, 515-294-5800,

Sydney Marshall, University Museums, 515-294-3342,


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